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Linux Gaming after Loki

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the sorry-state-of-affairs dept.

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mahdi13 writes "Linux Hardware has a great story about the past, present and future of Linux Gaming in 2003. They briefly touch on the commercial games available and what will be available for Linux in the near future. It is a good read and contains excellent information to keep the Linux Gamers satisfied with what is commercially available."

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DIE TACO DIE (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783688)

Taco should be fucking executed

Re:DIE TACO DIE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783739)

Yeah, I agree!

Wait, did you say CmdrTaco needs to fuck the executioner?

not funny (-1, Offtopic)

magister707 (445089) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784210)

my uncle died of fucking an executioner.

Satisfied? (3, Insightful)

use_compress (627082) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783704)

keep the Linux Gamers satisfied with what is commercially available

Come on! No Linux gamer with his stuffed penguin would say that it is possible for him to be satisfied with what is commercially available for Linux.

Re:Satisfied? (2, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783773)

excuse me? I am VERY satisfied that UT2003 was release with the linux client on the install disks. Granted I wanted to BEAT THEM for not supplying install instructions... I.E. "linux users look at disc 3 first" footnote in the manual.

but I bough 2 copies of ut2003 and let them know that I bought it because they made a linux client.

Now if we can get more good games released for linux (no not that sims crap) like ghost recon or splinter cell (Doubt it as that company is full of MS fanboys.) we will have to only have the wares of ID and the others that are foreward thinking enough to release linux clients for their games.

Re:Satisfied? (3, Insightful)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783790)

Come on! No Linux gamer with his stuffed penguin would say that it is possible for him to be satisfied with what is commercially available for Linux.

The only thing that is more pathetic than a Mac gamer [] is someone who claims to be a Linux gamer. Let's face it, if you want to play games then you need to run Windows. Like people in the TiVo thread keep saying... why waste time building a homebrew PVR when you can just buy a TiVo? Use the best product for the job. Windows is the absolute best OS out there for gaming at this point unless you want to play on a console.

BZZT! Wrong (2, Informative)

gatesh8r (182908) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783921)

Thank you for playing! []

Re:BZZT! Wrong (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784092)

Thank you for playing! [] "

A step in the right direction, but not perfect.

a.) Doesn't work with all games.

b.) Lots of complaints about stability.

Make Windows jokes if you like, but I've had 4 Windows 2000 machines and one XP machine over the last 3 years. All of them played games just fine. The most 'painful' thing I've ever had to do was install an updated Direct X. The only thing painful about that was having to reboot. Bummer.

Is it really that hard to dual boot with Windows?

Re:BZZT! Wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784166)

Ever tried to remove a software package from UNIX with all its various /bin and /etc and /var componets scattered about?

UNIX was not designed to be adding/removing shit on the fly because you're sick of some game.

Re:BZZT! Wrong (1)

Dasaan (644170) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784197)

And how exactly is making native ports less likely to happen a 'step in the right direction'?

A step in the right direction would be to email, or better yet, write to the game developers staing that you'd like them to release the game for linux. Most importantly of all if you ask for a game to be released natively be damned sure to go out and buy it if it is released!

Re:BZZT! Wrong (2, Interesting)

gatesh8r (182908) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784257)

There are some of us too that don't want to pony up the $200 for a half-decent Windoze XP Pro -- that just for the upgrade, or in my case, $300 because I dumped Windoze a few years ago and since I don't have 98, ME, or 2000, I'm not eligable for the upgrade. XP Home just doesn't cut it. There are those that don't want Windoze because of the privacy concerns, the security concerns, etc. For what I'd have to pay in Windoze software to help guard my system, plus the cost of the licence (which if I don't upgrade when MS wants, I pay for dearly) I can get a hell of a lot more hardware!

One thing's for sure: TG has the balls to come out and make their product for those who would much prefer not to deal with a MS product for whatever reason. I've seen MS give the shaft to a lot of people and business in my professional carrer, and they rightfully deserve the "M$" monkier. Give TG time, and issues with it will hammer out. They've expanded the Linux gaming library quite a bit more than Loki has, along with icculus.

Re:Satisfied? (1)

sporty (27564) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783978)

Or buy a console. But that's another philisophical battle.. consoles or computer (pc/mac/freebsd) games.

Re:Satisfied? (1)

DWIM (547700) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784086)

Yeah, he mentioned that:
Windows is the absolute best OS out there for gaming at this point unless you want to play on a console.

Re:Satisfied? (4, Insightful)

slux (632202) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784081)

I play games occasionally. There's no way I'm buying Windows and booting to it just to play a few games sometimes. I'm happy with the Linux games currently available. In fact, they're more than I need.

I might not be a "real gamer" (used to be though), but I do play a bit and strongly object to "if you want to play games you need to run Windows". Sure, if you absolutely have to get all the latest ones that got 90%+ in game mags, then you need Windows, but the titles that you can purchase for Linux are just fine for someone who does more things than just gaming on his computer.

We've got Heroes3, Kohan, FreeCiv, Alpha Centauri, ASC, Lgeneral - all those games have a huge replay value so I think the strategists are covered.

We continuously get the latest in first person shooters thanks to Epic and ID.

And now, for those who like RPG's, there's NWN which has a great multiplayer, can be written mods for. Shouldn't get old too soon.

Re:Satisfied? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784123)

Absolutely right, Win98 cannot be beat for gaming. Sure it has some minor stability issues but it's lean and the selection of games is unmatched. It really is a shame Microsoft chose to break with the lean and mean Win-on-Dos format with the pathetic turd of molasses they call XP. I'll be one pissed off ex-customer when they desupport Win98.

Re:Satisfied? (1)

Karn (172441) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784202)

"Windows is the absolute best OS out there for gaming at this point unless you want to play on a console."

Not everyone uses software for what it currently is. If this were the case, noone would have ever used it for anything, since it started out as practically nothing. If everyone shared your attitude, there would be no point in doing anything new or competetive, because there is already something out there that does the job.

No, wanting to do the things you love in the OS you use isn't pathethic. What's pathetic is the fact that you were modded up for your ignorant, close-minded post.

Too bad Microsoft didn't take your advise when they were developing Direct3D. If they had, running Windows games under Linux would be much better, since Wine's Direct3D support seems to suck compared to it's OpenGL support. Of course, you can't be the best gaming OS if you allow a little competetion, right?

Re:Satisfied? (1)

t0ny (590331) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783899)

You mean running NeverWinter Nights at 20fps isnt good enough for you?

Re:Satisfied? (2, Interesting)

friedmud (512466) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784204)

WTF are talking about?

NWN runs BETTER in linux than it does in windows. Maybe you are using some POS videocard - but there is no reason at all for 20fps.

I have a fairly standard rig and it runs fine:

1.2 Ghz Athlon
Geforce4 Ti4200

NWN is great! Since the linux client has come out it has totally taken all of my time (yes the built in modules aren't that great - but the user created content that is out there is INCREDIBLE).


Re:Satisfied? (1)

Cyno (85911) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784122)

I am satisfied with what is commercially available for Linux. I would and do buy all the Linux games I see on the store shelves, as well as any new additions to the GTA series. But I don't care if companies don't want to sell me stuff.

That's perfectly fine with me. I got plenty of new free stuff to keep me busy for a long long time.

Loki Games (5, Informative)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783709)

Another great place to find loki games that wasn't mentioned in the article is used bookstores. I'm not sure if they're a nation-wide chain, but Half-priced books in columbus, OH usually has a bunch of loki linux games that I guess people probably bought thinking they were windows games. You can get most of them for a buck or two. I also found copies of quake3 a year ago at microcenter for $3! Though, I suppose at this point thats probably what you would expect to pay anywhere...

"Linux Gaming" (5, Funny)

huntz0r (580511) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783712)

is that sort of like Windows Security?

Re:"Linux Gaming" (2, Funny)

DRO0 (252117) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783740)

Except there's no for Windows security...

Also... (0, Interesting)

levik (52444) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783728)

I hear tic-tac-toe is coming to Linux as well...

Let's face it... being a gamer on Linux today is just a bit behind being a gamer on Mac...

And we've all seen THAT "Switch" commercial.

Yeah (5, Funny)

dolson (634094) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783803)

because Mac users have been playing Neverwinter Nights and UT2003 for months and us Linux users have been waiting for so long... Oh, wait...

Re:Yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784087)

Good point, but I be you couldn't pick couple of more examples.

Re:Yeah (1)

dolson (634094) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784154)

Cold War is one, and I have no clue about the stuff that LGP is porting.

like such classics as (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783733)

gnibbles and gstones.

New record. (1, Funny)

Mullen (14656) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783743)

This must be a new record, /.'ed with only 3 +1 commments!

Linux Hardware not having enough hardware, how ironic.

Re:New record. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783759)


A slashdotting joke! This is so fucking funny!

Re:New record. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783974)

holy shit, does this mean some people actually read the article before posting?

Already slashdotted? What kind of future is that? (-1, Offtopic)

Sembiance (124190) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783744)

Geez, it's already dead. Sigh... the slashdot effect strikes again.

My vagina really smells today (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783750)

It does!! And it's not even time for my period yet! I don't douche, but I'm thinking about starting.

My girlfriends seem to think that pubic hair can make a vagina stink. The ones that shave it all off claim that they are much less stinky. Who knew?

Re:My vagina really smells today (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783808)

Shaved pussies look cheap. I mean, come on, everyone has them these days. Plus, when I see a girl who saved her pussy except some small "stripe" of hair, it reminds me that I'm going bald.

Bring it on. (0, Redundant)

dolson (634094) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783753)

Let's hear all the complaints about how I didn't list any free games or WineX or anything.

I have my mouse over the X of my browser window so I can close it any second now.

Oh yeah, and I forgot RTCW, my favorite Linux game, don't know how I did that. :\

Re:gentoo for me:) (0, Offtopic)

Fizzol (598030) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784205)

>Let's hear all the complaints about how I didn't list any free games or WineX or anything.

>I have my mouse over the X of my browser window so I can close it any second now.

Thanks for the warning. I just used the X on my browser window on your article.

Re:gentoo for me:) (0, Offtopic)

dolson (634094) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784232)

> Thanks for the warning. I just used the X on my browser window on your article. No sense keeping the article opened after you're done reading it.

yeah.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783757)

The only reason I have a M$ box is because of gaming... Can't wait until the day I can live free without MR GATES...

Re:yeah.... (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784149)

1) Buy a gamecube or PS2

2) Just accept the fact that PC games means Windows games. This wont change anytime in the near future. Linux just doesnt make even a decent gaming platform, let alone a suitable replacement for Windows and DirectX.

This is like telling retarded kids they're smart. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783760)

Hello, linux games are a joke compared to windows games. linux is good for servers, windows is good for games, just like American women are good for sport fucking but make terrible wives. Some things just go hand in hand.

The Article - Unformatted For Her Pleasure (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783762)

The Past
Loki has undoubtedly become a synonym for "Linux game." While the company is long gone, their legacy lives on. Many of their works can still be had for a fair price at online vendors such as TuxGames, or at local shops which still carry older stock. I have found a number of my Loki titles at Electonics Boutique, including a tin box version of Quake 3 Arena. So which Loki-ported games were released? Which ones are still available? Well, the first question has an easy answer. If you look in the table, any game title that is still in stock is a link to its respective page on TuxGames. If there is no link, then the game is out of stock. This is not to say that you can't find it anywhere, but just that TuxGames no longer carries it.

Alpha Centauri Civilization: Call to Power Descent 3 1
Deus Ex 2 Eric's Ultimate Solitaire Heavy Gear II
Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 Heretic II Heroes of Might and Magic III
Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns MindRover: The Europa Project 3 Myth II: Soulblighter
Postal Plus Quake 3 Arena 1,3,4 Railroad Tycoon II Gold
Rune Rune: Halls of Valhalla SimCity 3000 Unlimited
Soldier of Fortune Tribes 2 Unreal Tournament 1,3,4
1 - expansion available
2 - unreleased
3 - still in print, not by Loki
4 - downloadable binaries
As you can clearly see, there are still a good number of Loki games available. These titles won't last long, so you should order them as quickly as you can. TuxGames is not the only place that sells Linux games, but they do only sell Linux games, and game-related merchandise. It is possible that some of the titles that are no longer available can be found elsewhere. And there's always eBay, if you are comfortable with online auctions. It is unfortunate that we never got Deus Ex, but circumstances and fate prevented the game from ever being completed.

Some gamers don't want to buy these games, and that is fine. Not everyone appreciates every genre, and some people refuse to buy games that don't get shoved down their throats on television and Internet ads. However, for the majority of Linux gamers, the series of Loki ports includes some of the best games ever created. There is no telling what games Linux users could be playing if Loki were still around today.

Tribsoft ported a game called Jagged Alliance II to Linux, and has since disappeared from the scene. Their domain name even points to some weird site in British Columbia now. I imagine they won't be porting any more games, but if you want a good strategy game with adventure and role-playing elements, something like Fallout, then look no further than Jagged Alliance II.

Xatrix Entertainment developed a game called Kingpin: Life of Crime. They ported it to Linux, and if you can find a copy of the game anywhere, you may like to check out the unofficial installer, made by ravage, of It's worth checking out, if you like violent first-person shooter games that revolve around organized crime.

So now that we have a good idea of what has happened in the past, let's take a look at what is going on right now in the world of Linux games.

The Present
So we know where Linux gamers got their roots from, but where will they go tomorrow? What is there to fill the seemingly large void left by Loki? Well, as you may have heard, there is a newer company called Linux Game Publishing, often referred to as LGP. What they do is, well, they publish Linux games. This includes titles that they port, and titles that are ported by others, just as Loki did.

So what does LGP have in store for us? Well, for starters, Majesty has gone gold, and should be available any day now. You can pre-order it already. The game looks and plays like a cross between the best parts of Lords of the Realm 2, Total Annihilation: Kingdoms, and Age of Empires. It brings back those same feelings I used to get, and I can get lost in the gameplay for hours on end. definitely keep your eye on this game. Click here for some screenshots.

LGP have gained the rights to continue work on MindRover: The Europa Project, and so you can get the LGP version instead of the Loki version, if you like. On top of that, LGP offers a downloadable update for the Loki release of MindRover for a small fee. This will convert it to the LGP version, which includes support and future patches.

Do not let the news about Creature Labs stopping their services stop you from buying Creatures Internet Edition! The CD-ROM contains Creatures 3, Docking Station, and the Magma Norns, and the only thing affected by the closing of Creature Labs is the Docking Station. Creatures 3 is still a fun and interesting single player game. Considering that the Docking Station was always freely downloadable, Linux gamers shouldn't feel like they are getting much less of a product. Chances are that if you were buying Creatures Internet Edition, you were buying it for Creatures 3, and not the Docking Station. LGP still publishes it, and TuxGames still sells it, and it is the only game of the Creatures series to make it to the Linux platform. It is definitely a change of pace from the constant action and shooter games most people love to play.

Majesty Gold
LGP now also offers the amazingly addictive Candy Cruncher on a CD-ROM enclosed in a DVD-style case. This game was created by Pyrogon, and ported to Linux by Ryan Gordon. Download the demo and see how addictive it can be!

Aside from LGP, there are a number of other developers that have released games for Linux. For example, Garage Games and Monster Studios have a nifty little game called Marble Blast for sale on the Garage Games website. You can try the downloadable demo, or view some screenshots. If you like the demo, the full version is reasonably priced, and it has many more levels. The fun factor of Marble Blast is remarkable, given its simplicity. It uses the Torque engine, which is the same one used to make Tribes 2. Interestingly enough, the Monster Studios staff were all formerly members of Dynamix.

Also, PomPom are still around, still selling their games, and hopefully considering more for the future. These guys have put together two of the finest hardcore arcade-style games that Linux has ever seen. Space Tripper, now available for only USD$12.00, is definitely worth the money. The more recent Mutant Storm will put you out only USD$20.00, and is well worth it, especially if you have a dual-analog game pad connected to your computer. You can have either game almost instantly, as you get access to download the installer for whichever game you decide to buy, and the downloads are each only around 10-15MB in size. If arcade games are your thing, definitely send PomPom your business. Both games have downloadable demos, and screenshots are available on their webpages as well. Very recent threads on their forums seem to tell the tale of a small company that is going under due to lack of sales. It's unfortunate that these guys may not be gracing my hard drive with another fine quality game.

Ryan Gordon was contracted to port a number of games to Linux. He has already released Serious Sam: The First Encounter, and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, both originally by Croteam, as well as the port of Unreal Tournament 2003 which Epic Games managed to squeeze into the box before release time. The FAQ on their website explains why Linux isn't mentioned on the box.

In a similar vein, BioWare have entered public beta with their first Linux game, Neverwinter Nights. This is one of the most anticipated role playing games ever. Many people waited for more than four years for this game's release. It is fun to play, and all of the user-created mods really extend the life of the game. You get a good value for your money, and the online play is quite enjoyable. The features currently missing from the beta version of the game are a server browser, chat client, and movies. Other than that, the game is quite playable, although still buggy. BioWare have done an excellent job so far on the port. There is even an unofficial installer so you don't need to use Windows at all to install and play this game in Linux. Personally, I know that the eight-month wait for the port was worth it. Even though we aren't getting a Linux port of the Aurora toolset directly, BioWare will be adding a forum for developers to their message board. This will aid the OpenKnights project in reverse engineering the file formats needed to create custom content, and ultimately a set of tools for Linux and Mac users. Let's hope BioWare will port more games after this experience. They've already said that the expansions for Neverwinter Nights will work on Linux, so this is a great start.

Neverwinter Nights
If you would like to play Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror under Linux, you can do so with the installer provided by ravage, over at Tactical Ops has been claimed to be better than Counterstrike; good thing too, since it runs on Linux natively. There is also a rather large map pack available for download, which now introduces a single-player campaign. You can get that at the official Tactical Ops website. There is also a way to run the free version of this game as an addon to Unreal Tournament, but the retail disc comes with many more maps, and the bonus map pack requires the retail CD-ROM.

The original Unreal can also be run natively in Linux, provided you have Unreal Tournament already. It runs as an addon expansion pack, which is good, as you can usually find Totally Unreal in stores still, which includes both games. Then just head over to and grab ravage's Unreal Gold installer, and you're good to go. If you have the original version of Unreal, you should use Chunky's UnrealI installer instead. Note that the interface it uses is that of Unreal Tournament, but the game content is the same as Unreal. This is not supported by Epic Games at all, but if you want some single-player Unreal action, this is a great hack. Also, ravage has provided an installer for the Return to Na Pali expansion pack. Note that Unreal Gold includes this expansion on the Unreal Gold disc.

Illwinter Game Design have released two games, Dominions, and Conquest of Elysium II. Both are strategy games, and are still available for purchase. Dominions has over six-hundred units, four-hundred spells, and three-hundred magic items. Illwinter pride themselves on packing in the features with their games. If you're looking for a decent strategy game, check one of these out. Screenshots and demos can be found at the Illwinter website.

Another company, Black Hole Sun Software, has an arcade game called Bunnies. This is a comical battle game, and it can support up to six simultaneous players. There is a downloadable demo available, as well as screenshots, so you can see this furry arcarde fury for yourself before you buy it. Check out their site for a number of other Linux games as well.

A short time ago, a lot of people got excited about a new game called A Tale in the Desert. This game features no violence, but lots of building and challenges. It is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, and pretty much stands alone in the Linux world at the moment. It costs USD$13.95 per month, but you do get a free 24-hour trial period over multiple sessions. You can try to play the game, and if you like it, then you can subscribe. Many people love this game, but unfortunately, it will end some day, because of how it was designed. If you want to find out more information, you can read up about it on the website. Perhaps the eGenesis team will produce a new game once this one has finished.

Slingshot Game Technology have a game called SoulRide, which is a snow boarding game. If you can find the CD for this game, you can use an installer made by ravage to install and play the game under Linux. Also, if you just want to try it, there is a free download of Virtual Jay Peak, which is a part of SoulRide.

Sunspire Studios took the open-source game called Tux Racer and improved it with new characters, new levels, and better graphics and sound, threw it in a box, and is now selling it. There is a demo version at the website, and some screenshots, so you can check out what the full version is like in comparison to the open-source version. If racing on a penguin is something you've always dreamed of doing, then this game is worth at look.

Ubi Soft developed and released a real-time strategy game called Theocracy, in which you control and develop an Aztec tribe. The game is still available at TuxGames.

Vicarious Visions released a Linux port of Terminus inside the same box as the Mac and Windows versions. The game still gets updated by TerminusPoint, and is one of the few space sim games available for Linux.

A company named Phantom EFX has a game for Linux called Reel Deal Slots, which, as you guessed it, is a slots gambling game. You can order it over at TuxGames, if you want to do some game gambling on your PC.

MP Entertainment have an adventure game called Hopkins FBI. It features hand-drawn and 3D animation, lots of characters, and lots of scenery. If you want to try the demo or see some screenshots, go check out the website.

Chronic Logic released both Triptych and Pontifex II for Linux. Pontifex II is the sequel to the amazingly addictive bridge-building simulation game, and has updated graphics, 40 new levels, and a level editor. Triptych is a unique puzzle game with falling blocks that follow laws of physics. You can purchase either game on the Chronic Logic website, download a demo, or look at screenshots.

A while ago, Hyperion Entertainment ported both Sin and Shogo: Mobile Armor Division to Linux. While they haven't ported any games to Linux recently, they were considering porting Tzar, but Linux gamers rejected that idea. That is sad, because Linux doesn't have an overabundance of real-time strategy games at the moment. I think that we shouldn't be so choosy when it comes to what we get ported, as we are a very small market as it is. I would have liked to buy Tzar, or any RTS game for that matter. I hope that Hyperion find something to port in the near future, as well as a publisher willing to support them. The more games we get, the better!

Introversion Software have re-released Uplink as Uplink: Hacker Elite, and it can be found in many stores now. In this game, you take on the role of a hacker, and you get different jobs, earning money to buy newer software and hardware. It is quite an interesting game, and many people would like to see a sequel. A tutorial for installing the Hacker Elite version of the game can be found here. There are screenshots and a downloadable demo at the Introversion Software website.

Uplink: Hacker Elite
That about sums up the games that are out there right now. There are quite a number of them, and there are even more due out shortly. Read on to find out what the future has in store for us Linux gamers.

Intermission - Source Code and Clones
A seemingly growing trend is the release of source code to older games. While a proper port close to release is favorable amongst many Linux users, having the source to some big games is very thrilling as well. With all of the talent of the Linux community, ports of these games can be released quite rapidly, and even enhanced, modified, and so forth. Usually, most of these sorts of things are found at, and other projects sometimes fork off of that. Other times, games are cloned, or hacked to work from other source. So what are some games out there right now that fall under these categories?

Aleph One/SDL Aliens Versus Predator Descent
Descent 2 Doom Duke Nukem 3D
FreeSpace FreeSpace 2 Heretic
Hexen Hexen 2 Quake
Quake 2 Rise of the Triad Wolfenstein 3D

Please note that all of these games are at varying stages of development, and while many are playable, there may be bugs, missing features, and so forth. Also, the links are not the only projects out there, but simply the best I have seen as of yet.

Also, there are a few games out there that have source code floating around, yet no one has stepped up to the challenge of porting them. I'm speaking specifically about Battle of Britain and MiG Alley, two flight sim games. If someone wants to port them, assuming the licenses permit it, the source code can be found here for MiG Alley, and here for Battle of Britain. Good luck.

A small group of people are also working on porting Enemy Engaged: Comanche Hokum to Linux, which was released recently by Razorworks. I hope that a full working port comes out of this, as Linux doesn't really have any commercial flight sim games at the moment.

So, the last stop on our journey through the time line of Linux gaming is: the future. What can we expect to happen in the coming months for gaming on Linux?

The Future
Disciples 2, Ballistics, and Bandits: Phoenix Rising have all been recently announced, and are currently being ported by LGP. Personally, I'm very anxious to get my hands on Bandits, but the others will also become a part of my collection soon enough. Along with these ports, LGP is also publishing Eon Games' port of Hyperspace Delivery Boy, an adventure game by John Romero's Monkeystone Games. Also, Pyrogon will be releasing NingPo soon as well, which LGP will also publish. So we can clearly see that LGP will continue to be the lifeblood of Linux gaming in the near future, and hopefully for a long time.

As most people know and expect, id Software will be releasing Doom 3 for Linux in the future. This game is reported to be one of the scariest games ever created. The screenshots and preview movies look amazing, and I'm looking forward to this release.

If you're into MMORPG games, you may like to keep your ears open for Atriarch, a game by World Fusion. Described as a persistant strategic role-playing game, Atriarch looks like a very different approach than that used in Everquest, Asheron's Call, and the like. Atriarch's story takes place on the alien, organic world of Atriana, and players in the game will strive to become an Atriarch - a ruler of an empire. If this sounds interesting to you, head over to the website to check out the screenshots and keep up on the news.

Vendetta is an up-and-coming game by Guild Software, Inc. It, too, is a massively online role-playing game, but it also has a different style. Vendetta sets you in outerspace, in control of a ship of some sort. Check out the screenshots here if it this idea is appealing to you.

Apex Designs have contracted Dan Olson to port their Amiga game, Payback, to Linux. If you liked Grand Theft Auto 2, then you'll love Payback. There is a demo available in the Professional version of Red Hat Linux 8.0. I've been waiting for this game as patiently as I can, which isn't easy to do. Check out the screenshots at the Apex Designs website, or pre-order your copy of the game today at TuxGames.

Fans of the Thief series will have a possible interest in the game Cold War, by Mindware Studios. The game will have elements similar to Thief, Metal Gear Solid, and Splinter Cell, and is played mostly from the third-person perspective. It's far from a first-person shooter, as you can't just run around shooting everything - your gun is only a last resort. You have to sneak around, knock people out, and even use duct tape to bind people. It sounds like a lot of fun, and a nice change of pace for the Linux users out there.

Cold War
Garage Games has said that the upcoming game, Think Tanks, will be available for Linux as well. There isn't much information available at the present time, but if Marble Blast was any indication, this game should go over well with Linux users.

If killing zombies - lots of zombies - is your thing, you may like to know that the game Terror Island is supposed to be released for Linux. The developer, Grizzly Team, is based in Paris, so all of their website information is in French. With any luck, the game will also be released in English. The website does have some screenshots and concept art, all of which contain zombies in some form or another.

There is a really interesting single-player role-playing game called Era that is currently under development by Peroxide. They say that there will be a Linux port, and have released a tech demo for Linux. The game was originally called Ultima: A Legend is Reborn, but they had to change the title, story, and characters. It looks very promising. Check out the site for screenshots and the older tech demo download.

A new installment of the snowboarding game called StokedRider was announced recently. Developed by BONGFISH, the game features Tommy Brunner, and will be available for Linux, Mac, and Windows later on this year.

Ryan Gordon is busy working on ports of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and the Spearhead expansion pack, both by EA Games. I've already put in my pre-order for the MOHAA bundle pack, which is available for a limited time at a slightly reduced price. Ryan has also been contracted by Digitalo to port Devestation, a new first-person shooter game. I've played it, and it reminds me of HalfLife for some reason. It has a great single-player story, and a fun multi-player game, so if you're looking for something cool and new, this game could be for you. Ryan is also working on porting America's Army, which will be freely downloadable when it is complete.

Something to keep your eyes open for is the up-and-coming development company called Angry Pixels. Sponsored and birthed by LGP, this company claims to have a fresh, unique idea for a game, and they will be publishing their Linux version through LGP. No word is out yet about what this new idea is, but the people who are in the know about it are certainly excited.

A new game called Savage is being released by S2Games, and they say that Linux is listed on the pre-sale promotional boxes, and it is likely that the Linux port will therefore be in the box. This game claims to have created a new genre: Real Time Strategy Shooter. It looks like it will be a great game, and you can download screenshots or a trailer from the Savage website.

This about wraps it up at the moment, but if you know of any games that are coming out for Linux that I'm missing, please post in the comments section, or email me at

In Closing
This article concentrated mainly on commercial games, but there are lots of high-quality free games out there as well. I couldn't think of mentioning them all, as the list would get really rather long. Perhaps in the future, I will write about what the open-source community has to offer in the way of games.

One other thing that should be pointed out is the Linux Games FAQ. If you have problems getting a game to run, want more information, and so forth, the best place to look for it is in there. A lot of hard work has gone into it, and instead of making other people duplicate the work, do everyone a favor and have a quick look at it in times of trouble. You'd be amazed at how many problems are fixed in that document.

While Linux does have a bad reputation as being a server-only operating system that doesn't have any games, I think that it is an unfitting stereotype. Sure, Linux is a superior server platform to many other operating systems, but that doesn't mean that it can't be a good desktop/gamer operating system as well. There are lots of games available - it's just a matter of finding them and buying them. Sure, we have a limited selection, even when compared to Macs, but we can change that as we gain more users and show developers that we are worth the time and money. The future is not certain, and we have the power to change it and shape it. If you want to see more games for Linux, you have the power to see it happen. Buy the Linux games that you can now, in hopes that it will make a difference later. If there really is a market amongst us, then now is the time to show it.

Dana Olson is a Computer Network Engineering Technologist who also maintains The Mandrake eXPerience, even though he's a Debian user.

Re:The Article - Unformatted For Her Pleasure (1)

malelder (414533) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784085)

Yikes...Bad Formatting gave me quite a scare..

I really want Deus Ex 2, but not if its called "Deus Ex 2 Eric's Ultimate Solitaire Heavy Gear II"!

This seems appropriate... (-1, Offtopic)

raytracer (51035) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783770)

This link [] deals with Apple rather than Linux, but seems topical nonetheless.

If you want games, buy a machine that has games.

Re:This seems appropriate... (1)

slide-rule (153968) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784058)

If you want games, buy a machine that has games.
Parent seems to have been modded 'flamebait', maybe for this statement, but what I think is meant to be said is fair enough. Maybe it'd have been better to have said "if you want games [now], buy a machine made for (or that provides a platform for) games", with an implicit corollary that "if you want games anywhere else, fine, but don't gripe in the meantime".

After all, I wouldn't pick windows to run a server that needs to be rock solid, I didn't get a PS2 since I thought it could run photoshop, why would I pick a nice developer-friendly *nix box to run games? Sure, having a big collection of games native to Linux would be nice, but I got into Linux knowing that wasn't likely to be the case for a good while. (Heck, if I can get XFree86 to come up with the new video card I got -- to play game(s) under windows -- to check mail and surf the web, I'll be happy enough.) It is starting to sound like the 'beggars being choosers' thing.

Re:This seems appropriate... (1, Flamebait)

dolson (634094) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784266)

I agree. If you want to play all the games that you think you *need* to play so badly, use Windows or Mac or Xbox or whatever it is that they are coming out for. The article wasn't one of these "Linux is everything" and "you must run Linux because it has these games" but rather it was pointing out what is out there, and what will be out there in the future.

I have a Playstation and three Linux computers. I like to know what games will come out for Linux, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, and hence I wrote the article.

Re:This seems appropriate... (1)

blibbleblobble (526872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784288)

"If you want games, buy a machine that has games."

Sounds reasonable... $33 [] for a game, and $293 [] for an operating system to play it on. Now why didn't I think of that when I was choosing software?

Freely Available (3, Interesting)

blazer1024 (72405) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783775)

I've always been more into the freely available games out there when it comes to Linux.

For big flashy commercial 3d games and such, I generally prefer Windows anyway since I know it'll work right off. (Well, usually anyway :)

In Linux, I like those games made by people with creative minds, but not the money to try to produce a big budget game. These games are frequently much more interesting, and sometimes even more graphically appealing.. (I like cheezy 2d graphics better sometimes, especially if it's a fun game)... in fact, one of my favorite Linux games ever, Koules, had very simplistic graphics, but four of us would huddle around the KB and a joystick and play that game for hours!

I bet you that game had a budget of $0. Development tools, graphics programs and all sorts of useful apps exist for free in Linux.. so anyone with an idea and enough spare time can make something that could be more fun to play than a game with a 10 million dollar budget.

Re:Freely Available (1)

oever (233119) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784007)

I agree completely. I use to play TNT (a simple and ugly dynablaster clone) a lot with my friends. This post actually make me find the game on the web. here it is []

Majesty Gold will be fun (4, Informative)

tuffy (10202) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783801)

Give the playable demo [] a try and see for yourself. Though most of my Linux gaming involves xmame [] or zsnes [] , when I'm not doing actual work.

There's plenty of games for Linux (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783805)

You can download zSnes and play supernintendo games, there's Mame so you can play arcade games, theres a ton of NES-emulators and... oh wait... you are talking about _new_ games? Sorry. Never mind.

Oddly enough, i can't remember more than 2-3 games worth playing from last year, at least not for the PC.

What about Transgaming (3, Interesting)

jandrese (485) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783807)

What, no mention of Transgaming? Sure they don't actually port the games to Linux, but if it works it works. The only big problem is that the Transgaming versions have to deal with all of the copy protection crap the Windows users have to deal with. Has a CD Key ever kept someone from pirating a game? Do any games with SafeDisc (which don't work in my computer) actually avoid being 0-day Warez? How many hours of my life have I wasted installing games only to realize that it's got another CD protection scheme that breaks in my DVD drive? How many hours of tech support time have I wasted with these problem (at least Blizzard fixed it in a patch, unlike most companies that just ignore you)[1]?
I think Loki got it right. Too bad they were probably a bit too early (not enough users with cash) to make money. It's a shame, because the Loki versions usually ran better than the Windows versions on my machine.

[1] Well, not too many, I usually just return the game instead.

Re:What about Transgaming (1)

ConMotto (586959) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783907)

What, no mention of Transgaming? Sure they don't actually port the games to Linux, but if it works it works.

Sure, it works, but the larger issue is that you are not directly supporting the development of Linux ports. Developers may not opt to make a Linux port because Transgaming will make it run for them. I *think* Baldur's Gate is an example of this.

Re:What about Transgaming (0, Troll)

dolson (634094) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784063)

The real example is Sacrifice. It was going to be ported, but then WineX was sorta almost running it so they cancelled it.

Re:What about Transgaming (4, Interesting)

dolson (634094) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783911)

The article was about Linux games, not Windows games.

The chances that Transgaming has had to produce native ports have gone to shit. The Sims and Kohan are WineX-based crap. I've compared their Kohan against Loki's Kohan, and Loki's doesn't crash, it's faster, smoother, and the sound doesn't ever get messed up. Not to mention that the Linux version is an actual Linux version, and doesn't require that I connect to the Internet to install or run the game.

Sorry, but I use Linux and Linux software, not Linux and Windows software. If I wanted to run Windows software, I'd just install Windows because it runs a hell of a lot better than Wine and WineX do.

I used to be a subscriber, and I tested over 70 of my Windows games in it. Guess how many actually ran? Seven. Guess how many locked up and forced me to reset my system? The majority. It's not worth it. I don't agree with subscription-based software, for one thing, and I don't agree with Transgaming, for another. They are bad open-source citizens, and they blatantly lied to me when they said that after a certain number of subscribers, they would release their source code to Wine. I don't care what excuses anyone makes for Transgaming; the fact is that they said it, and now they don't.

They also lied when they said that they won't be testing games that are being ported natively... Medal of Honor is being ported to Linux right now, just as my article says, and yet Transgaming brags about how it runs in WineX. I can't count the number of people that run Quake 3 Arena in WineX... I've talked to them myself, so I KNOW that it's true. I just don't understand this.

Furthermore, WineX hurts Linux's chances of getting native ports. Aside from the Sacrifice port which they killed, they are creating a Linux gaming community that relies on Windows and Windows software... Transgaming is always a few steps behind Windows, and always will be. What happens in a few years from now, when WineX is good enough that it can run a lot of games, and then Microsoft sues Transgaming? They aren't loyal to Linux at all - look at Gav's track record. Does Corel support Linux anymore? No. Will Transgaming? No. They simply saw a potential for cash, and they stepped in. That's all this is. What if Microsoft changes their architecture so much that Wine and WineX are rendered useless with new software? They have to start all over... And what will become of those "hardcore gamer" Linux users? They'll crawl back to Windows on their knees. And if you don't agree that one of these scenarios will happen, then you can't deny that it will hurt or kill LGP. Linux users are NOT loyal to Linux - ask what was Tribsoft or someone from Hyperion, two companies who stopped porting to Linux because so-called Linux users are too fucking cheap to buy native games, and they'd rather buy the 20-discount bin Windows versions and then use WineX or dual-boot. At least Amiga and Mac users are loyal to their operating system. They don't buy Windows software at all. They buy software for their platform. Hell, the majority of Linux users don't even pay for their distro. Hyperion has a deal now, but if they will port to Linux remains to be seen.

The future of Linux gaming is NOT bright when you keep getting bombarded with emails and comments about WineX and playing Windows games in Linux.

When we can run Windows games on Linux, there is no need for native ports. It's a sad, sad day. I'm very glad I bought a Playstation, because I can't see Linux gaming surviving much longer.

Mostly FUD (1)

jbellis (142590) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784030)

"What if Microsoft changes their architecture so much that Wine and WineX are rendered useless with new software?"

They can't change their architecture to break Wine w/o breaking apps on windows 2000, too. MS isn't willing to do that.

Re:Mostly FUD (1)

dolson (634094) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784035)

You don't think so? I guess we'll find out, won't we? They broke DOS, and they'll break everything else eventually.

Re:Mostly FUD (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784145)

"You don't think so? I guess we'll find out, won't we? They broke DOS, and they'll break everything else eventually"

They didn't break DOS, they phased out of it.

That was probably the worst example you could have used to prove your point, heh.

MS isn't going to mess with WineX. There's no benefit to it. MS does, however, have every interest in making sure that game developers have a good development to work in. Linux developers would be wise to cater to the gaming Community in a similar way.

Re:Mostly FUD (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784125)

They can add to their architecture, as they do constantly.

How long until DirectX 9 extensions work in WineX? There's still a ton of DX8 stuff that doesnt work.

Re:What about Transgaming (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784117)

That's funny (& wierd) as hell, in the short time I played around with Lycoris Desktop (or maybe it was Lindows, I get em mixed up) I got more games to run, just playing around, than you did. No, I don't game on Linux, like I said I was just testing the distro out.


Yes (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783815)

That's right, all you Linux gamers. I can't wait for 2003. Soon, the installation manual for these games should top the 5-6 pages currently of shell commands to type in. Then, all you've got to do is a few Kernel recompiles, just some tweaking here, there, there, and there. Oh, don't forget to change permissions on this, that, this - and DON'T TOUCH THAT IF YOU WANT TO USE YOUR PULSE RIFLE! It's BUGGED!

Complete & total waste of your time, folks. This post, and this story. Yay! Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some win32 GTA3 action to tend to. Hey, look at that.. no shell scripts.. just double click on the icon and it loads. wow...

all I want to know is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783823)

will they have Star Wars Galaxies? I'd like to RTFA but its /.ed.

I'm glad your dead--LGPL violator (0, Troll)

linux11 (449315) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783830)

Anyone remember in the movie Batman when the business exec gets burned by the Joker? If only that could be Scott Draeker. Every Loki game distributed a copy of the game binary that was statically linked against glibc. Every Loki game displayed on start-up a banner/credit screen including copyright information. EVERY Loki game failed to include the required text stating use of glibc. When I notified Loki of the LGPL requirements being violated, Scott Draeker explained that Loki is an "important contributor" to SDL and other LGPL projects. But, to date, Scott Draeker has failed to explain what part of the LGPL excludes "important contributors" from having to include notice of a LGPL work when a banner/credits/copyright information is displayed. Considering that Loki failed to publish ANY game without fully honoring all the terms of the LGPL, I think it is a step forward for Free Software that they are now dead. If only Scott Draeker would be kind enough to die too. :)

Re:I'm glad your dead--LGPL violator (0, Flamebait)

Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783859)

Yes, that's a very mature viewpoint to take. Wanting someone dead for dealings in business? You might be trying to exagerate for some type of effect, I'm not sure what that might be, but it's really inappropriate. When someone dies there are serious consequences and I don't think it's right to make jokes about death.

Re:I'm glad your dead--LGPL violator (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784136)

Pfft. It's fucking funny when people die. I hope I go in an explosion, showering everyone with bits of blast-shredded flesh.
Dryclean THAT, bitches!

By the way- you still getting pussywhipped by the gf, you spineless cock?

Last real area (2, Insightful)

rf0 (159958) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783832)

I really see gaming as the last area where Linux is seriously behind Windows. We have things like WineX which allows some games to be run and of course people like ID activly support Linux. However I have a number of games that I like to play that force me to reboot into Windows just to play them.

Ask anyone and they will say that the availability of games, and even decent graphics drivers on Linux is really behind that of Windows. So if you have the ocassional home user who want to play a games, even a demo off a cover disk they aren't going to be going for Linux are they? Mind you they could just as easy go for a PS2 :)


Re:Last real area (3, Informative)

mojowantshappy (605815) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783925)

Actually, the nVidia drivers are overall considered better for linux... well at least by many people I know and by observing the game benchmarks over the years with UT 2003 and Q3. Also, WineX still doesn't work very well in my opinion. Usually it is only the very big games that work, or games that are based off of the Quake 3 engine. Games like Morrowind or Black and White I have found to barely work at all. To add to that, you have to pay for WineX and it is a pain in the ass to set up.

Re:Last real area (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783995)

You're a lying linux faggot.

Re:Last real area (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784009)

The "last" area?

How about desktop usability, and consistency. Have you ever tried to cut and paste with any linux based desktop rig?

How about device support, or being able to create a new driver for a new device without a kernel recompile?

There are a METRIC SHITLOAD of areas where linux lags behind Windows and OS/X. There are few where it actually excels.

Unless you dont count usability, functionality, compatibility, and all that kind of shit and compare OS's based purely on hippie ideals.

Think of this, if Windows was free, as in no-money, not as in open source, would ANYONE use linux on the desktop?

Re:Last real area (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784175)

How stupid can you get? Since it's nearly impossible to buy a computer that doesn't have Windows on it, the issue of OS cost is irrelevant. The majority of Linux machines had Windows installed until someone decided to put Linux on there instead of or in addition to Windows.

Not too happy... (1)

Lethyos (408045) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783850)

Still no stable NWN client. On top of that, WineX 3 is horribly broken. On my system (at least) GTA3 no longer works and WC3 performs worse.

No major advances and a few steps back as far as I am concerned.

Re:Not too happy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784011)

is winex free? where can i get it?


Re:Not too happy... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784103)

It's not free. Give me a drop point and you will have it.

Re:Not too happy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784228)

pirating bastard, people like you make this world what it is...a shitbag of flith and psudeo-matrialistic ignorance.

Use the fucking CVS if your too much of a cheap ass to buy something

Play Station (1)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783851)

The future of linux games is on the Sony Play Station.

Far in the future mind you... If you are a true gamer, as in the kind who likes to play with friends who are physically in the same room while drunk and/or stoned, you stick to the console.

Linux on the Play Station, which is already available, is one step of something many predict will only become bigger.

Console games suck (1)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784041)

Far in the future mind you... If you are a true gamer, as in the kind who likes to play with friends who are physically in the same room while drunk and/or stoned, you stick to the console.

Yeah, that's true...and I have spent many a night playing Gran Turismo drunk as an Irishman. But for different sorts of RPG's? (No, final fantasy doesn't count). First person shooters? RTS's? All these are fun games to play, and those of us who are married (see fellow geeks! You *can* get laid!), playing all-night drunken-playstation ain't an option, so some solo gaming will occur. And then what? Because as you point out, the strength of the console is multi-player.

Re:Play Station (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784171)

"Linux on the Play Station, which is already available, is one step of something many predict will only become bigger."

Hardly. You can't even burn a disc and play it on the PS2. The only way you can get a game to somebody else is if they have the $200 Linux kit for PS2. Sorry, Linux on the PS2 gets you nowhere into making games a bigger market for Linux.

Linux gaming could happen, but it takes a great deal of effort to make it interesting. The first step would be to make a dev enviornment interesting to gamers. Something like Director for Linux would go a long way. Make it easy for somebody to pick it up and make their own games. Then, get a few games passed around via shareware. Be persistent, and suddenly it becomes interesting to people to have Linux available to play with these games. Imagine going to Ham fests handing out free CD's with a Linux gaming distro on them.

The problem is that we're talking years of development here. Frankly, though, until Linux appears on millions of desktops, it ain't gonna happen.

Re:Play Station (1)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784324)

I believe the future of games as we think of them now is consoles. There was a huge gap between console games and PC games for a while, and there is still currently a gap, but it's shrinking.

How many people own a PS2 versus and up to date capable of running Doom 3 PC?

I'm sick of FPSes (which I hate on consoles due to lack of mouse for aiming) and that's about all that gets released for the PC of any caliber anymore (with some exceptions) or rehashes of older games and genres that don't add much (Diablo vs Nethack) except for fancy graphics that I don't care about and won't until we hit photorealism.

I don't even touch my PC for gaming anymore, which is why I run single-boot Linux on everything in the house. My PC is for work, coding, hobbyist stuff, and tinkering. I can do anything with it, modify software to suit my needs, etc. My consoles are for gaming (PS2 and a Gamecube). I don't need to install stuff, I don't need to worry about it working or not working, or even check the box for hardware requirements. I don't need to buy a $300 video card to eek more performance out of it or to run the latest games (I got both consoles w/memory cards used for about the cost of a new Nvidia or ATI card!).

Linux and Gaming? (-1, Flamebait)

(X)Paul (664560) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783856)

Linux = Server = Geek = Porn. I don't see gaming in the equation.

Re:Linux and Gaming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784303)

Linux=Server=Geek= ..................\=Porn

The Final Barrier (3, Insightful)

Tighe_L (642122) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783860)

I am completely switched to Linux & FreeBSD for my home PCs, but my co-worker will not switch (he wants to) until he can play games like DAOC, EQ, BF1942, PlanetSide (Yes I know you can use Wine and WineX) in linux. I think the syngergyst (sp.) that could cause a switch would be a Linux Based Gaming Console. Games are the only thing keeping home M$ Windows sales up.

Re:The Final Barrier (1)

Rican (666150) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783895)

Yes...I wish to break away from the M$ collective, but until popular PS game titles start being published for Linux as well as Winblows I am afraid that resistance will be futile. :(

Re:The Final Barrier (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783970)

Winblows an microshit

window$ and mirco$oft

Boy oh boy, do you sound like a computer whiz now.


Buy a gamecube and realize that linux, and UNIX in general, is not a gaming platform, is not a home desktop OS, and never will be.

Re:The Final Barrier (1)

Moloch666 (574889) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784107)

I've got two linux boxes and and a high end windows box just for games. I dream about switching to linux and adding my Athlon 1800 to the openMosix cluster. I'm tired of Windows it has been a thorn in my side for too long.

Re:The Final Barrier (2, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784263)

" Games are the only thing keeping home M$ Windows sales up."

That's not really true. Though I agree games are an extremely attractive feature of Windows, the fact is that it's a decent OS. Lots of apps, easy to use, easy to install, lots of places to get help with it, etc. (Note: I only speak of Windows 2k and even XP, Windows 95, 98, ME, and related are complete garbage. I will not defend those flavors.)

Linux has arguably gained ground in most of those areas, but it's still got its rough areas. It's strength in the home market is not it's CLI or it's automation or remote administration capabilities. Frankly, nobody gives a rat's ass about that. What they do care about is beinng able to do lots of stuff with their computer. They want to go to the store and buy a new game or an app. They want to buy a new doohickey like an MP3 player and connect it all up and make it work. The problem is if you go to CompUSA, there's virtually no mention of Linux.

Linux may be superior in nearly every aspect compared to Windows, but not necessarily in the areas that are important to mass-market audiences. Frankly, I think just getting a few apps on store shelves that are just for Linux would go a long way. You'd be surprised how much perception plays a role in all this. It's not that surprising, though. For people to climb any learning curve, they need to be interested in it.

Re:The Final Barrier (2, Insightful)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784265)

Switching to Linux/Bsd/OSX full time is easy, the only time I ever go back to my windows box is for games. Pushing linux/osx on a windows gamer is the wrong direction to go. Pushing linux/osx on a person who is a desktop user is postive experience. WineX (while good) is geared towards the more techincal user, and is not yet "install and play" simple.
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Return to Castle Wolfienstien mods coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783861)

The article seems to have missed RtCW and its MOD's
One notable one is due for release this coming Friday wiht a Linux client included.

Best linux-box gaming... (1)

Trurl's Machine (651488) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783871)

...would come from a Playstation 2 running Linux. Or am I wrong? At least that's what I suppose, personally I don't use neither.

I'm sorry, but... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783879)

... "Linux Gaming" still sounds like an oxymoron to me. Kind of like "Macintosh Computer" or "Microsoft Open Source"

Java Games, Puzzle Pirates (1)

danieljames (470520) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783892)

Whilst the field of Java gaming is pretty sparsely planted, there are a few efforts.

We're developing our game Puzzle Pirates [] on Linux in Java 1.4. It also runs on Windows and OSX (sorta, pending apple's swing fixes). It's an MMP based on Pirates and uh Puzzle games, in free alpharrr testing.

Personal Unix (1)

ishpeck (160581) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783914)

Back in the day, the only games you ever found on a Unix system were the hacks/hobbies of the system administrators.

The Personal Computer is where we disovered commercial game software. Until recently, the line between Unix and the PC was very distinct.

Linux is torn between the Unix world and the PC world. On every turn we see people trying to pull it entirely one way or the other: Linux on the Desktop! Linux as the uberserver for $dirt!

There must be a boundary before we can set expectations.

Re:Personal Unix (2, Funny)

Lxy (80823) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784080)

It's like I always say: `Kill -9 first. Ask questions later.'"

Yes, but it doesn't roll off your tongue quite the same way.

Mutant Storm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783915)

Both Mutant Storm and Space Tripper by PomPom [] are great games with top-notch graphics. And both are available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. I don't need anything else.

Re:Mutant Storm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5783946)

Why do OSS advocates keep pointing to garbage like this as though it's going to help linux be taken seriously?

It just reenforces the (valid) belief that linux gaming is no more than a few old arcade remakes. A few R-Type or Puzzle Bobble clones do not make a gaming platform.

And if that's what you want, gaming-wise, you're better off buying a used SNES.

Re:Mutant Storm (2, Informative)

SunPin (596554) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784139)

Clearly, you didn't look at the site and should be moderated offtopic. I don't normally respond to ACs but the point has to be made:

The subject is commercial games.

I'm amused by trolls when they are clever. Guess that counts this AC out.

Re:Mutant Storm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5784198)

So they're commercial, as in some guys trying to sell them. It doesnt mean he'll make any money, and it doesnt make linux look like a 'gamer machine'.

They're STILL just an R-Type and a Robotron clone. Novelties. Not fodder for a 'real gaming platform'.

ut2003? (3, Informative)

phre4k (627961) | more than 11 years ago | (#5783957)

I see no mention of ut2003 in this article. It is one of the best ports i have seen. It runs nativily on linux. The installer is even included in the retail, which imho is great.


Re:ut2003? (0)

LinuxFreakus (613194) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784050)

actually it is mentioned. you must have missed it ;)

Re:ut2003? (1)

Nikkos (544004) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784102)

"Ryan Gordon was contracted to port a number of games to Linux. He has already released Serious Sam: The First Encounter, and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, both originally by Croteam, as well as the port of Unreal Tournament 2003 which Epic Games managed to squeeze into the box before release time. The FAQ on their website explains why Linux isn't mentioned on the box."


DOOM 3 (4, Interesting)

SeaPig (649774) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784064)

John Carmack said there will be a linux version of DOOM 3. That's all I care about. ;-)

Mutant Storm (1)

SunPin (596554) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784074)

Easily the best action game ever in my book... it's a Robotron psychedelic 2D shooter on a 3D engine... absolutely gorgeous... it was developed by PomPom Games [] in the UK.

I saw their first title, Space Tripper, in an old /. article about Linux Games but, IMO, Mutant Storm is much more deserving of some publicity.

Orbz 2.0 for Linux will be out any minute now (3, Interesting)

Dave_21-6 (635736) | more than 11 years ago | (#5784115)

21-6 Productions [] is one of the studios developing games with the Torque Game Engine offered by GarageGames [] . It's a bit of a shameless plug, but today is the launch day for our title Orbz 2.0 [] , which is being released for Linux, Mac, and Windows simultaneously, along with a demo for each platform.

We really believe in developing fun and interesting games for both the Linux and Mac platforms. We don't just believe in doing so just because it's "the right thing", but also because there is money to be made. The article mentions Marble Blast, another TGE-powered title, and the Mac and Linux sales have been substantial. Certainly nothing for a small, independently-financed game studio such as ours to turn our noses up at.
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