LINUXGAMES

Tux Games Demo CD

June 2nd, 2000 by Crusader

Michael Simms of Tux Games,an online Linux game retailer, sent in the following:

Tux Games has released its new Demo CD, made for people who have slow modems or who have to pay by the minute for theirdownloads. We now have 10 demos included on the disc:

Civilization: Call to Power
Erics Ultimate Solitaire
Heretic II
Heroes of Might and Magic III
Hopkins FBI
Myth II: Soulblighter
Quake III Arena
Railroad Tycoon II
Reel Deal Slots
Unreal Tournament

It is available from Tux Games for $3.50, which is a break-evenprice.

German Linux Game Installation Article

May 22nd, 2000 by Crusader

Zocks’ Gerhard Schroeder sent in news that the German Linux gaming site has posted an article examining the install process for various Loki titles: Civilization: Call To Power, Myth 2: Soulblighter, and Railroad Tycoon 2: Gold Edition. The article was written in German, so you may need to utilize a babelfish to grok it.

OpenAL Press Release

March 8th, 2000 by Crusader

Loki Entertainment Software has announced the existence of the open-source OpenAL 3D audio library in conjunction with Creative Labs and Corel today; OpenAL will first be utilized in the Linux port of Heavy Gear II:

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Loki Press Contact:
Kayt Sorhaindo
Loki Entertainment Software
Telephone: 714.505.8915 x12
Facsimile: 714.505.3247
press@lokigames.com

Loki Spearheads OpenAL

Open-Source, Cross-Platform 3D-Audio Library
Debuts at the Game Developers Conference

San Jose, CA. — March 8, 2000 — Loki Entertainment Software, the leading publisher of commercial games for the Linux operating system, today announces a multi-company project to create and distribute OpenAL, an open-source, cross-platform 3D-Audio library.

3D-Audio greatly improves the immersive quality of a game. It allows games and other applications to take advantage of powerful spacialized sound effects, including distance and direction attenuation, panning and reverb. With these features, gamers can, for example, determine by sound the distance and direction of an explosion in a 3D-gaming environment.

“OpenAL represents a milestone for Linux and for the game industry in general,” said Scott Draeker, president, Loki Entertainment Software. “Until now, games running on Linux have not had access to the advanced 3D-Audio features available on other platforms. OpenAL provides those advanced features with an open-source, nonproprietary implementation which is available not just for Linux, but for Windows and MacOS games as well. What SGI’s OpenGL has done for 3D-Video, OpenAL will do for 3D-Audio.”

Prior to OpenAL, there was no standard way to implement 3D-Audio for Linux. Because the proprietary audio libraries for Mac and Windows are not compatible with Linux, Loki decided to create an audio API that would be both cross-platform and open-source. Loki drew upon the previous efforts of members of the open-source community and teamed with hardware vendors such as Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF) to make the project a reality.

Creative Technology, the leader in providing advanced PC audio hardware, plans to release Linux drivers that will work with OpenAL, and which natively support the advanced 3D-Audio effects which OpenAL enables. In addition, Creative is evaluating MacOS and Windows implementations of the OpenAL standard.

“Creative is excited to be a part of the OpenAL creation and authoring committee”, said Jacob Hawley, Director of the Custom Engineering division at Creative. “This API will help content developers provide robust applications on Linux and other leading platforms, opening new markets for hardware vendors such as Creative in the process. This API is a win / win for everyone.”

“OpenAL is another major step forward for Linux and shows how complete a gaming platform Linux has become,” said Dr. Michael Cowpland, President and CEO of Corel Corporation. “Corel has long been a supporter of open standards and cross-platform compatibility. We are thrilled with the progress by Loki and Creative Labs and we look forward to including more of their technology in our future releases.”

Loki is already incorporating OpenAL into it’s growing product line of AAA Linux games. In March, Loki will release the Linux version of Activision’s Heavy Gear II, the first Linux game to support 3D-Audio using OpenAL.

The source code for OpenAL for Mac, Windows and Linux is freely available for download and is offered under the GNU Library Public License (LGPL). Visit www.openal.org for more information.

About Loki Entertainment Software

Loki Entertainment Software A privately held company, Loki Entertainment Software has headquarters in Orange County, California and was established in 1998. Loki meets a pent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported, shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channels worldwide. Loki’s first Linux title, Civilization: Call to Power was awarded Linux Journal’s award for Best End User Product of 1999. Loki released 7 front-line Linux game titles in 1999, and plans 16 titles for 2000. For more information, visit www.lokigames.com.

About Creative Technology Ltd.

Creative Technology Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets a wide array of advanced multimedia solutions for the PC, entertainment, education, music and productivity tools markets. Creative’s products are marketed through the OEM, systems integrator and retail channels under a variety of trademarks, including the “Blaster” family name. With the new Sound Blaster® PCI standard, Creative has produced a solution that utilizes a combination of hardware and software for near-perfect compatibility with existing DOS and Windows titles. Creative’s corporate headquarters and primary manufacturing are based in Singapore, with sales, distribution and research and development being carried out through an extensive, global network of subsidiaries located in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.”

About Corel Corporation

Corel Corporation Corel Corporation is an internationally recognized developer of award-winning business productivity, graphics and operating system solutions on the Windows(r), Linux(r), UNIX(r), Macintosh(r) and Java(tm) platforms. Corel also develops market-leading, Web-based solutions including applications, contents, e-commerce and online services. For access to these services and more information go to www.corel.com or www.corelcity.com. Corel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. Corel’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CORL and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol COR.

This press release contains statements that are forward looking as that term is defined by the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results will differ due to factors such as shifts in customer demand, product shipment schedules, product mix, competitive products and pricing, technological shifts and other variables. Readers are referred to Corel’s most recent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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All company and product names are the trademarks, registrations, or copyrights of their respective owners.

OpenAL March 8 CVS Snapshot:
ftp://ftp.openal.org/openal-03082000.tar.gz

Linux Central offering Linux Games CD-ROM

February 14th, 2000 by Crusader

Bradley Glonka wrote in to announce that Linux Central is now offering a Linux Games CD-ROM. It includes the following game demos:

  • Civilization: Call To Power
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III
  • Myth 2: Soulblighter
  • Railroad Tycoon II
  • Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire

You can order your copy from here for $1.95 US plus shipping.

Additional Civ: CTP 1.2 Patches

January 21st, 2000 by Crusader

Loki Entertainment Software has released additional patches for Linux Civilization: Call to Power:

Loki Civ: CTP Patch Mirror List:
http://www.lokigames.com/products/civctp/updates.php3

Freeciv OGS Article

January 18th, 2000 by Crusader

Dennis Payne has written another article for his monthly Open Game Source column; this installment examines the Civilization-inspired strategy game Freeciv. Dennis reviews the Freeciv hacking guide, the source code structure (Dennis notes that “having viewed the source to Civilization: Call to Power, the Freeciv source is much nicer”), the flexibility of Freeciv’s design (giving an example partial Master of Magic source hack), and aspects of Freeciv’s localization support.

Linux Quake 3: Arena Retail From Loki!

December 2nd, 1999 by Crusader

Loki Entertainment Software has announced that they will be the distributors for id Software’s imminent first-person shooter Quake 3: Arena. You can read the shipping notes at Loki’s new Q3A site (http://quake3.lokigames.com/) here, and pre-order your copy from

https://www.lokigames.com/

Furthermore, Quake 3 orders will be shipped in two parts: an immediate shipmentof the Q3A CD-ROM, to be followed later by the cd jewel case, manual, and tin box. This will allow customers to get the actual game (isn’t that what you reallywant? :)) in a more timely manner.

Here’s the full press release:

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Linux Quake III Arena(TM)

Loki and id Software(TM) Sign Exclusive Agreement

Tustin, CA. — December 2, 1999 — Loki Entertainment Software, the leader in bringing best-selling PC games to Linux, today announces an exclusive agreement with id Software to publish, package and distribute worldwide Quake III Arena for Linux.

Through this agreement, Loki will publish the highly-anticipated Quake III Area for Linux on December 27, near-simultaneously with the Windows and Macintosh versions.

“Quake III Arena, soon available for the PC, Linux and Macintosh, delivers the most intense, heart-pounding gameplay and stunning technical wizardry of any game on any platform, bar none,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. “id Software went to great lengths to assure a near simultaneous multi-platform launch for Quake III Arena, assuring that no will gamer miss out on the action.”

Quake III Arena, developed by the gaming wizards at id Software, is the third installment of one of the most popular computer game franchises of all time. Organic caverns, gothic cathedrals and futuristic spacescapes play host to Quake III Arena’s unrivaled blend of action, strategy and jaw-dropping technology as Linux gamers are invited to square off against 32 of history’s greatest warriors. Built around a revolutionary new graphics engine capable of delivering mind blowing 3D special effects including curved surfaces and volumetric fog, Quake III Arena is the final word in deathmatching mayhem.

The Linux version of Quake III Arena will be packaged in a limited edition collector’s tin box. Loki will also include the Linux operating system, SuSE Linux 6.3, so that new users can try Linux and the game. Quake III Arena for Linux has a suggested retail price of $49.95 (U.S. Dollars).

About id Software

id — Freud’s primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth – has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software has forged frenetic titles such as Wolfenstein 3-D, DOOM, DOOM II, QUAKE and QUAKE II. With intense graphics and mind-blowing adventure, id’s games continually break retail and shareware sales records. id¹s advanced QUAKE II engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games with both single and multiplayer technology. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software amplifies the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the development of their latest action title, QUAKE III Arena. Check out more about id Software at www.idsoftware.com.

About Loki Entertainment Software

A privately held company, Loki Entertainment Software has headquarters in Orange County, California and was established in 1998. Loki meets a pent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported, shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channels worldwide. Loki’s first Linux title, Civilization: Call to Power was recently awarded Linux Journal’s award for Best End User Product of 1999. Loki has released 6 front-line Linux game titles this year. For more information, visit www.lokigames.com.

About Linux

First created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, Linux is now the fastest growing operating system in the world according to a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) study. Currently, it is estimated that Linux is used by some 8 million people worldwide. With advanced features such as true multi-user and multi-tasking capabilities, Linux has inspired a steadily growing number of individuals and businesses to adopt Linux for a wide range of functions: as servers, for networking, for software development, and more recently as a desktop and gaming platform. (Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds)

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Corel Linux Shipping With Civ: CTP Limited Edition

November 16th, 1999 by Crusader

The upcoming retail Deluxe Corel Linux distribution (based on the venerable Debian GNU/Linux distro) will include a Limited Edition of Loki’s first commercial Linux port, Civilization: Call to Power. The Limited Edition is the full single-player version of Civ: CTP with network play and game editing disabled. Corel released a downloadable version of their new distro yesterday at COMDEX; you can grab an ISO of it (which excludes Civ: CTP) from here. Thanks to Daniell Freed for sending this one in.

German Civ CTP Demo

November 8th, 1999 by Alkini

Loki has added a German version of the Civilization: Call to Power demo. Head on over to their Civ CTP demo page or snag your copy from the link below.

LinuxGames: tux.linuxgames.com
Loki: ftp.lokigames.com

Loki Hack Patches!

November 4th, 1999 by Crusader

Loki lead coder Sam Lantinga wrote in to announce the release of the Civilization: Call To Power patches that were created during the Loki Hack event. The patches can be downloaded from http://www.lokigames.com/hack/patches.html; they require to the English version 1.1 release of Civ: CTP to install correctly. Congratulations to the participants!

New Civ: CTP Demo

October 25th, 1999 by Crusader

Loki has released an updated version of the Civilization: Call to Power demo. The file is around 56 megs and is available from

ftp://ftp.lokigames.com/pub/demos/civctp/civctp-demo-10251999.tar.gz

Penguin Computing Gaming System Available

October 20th, 1999 by Crusader

Garrett Mickelson sent in this announcement:

The Penguin Computing Linux Gaming Computer (codenamed: TuxRox) is nowavailable for sale. It features an AMD Athlon 500 CPU, 128 MB RAM, 13GBHard Drive, 3Dfx Voodoo3 3000 16 MB Video Card, Sound Blaster PCI 128Sound Card with 3 Speaker Yamaha Stereo Speaker System. The followinggames are included and pre installed: Civilization: Call to Power, Myth2: The Soulblighter, Quake II, and various demos and open source games. All of this is running on RedHat 6.1 which includes Sun StarOffice5.1a (personal edition). The default X-Windows environment is Gnome running on Enlightenment. The bundled games will change as new games are released and this product will remain under constant development as new, stable technology becomes available, i.e. soundcards, video cards, drivers…….

For more information, point your browser to www.penguincomputing.com or call 1-888-PENGUIN in the United States, ++1.415.358.2600 from outside the United States.

Loki Hack Winners

October 15th, 1999 by Crusader

Loki Entertainment Software has issued a press release regarding the Loki Hack contest which was held at the Atlanta Linux Showcase:

LOKI HACK WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Contestants Hacked the Linux Source Code for Activision’s Hit Title,Civilization: Call to Power

Atlanta, GA. — October 15, 1999  Winners of the first annual LokiHack were announced in an afternoon press conference at the Atlanta LinuxShowcase at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Loki Entertainment Software, in cooperation with Activision, Inc., theAtlanta Linux Enthusiasts and VA LiNUX Systems, kicked off Loki Hack 1999on Monday, October 11. During the Hack, enthusiastic and talented hackersfrom across the country and around the world had 48 hours in a securesetting to make alterations to the Linux source code for Activision’spopular strategy game Civilization: Call to Power.

The hackers had full reign to add features, alter logic, and implementadditional library support. Upon conclusion of the contest on Wednesday,Entertainment Software, Greg Hankins of the Atlanta Linux Showcase, andJeff “Hemos” Bates of Slashdot evaluated the hacks.

“This is the closest we could get to Open Source with our commercialproducts,” said Scott Draeker, Loki president and founder. “The worldcan’t see the source, but the contestants did. And all the hacks, mods,and changes will be posted in binary form for free download from ourwebsite next week. This was our chance to show the gaming world what theOpen Source community can accomplish, and the results have beenincredible.”

At the press conference Draeker awarded first prize to Christopher Yeoh,a developer from Denver, Colorado. Yeoh completed several modificationsto Civilization: Call to Power, including the addition of extra unitssuch as land carriers and stealth carriers. Yeoh also enhanced the Spyunit by allowing it to infiltrate an enemy city. If successful, the Spyis destroyed, but the player can view the infiltrated city’s statisticsuntil payment is received from the enemy.

First prize is a StartX MP Workstation from VA LiNUX Systems. Runners-upwill receive their choice of Gamer-X sound cards from Creative Labs,Inc., 3950U2 Ultra2 Dual Channel SCSI cards from Adaptec, Inc., andMillennium G400 video cards from Matrox Graphics, Inc. All contestantscompleted at least one hack and will each receive a prize.

Loki Hack 1999 was sponsored by Activision, the Atlanta Linux Showcase,VA LiNUX Systems, Creative Labs, Adaptec, and Matrox Graphics. VA LiNUXSystems provided the development machines used by the contestants andcontributed the first prize. Creative Labs, Adaptec, and Matrox Graphicscontributed prizes for the runners-up.

“We are happy to be supporting hackers in their efforts to fiddle thebits of Civilization: Call to Power,” said Jason Della Rocca, DeveloperRelations Manager of Matrox Graphics, Inc. “Matrox has be a ferventsupporter of the Linux community, with recent efforts made on supportingthe GLX project. Perhaps the winner of this event can have a look at ourdriver code base…”

For more information on Loki Hack and it’s sponsors, visitwww.lokigames.com/hack/. Profiles of the contestants and their hacks areavailable at www.lokigames.com/hack/profiles.html.

About Loki Entertainment Software

Based in Orange County, CA, Loki works with leading game publishers toport their best-selling PC and Macintosh titles to Linux. Loki meets apent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported,shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channels.Founded in 1998, Loki is privately held and takes its name from the Norsegod of mischief. For more information visit www.lokigames.com.

About Activision, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leadingworldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactiveentertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision postedrevenues of $436 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999.

Activision maintains publishing and development operations in the US,Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Australia, anddistribution subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlandsand Belgium. More information about Activision and its products can befound on the company’s World Wide Web site, which is located athttp://www.activision.com.

About The Atlanta Linux Showcase

The Atlanta Linux Showcase is the community’s premier technical andcommunity show organized and run by a group of computer professionalswishing to help promote Linux. ALS was founded in 1997 and is runentirely by volunteers. Last years show was the largest Linux event in1998 drawing its attendees from 23 countries. The Atlanta Linux Showcase,Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation. For more information visitwww.linuxshowcase.org.

Open-Source Installer Press Release

October 11th, 1999 by Marv

Loki Entertainment has issued a press release concerning the newly open source installer, Setup:

TUSTIN, CA — October 11, 1999 — Loki Entertainment Software, the premier company bringing best-selling PC and Macintosh games to the Linux? environment, today releases their fourth Open-Source project, the Loki Game Installer [Setup 1.0].

Setup 1.0 is an graphic installer utitilty with which a developer can create a simple, easy-to-use standardized install routine. It uses an XML description file to describe a package, and provides both a console and a GTk front-end to install it. The install process even creates an uninstall script in the install directory which can be run when the user wants to uninstall the product. Loki has included x86, PPC, Alpha, and Sparc binaries for this version of the installer.

Loki developed Setup 1.0 in the course of porting Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition? by PopTop Software and Gathering of Developers. While Loki is contractually bound to protect the publisher¹s original game code, Loki shares any improvements to the underlying Linux software code with the Open Source community.

“One of the things we frequently hear is that people would like a simpler way to install applications on their Linux-based systems. We originally developed our GUI installer in the course of porting Civilization: Call to Power by Activision, and have since modified and enhanced it. We¹re now very pleased to release back to the community the results of our efforts. Setup 1.0 is a full-featured, graphical installer for games and other consumer applications,” said Sam Lantinga, lead programmer at Loki and the co-author of Setup 1.0.

Loki¹s other Open Source projects include the SDL MPEG Player Library (SMPEG) and the SDL Motion JPEG Library (SMJPEG), and Fenris, Loki¹s bug system based on Bugzilla from the Mozilla codebase.

Activision – Loki Partnership

October 11th, 1999 by Crusader

Loki Entertainment Software and Activision have officially announced a two year, five title partnership:

ACTIVISION AND LOKI PARTNER TO BRING GAMES TO LINUX

Heretic II and Heavy Gear II Soon to Be Available for Linux

Tustin, CA. — October 11, 1999 — Building upon the success of their first joint venture with Civilization: Call to Power, Activision, Inc. and Loki Entertainment Software today announce they have joined forces to bring more PC and Macintosh games to the Linux platform.

Loki Entertainment Software launched the Linux version of Activision’s popular strategy game Civilization: Call to Power in May, 1999, to strong reviews. Under the terms of the new agreement, Loki will develop, publish and support the Linux ports of five popular Activision games, including Heretic II and Heavy Gear II, over the next two years. The agreement solidifies Activision’s commitment to the ever-growing Linux software community, and positions Loki as the foremost authority on commercial Linux games.

“Activision is committed to providing Linux users with quality gaming experiences,” states Philippe Erwin, director of licensing for Activision. “By extending our partnership with Loki and offering popular games like Heavy Gear II and Heretic II, we will enhance the level of quality entertainment that Linux users have available to them and contribute to the growth of the platform.”

“We are excited to work with Activision to continually provide exciting and high-quality games for the Linux community,” said Scott Draeker, Loki founder and president. “Earlier this year, people wondered if there was a market for commercial games on Linux. We have put those doubts to rest, and will now focus on expanding the gaming universe for Linux users.”

This universe will soon include Heavy Gear II, a combat-simulation game, and Heretic II, a breath-taking third-person action game.

Heavy Gear II, released for Windows in June, 1999, features astate-of-the-art 3D hardware-only engine, and delivers fast-paced solo and multi-player squad combat action, photo-realistic graphics and richly-detailed battlefields. Gamers take command of an elite strike force that operates deep behind enemy lines, and leads special operations through more than 80 death-defying missions. As they attempt to undermine the opposition, players can send orders to squad-mates and use real squad battle strategies like flanking maneuvers and diversionary tactics to ambush enemies.

Heretic II, the next Activision title on the Loki lineup, transports players to a richly animated medieval land that has been ravaged by an evil plague. Gamers embark on an epic journey across an enemy-infested continent in search of a magical cure. Heretic II combines the control and fast-paced action of a first-person shooter game with an over-the-should third-person perspective, a combination that fully immerses gamers into their character¼s experiences. Featuring 22 thrilling single-player environments and five intense deathmatch levels, Heretic II challenges players to overcome the insidious plague by solving puzzles and gathering clues.

About Loki Entertainment Software

Based in Orange County, CA, Loki works with leading game publishers to port their best-selling PC and Macintosh titles to Linux. Loki meets a pent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported, shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channels. Founded in 1998, Loki is privately held and takes its name from the Norse god of mischief. For more information visit www.lokigames.com.

Loki Contact:Kathryn SorhaindoLoki Entertainment SoftwareTel.: (714) 505-8915 x12sigyn@lokigames.com

About Activision, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted revenues of $436 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999.

Activision maintains publishing and development operations in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Australia, and distribution subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.

Activision Contact:Maryanne LataifVice President, Corporate CommunicationsActivision, Inc.Tel.: (310) 255-2704mlataif@activision.com

Loki Hack FAQ

October 5th, 1999 by Alkini

Loki has posted more information about Loki Hack ’99 in a new document, the Loki Hack FAQ. The FAQ covers quite a bit of information about their contest to improve their Linux port of Civilization: Call to Power including how/when they will select the hackers, what the prize is, and what they’ll be doing after the event.

Civ CTP 1.1 for Alpha

September 29th, 1999 by Alkini

Loki has released a 1.1 beta patch for those of you running Civilization: Call to Power on an Alpha Linux system. If you find any bugs in this release, be sure to report it to Fenris, the Loki bug tracking system.

Hack on Civ: CTP Source

September 17th, 1999 by Crusader

Loki sent in the following press release:

LOKI AND ACTIVISION SPONSOR LOKI HACK 1999

Hackers Get the Source Code for
Activision’s Hit Title, Civilization: Call to Power

Tustin, CA. — September 17, 1999 — Loki Entertainment Software, in cooperation with Activision, Inc. and the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts, announces Loki Hack 1999 to be held on October 11 through 13 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta in conjunction with the Atlanta Linux Showcase.

Loki Entertainment Software launched the Linux version of Activision¹s popular strategy game Civilization: Call to Power(TM) in May 1999 to strong reviews. During Loki Hack, up to 30 qualified hackers will have 48 hours in a secure setting to make alterations to the Linux source code for this game. In turn Loki will make available in binary form all resulting work from the contest. Winners of this unique contest will be announced during the Atlanta Linux Showcase. First prize will be a dual-processor workstation (running Linux of course).

“We are blessed with the most technically-literate customer base of any game publisher,” said Scott Draeker, Loki president and founder. “We’d be fools not to offer these users a chance to improve our source code.”

“Activision has been actively involved in supporting Linux game enthusiasts, including our recent release of the source code for Heretic and Hexen,” said Philippe Erwin, director of licensing for Activision. We are excited about supporting this contest with Loki, and anticipate some really clever enhancements to Civilization: Call to Power.”

The hackers will have full reign to add features, alter logic, or implement additional library support. Upon conclusion of the contest, a panel of judges will evaluate the hacks and award prizes to the best hack and runners up.

Qualified hackers may apply to participate on Loki website, www.lokigames.com.

About Loki Entertainment Software

Based in Orange County, CA, Loki works with leading game publishers to port their best-selling PC and Macintosh titles to Linux. Loki meets a pent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported, shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channels. Founded in 1998, Loki is privately held and takes its name from the Norse god of mischief. For more information visit www.lokigames.com.

Loki Contact: Kathryn Sorhaindo, 714.505.8915 x12, press@lokigames.com

About Activision, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted revenues of $436 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999.

Activision maintains publishing and development operations in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Australia, and and Belgium. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.

Activision Contact: Maryanne Lataif, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Activision, Inc., 310.255.2704, mlataif@activision.com


About The Atlanta Linux Showcase

The Atlanta Linux Showcase is the community’s premier technical and community show organized and run by a group of computer professionals wishing to help promote Linux. ALS was founded in 1997 and is run entirely by volunteers. Last years show was the largest Linux event in 1998 drawing its attendees from 23 countires. The Atlanta Linux Showcase, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation. For more information visit www.linuxshowcase.org.

Atlanta Linux Showcase Contact: Chris Farris, Vice President, ALS, 678.777.3943, chrisf@linuxshowcase.org

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All company and product names are the trademarks, registrations, or copyrights of their respective owners.

Interested code hackers can register at http://www.lokigames.com/about/lokihack.php3.

More Loki Newsgroups

September 10th, 1999 by Alkini

Loki has added even more newsgroups to their servers. A new branch has been opened for discussing their open source projects. In addition to those, two have been created for players of Civilization: CTP. The newly added newsgroups are as follows:

For a complete list of all of their newsgroups, visit the Loki support page.

Gamespot Linux Article

August 15th, 1999 by Crusader

In conjunction with their Installing Linux article, Gamespot is running a feature on the Linux operating system. The article gives some historical background on Linux, an overview of Loki’s recent ports of Civilization: Call to Power and Myth II: Soulblighter, statements from Bungie’s Doug Zartman and Loki’s Scott Draeker, and mentions of a few open source game projects for Linux.