Linux Games <ul><ul><li>Presented by Colin McGregor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NewTLUG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>February...
Computer Game Trivia <ul><li>First computer game - Tic-Tac-Toe – 1952 </li></ul><ul><li>First video game - ”Tennis for Two...
Pick-up Games <ul><li>The favored type by women 25 – 34 </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to start / stop </li></ul><ul><li>Not big o...
Puzzle  Games <ul><li>Quick easy to start / stop. </li></ul>
Interactive Fiction <ul><li>You become part of the written story. </li></ul><ul><li>Still have a following. </li></ul><ul>...
Interactive Fiction (cont.) <ul><li>Do need a source of IF files. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A few available for download </li>...
Emulators <ul><li>MAME </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal to document old video game technology. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows...
Extreme Emulaors <ul><li>Some people will put Linux boxes into cabinets... </li></ul><ul><li>Some firms sell into this are...
Wine Games <ul><li>Selected Microsoft Windows games can be played under Linux. </li></ul>
Flash Games <ul><li>Thousands of quick, pick-up games playable via any good web browsers. </li></ul>
Browser games <ul><li>Any good web browser, anywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ikariam.org...
Strategy Games <ul><li>Graphical but not demanding on graphics. </li></ul>
Strategy Games (cont.) <ul><li>A number have tool kits for customizing game. </li></ul>
Sports Games. <ul><li>Real sports or as with Planet Penguin Racer a sports parody. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the same hard...
First person shooters <ul><li>The hardware pigs of the game world. </li></ul><ul><li>Need a: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast CP...
FPS (cont.) <ul><li>Typically several games in one. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Capture the Flag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deat...
FPS (cont.) <ul><li>Some major FPS available for Linux. </li></ul><ul><li>Firms doing Linux FPS games: </li></ul><ul><ul><...
FPS (cont.) <ul><li>Some GPL options. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Old ID software games -sort of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saue...
FPS (cont.). <ul><li>Look for nVidia based video cards. </li></ul>
Demo Time <ul><li>Thanks </li></ul><ul><li>After this it is coffee time. </li></ul>
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An Introduction to Linux Games

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

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