Mars et Avril (English Subtitles) (2013) Official Trailer (HD)

Official trailer for the sci-fi movie Mars et Avril with English subtitles in high definition video.  Mars et Avril (Mars & Avril) is a Canadian film from the pages of a popular graphic novel.  The movie takes place in a futuristic version of Montreal after the very first human landing on Mars.  Primarily, the story involves a musician’s obsession with his muse.

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I, Frankenstein (2014) Official Trailer (HD)

Official trailer for the movie I, Frankenstein in high-definition (HD) video.

I, Frankenstein is an upcoming science fiction film written and directed by Stuart Beattie who wrote the screenplay for 30 Days of Night.  The movie is based on the Darkstorm Comics which places Frankenstein’s monster in a modern-day setting as he gets mixed up in an ancient war between two immortal clans.

I, Frankenstein is set for release on January 24th, 2014.

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How to Run Starcraft II On Ubuntu 13.04 & 13.10

Starcraft II

Starcraft and now Starcraft II can be tricky to get running on Ubuntu 13.04 / 13.10, but by following these steps I was able to get it working with only minor issues.

Cedega is dead for the most part & Crossover Games costs money so here is my tutorial on how to install Starcraft II with Wine & PlayOnLinux/Wine.  If you have difficulty after following these instruction, feel free to post or browse the “getting Starcraft II working on Linux” thread on the Ubuntu forum.

How to Run Starcraft II With Wine

  1. Download & Install Wine the latest Wine (In my case I use Ubuntu w/ installation via Synaptic Package Manager)
  2. Open a command line / terminal window & type the commands listed below
  3. cd ~/Downloads
  4. wget http://winezeug.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/winetricks
  5. chmod +x winetricks
  6. ./winetricks droid fontfix fontsmooth-rgb gdiplus gecko
  7. ./winetricks vcrun2008 vcrun2005 allfonts d3dx9 win7
  8. winecfg

The winecfg command will open the Wine configuration.  You will notice tabs along the top with one titled Libraries.  The Libraries tab will list a war load of libraries.  What we went to do is add mmdevapi to the overrides then edit/disable it.  After mmdevapi is added & disabled click on the audio tab and choose Alsa.

With any luck at this point you should be able to play Starcraft II on Linux.

How to Run Starcraft 2 With PlayOnLinux

PlayOnLinux is the easiest option since it will automate the process of installing SC2 via Wine (for the most part).  Use these steps to get the game up and running:

  1. Download PlayOnLinux for your specific Linux distribution (If you use Ubuntu download the newest version via the official website to get the newest version)
  2. Click on install & select Starcraft II from the Games menu
  3. Go through the step by step process (note if you install from the DVD it will take a long time for PlayOnLinux to copy the files from the disc, don’t be alarmed)
  4. When the game is installed select it & click on “configure this application” from the menu.  You’ll want to choose “configure wine” and add then disable mmdevapi in the libraries tab like we did with the Wine howto.
  5. Play SC2 – Wings of Liberty / Heart of the Swarm / Legacy of the Void (hopefully)

Potential solutions for FPS issues

Starcraft II will likely run slower on Linux than Windows for various reason but you might be able to compensate using these methods:

  • Disable Compiz (Using Ubuntu/Wine – System > Preferences > Appearance > Visual Effects > None) – Note: Compiz has improved performance in 13.10
  • Upgrade your Nvidia drivers, https://edge.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-x-swat/+archive/x-updates (or upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10, it will upgrade you to the nvidia-319 drivers
  • Try lowering your in game graphical settings to compensate
  • Look through the comments at the bottom of the Wine HQ page for Starcraft II
  • Look through the comments on this post

If you have any issues or suggestions please add a comment :-)

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Sci-Fi Browser Based RPG & Strategy Games

I’ve compiled a list containing every sci-fi browser based game I was able to find.  If you know of any other games that are worthy of this list please contact us or leave a comment at the bottom of this page.  Thanks.

Updated: 10/7/2013


ASTRO EMPIRES

Astro Empires

Astro Empires is a highly addictive space strategy game, where you play with or against thousands of other real players, in real time, to control the Universe.

You play in a persistent universe, which means that the game keeps running even when you are not online. To play, all you need is a web browser and an internet connection. No downloads or plugins are required.


BAKUGAN DIMENSIONS

Bakugan MMORPG

Enter an online game where you get to create a character, build up your virtual collection and battle against other brawlers. Each Gundalian Invader Bakugan comes with a secret DNA Access code that unleashes your virtual Bakugan. Getting in is easy – all you need to do is create an account. You don’t need a code to join but you will want one if you want to win the battle.


BATTLE DAWN

Battledawn MMORPG

Battle Dawn is a strategy MMO browser based game featuring three types of worlds with thousands of other real players. The game is built entirely in Flash. It’s free to play and requires no downloads.

You begin as the leader of a small colony and through diplomacy, strategy and skill you’ll expand your rule over the entire world.


BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ONLINE

Battlestar Galactica Online MMORPG

Which side will you choose – Human or Cylon? The choice is yours with Battlestar Galactica Online: the free-to-play, browser-based MMO by BigPoint. Immerse yourself within the exciting universe of the hit re-imagined series from Syfy. Interact with your favorite key characters, complete challenging missions from your commanding officers, and fly a Colonial Viper or Cylon Raider – or command ships never seen before now. But first, you must decide: will you stand with humanity, or against it?

Retro Hive Review: Battlestar Galactica Online


DARK ORBIT

Dark Orbit MMORPG

DarkOrbit is one of the most popular browser based sci-fi RPG games, for fans of space-inspired browser games. The free browser game DarkOrbit is guaranteed to provide you with hours of gaming fun. Register now and get ready for battle.


DEEPOLIS

Deepolis MMOPRG

Deepolis is an action-packed MMO browser game. Dive into the abysmal depths of the 3D oceans and experience the rapture of the deep. Fight in exciting battles and navigate your sub through mysterious subaquatic worlds and unknown ocean rifts. Use your tactical skills at trading stations and attack enemy confederations and fleets.


FUSION FALL

FusionFall MMORPG

With platforming challenges included in every game area, FusionFall’s got the jump on other online games. You’ll be able to jump, bounce, hop and leap through a variety of obstacle-filled environments, all while solving puzzles and completing missions.


CITY OF STEAM

City of Steam MMORPG

City of Steam is a free-to-play unity3D browser-based industrial age steam punk styled MMORPG.


OGAME

ogame MMORPG

OGame is a strategy-game set in space. Thousands of players across the world compete at the same time. In order to play you only need a web browser.


OUTER GALAXIES

Outer Galaxies MMORPG

Ready to play directly in your browser, it features full Realtime spaceship combat with Player vs. Player and Player vs. Environment. Over 500 items to collect, trade and construct. Blueprint based construction system with custum ship crafting Refinement & Recycling system. AI driven NPCs with different tactics & behaviours. Asteroid harvesting to gain 14 different types of rawmaterials. 25+ useable spaceships. Full Player based market. Over 8 powerful premium ammunition types with special side effects. Hundreds of dockable stations. 60+ default avatars to choose from. And a rank system with 30 reachable ranks.


PIRATE GALAXY

Pirate Galaxy MMORPG

Pirate Galaxy is the award winning science fiction MMO about the resistance of mankind against an alien species called “Mantis”. It’s free to play and provides real time 3D graphics directly in your browser. Enjoy fast-paced, tactical spaceship combats, become part of a spectacular storyline and invite your friends on exciting missions against the unite enemy.


SIGMASTORM 2

Sigma Storm II MMORPG

Become a Soldier, Purist, Mutant or Cyborg in this expansive, futuristic browser based roleplaying game!


SPACE INVASION

Space Invasion MMORPG

In the strategy game SpaceInvasion, it’s your mission to become the commander of your own Imperial space force and set out to conquer undiscovered planets, found your own space colonies and mine raw materials. You’ll need to establish your own industries and build your own defense installations in order to protect yourself in this inter-stellar strategy game. They’re a definite must at SpaceInvasion: The galaxies here are brimming with legions of enemies, all of whom would love to get ahead at your expense. Protect your base and defend your honor – they’re one and the same in the strategy game SpaceInvasion. Without them you’ll be nothing, a tiny speck of space dust in the unending emptiness of the vacuum.


STAR PIRATES

Star Pirates MMOPRG

The Earth is destroyed – space miners stationed in the Asteroids fight to survive. Gamble, mine, upgrade and customize your ship, research weapons, shields and engines technology! Fight, raid, bomb and trade with other Star Pirates! Join forces and become part of a Fleet! Assemble into Armadas!

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Ender’s Game Official Trailer in High Definition (HD)

Ender’s Game is a science fiction movie based on a novel from 1984 with the same name.  If the movie remains true to the books it’ll be set in Earth’s future after humankind survived two galactic wars.  To prepare for an inevitable third invasion, an international fleet develops a school to train talented children in the art of war by using games as a learning tool.

Personally, I loved the associated novels and the trailer for the new film looks terrific.

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