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These are some resources for Linux gamers no matter what kind of game you enjoy to
ebgames <http://www.ebgames.com> no longer officially
sells Linux software. They stopped selling Linux games and distributions at around the
same time Loki Software declared bankruptcy, which is a shame because they had the lowest
prices on Linux games I've ever seen. However, occasionally, they'll have things like
Code Warrior or Redhat Linux on sale.
- Tux Games: http://www.tuxgames.com
Your one stop shop for
buying any commercial Linux game (software vendors like Tribsoft and Loki have online
shops at their websites too).
These are companies that used to release games for Linux but for whatever reasons
aren't actively involved in Linux games anymore.
- Loki Software: http://www.lokigames.com
As the company that brought CTP and Quake3 to Linux, Loki was the father
of Linux gaming. They were one of the first and had, by far, the most titles (I own ALL
of them). Loki ported games to Linux, mostly using the SDL library. Loki's death in
January 2002 was the biggest setback Linux has ever had in its attempt to capture the
general desktop market. Linuxgames.com has a nice Loki timeline at http://www.linuxgames.com/articles/lokitimeline
- Tribsoft: http://www.tribsoft.com
Tribsoft released Jagged Alliance 2, an excellent rpg/strat which claimed
2+ weeks of my life. There were slated to release Europai Universalis, Majesty and
Unfinished Business. However, as of 3Jan01, Mathieu Pinard of Tribsoft said that he was
taking a break and Tribsoft would no longer release games for awhile. He'll still support
JA2 but don't expect patches or updates.
- MP Entertainment: http://www.hopkinsfbi.com
MP Entertainment released
Hopkins FBI, my favorite game ever released for Linux. More violent than Quake. More
nudity than Hustler. More camp than Liberace. It's a comic
book on your monitor. They were slated to release Hopkins FBI II and a few other titles,
but it's been a few years since the announcements with no sign that the games are coming.
They've ignored all my attempts at finding out more information, so I have to conclude
that MP Entertainment is in the same status as Tribsoft. You can still purchase or
download a demo of Hopkins FBI from their website. If anyone has more information on this
company or the author of Hopkins FBI, please contact me.
- Phantom EFX: http://www.phantomefx.com
They offer Reel Deal Slots, which is very nicely done! I'm not much for
card/gambling games, but this game is impressive! Because their Linux guy quit the
company, Reel Deal Slots is their first, and so far, last release for
This section has URL's that should be mentioned but didn't have a separate section
within the howto, so I list them here as a kind of appendix.
- Linux Game Publishing: http://www.linuxgamepublishing.com
doesn't sell directly to the public, but provides professional game publishing to authors of
publishing. I think this means disk copying, packaging and selling to
- XFree86 Homesite: http://www.xfree86.org
XFree86 home page
- Linux Game Development Center: http://lgdc.sunsite.dk/index.html
This is the
canonical website for people who want to program games under Linux. It's a clearing house
of information that contains well written articles on all aspects of game programming (not
necessarily Linux specific), links to important game programming resources, interviews,
reviews, polls and lots of other stuff. It's hard to imagine a better website on the
- Linux Gamers' FAQ: http://www.icculus.org/lgfaq/
Despite the astounding
fact that the Linux Gamers' FAQ doesn't mention the Linux Gamers' HOWTO as a resource
anywhere in their text, I regard the FAQ as a good companion to this HOWTO. I've tried to
keep game specific information in this HOWTO at a minimum. The FAQ takes the opposite
approach; they mainly focus on the games themselves, including game specific problems and
where to get Linux games in the first place. The FAQ and HOWTO are complementary in this
regard, and I've tried to not reproduce their content. Despite the authors being a bit
surly, their effort with the FAQ is very good. If you want a general source of information
on game specific questions, the FAQ is a fantastic place to start with. In addition, the
FAQ keeps a fairly large database of Linux Games.
- Linux Audio Quality HOWTO: http://www.linuxdj.com/audio/quality/
This HOWTO is
mainly of interest to musicians who want professional or semi professional sound cards for
the recording and making of music on a computer. The information is very detailed, and
perhaps overkill for gamers.
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