I must have been working too much this week, because today
into Linux game day. Actually, it started last night...
Here's what I've
learned which may be of some use on the cafe computer at
as220, where games are an important part of the user experience:
I got cgoban working with gnugo to play go. It is a bit
you have to set it up like a modem game, except pointing to
gnugo. Maybe it
is possible to do that from the command line and hard wire
it into the menu.
I'll find out eventually.
There is a sound option for xboing, but the menus don't
launch it by default.
The possible drawback is that it says "oh shit" when you
lose a ball. Don't
know if that can be changed. (well it can, I'm sure,
question is how hard is
it.) Anyhow, you can change the menu item config to get the
I spent most of my time working on 3d stuff. I wasn't sure
if OpenGL (that
is, Mesa) was working with my video card, because the 3d
run in GL mode, but that seems to be an issue specific to
xscreensaver as far
as I can tell. There is something called SDL which is the
main ratsnest of
problems. There are many modules or libraries that go with
I compiled tux racer first, once I got the sdl stuff
straightened out. Looks
great with my 32mg nividia card. The sound doesn't work
because of sdl
problems. Mostly things don't detect the libraries at
configure time, even
though they are there. Don't know why. I don't think I
tried a tuxracer
rpm... I'll download one now. It doesn't need anything
exotic, so you should
be able to get it running on oscorb, if Mesa works.
Didn't get gltron to rpm or compile. Needed glut, which I
couldn't get to
work. Looks like a good game, 3-d split-screen tron-cycle
Just got bzflag running. It is a networked battlezone.
Only seems to have a
networked mode, no ai. I may actually try to play this over
the net. It has
been around a while so the graphics aren't too demanding.
Probably not of
use in the cafe, however.
My big success is cannonsmash or csmash
couldn't get it to
compile due to sdl issues, but the mandrake rpm on rprfind
works ok. It
crashes occasionally, but it isn't too bad. It is an
awesome 3d ping pong