Python Game Programming Challenge Opens Registration

July 30th, 2005 by Crusader

The organizers of the Python Game Programming Challenge sent in word that registration is now open for their contest, which begins on Sunday, August 28th and runs through September 4th.

You may enter either individually or as a team. If you’re keen and would liketo join a team, but can’t organise your friends, then sign up anyway and offeryour services to other entrants. The challenge will use skills in Python programming, graphics, sound or music.

For those who came in late, the PyWeek challenge:
1. Invites entrants to create a game (coded in Python) in one week from scratch either as an individual or in a team,
2. Aims to be challenging and fun,
3. Entries must be developed during the competition, and must incorporate some theme decided at the start of the competition,
4. Will hopefully increase the public body of python game tools, code and expertise,
5. Will let a lot of people actually finish a game, and
6. May inspire new projects (with ready made teams!)

The challenge rules can be found here.

ETF 1.6

July 28th, 2005 by Crusader

Version 1.6 of the Q3F-inspired Enemy Territory modification ETF has been released; changelog:

  • Code / Gameplay / GUI
    • Added mousewheel support in UI listboxes
    • Added medkit ammo to q3f-1h HUD
    • fixed rotating doors getting stuck
  • Maps
    • Added smartbases2
  • Other
    • Added off-line documentation (docs folder) for classes, weapons, hud editing, and server admin(map guides are available through documentation, but referencedonline)

ETF 1.6 Download: [ ]

Street Rod 3 Source Available

July 27th, 2005 by Crusader

A reader pointed out that thesourcecode for the Win32 racing game StreetRod 3 is available under the GPL, so an interested partycould start a Linux port.

Gillo 1.0beta1

July 27th, 2005 by Marv

The initial release of Gillo, a game where you attempt to catch a magnetic ball and try throwing it into the other player’s goal, has occured. The difficulty in the game comes from the ball possession being ‘fuzzy’ and you must manage to keep the ball long enough without having it stolen by the other player. Please send any feedback concerning to the game to the author as it is a beta release.
Download: [ Gillo 1.0 beta1 ]

Icculus SITREP

July 27th, 2005 by TimeDoctor

Ryan “And his name was ICCULUS!” Gordon updated his .plan (finger once again with some updates:

Yeah, yeah, it’s coming…

Postal 2:
If you bought the “Meal Deal #3: Minority Combo” disc from, it has installers for Mac, Linux, and Windows included. This went to press today, so those will be shipping sometime soon.

If you have a Windows-only AW disc, you can use these installers:

Apocalypse Weekend installer for MacOS X:

Apocalypse Weekend installer for Linux:

The installers will patch your Postal 2 install to 1409.1 if needed.

Unreal Tournament 2004:
Spent some more time with GL_EXT_framebuffer_object, and fixed some of the remaining ut2004 issues…the blocky shadows were caused by rendering the final shadow textures as GL_NEAREST instead of GL_LINEAR…now they match the Direct3D renderer’s appearance.

I also got all the UnrealScript-based render targets to stop drawing upside down, which fixes most of the rest of the issues.

If I could just figure out why the Hellbender license plate is corrupted, I’d be golden.

OpenML Goes Open Source

July 27th, 2005 by Crusader

The Khronos Group has released the OpenML Reference Implementation and SDK under the SGI Free Software License C; OpenML is a cross-platform API for digital media with support for 3D graphics and video streams:

It standardizes support for audio, video, 2D graphics, and OpenGL API 3D graphics at the thinnest possible layer on top of the hardware. Extensions to the OpenGL API add capabilities for synchronization with other parts of the system, for improved rendering performance and quality, and for improved treatment of video formats

Pre-compiled binaries for OpenML 1.1 and the full source tree are available at Sourceforge.

OpenML SDK 1.1 Download: [ ]

ZDaemon 1.07

July 26th, 2005 by Marv

The Linux/BSD binaries for ZDaemon, an online multiplayer Doom port based on the popular ZDoom has been released. It should be noted that this is a mandatory download, if you want to continue to play ZDaemon.
Download: [ ZDaemon 1.07 ]

VDrift 2005-07-25

July 26th, 2005 by Marv

VDrift, a cross-platform, open source driving simulator has been updated to a new release. Bugs and new features in this release include:

  • Rewritten and improved tire friction code
  • New font
  • New timer graphics
  • Digital speed display
  • Many improvements in car handling and other vehicle properties
  • ./configure now defaults to OpenAL, FMOD can be enabled using ./configure –with-fmod

Download: [ VDrift 2005-07-25 ]

CodeRED: Alien Arena

July 25th, 2005 by Crusader

As mentionedpreviously, the free online deathmatch game CodeRED: Alien Arena (screenshots) hasbeen released for Linux:

This opensourced project based on the Quake II source features standard deathmatch, team deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and the new All Out Assault Mode(players can climb into vehicles). The Linux port uses the new 4.01 version of the CRX engine, featuring new eye candy such as light blooms, multitexture combine, real-time dynamic vertex lighting, glass objects, reflective water, textured particle effects and much more. The game features an in-game server browser that queries the master server. Players can play online against each other, or in a tournament against the bots, which feature advanced combat techniques such as dodging and rocket jumping, all in a polished, eerie retro sci-fi atmosphere.

The game features 20 maps, including 4 CTF, 2 All Out Assault, and 3 1v1 tournament maps, 9 detailed player models, and 9 weapons of mass destruction ranging from the standard phaser pistol all the way up to the devastating Alien Vaporizer.

Additional info can be found here:

  • Arenas
  • Characters
  • Weapons
  • Powerups

CodeRED: Alien Arena 4.0.1 Download: [ ]

Wing Commander – Privateer Gemini Gold 1.0

July 24th, 2005 by Crusader

The Privateer Gemini Gold team hasreleased version 1.0 of their Vega Strike-based remake of WingCommander: Privateer, similar to the previously mentioned Privateer Remake (whosesavegames Gemini Gold can utilize). Screenshots can be found here.Unique features include damage for specific ship systems and revised gameplay (for balance).

Wing Commander – Privateer Gemini Gold 1.0 Download: [ ]

Wing Commander – Privateer Remake 1.2

July 24th, 2005 by Crusader

A reader sent in word that a remake of WingCommander: Privateer based on the Vega Strike engine has been released.Currently at version 1.2, WingCommander – Privateer Remake is a community-developed game featuring spacecombat, trade, and the entirety of the original game’s plot (screenshots).

Wing Commander – Privateer Remake 1.2 Download: [ ]

Last Man Standing 1.0

July 22nd, 2005 by TimeDoctor

So, last week Crusader started attempting to finally earn that degree he has wanted. But then he got hit by a bus and exploded :( Thus I am the Last Man Standing. On an unrelated note, here is version 1.0 of this LMS (FAQ) Doom 3 mod!

Well here it is! Our first Official release of themod! If you have not checked out our mod before, thisis definitely the version to try! There are new maps,new weapons, tons of features, tons of bug fixes, somuch stuff! Check out the readme for more details ofthe changes in this release.


  • PDA is fixed!!
  • Sound problems are fixed
  • Weapon animation problems are fixed
  • Inventory and armor/health carries over on SP coopmaps
  • New highscore system where servers keep track of thetop 10 highest scores for each map
  • Server admins can ban players for a specified amountof time or indefinitely (new commands arelms_banPlayer, lms_removeBan and lms_listBannedPlayers the si_banContact CVAR)
  • Player names can be displayed above their heads
  • New messages when the player is killed
  • Added new cvar lms_servermotd for a custom messageof the day for server admins
  • New Maps Prog_Bunker and Def_Radiotower
  • New Music Legacy of Rust by Skaven and Never Againby Opaque
  • New weapons the PlasmaSniper and Wrench (wrenchreplaces the fists in LMS Mod)
  • Most guis are now synched on the clients
  • Many lag tweaks
  • New spawnpoints on the SP maps that preventtelefragging
  • The create server menu now has checkbox to enablePunkBuster.
  • 4 new player skins! The skeleton, head stump,skeleton head and berserk skin.
  • Many of the reliable messages overflow errors aregone
  • Playing audio log icon remained on screen afteraudio stopped playing
  • si_skill 3 now works
  • Vote text now appears on screen when playing SP COOP
  • Clients will now see what they are picking up in thehud (weapons, ammo)
  • Invisible wraiths are fixed
  • And many more!
Last Man Standing 1.0 Download: [ 3D Downloads | File Front ]

TO: Crossfire Coverage

July 19th, 2005 by Crusader

The TO: Crossfire site was updated last week to note that the upcoming tactical-themed FPS was featured in PC Gamer UK and PC Zone. There’s also a progress update with screenshots of a HUD, map, player model, and a weapon model.

Finally, the dev team is looking for an AI programmer familiar with Unreal tech; if interested, you can apply here.

Freeciv 2.0.3

July 18th, 2005 by Crusader

Version 2.0.3 of Freeciv was releasedrecently (screenshot); changes in this build of the civilization-building strategy gameinclude the requisite bugfixes over 2.0.2.

Freeciv 2.0.3 Download: [ ]

QuakeCon Stuff

July 18th, 2005 by Crusader

The official QuakeCon site has beenupdated with lots of news about the upcoming convention. Here’s their list ofwhat’s planned for attendees:

  • Attend a keynote address by id Software co-founder and lead programmerJohn Carmack
  • Get a first look at QUAKE 4 multiplayer gameplay
  • Get the latest details on Enemy Territory: QUAKE WARS
  • Go to two over-the-top, wild parties
  • Check out the $150,000 Nvidia Championships at QuakeCon
  • Attend the popular overclocking workshop sponsored by HardOCP

I think it’s also likely there will be something related to the upcoming(October) DOOM movie there.

It’s also mentioned that computerrentals are available for those not bringing their own machines.

The Wolfenstein:Enemy Territory tournament brackethas been posted, which lists the 16 teams that will be competing at theconvention. Demos from the qualifiers can be found here.

The tournament rulesare online; recent changes include the Ms. QuakeCon Championship being bumpedup to 64 participants.

Cedega 4.4

July 18th, 2005 by Crusader

TransGaming Technologies hasreleased version 4.4 of Cedega, theirgaming-oriented Windows API implementation.NewFeatures include support for Guild Wars, and fixes for Civilization III,Battlenet titles, and Command and Conquer: Generals.

There’s also an updatefor Point2Play, a frontend for Cedega.

Finally, TransGaming announced a releaseof Cedega ($44.95 USD for a one year subscription) for the LinspireLinuxdistribution:

“Gamers don’t have to choose between Linux and Windows anymore,” said KevinCarmony, president and CEO of Linspire, Inc.”The release of Cedega technologyfor Linspire fills one of the most serious application gaps that exist forwidespreadadoption of desktop Linux. The added bonus is that installation of Point2Playwith Cedega is so easy and affordable,you’ll be able to play Windows games on Linspire for less than it would costto purchase a Windows system.”

Linspire’s unique one-click CNR software download tool, paired withTransGaming’s easy-to-use Point2Play GUI interface,means hundreds of Triple-A rated Windows games will play on desktop Linux withminimal installation. Users who purchaseCedega for Linspire can download and install the Point2Play applicationthrough the CNR Warehouse. Once installed,Point2Play will automatically send users through a set-up wizard to configurethe Cedega component, which is installeddirect from TransGaming.

“TransGaming’s technology helps Linux gamers bridge the gap between theabundance of games on Windows and theversatility of the Linux operating system,” said Vikas Gupta, president andCEO of TransGaming Technologies. “Ourongoing relationship with Linspire allows the two companies to play to eachothers’ strengths as leaders in the desktopLinux market and supply our customers with the choice they want.”

DOOM 3 Last Man Standing Update

July 18th, 2005 by Crusader

calimer of the Last Man Standingproject, a cooperative multiplayer modification for DOOM III (screenshots),let us know (a long time ago, and I apologize for not getting to this untilnow) that the team has launched a company site @, whereyou can keep track of their current and upcoming projects.

The mod was also reviewedby ModNMod, which dubs it the “best coopexperience out there”.

Upcoming features:

  • New Info Player Starts
  • New End Game Score Gui
  • More Admin Rights For Server Hosts

The current release of LMS can be found here.

Monster Bowl 0.9

July 18th, 2005 by Crusader

A new version of Monster Bowl, abrowser-based fantasy sports game, is now available. Features:

  • New improved 2D live game viewer.
  • Rebalanced game engine.
  • Much more statistics.
  • Improved match graphics.
  • 5 new team uniforms.
  • New chat system.
  • 15 New building upgrades.
  • Customizable arenas.
  • Ability to pick your own team color and uniform.
  • Improved forum functionality.

The authors note that GoldMemberships are available for $5.99 USD; a demo game can be viewedat the official site.

GamesGo 1.0 released

July 14th, 2005 by Marv

The Onebase Linux Project has announced the availability of GamesGo version 1.0. GamesGo is a LiveCD project that an includes a collection of open source games, including high-end 3D titles. Check out the list to see if your favorite game is currently available to play.

Edit by Crusader – Friday Jul 15 00:26:32 2005 – As several readers pointed out, GamesGo is a retail product which can be downloaded for $5 USD.

GNU Source Installer 0.3

July 11th, 2005 by Crusader

Claudio Fontana released version 0.3 of the GNU Source Installer last month, which is a graphical utility for managing the installation of source packages. Documentation can be found here; there’s also an article that describes Source Installer’s features.

GNU Source Installer 0.3 Download: [ ]

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