In this interview, we found the precise status of the current generation XGI Linux and Windows display drivers along with their future. Among other things, we learned that XGI Tech will finally be supporting the Linux 2.6 kernel in September of 2005.
A new alpha build of Ghornon’s Hammer (screenshots), an open source 3D strategy-adventure game, was recently released. The developers note that you can start in Windmill Village and explore the map at present; additional gameplay is still being crafted.Ghornon’s Hammer Alpha 0.1.2 Download: [ sourceforge.net ]
Phoronix let us know that they’ve pitted NVIDIA’s lastest Linux driver, version 1.0-7667, against its predecessors in a new benchmarking article. Unreal Tournament 2004 and DOOM III were both utilized for the tests; there appears to be no readily discernable gains over 1.0-7664, which isn’t a huge surprise since the main change this round was the addition of GeForce 7800 support.
The games are described as “abstract shooters” and have to be experienced to be appreciated. The stunning graphics and kickin’ soundtracks alone are enough to make these downloads worth the time and effort.But, if you like the old-school arcade shooter-type video games, you’re sure to like these.
John “overcode” Hall, a long time Linux developer and the author of Programming Linux Games, is currently battling metastatic melanoma, and has established an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team where you can send donations for cancer research.Please don’t hesitate to contribute if you can, and the LinuxGames staff wishes John the best of luck. John Hall’s Blog – http://overcode.yak.net/3
ACS Relay for Life Donation Page – http://www.acsevents.org/faf/r.asp?t=4&i=99915&u=99915-86454580
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I’ve given Second Life a try (for a paper I’m writing) in Windows, it is a pretty good massively multiplayer non-game. Certainly, it has the largest creative economy of any game I’ve played.
Version 0.4.0 of FreeCol (screenshots), an open source Colonization clone, is now available. This build is focused on the improvement of AI and the addition of features that allow the player to interact with natives. Other changes include making the game compatible with J2SE 5.0 and the usual bugfixes.FreeCol 0.4.0 Download: [ freecol.org ]
- Added support for GeForce 7800 GTX.
- Fixed problem with certain flatpanels running at 1600×1200.
- Fixed an unresolved symbol issue in libXvMCNVIDIA.so.
- Fixed an unresolved reference to the symbol “gnu_dev_makedev”.
- Worked around a bug in Java2D that was exposed in 1.0-7664.
- Improved support for Quadro FX 4000 SDI.
Version 1.66 of BioWare’sDungeons and Dragons RPG, NeverwinterNights, was recently released. There’s a metric ton ofchanges,which include gameplay, Dungeon Master, server, and scripting fixes. There’s also character portraits and music from the official premium modules.Neverwinter Nights 1.66 Patch Download: [
The Darwinia site was updatedearlier this month to note a few additions to theirextras section,includingan alternate intro music track. Darwinia is a real-time strategy gamewith classic game sprite-esque units and maps (think TRON). Thesoundtrack isalso available.Moreover, there’s been several reviews posted:
Darwinia Demo Download: [
- The game now optionally runs in higher resolutions (800×600 and1024x768).
- The main menus have been translated to German, Dutch,Spanish, French, and Italian
- Many new game objects have been added, aswell as many new levels (now more than 750)
- Tutorial levels have been added that teach the basics of the game
- The graphics have been updated to make the game playable by color-blind players
- Gamma correction can be changed from inside the game
- Support for loading levels from the original Oxyd series has been improved
Enigma 0.92 Download: [ nongnu.org ]
Over the last couple of months, we’ve quite extensively examined the latest Linux display drivers from both ATI and NVIDIA. We have even published two articles about Linux NVIDIA overclocking with both NVClock and CoolBits. Today, we will be continuing this never ending driver coverage as we see just how well XGI Technology fares when it comes to their Volari Linux display drivers as we attempt to run a Volari V3XT and V8 under Linux.
A German-language tech demo has been released by theZak McKracken and the Alien Rockstarteam, which showcases the current state of the adventure game inspired by theclassic Lucasfilm Games (what became
Denis Dupeyron sent in the following concerning the
Warzone2100 was an innovative 3D real-time strategy game back in 1999, and mostwill agree it didn’t enjoy the commercial success it should have had. Thegame’s sources were liberated in december 2004, and the Warzone 2100 ReDevproject was formed.
This version is still experimental, but fully functional. As far as weknow,it doesn’t even crash that much. We have stripped the original code ofanything proprietary or Windows related, and replaced with SDL, SDL-net, andopenal. We have made very few game modifications (interface, mostly) as ourgoal right now is to release a stable cross-platform version.
At this time, it works very well in Windows and x86 GNU/Linux. We played anetwork game between a Windows and a Linux machine last night, and exceptfor the fact that I lost, there was no issue. Campaign-mode, single-playerskirmish (with computer AIs) and network games (also with computer AIs) workgreat.
Bugs can be reported
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Speaking of Wine,