April 18, 2014

Gaming is Alive and Well on Linux - page 2

Shooters, Platform Games, Brain Games

  • October 7, 2010
  • By Paul Ferrill

To play a realtime strategy (RTS) game effectively you really need multiple players on multiple machines. Warzone 2100 is similar to Total Annihilation, one of the pioneering RTS games originally developed for Windows and Mac. To enable multi-player mode you'll need to enable one computer on your network as a server. The most straightforward way to connect other computers is to use the IP address of the server. You can use the ifconfig command in a termal window if you don't know the IP address of your machine. The only tricky part here is any issue resulting from multiple network interfaces such as wired and wireless.

Once you have the server running you connect additional computers by selecting "connect by IP". At that point you should be good to go. As with other RTS games, you'll find a number of different modes to play including campaign, multi-player and single-player skirmish. Game play can get pretty complex if you get into building different scenarios. We were able to get a multi-player game going in just a few minutes.

<em>Scorched 3D</em>
Scorched 3D

Arcade Games

This is a pretty broad category and includes games you would find on many of the home game consoles as well. SuperTuxKart is a car racing game that uses the keyboard to maneuver and control your race car. You can have up to four players running either against the clock or against each other. Different areas of the keyboard are used when more than one player is racing at the same time.

Neverball is a single-player game where you tilt the game board using the mouse to cause the ball to move toward a goal. You must strike a specific number of spinning coins along the way or the goal doesn't count. There's a timer for each level to allow competition between multiple players. This is another game that requires a proprietary video driver to function properly.

Bottom Line

While there may have been a time when Linux was not on the same level as Macs or PCs in the graphics-intensive games arena, it definitely isn't the case today. Couple that with the wide range of freely available games, and there's no reason why you can't waste as much time as you want using Linux. Coming up with a good excuse for wasting your time is an exercise left to the reader.

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