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GP2X Adds Linux Flavor to Game Console Mix

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You want games? Whoa, Nelly! The GP2X plays straight ports of PC games such as "Quake" and "Doom," plus it can use emulators such as MAME, SNES, Atari, Sega Megadrive, Genesis and GameGear. The GP2X file archive has hundreds of free games, while sites such as ROMNation offer thousands more.

Ankh for Linux?

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Runesoft is considering to port Ankh to Linux. Ankh is an adventure game awarded with the "German game of the year 2005" award.

FizzBall - A well designed enjoyable game for Linux

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Anybody who has played games on their PC will be familiar with a classic game called Breakout where you have to bounce a ball with a paddle and smash all the bricks. While this game in its original make does not sport any special features, it has helped spawn a number of breakout clones.

Nintendo Wii: the Ars Technica review

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With the Xbox 360 and the PS3, the primary focus is graphical prowess. What special effects can be added to games; how high can we push the resolution, and just how good we can make these titles look? In many cases these new games feel a lot like old games with a new coat of paint. One might begin to wonder if we are going to see the same basic gaming concepts over and over, simply with better graphics as time goes on? Nintendo is saying no

Why Gaming Sucks On Linux Part 2

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In my previous column, I took a look at why gaming sucks so bad on Linux. As you can imagine the Linux faithful took me to task for my heretical views, but is there any substance to their hysteria? I'll dissect some of their feedback and see if their arrows hit the mark or if they are simply out to lunch.

FreeCol 0.5.2 Released

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Version 0.5.2 of FreeCol, a free/open-source Colonization clone, has been released.

WoW Linux Gamers' Ban Lifted

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In a frenzy of bans, Blizzard mistakenly banned a few Linux users who used a legitimate program called 'Cedega' to play WoW. Blizzard Entertainment deeply regrets the error, as we understand that this brief account closure presented you with an inconvenient and highly frustrating experience.

Dirk Dashing 1.02 released

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Today a Dirk Dashing update has been released for Linux, to fix several bugs found by Linux gamers. This include fixed another problem with the game locking up on some distributions, camera movement near the edge of map, and a bug when restarting a level after dying and camera is not positioned correctly.

More Here.

Sony PlayStation 3: the Ars Technica review

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There it is, sitting in my entertainment center: the PlayStation 3. Getting my PS3 was surprisingly easy—no long preorder line—and when the system was released I arrived at 8:00am and picked it up. Simple. I wasn't shot at and there wasn't a lot of fuss. It sounds like I was one of the lucky ones.

GP2X handheld lets penguins run amok

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ENTHUSIASTS REJOICE. The world's best underdog handheld is back is and it's better than ever. The people who brought us the GP32 handheld have recently released its successor, the GP2X and while it's certainly not everyone's cup of tea it does appear to have strong geek appeal.

Finity Flight II Episode III: Beast's Will Released

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Finity Flight II is a multiplatform high flying adventure tale in the form of a top-down shooter. In each weekly episode you will find new challenges to hone your skills on and a new portion of the on-going story:

PS3 is nifty, but it's a bit too pricey

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After spending time with Sony's new PlayStation 3 game console last week, I understand why Microsoft's Xbox team has been strutting lately. Don't get me wrong. The PS3 is an amazing machine. I'd love to have one sitting beneath my TV. But not for $500 or $600.

Also: Playstation 3 dissected and analysed

Professional video gamer says it's not all fun

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Professional video gamer Tom Taylor, aka Tsquared, is the envy of every young video game player but he wants to debunk the myth that wielding a joystick for a living is all fun and games.

TORCS 1.3.0 released

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TORCS, The Open Racing Car Simulator, is a highly portable multi platform car racing simulation. It is used as ordinary car racing game, as AI racing game and as research platform. Version 1.3.0 is available for download. The most important changes are reworked cars and tracks, improved and new opponents, and a lot of little improvements and a few new features.

PS3 to ship without Linux?

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Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), due this month, will not ship with Linux pre-installed, as suggested in March by CEO Ken Kuturagi. However, TerraSoft CEO Kai Staats says his company's Yellow Dog Linux is installable by "anybody who knows how to use a keyboard, mouse, and browser," according to an interview in the Coloradoan.

Quetoo 0.5.0 released

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Quetoo, a for performance optimized version of Quake2, has just been released in version 0.5.0 and is available for download now.

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Neverwinter Nights 2 Petition

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Neverwinter Nights was one of the most popular games to be on the Mac platform. But unfortunately, the latest edition was built with proprietary standards (C# and DirectX) making it so that it only runs on Windows and not Linux or Mac. So a petition has started to get gamers to boycott the makers until they release the game for th platforms that made it great.

Hexen II: Hammer of Thyrion 1.4.1

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This new 1.4.1 release contain major bug fixes and several enhancements, such as on-the-fly changing of text and hud size and a new hexen2 dedicated server application. Support for Mac OS X and QNX are also included. All users are encouraged to upgrade.

Final Fantasy XII

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Ars enters the world of Final Fantasy with a review of Final Fantasy XII. Does the latest installment in the venerable series mark a new direction for the franchise or is it more of the same?

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