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Old 11-24-2009, 09:56 AM   #1
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Best Games for Slackware or GNU/Linux ??


Hi,

First, I'm not a gamer but do have Grand children who game therefore I have games on systems. But of course those games are on M$. I would like to introduce some GNU/Linux games to children in the 6 to 16 age bracket.

I have compiled a '3D Top List' for Games in 'Slackware-Links' but that's just garnished links. What games do you find your kids playing on Linux based machines? Or should I phrase it to say 'What do you kids play on your Slackware machines'?

I have Play Stations but the kids always seem to drift back to the PC.

'I' use Slackware exclusively for my base OS so any SlackBuilds recommendation would be a good start. I have clients that use M$ therefore the PC that the kids use is a dual boot system so that won't be a problem. I just don't want to install something for the kids that will just stale or stagnate.

I'm so tired of spending $$ for things that the kids use when they visit and then find out it's something they really don't like or use. GameSpot is great but that too is money wasted in my opinion.

I'll include the links to the game section of 'Slackware-Links'.

 
Old 11-24-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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Racer, TORCS. But I dislike them both compared to the simulators available for Windows. Live for speed is great and it runs in Wine.

About the arcade games: xmoto and supertux.
 
Old 11-24-2009, 10:09 AM   #3
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Talking

ok,

I primarily use windows for gaming, but in love Nexuiz in linux. I love playing it with friends. Singleplayer is fun too.

Latest Source.

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Old 11-24-2009, 10:47 AM   #4
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World of Goo?
http://2dboy.com/games.php

Popcap games work well with wine.
 
Old 11-24-2009, 10:48 AM   #5
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Doom3 runs natively on Linux. It's great for todlers.
 
Old 11-24-2009, 10:58 AM   #6
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... and it runs in Wine...
Hi Ivshti


This is a bit off-topic but

I understand that some apps only run in wine ( Even under pure 64 arch...? I have heard there are issues w/ that, but never even tried )

But, from a, call it "Philosophical" standpoint, I think that Slackers,

and Linux/Unix users in general should refuse to run whatever under

wine...

I will explain : If A software house only provides binaries for W%%$"OUZE OS, meaning if it elects W$$# users as its target market, its OK, but one should NEVER HAVE TO PAY for LICENSES of commercial apps, whose provider didn't even care to release for other alternative OSes... ( BSD's UNIXes LINUXes etc. ) using them under emulation .


The net result of using emulation to run applications is something funny like this :

In the begenning 70s-80s, most CAD/FEA packages ran on UNIX workstations, AutoCAD, ProENGINEER, Catia/ Bentley Microstation... but year after year, Wild Evil Billy, paid everyone, bribed everything... the result is that in the 24th November 2009 there is NO SINGLE PROPRIETARY CAD PACKAGE FOR LINUX...

Ansys Inc I s considering to stop supporting Linux, then what...?? Simulia/Abaqus, Fluent Inc. ...?


...why...? Check WineHQ's forums... they all find a way to hack into win32/64 apps and run them under emulation... Yet they have the LEGAL OBLIGATION TO PAY FOR A LICENSE TO RUN THE APP... although the provider did not care for other OS users releasing Linux/Unix/Mac versions...

THIS IS A TOTAL LACK OF RESPECT FOR NON W##$%OUZE USERS...

This is why, as educated consumers we should "feedback" the market with our behaviour... By not using/paying for stuff that was not made taking our needs under consideration, not even under emulation

Just my opinion here... :-)

BRGDS

Alex

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Old 11-24-2009, 11:15 AM   #7
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Several versions of Unreal Tournament have linux installers and run natively.
 
Old 11-24-2009, 11:36 AM   #8
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I used to play Supertux and Ksirtet. They are alternative to Mario and Zentris games in Windows - two games are associated with my childhood.
 
Old 11-24-2009, 11:38 AM   #9
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Two of our granddaughters live with us. The fourteen year old only does youtube & vampire-related chat rooms, but the seven year old likes The World of Goo Demo & Frozen-Bubble. My daughter plays World of Warcraft in Wine, but that's probably not for youngsters.
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:46 AM   #10
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Doom3 runs natively on Linux. It's great for todlers.
Oh, yes very good for toddlers. I also recommend the Resident Evil series and Silent Hill and of course the Alone in the Dark series (actually I do recommend this using dosbox or scummvm for kids that can take it).

/end sarcasm

Back to the topic, how old are "kids" ?

For commercial games for adolescents I'd say some acceptable ones are:
UT2004 (nobody online, but offline you can play)
Quake *
ETQW (I don't really like it, but it's reasonable)
Savage (not 2, because it sucks)
You have most of the other ones listed there.

I'd also highly recommend using dosbox and scummvm to play old but awesome games, and wine of course.

There's also various emulators for MAME, PS1, PS2, Megadrive, SNES that you can use to play real games ... not the garbage that passes for a game today, they pump it full of vertex lighting and shaders and HD, but inside they got no soul, and when you play them you can feel empty.

Also have a look around:
http://happypenguin.org/
unfortunately, it's been slow for a while, for various reasons.
 
Old 11-24-2009, 11:49 AM   #11
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Consider: Yo Frankie and Bloodfrontier. My favorites.
 
Old 11-24-2009, 12:39 PM   #12
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I don't allow the only child in this house on the pc's as he is 14 and convinced he is an expert on everything he lays his eyes upon and fully capable of improving on all things.
He also tends to go out of his way to prove his claims, but tends to only get himself in deep trouble.
Anyway, I have Vavoom installed and if one has the original wads or the demo wads, I've found it is a very good engine to run the wads.
It can be a pain to install but well worth it to dedicated Doom gamers.
There is a version of Hangman floating around for Linux that is much better than the old DOS looking one usually found that is a very good learning game with great graphics for something like hangman.
Assualt Cube is another good shot em up for those who enjoy blasting away at anything that moves.
In wine I run 4 versions of Mystery Case Files that are very inexpensive off the shelf games and are for those who are into the "find the hidden objects" as well as brain teasers.
A lot of popcap games will run well in wine btw.

http://www.ultimatearcade.com/downloads/ has flash games one can download and play from their browser as well as play online for free.
http://www.freegamesforyourwebsite.com/ and http://www.flashgamesforyourwebsite.com/ are two others that offer the same free service.
They're also handy for those who have a website and want to offer some games to play to members.
Pogo.com is an online game site that offers limited free membership with a few games that can be played.
It would need to be monitored because there are adult game rooms that tend to get a bit raw.
 
Old 11-24-2009, 12:52 PM   #13
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+1

I think I'm addicted to that game.

Adam
 
Old 11-24-2009, 02:32 PM   #14
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BZFLAG - BattleZone capture the Flag

Great game play and friendly community for people of all ages. Highly recommended.
 
Old 11-24-2009, 02:37 PM   #15
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Foobillard (snooker, billiards), pysolfc (patience,mahjongg), gnubg (backgammon), simsu (sudoku), Neverwinter Nights.

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