Games - downloading but not appearing

Eric Bradshaw ericbradshaw at
Tue Apr 7 14:12:05 UTC 2015

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Having looked through some of the old arcade games available from Lubuntu
Software Centre, I have successfully downloaded 'Open Invaders' (a good
remake of the classic Space Invaders), plus a couple of chess games,
etc.... However, on downloading 'Pong2' I can't find it. It appears as a
download in the Software Centre and in Synaptic Package Manager, but
doesn't appear on the Lubuntu menu drop-up list under 'Games'.
Does anyone know where it may be accessed, or how to open it?



Usually,to find any "lost" apps (not just games), you'd go to /Menu --> 
Accessories --> LXTerminal/ (or Ctrl+T) and type: *gksu pcmanfm*||. View 
as [if necessary, change from Places to] Directory Tree and navigate to 
/usr/share/applications. There would normally be a shortcut to whatever 
app you're looking for here.

In this case though - you're right. It doesn't exist (I downloaded it 
from Synaptic just to see). So, you can create a shortcut yourself. You 
said you downloaded a couple of chess games, so I'll use Dreamchess (the 
only chess game I have already) to copy and change.

While you're in /usr/share/applications, right-click Dreamchess (or some 
other chess game that appears in the menu) and open with Leafpad. 
Immediately save it as pong2.desktop.

The following is step-by-step everything to change. Or, skip to the end 
and just copy and paste what's there.

Delete the first line (if there is one) above [Desktop Entry] as this is 
unnecessary. Change the line Name=Dreamchess to Name=Pong2 and the line 
below it from GenericName=Chess game to GenericName=Pong game. Now, 
either delete GenericName[fr]=Jeu d'échec (unless you're comfortable 
speaking French) as this too is unnecessary. Change Comment=a 3D chess game
to Comment=a pong game. Change Icon=dreamchess to 
Icon=/usr/share/pong2/background.png (Pong2 also doesn't come with an 
icon, so we're using the background image that came with it here). 
Change Exec=dreamchess to Exec=/usr/games/pong2 (because that's where 
this game lives) and finally change Categories=Game;BoardGame; to 
Categories=Game;ArcadeGame; Save (close all the little triangles if you 
feel the need), change view to Places if that's how you're comfortable 
viewing files and close ("X" out of) the File Manager. Close ("X" out 
of) LXTerminal.

You should now see Pong2 under Games in the menu.

The pong2.desktop entry file (shortcut):

[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=Pong game
Comment=a pong game

Eric Bradshaw

Thank You,
God Bless,

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