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A Linux game… on a shirt… at Target?

March 26th, 2008 by Crusader

Target Shirts

Boing Boing pointed out that the American retailer Target, at the behest of independent developer 2D Boy, is now offering indie game-themed t-shirts that include the games themselves on a packaged CD. One of the games in question is Gish, an award-winning platforming game from Chronic Logic that stars a ball of tar, and it’s been reported that the shirt package mentions Linux bins are included:

I picked up the Gish shirt today, and the CD sleeve says Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Linux or OSX 10.1+

2D Boy’s current game, Tower of Goo, is also slated to come to Linux in the near future.

I think this is a really innovate venture to build general awareness of games that don’t tend to get much in the way of mainstream attention; hopefully it’s successful and independent game creators can continue to expand their audience.

Edit: Doh, looks like the CD sleeve is a lie :( – reader rotund was able to track the shirts down and posted this in the comments:

All of the games are Windows only (even Gish which had Linux and OS X on the sleeve). I did get them to run under Wine, but it was kind of a pain. They are all compressed. When you run the .exe, it will create a folder in Wine’s temp folder (windows/temp) by default. This will have the full program in it. Just copy it elsewhere and run that version. (Gish just used an installer.)

4 Responses to “A Linux game… on a shirt… at Target?”

  1. GBGames Says:

    I just wonder if this version of Gish runs without requiring the user to do more than install and run. I think my copy hasn’t run properly on newer systems due to some dependency involving OpenAL, so I had to create a script to launch the game.

  2. rotund Says:

    I just found these shirts at my local Target. They were in clearance already.

    All of the games are Windows only (even Gish which had Linux and OS X on the sleeve). I did get them to run under Wine, but it was kind of a pain. They are all compressed. When you run the .exe, it will create a folder in Wine’s temp folder (windows/temp) by default. This will have the full program in it. Just copy it elsewhere and run that version. (Gish just used an installer.)

  3. Crusader Says:

    Doh – thanks for checking on that though :]

  4. rotund Says:

    The games with shirts (that I saw at least) were Gish: The Lost Levels, Tower of Goo, The Crowd, Gravity Head, Robot Love, Big Vine, and 2 others I can’t remember.

    Looks like you can download many of the games for free anyways at http://www.experimentalgameplay.com/. They were very much casual games (5 minutes or so per session). The ones here were Tower of Goo, The Crowd, Gravity Head, and Big Vine.

    I don’t believe Gish: The Lost Levels is the full Gish game either.

    I can’t seem to find Robot Love anywhere online. Most things are pointing to people wanting to make love to a robot. This game was supposed to be about a robot rampaging a city looking for his love (another robot).

    Most of the games were fmod, opengl, and zlib. So, they should run under Wine with little problem. One was Flash based.

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