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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Gaming in Linux

LinuxWorld held a roundtable discussion on Linux gaming with some of the main players in the Linux gaming scene (such as it is). It's a really good look at how things are now and what needs to be done for things to change. Here's a good point by my personal hero, Ryan "icculus" Gordon:

Frequently I hear game producers say that they don't want to think about Linux because of the tech support issues. Heaven forbid they have to respond to a flood of people who have swooped in and inconvenienced them by purchasing their product! Seriously, at this point, you can train your tech support to deal with Linux by saying, "We don't support that"... People are happy to have a Linux port at all, and Linux users tend to be tech-savvy at this point... by the time Linux users are the AOLers and grandmas of the world and need tech support, it shows that you've actually got a large enough market to make it worth it. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: You know, nowadays you've got to really know your system in order to get good game performance, even in Windows. The list of requirements for a mainstream FPS would unsettle any general PC user.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Pondering the Imponderable

Well, it's official, Unreal Tournament 2004 has been released. I just checked EB Games and my copy has been shipped. FedEx guesstimates that it will get here by Thursday. You'd think that it wouldn't take that long to get here from Pennsylvania, but hey, it's free shipping. Time for violence!

Song of the moment: Hindu Love Gods (aka Warren Zevon and R.E.M.) "Raspberry Beret".

The Master comments: I spent 2 hours downloading the UT2K4 dedicated server from Shacknews last night, only to find it corrupted. I was less than impressed. I was finally able to get it from another source, so hopefully I will be able to tinker that baby into working sometime this week. I am PUMPED for this release -- I need some new maps :-)

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