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[News] Review of Two Free games for GNU/Linux: Eschalon, Globulation 2

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Game review - Eschalon: Book I

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| Eschalon is a turn-based RPG that has been developed by a small game company 
| called Basilisk Games. A few months ago it was announced that Eschalon has 
| been made available for Linux so I decided to give it a try. Keep in mind 
| before moving on that I do not look upon myself as much of a gamer. I'm that 
| type of Linux geek that likes to solve real-life puzzles such "what 
| development libraries am I missing to be able to compile this source code?" 
| So no, I'm not into gaming and spending hours of my life trying to defeat 
| virtual monsters. But something about Eschalon made me put aside all these 
| facts and next thing you know I was slaughtering Tauraxes in the Western side 
| of Blackwater.          


Globulation 2 Game Review

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| Remember that simple circle-and-a-stick game our fathers used to play when 
| they were kids? You took a metal wheel frame from a bicycle and roll it down 
| the road, trying to keep it steady by using a stick. Try and compare that 
| game to - let's say - Glest or Starcraft. Now hold that image in your head 
| for a second and imagine trying to stabilize that iron circle with nothing 
| but a scarf. You'd have to pull on both ends of the scarf and try to somehow 
| keep the balance of the rolling circle. A stick would be much more handy, but 
| where's the fun in that?        



XreaL: The Most Advanced Open-Source Game Engine?

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| The lead developer of XreaL is Robert Beckebans, who has been working to
| deliver stunning graphics capabilities to the id Tech 3 engine. As far he
| knows, XreaL is actually the only Quake-based engine with a pure GLSL (GL
| Shading Language) renderer. With his GLSL renderer for XreaL, he wrote it
| entirely against the OpenGL 2.0 ES specification, so that it is very
| minimalist in order to avoid driver problems. With OpenGL 3.x now available,
| he has been heavily targeting OpenGL 3.1 support. That is right, there are no
| commercial games on Linux yet with OpenGL 3.0/3.1 support, but XreaL has an
| open-source answer. XreaL also has a true 64-bit HDR rendering pipeline.


PlayOnLinux 3.4 Released

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| PlayOnLinux version 3.4 has been released and it has some long awaited new
| features and as always bug fixes and tweaks. Also a new version of the
| PlayOnLinux website will be coming soon, so keep a eye on the site for these
| future updates.


First-Person Shooter Games for Linux III: Urban Terror

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| Developed by Frozen Sand, the team behind it, Urban Terror was initially
| developed as a Quake 3 mod, but the game offers now a complete package and
| can be run without the need of Quake 3 binaries. The last version, UrT 4.1,
| comes with a ZIP package for Linux, of about 700 MB, and you only need to
| uncompress it, make the ioUrbanTerror.i386 binary executable and run it.

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