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RootPrompt.org: Lack of Kids Games on Linux Rant

Jul 04, 2000, 19:06 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffery Douglas Waddell)


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"I'm a Linux Enthusiast, like most of you. I'm also a Computer Scientist, at least I have a Bachelor's Degree ;) So anyway, why am I writing this letter today. Well frankly I'm a bit frustrated and angry and would like to vent so you guys got elected. I also believe that I have a better way to do something and I need help doing it. So, where better to get help than from your peers...."

"Here's the story, I've been playing alot of Kids games lately. You know the one's made by BIG names with character's from some of our (at one time) favorite TV shows as well as NEW characters created specifically for the "educational" game. These games make me Angry! Here's why: they are very LIMITING, they only run on Microsoft Windows, and they intentionally do not scale so that the consumer is FORCED to buy more of them as the student progresses. I have said for a LONG time that linux needs to have Kids games (first annual ALS birds of a feather, if anybody remembers :), and usually I'm laughed at or put down."

"The thing is I don't care about that, I've been laughed at before, and it didn't change whether I was right or not. These games make me frustrated because I can't migrate away from Windows (and sadly I'm just talking about Microsoft Windows 3.1 here) and give my kids the quality multimedia games they deserve; these games promote learning but they have inherent (and I think intentional) limitations on their scalability. Oh and by the way I OWN WABI and I know alot about WINE (although I've not really attempted to migrate all the Windows games to WINE recently)."

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