- Relevant Art
- Goals and scope
- Related Projects
- See Also
- List the available video games, whatever their format is (native, Wine, old system ROM, game package for a particular engine, web game...).
- Display metadata for the games.
- Download the required programs to run the available games.
- Treat games as works of art instead of files or applications.
- Implement GNOME 3's Finding and Reminding layout on games.
- Make a meta game engine/emulator front-end : Video Games will simply be a game launcher.
- Integrate a game market, but we could ease integration of some external markets like Ubuntu Software Center or Steam.
- Being a controller manager : other projects exists for the GNOME Control Center and we should integrate with them.
Design in progress
Implementation in progress
IRC: #gnome-games on GimpNet
Mailing list: https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/games-list
For now, we are borrowing GNOME Games' mailing list and IRC channel.
Gnome Video Arcade
See the screenshots here: https://live.gnome.org/GnomeVideoArcade
Joypad Game Console
Games (Windows 7 app)
More screenshots at : http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/09/boxer-review-retro-gaming-on-the-mac-done-right/
Discussion on metadata sources and their usage can be pursued in the Metadata page.
Libretro is implemented by retro-gtk and used in Games to support a lot of games.
The LibretroCores page offers a comparison of different Libretro cores.
The Internet Arcade archives allow playing games in a browser, but it should be possible to get the zip file containing the ROM sources.
Currently, there's different types of games playable with GNOME, and different ways of doing so:
- native games can be launched via the Activities Overview, but you won't be able to display them by clicking on the "Games" category in GNOME Shell 3.8;
- game packs poorly integrated to their native engine or to the desktop (Doom, LÖVE...);
- emulated games, which need an emulator (such as MAME, Mednafen or DOSBox) to run;
- Windows games, which need Wine - when they're willing to work with Wine;
Web games, which can be added to the Overview thanks to the Web Apps feature of Web, but still need a browser to work, if not a third-party plugin (like Flash or Unity).
Goals and scope
- Making the most, if not all of an user's games available from one place;
- Bringing a common interface to multiple emulators;
- Keeping the actions needed between launching the app and launching a game to a minimum;
- Needing as little configuration as possible.
- The "+" button allow to add search paths or non-searchable games (like Web games).
- The "lens" button's behaviour is similar to GNOME Documents or GNOME Music.
- Non-searchable games and search folders integration ("+" button).
- System preferences (the "gear" button).
- The application menu.
GNOME Games: the actual games project;
GNOME Video Arcade: project achieving some of our goals in a GNOME 2 style;
Gamepad settings: a project we should support and rely on.
A little essay about video game preservation I (Adrien) wrote in French http://adrienplazas.net/articles/preservation-du-jeu-video