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Duke Nukem 3D Ported To Nokia N900

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the all-outta-gum dept.

Cellphones 95

andylim writes "It looks as if Duke Nukem isn't completely 'nuked' after all. Someone has ported the 90s classic on to a Nokia N900. As you'll see in the video, you control Duke using the Qwerty keypad and shoot using the touchscreen. I'm wondering how long it will take for this to get on other mobile platforms." In other Duke news, reader Jupix points out that 3D Realms' CEO Scott Miller recently said, "There are numerous other Duke games in various stages of development, several due out this year. We are definitely looking to bring Duke into casual gaming spaces, plus there are other major Duke games in production."

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Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (3)

mlts (1038732) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590110)

I'd be tickled pink to see a sequeal of DN3D, even if it isn't the legendary DNF, but "just another " Duke Nukem game. Save the legendary title for something else, find a decent 3D engine, and allow us cool places to read the daily newspaper again.

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590220)

There was a sequel to Duke Nuken, it was called Prey, you can get it cheap as shit right now.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/3970/ [steampowered.com]

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (3, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590244)

Duke Nukem: Unsatisfied Husband Edition [ugo.com]

After saving the world, Duke becomes castrated in an unhappy marriage to Samus Aran and is forced to drift from bar to bar giving strippers handsome tips. The ability to drink beers and become intoxicated was borrowed from Deus Ex for a more realistic experience.

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590386)

Uuum, that’s an actual place in the game. If you killed the dancers, they bursted into a cloud of money, like piñatas. The normal routine was, to go to the bathroom, look at the mirror, tell yourself “Damn. I’m looking *good*!”, take a piss, then go out, pay her a few bills, then shoot everyone, take the loads of money, and run. ^^

Sadly, when I tried the same in GTA, some years later, I had the military surrounding the building. :/

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (1)

transwarp (900569) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590848)

Uuum, that’s an actual place in the game. If you killed the dancers, they bursted into a cloud of money, like piñatas.

And then swarms of monsters appeared. Just to point out that the game did punish players for doing that. Also, for anyone who hasn't played DN3D, the player doesn't have money. You can't pick up the money.

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (1)

V!NCENT (1105021) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591688)

What do you mean, the player doesn't have any money? You have unlimited money and you can tell the dancers to "Shake it baby!".

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (1)

transwarp (900569) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601874)

I just meant they player doesn't have any cash to purchase things with. You don't pick up any money, you have no use for money, so there's no gain from killing them. The cloud of money is useless, unlike GTA.

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590950)

Shake it baby!

You wanna dance?

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#30592808)

The ability to drink beers and become intoxicated was borrowed from Deus Ex for a more realistic experience.

You don't remember Rednack Rampage? That was one fun and funny game! It used liquor as a power up too, and predated Deus Ex by quite some time. And its liquor was more potent than beer. It used moonshine as one of its power ups, but if you drank too much of it, it was a power-down of sorts (a hilarious power down). Plus, Mojo Nixon, the only artist I've heard of that does Punk Country, with such memorable ditties as "Gonna Tie My Pecker To My Leg", and "Burn Down The Mall" did its soundtrack.

Gees, you have me waxing nostalgic here. I'm going to have to dig out that old hard drive with Rednack Rampage and all the Mojo Nixon MP3s now.

However, I'd like to see the original Duke Nukum 1 ported to my phone (Motorola i776). As it was a squeaky little side scroller, I wouldn't think porting it should be too hard.

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (3, Interesting)

Noodly Appendage (1174865) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590256)

Don't give up hope man, DNF will still come out. And it will be awesome.

Aghh! Why after 12 years, and Broussard himself giving up, does this still seem plausible to me?

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30591990)

Disjunctive Normal Form, you guys!

Duke Nukem 3D: High Resolution Pack (2, Informative)

naz404 (1282810) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591424)

Well, meanwhile, you can relive Duke Nukem 3D in hi-res 3D glory with the Duke Nukem 3D: High Resolution Pack [duke4.net] . All the sprites have been replaced with 3D models and the textures replaced with hi-res textures - you get to play it in a modern Windows environment with hardware OpenGL acceleration too.

Enjoy! :)

Re:Duke Nukem 3D: High Resolution Pack (1)

berwiki (989827) | more than 4 years ago | (#30592600)

That sounds completely different than the game I fell in love with.

I tried a remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the XBox similar to what you described above. And it completely sucked, it wasn't the same game.

Re:Duke Nukem 3D: High Resolution Pack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30593824)

It sounds like you never played Duke3d with the hires pack and eduke32 engine. It is exactly the same game only with better textures and 3D models to replace the old 2D sprites. The story, levels, controls, sounds and enemy behavior is identical to the original Duke3d.

Re:Duke Nukem 3D: High Resolution Pack (1)

berwiki (989827) | more than 4 years ago | (#30595904)

Adding 3-D Models to a classic game does not make it better.
http://hrp.duke4.net/screens/hrp_screen04.jpg [duke4.net]

That 3-D lizard looks like Hi-Res crap IMO, and don't get me started on the Pigs.

I'm not sure how you can even argue that the movements would be similar. Going from 2-D animations, frame by frame, to 3-D models that must move around?

This is a Duke Knock-off, quit calling it what it aint.

Re:Duke Nukem 3D: High Resolution Pack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30610044)

Duke Nukem to stripper: Could you look a little... blockier?

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#30594714)

I'd be happy with a DN3D sequel that uses the same engine. DN3D has everything you need to make a great game. We just need some new levels.

Re:Maybe a DN-could-be-forever? (2, Insightful)

mlts (1038732) | more than 4 years ago | (#30598666)

The key is having the humor that the last DN3D had, but updated for modern times. The "GUILTY?" signs, the white Bronco chase scene, and 867-5309 in the restroom were all touches that set that game apart from the scads of FPS games that followed.

CmdrTaco has a tiny penis (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590114)

CmdrTaco's penis is so small that when I was at the glory hole last night I thought at first that I was sucking the dick of a toddler. That was until I saw kdawson come around the corner and knew it must be CmdrTaco.

Re:CmdrTaco has a tiny penis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30591224)

That was perhaps the oddest way to admit one is a pedophile.

Nokia smart phones (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590118)

But every article on here (and other seemingly US centric) places pretend nokia smart phones don't even exist!.

How can a game be on something that doesn't exist?

Is this a google or an apple product? Why haven't I heard of it before?

Re:Nokia smart phones (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590464)

How can a game be on something that doesn't exist?

It's like subtracting a negative number you see. 10 - -5 = 15

A non existent game on a non existent phone MUST BE REAL!

Geez, I thought this place was full of mathematicians and logical thinkers!

Re:Nokia smart phones (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590466)

How many other commercial smartphones run Linux? I think the iPhone does but it's got a fancy UI?

Re:Nokia smart phones (2, Insightful)

Eil (82413) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590720)

The iPhone runs a heavily modified version of Darwin/OS X.

The N900, Palm Pre, and Android phones are the most well-known, but there are many others [linuxfordevices.com] .

Re:Nokia smart phones (1)

EvilNTUser (573674) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591684)

It is now more important than ever to distinguish between 'Linux' the kernel and 'Linux' the unix-like complete system. Just a friendly reminder for when you go looking - most devices on that page are not what the name implies.

Re:Nokia smart phones (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591690)

Deep, deep down, the iPhone runs a heavily modified BSD. Android is based on Linux, but Maemo (on the N900) is a real, full-fledged Linux distro (Debian based). If you can get it working on Ubuntu, you've got a good chance of getting it working on the N900.

It's easily the coolest smart phone out there, but I still hope we're not going to see a new slashdot article for every Linux application that also happens to work on Maemo.

By the way, "phone" really doesn't do the current generation of high-end smartphones justice anymore. My iPhone was already more pocket computer than phone, and so's my current Milestone. But Nokia is the first company to acknowledge this, and market the N900 as a pocket computer that can also make phone calls, instead of the other way around.

Re:Nokia smart phones (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#30596098)

By the way, "phone" really doesn't do the current generation of high-end smartphones justice anymore.

Not even "dumb" phones. The average cell phone has more computing power than the world's most powerful computer did in 1972.

Re:Nokia smart phones (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 4 years ago | (#30613476)

Not even "dumb" phones. The average cell phone has more computing power than the world's most powerful computer did in 1972.

True, but dumb phones still have really dumb interfaces for doing anything other than making a phone call. They might technically be able to do spectacular things, but I can never figure out how.

How much power and control the UI and OS give you is more important than the mere processing power.

Re:Nokia smart phones (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30593360)

Parent a troll? Really? Too many mods on crack or fanbois (but I repeat myself).

iphone??? (1)

PachmanP (881352) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590144)

Wait, I got duke3d on my iphone like yesterday. It's cool it's on the n900 now, but I would think it wouldn't be a big deal that they were porting it to portables...

Re:iphone??? (4, Insightful)

neokushan (932374) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590240)

It has been ported to Windows CE (aka Windows Mobile) for years now. And some quick googling revealed that a previous Symbian port is readily available on the 'nets and has been for several years now (http://duke-nukem-3d.en.softonic.com/symbian), along with Palm and Blackberry counterparts. The game has also made its way to just about every games console since the PS1. I fail to see why this article is in any way news.

Re:iphone??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30592466)

Yeah, its not really news at all.

I took a runny shit this morning, that was huge news to me. Doesn't mean its news to anyone else, so I don't submit it to slashdot.

Blackberry? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30599572)

And some quick googling revealed that a previous Symbian port is readily available on the 'nets and has been for several years now (http://duke-nukem-3d.en.softonic.com/symbian), along with Palm and Blackberry counterparts.

[citation-needed]
Please :)

Re:iphone??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590258)

but I would think it wouldn't be a big deal that they were porting it to portables...

It really isn't. It was ported to the OpenMoko [openmoko.org] a long time ago, too. I managed to get Quake 2 "running" on the Openmoko after a few hours and only a couple of code changes (It could just play a .dem back at about 5fps). Given that Duke Nukem 3D has already been running on similar platforms for some time, I wonder just how much "porting" was required - which makes this even less news worthy. The n900 might make the game playable though. But the n900 probably beats the OpenMoko hands down purely because it can actually make phonecalls.

Re:iphone??? (1)

bemymonkey (1244086) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591638)

Oh, the OpenMoko can make phone calls, alright... you just have to wait 30 seconds after the other end has picked up until you can start talking. Picking up an incoming call is fun too - Press the button, wait 20 seconds, "Hi!".

That was a bit of a shock for me, even coming from a stone-aged WM5.0 phone...

Re:iphone??? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591724)

No. It works as a regular phone for me. The main issue is that data is just 2G. Its a better phone/sms client overall than the cheap Motorola I was using previously.

Re:iphone??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30596000)

No. It works as a regular phone for me.

I'm sure it does.

I think I said this many times too. It is a neat device, but I think I was in denial - I'd spent ~£300 on something that doesn't work.

Sure I could actually make phone calls, but the person I was speaking to would be spammed with noise. Later, I had to send it back and *pay* for the "buzzfix". Not something I'd say was "regular".

Re:iphone??? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591500)

I'm a bit surprised that it's news too. I played Doom on my Nokia 770 years ago - it was one of the first games to be ported - and I thought Duke3D was ported quite shortly after. Several other contemporary FPS games were ported back around 2006/7. Duke ran well in 800x600 on a 133MHz Pentium, so the 250MHz OMAP2 in the 770 ought to be fast enough to run it in 640x480 (not sure if the engine supports 800x480). The N900 is massively overpowered for such a game - it should be able to run Quake 3 pretty well.

Is this even worth getting excited over? (1)

underx (997178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590228)

Not sure I understand the big deal over this. I often wonder what it will be like twenty years from now. We will be writing about how Halo (or insert other game of this time frame) has been ported over to the latest and greatest device. Are we celebrating programming excellence or are we celebrating that a dead IP is still kicking around?

Re:Is this even worth getting excited over? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590250)

We're celebrating a classic making a move to modern tech. That's all. Enjoy the simplicity of it, for that's the only intent.

Re:Is this even worth getting excited over? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590356)

Quake 3 was already ported months ago. We're celebrating dead IP...

Re:Is this even worth getting excited over? (1)

NervousNerd (1190935) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591084)

1: The source code to Halo was not open sourced, the source code to Duke Nukem 3D was.
2: What was so special about Halo compared to Duke Nukem 3D?
3: Doom is almost 20 years old (it's 16, actually), and people still play it (offline and online). People still make maps/mods for it. Will people do THAT for the games of today? I highly doubt that.

Re:Is this even worth getting excited over? (1)

Mr2001 (90979) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591472)

What was so special about Halo compared to Duke Nukem 3D?

What was so special about Duke Nukem 3D compared to Doom, Quake, or 3D Realms' own Rise of the Triad?

Halo was essentially a greatest hits album of FPSes. What set it apart was its popularity. As far as I can tell, that's what set Duke Nukem 3D apart from its peers, too.

Re:Is this even worth getting excited over? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591510)

What set Duke apart was the humour. The game didn't take itself seriously, which made it fun to play. It also abused the engine to produce levels that didn't fit in 3D space, which made for a few fun environments.

Re:Is this even worth getting excited over? (1)

WuphonsReach (684551) | more than 4 years ago | (#30593684)

What was so special about Duke Nukem 3D compared to Doom, Quake, or 3D Realms' own Rise of the Triad?

The humor, the environment, the subtle digs at authority. The first level in DN3D is very memorable, starting out on a roof with Duke muttering about those aliens destroying his ride. Followed up almost immediately by pig cops flying around on hover bikes.

At the time there was a fair amount of interaction with the environment as well. Lots of destructible props scattered around.

Doom was just a "scary" shooter. Quake really didn't have a memorable story line and was mostly a multi-player game. Rise of the Triad never made it onto my radar screen.

Agh! (3, Insightful)

sunami88 (1074925) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590238)

Does anyone else just grimace when they see "Duke Nukem"-anything related news anymore? I was 7 when Duke Nukem 3d came out, and although freaking awesome, what of note has the franchise done since?

Been a bucketload of fail, and a waste of terabytes of useless "news" stories posted on the internet.

Can we just call this one, guys? Time of death: 2005 (and that's being GENEROUS ).

/rant

Re:Agh! (4, Funny)

neokushan (932374) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590328)

what of note has the franchise done since?

Just you wait until the new Duke Nukem, DNF, comes out, you'll eat those words!

Re:Agh! (1)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591906)

The one 5 versions before that, DNA, was actually pretty good.

Criticism (1)

maroberts (15852) | more than 4 years ago | (#30594900)

The one 5 versions before that, DNA, was actually pretty good.

Yes, but it didn't go on general release due to the twists in the plotline....

Re:Agh! (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590966)

I was 7 when Duke Nukem 3d came out

Gee, thanks for making me feel old. I was a senior in high school at the time, playing against my best friend over a dialup connection. Wow, have times changed since then...

Re:Agh! (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#30594188)

Does anyone else just grimace when they see "Duke Nukem"-anything related news anymore? I was 7 when Duke Nukem 3d came out

Gees, but you make me feel old! You're younger than my youngest daughter. You weren't even born when I first played the first Duke Nukem, a 2D side scroller that came out iirc in the late eighties. To geezers like me who bought all three of them when they were new, any rumor of new Nukem IS news, and welcome news at that.

I already had this on my N810 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590246)

I'm pretty sure that I had this before on my N810. This doesn't seem to me to be all that big of a deal.

Port? Or Dosemu? (3, Interesting)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590292)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the N900 basically run Linux? I believe that Duke 3D is old enough that it runs very well under something like dosemu , doesn't it? I mean, wasn't Duke 3D one of the last games to use a pure software renderer instead of hardware accelleration?

Re:Port? Or Dosemu? (3, Informative)

Nimey (114278) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590316)

It does run well on DOSBox, and was indeed software-only. The only sort of "acceleration" it offered was the option to use VESA BIOS 2.0 video modes.

FWIW I can run it on hardware with my Pentium-90 DOS game box & its Voodoo3 at 800x600x8 (its maximum) with acceptable framerates. It's not quite this fast in DOSBox on my C2D E6300 machine, but that's what lower resolutions are for.

Re:Port? Or Dosemu? (1)

master_p (608214) | more than 4 years ago | (#30592924)

The frame rate is very low. Perhaps it's the software renderer that it is at fault.

Personally, and after having played DN3D on desktop, I do not care about playing it on a phone...I'd rather have MAME as a time waster.

Re:Port? Or Dosemu? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590962)

Yes,it runs Maemo, which is a Debian variant. Very much Linux.

Moreover, unlike Android or WebOS, it uses X Window, so it can run a lot of things you normally see on a regular linux desktop.

Re:Port? Or Dosemu? (1)

LoRdTAW (99712) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591138)

Duke 3D was open sourced under the GPL in 2003. A few ports were created, some adding 3D OpenGL acceleration for multiple operating systems. The best one I tried is JFDuke3D. Its author was supported by Ken Silverman who is the developer of the Build Engine which Duke3D was built on. I installed Duke 3D from my original CD under dos box and then copied the game files to a new directory and installed JFduke3D. Works great and gives you true 3D OpenGL rendering and mouse looking.

I don't see why anyone would say Duke3D is dead. I played it about 6 months ago and beat the whole game.

Re:Port? Or Dosemu? (1)

faragon (789704) | more than 4 years ago | (#30592054)

It's a port, I tried it this morning: runs in full resolution (800x480), accelerated 3D, and it is very smooth. The N900 is tiny monster: Linux, X11, composite desktop, 256MB RAM + 768MB swap, 2-way-in-order superscalar ARM ARM Cortex A8 CPU @600MHz, 1200MIPS, 2.4-4.8GFLOPs (4.8 GFLOPs when using VMLA opcode -similar to the FMAC, floating point multiply and accumulate- [arm.com] ), hardware accelerated OpenGL ES 2.0, etc.

As contrast, using Dosbox on the N900 is slow, barey enough for simulating an 8MHz 80286.

Did it even need to be ported for the N900? (4, Informative)

JesseL (107722) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590300)

It's been available for the N810 for ages. I can't really imagine it needed much more than a recompile with some newer libraries.

Re:Did it even need to be ported for the N900? (1)

quenda (644621) | more than 4 years ago | (#30595496)

They added accelerometer support, ie tilt to move. That's about all.

EDuke32 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590458)

For all of you hoping for a better engine for Duke, check out EDuke32 and the High Resolution pack, it has full 3D models and new textures, OpenGL engine, multiplayer, etc. Google it.

Are there any smartphones... (1)

straponego (521991) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590484)

...with even a half-decent controller for action games? Something that lets you aim and fire quickly? It's not a major priority for me, but it seems like it's a shame to have these phones that can run, say, the UT3 engine, but are inferior to a gameboy in actual play. Android in particular seems like a natural fit (it's well established that apple people can't handle more than one physical button, tee hee).

Re:Are there any smartphones... (1)

sien (35268) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590768)

You're right about controls. The current smart phones have poor controls. Buttons are heaps better. The on screen joysticks for smartphones don't cut it.

With blue tooth you can have dedicated controls as an add on. The n900 can use the wiimote [youtube.com] .

Re:Are there any smartphones... (1)

srothroc (733160) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591094)

The Sidekick seems like it would be a shoo-in for this kind of thing. It has a trackball and a qwerty keypad. I always preferred it to the iPhone...

Re:Are there any smartphones... (1)

Mr2001 (90979) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591488)

The G1 and Droid both have QWERTY and directional controllers too: trackball on the G1, D-pad on the droid. But just like the Sidekick, they both have the directional controller on the wrong side!

Re:Are there any smartphones... (1)

wrong (27761) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601080)

No, there aren't any phones with good gaming controls. One reason is that D-pads with buttons in the middle don't work well for gaming but make one-handed control of a phone much simpler.

oh...oh, nevermind (1)

voodoowizard (1557839) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590626)

Jeez I see duke nukem on a /. headline and think "WHAT!" don't tease me anymore. Then I realize it is for some stupid phone and some game that I played many years ago, not going to do it again. Piss of Duke, I am done with you.

Best typo of the day! (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#30594902)

Duke, Duke, Duke, Piss of Duke
Duke, Duke, Piss of Duke
Duke, Duke, Piss of Duke, Duke, Duke...

Now I have that damned song running through my head, thanks a lot, Earl!

Anyone know about the source code? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590812)

Duke 3D is GPL after all...

who cares ..... (0, Troll)

rahulkool (927588) | more than 4 years ago | (#30590890)

lame phone + crap game = can't be good right ?

Warning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30591230)

Got a N900 for Christmas. The phone is a beautiful piece of hardware and a joy to use.

But... it would reboot without provocation every few minutes and got bricked within two days. It turns out these are known [maemo.org] problems [maemo.org] , too. So it was with a heavy heart that I sent the phone back yesterday for a refund.

Nokia shouldn't have sold the phone with such known showstopper bugs. I can only guess that the market pressure from the iPhone made them override their quality process. I believe they will have the bugs fixed within weeks, but by then I'm afraid they will have seriously damaged their reputation.

Re:Warning (2, Informative)

the ReviveR (1106541) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591294)

You should have just gotten new one using warranty. Since droid seems to get the same sort of bug [motorola.com] , it is quite possible there is simply a bad batch of omap 3 processors going around.

My N900 has been very stable. I've had it for over 5 weeks now and I've so far gotten a single reboot. That was when I was trying to open unsupported file with development version of KMplayer. Even then the phone just autobooted and everything was back to normal.

I would have to say N900 is surprisingly stable for something so new and groundbreaking.

Re:Warning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30591662)

Seconded. I have preordered a N900 and got a bad one. It would reboot extremely often - I was beside myself. Then I read up and everything other users posted online pointed to a hardware QC problem.

I RMAd my device, got the money back and bought a new one in a physical Nokia store (one of those that will be getting closed, regrettably).

Ever since, I did not have a single unscheduled reboot, and the device is rock solid. GP should've gone for an exchange.

N900 in USA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30590960)

What provide can the N900 be used with in USA?

I have Verizon currently and the stupid phone is _completely_ locked up. I cannot do @*#&$(@ with it. Its retarded. Its kind of like tying a notebook down with a chain to a desk.

Re:N900 in USA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30591142)

It can be used with T-Mobile and ATT (and any other GSM-based carrier in the world), but you'll only get 3G on it with T-Mobile. It doesn't support the 3G frequency ATT uses.

Not impressed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30591074)

I've been running it on my Openmoko a year back. It uses the accelerometer controls. :P

Porting for N900 is easy, controls not so much... (2, Interesting)

the ReviveR (1106541) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591218)

The biggest problem with old games on mobiles is definitely the controls. If you have seen Duke Nukem 3D on iPhone you would have to agree the controls make it nearly unplayable. I remember playing through couple of levels on my N810 and the keyboard makes it more playable but it can still be tiresome experience for your fingers. Connecting Wiimote to N900 gives good controls but the Wiimote is too big to carry around.

On positive side, porting games like these to n900 is pretty easy. So far I've seen Star Control 2, Quake 3, Jagged Alliance 2, Duke 3D and Shadow Warrior. All were ported by someone for free. If you connect Wiimote to N900 and N900 to your TV, it's almost as good as cheap console.

BTW, Quake 3 would probably have made a more impressive headline =)

You forgot the best N900 game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30591864)

n900fly [maemo.org]

Hilarious!

Re:You forgot the best N900 game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30632258)

Heh, I almost want to get one just for that, 'cept it is a rather expensive phone to be throwing about.

What about the original article ? (0, Flamebait)

Antiocheian (859870) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591330)

Why does the topic not link to the original video [youtube.com] (or the original article [maemoworld.org] ) instead ?

Wasn't recombu.com the source of the clueless "Decade of mobile" article that appeared on Slashdot a couple days ago ?

Originality isn't a requirement for the published news ? Good connections with Slashdot editors suffices ?

how many? (1)

rgravina (520410) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591518)

"There are numerous other Duke games in various stages of development, several due out this year. We are definitely looking to bring Duke into casual gaming spaces, plus there are other major Duke games in production."

So that's multiple major Duke games plus several smaller ones with more than one due out in 2010?!

Hillarious! It's like when you ask your friend starting a business on their own how that are doing and they'll say something like "Oh yeah doing great! Got a few things on the burner, with a couple of them looking really good, and few other interesting things going on." which really means "I have no work, but don't want to admit it" :)

Anyway, good luck to them!

fp gTn4a... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30591536)

,year contract. members' creative private sex party they're gone Mac

not so new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30591668)

It is also not the first edition of DN3 for Maemo it was already available for Nokia n810(http://maemo.org/downloads/product/OS2008/duke3d/)

Interesting quote: (1)

dushkin (965522) | more than 4 years ago | (#30591750)

In other Duke news, reader Jupix points out that 3D Realms' CEO Scott Miller recently said, "There are numerous other Duke games in various stages of development, several due out this year. We are definitely looking to bring Duke into casual gaming spaces, plus there are other major Duke games in production."

I wonder if Duke Nukem Forever is one of them. CONSPIRACY?

Stardard FPS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30596414)

We need a standardized cross platform FPS!
So people can duel instead of say, paper-rock-scissors.

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