Gentoo Games

Gentoo Games on Slashdot
http://www.gentoogames.com/ - nothing there right now
http://www.gentoo.org

Heres what they have to say about it

Today, we announce the creation of Gentoo Games, Inc., a gaming technology company created to deliver innovative Linux-based game technologies to the public. To kick off this new initiative, we are also announcing a full version of the very popular (Linux exclusive) America's Army military combat simulation on a self-booting Gentoo GameCD. Thanks to hosting services provided by Super Computer, Inc., the America's Army GameCD can be downloaded here. This CD includes the full version of the America's Army game and requires an NVIDIA or recent ATI (Radeon 8500 or higher) graphics card. Enjoy!

So does anybody else think this is cool? I just like to see cross-platform development encouraged. Hopefully this will actually do some good, these are the guys that also released a Linux CD w/ UT2k3 demo on it back when that came out. Anything that gets more Linux ports going would be great, its the only reason I reboot to Windows.

Also, an actual funny quote from the slashdot forums.

Are they planning to aggressively port popular games to Linux?

How the hell does one port "aggresively"? Like this?

Programmer: COMPILE!!! COMPILE YOU WHORE!!! EVEN IF IT'S THE LAST THING I DO, I WILL MAKE DUKE3D RUN ON LINUX, YOU GODDAMN PIECE OF INTEL sh*t!!! I'M GOING TO TEAR YOUR PROCESSOR OUT AND PISS ALL OVER YOUR CHIPSET IF YOU DON'T COMPILE SUCCESFULLY THIS TIME!!!

LOL!

Great quote.

This sounds like a good move, but it''s a little vague. Are all games going to be released on a Gentoo self boot CD or what? I don''t get the big deal.

Anyway, I''ve been using Linux on a CD (Knoppix) over at the office. Its good enough that we are considering switching. OpenOffice.org is working quite well.

I considered switching, but games hold me back. I just couldn''t survive with 18 month old games.

I like this whole Open source movement, but I think they need games to really push it.

BTW it looks like they ""open sourced"" their logo from the Gamecube logo...

I''m running a Win98SE/RedHat 8.0 combo and am quite happy with it. Win98SE works fine for games, Linux for the rest. While we''re talking about Linux games, a big compliment to Epic for delivering a Linux version of UT2003 right from the start on.

EDIT: grammar fix

"Mex" wrote:

BTW it looks like they ""open sourced"" their logo from the Gamecube logo... :-P

Several other people said that too, it is rather familiar, but then again it is a G, for Gentoo. I dont know, sorta funny either way

Id also like to agree with the Epic kudos, them and id Software have the right idea. Develop cross platform all along, and then just release binaries for alternate platforms. If you use OpenGL and SDL, you dont need DirectX. The only reason to use DirectX would be the built in voice chat stuff, which is really good, but they could embed TeamSpeak which has a Linux client. Its not open source though, but Im sure they could work something out. Either way, a good design would mean independence from the underlying API anyway, so porting would be much simpler.

Back to the topic at hand, I agree its pretty vauge, but its encouraging that theyve actually got some games out there already, and its not all smoke and mirrors. I think its not all the liveCD stuff, you can run Gentoo Linux and type ""emerge ut2003"" to download and install ut2003 for Linux, the latest version, as long as you have the CD. So its more than the boot CD.