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Four Linux Games I Can't Stop Playing

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The GNU/Linux operating system isn't exactly known for gaming, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any games on it that are worth playing. Recently I installed an array of different titles and, combined with some that I had already played, I've compiled a list of must-have GNU/Linux games (and a few "honorable mentions") to joyously erode your free time.

Cedega v5.1 + NVIDIA

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One of the strongholds preventing computer enthusiasts from switching to Linux is due to the lack of retail games available under Linux. However, TransGaming's Cedega software allows a majority of Microsoft Windows games to run seamlessly under Linux with very little to no end-user modifications required. TransGaming Cedega operates by emulating the Windows 32 APIs including Direct3D, DirectInput, and DirectSound. With the most recent version of Cedega (v5.1) hitting the web last week, we have conducted a series of tests to examine its performance impact on some of the popular titles.

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Neverwinter Nights 1.67 Beta Patch released!

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Neverwinter Nights is a computer game set in a huge medieval fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. A new beta, version 1.67, for Neverwinter Nights has been released by Bioware with various changes.

Also: No Gravity 2.00

Nexuiz 1.5 released

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The Nexuiz team released another update to their cross-platform, free, open-sourced multiplayer deathmatch game Nexuiz.

Epiar Release 0.60 Beta Version

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The Epiar team have sent out a "we're not dead!" notice in the form of a 0.60 beta release. Epiar is a space trading game with 2D overhead graphics.

Alien Arena 2006: Gold Edition released!

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COR Entertainment officially announces the release of Alien Arena 2006: Gold Edition, the free online multiplayer FPS game at http://red.planetarena.org.

Second Life for Linux Alpha Test

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icculus announced the SecondLife Linux alpha testing on Linux! Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.

Northland Demo

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Linuxgames.com reports, that Runesoft has released a demo for Northland, a strategy game developed by Funatics Software that features unit/structure management and adventure-style riddles.

Also: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Preview

Not even Peter Jackson can rescue King Kong the game

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From an experienced gamer's point of view, I think it's even safe to say that Peter Jackson's King Kong (just King Kong from now on) fails in almost every aspect that it possibly can fail, starting from bad QC (quality control).

ATI + X2 The Threat

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Linux Game Publishing's port of Egosoft's X2 - The Threat has reached a new milestone with the fourth BETA release. Although there are still bugs to be fixed in the game before it ships to gaming distributors, this latest release available exclusively to the closed LGP testing community finally features ATI commercial driver support. Will this be another disappointment for the fans in red, or will this be a crucial win? We have thoroughly tested X2 - The Threat BETA 4 with various ATI Radeon cards as well as a NVIDIA GeForce 6 for comparative numbers.

Green Up Journals: Game time

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It is late January and the development team of "America's Army" -- the U.S. Army's free video game for the Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems -- has arrived in Camp Guernsey for three days of hands-on training and demonstrations via the Green Up event. While the team would ordinarily spend their days coding video games, for a few days they've been given full access to some of the weapons, vehicles, physical training and technologies used in their game.

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ScummVM 0.8.1 released

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ScummVM lets you run these adventures: Adventure Soft's Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution's Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep's Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision's Gobliiins and games based on LucasArts' SCUMM system.

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Crystal Core: Upcoming Crystal Space Game

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As a showcase for what their engine can do, the Crystal Space team is creating a FPS game called Crystal Core. While the texture designs look rudimentary, the screenshots show off the promise of their game engine.

Northland Linux goes Gold

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Gamers on the Linuxplatform will soon be able to join Bjarni and his friends in their mission to save their homeland from mysterious serpent creatures, as Northland Linux has gone gold and should be available by February 2nd.

Video game review: 'Darwinia' Stands Out

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It often seems the big publishers have lost touch with gamers, focusing more on wily marketing campaigns rather than interesting new titles.

"Darwinia" offers proof that there's something good about being small. For Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.

Chex Trek for Doom3 - first beta for linux/win released

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Chex Trek is a fun based doom3 Kids remake, inspired by the doom1 mod Chex Quest (for the people who dont know the mod was make 1996 for 6 year old kids that want to play doom).

LGP X2 The Threat v1.4

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Reaching the closed testing environment just hours ago has been the third BETA candidate for X2 - The Threat, which is presently being ported to Linux by the developers at Linux Game Publishing. This third candidate delivers many performance improvements and is the focus of our benchmarking today to see how the second and third BETA updates fair, after we had tampered with the initial build late last year.

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