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An Introduction to Linux Games

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An introduction to Linux Games done for the Toronto Linux User Group's New User Meeting in February of 2009.

An introduction to Linux Games done for the Toronto Linux User Group's New User Meeting in February of 2009.

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  • 1. Linux Games
      • Presented by Colin McGregor
      • NewTLUG
      • February 24, 2009
  • 2. Computer Game Trivia
    • First computer game - Tic-Tac-Toe – 1952
    • First video game - ”Tennis for Two” - 1958
    • First computer specific game ”SpaceWar!” - 1962
    • 2006 study found in the 25 – 34 age group far more women than men play computer games
  • 3. Pick-up Games
    • The favored type by women 25 – 34
    • Easy to start / stop
    • Not big on score keeping
  • 4. Puzzle Games
    • Quick easy to start / stop.
  • 5. Interactive Fiction
    • You become part of the written story.
    • Still have a following.
    • Zmachine software needed to run the Infocom games.
    • Several options available, common one is ”frotz”
  • 6. Interactive Fiction (cont.)
    • Do need a source of IF files.
      • A few available for download
      • Check the back of your closet
      • The usual on-line suspects, eBay, etc.
  • 7. Emulators
    • MAME
      • Goal to document old video game technology.
      • Allows one to run thousands of old video games.
      • Download issues on all but 14 games (11 from Exidy).
  • 8. Extreme Emulaors
    • Some people will put Linux boxes into cabinets...
    • Some firms sell into this area with arcade joystick and coin door hardware.
    • Just add some wood working skill
  • 9. Wine Games
    • Selected Microsoft Windows games can be played under Linux.
  • 10. Flash Games
    • Thousands of quick, pick-up games playable via any good web browsers.
  • 11. Browser games
    • Any good web browser, anywhere.
    • Examples:
      • http://ikariam.org/
  • 12. Strategy Games
    • Graphical but not demanding on graphics.
  • 13. Strategy Games (cont.)
    • A number have tool kits for customizing game.
  • 14. Sports Games.
    • Real sports or as with Planet Penguin Racer a sports parody.
    • Many of the same hardware issues as with First person shooter games.
  • 15. First person shooters
    • The hardware pigs of the game world.
    • Need a:
      • Fast CPU(s)
      • Great video card(s)
      • Good sound card
  • 16. FPS (cont.)
    • Typically several games in one.
      • Capture the Flag
      • Death match
      • Human vs machine
      • Multiplayer
  • 17. FPS (cont.)
    • Some major FPS available for Linux.
    • Firms doing Linux FPS games:
      • ID software
      • Raven Software (*)
      • Epic Games
  • 18. FPS (cont.)
    • Some GPL options.
      • Old ID software games -sort of
      • Sauerbraten (a.k.a. Cube 2)
  • 19. FPS (cont.).
    • Look for nVidia based video cards.
  • 20. Demo Time
    • Thanks
    • After this it is coffee time.