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The Games Geeks Play!

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In this article, we explore various gaming options available for Tux-lovers.

A common misconception is that gaming and open source can never seem to gel together. Linux users are desktop publishers, programmers and many other things, but mostly hardly gamers. The myth remains that the scene in the open-source diaspora is bleak when it comes to gaming.

Well, it’s high time we broke the myth. This so-called bleak scene has been showing some signs of improvement of late, so it seemed logical to check out the progress of the FOSS world in the gaming sector.

To begin with, we have some open-source gaming platforms and consoles, to contest with the likes of MS’ XBox, Sony’s PlayStation, and the Nintendo Wii.

Open-source gaming platforms/consoles

XGameStation

XGameStation is a gaming-console-cum-platform developed as an open-source project. It truly lives up to the spirit of Open Source in the sense that it is the world’s only console that is available in a build-it-yourself kit. Yes, you read it right! You can customise and tweak the console as much as you like. This essentially means freedom from proprietary mumbo-jumbo, such as that available in MS XBox.

XGameStation (XGS) comes in two major variants: Micro and Pico. The Micro version is unique because it provides out-of-the-box support for Atari-compatible joysticks and controllers. The Pico version, on the other hand, is a stripped-down model of the Micro XGS, with less RAM and Flash capacity. Both of them, however, are build-it-yourself kits.

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