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Orbz 2 Review

January 11th, 2005 by Crusader

GamersInfo.net has posted a review of GarageGames’ action game Orbz 2; a demo is available here.

Armchair Arcade on Game Development and Linux

January 11th, 2005 by Crusader

The editors of Armchair Arcade sent in word that they’ve published an article on the future of free software game development and a Linux guide. The free software article includes quotes from the developers of Vega Strike and our own Professor Matt “Curmudgeon” Matthews.

Kajaani Kombat 0.6

January 11th, 2005 by Crusader

Version 0.6 of Kajaani Kombat, a multiplayer Rampart-like game, has been released. Changes:

  • New sound effects (different sounds for different characters)
  • New big cannons (including graphics)
  • Kredits for buying cannons.
  • Improvement of end-round mode
  • OsX-package (including packaging files)
  • Character selecting
  • Mosaic effect on menu
  • Fixed bugs

Kajaani Kombat 0.6 Download: [ kajaani.net ]

Software Tycoon Available

January 10th, 2005 by TimeDoctor

Linux Game Publishing announced on their web site that their software development house sim, Software Tycoon, is available for purchase. Epic Interactive (No relation to the Unreal series developer) was the original porter, and destraX Entertainment Software was the original developer. TuxGames is listing it as in-stock.

DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil Previews

January 10th, 2005 by Crusader

PC.IGN and GameSpy (who are one company these days incidentally) have posted previews of the DOOM 3 expansion pack Resurrection of Evil, being developed by Nerve Software. There’s also some additional screenshots at Tiscali Games.

Attal 0.9.2 Released

January 8th, 2005 by Marv

Version 0.9.2 of Attal, a fantasy-themed turn-based strategy game, is now available. Changes:

  • Castle’ building implemented
  • Better connection management
  • Destroy unit implemented
  • Manage ‘behaviour’ of map creatures (flee/join/mercenary/attack)
  • Manage growth of map creatures
  • RandomResource rewrite
  • Usability improvements (more info, better buy interface, autoscrolling)
  • Exchange units partially rewrite
  • Add “groups” for decorations
  • Autodraw paths and other small improvement in Scenario editor
  • Improved Theme editor
  • Fix/improve AI (exploration, priorities for targets, tuning AI based on enemy power)


Attal 0.9.3 Download: [ attal-thegame.org ]

skQstat

January 6th, 2005 by Marv

For people who want to keep an eye on their game servers from their desktop, may be interested in skQstatwhich utilized the python module qstat.py to obtain stats.

Download: [ skQstat 0.3 ]

Globulation 2 v0.8.10

January 2nd, 2005 by Crusader

The open source real-time strategy game project Globulation 2 (screenshots) is now at version 0.8.10; changes:

  • settings for custom/default cursors
  • YOG shows IRC users
  • Campaign support
  • Test campaign
  • Warrior behaviour improved
  • Network connection/join/map download bugs fixed
  • Areas fixed in network game
  • Several small bugs fixed, typo upgrade and memory trash removed

Thanks to the Linux Game Tome for the heads up.

Globulation 2 v0.8.10 Download: [ ysagoon.com ]

Snes9X 1.43

January 2nd, 2005 by Crusader

Version 1.43 of the Super NES emulator Snes9X is now available; changes include:

  • Rewrote keyboard setup code
  • unmap all joystick buttons before applying -joymapX
  • AMD64 compilation fixes
  • Loading a zip file on binaries without zip support
  • Added install target with proper –prefix handling

Snes9X 1.43 Download: [ lysator.liu.se ]

ZSNES 1.40

January 2nd, 2005 by Crusader

Version 1.40 of the Super NES emulator ZSNES has been released; the gargantuan changelog can be found here.

ZSNES 1.40 Download: [ zsnes.com ]

Quake2 for Linux 0.16

January 2nd, 2005 by Crusader

Version 0.16 of Brendan Burns’ Quake 2 source port Quake2 for Linux has been released (thanks linuX-gamers.net). Changes include:

  • Improved joystick support
  • ALSA sound support
  • Improved x86_64 support

Quake2 for Linux 0.16 Download: [ icculus.org ]

X-Plane 8.04 Beta-1

January 2nd, 2005 by Crusader

The version 8.04 beta release of the flight simulator X-Plane is now available; 8.04 adds simulation for several flight systems (electric, hydraulic, pressurization, and vacuum), which includes specific system failure modeling.

Also, GoodWay, a flight planner for X-Plane, will be released for Linux in the near future.

X-Plane 8.04 Beta-1 Download (acts as a demo for non-registered users): [ x-plane.com ]

Knoppix Games Distro

January 2nd, 2005 by Crusader

Slashdot pointed out that a bootable Knoppix Linux distribution which includes a large amount of games has been released; it’s available for download via BitTorrent here.

Tom’s Hardware on Linux Gaming

January 2nd, 2005 by Crusader

Tom’s Hardware ran a feature article this past week looking at the state of gaming on the Linux platform. The prevalence of Direct3D, graphics driver support, and Cedega issues are all mentioned as current shortfalls.

KaPooka 0.3

January 2nd, 2005 by Crusader

KaPooka version 0.3, a puzzle game, has been released. Changes include the implementation of all interface buttons, and the addition of background graphics and music.

KaPooka 0.3 Download: [ sourceforge.net ]

Quake 3: Arena Source Release Delay

January 2nd, 2005 by TimeDoctor

John Carmack (id software’s lead SMAERTY MAN GRAPFX CODAR, and genuine rocket scientist) updated his relatively new Blog hosted at the Armadillo Aerospace site. In addition to his thoughts on graphics, he posted this regarding the lack of a Quake 3: Arena source release:

I intended to release the Q3 source under the GPL by the end of 2004, but we had another large technology licensing deal go through, and it would be poor form to make the source public a few months after a company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for full rights to it. True, being public under the GPL isn’t the same as having a royalty free license without the need to disclose the source, but I’m pretty sure there would be some hard feelings.

Previous source code releases were held up until the last commercial license of the technology shipped, but with the evolving nature of game engines today, it is a lot less clear. There are still bits of early Quake code in Half Life 2, and the remaining licensees of Q3 technology intend to continue their internal developments along similar lines, so there probably won’t be nearly as sharp a cutoff as before. I am still committed to making as much source public as I can, and I won’t wait until the titles from the latest deal have actually shipped, but it is still going to be a little while before I feel comfortable doing the release.

Check out his blog for more on this subject, and others.

Last Man Standing Beta 0.1

January 1st, 2005 by Crusader

The Last Man Standing team has released beta 0.1 of their DOOM 3 modification. Features:

  • Brand new menu with new graphics, sound, etc.
  • Shoulder flashlight
  • The maps include four different difficulty levels for players of varying skill
  • Score system
  • End of game score display
  • Kicking soundtrack to every map
  • Walkspeed changed to equal runspeed
  • Pistol is 3 shot
  • Double barrel shotgun – single shot autoreload version (a new model for this weapon is planned for the next release)
  • Chaingun with 300 round belt and a lower rate of fire
  • Plasmathrower – Turned the plasmagun into a flamethrower using plasma (a new model for this weapon is planned for the next release)
  • Six new maps, which feature monsters hunting down the player

Cooperative multiplayer is not included in this release, but calimer sent along this note:

We have made a lot of progress in terms of coop. Iplan on posting screens of it in action when I can.Also Burn is working on putting together a video of afew us playing coop. I’m not 100% sure when he isgoing to have it completed but I think it should be inthe next couple of days at the very longest. I’ll besure to post more news about it when it is ready, socheck back soon!

Other additions planned for the next beta include at least one new map, and additional weapons models/tweaks.

Last Man Standing Beta 0.1 Download: [ filefront.com ]

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