Can Linux be a practical alternative OS to Windows for gamers? Paul Sullivan investigates the issue by talking about the C-based Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL), the Linux equivalent to DirectX. The article also got a lengthy interview with Sam Lantinga, the man responsible for the SDL initiative.
The source code for ID Software's Quake 2 is now available for download, and is also released under the GPL license. The .plan file for John Carmack has the details. If you know working mirrors for the downloaded archive, please post about it on the comments section of this story.
"Xbox and GameCube both have gamers slathering, and for the same basic three reasons: games, games, and yes, games. Content is what decides which console succeeds and which one augers in, and both Xbox and GameCube look strong out of the gate. So the game-based buying decision will come down to a matter of game preferences, and how addicted you are to Miyamoto-designed games, which can only be had on the GameCube. But let's look past the games for a bit. Who's got the better hardware design? Whose is more forward-looking? Which is more likely to run out of gas first? For the answers to these and other vexing techie questions, read on." Second part of the very interesting three-part article over at ExtremeTech. First part of the article can be found here.
"This is probably the greatest week ever for gamers. The Xbox and GameCube will be launched while the PlayStation 2 is at the top of its game. Will players buy Microsoft's deal: a CPU based on a 733MHz Pentium III, 8GB hard drive, ethernet port and strong game lineup? Physically, this is probably the largest video game console ever and Bill Gates and the WWF's The Rock will attest that it's the best. See what's inside that makes it rumble." Special on ZDNews.
"Microsoft will make its first move into the cutthroat business with the Xbox on Nov. 15. Three days later, Nintendo plans to start U.S. sales of the GameCube, its first new console since the 1996 launch of the Nintendo 64. Meanwhile, market leader Sony has built a strong bunker against the interlopers, having shipped more than 20 million PlayStation 2 machines since its debut last year." Never in the history of the $20 billion video-game industry have two home consoles made their debuts in the same week. It's shaping up to be a battle royal between Microsoft and Nintendo.
"Competitor Scott Draeker isn't impressed with TransGaming Technologies' plan to use its version of Wine to get Windows games to work on Linux. Not so fast, says Draeker, whose Loki Entertainment has been the flagship company of that "traditional" approach. Draeker has doubts about games running on Wine working as well as games actually made to run on Linux. Although Loki filed for bankruptcy back in August, the company has continued to release games, including Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns in late August and Postal Plus 'coming soon.'" Read the rest of the article on NewsForge.
In this interesting interview, Hyperion Entertainment gives their views upon the currently troubled Linux games market. Ben Hermans also recently attended a Dutch Amiga show as one of the AmigaOne partners. Hyperion has acquired many game licenses for various alternative computer platforms, including Majesty and Soldier of Fortune.