Tux Racer Update

January 16th, 2002 by michael

Mark Riddell, of Sunspire Studios, wrote in to let us know that they have put up a brand new Tux Racer website. In addition, they’re taking pre-orders for Tux Racer, and have also added an updated FAQ, new screenshots, and a new forum.

For those not familiar with Tux Racer, Mark included this:

In Tux Racer, players race as one of four arctic characters (including thepopular Linux® Mascot, Tux the Penguin) through eighteen thrilling downhillcourses, while collecting herring and performing tricks along the way. Entercups and compete to win the title! Tux Racer includes a variety of optionsfor gameplay, including the ability to race courses for time, againstcomputer opponents and even your friends in fog, snow, and high winds.

Your journey starts as you compete on beginner courses designed to let youlearn the basics of Tux Racer’s controls. Win and you will unlock othercourses and cups that will lead you to more exciting and challenging races.Only the quickest, smartest, and luckiest will win!

Tux Racer will be available for Windows and Linux.

5 Responses to “Tux Racer Update”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    …put your efforts to good use. OpenRacer is looking for some positive contributions.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    From Open Racer’s web page:

    ‘However, I didn’t start working on this engine when I wanted to. I noticed that Sunspire Studios, who work on Tux Racer, was working toward a 1.0 release, which will have many many more features than the currently(at the time of writing) available 0.6.1 release. So I waited for several weeks until I couldn’t stand it any more. I then wrote a short message to Sunspire. After several emails back and forth, I found out that Tux Racer 1.0 will be closed source. However, Sunspire fully supports the idea of continuing the GPL version provided that we do not directly compete with Tux Racer.’

    WHAT MAKES SUNSHINE STUDIOS THINK IT CAN DICTATE HOW OTHERS CAN USE THE GPL SOURCE, JUST BECAUSE IT IS THE ORIGINAL CREATOR OF TUXRACER?! If I want to directly compete with TuxRacer with Open Racer or any other racing game using 0.6.1 TuxRacer, it is my right to do so because it is licensed under GPL, and I don’t need approval from ANYONE to do it under ANY condition. If Sunspire Studios actually want to be a control freak, it should have released it under a more restrictive licence. But since Sunspire Studios had chosen GPL, there is absolutely NOTHING Sunspire Studios can do about it.

  3. msimms Says:

    In response to a lot of questions,Im going to post this information up here to try and answer the question for a lot of people and save the barrage of email that we have been getting…
    No, Tux Games will not be stocking Tux Racer.
    We have tried and tried to get information from them about how we can buy it, who their publisher is, and other options and we have received nothing back except a message to the tune of ‘we will be selling it from ourown website, we dont need you’.
    So, our apologies to everyone, we would like to stock this for you all, but we cant.
    As and when they come up with a publisher, we will talk to the publisher and try and get hold of some copies.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    And keep the data files under a strict license. People would still have to buy the game to play, but could play around with the source.
    And if anyone would try to make a total conversion, they could do it.

    But look at other games where total c onversions are possible.
    Half-life, quake3. There are tons of mods out there and even som total conversions. I think it is legal to play the total conversion without buying the game. But everyone buy’s the game anyway because thats the right thing to do.

    And offcourse if people makes mod and maps to the game people will have to buy the game anyway.

    I don’t think that Sunspire Studio will have any competition from people making conversions. Then content for 0.6.2 would be just as good as the Sunspire Version.

    The only catch I can see for Open Source a produkt is that the company cannot sell their engine, like ID is making really really many money on.

    This problem could be overcome by releasing it on a license that restrict people making money on the engine.
    So it can’t be bundled with content if people have to pay for it.

    If anybody got a reason for not GPL a game, or at least Open Source please replie.


  5. Anonymous Says:

    Yeah I know the truth I found an article which exposes all your lies, I know it’s true, it gives Microsoft the credit it deserves, so it must be true. And to think I was going to pay $40 for a VIRUS!! Don’t believe me check it out for your self.;sid=2002/1/21/102911/151

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