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Feelay

It took me a while to decide where to put this.. In the Linux forums or in the Games forum? But in the end I figured this might fit best here since it's Linux related.I'm wondering. What's your favourite Linux games? I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 and I'm still exploring all the possibilities. I've downloaded some games, but nothing that caught my eye.I know that Linux isn't the "Gaming-OS", but I'd like to know if you know anything that might be fun. I'd like the graphics to be either 2D or good 3D. In other words, no "bad" 3D with a bad camera and hard controls.I have a special request actually:Does anyone know of a strategy game where you, for example build a city or a town or something like that. Say that you build a building or make a research. When you do that, you wont be able to do anything else for say, five minutes. I want this, because it would be fun to do something like that while coding. I know there's a lot of games like these online like Travian, Ikariam and Evony, but I'd like to play a game like this in Single Player mode locally on my PC, because no matter what I do, I always end up making friends when playing such games online, and it's always hard to stop playing when I get tired of the game because of these friends.I'm also wondering if anyone knows of any good real time strategy game for Linux. That would be great when I have nothing to do.Thanks!Regards, Feelay.


derekchoi2

I've been using ubuntu for a while now, and really love it :P

my favorite game? quadrapassel (tetris clone) :o
if you don't have it and want to install, run the following code in terminal (Applications->Accessories->Terminal)

sudo apt-get install quadrapassel

sorry but i don't know any of those type of game :P i would like that as well

good luck with finding them!

Feelay

Thanks for your share!I'm somehow tired of Tetris-games though! :/


derekchoi2

Hahah youre welcome :o

Try this site!! It suggests a few games that you may like :P
http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/
They are free as well :P so no harm in trying them out!

Have fun!!


Feelay

Seems like a great link, thank you derek!


FirefoxRocks

I know you mentioned you don't like online, multiplayer games such as Travian, but I still prefer games on Facebook such as Mafia Wars or CityVille. Depending on the platform (Flash/HTML), some can be played on mobile devices as well, and they certainly work on Linux.

You can use WINE in Linux to try and play some Windows games, the compatibility and any bugs can be found on the Wine HQ's application database website: https://appdb.winehq.org/


Feelay

I'm already using Wine, but I don't know any good games for Windows either, and if I did, I'm not sure if they work on Wine, but thank you, :PThe thing is, I wont be able to use Facebook for the next 5 months, :/


derekchoi2

Wine is good, but doesn't work for a lot of windows apps :Pno facebook for 5 months??? how come? you can always find alternatives :P


Feelay

Wine works great for most applications I've tried actually, :P


derekchoi2

hmm weird... maybe fullscreen games? cause its the one i tried and it didn't work :P


Feelay

I'm afraid I didn't get that. Could you please explain what you mean? What is it that you've tried? Full screen games? If the answer is yes, full screen games works great, if not, please explain, :P


derekchoi2

games that make you play in fullscreen. mind testing this out for me?
http://www.aeriagames.com/ijji
its a third-person shooter, which i used to play on windows. when i tried this on wine, it doesn't work...


Feelay

Hm, I managed to install it, but when I try to start it nothing happens, :/


mahesh2k

By the way DOSBOX can be installed on linux. So using dosbox you can install some old dos games like mario, bomberman and others with help of two emulators. You can search for useful emulators link on wikipedia. Some good working emulators are mentioned in the list of wikipedia.


Feelay

Thank you starscream, I'll check it out later today, it's morning already and I've got to go get some sleep, :/Derek, I managed to start ijji reactor, but couldn't get further than that, couldn't even login. Afraid it doesn't work. No WINE support on this one.


derekchoi2

thats good to know, that it isn't only me that experienced this problem :P no worries, i don't play that anymore. its a good example of an app that doesn't really work on wine.


Qrntz

I know that Linux isn't the "Gaming-OS"

Stereotype.On-topic: my favourite Linux-native games are:
Tremulous
UQM
and Unreal Tournament 2004 (they actually ported it to Linux).
I'm not much of a gaming man, so only such short a list. :P

mahesh2k

Not stereotype but that's true. Many development firms are not trying for linux in the fear of less revenue and hacked clones. So i don't think it's stereotype in any way. Though ID software is porting old games to linux just to get more people attracted towards their brand and games. This is a strategy which only keeps developers alive but making money ? hmm, hard. Nothing stereotype about it. It's better to create games for PC and consoles than giving away for free on linux. Atleast it pays bills.


derekchoi2

I think people use linux because its open source? so developers that wish to contribute to this distribute their software for free. All games on linux is free, which makes the user feel free to try them out. A firm may like to make a "lite" version of a game and release it for linux, then make a "full" version of it, for other platforms, which allow them to receive revenue, and also make their software known to more users. I've never heard of any company doing this, but I think its a good idea...well, the only game i really play on linux is quadrapassel (tetris clone), but there are many others, which should appeal to others. I've tried Mines (minesweeper) which is quite nice. Most games on linux are clones of classics, probably because they are simple to make and maintain, so people don't charge for it, and just distribute it open source.happy linux gaming!


Qrntz

All games on linux is free, which makes the user feel free to try them out.

Don't.Don't think all the games are free - they are not.
Don't think Linux only has something so easy like Minesweeper, Tetris and Solitaire.
As the article is pretty outdated, it's still something to see.

Nothing stereotype about it. It's better to create games for PC and consoles than giving away for free on linux. Atleast it pays bills.

Useless. Linux users != software pirates. Nothing holds a company to release the equally-same shareware product natively on Linux. The example I commonly demonstrate is UT2004 and it's linux port. It did not become less shareware or more free. It didn't summon clones. People paid for it.Porting a game to Linux does not make you magically lose a half of your revenue!
I won't even mention Linux distros for booting on game consoles, which have not only the support of the console's native game format, but offer much greater possibilities.
I am not trying to sound harsh, I just cannot stand when people don't want to learn something new at the sake of following the same old steretypes.


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