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LinuxPR: Now Gamers Don't Need Windows

May 02, 2003, 01:00 (13 Talkback[s])

Redmond, WA -- Wednesday, April 30, 2003 -- Breaking down one of the barrriers to widespread adoption of Desktop/LX as a mainstream operating system, Lycoris and TransGaming unleash the GamePak. A powerful package of five (5) native Desktop/LX games, the GamePak comes bundled with access to one free month of WineX which allows Desktop/LX users to play over 250 Windows games on their Desktop/LX PC. At the low price of $34.95, the GamePak gives Desktop/LX users value, action and compatibility in a single, simple to install package. The GamePak is immediately available from The Lycoris Store.

The launch of the GamePak is the advent of a new gaming platform for PC hardware. Gamers can leverage their existing game trove and start migrating to native Desktop/LX games in a single step, explains Joseph Cheek, Lycoris CTO and Founder. People don't have to use Windows on their PC anymore, just to play games. Now they can do it all from Desktop/LX.

Lycoris has gathered the top Open Source games and added new sounds and graphics as needed to make them consumer-ready. The GamePak includes five full titles, TORCS, Possible Worlds, BZFlag, FreeCiv, and Falcon's Eye. BZFlag offers first person tank battle action, with networked play for an intense, online experience. TORCS puts users in the drivers seat of the hottest cars, with high-definition graphics for realistic racing action and uses real car physics to provide a true, high-speed feeling. Smoke, skidmarks, sparks, sun, flares and vertex color-lit tracks enhance the realism.

Possible Worlds offers 3D, underwater action from the cockpit of a futuristic submersible. Multiple missions and artificially-intelligent enemies enhance dog fights in the deep. FreeCiv grants users the ultimate power as rulers of their own civilization where the goal is to build cultures over thousands of years, defend borders, conquer neighbors, or win the space race for supreme victory. For the dungeon gamer, Falcon's Eye pits users' wits against the dark dungeon and it's denizens as they explore the cavernous mazes that are randomly generated for unique play every time.

Not only does the GamePak include five native Desktop/LX titles, Lycoris and TransGaming have partnered to bring the incredible WineX cross-platform gaming technology to Desktop/LX. The GamePak includes access to TransGaming's WineX for one free month. Linux gamers can play action-packed blockbusters like Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto 3, DiabloII and Max Payne "right on their Desktop/LX PC, states TransGamings Director of Marketing & Communications, Cathy Tanner.

And with the recent release of WineX 3.0, hits like Battlefield 1942, Sim City 4, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and the world's most popular Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), EverQuest can now run on Desktop/LX. WineX 3.0 also introduces its new Point2Play user interface which simplifies the game-playing experience.

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