How to get a Dark Mode in Minecraft on Windows 10

Windows 10 has a dark mode but not all UWP apps have added support for it. The stock UWP apps have a dark mode but many third-party UWP apps, and all desktop apps still do not have one. For some apps, it doesn’t make sense to have a dark mode e.g., Minecraft. It’s a game, a very colorful game and turning everything in it dark is going to take away from the experience. That said, there are still parts of the UI that can do with a dark mode e.g. the inventory view, the Settings view, and the world selection screen. Here’s how you can get a dark mode in Minecraft.

Dark mode in Minecraft

In order to get a dark mode in Minecraft, we’re going to use a texture pack. The one we’re using is for the Bedrock/UWP version and a pack for the Java version is in the works. If you own the Java version of Minecraft, you might want to keep an eye on this pack. The pack was last updated at the end of December 2019.

Download Dark Mode for Minecraft. It will download as an MCPACK file.

To install this texture pack, open File Explorer and go to the following location. Replace ‘YourUserName’ with your actual user name.

C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang\resource_packs

Copy the MCPACK file to this location. If you have Minecraft open, close it and open it again. On the main screen, click Settings. Scroll down to the Global Resources section in the column on the left and click it. Under My Packs, you will see the Dark Mode pack. Click it, and click the Activate button. Navigate back to the main screen and the pack will be applied.

Once applied, it will change the main screen, all the settings panels within Minecraft, and the inventory and crafting views within games. It will not change the look of other blocks e.g., the grass is going to be as green as it has always been, and the sky will be a bright blue. If you’d like to change the look of these blocks to something darker, you’re going to have to look for a texture pack that does the job.

There are lots and lots, and lots of resource packs, textures, and shaders available that can give you darker colored blocks but how dark you might want them to be is subjective which is why no one texture pack can handle it and still give you game that’s easy to play for everyone.

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How to play Albion Online in Linux

Albion Online is a fantasy MMORPG for Linux, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android. It follows a medieval setting, and users can create a custom character to adventure in the world. In this guide, we’ll show you how to play it on Linux.

Method 1 – Steam

Perhaps the quickest way to get Albion Online working on Linux is with Valve’s Steam client. The reason? The game is up on the Steam Store, and native to the Linux platform, so users do not need to jump through hoops (like downloading a game installer) to play.

To get Albion Online working in Steam on Linux, you must first install the Steam client. To do this, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below.

Ubuntu

Steam is in the Ubuntu software repositories. To install the app, use the Apt command below.

sudo apt install steam
Debian

Debian Linux does have Steam available, however, to get it through the software repository, you must enable non-free. As a result, it is much easier to download the DEB package directly from Valve and install it that way.

To download the Steam DEB, use the following wget command below.

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

With the DEB package is finished downloading, install Steam with the commands below.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

sudo apt-get install -f
Arch Linux

Steam is in the Arch repositories, which means installing it is just one Pacman command away.

sudo pacman -S steam
Fedora

In Fedora, you’ll be able to install Steam with the command below, so long as RPM Fusion Non-free is enabled.

sudo dnf install steam
OpenSUSE

It is possible to get Steam working in OpenSUSE, though it is dodgy, depending on what release you are using. For best results, consider following the Flatpak instructions instead.

Flatpak

Ensure that the Flatpak runtime is set up on your PC. Then, use the following commands to get Steam working.

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

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Getting Albion set up

After the Steam client is done installing on your Linux PC, log into your account (or make a new one here). Then, once logged in, locate “Store,” and click on it with the mouse.

Inside the Steam Store, find the search box and click on it with the mouse. Write “Albion Online” in the search box, and press Enter to search. Look through the search results to find Albion.

Once you’ve found Albion Online in the search results, click on it with the mouse to go to its store page. Then, click on the “Play Game” to install it to the system.

When Albion Online is installed, click on “Library” to start the Albion Online Launcher. It will instantly begin to download all the files required to play the game.

As soon as Albion Online is done downloading files, click “Play” in the launcher to enjoy the game on your Linux PC!

Method 2 – Flatpak

Steam is a great way to enjoy Albion Online, as it allows you to play it along with other video games in your Steam Library. However, Steam is not the only way to get Albion Online working. It is also possible to install it via a Flatpak. Here’s how to get the Flatpak version working.

To get the Albion Online Flatpak installed, your Linux PC must be running the latest Flatpak runtime. Follow this guide here to get the latest Flatpak working. After the Flatpak runtime is ready and working, use the commands below to install Albion Online.

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

flatpak install flathub com.albiononline.AlbionOnline

With the Albion Online Flatpak installed, open up the app menu on your Linux desktop, look for “Albion Online,” and click on it to start up the Albion Online game launcher.

When the Albion Online launcher starts up, it will begin downloading everything required to play the game on Linux. Be patient. When the download is complete, click the “Play” button to enjoy the game!

Method 3 – Generic Linux installer

If you’re not happy with Steam or the Albion Online Flatpak, there’s a third way of installing the game on Linux: a standalone generic Linux installer. Here’s how to set it up.

To start, download the latest Albion Online Linux launcher. Then, when the download is complete, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T and use the CD command to enter the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Update the permissions of the game launcher with the chmod command.

chmod +x  albion-online-setup

Start the installer with:

./albion-online-setup

Follow the on-screen prompts to install the launcher to the system. Then, start up the Albion Online game launcher by searching for it in your Linux app menu.

With the game launcher running, it will start downloading the game to your Linux PC. Sit back and be patient. When the download is complete, click “Play” to enjoy Albion Online!

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How to play Sinclair ZX Spectrum games on Linux

The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit computer released in the UK by Sinclair Research. It sold 5 million units and was in production from 1982 to 1992. The Spectrum was very similar to the Commodore 64 and was used for both video games and personal computing. In this guide, we’ll show you how to play ZX Spectrum games on Linux.

Note: Addictivetips in no way encourages or condones the illegal downloading or distribution of ROM files for the ZX Spectrum. If you choose to install Fuse, please use the game ROMs you’ve backed up to your PC, legally.

Install the Fuse ZX Spectrum emulator

Before we go over how to play ZX Spectrum games on Linux, we need to get the Fuse emulator working. Thankfully, the Fuse ZX Spectrum emulator supports all Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. It also supports many different OSes, thanks to Flatpak.

To start the installation of the Fuse emulator, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line installation instructions below that match the OS you use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, the Fuse emulator is available in the Universe software repository. To install it, use the Apt command.

sudo apt install fuse-emulator-common

Debian

Debian Linux users can get Fuse on the “Main” software repository. Use the Apt-get command to get it working.

sudo apt-get install fuse-emulator-common

Arch Linux

Fuse emulator is in the AUR. To install it, do the following.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git
cd trizen
trizen -S fuse-emulator

Fedora

Fedora 29, 30, and 31 have the Fuse emulator available for installation. To install it, use the Dnf command below.

sudo dnf install fuse-emulator

OpenSUSE

On OpenSUSE, install Fuse with the zypper command.

sudo zypper install fuse

Flatpak

Flatpak is the easiest way to set up the Fuse emulator on Linux, as it works on every single distribution out there. To get it working, start by enabling the Flatpak runtime on your Linux PC. Then, use the commands below to get the emulator working.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub net.sf.fuse_emulator

Playing games on the Spectrum

To play a video game on the ZX Spectrum, start by launching the Fuse emulator. To do this, launch the app menu on the Linux desktop, find the “Games” section, and click on “Fuse.” Or, search for it in the search box in your Desktop Environment.

Once the Fuse emulator is open and ready to use, find the “File” button, and click on it to open up the “File” menu. Inside this menu, locate the “Open” button, and click on it to gain access to the open-file dialog box.

Browse the open-file dialog for your ZX Spectrum game ROM. This ROM file should be a “TZX” file. The emulator will not handle files in any other format, and could potentially crash if you try to use a different/incompatible file type.

Select the “Open” button in the open-file dialog box once you’ve found your TZX ROM file. It should then instantly load the game into the Fuse emulator, and you’ll be ready to enjoy your favorite ZX Spectrum games.

Saving/Loading

Even though the Spectrum is an ancient computer system, you can still save games. Unfortunately, the game files themselves do not have built-in saving features. Instead, you must make use of the Fuse saving system.

To save a ZX ROM that is in progress, do the following. First, find the “File” button and click it with the mouse to reveal the file menu. Then, look through the “Save Snapshot” option and click on it with the mouse.

By selecting the “Save Snapshot” option, a dialog box will open. Use this dialog box to name your save snapshot. Then, click the “Save” button, and your game will save to a file.

Loading

Need to load your saved ZX Spectrum snapshot? Do the following. First, load up the game ROM the way you’d typically do when starting up a game to play. After the game ROM is loaded, find the snapshot file with the Linux file manager. Then, once you’ve found the snapshot in your file manager, double-click on it with the mouse. It should instantly load up the save exactly where you left off.

Please note that sometimes when loading a snapshot into Fuse, you may see a ROM error. This error doesn’t have to do with the game you’re playing. It’s an error with Spectrum. Feel free to ignore it.

Configure controller

The Fuse emulator has controller support if you prefer to play Spectrum games with a controller. To set up a controller, do the following.

Step 1: Plug your controller into the USB port.

Step 2: Select “Options,” followed by “Joystick” to access the joystick options in Fuse.

Once inside of the Joystick options area, use the UI to configure your controller for the Fuse emulator.

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How to limit FPS for a game on Windows 10

Monitoring the FPS of a game is fairly easy on Windows 10. There are lots of tools that can do the job, some games have a built-in FPS meter, and Windows 10 has an overlay that can be enabled via the Game bar that shows the FPS for a game. The FPS that you get in a game depends on the FPS that the game supports and the hardware on the system it’s running on. If you need to limit the FPS for a game, you’ll find you don’t have a lot of options. Games themselves might allow you to choose graphics settings in which case you can go for medium or low settings. If that isn’t an option, you can use a free tool called Guru3D RTSS Rivatuner Statistics Server to limit FPS for a game.

Limit FPS for a game

Download and install Guru3D RTSS Rivatuner Statistics Server. Get the latest, stable version of the app. Once installed, run it and it will go straight to the system tray. Open it from there. Turn on Stealth mode, and then under the Framerate limit, set the rate to whatever you want it to be.

Run a game. I tried this out with a game that doesn’t require a lot of resources to run; Minecraft for Windows 10. The left section in the screenshot shows the game can run at 60 FPS. The right section shows the Guru3D RTSS Rivatuner Statistics Server app in action and the framerate does not exceed 25. The tool used to measure the framerate is the game bar on Windows 10.

The FPS limit is an upper limit which means that the game won’t exceed that limit when you’re playing it however, the frame rate may drop below it. You can see in the screenshot above that the FPS does dip below the upper limit that’s been set but it won’t fluctuate too much unless your system’s resources are being tied down by some other app.

Normally, users prefer to overclock everything on their system to get the highest possible FPS they can but in some cases, a high FPS might not be that great. The game may not be running well or it may not have the option to limit the FPS. Regardless, this is a fairly simple way to limit the FPS for a game. It works for desktop games and for UWP games.

Guru3D RTSS Rivatuner Statistics Server cannot force a game to run at a higher FPS.

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How to play Grand Theft Auto 5 on Linux

It is now possible to play Grand Theft Auto 5 singleplayer, as well as the GTA: Online component on Linux, thanks to Valve’s Steam Play and Proton technologies. In this guide, we’ll show you precisely what to do to make it work. Let’s get started!

Enabling Steam Play on Linux

The first thing to do to get Grand Theft Auto 5 working on your Linux PC is to log into Steam and enable the “Steam Play” feature. This feature makes it possible to render Direct X graphical calls and execute windows code on Linux, so this step is critical. To enable Steam Play on your Linux PC, follow this guide here. Be sure to enable it for all titles, or GTA 5 will not work!

Installing Custom Proton

Grand Theft Auto 5 does work on Linux with Steam Play and Proton; however, none of the default Proton files included with Steam Play will run the game correctly. Instead, you must install a custom build of Proton that fixes the many issues with the game.

Installing a custom version of Proton on Steam for Linux is relatively easy, thanks to Valve’s support for custom builds. To start, open up a terminal window and use the wget command to download Proton-4.21-GE-2 to your computer.

cd /tmp
wget https://github.com/GloriousEggroll/proton-ge-custom/releases/download/4.21-GE-2/Proton-4.21-GE-2.tar.gz

After the custom Proton build is done downloading to your /tmp folder, it is time to install it on the system. Using the mkdir command, create the ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/ directory in your home folder.

mkdir -p ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/

Or, if you’re using the Flatpak version of Steam, use this command instead.

mkdir -p ~/.var/app/com.valvesoftware.Steam/data/Steam/compatibilitytools.d/

Next, extract the contents of Proton-4.21-GE-2.tar.gz to the compatibilitytools.d directory with the tar command.

tar xvf Proton-4.21-GE-2.tar.gz -C ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/

Or, for the Flatpak version of Steam:

tar xvf Proton-4.21-GE-2.tar.gz -C ~/.var/app/com.valvesoftware.Steam/data/Steam/compatibilitytools.d/

Once the files are extracted, you can verify that the custom Proton files are in the correct directory by running the ls command on the compatibilitytools.d directory.

ls ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/

Or, for Flatpak.

ls ~/.var/app/com.valvesoftware.Steam/data/Steam/compatibilitytools.d/

Assuming running the ls command in the compatibilitytools.d directory shows Proton-4.21-GE-2 , the installation is successful. Move on to the next section of the guide.

Installing GTA 5 in Linux

Now that the custom build of Proton is set up on your Linux PC, we can get down to installing GTA 5 on Linux. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Find “Store” in Steam, and click on it to access the Steam Store.

Step 2: On the Steam Store page, locate the search box, and click on it with the mouse. Then, write in “Grand Theft Auto 5.”

Step 3: Click on “Grand Theft Auto 5” in the search results to go to its Store page. Then, purchase the game.

Step 4: After purchasing GTA 5 from Steam, find the “Library” tab, and click on it with the mouse to find your Steam games library.

Step 5: Look through your Steam game library for GTA 5, and install it to your Linux PC.

Let GTA 5 download and install it on your Linux system. When the downloading process is complete, move on to the next section of the guide.

Configuring GTA 5

Grand Theft Auto 5 is now installed on your Linux PC. The next step in the process is to set it so that it correctly runs. To start, find “Grand Theft Auto 5” in the Library list on the left-side of Steam and right-click on it.

After right-clicking on “Grand Theft Auto 5” in the Library list, find “Properties” in the right-click menu. Then, select the “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool” option by checking the box next to it.

Once the “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool” box is checked, a drop-down menu will appear. Select the drop-down menu, and set it to “Proton-4.21-GE-2”.

Following setting GTA 5 to Proton-4.21-GE-2, locate the “Set Launch Options” button, and click it with the mouse to access the custom command box. Then, inside of the custom command box in Steam, paste the code below. It will fix the GTA: Online crashes that occur on Linux.

WINEDLLOVERRIDES=winedbg.exe=d %command%

When you’ve added in the launch options, find the “Close” button, and click it. The custom launch command will automatically apply to the game.

Playing GTA 5

Since the custom version of Proton is configured to run with GTA 5 on your Linux PC, and the custom launch options are taken care of, it’s time to play GTA 5.

Go back to the “Library” section of Steam, and find “Grand Theft Auto 5” in the list on the left. Then, click on it with the mouse to access its game page in “Library.”

On the GTA 5 game page, find the green “PLAY” button, and click on it with the mouse to launch the game. Keep in mind that the first time you start it, things may take a bit time, as Steam needs to configure Steam Play with the game.

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