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Xtreme 3D: Gaming in Linux

Aug 01, 2000, 20:12 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ben Felt)

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"Back when I started to use Linux well over a year ago, there was one aspect of the operating system that was preventing me from using it full time. 3D Gaming. The only real game available was Quake 2, and that wouldn't even run on my Riva TNT, which was, aside from the Voodoo 2, the most popular 3D accelerator at the time. Not surprisingly, I soon went back in the land of the Blue Screen. A few weeks ago, I thought that I would give Linux another whirl...."

"Some game companies are even making their own Linux ports, such as Xatrix, with Kingpin; GT Interactive, with Unreal Tournament; Vicarious Visions, with Terminus; UbiSoft, with Theocracy; Hyperion Entertainment, with Sin and Shogo; and MP Entertainment, with Hopkins FBI. The WINE project has enabled Linux gamers to play such games as Half-Life, StarCraft, Caesar III, Command and Conquer: Red Alert, WarCraft 2, Dune 2000, Blade Runner, Fallout 2, House of the Dead, Mortal Kombat 4, Wetrix, and more. Here is a screenshot of Half-Life running under WINE...."

"Despite the progress made in hardware and software support, as of now, Linux is not a completely viable gaming platform. Not enough hardware vendors are supporting their products, forcing 3rd party programmers with inadequate knowledge of the hardware specifications to make drivers. A gamer shouldn't have to dish out money to a third party in order to obtain drivers for their sound card since the manufacturer is too lazy to produce their own drivers...."

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