May 21, 2000
Loki’s new Linux game “Heavy Gear II”
Now Available from SuSE
With “Heavy Gear II” Loki Entertainment Software is opening the door tonew dimensions in the Linux world: with 3D audio effects and joysticksupport, a further step has been taken towards the acceptance of Linux bythe home user.
Linux, once just an insider tip for computer professionals, is well onits way to becoming the operating system of choice for home users aswell. After its overwhelming success on the server market and itsincreasing use in companies of all kinds, the ground has been preparedfor the all-round use of Linux, with beginner-friendly installationroutines, intuitive desktops and application software such as officepackets and games.
With the release of the first “big” Linux game, “Civilization: Call ToPower” (awarded the “Best End User Product of 1999″ by Linux Journal),Loki Entertainment has already made a name for itself. Just like itssuccessors, “Heavy Gear II” makes optimal use of the qualities of Linuxin the network, whereby multi-player games based on rounds, or real-time,are possible. Due to its success, it is no surprise that around a dozenmore titles are planned on being ported to Linux for the year 2000.
Loki is currently placing its main emphasis on 3D sound support by meansof OpenAL. “OpenAL represents a milestone for Linux,” realizes ScottDraeker, president of Loki Entertainment Software. “Until now, 3D audiofeatures in games were reserved for users of other platforms. This hasall changed now.”
OpenAL, entirely in the tradition of the Open Source community, is issuedunder the LPGL license (GNU Library Public License).
Dirk Hohndel, CTO of SuSE Linux AG, is also aware of the chances offeredby this: “Linux games play a significant role in the success of thedesktop market. Through the common efforts of the Linux community, mostrecently with OpenAL and the XFree86 version 4.0, ensuring enhanced 3Dgraphics card support, decisive steps forward have been taken.”
For more information about this product please visithttp://www.suse.de/en/produkte/software/index.html
About Loki Entertainment Software
A privately held company, Loki Entertainment Software has headquarters inOrange County, California and was established in 1998. Loki meets apent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported,shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channelsworldwide. Loki released 7 front-line Linux game titles in 1999, andplans 16 titles for 2000. For more information, visit www.lokigames.com.
With more than 340 employees, SuSE Linux AG is one of the world’s largestLinux specialists. Thanks to its stability and quality, SuSE Linux iscurrently being employed by over one million private users and more than50,000 business customers around the world. The development and salescenter in Nuremberg is backed up by branches in Oakland/USA, London,Prague and Marano sul Panaro/Italy, dedicated to the further developmentand dissemination of SuSE Linux. For the efficient deployment of Linuxwithin the corporate sphere, SuSEbacks up its commercial Linux software and complete Linux systems with acomprehensive range of qualified consulting and support services. TheSuSE Labs are making a major contribution to the development of Linux,especially in the areas of Linux-Kernel, glibc, XFree86, KDE, ISDN4Linux, ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and USB (Universal Serial Bus),as well as high availability and Multiplatform Support. SuSE received theaward for “Best Linux Distribution” at LinuxWorld Expo 2000 in New York.More information is available at http://www.suse.de/en/
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