Top 5 ways to follow the 2010 World Cup on the go

The entire African continent is in a state of excitement with the kick off of the FIFA World cup being hosted by South Africa. Not of us can be by our sets when our favorite teams play. If you are such person, take heart. The following are 5 ways to follow the World Cup as it happens
The name says it all. Livescores auto-refreshes recurrently and updates you in real time about the progress of the match with all statistics and text commentary.
Google has just published a blog post on how you can follow the tournament via their various outlets. The official Google World Cup site has the details on how to keep up with us here in Africa while you are away from your set.
This is more the commentary of the masses. This is a special Twitter site with real time updates from people all over the world about the tournament. It is rather interesting to see the rants of people about their teams and more. There is also the staff picks site for more fun stuff from Twitter about the World Cup.
Footiefox Firefox addon
Yes you guessed right. There is an addon for that. Footiefox brings the action on the pitch to your browser status bar. You choose your configurations to your taste and Footiefox does the rest for you, displaying real time updates in your browser’s status bar as the action happens.
This site also has a really impressive coverage of the World Cup with in depth analysis of all 32 countries, player profiles and professional commentaries from seasoned sports journalists.
These are the 5 ways I’m keeping up with this historic tournament when I am away from my TV set. How are you keeping up with it?

Danger from the Deep- An open source sub simulator game.

Ever wanted to get the feel of what it’s like to be in a sub? Better put, a German sub during WW2? Danger from the deep is your best bet.
Danger from the Deep (known as dangerdeep or DftD) is a free (as in free speech), Open Source World War II german submarine simulator. The program and source code is available under the GPL license and most of the artwork/data is released under a Creative Commons license (Attribution/NonCommercial/Non-Derivative works).”
With DftD, you get to travel back in time to the WW2 to experience a German sub and how it works thanks the to the games advanced simulation. It is multiplatform and is partly based on the open graphics library OpenGL thus should reasonable easy to port.
It is available for download for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Tremulous – An open source FPS and RTS game for Linux.

Based on the  Quake 3 engine, Tremulous is a multi-player, open source (GPL), first person shooter and real time strategy game that runs on Linux and other platforms. Humans have to battle aliens in this game, with each team constructing and guarding a base, the most important of which is the spawn.
From Wikipedia, “during a match, most players engage in fighting the enemy, while others maintain the base and construct new structures. In order to destroy the enemy, humans utilize various weapons, armor and other upgrades, while aliens may evolve into more powerful classes, each of which possesses unique abilities.
The teams do not have access to all possible upgrades and buildings at the beginning of the game. Each team must reach a threshold of frags in order to advance to the next developmental stage. The point at which a stage change occurs varies dynamically depending on the number of players on each team. Each new stage brings more upgrades for the humans and more classes for the aliens.”
The humans in Tremulous use all forms of modern hi-tech weaponry and armor in their crusade against the aliens. The Reactor is the energy backbone of the humans, responsible for powering all their equipment.
Like the Na’vi in the Avatar who live on Pandora, the aliens in Tremulous live in a building called Overmind, the one building that rules all their other buildings. They need to kill in order to evolve into new forms and have a health upgrade.
As a player, you can choose which race you’d want to play for, either the humans or the aliens. Player advancement is different depending on which team you are on. As a human, players are rewarded with credits for each alien kill. These credits may be used to purchase new weapons and upgrades from the “Armoury”. The alien team advances quite differently.
Tremulous also boasts of the following features

  • Flexible particle system – 99% of the in-game visual effects are configured using particle scripts.
  • 16 buildable structures with in-game functions
  • Play as several alien classes with unique abilities.
  • Customize your setup as a human and buy new weapons, armour and items.
  • Scale the walls and ceilings as an alien waiting for an unsuspecting human.
  • Realistic physics and motion – no bunny hopping or quick back peddling.
  • Flexible map system – animated mapobjects, triggering, light flares, etc.
  • Large weapons system – don’t like the weapon you have? Sell it and buy a different one, dozens of options.
    The last stable build of Tremulous is 1.1.0 as of December 2006. The latest version, 1.2, is in beta and available for testing on all platforms though Windows and Linux users would have to install 1.1 for the 1.2 installers to patch.This thread on the Trem forums shows how to get it running on Ubuntu, though the same applies to other Linux distros.
    The game site does not seem to have any proper tutorials with regards to getting the game running save for the forums. It also seems to me that game development is also very slow, a testimony being the last stable build dating back to 2006.
    My criticisms aside, Trem is a great game that run great on a very old lappy that I have Ubuntu installed on. If you are a  Linux user or are thinking of switching but worried about the lack of games, then you definitely need to give Tremulous a try.

    Scorched 3D- Real time strategy game for Linux.

    Based on Scorched Earth, the DOS game which was once crowned the “Mother of all games,” Scorched 3D is an open source, turn based, artillery game that is available free of charge for all platforms. It is a simple real-time strategy game in which players can counter each others’ weapons with other creative accessories, shields and tactics. Learn skills in timing, aiming and judgment, move around on the landscape, or even out-smart your opponent economically.
    Scorched 3D is really easy to play. All you need to do is just point the turret, adjust power and trajectory, select your weapon of choice and shoot. It’s that easy but also highly addictive. Learn the basic controls using the tutorial mode, or set up your own game by customizing dozens of economy and environmental conditions to your liking, or simply play online immediately at one of the various public servers.
    You can play alone or with up to 24 players at a time, mixing computer players with humans on both randomly generated 3D landscapes and user designed maps. Scorched3D comes bundled with Apocalypse mod, which offers enhanced levels of weaponry and additional user designed maps and also offers an active online community of players making models, maps and mods for the game.
    Scorched 3D also comes with a system that allows you to win medals displayed in the Scorched 3D forum. However, you would need to be a registered member of the forum and should have given your player ID through the user control panel. You gain medals by defeating as many opponents as possible without getting killed yourself. The game is available for download for Windows, Linux and Mac. Go on and add some fun to your busy schedule. But beware- this game is highly addictive.

    Smokin’ Guns – Cowboy First-person shooter Game for Linux.

    Initially developed as Western Quake 3, Smokin’ Guns  is the game for you if you ever feel nostalgic of the Old West. Smokin’ Guns, an open source, cross platform first-person shooter is intended to be a semi-realistic simulation of the “Old West’s” great atmosphere and was developed on Id Software’s Quake III Arena Engine. It boasts of the following features
    • A full arsenal of weapons with historically correct design.
    • A variety of western styled maps and player models.
    • A realistic damage system with different locations (head, chest, neck, etc) and height-dependent falling damage.
    • New western styled game types for more fun: Bank Robbery and Duel Modes.
    • A money system allowing for equipment purchase with money from rewards.
    • Easy to use graphical user interface and HUD.
    • Other small improvements for better gameplay and enhanced fun.
    As the name says, the goal of this mission types is to rob a bank and bring the money back to a secure point. To do so each player of the attacking team is equipped with two sticks of dynamite in order to blow up the safe. Robbing the bank isn’t going to be easy because the whole second team is defending the bank and will try to prevent the other team from getting in. While a robbery might prove to be more difficult, it will also be much more profitable than just killing off the defending team. Once the attacking team wins a round the roles are reversed, meaning the team that defended the bank before will have to rob it.
    The Duel Mode:
    This is where you can reenact the classical Wild West showdown. In this mode, the only weapons you can buy are pistols. The duel maps are actually large levels divided into several parts, and up to 16 players per map are supported. Separate duels can be performed simultaneously in different parts of the map.
    Health and Damage:
    How much damage you take depends on which part of your body is hit. If you get hit in the head you’re likely to die at once, but if you get hit in the leg you’ll probably survive. The most vulnerable part of your body that you must protect at all cost is your head. There is no way to restore your health in Smokin’ Guns. Once you get hit, the damage remains until your next life. When you are taking damage you will have trouble moving at normal speed. It’s a touch of realism since being shot in real life would definitely not go unnoticed.
    There are four different categories of weapons in Smokin’ Guns: pistols, rifles, shotguns, and special weapons. You can only carry two pistols, and one heavy weapon (rifle, shotgun, or Gatling gun) at the same time.

    Smokin’ Guns is available for download for all Linux, Windows and Mac.

    Free strategy game Hive Rise for Linux

    The real time online strategy game Hive Rise is now available for the Linux platform. It is a game set in the 21st century, when wars between countries were fading, and some people were looking for alternative ways of of fomenting more trouble. The client software as well as the game itself is free of charge, with the option of buying more equipment. The client software is available for download here. Enjoy!