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LinuxWorld: Immersed in Terminus

May 27, 2000, 15:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lee Anderson)

"Vicarious Visions, a company well known for its titles on the major gaming consoles such as the Nintendo 64 and Sony Playstation, has come out with a new Linux game. Terminus, a realtime, space-combat, role-playing game is the latest from that developer and is due to debut this month. Versions for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows will come packaged in a single box -- a first in gaming history."

"Our story starts in the year 2197, when the human race has begun the colonization of the solar system. The sudden discovery of ancient alien technology has allowed the construction of vortex gates, interstellar portals -- such as the stargate from the movie and television series of the same name. The use of such portals allows ships to fly between planetary nodes where players fulfill contracts, carry out missions, and fight epic battles."

"The game world includes fully operational space stations, vigorous merchant trading, a realtime economy, and ravenous pirates who pillage and plunder unsuspecting craft. Your mission is determined by the role you choose to play, and the untamed game world reacts and interacts with your own decisions and movements. That living environment allows the user to become part of the game. The complexity of the opportunities and ideas presented in Terminus are unparalleled by predecessor space simulations such as Wing Commander. "

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