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Linux Games For Non-Gamers? 460

Nethead writes "Due to some down-time, I'm looking for some Linux games to pass the time. I've been playing BattleMaster, a PHP web game but it's only two turns a day, and I'd like something a bit faster. I've not really played PC games since the Doom era so I'm really out of touch here. I don't have a real gamer box, just a simple video card. What do Slashdotters think I should try? A simple FPS or some type of networked game would do. What's out there for Linux?"
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Linux Games For Non-Gamers?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 11, 2009 @10:21PM (#29714925)

    leisure suit larry

  • by davidwr ( 791652 ) on Sunday October 11, 2009 @11:00PM (#29715201) Homepage Journal

    In this race against time, players vie to be the first player to successfully install and fully patch Windows XP.

    Game equipment, per player:
    *Linux computer with CD burner and an Ethernet card that doesn't require additional drivers for Windows XP
    *Blank hard drive
    *Windows XP pre-service-pack CD
    *Ethernet connection
    *Unlimited supply of blank CDs
    *Unlimited supply of over the counter painkillers, including Aspirin, Tylenol, and Jack Daniels

    Goal: Get Windows installed on the spare hard drive before all other players. If you get a virus or other malware you have to take a painkiller and start over.
    Rules: Ethernet cable must be up at all times, and Ethernet protocols must not be disabled.

    *Install it from CD and pray you don't get infected.
    *Use Linux to download Service Pack 3 and create a slipstream CD and install with that, and hope you don't get infected.
    *Use Linux to format the drive and copy the files one by one, and download or write a tool to build the registry, fake log files, and other files.
    *Ask CowboyNeal for help.

  • by tverbeek ( 457094 ) on Sunday October 11, 2009 @11:09PM (#29715257) Homepage

    Global Thermonuclear War?

  • by SandiConoverJones ( 821221 ) on Sunday October 11, 2009 @11:35PM (#29715407)
    Do you want to play a game?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 12, 2009 @02:05AM (#29716001) []

    how far did "you" go? :)

  • by Virak ( 897071 ) on Monday October 12, 2009 @03:44AM (#29716371) Homepage

    From the makers of the widely-acclaimed, award-winning hit Unix, comes Linux, an exciting game of patience and frustration!

    Risk your life to perform the sacred ritual of Installation to gain entry to the land of Linux, with the Dark Lord's minions Grub and Fdisk trying their hardest to stop you!
    Explore the fearsome depths of the labyrinthine cursed dungeon /etc in an attempt to find the ancient lost artifact, A Fucking Working Configuration!
    Engage in challenging battle with dozens of the Dark Lord's vile Sound Systems to free the people of the land of Linux from their oppressive tyranny and bring the joy of music to them!
    Uncover the true name of Linux itself through harrowing inane ideological debate, and use the vast trolling power of this to cause a major rift in the land over a fucking name!
    Face off against the Dark Lord Xorg himself in exciting one-on-one battle, and pry the holy twin swords of Multi-Monitor Support and Working 3D Acceleration from his cold, dead hands and bring peace to Linux at last--if you can!

    Linux promises upwards of 60 hours of unique and difficult gameplay, each moment full of exciting new threats and challenges in your attempt to free the land of Linux from the Dark Lord and his underlings at last and bring usability to all!

    (Warning: Linux should not be played by people with photosensitive epilepsy, pregnant woman, smokers, children shorter than this tall, BSD zealots, and anyone who doesn't actually want to fight Xorg and just wants their fucking computer to fucking work already)

  • by LordAndrewSama ( 1216602 ) on Monday October 12, 2009 @03:51AM (#29716401)


    Too much?

  • by Virak ( 897071 ) on Monday October 12, 2009 @09:04AM (#29717593) Homepage

    Everyone knows BSD is dying, Netcraft confirmed it. Your foolish actions may have won you the battle, but they have lost you the war.

  • Re:Whelp... (Score:5, Funny)

    by ElizabethGreene ( 1185405 ) on Monday October 12, 2009 @09:33AM (#29717893)
    xMoto is okay. It is one of those ooh I'll get in just one more try games.

    I also like playing OpenArena, BzFlag, and Armagetron Advanced.

    My all time favorite time wasters are ..

    Crack Attack
    Frozen Bubble

    I ended up uninstalling them on the advice of my therapist. :) -ellie

  • by LinuxAndLube ( 1526389 ) on Monday October 12, 2009 @09:34AM (#29717919)
    gcc is great, but I still haven't figured out how to get the sound working.
  • by tnk1 ( 899206 ) on Monday October 12, 2009 @01:47PM (#29721319)

    I agree entirely. This is the cancer that is killing Slashdot.

As Will Rogers would have said, "There is no such things as a free variable."