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Bestiary of Sigillum online game and support

bestiary of sigillum online games linux support mac windows

Bestiary of Sigillum is a one-on-one competitive online game for Windows and Mac, but Linux needs Wishlist support. We reached out to developer Intaglyph via Steam. With some good news.

Online Game Reveals Eco-Costs At Home

Should you toast those dinner rolls in the oven or on the toaster? Do that laundry after breakfast, or after dinner? And what about those clothes washer settings – in terms of those all-important carbon emissions, does it make that much different whether you use hot or cold water to get your laundry clean,? A new online game from set to go live at the end of this month wants to answer all these burning questions, and more.

RED – short for “Renewable Energy Drama” – was developed by Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) in Germany. It presents a Sims-like domestic scene presented in a home to three family members. Players choose one of these three family members as an avatar, then go about regular domestic chores and activities, learning, in the process, how much CO2 is generated by each of them.

image via Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology

“Online games are very well suited to demonstrating situations taken from daily life. The interactive character supports learning very well, since the user receives individual feedback at all times. For this reason, we designed RED as an action-oriented, interactive 3D application,” explained Imke Hoppe, research scientist at IDMT. The game is targeted at both young people and adults who are interested in saving electricity at home.

At each step of the domestic routine, the game offers alternatives and choices for decreasing the carbon footprint associated with everyday activities – such as, for instance, doing laundry when the machine is full, rather than three-quarters full or half full – and calculates how much these small, eco-smart decisions can save a household over the course of a year. The game will be available to play online, free of charge, on September 29.

Habitat for Humanity to build homes with online game

Habitat for Humanity has unveiled Habitatland, its online community-building game that aims to raise awareness and funds.

An in-game screenshot of Habitatland.
(Credit: Habitat for Humanity)

Launching on Monday, 5 September, Habitatland is a free-to-play social strategy game that will be accessible on a micro-site via Facebook log-in. In it, you build houses and communities with your friends, spending in-game credits to get building materials and customisation options.

While you start with enough credits to build and perform basic customisations on a house, and can earn free credits by helping out your mates and playing mini-games, credits for more building options will be available via micro-transaction.

All proceeds from the purchased credits will go towards helping Habitat for Humanity’s 1000 Homes for Hope initiative to see 1000 homes built for the poorest families across Australia and the Asia Pacific by 2013, and each dollar spent by players will be matched by its sponsor, Domain.com.au.

Players can also complete community tasks to earn “ambassador points” to level up in the game, invite their friends via Facebook and reserve lots for them in-game, play online together, maintain and upgrade homes, build community buildings such as libraries and museums and eventually become mayor.

The game starts by giving 800 credits to each player, and you can purchase credits in amounts from 500 to 12,000, starting at AU$5.00 for 500 credits. As a rough guide as to costs, a premium eco-home will cost you 500 credits, while a pet will cost 100.

From Monday next week, Habitatland will be accessible via www.habitatland.org.au (this URL isn’t live at the time of writing, though).

Habitat for Humanity is also offering a free gift to CNET readers; simply enter the code in the voucher below when you begin playing to get an additional 300 free credits.

(Credit: Habitat for Humanity)

Driver: Freeway Fury Online Game Launched

In anticipation of the upcoming launch of Driver: San Francisco, Ubisoft has launched a free web game based on the Driver franchise. Driver: Freeway Fury is available to play in a browser now for free, and submitting your high scores will put you in the running for a grand prize worth $20,000 USD.

When plain old driving just isn’t enough, gamers can unleash their fury and climb to their car’s roof for some fresh air… and hijack a ride from another car while their at it thanks to Driver: Freeway Fury. A top-down, fast-paced high-score run, Driver: Freeway Fury tasks players with surviving on the highway while taking down rival vehicles and innocent bystanders. Gain nitro boost by jumping onto other cars, driving into oncoming traffic, and a variety of other crazy stunts. Only thing you can’t do is brake! But why would you want to do that?

Players who earn a score of 25,000 in Driver: Freeway Fury will be eligible for an entry into the sweepstakes, and each person who qualifies by 6th September 2011, will earn the Driver: San Francisco ticket and be in with a chance of winning a $20,000 gasoline gift card. Terms and conditions do apply, of course, and you can find out details on these and play the game itself at https://www.kongregate.com/games/Vasco_F/freeway-fury, right now. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on Driver: Freeway Fury, and other forthcoming games from Ubisoft.

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