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Community: Xpilot: Game of the future.

Jan 07, 2001, 20:35 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Karlsson)

By Kenneth Karlsson

Here's a story about how Xpilot set my daughters on the long and treacherous path to being Linux hackers.

About two months ago my 12 year old daughter Linda, was getting tired of SIM3000, CTP etc. and tried to start xpilot.

It didn't work so I started the xpilot server. After playing for a while she discovered that she could play against others on the Internet. Very quickly she got my other daughter, 10 year old Jenny playing. Since then xpilot has been the only game in town for my daughters.

Now they spend long hours killing robots and enemies, making friends and chatting with other xpilots all around the world.

A few weeks later I introduced them to BASH. Very soon they were changing pilot-names, downloading maps and running their own xpilot server. Simple shell commands like ls, pwd, passwd etc are now being used with ease. This naturally led them into using other computer programs like gnapster, kmp3 and gftp.

Their English language skills have also started to improve. (We're Swedish) This has been especially good for Jenny who previously has shown little interest in learning English.

Its been amazing to watch how a simple game has effected my childrens interest in computers. Xpilot has quite possibly changed their future.

The downside of all this is that my telephone bill is skyrocketing and my own computer time has been banished to the dark hours of the night.

Many thanks to the xpilot team for making a great game.