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Installing Games On Ubuntu With Playdeb


Playdeb is a repository for Ubuntu games that makes it easy to install games that are available on getdeb.net. This article shows how you can install games using Playdeb on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Preliminary Note

Playdeb was launched on September 1, 2008, and is still in beta, so it is possible that some games might not work on your system.

 

2 Preparing The System For Playdeb

Open Firefox and go to http://www.playdeb.net. Click on the apturl package link to install the apturl package from Playdeb. This package is needed later on if you’d like to install games directly from the Playdeb web site – it interpretes URLs of the form apt:alien-arena?refresh=yep.

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Select Open with GDebi Package Installer (default) in the Firefox download dialogue:

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If you see the message: An older version is available in a software channel, click on Close and ignore the message:

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Next click on Install Package to install the apturl package:

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Type in your password:

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The package is then being downloaded and installed:

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Click on Close afterwards and leave the Package Installer:

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Go back to the Playdeb web site and click on the playdeb package link to install the playdeb package:

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Select Open with GDebi Package Installer (default) in the download dialogue:

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Click on Install Package in the Package Installer:

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Type in your password:

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The playdeb package is then being downloaded and installed:

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Click on Close afterwards and leave the Package Installer:

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We are now ready to install games from the Playdeb repository!

3 Installing Games

There are two methods how you can install games using Playdeb: the first is to install games directly from the Playdeb web site, and the second is to use the Synaptic Package Manager.

3.1 Installing Games Using The Playdeb Web Site

To install games over the Playdeb web site, visit the Playdeb games list and click on the Install link of a game that you want to install:

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Answer yes when you are asked if you want to install the selected game:

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Click on Apply:

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The game and its dependencies are now being downloaded and installed:

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Click on Close afterwards:

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You can now find the game under Applications > Games:

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3.2 Installing Games Using The Synaptic Package Manager

If you know the name of the game that you’d like to install, you can as well use the Synaptic Package Manager to install it. Go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager:

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Type in your password:

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In the Synaptic Package Manager, click on the Search button to open the search dialogue. Type in the name of the game that you’d like to install and click on Search:

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If Synaptic has found the package that you’re looking for, click on the checkbox left of it and select Mark for Installation:

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If the game has any dependencies, click on Mark to install them as well:

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Click on Apply to start the installation…

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… and then on Apply again to confirm your selection:

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The game and its dependencies are then being downloaded…

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… and installed:

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Click on Close afterwards and leave the Synaptic Package Manager:

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You can find the game under Applications > Games:

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Happy Gaming! 🙂

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  • Playdeb: http://www.playdeb.net
  • Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com

 

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