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Linux gamers: We need your help!

By Linux.com Staff on June 08, 2008 (2:00:00 PM)

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We've written about games for Linux many times over the years. Now we want to do something different. We hope to sponsor a Linux game tournament, but we need your input before we start nailing down the details. Rather than make an ill-informed, arbitrary decision on what game to use in the tournament, we want to get your opinions.

We think the ideal game for this tournament would be one that:

  • Easily lends itself to multiple rounds of tournament-bracket play
  • Allows rounds to be completed in a half hour or less
  • Provides the ability to limit play to Linux platforms only; even if there's a version for another operating system, we don't want people using it for this tournament
  • Most importantly, is a fun, kick-ass game to play!

If you're a Linux gamer who can help us with advice, please add a comment below. In addition to selecting the game, we would also appreciate your thoughts and suggestions on other aspects of the tournament: registration, scheduling, scoring, moderation, and so forth. You might also suggest where and when we hold the event. We want this to be the best Linux game tournament possible, and we can't accomplish that without your help.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.139.20.101] on June 08, 2008 02:50 PM
The first step should be the X-Prize for a Linux game meeting those requirements! Now, somebody go out and get an eccentric billionaire hooked on Linux gaming.

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Criteria is too strict

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 168.28.202.82] on June 09, 2008 05:44 PM
Most of the suggestions mentioned have Windows/Mac counterparts. According to the third criteria, you will only allow games that are Linux "only". The better games have been ported to other platforms. I vote that the third criteria "Provides the ability to limit play to Linux platforms only; even if there's a version for another operating system, we don't want people using it for this tournament" be removed.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.148.16.235] on June 12, 2008 10:43 AM
Provides the ability to limit play to Linux platforms only; even if there's a version for another operating system, we don't want people using it for this tournament

I agree that this should be removed. While it is good to identify and support linux only games, they are all (mostly) ported over to Windows and Mac. One of the best ways to reach maximum users is to allow any games that run on any OS instead of limiting the game to one OS only.

There is a game called Tremulous (tremulous.net) that is FOSS and Multi Platform! It is also one of the most popular of the multi player, multi platform games. Currently there is a server called Dretch*Storm that is in the process of trying to start a tournament which you can read about here http://groups.obliter8.com/node/3544

So drop on by ans see if this would fit what your looking for!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.19.58.40] on June 08, 2008 02:53 PM
For me, Unreal Tournament would be an obvious choice, but a free one such as Warsaw would be good.

The game I play most on Linux is Team Fortress 2 under wine, which is brilliant, but I am not sure if you would mind a game running under wine.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 121.44.76.33] on June 09, 2008 11:55 AM
I second warsow

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.108.2.242] on June 12, 2008 12:46 AM
Running games under Wine wouldn't be a Linux game tournament - it would be a Windows game tournament running on Linux.

I vote Urban Terror and OpenArena.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 122.162.229.105] on June 08, 2008 03:16 PM
do a multiplayer freeciv or freecol tournament

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 221.128.202.235] on June 08, 2008 03:36 PM
Agreed freeciv or freecol could be a good choice.

I don't think running games under wine qualify as true "Linux" games. Also in my opinion preference should be given to open-source games.

A great option would be OpenArena and could potentially draw a greater crowd since the game is very much like Quake III, though it may not be bleeding edge.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 129.120.244.200] on June 08, 2008 03:25 PM
Why don't we turn that first comment's suggestion of an X-prize into a tournament for making linux games to get even more games out there to play?

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 201.29.13.82] on June 08, 2008 03:29 PM
Urban Terror and Enemy Territory are great choices too

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 209.125.235.182] on June 11, 2008 07:18 AM
Second Urban Terror. It's a fun "realistic" game (similar to Action Quake 2 or Action Half-Life) based on the Quake 3 Arena engine, but now has its own standalone native executables (http://urbanterror.net/page.php?6") for Windows, Mac, and Linux. I've been playing the Mac version on my MacBook since I managed to kill my Windows gaming machine. It's got several gaming modes, including CTF, Capture and Hold, Free for All, Team Deathmatch, Bomb mode, Follow the Leader, and Team Survivor.

- Katana (http://www.xfire.com/profile/oldkatana/)


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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 58.165.73.104] on June 08, 2008 03:39 PM
Tremulous is very good.

Nexuiz is talked about a lot though I've never played it.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 212.244.73.182] on June 09, 2008 11:48 AM
Yeah, Nexuiz is nice. :) Something like combining Quake and Unreal Tournament in one game (as it's description also says). I played it quite a while now and it's fun. :D

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 41.213.33.215] on June 11, 2008 11:42 AM
Tremulous and Nexuiz are substandard, if we're looking at options of what to show the world of "good, decent, pumped-up" linux gaming. This is the sort of gaming we need to attract more attention, and more titles. Not open source reimplementations of older engines. Oh, and Nexuiz kills my 8600GT at a lower res where Crysis went smoooooooth at 1440x900

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Globulation 2

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 87.120.209.188] on June 08, 2008 03:47 PM
I think that if it will be strategy it should glob2. It answers the second point perfectly(game could last about a 15 minutes or less or 2 hours ;)). Games like freeciv or freecol are way too slow (my fastest freeciv game is 8 hours and I have never finished a freecol one :(). Wesnoth is nice game too but it`s really hard to tell how much a game will take.
But as we all know the best games for tournaments are FPSs :) so you probably will choose something like warsaw or nexuiz.
p.s. Tremulous tournament will be really cool. But it should be teambased and will take more than 30 minutes.;)

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 58.179.68.224] on June 08, 2008 03:56 PM
http://www.alientrap.org/nexuiz/ Nexuiz is not exactly the best option for this it has its own tourneys. http://planetnexuiz.com keeps rating on players high enough rating is need to take part in the Nexuiz tourneys.

Linux only gaming is a little hard to find. More fun would be a detailed list of the ideal game.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.185.129.4] on June 08, 2008 04:13 PM
Hello,
I've been gaming online since GLQuakeworld and ThreeWave Capture the Flag were the latest and greatest, been a linux user long enough that I recall compiling development kernels to get my USB mouse working, as USB support was just being added. I'm also an advocate and activist for various struggles, including Open Source and free software, and am in a small team that is in an exploratory phase of modding OpenArena. I would vote for Open Arena and Nexuiz, in that order. This could bring some valuable publicity to these projects, help bring in new contributors...Just in general be very constructive for free, open games and the community.

-Andy
AnarchismToday.org (Just think of it as "Open Sourcing" your society...) :D

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.140.237.34] on June 08, 2008 04:17 PM
Vote: Open Arena

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 189.11.243.221] on June 08, 2008 04:22 PM
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 79.17.173.220] on June 08, 2008 04:27 PM
For me Nexuiz will be a good choice, it has awesome graphic effects, easy to play and open source, but i think is not good for old computers.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.108.2.242] on June 12, 2008 12:47 AM
CUUUUBE !

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 217.71.35.1] on June 08, 2008 04:31 PM
openlierox?

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.49.69.221] on June 08, 2008 04:37 PM
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is my choice also. It could also attract gamers from other platforms to enjoy gaming on Linux.




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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.139.216.157] on June 08, 2008 04:46 PM
I suggest Sauerbraten. Great game.

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Sauerbraten

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 99.155.181.23] on June 09, 2008 01:58 PM
I agree. There is another advantage to sauerbraten that you won't find in any other game. Not only can there be lots of great match play but since it has the ability to cooperatively edit and create new maps in real time that could be utilized as another portion of the tournament. Graphics are also well done, there is a good variety of weapons and it handles lag very well and scales to a variety of computer hardware. In addition it is also fully open source which really fits the spirit of such a tournament.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 195.210.219.198] on June 08, 2008 04:55 PM
OpenArena, while artwise not the obvious choice, the Q3A gameplay still rules.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 87.15.164.129] on June 08, 2008 05:08 PM
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.18.248.137] on June 08, 2008 05:18 PM
Liquid Wars FTW!

I would either go with Open Arena, Tremulous, Sauerbraten, Warsaw, or Liquid Wars.

Seriously, try playing Liquid Wars. Its so much fun!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.205.133.67] on June 08, 2008 05:27 PM
PySol!!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.82.184.74] on June 08, 2008 05:51 PM
Sauerbraten, Liquid War!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.172.47.25] on June 08, 2008 06:08 PM
Teeworlds! http://teeworlds.com

I just started playing it this weekend, but Teeworlds would fit the bill and being in this tournament should help give what seems to be a little/new game a nice boost in popularity...

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 79.25.179.154] on June 08, 2008 06:11 PM
I think Warsow should be the best choise in terms of time, free license anche playability! Another proposal could be Battle for wesnoth, but it's a bit too much slow!

Kurama

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.188.38.234] on June 08, 2008 06:30 PM
Unreal Tournament is the best. I mean, tournament is in its name!
I'd have to say its probably the best for online tournaments. You can get it for a couple of dollars and the linux installer is here: http://www.lokigames.com/products/ut/updates.php3

But the best free multiplayer linux game is OpenLieroX!!!
I've played Urban Terror online and it's pretty amazing too.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.126.223.213] on June 08, 2008 07:29 PM
ioquake3.org is the best option, it even has built-in voip, ipv6, stereoscopic rendering, and more. I bet the authors of it would even be willing to make a cross-promotion deal.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.74.192.40] on June 08, 2008 07:31 PM
ETQW or Savage 2.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 62.112.216.15] on June 08, 2008 07:46 PM
xmoto

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.219.147.225] on June 08, 2008 07:48 PM
Battle for Wesnoth with scenarios built specifically to take 30 minutes or fewer to play.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.116.29.29] on June 08, 2008 08:03 PM
I think it might be rather difficult to enforce Linux-only clients for most games. Really I think as long as games that actually have a native port are being promoted then maybe more developers will see that a Linux port will be good for them too.
The half-hour limit excludes most of the new team games out now so I think that pretty much just leaves deathmatch games.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.213.0.206] on June 08, 2008 08:12 PM
Unreal Tournament 2004 is my favorite game on Linux. I've been competing for years using the Linux client exclusively, and while the game is several years old, it is a great way to hold a tournament. If this game is chosen, I would suggest that you configure the dedicated server with the TAM mod, which is basically what all of the professional competitors compete in. It is like team deathmatch on steroids - you start with all of the weapons so that the outcome of the game is based more on your aim and ability to maneuver than it is on your sheer luck of picking off everyone that doesn't have a decent weapon yet.

Another fun mode is "freon", which is part of the TAM mod. This is similar to the freeze mode in Quake 3. When you kill someone, they freeze in place and begin to thaw very slowly. If a teammate stands near them, they thaw much quicker. The round is over when all of the other teams players are frozen. This adds a nice strategic dimension to the game, because one player can save his entire team and make a killer comeback. Additionally, if you happen to play on a map that has lava, you can push your frozen enemy into the lava where they will thaw immediately and if they don't get out quick, they will die completely until a new match starts.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.60.243.98] on June 11, 2008 12:09 AM
But can UT2K4 Server be setup to only allow Linux clients?

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Posted by: Andrew Min on June 08, 2008 08:15 PM
Wesnoth for certain. Though I don't know how to enforce Linux-only.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 63.195.147.238] on June 08, 2008 08:21 PM
Sauerbraten. It's perfect.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 90.195.40.154] on June 08, 2008 08:57 PM
I would reccomend Open Arena and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars for FPS stuff, they have a good history of working well in competitions (open arena being quake 3 arena and such).

Battle For Wesnoth is quite apt for Stratagy gaming and would suit a tournament idea well, it also has a good community so you would be well off talking to them.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 213.234.0.194] on June 08, 2008 09:02 PM
Sauerbraten, Tremulous or Nexuiz...
Vote for Sauerbraten
Other will be good choice too

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.153.119.162] on June 08, 2008 09:21 PM
scorched3d is perfect for such a tournament

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.44.88.59] on June 08, 2008 09:46 PM
Yeah, tremulous is what I vote for

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.217.236.127] on June 08, 2008 10:14 PM
My vote goes for openarena, best multiplayer gameplay

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.20.59.211] on June 08, 2008 10:24 PM
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

An excellent multi-player game that is very well suited for competition. Plus it's a great game for spectators as well as it is relatively easy to understand and has support for ETQW: TV repeater servers.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 77.87.120.128] on June 08, 2008 10:43 PM
I think the game can be only one: Super Tux Kart

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 79.41.133.65] on June 08, 2008 10:47 PM
Of course I think the best games are Lemming Ball Z or Supertux Kart (but the second doesn't have the on-line game :(

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.69.189.20] on June 08, 2008 10:49 PM
Errrm, are you sure the best way forward is to stop windows/macOS/BSD systems from joining?

Wouldn't it be better to promote a big gaming convention rather than a Linux-only convention (although only including games which run on linux is different to including games that only run on Linux).

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.155.151.164] on June 08, 2008 11:19 PM
http://www.runegame.com/ Rune! There is a linux build that runs great, even though it was made in the kernel 2.2 days! It supports all widescreen resolutions and the game still looks great.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.158.189.106] on June 08, 2008 11:30 PM
Alien Arena 2008 just released a new version and it would be a great addition to the tournament. We've been running tournaments with some success over at tournament.com which keeps track of tournaments very well. http://red.planetarena.org for Alien Arena. and no, running a Linux tournament with Windows/Mac games is a great idea, as it could turn those people on to Linux in finding out that their games also run on Linux.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.224.30.48] on June 08, 2008 11:47 PM
Warsow would be a wonderful choice!
http://www.warsow.net/?page=home

Fast paced, fluid...fun

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 72.133.203.78] on June 09, 2008 12:05 AM
Warsow, Alien Arena, Nexuiz, xmoto, all would work.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 121.217.5.88] on June 09, 2008 12:19 AM
The game should not be one that is effectively just a rat maze for nerds. Ideally the game should result, on completion, in the creation of something that can be reused and shared in the future, a product of aesthetic or practical value.

Good luck finding anything.....

dan@3-e.net

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.218.205.111] on June 09, 2008 12:38 AM
Warsow is a great game that runs natively in linux. You can make a password protected server for the tournament and post the [assword on Linux.com

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.241.40.30] on June 09, 2008 02:48 AM
Nexuiz!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.143.100.63] on June 09, 2008 03:04 AM
Alien Arena offers immersive atmosphere, fast paced action and plays well on most any hardware.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.93.192.181] on June 09, 2008 03:20 AM
I gotta be honest. The only linux game I've played that I really enjoy was Penny Arcade: on the rain slick precipice of darkness.

I had high hopes for ETQW, but I can't find a single other person online whenever I've logged in.

Linux needs to get some more of these indy folks making titles like OTRSPOD, ultimate shooter, etc, to start coding for linux.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.131.171.85] on June 09, 2008 03:44 AM
UrbanTerror!!!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 203.123.182.27] on June 09, 2008 04:45 AM
Urban Terror: +1

there have been none that can match UrT.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 125.16.204.5] on June 09, 2008 04:55 AM
to make it more interesting you should play a game built for linux and also compiled on linux, the game should be 3d should never use the game built for windows and it needs an extra interpreter like novell's mono should not be encouraged as it will slow down the complete process.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 65.114.92.62] on June 09, 2008 06:08 AM
what about true combat elite

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 61.6.232.80] on June 09, 2008 07:11 AM
How about games that can run under wine? If those games are taken into account I suggest Guild Wars. Guild Wars held monthly championship with prizes provided. I'm sure ArenaNet would be happy to have you guys as a sponsor. They would also be happy to run the contest for you guys if you prefer to be held it under your name instead of ArenaNet monthly contest like others contest that had been held.

This could also help ArenaNet to not hesitate to make Guild Wars 2 (their future games) to be available and ported natively to Linux. Some Linux users has been screaming for native port of Guild Wars and asking for Guild Wars 2 to be available in other platforms than Windows.

Guild Wars runs fine under Wine with Platinum rating and I have no problem running them on my Kubuntu with latest Wine. Anyway good luck with the contest.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 83.253.140.18] on June 09, 2008 07:25 AM
Armagetron

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 79.195.59.50] on June 09, 2008 07:41 AM
* Provides the ability to limit play to Linux platforms only; even if there's a version for another operating system, we don't want people using it for this tournament

This is definitly the hardest point. You need to choice an open source game and create your own version of it. As you probaly need to provide the source it would be possible to backport it to windows -- but i think no one will take this effort.

To keep gameplay time down playing an action is probably a good idea, such as tremulous, openarena or teeworlds.

Tremuouls and openarena are based on q3-engine. You can create your own qvm [0] files or run the game as c library which is less portable (results in problems with ppl on different architectures). If you say there is only one bineary that is x86 the c-lib thinhy is possible.

OpenArena is a nice game suiteablle imho.

Tremulous is not reallfy following the realease-early-release-often rule, last official relase is more than 2 years old and buggy (also too open for cheaters).

Teeworlds is just fun. I don't have an idea how hart it would be to create a linux-only version but the developer is a really kind and smart person and will help out (at least with tips) i guess.

good luck with it.

[0] http://icculus.org/~phaethon/q3mc/q3vm_specs.html

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 203.24.97.8] on June 09, 2008 08:13 AM
BzFlag - It will play on almost any computer and its great fun!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 207.156.7.250] on June 09, 2008 02:34 PM
I second the motion! It's a well established game with a great on line following

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 62.168.72.170] on June 09, 2008 08:32 AM
Enemy Territory:Quake Wars and also Savage2. Best games for Linux

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.19.215.250] on June 09, 2008 09:25 AM
Frets on Fire!!!
Fun game that can have rounds and can be completed in short time. Perfect for competitions.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 58.161.116.10] on June 09, 2008 09:37 AM
Linux only is the kind of elitism that turned me away from windows. Make it open to everyone. But prehaps with a game that was designed for linux.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 78.134.128.50] on June 09, 2008 10:56 AM
Nexuiz

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 122.162.23.155] on June 09, 2008 11:21 AM
have a glest game

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 149.156.71.186] on June 09, 2008 11:24 AM
FPP: OpenArena.
Strategy: Wesnoth.
Other: Scorched3D.
Enforcing linux-only clients is easy. You setup a real-world hall for players on Linux workstations in one physical location. Use big LCD public displays to show how they are progressing for public view. DO NOT allow connections from outside world. Post videos on youtube or your own page later.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 59.167.117.15] on June 09, 2008 11:26 AM
http://www.sauerbraten.org/

We think the ideal game for this tournament would be one that:
* Easily lends itself to multiple rounds of tournament-bracket play // yes, contains many small levels designed for 1vs1, or team-based levels for team tournaments
* Allows rounds to be completed in a half hour or less // yes, longest-running game mode lasts for 15 minutes
* Provides the ability to limit play to Linux platforms only; even if there's a version for another operating system, we don't want people using it for this tournament // not inbuilt, but what games would have this? such a mechanism should be provided via web-based registration, or a 'tournament-edition' should be released with modified source code.
* Most importantly, is a fun, kick-ass game to play! // yes!

I offer the w00p clan servers for tournaments, we have 10Mbit pipes in Europe, America and Oceania (fast, low latency public and private servers for 2-50(!) players). Our website is at http://woop.us/ and we are on GameSurge IRC, channel #woop-clan.

Cheers,

w00p|dazza

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 80.13.134.96] on June 09, 2008 11:41 AM
Quake 3 arena or Warsow !

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 202.72.164.103] on June 09, 2008 11:48 AM
I'm Hirato of the w00p clan (see dazza's comment above)
We're players of a free, great looking game called sauerbraten, so I'd like to cast my vote for it as well.

* excellent anti-lag, people from Europe can have the most fair of games on new Zealand servers
* fast and pretty philosophy, meaning the graphics are pretty and all that without copious amounts of overhead.
* incredibly fast paced, a match lasts between 12 and 15 minutes (assuming no one meets the alternative requirements)
* huge selection of gamemodes (like the usual ol' CTF, deathmatch, and with a few unique modes like capture and assassin)

Those are the reasons I believe sauerbraten should be picked
keep in mind while the source is freely available under the zlib license, the content is not.

~Hirato

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.218.73.195] on June 09, 2008 02:27 PM
Crimson Fields has my endorsement. Scenarios are short, with well-defined victory conditions, FOSS version works great, and it's easy for non-player observers to follow (unlike the graphically-demanding FPS games).

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 195.91.54.114] on June 09, 2008 02:47 PM
UT 2004 or Nexuiz.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 79.3.208.84] on June 09, 2008 03:06 PM
I vote for Nexuiz. I'm a long time nexuiz player, I love this game. It is also very scalable so it fits every hardware thoug.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 189.68.77.43] on June 09, 2008 03:11 PM
How could NetHack not have been cited yet? It's clearly the best game ever!

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Fast Paced Arena Multiplayer Online Games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 79.117.48.83] on June 09, 2008 03:15 PM

Linux gamers: We need your help!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 65.216.74.168] on June 09, 2008 04:19 PM
my vote: Sudoku.

I haven't found many other Linux based games that I liked. Always running WoW on wine hoping for something to finally come to Linux and replace it.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 190.49.21.120] on June 09, 2008 04:52 PM
Open Arena.

(Linux != Windows)

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 195.189.80.54] on June 09, 2008 07:22 PM
Hey, folks! Look at wormux - game, that resembles Team17 worms. In my opinion, it meets most of the criteria. Come to www.wormux.org or come to #wormux at freenode.net.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.56.60.3] on June 09, 2008 08:14 PM
Sauerbraten, Liquid Wars, Armagetron.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 91.11.7.217] on June 09, 2008 09:57 PM
Good Games for Linux just still in a beta (or worse) state. Sorry, but that's the way I see it. If you really like to hold a tournament then go back to the roots... go! I think about air hockey (pong, shuffle back). I shoudn't be to difficult to make a special tounament edition.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.235.188.113] on June 09, 2008 09:58 PM
Warsow as my action-game of choice, and Battle for Wesnoth as strategic.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.143.100.63] on June 09, 2008 10:25 PM
Alien Arena 2008 - brand new version at http://red.planetarena.org

I strongly suggest that whoever makes this decision please take the time to evaluate all of these games themselves, and decide on the merits and playability of the games. There are alot of good freeware choices here, I'd hate to see it decided by whichever community can spam this thread the most.

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GGZ Gaming Zone

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.73.255.204] on June 09, 2008 11:33 PM
The GGZ Gaming Zone sounds like a potential candidate for the whole player management and tournament organisation part.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.184.3.203] on June 10, 2008 12:09 AM
Not until we can convince a major company to open source a console system will there be a huge increase in new games of quality. It is a must have for that industry where micro$oft is such a huge player.

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Suggestions for logistics, game selection, Linux-only req, and misc

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.233.126.207] on June 10, 2008 01:44 AM
Sorry for this long post. Maybe it will help a little.

I helped out some with the Freedomware Gamefest and these are some observations:

Do opinion polls (eg, like this article) and whatever research, but have everything ready including a way to generate the schedules before you start accepting registration. The reason has to do with player motivation (attention span) and planning (availability). You want an idea of when people are available, what games they like, etc, but make all the decisions before you announce the actual tournament. A bit related is that you might want to plan to do the tournament within a few short weeks or less. This is not necessary or even always possible, but it's worth considering since people can plan vacations/holidays, practices, etc around a fixed definite time period.. and stay psyched.

Hopefully you can get enough people to play to have the brackets be played almost entirely with people in nearby timezones. This is important both for availability and for pings. Pings are not an issue if there are many participants at the same time, but a Linux only world-wide tournament might end up too thin. High pings means skill is replaced a bit more with luck (or at least a different kind of skill). And along with the earlier point, this might mean that availability might be one of the biggest potential showstoppers: being available during the time period of the tournament (prior paragraph) and during the same hour as the opponent(s).

Non real-time games would solve the ping problem (N/A). I would recommend there be some of these.

Prizes can be huge motivators (even modest sums). Will the intensity be too great if the prize is too large? Prizes adds some legitimacy, but any type of award and nice recognition might work and is very important I think (to avoid no shows despite interest stated on forums/polls).

Be firm with schedules (ie, keep train moving forward), but as a practical matter allow people to trade time slots or renegotiate with their competitors ahead of time (esp, if adjusting by only a few hours). I would recommend at least double elimination or a short round-robin with sub groups. Good players will lose or have scheduling misses or even get nerves. You want people to have a few shots to win the whole thing despite some scheduling or other issues.

Put prelim rules up and let the community critique it ahead of time. Example: how points will be scored precisely and everything else.

Linux-only?

Design some items that you want/need from the distro, ie, spec the tournament requirements. Also, consider a few prelim logo contests or what not. Then ask the distro communities to spin LiveCD/DVD versions that meets the reqs for the particular game. These LiveCD/DVDs should be stripped down to the minimum and be easy/obvious to use. Everything in there should relate to the game (including docs; auto links to IRC chat help; website; etc.. with all browser plugins loaded; games on desktop or taskbar and configured precisely; etc). These can be used by (formerly) Windows-only users, as well as by Linux users with outdated or unorthodoxed setups, without too many excuses.

I'd suggest you take advantage of the Linux platform for goodies or extra requirements. Showcase Linux and optimize for it, but otherwise it may be difficult to restrict to Linux for games that are available on other platforms [but see personalized distro idea below].

I can understand Linux only if the point is to sell Linux (vs. to sell FOSS games). In that case, it's acceptable to require Linux, but you should try to make it difficult to fake it. Perhaps post things on the website in a package format that require Linuxy things. My vote is for the whole platform to basically be free software as a rule (95%??). Maybe outright require a Linux kernel (even if through virtualization perhaps).

I personally think it would be great to have a nice query-able stats page. Perhaps require a firefox plugin or offer the tournaments' stats db and everything about the tournament (eg, website on apache) as a tarball, deb, etc, at the end (eg, within a commemorative tournament LiveCD/DVD iso) or throughout the tournament. We can add a lot of Linux centric requirements so that at best proprietary platforms will suffer in performance.

Another Linux hook -- ie, to showcase Linux -- would be to require the users to mix their personal registration data with something else found basically in Linux distros and process it somehow by having to recompile code. The LiveCD/DVDs set up for this will have gcc, autotools, etc, and all the needed tools. Proprietary platforms will have trouble keeping up with anything that requires compiling and makes liberal use of API and utilities ordinarily used and found for free only of Linux (and maybe on other FOSS platforms).

For example, introduce prior to the contest(s)/match(es) or for bonus points a surprise patch that must be applied to play the match or to get extra points or to advance into the new round.

Another possibility is to require (maybe for a subset of the matches or tournament games) that a distro be downloaded (among those flavors that have official representation on the website). Upon registering, every contestant would get a unique url for a unique LiveCD/DVD iso download. The patched game clients included within the registrant's unique LiveCD/DVD iso download would use a unique number to authenticate prior to each match. That number/ID would have to match or be compatible with (eg, as symmetric or public/private keys) the number/ID recorded on the registration servers when the user registered. This sort of means that the player would have to download and use or (in theory) peek inside the download to figure out how to authenticate. In practice, it means each user would *have to use* their personalized Linux for the match. This is a nice touch too I think: to get a personalized distro ready to go and set specifically for your matches.

Also, consider doing trial runs or have practice matches prior to the actual matches. Have it be mandatory to show up, eg, at least on IRC, for these practice matches. This dress rehearsal would help avoid last minute surprises, especially if things get at all complicated (like downloading the distro). IRC (or other) would allow users to get help if they are having trouble: eg, the distro won't recognize their hardware or is corrupted or they can't figure out what to click on to log on and start playing.

Consider opening a mailing list or something to hash out some of the tournament details or to make more suggestions. I would like to help, but hopefully those holding the tournament are willing to do much of the leg work or at least be able to make decisions quickly since too much input from the community could lead to protracted discussions and ultimately wasted time. [Unfortunately, I may have been personally guilty of adding "too much" complexity and discussion to the Freedomware Gamefest.]

Also, consider a mix of games that includes the best of the best as well as less resource hungry games for those without high powered gaming machines. Consider variation to appeal to many types of users. I can see a competitive card or board game being very popular, with many spectators following the actual game play (since, if hacked, these slow games can be relayed to a website so all can see in real time).

Saved demos would be nice. These can be volunteered by users and can be turned into something nice as a memory of the tournament and results, as well as to allow some of the excitement to be captured for future reference or for show and tell.

I found tremulous very interesting. There are many clans playing this. It's a great team contest with a large, established, and competitive community.

I'd like a strategy game and card game. I'd like a 2d low taxing game if possible. I'd like the nexuiz', too.

Maybe at least some of what I said above will be useful. Good luck.

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Posted by: brut- on June 10, 2008 02:33 AM
If you want a fast paced, intense, and original kind of game, I suggest Quake3 arena with CPMA (Challenge Pro-mode Arena). Fun times, all the classic modes are available (1v1, TDM, CTF, and even class-based CTF [called NTF]), and the game has support for spectator viewing (GTV), and support for multi-view demos for replay later from everyone's POV.

www.promode.org is the site for the mod/client, and irc.quakenet.org/promode for the irc channel. Definately worth a look, imho of course.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.87.34.175] on June 10, 2008 05:27 AM
The SuperGamer Team supports this endeavor

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 77.103.9.96] on June 10, 2008 11:31 AM
Xblast is a bit of an oldy goldy. Even though it is ported to multiple platforms by now (but pretty much any linux platform game is), it fits all the other criteria. It supports multiplayer (up to 8 players) and if you stick to a a few wins to win the round it can easily be finished in half an hour.

http://xblast.sourceforge.net/

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Linux gamers: We need your help!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 128.143.183.196] on June 10, 2008 01:49 PM
Open Arena! I got into Linux a few years ago because I wanted to reinvigorate some aging machines and not pay M$ for the privilege. I was always trying to get stuff running on Wine or dual booting to play my favorite games of a few years ago, but now I have been getting really into some of the great FPS's that have been mentioned here. In my experience running Linux games on a P4 desktop and a Celeron laptop, Open Arena has the best combination of gameplay, speed, and familiarity, since its based on the absolute classic Quake III.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 141.156.116.130] on June 10, 2008 03:20 PM
Alien Arena, without a doubt.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 190.57.111.100] on June 10, 2008 05:11 PM
quake 4 could be a good choice :p

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.243.222.216] on June 10, 2008 10:35 PM
Freeciv is great but games last way too long!

So I would also say Alien Arena! Nothing beats it fun wise! Fast & effective!

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Linux gamers: We need your help!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 190.37.166.65] on June 11, 2008 12:33 AM
I'd vote for:

-Tremulous
-Sprint Project
-Glest
-Warsow
-Alien Arena

:D

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 208.254.200.180] on June 11, 2008 05:04 AM
I think I remember something about Tribes 2 having a Linux port. Servers can be set up in Linux and Win32... That is a great game for tournament play!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 124.182.62.209] on June 11, 2008 11:29 AM
I vote Alien Arena, great game and plays on just about any machine.

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Re: Linux gamers: We need your help!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 41.213.33.215] on June 11, 2008 11:48 AM
I second and third the vote for TCE (true combat elite)

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 170.202.22.1] on June 11, 2008 01:38 PM
My vote - Urban Terror

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 72.68.227.212] on June 12, 2008 02:35 AM
Battle for Wesnoth? It is fairly cross-platform, but it is open source! Duration varys by map, and small 2 player maps would go much faster than large multiplayer maps (which can take hours).

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 72.68.227.212] on June 12, 2008 02:36 AM
oh and btw wesnoth.org

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 59.93.82.148] on June 12, 2008 05:34 AM
Glest would be nice .

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 118.3.155.187] on June 12, 2008 07:59 AM
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

It's modern, well suited for tournaments, and there is a competition mod (ETQWPro) to adjust gameplay to suit team size

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Linux gamers: We need your help!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 128.84.44.104] on June 12, 2008 03:43 PM
BZflag, ducati style is tons of fun, as us UT2004, but I don't know if its possible to enforce linuz-only clients with either of those.

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Why not hold a Tournament in several genres

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.186.195.99] on June 12, 2008 03:52 PM
It appears from the comments alone here that there are several games that would fit the bill and that have wide support. Why not pick several games representing major genres and have a tournament for each one? Personally, I love Tremulous not so much for its graphics, but for its innovative gameplay. I think that's where open source games really shine. Because they can be modified by an active community, they tend towards innovation and new ideas and fun.

As long as we're talking about Tremulous, I might as well plug the Obliter8 tournament, which is in the planning stages. It's got support from a large and well-known Tremulous community, and it would make sense in sponsoring a tournament to try and get in touch with the natives. http://groups.obliter8.com/node/3544

I've never been much of a FPS player, but when I downloaded Tremulous to try out my laptop's graphics card, I quickly became hooked with its ingenuity. I actually prefer that the graphics not be too bleeding edge, as that lowers the barrier-to-entry for a lot of people all over the world.

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Re: Why not hold a Tournament in several genres

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.10.76.186] on June 12, 2008 04:02 PM
Vote: Tremulous Obliter8 Tournament

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Linux gamers: We need your help!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.22.122.60] on June 12, 2008 04:18 PM
Heyz all.
A lot of the games are pretty popular. Most people select their favorite game (of course). We have great games like Cube, Open Arena, ET, Urban Terror, Warsow, etc. Now, here (bashfully) my favorite game: Tremulous. A popular FOSS FPS/RTS hybrid reminiscent of Natural Selection, based in ioquake3. (NS came later though, for all you whiners) It has a simple premise, and a deceptively simple gameplay. Aliens vs Humans. The goal is, really, to kill all the other players, but they will respawn unless you destroy their base. So you have to kill that too. Humans get ranged weapons, aliens get powerful melee attacks. Very fun, very balanced (though it may not seem so, that's the beauty of the game. Frustrates most new players though.) Games can take anywhere from two minutes flat to epic three hour battles. (Easily remedied to half an hour, by changing the time limit) A way to track the cheaters is by forcing GUID's be installed.
Also, coincedentaly, a rather large community, Obliter8, of which I am a lowly member of, is hosting a Tremulous competition. :o
You can see their progress here:
http://groups.obliter8.com/node/3544
You COULD consider sponsoring it.
I'll leave you peoplez to think about that. :] Tremulous is a quality game, and well suited for such a tourney.
-FedoraMan-

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 78.51.101.69] on June 12, 2008 10:05 PM
OpenArena:
- Free as in freedom (source code and content are licenced under GPL)
- ultraportable (runs on many portable devices, even the very popular eeepc!)
- easy to get into / fun from the very first second
- it plays like Q3A!!
- it's compatible to other mods (like CPM) - also great for tournaments

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.141.147.66] on June 12, 2008 11:20 PM
As people have posted before me, I really feel that limiting the game to only linux platforms is too restrictive, games are meant to be fun and shared among all. That being said, Tremulous is a amazing FOSS FPS/RTS, and the gameplay is both balanced and requires a level of skill, with skilled base building and fighting both being very important. Obliter8 is gearing up to host a tournament, you can see here at: http://groups.obliter8.com/node/3544 . Tremulous and Obliter8 get my vote

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.22.97.130] on June 12, 2008 11:21 PM
NetHack lol! Speaking of oldies, how 'bout an Adventure tournament: "you're in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike". Solo play, but first to finish wins.

The "Linux-only" restriction is misguided; the intent is better expressed by considering only FOSS games. A proprietary game running on Linux is certainly worse than a FOSS game on Windows, n'est pas?

My vote is for Tremulous - the strategy elements set it apart from pure FPSs, and staged capabilities provide better variety of gameplay. It could be run with a straight 30 minute timelimit, or if ties are undesirable in the tournament, sudden death (where bases cannot be rebuilt) can be set to kick in at 20-25 minutes. It's a great game.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.121.100.238] on June 13, 2008 04:42 AM
There are a couple of games I think would be great to run like Unreal Tournament (original, the rest suck and there is no Linux client for UT3), Quake III: Arena, Quake 4, and the Enemy Territory games, but the one I think would be the BEST option would be the relatively unknown (but freakin' amazing) Nexuiz since it is the purest deathmatch ever made and it's free and open-source.

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Linux gamers: We need your help!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.63.52.76] on June 13, 2008 11:41 AM
As a long time Linux user, Dretch Storm member and Tremulous player, IMHO I feel the need to limit this to Linux only platform may not have the desired effect. I acknowledge the fact you are trying to promote Linux gaming. That being said most of the FOSS games are cross platform. The best way to get people to see the value of Linux is to show them that not only can it run the same great FOSS programs that Windows runs it's much more secure etc etc etc. Too many reason to go into ;-)

Last night I had to rescue a neighbor who is running Windows. They suddenly lost could not go online using IE. I installed Firefox for them and they were impressed. Next I booted their system with a Live Linux Ubuntu CD and showed them Firefox on it. I explained a few benefits of running Linux vs their OS. They wanted me to install it for them because they have had so many problems. I said no and told them to play around with the live CD for a while and then I perhaps I could dual boot their system in the future.

Being exclusionary is being like a certain software company. IMHO the Linux community is far better than this. Please reconsider.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.92.74.37] on June 15, 2008 12:45 AM
Please consider the following:

Dark Horizons: Lore Invasion

http://www.garagegames.com/products/29/


Tribal Trouble

http://tribaltrouble.com/


Have fun!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.92.74.37] on June 15, 2008 01:01 AM
How did we forget Postal 2: Share The Pain?

http://gopostal.com/postal2/

Enjoy :-)

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 80.142.200.44] on June 16, 2008 03:05 PM
Yea, let's play OpenLieroX alltogether!

They are already a lot of clans and tournaments and it has an in-game serverlist that you can easily play online.

http://openlierox.sf.net

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 79.154.71.35] on June 16, 2008 11:26 PM
TREMULOUS:D

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Urban Terror!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.204.224.82] on June 20, 2008 11:50 AM
My vote: Urban Terror!
Also TeeWorlds is a good game too :)

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 99.252.249.193] on June 26, 2008 06:26 PM
Open Arena would be fun:D

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.216.112.233] on July 07, 2008 01:43 PM
I play Quake 3 ... AwE-some game. www.awe-clan.com.

100% Microsoft Free

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Teeworlds

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 151.20.4.155] on July 07, 2008 09:05 PM
Teeworlds! http://teeworlds.com

enjoy
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