It has been quite some time since I wrote about my favorite music tracks in video games. So far, I have written 23 articles in this series. Today I have a special spin-off article in this series. I was a guest on the “Untitled Game Music Podcast” by Alexander Sigsworth. Today it’s finally live and to give it some publicity since this series is amazing and I highly recommend that you all listen to it, this week’s article is simply going to be an embedded version of the podcast. Please enjoy and feel free to leave a comment here or on Alexander’s channel!
Hello there, it’s time for another update blog. The summer season is almost here and I think it’s time to tell you my schedule for the summer of 2017. Also, there are a few things I want to update you guys and girls about what’s going on behind the scenes in my life and my blog. While I’m introducing this update blog, you can enjoy a picture of my lovely cat Sparta napping. She turned 9 years old last month, so yeah. In any case, it’s time to get the updates rolling!
My favorite gaming music #20 article progress
At the moment of writing this update article, I have to still write 20% of the article. After that, I’ll have to proofread the article, finish the layout and then put in all the tags and then do the final touches before I can publish it.
But, I can’t publish the article right away. I’ll tell you guys this, I first want to talk about a few games before I can publish the article. So, in the upcoming weeks, I’ll talk about those games. That’s all I’m going to spoil about that.
Writing this article is one of the biggest writing projects I have ever done for this blog. I can’t wait until it’s finished to show it to you. It’s going to be a very long article so, be prepared when you are going to read it.
If everything goes according to plan, I think I’ll be able to publish the article in either July or August. Remember, if you followed me on Twitter, you might have already known this.
Future content during the summer
While I try to plan everything out, sometimes I get a mail about an interesting game and I reschedule everything. But, I do have to say that I have the next 10 articles planned.
At this moment in time, my schedule has cleared up quite a bit. I finished my evening classes for this school year and the play ended last month. So, that means I have a bit more time for my personal life and this blog.
When I have the time, I might publish more than one post a week in this summer. But, because it’s summer time, I’m planning a few trips to meet up with friends and family so, it’s possible that I won’t publish articles in the weekend but during the workweek. Pay attention, this will only be during the summer period. Because in September, my evening classes resume and not much later I’ll start to be in the rehearsals for the play in 2018.
I think it’s a great idea to follow me on Twitter since it’s so easy to publish quick updates. Also, feel afraid to tweet at me. I only bite in my food, so it’s all good.
Behind the scenes, I’m working with a few bloggers on a big project. I’m actually thinking about doing some collaborations with other bloggers. I won’t announce them in this article since they are still in the planning phases.
Speaking about guest articles, did you know I was a part of the Question of the Month articles in April and May? If you are interested in me answering the question of the month over at LaterLevels, well give it a look. I won’t spoil the question for June, but I have already submitted my reply for that!
Oh, if you are a blogger yourself and you want to do a collab with me, just send me a mail, tweet me or use my contact page. I’m open to collabs! I find them so much fun to do!
Here are some quick and smaller updates that I wanted to share.
Garage sale season is restarting. I can’t wait to go out on the hunt in the near future. I have a few ones already planned. Loot pictures will be on my Twitter when I find new games.
I have bought a 2nd 32GB SD card for my 3DS. Yeah, I was able to get a 32GB SD card full with games on my 3DS, I have since the 3DS released.
I was able to fix my gaming desktop finally. About time! It has been running excellent since Easter without any hiccups. So, the issue was that my 450W power brick was unable to get enough power to my hardware when it was under high load. I replaced the power brick with a 550W one, and it runs all the games I had problems with without any issue. I’m so glad I have my desktop back.
Also, if you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I tried to fix a computer I got from my grandfather in late April. It was a Packard Bell that I was unable to find drivers for anywhere on the internet. So, after replacing a faulty RAM stick and a new hard drive, I got the machine up and running again.
So, now I have two retro game PCs and a gaming desktop. My first retro PC is a Windows 98 SE machine with 512MB of RAM, 900MHz CPU, and 120GB HDD. The graphics are integrated on the motherboard. The new retro game PC is a Pentium 4 2,7 GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 180 GB hard disk and the graphics are also integrated.
If you are wondering, my main gaming desktop is one that my uncle and I put together. It has a 3,7 GHz CPU, GeForce GTX 660, 120GB SSD, 2TB HDD and 16GB of RAM. It’s a powerful machine. While it doesn’t have the best graphics card on the market, I mainly use this computer for my evening classes. And in my evening classes, I have to use a lot of virtual machines and this computer is very good for that.
In any case, that’s everything I wanted to talk about in this update. Thank you for reading this article and I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. I hope to be able to welcome you in another blog but until then, take care and have a great rest of your day!
I only got two lessons of Linux in class and I got kind of hooked. I wanted to do more with Linux. And because I’m a gamer, I decided to try and install games on Linux. After some trying out and fiddling around I was finally successful in installing a few games on my Ubuntu 14.04 server. So, in this tutorial I’ll also teach you guys how to install the Guest Additions. I installed it to, but I don’t know 100% if it’s actually needed. Anyways, enough stalling, let’s start.
- A working VirtualBox installation. If you don’t have that yet, get it here.
- A working Ubuntu 14.04 or later server. If you don’t have that yet, get it here.
- The GuestAdditions ISO. If you don’t have it, you can download it for version 4.3.20 here.
- Your Ubuntu install should be able to connect with the internet. I use NAT in the settings and it works. Also your Ubuntu VM needs a cd-rom drive. If you don’t have it yet, the error that pops up then explains it quite clearly how to add one.
How to do this?
Part 1: Guest Additions
Step 1: Update apt-get
After you log in into your Ubuntu server, type in the command:
sudo apt-get update
Then give in your sudo password and wait a while until you can give in commands again. This updates the apt-get program in Linux. This program is used to install, update and get software from the internet. I might be wrong, but that’s what I used it for.
Step 2: Install 2 pieces of software to get Guest Additions running.
After you updated apt-get, let’s use it to now have install two pieces of software that you need in order to run guest additions.
sudo apt-get install dkms
sudo apt-get install build-essential
Together they take around 50-60 MB if I remember correctly. You will have to allow both installations by simply hitting the “y” key. This installation takes a minute or five.
A good suggestion is that after the two installs, you reboot your virtual machine. You can do this in two ways. You could either shutdown the VM and restart it by using:
sudo shutdown -h now
Or just let the VM do the job for you by:
I didn’t need to enter my password, most likely since it still remembers it from the install of the programs.
Step 3: The CD.
After you downloaded the Guest Additions ISO file (I linked it more above in this post), you go to your VM and under the “Devices” tab, you pick “CD/DVD” and click “Choose a virtual CD/DVD file”. (note: I don’t know if it’s going to say that. My installation is in Dutch, so if it’s not 100% that, but something similar, forgive me.)
Then locate where you downloaded the Guest Additions ISO and click it so you can insert it in your Ubuntu. If there is an error message that VM doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive, read it and fix it. Be careful, in order to change those things you will need to shutdown the VM, otherwise the changes won’t be saved.
If there is any other error, try to allow it. Since I inserted the CD before I installed the two programs in step 2, I was a bit too quick, I got an error. I don’t remember what it said but I accepted it and I got it still working.
I know that the bottom says: “Install Guest Additions”. But when I used that, my installation wouldn’t find the CD after I mounted it. (I’ll explain that in the next step.) So yeah, that’s why I do it this way.
Step 4: Mount the disc.
After you got the disc in, you should go to your root and then to the media folder. I don’t go it the quickest way, but it’s the way I know it works. To experienced users, feel free to leave me a comment how to do it more efficiently.
You can see how I got there in the screenshot here. Ignore the first command to change my directory, I typed it wrong.
Confirm that there is a directory named cdrom. When you don’t have that directory there, make it. With mkdir cdrom of course. If you are having trouble, this tutorial is a great way to help you out.
Then you mount the ISO file you added in the previous step. This you can do by entering this command:
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
When it’s successful, you should get the message: “mount block device /dev/sr0 is write-protected, read only.”
Step 5: Install the Guest Additions.
Now, get yourself into the directory /media/cdrom. When you list (using the ls command) the file there, it will list various files that start with VB. A few other files too. Those are all in the ISO you just mounted.
Now in order to install the guest additions, you simply do this command:
And you hit enter. Then it installs. For me, it took 2 minutes. The final line will most likely say that it couldn’t find X.org and such. Just ignore that. Since it’s the part of the guest additions when you would have used a GUI interface. Since we are using a command line interface, it isn’t working of course.
Part 2: Installing games
When you are going to install games, you will need to search online for them. While I have no clue (yet) how to install games you downloaded from an external website, I found out that many websites gave a command how to install it.
When you installed a game, you can run it by simply entering the name. You can also see a list of your installed games when you enter the command:
The directories with a yellow color behind it, are executable games. Just enter the name in order to run. When you want to uninstall a game, you remove the directory as a superuser. If an experienced user facepalms, feel free to leave a comment how to do it better.
Update 29/01: I found out how to uninstall games. It’s with this command:
sudo apt-get remove <gamename>
Then your game will be removed.
I also found out that when you list, not every executable game is highlighted in yellow. So, that trick doesn’t work.
Anyways, that concludes my tutorial, thanks for reading and if you have issues, feel free to leave a comment. Even while I don’t know a lot about Linux server yet, I’ll do my best in order to help you out. It will be a nice learning experience for me. In any case, enjoy!