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NAEV 0.3.8

April 13th, 2009 by Crusader

Thanks to a reader for letting us know about NAEV, a 2d space game that combines elements from the action, RPG and simulation genres. Changes in the most recent version (0.3.8):

  • Nebulae generation speed up by a factor of 3.
  • Lua console implemented.
  • You can now bribe planets.
  • Debris implemented.
  • News is implemented.
  • New graphics.
  • New missions.
  • New songs.
  • New systems.
  • New graphic.
  • Fixed planet lighting.
  • Remodelled the entire ship spawning system.
  • Incorporated map into the mission computer and mission information window.
  • Changed how map markers work.
  • AI improvements.
  • You can now make the game window scale itself with “scalefactor = 2.” in your conf file.
  • Lua documentation actually works and is used now.
  • Made Lua API more segfault safe.
  • More Lua API.
  • Fixed the outstanding crash at takeoff bug.
  • Misc bug fixes.
  • Windows port.

Download: [ google.com ]

Sacred: Gold Edition Available

April 13th, 2009 by Crusader

Linux Game Publishing has announced that Sacred: Gold Edition has gone, well, gold:

Get your swords and spellbooks ready, Sacred: Gold Edition is here and ready to order! Adventure through a massive land in the biggest RPG to come to Linux. Join other players online in collaborative adventuring as you seek to rescue the land of Ancaria from its evil nemesis!

There’s an older review of the PC version of the game here at GameZone.

Screenshots: [ View ]

Wine 1.1.19

April 11th, 2009 by Marv

The latest development release of Wine has been made available for the general public to download. This release has the following changes:

  • Support for Visual C++ project files in winemaker.
  • Improvements to the Esound driver.
  • Many Direct3D code cleanups.
  • Fixes to OLE clipboard handling.
  • OpenBSD compilation fixed.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.1.19 ]

Tycoon Games Announces “College Romance: Rise Of The Little Brother”

April 9th, 2009 by Marv

College Romance: Rise Of The Little Brother is a visual novel developed by Ewan Grantham and published by Tycoon Games.
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FPSNIX

April 8th, 2009 by Crusader

Thanks to Marv for pointing out a new Linux game news site, FPSNIX, which has the requisite support forums and downloads.

OpenTTD 0.7.0

April 8th, 2009 by Crusader

The OpenTTD team has released version 0.7.0 of their Transport Tycoon Deluxe clone:

  • Reworked order system (conditional orders, have both non-stop and via instead of one of the two)
  • Ability to have much more engines
  • Path based signals
  • AI framework giving everyone the ability to write his/her AI
  • Downloading of AIs and graphics from a central server (only when author wants to)
  • Non-water map edges
  • Initial support for right-to-left languages like Arabic and Hebrew
  • Increase or removal of several limits: window size, number of windows, network clients (now 255), companies (now 15)
  • Six new languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Indonesian, Latvian, Luxembourgish, Welsh)

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ openttd.org ]

Vendetta Online 1.8.66

April 6th, 2009 by Crusader

The Vendetta Online news page has an update about the space combat MMO’s latest patch for subscribers:

  • Fixed bug in Training V mission, text error in Training IV.
  • Fixed bug where bots would fly into asteroids.
  • Trial expiration message is now displayed when trial expires.
  • Damaged ships now sell for less based on repair cost.
  • Mission list now says that it is receiving a mission list instead of saying there are no missions available.
  • Character names with similar letters can no longer be created.

Vendetta Online

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ Trial client ]

The Unknown Teaser

April 6th, 2009 by Crusader

Frictional Games, the developers of the survival-horror genre Penumbra series, have posted a teaser for their next project, which has the mysterious moniker of “Unknown”:

MyMan

April 6th, 2009 by Crusader

MyMan is a neat text-based remake of the classic arcade game Pac-Man.

Quake 4 Reborn 1.0

April 6th, 2009 by Crusader

Quake 4 Reborn is a collection of realism mods for Raven Software’s science-fiction shooter intended to enhance player damage, weapons balance, and enemy AI.

Freeciv 2.1.9

April 6th, 2009 by Crusader

The long-running Freeciv project has released version 2.1.9 of their empire-building strategy game with features ported over from the Warclient multiplayer enhancement effort.

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ wikia.com ]

Blast Your Enemy’s Past: Achron?

April 6th, 2009 by Crusader

Rock, Paper, Shotgun pointed out an upcoming real-time strategy game, Achron, with an unusual and unique mechanic:

It’s a game that takes the impossible notions of cross-time war that we see juggled so cleverly in time-travel science fiction, and turns them into a practical gaming model. This is seriously smart game design, and, potentially, it provides a model for “real-time” time travel in all kinds of games, not just strategy games.

The FAQ addresses what we’re all wondering:

Q. On what platform will Achron be available?

A. We are currently developing for the PC, but we did it with an eye toward porting to both OS X and Linux.

Penny Arcade Episode I Sale

April 6th, 2009 by Crusader

Hothead Games sent in word that the first episode of Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, the adventure RPG based on the popular webcomic Penny Arcade, is now on sale for $9.95 USD at Greenhouse. The recently released Episode Two is also available for $14.95.

Screenshots: [ View ] Demo Download: [ playgreenhouse.com ]

Cedega 7.1.1

April 6th, 2009 by Crusader

TransGaming sent in notice that they’ve released Cedega version 7.1.1, an implementation of the Windows OS API on Linux with an emphasis on game compatibility, for their subscribers:

Cedega 7.1.1 addresses a number of issues with Cedega Certified titles such as Bioshock, Left4Dead and Steam, re-Certifies EVE Online and provides a significant improvement to Alt-Tab functionality.

The biggest news in 7.1.1 is that the Cedega Gaming Service has re-Certified EVE Online for play under Linux. With the latest release of Apocrypha, EVE players are welcomed with an all new first player experience, delicious graphics and one of the most expansive and in-depth space environments available. If you haven’t tried EVE Online yet you can get a Free 14 Day Trial by visiting the EVE Online website.

Nexuiz 2.5

April 6th, 2009 by Crusader

Nexuiz, an open-source first-person shooter based on the Quake-derived DarkPlaces engine, is now at version 2.5:

  • Completely redone HUD and user adjustable scoreboard
  • Totally rewritten Client/Server communication to cut the bandwidth usage in half
  • New gamemode “Race”. Try to get from start to end of a level as fast as possible. Available as free-for-all and team variant. Further allows to play with or without a qualification period.
  • Added several new weapons (on-hand Grappling Hook, Port-O-Launch, T.A.G. Seeker, Heavy Laser Assault Cannon, Rifle)
  • Map editor NetRadiant included
  • Improved all effects for eye candy and tweakability
  • All maps recompiled with external lightmaps which allow for much crisper shadows
  • Added maps desertfactory (DM, TDM, MinstaGib), racetrack (Race) and made aggressor support Key Hunt
  • New player sounds, announcer sounds/voices, textures, crosshairs, weapon models, effects and menu skins
  • Added support for video capture to OggTheora
  • Integrated the Havoc mod into the menu! Havoc servers use quite different physics and weapons, give it a try!
  • Fixed a crash with ATI drivers on shutdown or vid_restart
  • Fixed several problems with lagging gameplay/crashes/wrong display of effects
  • Improved bots (teamworking, bunnyhopping, swimming, better way finding, support for ladders, less CPU usage, faster map loading)
  • Better visual display of carried items (Strength, Shield, flags and keys)
  • Better parental guidance support with cl_gentle and cl_nogibs
  • Lots of tourney-related features (timeout/in, spectator-slots, allready, warmup mode, lockteams, unlockteams, movetoteam_red/blue/…, nospectators, records, cointoss)
  • Added some effects customization options like cl_casings, cl_weaponpriority
  • Many more map entities allowing for more dynamic maps
  • Restructured and improved menu: demos menu and multiple campaigns are back, also added an advanced menu containing ALL settings of the game

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ alientrap.org ]

EVO Smart Console

April 3rd, 2009 by TimeDoctor

Linux Devices has the scoop on the “EVO Smart Console” being available for pre-order. I’m pretty happy to see that they’re advertising support for Tremulous:

Envizions announced that it is taking orders for an open-source Linux gaming system, and will start shipping beta units to game developers, resellers, and software partners on April 10. The EVO Smart Console is based on a 2.4GHz Athlon, and includes a Fedora-based Linux distro.

I’m curious though, how they’re implementing the gamepad support for Tremulous as I’ve only recently started investigating support for gamepads in ioquake3.

Perhaps as a friend suggested they’re using a gamepad-axis-to-mouse-movement converter piece of software. I can’t imagine that will work anywhere near as well as real support. Oh well. Lets hope it isn’t vaporware and that they submit patches back to the original authors of the code they use.

Update 1: Ok I’m calling bullshit and probable scam on this thing, check out this goofy statement on the page where they list out some Linux games:

SuperTux on the Evo Console is a really great sidestroke game!

And the whois is to some random guy named Derrick Samuels in Alabama with an AOL address. There is an office there, but who knows if they’re doing anything but counting their money and seeking more investors.

I can’t find anyone else associated with it besides the guy who is listed in the whois contact. While I’m all for small business, no real business that can ship consoles is going to have an AOL e-mail address or only one employee. This is speculation beyond the fact that there isn’t anything else behind Envizions that I can find. No other people or locations or even any hands-on press accounts of the console itself.

Yes, someone could easily make their own small form factor PC these days, load some software, and sell it. However, all my internet detective work says scam. Do not give Derrick Samuels your money unless you read a hands-on review of this thing that is positive from a legitimate site.

We’ll update you guys later if we find out anything more about it. I would very much like to be wrong.

Invite-Only Unreal Tournament 3 Beta Leaked

April 1st, 2009 by TimeDoctor

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If you’re interested in the best in men’s clothing, you’re interested in Unreal Tournament 3.

Unreal Tournament 3’s fine selection of wares begins and never stops.

It is on.

It is gold.

It is...Unreal Tournament 3.

(I got fired at Happy Penguin and am now working for Men’s Warehouse.)

ioquake3 drops OpenGL

April 1st, 2009 by TimeDoctor

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This is a Happy Penguin Haiku

Just to say

that

ioquake3 has dropped

support for OpenGL
to

something else.

But who cares?

Tremulous Dating Service

April 1st, 2009 by TimeDoctor

Is now available, but who cares. Also, instead of going to Phoronix I’m now moving to happypenguin. I wish the team at Phoronix the best but the pay at happypenguin was better. Plus, I’m getting a free boxed copy of Xbill now.

Unreal Tournament 3 News Buried in Ryan Gordon’s .plan

April 1st, 2009 by TimeDoctor

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Ryan “icculus” Gordon has updated his .plan with some information on Unreal Tournament 3. I don’t really know what it is and I don’t care, it is somewhere in there. Honestly this is my last post for LG as of next week I’m writing for Phoronix.

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