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Install Darklands (and other GOG.com DOS games) On Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak

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One of the best developments for Linux gaming in the past ten years has been the rise of GOG.com. The site began as Good Old Games in 2008, devoted to acquiring the rights to legally sell “abandonware” games, old DOS games that had been abandoned by their publishers for whatever reason.

GOG.com 2008, originally Good Old Games, improved to GOG.com in 2010. GOG.com currently offers numerous older DOS games now repackaged to run smoothly on Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak. In this example, we will show you how to install Darklands, a classic Microprose RPG from 1992. The installation for Darklands is pretty typical, and you can use this example to install other older GOG.com games on Ubuntu.

First, log into your GOG.com account and download the Ubuntu installer for the game you wish to play. The installer will download as a shell script, which you will need to first mark as executable. To mark the shell script for Darklands as executable, launch the Terminal by hitting the CTRL+ATL+T keys simultaneously, and then enter this command

chmod +x ~/Downloads/gog_darklands_2.0.0.7.sh

Then execute the shell script with this command:

~/Downloads/gog_darklands_2.0.0.7.sh

This will launch the GOG.com installer for Darklands. Accept the EULA, and then select the destination folder for the installation. The default destinations are usually acceptable, unless you have a specific reason for installing the game elsewhere. The installer will then ask if you want to create a desktop shortcut and a menu item (this will allow you to find the game to launch it through the Dash). Make sure to select both, as it will make it easier to launch the game after the installer has finished.

Once the installation as finished, you can launch the game by going to the Dash, searching for “Darklands”, and then double-clicking on the icon for Darklands. Ubuntu will then launch DOSBox and load Darklands preconfigured for you.

Note that the game will load full-screen – you can switch to the windowed mode by hitting the ALT and the ENTER keys simultaneously.

This procedure will let you install most of GOG.com’s Ubuntu-compatible classic games.

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now playing Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

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Having just finished a major project, I now have time to play some Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition. It’s a great game, featuring a classic soundtrack from Jeremy Soule, and the Enhanced Edition includes many welcome improvements.

Of course, I named all the characters in my party after the characters from my FROSTBORN series of books.

-JM

Install DOSBox To Play Classic DOS Games In Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

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It is indeed a remarkable irony that it’s no longer possible to play many old DOS games on Windows 8.1, but with proper software, you can play the same old games on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander. All you need is DOSBox, an emulation environment that lets you run old DOS games. As an added bonus, DOSBox is quite easy to install. Simply go to a Terminal window and type this command:

sudo apt-get install dosbox

(If you don’t know how to find a Terminal window, click on the “Dash”, the Ubuntu icon on the upper left-hand corner of your screen, and search for Terminal.)

Follow the default prompts, and DOSBox will install itself and a few other necessary packages on your Ubuntu system. After DOSBox is installed, you can launch it by going to the Dash, searching for “DOSBox”, and clicking on the DOSBox icon. Or you can simply launch it from the command line:

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Now, since DOSBox relies on the old DOS system of drive letters, and Ubuntu does not, you may be wondering how to mount your drives. Fortunately, this is quite simple. Let’s say you create a directory named dos in your home directory to serve as the C: drive during your DOS session. To mount as a C: drive, use this command while in DOSBox:

mount c ~/dos

To mount your optical drive as a D: drive, use this command:

mount d -t cdrom /media/cdrom

Using these commands, you should be able to play a good many old DOS games on your Ubuntu system.

-JM

ADDITIONAL READING:

The Ubuntu Beginner’s Guide

The Ubuntu Desktop Beginner’s Guide

Install The Steam Client For Gaming In Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

Steam

Recently, Valve made its popular Steam platform available for Ubuntu. Using the Steam client, you can play a number of popular games quite easily on your Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander system (assuming your computer’s hardware meets the system requirements for the various games). Installing the Steam client on Ubuntu is an easy and streamlined process, and we’ll show you how to do it.

First, visit the Steam site and download the client:

http://store.steampowered.com

Click on the Install Steam button at the top of the page, and then the Install Steam Now button. This will download a .deb installer file to your Downloads folder. After the download has completed, navigate to your Downloads folder, and double-click on the installer to launch it.

After a moment the install will take you to the Ubuntu Software Center and show you some information about Steam. Click on the Install button, and the Ubuntu Software Center will ask for your password. Enter your password, and Software Center will install the client.

After the installation is complete, you can launch the Steam client by either double-clicking the launcher the installer left on your desktop, or by going to the Dash and searching for “Steam”. When the client launches for the first time, it will likely downloaded several hundred megabytes worth of updates.

Once the download is finished, you can log into the client and peruse your library of Steam games.

-JM