Mostly they get ignored.
Below are some updates and some tips on Gnome-Games.
A minor annoyance, i agree, but thankfully sirblackheart over at gnome-look.org created some tango style themes to match the games and they look so much better for it!
Four-in-a-row With Matching Theme
You can download the themes @ ggnome-look.org
Installing the themes is easy, too. Open a terminal and type: -
- gksu nautlius /usr/share/gnome-games/
then simply copy the theme files into the correct theme folders for each game.
(Note that Four-in-a-row is called “gnect four” as it’s directory.)
Change, my dear, and not a moment too soon…
Gnome-Games haven’t changed all that much in various versions of gnome. Being almost 12
That said, one or two games – whilst perhaps looking the same – have actually been re-written/ported to use Intel’s Clutter. (Clutter is a toolkit that provides slick, smooth animations using 2D and OpenGL – Ubuntu Netbook Remix’s launcher uses Clutter, for example.)
Gnometris will be showing off it’s shiny new clutter version in Karmic Koala. You can take a peek below or try it out if you’re using Karmic. It has a very slick “explosion” effect when you create a line.
Gnibbles is another game that has been written to use Clutter. I personally can’t stand this game at all, but i do know it’s popular.
Aisle-riot is also being ported/written with Clutter. It adds smooth animations when cards are flipped and moved and it makes it look very nice! Check out the video @ http://www.busydoingnothing.co.uk/bildoj/aisleriot-clutter.ogg
Plans are also afoot for Mines and SameGnome to be rewritten in Clutter.
KGames: The Competition
KDE has it’s own set of game similar to those included in Gnome by default (and a ton more beside!). if you like glossy, good looking games – even simple ones! – then you should try out the KDE version of your favourites.
You’ll find lots more “simple” KDE games in the Ubuntu repo’s. I’m addicted to kBattleship!