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O'Reilly Network: OpenAL Applications: The User's View

Oct 20, 2000, 07:09 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

"OpenAL is the audio programming interface inside the games Heavy Gear II (Figure 1) and Soldier Of Fortune, both ported to Linux by Loki Entertainment and available for purchase on-line from Loki's Web site. Demo versions are also available, but the demos are rather large (Heavy Gear II is a 67 MB tarball), so unless you have a broadband connection, prepare to be patient while downloading the packages. And of course you'll need a 3D graphics card with hardware support for OpenGL graphics acceleration...."

"Unfortunately, at this time there are no games with hardware-accelerated OpenAL support. Nevertheless, the games do give the player a good idea of what OpenAL can do as a generalized game sound server, and I highly recommend testing them on your system. They're great games anyway, so you're sure to have some good fun with them. Meanwhile, Creative Labs' presence and input to the project certainly indicates that hardware support for OpenAL is sure to arrive soon."

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