Show screenshots for games with Add/Remove...

Registered by Bryce Harrington on 2007-02-14

Ubuntu's Add/Remove Programs feature is a great way for people to find
software that meets their needs, and easily install it.

One of the principle arguments against Linux for the desktop is that it
lacks games. However, in truth there are *tons* of games, as can easily
be seen by browsing through Synaptic.

However, it must be admitted that most of these games do not fit the
expectations of gamers. Many lack the graphic sophistication expected.
Others are incomplete or buggy compared with proprietary alternatives.
Now, there are some hidden gems in there, but finding them from a raw
list of software titles is quite challenging.

This situation could easily be remedied by including screenshot
thumbnails of the games in the listing. This would both a) visually
identify the type of game, and b) demonstrate the graphics quality to be
expected.

The screenshots should be selected to match what the user should see
running the game with default settings for a short period of time. It
should not display a non-default theme or show a game configuration only
achievable by an expert player.

A standard size should be specified for screenshot thumbnails. The size
should not be so large that it takes up too much room in the listing,
but not so small as to make the game unrecognizable. Perhaps on the
order of 150x100?

If this proves popular and useful, enhancements could include mechanisms
for displaying enlarged or alternate screenshots.

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