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GameSpot: Linux Rising: Linux Games Come of Age

Jun 05, 2000, 19:03 (1 Talkback[s])
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"As a platform for the nontechnical gamer, Linux seems about as fun as being locked in an iron maiden. While there has been a slew of open-source games that are, more often than not, hacked versions of popular commercial games, you can count the total number of big-name titles on your fingers. And almost all of those are recent additions. For example, Quake III: Arena, Civilization: Call to Power, Railroad Tycoon II, Myth II: Soulblighter, and four others adorned with a penguin have hit retail shelves."

"What could be worse than the lack of big-name titles? Games are hard to install on Linux. Installing a Windows game is as easy as double-clicking the setup icon; however, installing a Linux game, especially a 3D game, frequently involves the equivalent of open-heart surgery on a PC's system software."

"But that will change soon."

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