Posted on March 4, 2017 by CathyW
I tried to install Steam on Ubuntu 16.04 about a month ago. I got a shortcut onto the desktop. I had the hourglass going and I was thinking it was going to load but nothing. I just could not get it past that point. There is all sorts of help on the Net and all I can say is – persist. Eventually you will get there like I did. I found it easier to install Steam through Terminal:
sudo apt-get install steam
I had followed the instructions on the Linux Config site. Plenty of stuff downloaded through Terminal and then I thought I was there but it just wouldn’t work. I had it loaded on Windows so I just left it. You can also look on the site It’s F.O.S.S.. That site has some other ideas you can try.
Today, I decided to try and get it going and a line of code on the ask Ubuntu site was the thing which got Steam updating, functioning and allowing me to log into my account:
env LD_PRELOAD=’/usr/$LIB/libstdc++.so.6′ steam steam://rungameid/730
It took a while but versions of Linux vary, laptop hardware varies and with Linux you have to ensure you have all the bits you need in order for software to work. Happy now!
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Posted on February 6, 2017 by CathyW
I have settled on my new games after a while of hunting around and looking. It has been quite an experience. I have Puzzle Craft on my iPad and that is a brain break game. It’s not very demanding but it is diverting for a while and gives me a chance just to stop and relax a bit. I used FarmScapes on the iPad but have since changed that to my desktop. It’s more demanding than Puzzle Craft but it’s quite straight forward . The narrative isn’t bad and it includes hidden object and match 3 puzzles to do as well as a bit of farming. Stardew Valley I paid for and downloaded from Steam and it’s been a tough challenge. It doesn’t have support for my game controller and so I am doing everything with a keyboard. That was quite a learning curve. Those who play it on Play Station or X-Box can go so much faster. The pixilated art and retro look of the game are part of its charm. It has really challenged me, my thinking and how I go about games. It keeps me alert and it keeps my brain turning over. From that point of view it is having a big cognitive development impact. I can’t just play it. I have to work it all out. When I do anything there is a big sense of achievement for me because it is so different from anything else I have played. I have just downloaded and installed Anno2205 . I bought the discs thinking the game was on them but you get to download 19 Gb of data!! Could not believe it and it took hours. Lesson learned. I am playing that from the Ubisoft site when I want to but I can play offline. It’s the polar opposite of the other games. Totally high end graphics, total coolness and cutting edge performance. I was so worn out from downloading and installing it I have had hardly a chance to play. I was so glad I knit and crochet so I could get on with things as I monitored the installation. It is different but has the same themes as Stardew Valley. It centres on the environment , the impact of big corporations and sustainability but it comes at it from a different angle and that angle is visually very rich. This game will require me to step up and really sort out my thinking and game playing skills. All my games are designed to contribute to my learning and life and I am happy with my choices now. Taking on new games mean you have to adapt and learn to think outside your comfort zone. It’s a challenge in itself finding games which give you the sorts of challenges you need.
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Posted on January 29, 2017 by CathyW
It has been a long time since I have been between games , so currently I am learning again that games teach you a lot about life, how you think and literally force you to lift your game. I have been a bit of a games tragic looking for new games to play but it has been funny and a wake up call. If something is teaching me I need to be more alert, I pay attention. Last week my favourite game HayDay managed to lose 40 diamonds. You can gather some during the game but you also pay real money for them. 40 diamonds is a lot. It happened last year and I lost 10 which I wasn’t happy about , but I could make that up. 40 is more serious and has spoiled a safe gaming area for me. Having googled, there doesn’t seem to be a way of addressing it so I am not playing the game. I had no sooner lost my diamonds than I was recommended Stardew Valley, an indie farming game, and I looked it up on the iPad. What is there in the app store is not the game at all. Neither of them were the farming game and represent a false image of what they are. So now I have learned not to trust the app store. I shall only download apps which are free, have reviews and then see. If I want to pay later then that is fair. So first lesson between games is to be ready for the pitfalls. I went to MyPlayCity because I always got games from there before and they were a site which really helped me to find the games I liked. It was also a site which helped me learn how to play games. They have hundreds of games to choose from which you can play online or download and try properly. I downloaded Farmfrenzy3 and found out I can’t farm in a frenzy. It was such a different approach. MyPlayCity was restarting the game for me to try to get me to remember what I was supposed to be doing. I found out I couldn’t hold a lion in a cage , farm, collect and produce at the same time. I went back to my iPad and tried a Sherlock Holmes hidden object game and in 5 minutes I couldn’t find much, lost all my points to randomly stabbing the screen because it has penalty points and then decided I just was not able to concentrate properly on that game. It requires a high level of attention. Every game works on different personal skills and attributes. Every game wakes up your skills and thinking. I then tried Farmscapes and I quite like the mix of reading, doing and match 3 gaming to get money to buy things. I realise this game is making me use things I have learned before but in a way so that I am in control and calling up the things I have learned in games before. I am about to go and download Stardew Valley from Steam because it has a strong community, support and is a game which people seem to love. I have to pay for it but the Steam site, which is a great gaming site with good graphics, also has free games to try and games which have tiny prices. I am enjoying exploring all the different games again because they are all challenging my thinking.
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Posted on April 16, 2016 by CathyW
I like this a lot. It shows initiative. It’s positive, it will make a difference and it’s altruistic. What a nice change on the planet. There are apps which are donating revenue from their specifically created in app content via purchases so that ALL the funding goes to the World Wildlife Fund.The project will coincide with Earth Day, Friday April 22. You can read all about it on TechCrunch. I have done my bit on Hay Day. I bought their WWF diamonds for $7.99, got to redecorate my shop with a WWF banner and received a beautiful panda statue for free. So cute. If the things were in a shop I’d support this organisation. Hay Day is currently my favourite game. Games are ubiquitous and so this is a good , non intrusive way to allow people the opportunity to participate in supporting charity organisations and initiatives of their choice . There is no compulsion and no pushing. It’s presented as an opportunity and choice. I really like that.
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Posted on April 4, 2016 by CathyW
Love the duck salon!
I love the duck salon. It is very amusing animation which has been well thought out and executed. The fishing area is really nice. A calm area. Initially I took a little while to learn how to fish but it’s not hard. Practice makes perfect! I like the lobster farm too because that is funny. I have to juggle everything to make sure I have enough bait and equipment to get my supplies right and then I have to take all the timing into consideration. All that takes thinking and planning. I’d love to be able to decorate the area a bit . As it stands, I just visit. The town I have grown quite a lot and have had a chance to decorate it quite a bit. I’d love to be able to put in some fruit trees and a few plots to grow some plants just to give it a more lived in look and have a bit more flexibility with landscaping. The town is non productive . It does use a lot of resources, however. Again, it forces you to think and plan. The riverboats come and go and I fill them or not. I am over being one thing short of a full riverboat. I either fill it or I don’t. Sometimes I part fill it and then those who help me get points and I get points for what I have accomplished. Insane requests like 11 sugar or 11 cream for one container deserve the contempt they get. Were the sugar and dairy facilities able to produce those amounts comfortably , then fair enough. As it stands it would break your production more often than not and the domino effect onto other resources is something which has to be considered. A thinking game full of challenges and confrontation. In the end, it is a game. I have a lot of fun playing it and don’t go down the negative paths. That means I am finally loving the Pinto horse I had to wait so long to get. The only decent horse there! She has learnt naughty tricks from one of my other horses and occasionally walks through walls and hay bales to the outside! You can be harvesting trees and the horses will walk straight through it like magic. They are on a mission and they are fully focussed!
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