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Linux.com: Crystal Space: An Open Source 3D Engine

Nov 21, 2000, 21:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"One of the most widely heard criticisms of Linux is the lack of support for games. There still seems to be many people who think that Linux is a boring operating system with a command line interface and a few text-based games such as hangman or NetHack. Of course, there's nothing wrong with those games; in fact, NetHack is a very good game and is probably my all-time favorite."

"I think there is nothing wrong with Linux that would prevent it from being an excellent game platform. But we need to break this circle of ignorance! Because people think Linux is not suitable, game developers will not program for it. And that only reinforces the idea that Linux is not suitable. Luckily, there are a few companies which are very actively trying to break the circle. For example, Id Software, with Quake and its successors, and Loki Entertainment Software, have recently put a great deal of attention to the potential of Linux gaming."

"There are also several Open Source game development kits in various stages of completion. Some are for 2D graphics. Some have support for sound. I'd like to tell you about a possible 3D solution for Linux games: Crystal Space."

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