How to get free Pokèballs during the lockdown

Pokèmon Go is a game that requires you go outside to play it which is a bit difficult given the lockdown in most places. You can turn on Adventure Sync and have your at-home movements count towards steps taken but that doesn’t allow you to visit Pokèstops or gyms which means you’re low on supplies. You can buy supplies, or you can have friends gift them to you. If neither is an option Niantic is offering users a gift of 8 Pokèballs, 4 Pinap berries, and 4 Razz berries. Here’s how you can get them.

Add Niantic as a friend

If you add Niantic as a friend in the game, the company will send you the aforementioned items as a gift. Tap your avatar in the game and select the ‘Friends’ tab. Tap ‘Add a friend’ and use the trainer code below to add Niantic as a friend.

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Unfortunately, this might not work since there are a lot of players currently trying to add the company and the pending requests have piled up to a point where no new requests are going through. There is a pretty simple alternative though.

Use promo code

Niantic has given users a promo code that they can redeem for the gifts. The code can be scanned from the game on Andriod but, both Android and iOS users can visit this page and enter the code to get their gifts.

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Sign in with your Pokèmon account, and then enter the code. The items will take a little time to appear in the game but when they do, you will see an in-game alert telling you they’ve been added.

Redemption limit

You can only redeem the code or get the gift once. You must redeem the code before April 10, 2020. You must claim the gift within 24 hours of getting it.

Playing Pokèmon Go

Playing the game during a lockdown isn’t easy since you’re not supposed to go out. The game in no way encourages you to defy lockdown protocol in your country but it has added some leniency to the rules. You can access Pokèstops from much farther away i.e., twice the distance. The same goes for gyms though for many users who live in entirely residential areas, this is insufficient. Incense now lasts for a whole hour instead of the usual 30 minutes and eggs can be hatched at half the distance. There is also a bundle that you can buy for 1 Pokècoin that includes 20 Ultra balls, and 15 Pinap berries. The bundle updates daily and is a good buy compared to everything else.

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How to run Team Fortress 2 in the correct resolution on Windows 10

Team Fortress 2 doesn’t always run in the correct resolution. Sometimes it’s only a little bit off but other times, it can be drastically low even though you have a screen that supports better, higher resolutions. If that’s the case, you can use a simple little trick to run Team Fortress 2 in the correct resolution.

Fix Team Fortress 2 resolution

Open Steam and go to your Library. Look for Team Fortress 2 in the list of games (it should be installed) and right-click it. From the context menu, select Properties.

On the Properties window, go to the General tab and click the ‘Set Launch Options’ button. Another window will open. In this window, you can enter simple arguments that tell the game how to run.

To change the resolution that the game runs in, enter the following.

-windowed -w Screen-Width -h Screen-height

Example

-windowed -w 1920 -h 1080

If you’re not sure what your screen resolution is, you can check from the Settings app. Open the Settings app and go to the System group of settings. Select Display and look at the value under ‘Display Resolution’. The first value is the ‘width’ and the second is the ‘height’.

The command given above will run the game in windowed mode. If you don’t want the app to run in windowed mode, you can skip the -windowed part.

This will work for other games too and there are other commands you can enter in the launch options. You can also use it to run a game with a specific version of DirectX for example, you can use -dxlevel 90 if you want to run a game with DirectX v9.0. The difference between this command and the resolution one is that some games may not be able to run with the version of DirectX that you enter in which case, the game will fail to launch. Before using a command-line switch like this on a game, make sure that the game itself is compatible with it.

As for why Team Fortress 2 runs with the incorrect resolution, it’s hard to say. You can check the game’s settings and see if you’ve set the correct resolution in the game itself. Go to the game’s settings and select the Video tab. There’s a dedicated dropdown for the resolution. Pick the ‘Native’ option which will match your screen’s current resolution.

This is anecdotal but, after using the launch option to run the game, it began to run in the correct resolution even after I removed the modified launch option.

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How to play Sega Master System games on Linux

The Sega Master System is an 8-bit home video game console. It was initially sold as the Sega Mark III, the third iteration of the SG-1000 in Japan. However, the name was changed.

Master System was released in 1987. However, you’ll still be able to enjoy the game in 2020 if you install the Blastem emulator, an app that can play Sega MS games on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Note: Addictivetips in no way encourages or condones the illegal downloading or distribution of ROM files for the Sega Master System. If you choose to install Blastem, please use game ROMs that you own and have backed up to your PC, legally.

Installing Blastem on Linux

The Blastem emulator is one of the best apps for playing Master System console games on Linux. To get the app working on your Linux PC, start by opening up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T.

Once the terminal window is open, follow the command-line installation instructions down below that correspond with the Linux desktop environment you currently use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, the Blastem emulator app can easily be installed on Linux with the following Apt command.

sudo apt install blastem

Debian

Debian Linux users have an easy way of installing the Blastem app, as it is available in the “Main” software repository. However, only Debian Sid and Debian 10 users will be able to get it using the Apt-get command below.

sudo apt-get install blastem

Arch Linux

Arch Linux users will be able to get the Blastem emulator up and running on Arch Linux thanks to the AUR. To start the installation, use the Pacman command to download the “Git” and “Base-devel” packages to your computer. These packages are required to interact with the Arch Linux AUR.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

Once both the “Git” and “Base-devel” packages are done installing on your Arch Linux PC, use the git clone command to download the Trizen AUR helper tool. This program will make it very easy to build and install Blastem on Arch as it takes care of the dependencies automatically.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

Move into the “trizen” folder with the CD command and make use of the makepkg command to install the Trizen AUR helper onto the system.

cd trizen 

makepkg -Sri

Use the Trizen tool to install the Blastem emulator on your Arch Linux system.

trizen -S blastem

Fedora

Fedora Linux does not have the Blastem emulator on the system, for whatever reason. However, it is still possible to get the Blastem emulator up and running on Fedora with Flatpak. Follow the Flatpak instructions later in this guide.

OpenSUSE

OpenSUSE, like Fedora Linux, cannot install Blastem directly from their software repositories. Instead, SUSE users looking to get the emulator up and running must follow the Flatpak instructions in this guide.

Flatpak

To get Blastem working through the Flatpak system on Linux, you must first ensure you have the Flatpak runtime installed and enabled on your system. Once that is taken care of, enter the following terminal command to get the app working.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub com.retrodev.blastem

Playing Games with Blastem

Playing Sega Master System games with Blastem is very straightforward, thanks to its UI. To start, launch the app by searching for “Blastem” in the app menu. Then, when the app is open, look for the “Load ROM” button and click on it with the mouse.

Upon clicking the “Load ROM” button, a file manager inside of Blastem will appear. Use the scroll button on your mouse to find your Sega Master System ROM folder. Then, once you’ve found the folder, press the Enter key to access it.

Inside of the ROM folder, click on the ROM you’d like to play with the mouse to start playing!

Configuring a controller

As the Blastem emulator is a modern program, it is possible to set a controller to play games with it. Here’s how to do it.

First, locate the “Settings” menu in the Blastem main menu and click on it with the mouse. Once in the “Settings” area, find the “Controllers” option and click on it with the mouse.

Inside of the “Controllers” area, locate your controller in the menu. Blastem should automatically detect it. Then, click on the “Remap” button to customize the controls for your controller.

When the controller’s bindings are set, exit the settings area. It should then work in any Master System ROM game!

Saving and loading

Need to save the current state of the Master System ROM you are playing? Here’s how to do it. First, press the Esc key on the keyboard to pause the emulation. Then, once it is paused, find the “Save State” button, and click on it to save your game.

Want to load a previous save for your Master System ROM? Press Esc to open up the menu. After that, select the “Load State” button to load your game!

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How to play Mordhau on Linux

Mordhau is a multiplayer medieval video game for PC. The independent Slovenian studio Triternion developed it. The gameplay in Mordhau is hack ‘n slash and centers around deadly melee combat and archery.

As Mordhau is an independent game, there’s no Linux support, and it’s clear that the developers do not have plans to bring support to the platform any time soon. Luckily, thanks to tools like Steam Play and Wine, you’ll be able to get the game playable on Linux anyways. Here’s how.

Note: you must own Mordhau for this guide to work. To purchase Mordhau on Steam, click here. Or, log into the Steam client, click on “Store” and search for “Mordhau.”

Option 1 – Steam Play

Valve’s innovative Steam Play technology is the best positioned to run Mordhau on Linux. The reason? It can pretty much take care of all advanced configurations to get the game working with little to no input from the user.

The first step in getting Mordhau working with Steam Play on your Linux PC is to install the Linux Steam client. Open up a terminal window and follow the command-line installation instructions below that correspond with your distribution.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install steam

Debian

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora

Fedora does not include Steam in its software repositories. As such, if you’d like to use Steam on the OS, your best bet is to follow the Flatpak instructions.

OpenSUSE

OpenSUSE users should install Steam via the Flatpak instructions.

Flatpak

To use Steam via Flatpak, you must have the Flatpak runtime enabled. Follow this guide to get it working before attempting to install Steam with the commands below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

With the Linux Steam client installed, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Mordhau up and running via Steam Play.

Step 1: Launch the Steam app on the Linux desktop. Then, log into your Steam account with your username and password.

Step 2: After logging in, locate the “Steam” menu, and click on it. Then, select “Settings” to access the Steam client settings area.

Step 3: In the Steam client settings area, find “Steam Play” and enable it on your system. Be sure to check the box that allows Steam Play to work with all titles in Steam, as Mordhau will not work without this setting turned on.

Having issues turning on Steam Play on your Linux PC? Follow this in-depth guide about Steam Play.

Step 4: With Steam Play enabled, find the “Library” button, and click it to go to your Steam library. Then, find the search box and click on it with the mouse.

In the search box, type out “Mordhau.”

Step 5: In the search results, click on “Mordhau” to access its page in your Steam library.

Step 6: Locate the blue “Install” button to download Mordhau to your Linux PC. Please understand that this download could take quite a long time, as Mordhau is not a small game.

Step 7: When Mordhau is done downloading, find the green “Play” button to start up the game. As you do, Steam will install various tools to get it working and launch the game.

Troubleshooting – Steam Play

Mordhau running with Steam Play usually works pretty well. However, you may experience some trouble playing the game. If you need troubleshooting help, read the Mordhau post on ProtonDB.

Option 2 – Wine

If Steam Play isn’t for you, it is possible to get Mordhau working within Wine. To start the installation, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Note: Steam may not run for you in Wine. Only follow the Wine instructions if Steam Play fails.

Step 1: The first thing you must do to get Mordhau working on Linux with Wine is to install Wine 5.0. To get Wine 5.0, follow this guide.

Step 2: With Wine 5.0 installed, set up, you must install Winetricks, as it can be used to set up the Windows version of Steam quickly.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install winetricks

Debian

sudo apt-get install winetricks

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S winetricks

Fedora

sudo dnf install winetricks

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install winetricks

Step 3: Use the Winetricks tool to install the Windows release of Steam on your computer.

winetricks steam

Step 4: Launch the Windows version of Steam on your Linux PC by searching for it in the app menu.

Step 5: Log into the Windows version of Steam on your Linux PC. Then, find the “Library” section and click on it with the mouse.

Step 6: In the “Library” area, find the search box, and use it to search for “Mordhau.” Once you’ve discovered Mordhau in the search results, click on it with the mouse to access its page in your Steam library.

Step 7: Click on the blue “Install” button to get Mordhau installed. Keep in mind that the installation may take a while.

Step 8: Click on the green “Play” button to play Mordhau in Wine!

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How to play Final Fantasy 14 Online on Linux

Final Fantasy 14 Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Square Enix. The game was released in 2013 for Windows, PS3, PS4, and macOS. The game centers around the player’s character as they adventure through the fictional land of Eozea, completing quests, team up with friends, and fight baddies from the Final Fantasy Universe. In this guide, we’ll show you how to play this excellent MMORPG on the Linux platform.

Please note that Final Fantasy 14 Online requires a monthly subscription to play the game. You will also need to purchase the game itself through Steam for it to work correctly in Linux. To get your hands on the Steam release of FF14, click here. For information on subscribing to the game, click here.

Getting FF14 Online working

The best way to get FF14 Online up and running on Linux is done with Valve’s Steam Play, a program that works with Wine, and various other applications and tools to make Windows video games work on Linux. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to get FF14 working with Steam Play.

Step 1: To run FF14 Online in Steam, you must install the Linux Steam client. Press Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard to open up a terminal window. Then, follow the command-line installation instructions to get the Linux Steam client set up on your distribution.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install steam

Debian

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora

Fedora Linux does not carry the Steam app in its official software repositories. If you’d like to use Steam in Fedora, your best bet is to install the Steam client through the Flatpak instructions below.

OpenSUSE

Are you using OpenSUSE Linux? Install the Steam app through the Flatpak app store, as it is generally the easiest way to get the app working.

Flatpak

To install the Steam client on Linux as a Flatpak, you must first ensure you have the Flatpak runtime set up on your system. Then, once the Flatpak runtime is up and running, enter the commands below to get Steam working.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Step 2: With the Linux Steam client installed on your Linux PC, launch it. Then, log into your Steam account through the login dialog that appears on the screen.

Step 3: After logging in to Steam, you must enable the Steam Play feature in the client. Unless Steam Play is enabled, FF14 will not work correctly in Linux.

To enable Steam Play, open up “Settings,” find “Steam Play,” and enable the setting. Be sure to check the box that says “Enable Steam Play for all titles” as well!

Having issues setting up Steam Play on your Linux PC? Follow this guide here.

Step 4: With Steam Play enabled, it is time to install FF14 on your Linux PC. To do this, locate the “Library” button and click on it with the mouse.

Once in the “Library” section, find the search box, type “FINAL FANTASY XIV Online,” and press the Enter key.

Step 5: Click on “FINAL FANTASY XIV Online” in the search results to access FF14’s Library page. Then, locate the blue “INSTALL” button to start downloading/installing the game on your Linux PC.

Step 6: With FF14 installed on your Linux PC via Steam, click on the green “PLAY” button to start up the game launcher.

Step 7: When the game launcher is open, log into your account and let the launcher update. The launcher must be up to date, or it will not work on Linux.

When the updating is done, exit the launcher and close it. Then, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard and open up the launcher’s config file with the commands below.

cd '~/.steam/steam/steamapps/compatdata/39210/pfx/drive_c/users/steamuser/My Documents/My Games/FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn/'
nano -w FFXIV-BOOT.cfg

Step 8: Look through the configuration file and change Browser from 2 to 1, Then, change CutsceneMovieOpening from 0 to 1. Once the edits are done, press Ctrl + O to save, and Ctrl + X to close the editor.

Step 9: Go back to Steam and click on the green “PLAY” button to start up the launcher a second time. Sign in, and allow the game to download.

Please keep in mind that the base game for Final Fantasy 14 Online is enormous. The download process will take a lot of time, so be patient.

Once the launcher is done downloading the game, click the button to start it up. Enjoy!

Troubleshooting

As Steam Play’s compatibility tools are pretty advanced, there should be no issues running Final Fantasy 14 Online. However, if you do run into problems with the game, check out ProtonDB. You’ll be able to find many different fixes for FF14 to make it work properly on Linux.

 

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