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ATI Catalyst Display Driver 9.5

May 30th, 2009 by Crusader

AMD released their monthly Linux ATI Catalyst display driver package for their graphics cards; the requisite release notes delineate the changes in this build:

  • Catalyst Control Center, the primary display is now identified when using the Identify Displays button
  • Error message no longer occurs while setting the TV geometry
  • Game corruption does not happen in full screen when 2 monitors are connected and RandR 1.2 is enabled
  • TV screen corruption is no longer visible while starting the X-server on some ASICs
  • Executing the following command : aticonfig –initial -f does not cause the following message “No supported adapters detected” on some display adapters
  • Detecting second display using amdccle “Detect Display” button no longer results in error and will require a relaunch to detect both displays properly
  • Mplayer does not fail to render video when resizing DVD playback window
  • Fixed: Some system may become unresponsive after starting and killing X-server
  • [SUSE 11.X x86] System no longer fail to respond when executing multiple server generations

There’s also an unofficial Wiki and bugzilla if you run into issues.

Download: [ amd.com ]

DOSBox 0.73

May 30th, 2009 by Crusader

Version 0.73 of DOSBox, which emulates DOS for the purpose of running old applications (games!), has been loosed upon the world (thanks backstander!). Changes:

  • Support for more graphics modes and cards.
  • Improved Vista support.
  • New OPL emulation cores.
  • Sound fixes and improvements for Mac OS X.
  • Lots of compatibility fixes.
  • Lots of cdrom detection improvements.
  • Lots of memory (EMS/XMS) improvements.
  • Various fixes and enhancements for the recompiling core.
  • Support for evdev.
  • Lots of DOS fixes.
  • Slightly faster!
  • More stable.

The project was also just recognized as SourceForge.net’s Project of the Month!

Download: [ sourceforge.net ]

PipeWalker 0.6.1

May 30th, 2009 by Crusader

PipeWalker, a clone of NetWalk, is now at version 0.6.1. It’s a puzzle game where pieces of a computer network are to be turned in the right/left direction to make all computers connected to the same network.

PipeWalker

Download: [ sourceforge.net ]

New Yo! Frankie Vid

May 30th, 2009 by Crusader

The Blender-derived open-source game project, Yo Frankie!, has posted a video of it running in the Blender Game Engine with music, 4x anti-aliasing, a better framerate, and a multiplayer demo:

Hedgewars 0.9.11

May 28th, 2009 by Crusader

Hedgewars, an open source turn-based strategy game like Worms but with hedgehogs, is at version 0.9.11. Changes:

  • Speech Bubbles – during your turn, have your hedgehog express himself.
  • New graves and hats. Also some tweaks to theme graphics.
  • Two new taunts – a /shrug and /juggle -ing.
  • New mobster voice. Also a remake of the default voice set.
  • Animated stars in the frontend.
  • Plenty of new theme music and a new frontend theme.
  • Some new game modes (karma, vampirism, artillery).
  • Options to control mine quantity and timer.
  • The sniper rifle.

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

9 of the Best Free Linux Educational Games

May 24th, 2009 by Crusader

LinuxLinks let us know about a new article:

´╗┐´╗┐Educational games are games designed to teach people, typically children, about a certain subject or help them learn a skill as they play. Sometimes this type of software is known as games edutainment because they combine education and entertainment.

Linux has many attributes which make it an ideal platform to run educational games. This type of software typically runs perfectly well on older hardware. It makes little sense for an elementary school to purchase state-of-the-art computers, just so that the operating system runs at a reasonable speed when the educational software itself is much less demanding. Moreover, as the vast majority of Linux distributions are available to download at no cost, parents and schools have more reason to provide a full complement of software and student learning materials even in these recessionary times.

We have compiled a list of 9 high quality Linux educational games/suites that all have the virtue of being free to play. The selection is predominately aimed at a young target audience, but the software nevertheless offers a wide variety of learning experiences.

Slide Colors

May 24th, 2009 by Crusader

TayKrOn Games sent in the following press release:

Spanish independent videogame developer group TayKrOn Games is launching “Slide Colors“, available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Using a new game mechanic, Slide Colors is based on the combination of various elements of the same color.

Choose between 3 different game modes – Puzzle Mode, Time Attack and Clear Blocks.

Buy now the game for only $9.95 all versions (Windows, MacOS and Linux).

Demo Download: [ taykron.com ]

Mystic Mine Sale

May 23rd, 2009 by Marv

Koonsolo is starting production on their next game, but as you might know this can be quite costly especially for a small game developer. In order to gain some funds quickly, they are doing a promotion and sell their current game ‘Mystic Mine‘ at a huge price discount!
On Monday, June 1, they’ll send out a mail to all their newsletter subscribers which will contain a promotion code to take advantage of this deal. Only their newsletter subscribers will receive this code, so make sure you’re one of them! Subscribe at http://www.koonsolo.com/newsletter.php

Wine 1.1.22

May 23rd, 2009 by Marv

The latest development release of a
Winehas been announced, bring this translation layer capable of running Windows applications to version 1.1.22. Changes in this release include:

  • More improvements to OLE copy/paste.
  • Beginnings of x86_64 exception handling.
  • Direct3D locking fixes.
  • ARB shaders improvements.
  • Better OpenGL pixel format support.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.1.22 ]

Vendetta Online launches Dynamic Warfare.

May 23rd, 2009 by Marv

With the Friday night release, Linux-friendly space MMO Vendetta Online has launched Dynamic Warfare: a new long-term battle and large-scale warfare mechanic designed to permit factional conquest of geographical areas. In this first-generation implementation, players and NPCs of the Itani and Serco Nations vie for weekly control of 177 sectors within a critical solar system (Deneb). Several different battles may be running concurrently at any time, with a variety of different battle scales ranging from epic conflicts of capship fleets to small fighter-only engagements. The diversity of scale allows both varied gameplay styles and accessibility to players on older computing hardware.

This post was submitted by incarnate.

Battle for Wesnoth 1.6.2

May 20th, 2009 by Crusader

A patch, version 1.6.2, for The Battle for Wesnoth has been released with the requisite bugfixes.

Battle for Wesnoth 1.6

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

Wine 1.1.21

May 15th, 2009 by Marv

The latest development release of Wine has been announced. This 1.1.21 release has the following changes and new features:

  • Beginnings of shader model 4 support.
  • Support for copying/pasting images from X11 applications.
  • A number of GDIPlus improvements.
  • Various listview fixes.
  • 64-bit support in winemaker.
  • Support for building on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.1.21 ]

Caster

May 14th, 2009 by Crusader

Caster, the third person indie shooter from Elecorn, has gone gold (thanks Svartalf). Episode 1 is currently available; if you purchase it, you receive subsequent episodes as they’re released for free (there’s also a demo). There’s a review of the game at the Independently-Speaking blog.

Demo Download: [ casterthegame.com ]

nQuake

May 12th, 2009 by Crusader

nQuake is a neat installer for QuakeWorld that utilizes the ezQuake source port; you’ll need a copy of Quake 1 to play the retail maps.

Download: [ nquake.com ]

openc2e

May 11th, 2009 by Crusader

openc2e is a free and open-source game engine designed to be compatible with the various engines used in the Creatures series of artificial life games (Creatures, Creatures 2, Creatures 3, Creatures: Docking Station). Creatures 3 and Docking Station were released for Linux by Linux Game Publishing as Creatures: Internet Edition. Anyhow, the first openc2e alpha has been released, which is focused on Creatures 1 support.

Download: [ openc2e.org ]

Sauerbraten 20090504

May 11th, 2009 by Crusader

A new release of the FPS game Cube 2: Sauerbraten has been announced:

  • new playermodel, IronSnout X10K
  • new weapon models
  • new sound track
  • new splash screen and logo
  • 28 new multiplayer maps!
  • 1 new singleplayer map
  • new “protect” and “insta protect” game modes
  • bots that work for both MP and offline play
  • ragdoll physics
  • texture blending and new flame/smoke particles for map editing
  • in-game movie recording and also PNG screenshots
  • new engines features like ZIP archive support, better grass, pre-compressed DXT1/3/5 textures for faster loading, fixed-function shadowmaps & dynamic lights, low cost blob shadows, particle culling, faster shader loading, revised post-process effect system, and more
  • support for custom server ports, server passwords, public key crypto, and server-init.cfg for easier server configs

If you’re interested in player-created content, it’s archived at Quadropolis, including this amazing re-creation of the original USS Enterprise.

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

Vendetta Online Releases Multi-Player Ships

May 10th, 2009 by Crusader

A reader let us know that the Linux-friendly space-MMO Vendetta Online added a new major feature: multi-player ships.

Pilots of Behemoth and Atlas class vessels (except the Behemoth XC) may now invite other players to join their vessels and help defend via turrets. Certain ship variants have up to three turrets, allowing four players to cooperatively defend a single ship. Pilots must all be docked at the same station to initially join, and be invited by the pilot of a given ship via new “/gunner” commands. More elaborate GUI interfaces, features and weapon options will become available as we move forward.

Vendetta Online

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ Trial client ]

Linux Game Publishing Sale

May 7th, 2009 by Crusader

Linux Game Publishing fired in the following notice:

We are just over 9 hours away from the LGP flash sale where all standard edition game prices will be set to just 9 pounds. Sale starts at midnight UK time and lasts for 24 hours only. Resellers will receive further discounts when they login to their accounts.

FreeCol 0.8.2

May 4th, 2009 by Crusader

FreeCol has been updated to version 0.8.2 with bugfixes and new translations for the Colonization-style game.

Download: [ freecol.org ]

Atomic Worm is now Free Software

May 4th, 2009 by Crusader

tweeler.com and Charlie Dog Games have announced the fact that Atomic Worm version 0.19 is now free software, as all code was released under the GPL v3.0, and all music, sounds and graphics are released under the CC by-sa 3.0. Atomic Worm is a Snake-genre puzzle game.

Download: [ tweeler.com ]

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