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Multiplayer Linux Games

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the kdebounce dept.

Christmas Cheer 654

gooshy1 writes "Ok it's getting near the end of the year and people are beginning to wind down for the holidays. What I want to know is are there any decent multiplayer games that an office of about 4-7 can play, preferably action. The machines that we use are not all that great, P4 1.7Ghz with 2 year old NVidia graphics cards, so Quake and the likes are out of the question. A favorite is BZFlag due to its playability and nice tunable graphics. All thoughts welcome, and Merry Chistmas/Happy Holidays :-)"

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bunga-bunga (-1)

penis fish (671987) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731060)

bunga-bunga

Umm... (4, Insightful)

fo0bar (261207) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731061)

No offence, but I think your concept of "all that great" isn't the same as most of the world. For example, Quake 3 was designed to run comfortably on a 300mhz machine with one of those newfangled "3d accelerator" cards (in my case, a voodoo3 2000). A P4 1.7Ghz with a 2 year old NVidia graphics card would still be considered by many people to be of "gimme gimme gimme!" quality.

Re:Umm... (2, Funny)

ItMustBeEsoteric (732632) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731116)

No, you missed it. He secretly works for a game developer, and is in the process of trying out the Quake 4 beta in his spare time, which takes a hell of a machine. Doom 3, beware!

Re:Umm... (4, Insightful)

smchris (464899) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731197)


Well, I read about the following 20 posts and nobody else was rude enough to ask whether the cards were set up with the proper _accelerated_ drivers. So it's up to me. Maybe with stock drivers Quake 3 wouldn't be so good even on those machines.

Re:Umm... (3, Insightful)

labratuk (204918) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731198)

Exactly. Running on a PII 400Mhz (dual) with TNT2 here. Have been able to play all the quake series just fine. (Not that I really do anymore. Haven better things to do than throw away time playing a silly game.)

While I'm here I might suggest something. Doom Legacy. [newdoom.com] This is great fun. You'll need to dig out your old Doom / Doom2 wads, but it is really a blast playing through the levels on a lan in cooperative mode. Give it a try.

Yasser Arafat is dead- story at CNN (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731064)

Yasser Arafat was found dead today at 03:47 in his compound of an Israeli bullet. Even if you haven't been personally suicide bombed by one of his terrorist minions, I'm sure you've noticed his contributions to Middle Eastern politics. He will be missed; truly a modern-day icon.

Re:Yasser Arafat is dead- story at CNN tsarkon (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731088)

Oh my god, first saddam, now this. this is amaznig. i cant even believe this. man the palistinians are going to go nuts. how could sharon let this happen its going to ruin the whole middle east. oh my god. this si the strangest day to see a nobel prize winner shot in cold blood.

Re:Yasser Arafat is dead- story at CNN (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731154)

Oh man i just saw him at BBC he looks like Elana Ceausescu because he has that Arab do rag on.

Re:Yasser Arafat is dead- story at CNN (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731181)

Holy jesus this isnt a troll, the MOSSAD must have capped him!

Re:Yasser Arafat is dead- story at CNN (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731202)

Mod this up, I just heard this on the radio, its strange to see that a Nobel prize winner was killed in a police action.

Re:Yasser Arafat is dead- story at CNN (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731219)

I hate that dirty towel loving fuck. I'm happy he is gone. Thazt morally bankrupt crook, thief, towelhead. He was killed in a police action.

That fucking sand nigger is married to a white woman - a blond no less. He has grandpa sex with her. Imagine his sand blasted withered sand nigger penis being slipped into her white puss.

I hope his corpse is dragged trhough a pig sty with jewish rabbis shitting into the pen after eating rotten gefilte fish and then taking a holy piss on his corpse and then pigs eat him. And shit him out and the pig processed Yasir shit gets buried with pigs.

That twoel head fuck, the loser commies of Europe, the EUROCRATS, gave this towel head who needs war to be in power, he said fuck you to Barak and Clinton when they offered to meet all of the Palestinian demands, and palestinians are inferior persons who should collectivly be used to far ORGANS for real people, those criminal heathen fucks who were kicked out of all the neighboring Arab countries before the jews came.

Death to the ARA-FART legacy.

Re:Yasser Arafat is dead- story at CNN (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731246)

He will be missed; truly a modern-day icon.

Missed ?? - Last I heard he certainly cant control his rabble of a country - he just hides in a candle lit bunker like Hitler did, shortly before his demise. Oh, well - who say's history doesnt repeat?

Re:Yasser Arafat is dead- story at CNN (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731268)

What time zone @ 3:47? ? GMT?????

wtf (3, Insightful)

_Shorty-dammit (555739) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731065)

quake runs on pentium ONE machines, what are you on?

Re:wtf (3, Informative)

Paleomacus (666999) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731150)

it'll run on 486 machines, what are _you_ on?

Re:wtf (2, Informative)

_Shorty-dammit (555739) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731183)

yes, yes it will, ran it on a 486-133 myself, but min. reqs stated a P60, IIRC

Re:wtf (1)

Hrothgar The Great (36761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731196)

God damn, I had a 486DX2/66 and Quake FUCKING SUCKED ASS on it.

Re:wtf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731248)

Oh, so you couldn't run it at full detail settings?

Poor baby.

It was still better than any other FPS at the time.

486's (1)

vasqzr (619165) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731269)


486's made a good Quake server, console only...

Re:wtf (1)

bogie (31020) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731260)

I thought Quake specifically wouldn't load or run on a 486 because it required a Pentium?

Re:wtf (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731271)

I ran it on my ZX-81.

Re:wtf (1)

astro-g (548659) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731155)

we dont need no stinking Pentium chip.
Ive got my 486!!

Re:wtf (2, Funny)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731163)

Heh. Quake (1 & 2) even run on a PocketPC!

Heh, I never realized my iPAQ was faster than P4 1.7Ghz,... heh. No wonder I still use a P1, these things just keep getting slower and slower...

Re:wtf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731272)

KDE

In the shade of an old oak tree (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731072)

I take shelter in the shards of an abandoned house. It's comforting to be in darkness.. like the feel of cold dew-covered grass brushing against your feet as you step through a field on a sticky morning.. or the piercing pain of a thorn ripping through your flesh reminding you that you are still alive. It's a feeling that grows from deep inside.. and sometimes it wells up until a point where I feel like smiling. But I can't smile when I am alone, only when I'm with you. Only for you do I smile. When you are gone I carry it in my pocket with my knife.

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_make_me_smile_ [willjoobeeemy]
make_me_smile_u [daruhlinghuuh]
ake_me smile_u_ [ooohwilljoobe]
ke_me_smile u_m [pleeezletmeno]
e_me_smile_u ma [cuziwantyouso]
_me_smile_u_mak [badbabyohhyes]
me smile_u make [puhleezgiveit]
e_smile u_make_ [rightnowohyea]
_smile_u make_m [smoooochyanow]
smile_u_make_me [giveittopoppy]
mile_u make_me_ [nowdontbeeshy]
ile u_make me_s [causeyouredad]
le_u_make_me sm [willmakeyouuu]
e_u make me_smi [feelsooogoood]

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Re:In the shade of an old oak tree (1)

carpe_noctem (457178) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731144)

this story sucked, but your link ruled. thx mang. =)

No Quake? (1)

DJayC (595440) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731082)

...P4 1.7Ghz with 2 year old NVidia graphics cards...

Hmm... you sure you can't play Quake on those machines? I'm pretty sure you can get that running with no problem, but then again, I could be wrong.... we are talking about the original Quake, right? I would look into it.. a great game for LAN play!

Re:No Quake? (4, Funny)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731151)

There's a difference between "getting the program to run", and "running with an acceptable 90fps framerate". I think that all of us hardcore gamers can agree that anything below 50-60fps isn't even worth touching.

Re:No Quake? (0)

Paleomacus (666999) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731174)

IIRC,Doom 3 will be capped at 30 fps so 'us' hardcore gamers aren't going to play it?

Quake 3 was a benchmarking tool, nobody ever played it. But it will most definately run at 50+ fps on the machines described above.

Re:No Quake? (1, Informative)

iannn (600593) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731235)

doom 3 isn't capped at 30 fps at all. the SYSTEM fps in doom 3 is capped at 60 fps. this has nothing (at all) to do with how many fps your graphics card and monitor will display. in doom 3 the system fps will control player collisions, damage and physics, but it has nothing to do with how many frames per second you display.

Re:No Quake? (1)

DJayC (595440) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731186)

Are we talking about playing on the office computers, or playing in a LAN tourny? I think that the computers he is dealing with will suffice for what he's looking for... just answering the question.

Personally, I don't think they need 90 frames per second to enjoy the game. Especially when dealing with an office-owned Linux machine.. beggers can't be choosers.

Re:No Quake? (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731215)

>I think that all of us hardcore gamers can agree that anything below 50-60fps isn't even worth touching.

I think that all of us non-hardcore gamers think that that is the most anal thing to say.

What are you going to do when Doom3 comes out with its fixed cap? Or do you think that Carmack isn't "hardcore" enough?

Re:No Quake? (1)

iannn (600593) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731262)

first of all, would you use a monitor that only had a 50hz refresh rate? this is worse. secondly, doom 3 isn't capped at 60 fps. the system fps is capped at 60 fps, you can still display with as many fps as you want.

Not too good? (5, Informative)

MrRage (677798) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731083)

I've played Quake 3 on and AMD Duron 800 MHz and it works fine. Some of the newer games though...eh wouldn't work to well.

Re:Not too good? (2, Informative)

agenthh (521566) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731164)

Hah... you call that crappy!
I play Quake3 and TFC for Half-Life on my Pentium 233mHz with 128 MB of RAM and a Voodoo3 32 MB. If I can do that, I think a P4 1.7GHz with even a GeForce2 beats the crap out of my comp for games.
I can just imagine it... Oh no, I can't play Halo! Oh me oh my, what shall I do?

Re:Not too good? (5, Funny)

piecewise (169377) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731256)

Oh yeah?? Well I play Quake3 and Doom III on a 32mhz pentium with 4mb of RAM and no video card and no monitor and 32mb of hard drive space!

Re:Not too good? (Quake3) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731264)

We play Qauke 3 here at this net cafe on AMD Duron 700s w/ some sort of 32mb Nvidia cards... I can't remember exactly which model but they are at least 2 years old as well. Anyway... I can get online w/ our DSL connection and frag total strangers.

Unreal Tournament works fine @ 1024x786, and so does Counterstrike. I even installed and played Battlefield 1942 (800x600)... but that was pushing it heh.

Games (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731089)

I know they aren't action. (at least not any i've heard of) But online game sites are pretty fun, and you don't need a good computer either to play on Yahoo, Playsite, or the likes.

xpilot (3, Interesting)

farnerup (608326) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731091)

Nothing like it [xpilot.org]

Re:xpilot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731280)

Oh yeah... I forgot about that... Who wants to schedule a tournement?

Even Doom (1)

()vnorby() (732447) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731100)

I can play Doom on my pocket pc, so you should be able to play it on a desktop. Same with Quake, it is the same thing I am sure.

Not that great? (2, Interesting)

Gojira Shipi-Taro (465802) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731101)

P4 1.7s and 2 year old graphics cards are just GREAT for Quake and the like. I play Quake3 weekly on such a system. The Nvidia card is slightly newer, but not much, and I'm playing at 1600x1200. Even with a GeForce2 for instance, I would expect excellent gameplay, if at a slightly lower resolution.

NeverWinter Nights works very well on the same system. There's lots of options.

I can remember working the Christmas shift and playing Warcraft many years ago on much lesser systems (albeit on Windows back then)

Easy (1)

g4n0n (659895) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731102)

"The machines that we use are not all that great, P4 1.7Ghz with 2 year old NVidia graphics cards, so Quake and the likes are out of the question." Those box's will EASILY play any form of quake/doom/half-life/ut...

Re:Easy (1)

DJayC (595440) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731149)

Half-life? Does that mean Counter Strike will also run? I don't have any experience with running HL on Linux... but if you can swing Counter Strike, that's probably one of the best games to play on a LAN.

No Quake?? (1)

molo (94384) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731103)

Um, why is Quake out of the question again? These machines are plenty fast enough to play the original quake all though Quake3. If 3D rendering is a problem (binary module issue or licensing or something), try the original Quake1 NetQuake in software rendering mode.

-molo

Freeciv (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731104)

Freeciv. [freeciv.org] Sorry, its not action though.

Needs WINE, but its dirt cheap (5, Informative)

mattgreen (701203) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731105)

Starsiege: Tribes.

It is old, came out around 1998 or so. Single best multiplayer game. Infinite skill ceiling, fast gameplay, dirt cheap, and runs well on anything. I still play it regularly. (can you tell?)

Re:Needs WINE, but its dirt cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731236)

True Tibes roxors

Wanna Trade? (4, Funny)

/dev/trash (182850) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731106)

The machines that we use are not all that great, P4 1.7Ghz with 2 year old NVidia graphics cards


Where have we come as a nation, as culture when a P4 1.7Ghz is classified as a "not all that great" machine.

Enemy Territory (5, Informative)

harikiri (211017) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731114)

I set this up for a few of us at the office, and now we have up to 20 players on a friday afternoon, including some VPN'ing in from home to play.

We've managed to also include managers and some people 40+ who haven't played FPS games before, and after a week they become a lot more proficient.

Currently running it on a linux server (700 MHz box next to me), and we play it from our 2.0Ghz desktop PC's.

Best thing about it.. it is FREE.

Re:Enemy Territory (5, Informative)

harikiri (211017) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731226)

Woops, forgot links:

Downloads for Enemy Territory (Linux/Windows): here [splashdamage.com]

The background behind why it's free, is that the developers Splash Damage [splashdamage.com] were working on a single player and multiplayer expansion for Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but in the end ditched the single player version, and released the MP version free!?

The map we play is small and fun, available from here [rtcwfiles.com] .

Re:Enemy Territory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731245)

Is your company hiring?

Counterstrike (5, Informative)

subzero_ice (624972) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731115)

How about counterstrike? It doesn't require a high end machine infact P4 1.7 is a over kill for counterstrike.

Re:Counterstrike (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731170)

I was about to suggest this. CS can handle any computer with a semi-decent graphics card.

Even better is also look at the many quality mods for HL. Like Coop Sven. Or that Pirates one.

Lots of fun. HL is still a great game.

Re:Counterstrike (1)

Paleomacus (666999) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731208)

Counterstrike _is_ a Half Life Mod. Most people would call it quality too (most won't brag about the maturity of the players though). (=

Re:Counterstrike (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731229)

Thats what I meant. (but not what I clearly posted)

Look at the other mods for HL besides CS.

Re:Counterstrike (1)

focitrixilous P (690813) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731217)

CS? I think you mean ricochet. [eurolog.org] No worries about stealth, or aiming, really. Just point in the general direction of the enemies and hope for the best. Best* half life mod ever.

*not the best, but best for n00bs.

On the primary app server (1)

mlk (18543) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731122)

PS Doom [sourceforge.net]

xblast (1)

ols22 (553332) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731123)

Xblast [xblast-center.com] is quite good. Easy to setup and get the hang of. Very very low requirements to run.

Armagetron (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731125)

http://armagetron.sourceforge.net/

out of the question? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731132)

> The machines that we use are not all that
> great, P4 1.7Ghz with 2 year old NVidia
> graphics cards, so Quake and the likes are out
> of the question.

( Score: -1 (redundant) )

When you go looking for games to play try to find a list of what're called "Minimum Requirements". You'll find your machines are more than adequate for a lot of the games out there (even that fancy Quake game!)

cube (4, Informative)

potpie (706881) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731135)

Definitely Cube! It's like a basics version of half-life for free.

http://wouter.fov120.com/cube/

Re:cube (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731179)

omg i remember playing that game with some lan party friends...

worst game ever

CUBE!!!

you are insane (1)

neo8750 (566137) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731137)

P4 1.7Ghz with 2 year old NVidia graphics cards, so Quake and the likes are out of the question.

i run a dual 450 and i play all the half-life mods and they run better then ever. i "use to" play all the time on a voodoo3! so don't give me that you can't play any of the good games. they might load slow but once they load they should run fine.

Great Linux Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731141)

Nethack!
Nettrek!
NetXRobot!
MultiWumpus!

C'mon, if it were designed in the 70s it had to be good. It's the Linux philosophy. Don't pine after those fancy modern things that were developed with WinTel boxes in mind. Stick to the good old Unix roots.

"Quake is out of the question" (1)

Jaeger- (63372) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731147)

I played Quake1 for years on my P1-200mhz. I don't see how this is out of the question for your p4-1.7ghz and Nvidia video cards.

Unless you are talking about Quake3 etc. Even then, I play Q3 all the time on a Tbird 800mhz w/GF2. Your machines are far better than this comp.

I guess you just have something against Quake. In that case, my suggestion would be Half Life or UT.

Q3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731276)

I've played Q3 on a PII 350 MHz with an NVidia TNT1 (yes, I said one). I don't think your system should have any problem. If not you need to find out how to turn on the OpenGL acceleration :)

Quake I (1)

jacobjyu (583486) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731156)

Sheesh, I remember playing Quake 1 on my now pitiful 133mhz pentium 1, and you're crying about a p4 1.7Ghz?? I myself am still running on a 1Ghz Athlon, and am satisfied with it (so far, it's beginning to be a bit slow now relatively).

original UT (1)

bender647 (705126) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731160)

Unreal Tournament plays under Linux. But I've only played multiplayer under Windows so I can't speak for the net code.

Unreal Tournament (1999) (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731162)

It will run on just about anything that has 3D acceleration. It's oodles of fun. And it can be had for $10 in the bargain bin at CompUSA.

Huh? You're underestimating those machines... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731165)

so Quake and the likes are out of the question

Um... you may not be aware that when Quake 1 came out, it ran great on a Pentium 1 / 120Mhz machine with software video rendering.

Quake 2 ran just fine on a Pentium 2 / 233Mhz machine with a 2Mb 3dfx Voodoo 1 graphics card.

Quake 3 runs just fine on my old Pentium 3 / 800Mhz machine with an nVidia GEForce 2 (which was the definition of good - in summer 2000).

Any hardware greater than the machine specs listed above is going to have absolutely no problem at all. You may not get 400fps in Quake 3 benchmarks - but nobody needs that level of performance to be able to play and enjoy the game.

On your 1.7Ghz machines, Quake 1, Quake 2, Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament will run just fine as will Unreal Tournament 2003 (assuming you at least have a Geforce 2).

Re:Huh? You're underestimating those machines... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731218)

Ha! I ran Q2 on a P1/120 in software!

Okay, it didn't run WELL (it ran like crap by today's standards, but back then 3D accelerators were uncommon and 4 FPS in software was GOOD), but it was playable, except for those REALLY big multiplayer levels.

Tetrinet (2, Informative)

PhaseBurn (44685) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731166)

http://gtetrinet.sourceforge.net/

Loads of fun, multiplayer, great for an office enviornment, and very light on hardware...

Wolf: ET (2, Informative)

Fatal (31133) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731180)

Wolfenstein Enemy territory would be an ideal game.. It should run with no difficulties on your machines and it is also free..

A quick google search turned up this URL, for example, to download from..

grab from here [4players.de]

Freedoom (2, Informative)

sfraggle (212671) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731185)

Give Freedoom [sf.net] a go - the PrBoom [sf.net] port runs on Linux and supports multiplayer. Not all the freedoom levels support deathmatch yet but theres a huge archive [doomworld.com] of deathmatch wads you can play under it instead.

A good option (3, Funny)

skippy13 (174383) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731188)

With such low end systems, you'd better stick with MUDs.

If my _great_ P2 450MHz machine with 128MB RAM and an Nividia TNT2 with 16 MB of VRAM can play Counterstrike via Wine, I'm really not sure what to recommend for your "not that great" machines...

xtank (1)

emptybody (12341) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731191)

enough said.

how about make use of your tax dollars... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731200)

and play Americas Army!

http://www.americasarmy.com/

runs on the UT2k3 Engine but my 1.4 TBird and NVGF3 seem to do ok.

LEGENDS IS FREE! (2, Informative)

terrox (555131) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731201)

http://legendsthegame.com - action game, multiplayer, scalable graphics etc. download from any of these mirrors http://shiftermod.com/legends/legends-0.3.6.1.tar. gz http://borganism.com/legends/downloads/legends-0.3 .6.1.tar.gz http://themasters.co.za/legends-0.3.6.tar.gz

Unreal Tournament (2, Informative)

hogger (566646) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731205)

Unreal Tournament Classic (not UT2003) runs great in Linux. You can purchase it for around $10 in the bargain bin at my local CompUSA, so everyone could afford to legally have a copy on their machine. It runs just fine on my daughter's Celeron 700 with a four-year old Voodoo card, so I suspect it would run great on your newer faster better office PCs.

There are lots of mods for it if you get bored with the factory DM, CTF, and assault modes.

Also, as many have mentioned, quake3 runs fin on a box like yours. It's a great game and is getting pretty cheap now too. My family and friends still find UT classic and Q3 just as fun, if not more, than the newer games.

Netrek (1)

miracle69 (34841) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731206)

It'll run, but barely on those P4 1.7 GHz boxes. Luckily, those NVIDIA can do 16 color screens pretty good, so you'll be fine there.

America's Army (3, Interesting)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731212)

With Linux being free and America's Army being free.... all you need is the PC hardware and a broadband connection. "Frag out" indeed.

Re:America's Army (2, Informative)

harikiri (211017) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731251)

Downside is that you need a lot of patience to play AA:O, because there are no respawns. Not something my co-workers have a lot of. :-(

3 year old computer (1)

deadgoon42 (309575) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731220)

I have a 3 year old computer 1GHz Athlon and GeForce2. I have yet to run into a game I cannot play.

linux games (2, Informative)

Feuer_Frei- (733133) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731222)

those machine should be able to handle Quake 1-3 and Unreal Tournament fine in linux. UT2K3 and tenebrae quake would take a better vid card. If you are willing to install WinE Half-Life and Counter-Strike will also play perfectly fine. check out more at linuxgaming.net [linuxgaming.net]

Unreal Tournament (1)

Icyfire0573 (719207) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731224)

I suggest Unreal Tournament its a pretty good fps and it supports companies porting their software to linux, all you need is an installer that can be downloaded from here [lokigames.com] [lokigames.com]

Freeciv || XPilot (3, Interesting)

RDPIII (586736) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731231)

Freeciv [freeciv.org] is multiplayer and works on about any machine that can run X comfortably. If you want more action, may I suggest the classic XPilot [xpilot.org] ?

Re:Freeciv || XPilot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731261)

My P1/16MB runs X. Freeciv won't even compile on it.

old machines?!? (1)

rocketfairy (16253) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731237)

I use an athlon 1.5ish-ghz with an old geforce, and Quake 3, UT2003 and the like run quite nicely at high resolutions (1024x768), and that's with the crappy linux nvidia drivers. If it's slow, drop the resolution down, you'll be fine. Actually, even RtC Wolfenstein runs okay at low res., although I hate it :)

Other fun choices: Armagetron (tron clone), or TEG (a RISK clone) for the strategy-minded. I hate BZFlag though, I always get wasted on their servers. There are also the latter day DOOM rewrites; I use PRBOOM, compatable with all the old ones.

Battle for Wesnoth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731238)

If you like turn based fantasy strategy multiplayer free games Battle for Wesnoth [wesnoth.org] is your game.
Battle for control of villages, using variety of units which have advantages and disadvantages in different types of terrains and against different types of attacks. Units gain experience and advance levels, and are carried over from one scenario to the next campaign.

Hearts (2, Funny)

DeadBugs (546475) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731239)

You must have meant .17 Ghz because otherwise your system will play just about any game on the market.

So if this is the case fire up a good old game of Hearts. I've played it over the network on a P133. With all the eye-candy turned on and full resolution.

Star Voyager (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731244)

This [bluesky.me.uk] is a reasonably playable game if you're a bit of a trekkie. It's not entirely original and has some bugs, but it's fun.

ET? (1)

illumina+us (615188) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731250)

I believe Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory runs natively on Linux. Enemy Territory Webstie [enemyterritory.com] . Then again I may be wrong =/

Re:ET? (1)

illumina+us (615188) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731263)

sorry. that's Enemy Territor [enemy-territory.com]

AstroWars (1)

Boarder2 (185337) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731253)

Masssively multiplayer, you could play it on your P90 with 512K graphics card if you wanted to.

Beta 4 just started a new round today. Get in while you still have a chance to win!

AstroWars [astrowars.com]

You must work... (2, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731254)

in a really cool office. If you want something that works on a "puny" P4 with a "measly" 1.7 ghz...will "Hearts" work ok?

Medal of Honor (1)

WWWAvenger (625119) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731258)

Linux binaries that run the Windows Medal of Honor client have been created and MoH runs decently on modest hardware (I've played on FreeBSD, 1.8ghz, Geforce 4 440MX), I recommend it for some good old-fashioned killing fun.

America's Army (1)

StarWreck (695075) | more than 10 years ago | (#7731265)

America's Army would be a great game to play in your Office LAN party! Especially since its available on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh.

Wolfenstein (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731270)

I've played "Return to Castle Wolfenstein" (both original and the new "Enemy Territories") on a P3-700 with an NVidia GeForce 2.

Under W98, Linux and FreeBSD using FreeBSD's linux ABI emulation. All worked well a decent graphic settings. (1024x768 with good textures.)

I don't see how a P4-1.7 can do any worse.

you have to decide this yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7731278)

games are mostly a preference thing. you specify action but i know people who will hate wolf:et to the end yet play day of defeat and have fun, but they are similar games (ww2 team based fps). small differences in games can lead to somebody not having much fun.

also consider skill levels of the players involved, i often have problems deciding what to play with my room/floormates because there's always somebody that totally kicks ass at any particular game (me usually, but it sucks more for me than them). what usually helps in this case is to introduce a relatively unknown to all yet still can be enjoyed type of game.

games that can be enjoyed by most people aren't games that are played over a computer network. i'm talking about games like touch football, ultimate frisbee or, since it's christmas time, snowball fights. have you thought about going outside at all? computer games are fun but it's hard to force a group to form out of any particular one.

i had to learn to accept this when quake lost significant popularity. for a while i couldn't believe anybody would not want to play such an awesome game as quake.
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