Good news to all Linux users as we announce the release of DEFCON Linux today!
Apologies to all those who have been waiting for this release. As so often occurs with development, we experienced some unforeseen delays, this time due to compatibility complications between the Mac and PC DEFCON versions but we hope you’re happy with the results :)
DEFCON Linux will be available to all existing DEFCON PC users free of charge, using your existing key code. You can download it here from:
For those of you who’ve been holding out until this release – you can now buy DEFCON Linux for £10 from:
For all queries and comments relating to DEFCON Linux, please post on the Linux troubleshooting pages:
Of course, if you are looking for a project to make regular contribution and if you love our game, I request your help. If you don’t have time for a long term collaboration, seeing all the little bugs, don’t hesitate to send us a patch: That’s one small patch for man, one giant patch for community (better wordplay in french).
A remake of the classic DOS-games stunts, Ultimate Stunts, has been updated to version 0.7.1. Changes and new features in this release include:
- bugfixes for compiling with OpenAL
- graphics improvements (eg. a horizon background image and a mini-map for viewing the race progress)
- a user-friendly file selection dialog in the track editor for importing Stunts tracks.
Download: [ Ultimate Stunts 0.7.1]
The last time we had looked at the performance ofIntel’s integrated graphics under Linux with their open-source driver was backin February when testing the GMA 3000 IGP using an Intel DQ965GFEKRmotherboard. However, with display drivers constantly improving, we recentlycarried out some additional Intel Q965 graphics tests along with comparingthese numbers to discrete graphics solutions from AMD/ATI andNVIDIA.
While not yet on par with the closed-source drivers fromother vendors, hopefully Intel’s performance will continue to improve, andinspire the competition to follow their example.
The Linux hardware review site
It’s late, but it’s finally here. This morning AMD will be formally announcingtheir long-awaited Radeon HD 2000 series, or perhaps better known as the ATIR600 GPU. The AMD Radeon HD 2000 series features DirectX 10.0 (well, for thosethat use Microsoft products), Avivo HD, a programmable tessellation unit,CrossFire support, and much more. This morning we have our technology previewof ATI/AMD’s next generation GPUs along with what’s in store for Linux and theR600 series support.
- 5 weapon classes – pistol, shotgun, sub-machinegun, assault rifle, sniper rifle
- First-person or third-person point of view
- CTF or Team Deathmatch game modes
A demo of Penumbra: Overture has been released for the general public.This game is best described as a first person adventure game which focuses on story, immersion and puzzles. Instead of using violence to progress the player has to use his/her wits to guide Philip, the main character in the game, on his quest. If you enjoy the demo, I would recommend you purchase the game for a mere $ 19.99
Download: [ Penumbra: Overture Demo ]
Name/Version: Berusky 0.4.0
Summary: Berusky is a free logic game, published under GNU Public License and it’s based on an ancient puzzle named Sokoban. An old idea of moving boxes in a maze has been expanded with new logic items such as explosives, stones, special gates and so on. In addition, up to five bugs can cooperate and be controlled by the playe
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Name/Version: Brikx 0.4.0
Summary: A small puzzle game in which your goal is to remove all tiles from the table. You are held up by other tiles, gravity walls, and other things, and you can even redesign the level while playing!
Screenshots [ View ] Download [ Brikx 0.4.0 ]
Name/Version: Cytadela 0.6.3
Summary: Cytadela is a conversion of an Amiga Doom clone that was also called “Cytadela”. The original was created in the mid-1990’s by Virtual Design, and released first in Poland and then in other countries.
Screenshots [ View ] Download [ Cytadela 0.6.3 ]
Name/Version: DeSmuME 0.7.0
Summary: DeSmuME is a Nintendo DS emulator running homebrew demos and commercial games.
Screenshots [ View ] Download [ DeSmuME 0.7.0 ]
Name/Version: JGame 2.1.1
Summary: JGame is a small 2D game engine that runs on any Java 1.2+ platform. It provides a very high-level framework, enabling “classic” type arcade games to be developed with a minimum of code and effort. It is based on sprites with automatic animation and collision detection, and a tile-based background with easy sprite-tile interaction facilities. JGame games can be run as both applications and applets, and can be scaled to any resolution or run full-screen.
Screenshots [ View ] Download [ JGame 2.1.1 ]
Name/Version: Solar Visitor 0.2.1
Summary: Solar Visitor is a space simulator where the user flies around our Solar System in a 3D view. The program and source code are offered free, there are builds for Windows and Linux. It uses the Ogre graphics library. The planets and objects were created with the Blender program.
Screenshots [ View ] Download [ Solar Visitor 0.2.1 ]
Name/Version: Tux Math Scrabble 4.0
Summary: Tux Math Scrabble is a math version of the popular board game for education. The game challenges young people to construct compound equations and consider multiple abstract possibilities.
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Warsow, a first person shooter based off the Qfusion, a Quake 2 engine, has hit their 0.3 release. Major items that have been changed or added in this release include:
- Added Clan Arena (CA) gametype
- New maps (CA : 1, CTF : 1, Duel : 6, TDM : 1)
- Revisited maps (wdm1, wdm6, wctf1, wdm5)
- New weapon and armor models
- New weapon fx
- New animations for player models and weapons
- New player model (Jason padpork)
- New simple items
- Added Coach system for teambased gametypes
- Revised armor system
- Tweaked weapon settings
Download:[ Warsow 0.3 ]
Berusky, a logic game based on an ancient puzzle named Sokoban, has been released for Linux under the GPL. The original concept of moving boxes in a maze has been expanded with new logic items such as explosives, stones, special gates, and so on. Additionally, up to five bugs can cooperate and be controlled by the player.
Download: [ anakreon.cz ]
- Operating System: 2.2.x or better Linux kernel with glibc-2.1 or later and X-Windows (XFree86 3.3.x or later)
- Processor: 500 MHz x86 Processor
- Memory: 160 MB
- Disc Space: 1.1 GB
- CD-ROM: 4x
- Graphics Card: Hardware Accelerated 3D Graphics card with 32 MB video memory
- Sound Card: OSS or ALSA Compatible
Our very own curmudgeon, Matt Matthews, had the opportunity to interview Linux gaming luminary Ryan “icculus” Gordon about various topics last week:
I’m sort of the opinion that the Loki/LGP model isn’t the right way to go, though. I think we need more ports on the same disc as the Windows version, or freely downloadable for use with the Windows retail disc…it’s a serious problem not being able to get the product to consumers trivially…I think it would be hard to make a profit within those bounds with a third-party porting house.
Version 1.7 of Tactical Operations:Crossfire, a counter-terrorism-themed multiplayer modification for
A reader let us know that two independent game developers have released sales statisticsfor their Linux titles:
- Gish: Sales per OS- 73% Windows, 20% OSX, 7% Linux
TribalTrouble: Direct online sales – 47% OSX, 31% Windows, 11% Linux
If I recall correctly, around 5% of the various id-produced first-personshooter players were on Linux (although back in 2000 John Carmack noted thatthe retail Quake III: Arena Linux sales were disappointing); if that was thecase, it’s neat to see a growing amount of Linux gamers supporting indiestudios.
The Creative site was updated recently with news that the closed-source audio drivers for their X-Fi Line of products won’t be out in Q2 as was last expected. Instead the website now promises driver releases towards the end of the year. As was mentioned in the previous LG post on this subject, a little less than one year ago, the most interesting part of this release isn’t the sound card support as it is the promise of EAX support for the first time ever under Linux.
Version 0.9.37 of Wine, the free implementation of Windows on Unix, has been released. Changes in this release include:
- MSI automation with JScript/VBScript support.
- Various MSHTML improvements.
- The usual assortment of Direct3D fixes.
- Support for a few more exe protection schemes.
- Lots of bug fixes.
Download: [ Wine 0.9.37 ]