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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

By Jeremy LaCroix on July 01, 2008 (7:00:00 PM)

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LinuX-Gamers Live is a live DVD from Germany based on Arch Linux that includes nothing but games. Version 0.9.3 was released in June and provides an excellent means of sampling Linux games or setting up a home arcade, although a few of the games wouldn't run on my machine.

There are no productivity tools, Web browsers, or package managers here; this disc is all play and no work. Because it's a live DVD, no hard drive is required to run the games. Once you burn the downloaded image to a DVD, you have a portable arcade that will run on any x86 system with 512MB or more of RAM. A 3-D accelerated video card is also required for most of the games. Proprietary drivers for Nvidia and ATI-based video cards are included, so you can enable acceleration for those types of cards by simply answering a few dialogs during the boot process.

I downloaded the live DVD via BitTorrent, which as of this writing is the only way to get the live DVD. The download took a few hours. My test system consists of an AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor, 2GB of RAM, and two Nvidia 8600GT video cards connected by an SLI bridge. The DVD configured all of my hardware correctly, and both video cards were recognized, as well as my sound and network cards. As soon as I finished booting it, I was ready to start fragging.

The 2-D and 3-D graphics of each game looked crisp on my display, and the music and sound effects made good use of my surround sound speakers. The included interface is simple, with icons for each game along the bottom of the screen. The right-click menu allows you to shut down the system (there isn't a reboot option, unfortunately) and opens a terminal that lets you do advanced configuring.

This DVD has something for everyone, with about 16 games included. If you're in the mood for fantasy strategy, Battle for Wesnoth, Glest, and Savage will suit you. Wesnoth consists of each player having a leader, and in most cases (the goal of each adventure may vary) the game ends when you've eliminated all of your opposing leaders. You gain currency by taking over villages, which allows you to purchase more troops to fight for you. Wesnoth is ridiculously addictive and makes a fine addition to this collection. In Glest, a 3-D real-time strategy game, you take control of one of two factions (Tech, which focuses on warriors and technology, and Magic, which consists of mages and summoned beasts) and build up your resources to defeat your enemy. Unlike Wesnoth, Glest allows you to build structures to aid your faction. Savage is unique, as it includes the usual aspects of real-time strategy and in addition also includes first-person shooter elements.

If blasting your enemies is more your thing, Openarena and World of Padman will be of interest. Openarena is a great-looking shooter that contains the gameplay of Quake III: Arena and such modes as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Tournament, and Capture The Flag. World of Padman is a shooter that looks even more amazing, with professional quality visuals set in a stylized cartoonish world.

Other games included here are Boswars, Nexuiz, Bzflag, Sauerbraten, Savage, Treeworlds, Thunder & Lightning, Tremulous, Vegastrike, Warsow, and Warzone 2100. All of the games in this collection are top-notch open source treasures that should prove fun for even the casual gamer.

Unfortunately, this collection wasn't all fun and games. When I tried to launch Nexuiz, it crashed and changed my display to an unrecognized resolution, forcing me to have to restart X. Warsow also had issues; it made my monitor display the error message "input type not supported" when I tried to run it, also causing me to need to restart X. A few games wouldn't load for me, but other than that, the experience was solid.

Overall

Contrary to popular belief, there is no shortage of games on the Linux platform. While the LinuX-Gamers compilation includes some real gems, there's no way all of the noteworthy games in the Linux library could fit on one DVD. For that reason, I hope that compilations of Linux games on live DVDs becomes a trend that will continue, and additional volumes will be released with different game sets.

LinuX-Gamers is perfect for those who want to build a portable arcade or try out Linux games without repartitioning a hard drive. There isn't any desktop functionality here, but that's OK -- this is a gamer-specific distribution that isn't intended to help you get your work done.

Jeremy LaCroix is an IT technician who writes in his free time.

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 165.200.84.241] on July 01, 2008 08:08 PM
links for the included games point back to this article...

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Re: One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Joe Barr on July 01, 2008 09:10 PM
Thanks, our bad. Working on finishing those links now.

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.233.236.139] on July 02, 2008 12:16 AM
Did you mean TeeWorlds?

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.215.65.88] on July 02, 2008 03:12 AM
Seriously? 16 games == a ton? I was at least hoping for XMAME and a pile of ROMs or something.

Impressed that all your hardware was recognised on boot, though - some other distributions should try to emulate that sort of behavior. I'm looking at you, Ubuntu...

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.192.199.46] on July 02, 2008 03:33 AM
Well to be fair, If i do remember correctly, those are all quite large quality games. Plus, Roms are obviously illegal to redistribute like that. And that doesn't really reflect the purpose of such a DVD.

There are quite some smaller games on Linux too, some of which are very nice (Think NeverBall, not Tetris clones.)

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 194.114.62.71] on July 02, 2008 07:52 AM
As I ever said: World of Padman is insane.
For further reading in German: http://zockertown.de/s9y/index.php?/plugin/tag/WoP

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Re: One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 194.78.167.110] on July 02, 2008 11:08 AM
World of Padman sure looks great, but gameplay-wise it's disappointing and a bit dull. It's fun to play a few times with friends, but not something to commit to. Too bad, because the looks are certainly there. Warsow scores much better than any of the first person shooters mentioned there on gameplay level.

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Re(1): One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 91.66.46.214] on July 02, 2008 05:04 PM
Did you tray Spray your color? I'm sure you didn't

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 203.208.110.227] on July 03, 2008 10:09 AM
Who said that there are no games for Linux,

This is the sort of thing that gets the average joe thinking about Linux.

They get to see the benefits in action.

News & Views, Installation Guides and How To's
http://tnetech.net

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 83.20.215.36] on July 03, 2008 12:58 PM
Problem with warsow is in default configuration.It sets a refresh rate higher than the lcd can display. To fix it, just edit warsow config file and should be allright

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 62.135.192.255] on July 03, 2008 07:43 PM
What about network play? This seems like an ideal solution for some past-time fragging (aka. LAN) with friends. Everybody just grab their laptop and enjoy the fun!

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 220.134.12.72] on July 04, 2008 11:25 AM
There is no shortage of linux games, but there is shortage of HIGH-QUALITY games for linux. I mean big commercial games like Age of Kingdom, Medieval II Total War, or Delta Force seris.

Except for a few commercial games like UT, or ex-commercial ones such as Enemy Territory, most linux games lack depth in contents and high-quality graphics/music is almost absent.

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Re: One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.32.167.84] on July 05, 2008 12:05 AM
There is no sense making commercial games for Linux. If a Linux user could afford $100 bucks, they would buy Windows. Since they don't have $100 for Windows, they certainly won't blow $30+ on a game.

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Re(1): One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.58.244.210] on July 05, 2008 08:02 AM
lol

i've never heard anything nearly as ridiculous as that, do you realy believe that the one and only reason to use linux is that its free of charge?

linux is way more advanced and if you've eventually get used to the workflow of modern desktop environments like gnome or kde, which is slight a step but definatly worth it, you'll feel like back in the stone age if you are forced to use windows again.

i could afford a windows license, but instead i take my 100$ and get spend it one something usefull, maybe a hundred cups of coffee...

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.167.250.36] on July 06, 2008 08:52 PM
Having just returned from the Philippines where I set up an eight computer internet cafe I can assure you that the games that are popular at present ARE NOT on this disk. The on line game players are wanting to play MMORPG such as World of Warcraft variants and CONQUER and these are Windows based games. My intent had been to only use Mandriva 2008.1 Power Pack on all the computers but I set up four of them as DUAL BOOT with XP so that hard core online gamers could play their favorite games on at least four of the machines while casual chat and web surfers could use Linux for that purpose. To pay $100 a copy for XP was not something I had planned but it was none the less a necessity for the sake of the cafe being popular among high school aged on line gamers. Reality is not always what we wish it to be and this is an example of that for me. I nonetheless bought four XP disks for that purpose.

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 118.90.86.17] on July 08, 2008 08:58 PM
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There is no shortage of linux games, but there is shortage of HIGH-QUALITY games for linux. I mean big commercial games like Age of Kingdom, Medieval II Total War, or Delta Force seris.

Except for a few commercial games like UT, or ex-commercial ones such as Enemy Territory, most linux games lack depth in contents and high-quality graphics/music is almost absent.
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This is absolutely correct. The highest quality games on linux are not listed above, because they are commercial. Yes, I have tried nearly every quake I II and III mod out there, but realistically, none are up to par with modern games.

IMO, the best (read: high quality) games for Linux right now are along the lines of Savage 2, Enemy Teritory: Quake Wars and Penumbra to name a few. Aside from these the only games my friends and I play on Linux are running under WINE.



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There is no sense making commercial games for Linux. If a Linux user could afford $100 bucks, they would buy Windows. Since they don't have $100 for Windows, they certainly won't blow $30+ on a game.
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Maybe you'd like to buy a second hand no-longer-usable-because-of-activation copy of Windows XP SP2...? No? You are 100% correct, I can no longer afford to buy an operating system, but not because of the price - because I would lose far too much productivity on that ancient desktop environment.

Good day to you, sir.

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Another 0.9.3 review with pics

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 60.241.190.217] on July 09, 2008 10:16 AM
Another 0.9.3 review that actually has pics:

http://www.headshotgamer.com/review.aspx?id=56

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One live DVD, one ton of Linux games

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