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Canada Computes: Slashem: Linux game extends the magic

Aug 13, 2000, 17:57 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)

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"One of the most famous open source games is Nethack. Nethack is referred to as a "Rogue-Like" game. This means that it's similar to an old classic called Rogue. In these games you guide your character around a set of randomly generated dungeons, working towards a goal of some description. Nethack, for example, has you looking for the Amulet of Yendor. There are other "Rogue-Like" games, but Nethack is perhaps the most well known. Some of the games use a text based interface, so everything is represented with text characters. For example your character could be a "@" and an orc could be an "o". It takes some getting used to, but once you do it's very intuitive."

"Time moves on, however, and games like Nethack now have graphical interfaces for a variety of enviroments. Some purists claim this ruins the game. It may, but it also makes the game more accessible for newcomers."

"Nethack can best be described as a very Advanced Dungeons and Dragons type game. In it you choose to be a particular class of character, a barbarian or a thief. You can even be a tourist if you want. You send your character to romp around the dungeon killing bad guys and collecting magical items. As you progress your character becomes stronger, good thing because the later levels are very tough."

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