0 A.D. Alpha Available In Ubuntu PPA

0 A.D. is an free open-source real time strategy game which runs natively on Linux. It is inspired by the Age Of Empires series. Unlike most of the other Linux games, which honestly feel half-baked, 0 A.D. has a distinctive commercial-quality.

Wildfire Games, which is behind the 0 A.D. project, has just released the first alpha of 0 A.D. And they have made it super easy for Ubuntu users to install it by setting up a PPA.

But before we get to how to install it, here is a video of the game:

(In case you cannot see the embedded video here is the link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2QgByWOhR8)

So, if you want to try out this game, open the terminal and execute the following commands:

Note: It is currently available only for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install 0ad

Now wait for the download and the installation to finish. After that it will be found under Applications > Games. This is only an alpha release, so expect some rough edges.

If you have installed it, let us know what you think of the game in the comments.

Google Unveils the Chrome Web Store; Launching in October

Google unveiled the Chrome Web Store at GDC Europe on August 16. Google developer advocates, Mark DeLoura and Michael Mahernoff, revealed that the Google Chrome Web Store, an online application store which will allow you to purchase and use Chrome Web applications will be launched in October.

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The payments will be handled by Google Checkout, and here’s the important bit for developers: Google will take only a 5% processing cut, much less compared to the 30% cut which is the norm in mobile application stores. It will also support in app transactions by the first half of 2011.

It will support Flash as well as HTML5 games. Google also showcased a lot of games based on Flash, HTML5 and Javascript in the session. Using WebGL in HTML5, developers can create graphically intensive games which run directly in the browser.

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The Chrome Web Store may help Google win a nice share of the social/web gaming pie. The lower cut is probably directed at luring Facebook game developers to create applications and games for the Chrome Web Store.

Source:   1UP – Chrome Web Store

What The Doodle!? Is a Brilliant Multiplayer Online Android Game

Download-What-The-Doodle What The Doodle!? is a new age adaption of the age-old game of Pictionary. The objective of the game is simple. The drawer has to do express a given word or a phrase through doodles (drawings), while the guesser has to guess the word given to the drawer. Correct guesses award 1 point to both the drawer and the guesser. If no one manages to guess the word, the drawer looses a point.

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What The Doodle!? is a multiplayer game and requires internet connectivity. Thankfully, it works well even on EDGE connections. The game offers different lobbies with varying degrees of difficulty; however, most of the time, games are available only in the easiest lobby. Once you enter a lobby, you are automatically assigned random partners to compete with. You also have the option of creating private rooms, where you can play with your friends.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

The charm of What The Doodle!? lies in its simplicity. It’s easy to jump into, but tough to master. The fact that you compete against real human beings obviously makes WTD more fun. However, this can also get annoying at times. Like in all multiplayer games, there are cheaters in WTD too. Fortunately, you can boot spoilsports who insist on ruining the fun by spelling out the words. If I had to nit-pick anything else in this game, it would be the drawing tools. While drawing is straight forward, changing colors and accessing other controls are a bit time consuming. Some users might also be put off by the lack of an eraser, but I feel that this only adds to the challenge of the game.

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What-The-Doodle-Reccomended What The Doodle!? was an overall winner at the Google Android Developer Contest 2. Once you start playing, it becomes obvious why the judges loved it. It provides a unique opportunity to get creative and have fun in the process. This game is definitely a winner. You can download it for £2.99 from the Market.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

[ What the Doodle!? at AndroLib ]

Play Snake on any YouTube Video

I did not believe it when I first heard of it either. The MIND = BLOWNpart is usually thrown in for suckers by trolls. Well, this time it was not a troll, and the easter egg was for real.

As neoconnor1111 says in his video‘s description, YouTube has a wierd [sic] secret. If you press and hold the left arrow key while playing a YouTube video, a small overlay pops up. What is this overlay? A game of Snake. It seems Google does like its retro gaming a lot.

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This works on any video (obviously), and the best part is that you can keep playing the game while the video is being buffered (and played) in the background.

I believe this is where Buffering Boredom has met its match.

EA Announces Alice: Madness Returns, Reckoning, Sims 3 Expansion Pack, Shank and More

Looks like it has been a pretty busy day at EA with them launching 6 new games today. EA today announced 6 new games including Alice: Madness Returns, Expansion Pack to Sims 3, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and Active NFL Training Camp among others.

Alice: Madness Returns

Alice Madness Returns

Gaming visionary American McGee returns to Wonderland as EA and Spicy Horse Games announce Alice: Madness Returns, the dark and deranged sequel to the year 2000 PC hit, American McGee’s Alice. Designed with the same dark style of the original, but now featuring entirely new visuals, story and game design, Alice: Madness Returns is a fun and addictive action adventure set to release on PC, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system. Alice: Madness Returns will be available in 2010 for the PC platform, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users.

EA And Klei Entertainment: Shank

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EA and award-winning independent development studio Klei Entertainment announced today that the highly anticipated downloadable action game, Shank, will be available for download on August 24 for PlayStation Network and August 25 for Xbox LIVE Arcade. Shank blends classic side-scrolling action game play and unique stylized 2D art direction with a revenge story penned by award-winning game writer Marianne Krawczyk. The game was recently nominated for multiple Best of awards, including Best Action Gamefrom IGN.com and Best Downloadable Gamefrom GameTrailers.com.

Shank will be available for download beginning August 24, 2010 on the PlayStation Network for $14.99, and August 25, 2010 on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points. More on the game at http://www.ea.com/games/shank

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a game in partnership between EA and 38 Studios, LLC. Reckoning is an epic, open-world role-playing game set in Amalur, a mysterious and magical new fantasy world created by New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore. Reckoning will be available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC platform. Reckoning will be available for sale starting July 22. Fore more information visit http://www.reckoningthegame.com/.

The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion Pack

Sims 3 Expansion Pack

EA also announced an expansion pack for the popular Sims 3 label. The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion Pack gives players VIP treatment in a dynamic urban setting filled with high rise homes, parties, celebrities, bars and even vampires. Sims 3 expansion pack is still in development and will be released worldwide this fall starting October 26, 2010. Buy Sims 3 from Amazon.

EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp

EA Sports Active

EA and EA Sports also announced a new Football-based training program called Active NFL Training Camp for the Wii that put users right into the football drills and conditioning workouts of an NFL training camp. Active NFL Training Camp is still in development phase and will be sold for $99.95. Buy EA Sports Active from Amazon.

This definitely looks like a huge summer full of games for gaming folks who can get their hands full with these titles and several others which will be coming up in the summer and fall of 2010.

Microsoft Launches Gears of War PC Game for $19.99

Microsoft has launched a digital version of Gears of War for PC at $19.99. Gears of War for PC can be purchased and played using LIVE Games on Demand.

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Gears of War has been a popular Franchise on Xbox 360 and has amazing tactical action and multiplayer excitement. Gears of War has already sold more than 3.5 million units for the Xbox 360 platform and is a very popular multiplayer game. The game includes new multiplayer maps, multiplayer game type and a Game editor which will allow games to create new user generated content.

Gears of War can be purchased for PC using the LIVE Games on Demand client for a price of $19.99. For more information and purchasing details visit this page.

Moonbase Alpha Goes Online on Steam

NASA has teamed up with the US Army game development studio (the makers of America’s Army) to deliver an almost-realistic lunar base simulation. Moonbase Alpha is a pretty neat looking game that has you (and up to five more players) restoring NASA’s lunar base – Moonbase Alphaafter it was damaged in a critical meteorite impact. Using cutting-edge lunar technology and varied tools and robots, you and your friends must save the colony before the oxygen runs out in the base.

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The lesser the time you take, the better your score is and in the near future I would expect a lot of competition to pipe up on this game. The game is well integrated with Steam with stats and leaderboards supported. Also, Valve’s Anti-Cheat (VAC) system is also integrated into this game.

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The best part about this game is that it’s free. Yes, it’s rated E for Everyone and is great for family gaming and is also entirely free!

Download it from Steam today!

Darksiders: Wrath of War PC Game Coming in September

The single player action adventure game Darksiders which was originally known as Wrath of War will be released for the PC platform by THQ in September.

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THQ has confirmed that Darksiders will be available for PC on September 24th. The game will be available in a special "Hell Book" which will include a comic book and art cards along with a soundtrack CD.

Darksiders has been available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 platform since earlier this year and has become a big hit amongst action adventure players. The pricing of the PC edition of the game is not yet available.

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NFS World Beta Opens Today

EA Sports is releasing a new beta of Need for Speed World today to participants worldwide. The new NFS World beta introduces 11 new cars, including the Audi R8 and Nissan 370Z, bringing the total cars in the garage to 25.

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In addition to the new cars, EA has also added new performance customization packs for every car and increased the number of progressions levels to 50. NSF World beta also introduces Private Matches and a Meeting place for car shows.

You can download the latest NFS World Beta by visiting this link. Please note that you will require to have an EA account in order to be able to download the Beta Client.

First QT Based Game BallZ Released By Tamoggemon

Nokia had released QT 4.6 back in December a cross-platform application and UI framework which would now make it easier than ever for developers to create great applications for Symbian, Maemo, and other platforms.

BallZ demo On Nokia 5800

Tamoggemon a company which creates apps for Palm OS and the S60 platform have created the first QT-based Symbian game named BallZ using the platform.

BallZ for Symbian is a port of the evergreen JezzBall, which has been an extremely popular, un-violent action game. Our port contains 30 colorful levels and can be played without a stylus – thanks to their innovative user interface.

Tam Hanna, Tamoggemon’s CEO, states the following:

We have always been strongly committed to Symbian as a platform. Working with Qt wasn’t always easy. Even though the development environment is fantastic, shipping apps was not possible so far.

BallZ has already been submitted to the Ovi store, and is expected to become available in the next few days. The product will cost 3 Euro. A free trial version, containing five levels, will also be provided.