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Author Topic: games on linux w0rth noticing  (Read 15252 times)
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« on: November 05, 2006, 11:35:37 am »

i know i know...we already had a topic about games and this is not the first time i start a topic such as this. Since i really love vector and i saw that it has a number of new games in its last releases,I decided that it would be nice to have an open topic to talk about games on linux.

Wolvix is a distro that has made a special "gaming " version of their distro in the past. It had a good number of emulators ,such as dosbox,vbaexpress+vba,snes,xe...etc etc Plus a nice number of games.
I know that some of you might say- games are not important.But every distro has a few little and nice games. In most cases these games are too boring and the user usually just uninstalls them,because he/she had already seen them before. This is somewhat a shame.

I noticed that with its last release Elive ( http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=03828#0  )included a very good shooter game,that uses pseudo 3d graphicses and has a great feeling of speed to it. I gave that game a try and i was just blown away by its dynamics. I believe it doesnt use any 3d acceleration,which made me wonder...what is it like to play that game on a pentium 2 or 3 machine. Shocked

http://www.sourcefiles.org/Games/Arcade/tt-0.22b.tar.gz
( mirrors found:  http://www.google.com/search?client=opera&rls=en&q=tt-0.22b.tar.gz&sourceid=opera&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8  )

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http://www.answers.com/topic/torus-trooper
http://www.sourcefiles.org/Games/Arcade/tt-0.22b.tar.gz.shtml
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2006, 01:43:22 pm »

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, is probably the best free first person shooter that works natively on linux. Very nice multiplayer game, if you have free time.

Unfortunately, time is precious for me, so gaming takes a very distant place on my priority list.
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2006, 07:27:49 am »

I agree with easuter!
players from other games always make an image of a 'kid' community, which is doomed to die. Although recent graphs show that ET has a stable line of players (around 8000).
If you just wanna frag, go to etpub/jaymod servers.
If you want competition, you can either go play clanbase or TWL, depending where you live
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2006, 07:53:25 pm »

I used to play computer games like oangband, but not so much anymore   I think tabletop FRPGs are better. That said, oangband is a pretty nice game for what it's worth.

MMORPGs may be another options   it's interesting to see Second Life has a native Linux client.
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2006, 07:53:27 am »

this may be off point, but what about pcsx emulator on a PC? Games like Final fantasy, chron cross, suikoden., etc.. I love those games. I wish there were equivalent games like that with the awesome story and FMVs to go with the game.

for now, blurrymind's vbaexpress for vl is one of my favorite game port-holes. Here I can play many rpg games and save them.

Only if he had the time to follow up with pcsx which many other OS have a hard time with as well with the exception of the old mepis.
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2006, 09:02:26 am »

kazuya has a point there. Smiley

Emulators are small and give the user the ability to play many many games...but only if he finds their roms/isos (which is the illeagal part).

I managed to get epsxe going on vector a year ago and it ran beautifully. Grin

When vec gets to stable 6, I promise to build emulator packages for the repo.

also:
crono cross> my favorite rpg. This game was the reason i bought a playstation. I think its a work of art. (it and XENOGEARS) ... best music i've ever heard in a game too. Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2006, 06:17:10 am »

at least epsxe is legal as you have to use your PSX ROM. I have the old ones. Yes Blurry, xenogears and chrono cross are classic. I still have their OSTs as well.
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2006, 12:08:55 pm »

http://tuxgames.net/

It's a ZenGamer project, Zenwalk bases on Slack too. Maybe there'll be a chance to run smth. on Vector?
Never tried that, who knows?
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2006, 06:17:18 am »

Worth to check Gentoo's Longue on games for linux. there are a number of links there.

On the other hand i do not agree with those who take games a kiddish part of Linux. Microsoft keeps the market partly by offering a platform for games (though deadly dangerous can be playing over the net with MS stuff). Games are a part of the computer world, attractive (even if linux is not a gaming OS unlike MS stuff that i keep only for those rare purposes), relaxing etc. Besides Linux is a damn flexible OS still - why not then games?
At a company i worked for the guys played sometimes big competitions at the end of the day on the LAN. Why not to offer similar possibilities under Linux?
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2006, 01:46:44 pm »

Just packaged Sauerbraten and uploaded it to the veclinux-current/testing/ repo. I must issue a WARNING here, it locks up my system on exit, but then my laptop with ATI X600 mobile locks up on any restart of the X server, other people have no such problems. Anyway, reiserfs has always survived for me so far, but I'd recommend doing a sync before playing and don't leave any work running.  At around 95 MB, it's a biggish download: http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-current/testing/games/sauerbraten-20060912-i586-4vl58.tlz

From: http://sauerbraten.org/
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Sauerbraten (a.k.a. Cube 2) is a free multiplayer/singleplayer first person shooter, built as a major redesign of the Cube FPS.

Much like the original Cube, the aim of this game is not necessarily to produce the most features & eyecandy possible, but rather to allow map/geometry editing to be done dynamically in-game, to create fun gameplay and an elegant engine.

The engine supporting the game is entirely original in code & design, and its code is Open Source (ZLIB license, read the docs for more on how you can use the engine).

In addition to the FPS game which is in a very playable state, the engine is being used for an RPG which is in the preproduction phase. Additionally, Proper Games ltd are the first to use the engine commercially.

Check out the docs inside /opt/games/sauerbraten/. I added a menu item, but it's probably best to start from the command line if you want to tell it to use a resolution other than 640 x 480 (/opt/games/sauerbraten/sauerbraten_unix). The html docs explain the different commandline parameters as well as the configuration file.

Here's a quick tip for starting at a higher res:
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-wN
Sets the screen resolution width to N (default: 640).

-hN
Sets the screen resolution height to N (default: 480).

I used 1440 x 900 succesfully. I'm not sure if the screen res can be put into the config file, but you could also simply edit the /usr/share/applications/sauerbraten.desktop file to add them to the exec= line.
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2006, 11:52:55 pm »

ah,thanks joe.That game is very good. I remember playing the old cube game and getting pawned  Tongue .. My strategy was to hide in a dark corner and shoot. I didnt like the server rooms that had enabled the "flying immortallity cheat" enabled.

One game that is perticullary interesting for me on Linux is WARZONE. I've been posting links for it before.
What i like there,is that you can construct your own vehicles/tanks and try them in batle.
Its open source.
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/GAMES-ENTERTAINMENT/RTS/Warzone-2100-15242.shtml

old gaming thread:
http://www.ibiblio.org/vectorlinux/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8131&highlight=warzone

Mars-land of no mercy:
http://www.marsnomercy.org/screens.php

some guys are working on a clone of ragnarok online for linux:
http://themanaworld.org/
its not 3d, in the past they used tilesets from old snes rpg games...they changed that in newer versions.Someone should really help them in the art department,hehe..

I wish there was a RPG maker engine on linux,that was as good as rmxp (that uses ruby i believe),rm2k...

Strategy/adventure games through emulators:
For scumvm I LOVED~ Beneath a steel sky, sam and max, escape from monkey island 2,the Dig... I think that there are demo versions of these games, BASS (full version without dialogue sound (flopy version) ) is free to distribute. I remember tryng out a wolvix live cd that had them on with the emulator.
This kind of games (dosbox,scumvm emulated) are just little treasures that not many gamers know of. A game doesnt have to be 3D to make you remember it....good times...
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2006, 02:10:58 am »

Oh, I love The Dig! I actually started playing it again a couple of months ago, then got stuck and haven't finished it yet...  Grin

By the way, I must have mixed my games, Sauerbraten doesn't do the 1440 x 900, so I have to play it at 1024 x 768. I think it was Serious Sam, with the Linux binary, that did the max res on this LCD.
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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2006, 08:04:36 am »

I first saw the demo version of The Dig and read somewhere that Spielberg was one of its producers or something. When I played it,I got so hooked up with the story and the music,I went on googling the full version. Found it with amule and also got stuck nearly at the ending.
There is a walkthrough out there that i had to use once or twice.Some of the puzzles are really hard. Undecided
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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2006, 08:32:36 am »

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I think it was Serious Sam, with the Linux binary, that did the max res on this LCD.
Whoa, there's even a linux version for serious sam 2 !! Thanx for opening my eyes Joe1962!! I would've never dared to dream that.
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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2006, 11:49:39 am »

Yes, I have the Serious Sam Second Edition binaries here, but someone seems to have swiped my Serioue Sam SE CD...  Angry

About The Dig, I got the soundtrack a couple of months ago, it's way cool!
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