Mythgame player to run native Linux games

I recently started to be aware of a problem in our family. Ever since we configured Mythgame to run Xmame games, we started to ignore native Linux games. This is a shame, because often the quality of such games is much higher, and besides, they are open source, which I strongly believe in.

I looked around for help configuring Mythgame to run Linux games, and was unable to find a way to make a game player that would play any Linux game. So I devised the following solution:

Step 1: Set up directories for pseudo-roms, command switches and snapshots


mkdir /usr/share/games/roms
mkdir /usr/share/games/switches
mkdir /usr/share/games/snaps

Step 2: Define a player in Mythgame


Player name: Linux
Type: OTHER
Command: %s `cat \`dirname %s\`/../switches/\`basename %s\``
Rom Path: /usr/share/games/roms
ScreenShots: /usr/share/games/snaps

Step 3: Populate the directories with data


cd /usr/share/games/roms
ln -s /usr/games/oolite
ln -s /usr/games/starvoyager
cd /usr/share/games/snaps
cp ~synrg/snaps/oolite.png .
cp ~synrg/snaps/starvoyager.png .
cd /usr/share/games/switches
touch oolite
echo "-f" >starvoyager

Step 4: In Mythgame, “Scan for Games”

Step 5: Play!

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2 thoughts on “Mythgame player to run native Linux games”

  1. Killerwiki,

    This problem sounds familiar. I believe I did have a problem with this at one point, but I no longer have the problem. I am now using mythgame 0.20-svn20070609-0.2, so perhaps it was buggy in an earlier version and is now fixed.

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