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Old 12-25-2004, 10:56 PM   #16
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Also:

Another game that will run under Linux are the Elite series.

One or another of the Elite games:
Elite
Elite Plus
Frontier: Elite 2
Frontier 2: First Encounters

will work under either native port or by using DOSBox.

JJFFE (a First Encounters hack) for Linux can be downloaded and compiled (haven't tried it).
The others can run through DOSBox...

I haven't tried them.
 
Old 12-26-2004, 12:20 AM   #17
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I had Vegastrike working at one point on Mandrake 10.0. Hmm, if I can get the Privateer mod running, that could be fun.
 
Old 12-26-2004, 04:13 PM   #18
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JaseP:

Just a random question: Do you know if you _always_ need to have a joypad plugged in order to actually run those Star Wars games?. I found it kinda weird , because without a joypad/stick connected, the game simply refuses to run (and that's in windows I'm running those games). It has to be the first game ever that I played which _demands_ a joystick... ghehe.
 
Old 12-27-2004, 01:56 AM   #19
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JaseP,

Try playing Freelancer. You have to use a mouse to control the ship. First spaceflight simulator I've played that you can't use a joystick. There is no option for it and no real patch available. It's ok, mostly, and you get used to it, kind of, but I really, realy wish there had been a joystick option. Other than that, a fun game.
 
Old 12-27-2004, 03:14 AM   #20
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Quote:
Originally posted by Megaman X
JaseP:

Just a random question: Do you know if you _always_ need to have a joypad plugged in order to actually run those Star Wars games?. I found it kinda weird , because without a joypad/stick connected, the game simply refuses to run (and that's in windows I'm running those games). It has to be the first game ever that I played which _demands_ a joystick... ghehe.
Yes. The X-Wing games REQUIRE a joystick/gamepad...

It's how they were written...
 
Old 12-27-2004, 03:16 AM   #21
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I had Vegastrike working at one point on Mandrake 10.0. Hmm, if I can get the Privateer mod running, that could be fun.
You can get the original Privateer running using DOSBox.
 
Old 12-27-2004, 03:29 AM   #22
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Originally posted by stunter
JaseP,

Try playing Freelancer. You have to use a mouse to control the ship. First spaceflight simulator I've played that you can't use a joystick. There is no option for it and no real patch available. It's ok, mostly, and you get used to it, kind of, but I really, realy wish there had been a joystick option. Other than that, a fun game.
I can't/won't try Freelancer. It's M$... and there are two reasons I can't/won't run it,...

1) On moral principals, I refuse to run M$ code. (Freelancer is really digital anvil,... but,...)
2) It can only be run in Windoze XPee. And I run no Windoze XPee.
 
Old 12-27-2004, 01:21 PM   #23
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JaseP,

Well, normally I would agree, but I'd been following Freelancer (originally Privateer III) for quite awhile. Shame that M$ zoomed in and pirated the company and the game. They screwed what promised to be a very cool game. But, such is life. I got Freelancer to run on Win98, so it isn't XP only, but I still don't care for the way it went down.

Still, it's a fun game and it would be nice to run it one Linux (under Cedaga or whatever).

I've never been able to get Privateer to run under DOSBox because of the JEMM memory manager. I had heard there was some JEMM hack that ran under DOSBox, but hadn't seen it.
 
Old 12-27-2004, 04:44 PM   #24
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Yes. The X-Wing games REQUIRE a joystick/gamepad...

It's how they were written...
Thanks JaseP for clarifying it for me . Actually, on the box of the game it stands:

System Requirements
Input Device: Joystick required
 
Old 12-27-2004, 07:26 PM   #25
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JaseP,

Well, normally I would agree, but I'd been following Freelancer (originally Privateer III) for quite awhile. Shame that M$ zoomed in and pirated the company and the game. They screwed what promised to be a very cool game. But, such is life. I got Freelancer to run on Win98, so it isn't XP only, but I still don't care for the way it went down.

Still, it's a fun game and it would be nice to run it one Linux (under Cedaga or whatever).

I've never been able to get Privateer to run under DOSBox because of the JEMM memory manager. I had heard there was some JEMM hack that ran under DOSBox, but hadn't seen it.
Look here:

http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/comp_list.php?letter=P

and here:

http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/comp_l...=1732&letter=P

With both XMS and EMS set to false and the cycles to 9000, it should work ok.
 
Old 01-02-2005, 05:23 PM   #26
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anyone know some good forums specific to Frontier: First Encounters and "Elite 4"?
 
Old 01-03-2005, 12:15 AM   #27
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I was never a big fan of Frontier: First Encounters. Between Elite (Plus), Frontier: Elite II, and Frontier: First Encounters,... I think that Frontier: Elite II was the technically superior game. FFE had too many bugs and broken elements (the infamous videos, and failed gender agreement in the videos/pictures). FFE didn't add too much to FE2 other than some more texturing on the planets (which in turn broke the terrain generator). What I always wanted was just a graphical update of FE2 (multiplatform with Linux support, of course). What we have gotten over the years are just clones. Most of those are lackluster. Notable ones are Vega Strike, Privateer, X-Beyond the Frontier, Terminus, Freelancer, Hardwar, orbital, etc. I always wanted one set in the Star Wars universe, where you can play a Han Solo type... Lucas Arts never got the hint though...

As for Forums discussing the Elite series,... they are numerous and all over the net. Just google for them. Since Elite 4 is pretty much vaporwear at this point, I can't imagine there is a lot of activity.
 
Old 01-03-2005, 01:47 PM   #28
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JaseP,

I haven't tried Privateer under DosBOX in a long time. Looking at the links you supplied, it looks like there's been some improvement. I'll give it a try, though it's probably won't be worth much (I have a new ATI card and it looks like no 3D until ATI comes up with decent drivers).

I never thought of Privateer as at all like Elite. I played the original Elite on a C=64. Spent may useless hours going from planet to planet and waiting for something to happen. I loved it. Never much cared for any of the successors, though I've played them all.
 
Old 01-07-2005, 04:56 PM   #29
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Another question. Is it possible to get any of the Wing Commander Games running in Linux? Under Cedega? Wine? Other?

Just curious. I'd kinda like to play WC3 or 4 again.
 
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there's also chromium looks good 2 eh
 
  


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