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  • Ballistics has gone Gold- demo now available...

    LinuxGames got the scoop from Michael- since it's pretty much official, I thought I would spread it elsewhere for people to go get the demo, etc. I know there's been quite a few people wanting to see this game out and available. Head on over to http://www.linuxgamepublishing.com/info.php?id=13& and get the demo.

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    Oh, as an aside... LGP has quite a few things coming out soon... NICE STUFF. >:-)

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    • #3
      Will it run on a Geforce 2?

      Congrats on another product!

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      • #4
        Yay another 7 year old game.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by deanjo View Post
          Yay another 7 year old game.
          You know, if I had a dollar for each and every time I heard that line...

          The reality is, it's not 7 years old for Linux- only for Windows. Now, if you're a Windows user, that might be a big deal, but if it plays well, looks good, who honestly cares how old it is? I'm playing it. If I wasn't one of LGP's consultants, I'd be buying it.

          Heh... Try the demo, buy it if you like it. If not, it's just not your cup of tea- I'm not going to twist your arm to buy it.

          We're going to be able to make you happier about things fairly quickly. (Yes, we've got some "newer" games in development right now- VERY "newer"... )
          Last edited by Svartalf; 05-17-2007, 11:02 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by niniendowarrior View Post
            Will it run on a Geforce 2?

            Congrats on another product!
            I'd have to drop one in one of my machines to find out. I think it will, but you're going to need more CPU muscle to make it play nicer. It runs cleanly and smoothly enough with a GeForce3 class or better GPU. I know that much.

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            • #7
              I bought the game yesterday, and the demo looks good. I would check out the graphics and screenshots on this game before making any judgements about the quality or age of this new Linux release. It may be an older game, but there are hardly any racing games out there for Linux at all, and this one turns out to be possibly the best looking racing game for Linux available.

              On a side note: I know this isn't the stance that most hard-core gamers would take (and I don't even expect most Linux enthusiasts to take it either), but I think websites like www.linuxgamepublishing.com do alot to help Linux gaming whether or not your favorite new FPS or RPG is listed there. The reason is because they are helping to increase the total number of native Linux games as well as the number developers involved in that process. I say the bigger these companies are, the more likely we are to have a larger number and higher quality Linux games available. I've made it a point over the past year to purchase any native Linux game I like when possible, and sometimes even if I know I won't have as much time as I would like to play that particular game. This is just to support the companies who are willing to get into the Linux gaming business.

              The more Linux gaming companies there are, the better we will eventually have it as Linux gamers.

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              • #8
                Back the running the game though... I'm having problems running this game on my desktop (full details in my sig). I have a feeling it's due to the fact that my OS is 64-bit, but I'm not entirely sure and haven't looked up the messages very much yet. Here are the messages returned after attempting to start the game:
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                joshua@desktop:~/programs/ballistics_demo$ ./ballistics_demo
                X Error of failed request:  BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
                  Major opcode of failed request:  142 (GLX)
                  Minor opcode of failed request:  5 (X_GLXMakeCurrent)
                  Serial number of failed request:  47
                  Current serial number in output stream:  47
                I'm able to run the game fine on my laptop (which is a Thinkpad T40 with 32-bit Ubuntu), and from the looks of the above message I have to think it's related to my 3D drivers. I'm using the Nvidia 100.14.03 driver with desktop effects disabled. I'll look into these messages later on and post if I find anything, but if anyone knows what this is it would be helpful.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by joshuapurcell View Post
                  Back the running the game though... I'm having problems running this game on my desktop (full details in my sig). I have a feeling it's due to the fact that my OS is 64-bit, but I'm not entirely sure and haven't looked up the messages very much yet. Here are the messages returned after attempting to start the game:
                  Code:
                  joshua@desktop:~/programs/ballistics_demo$ ./ballistics_demo
                  X Error of failed request:  BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
                    Major opcode of failed request:  142 (GLX)
                    Minor opcode of failed request:  5 (X_GLXMakeCurrent)
                    Serial number of failed request:  47
                    Current serial number in output stream:  47
                  I'm able to run the game fine on my laptop (which is a Thinkpad T40 with 32-bit Ubuntu), and from the looks of the above message I have to think it's related to my 3D drivers. I'm using the Nvidia 100.14.03 driver with desktop effects disabled. I'll look into these messages later on and post if I find anything, but if anyone knows what this is it would be helpful.
                  Heh... It's the driver. Doesn't make it less of an issue, but the driver doesn't always play nice with 32-bit apps in 64-bit mode. NVidia's driver does a better job of this than AMD's right at the moment (and I've no earthly idea yet about the Intel drivers- yet...) but it still has some issues from version to version on things. Do me a favor, log the bug over at Linux Game Publishing and I'll get to checking into it in a couple of days when I can get back in front of my 64-bit machine.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Svartalf View Post
                    You know, if I had a dollar for each and every time I heard that line...

                    The reality is, it's not 7 years old for Linux- only for Windows. Now, if you're a Windows user, that might be a big deal, but if it plays well, looks good, who honestly cares how old it is? I'm playing it. If I wasn't one of LGP's consultants, I'd be buying it.

                    Heh... Try the demo, buy it if you like it. If not, it's just not your cup of tea- I'm not going to twist your arm to buy it.

                    We're going to be able to make you happier about things fairly quickly. (Yes, we've got some "newer" games in development right now- VERY "newer"... )
                    I tried the demo it and it still looks like it did 7 years ago on my AMD K6-300 / Voodoo card running 98se.

                    You want to bring a game that is in dire need of a linux port... Look at NWN2. The original NWN is still probably one of the most popular native linux games.

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                    • #11
                      Downloaded the demo last night and tried it out. Never played it before, but I like it. It may be a little older, but it was nice to play. Reminded me of a game I used to play called MegaRace.

                      I would love to see NWN2 on Linux, but I think Linux Game Publishing is doing a good thing with these titles, and I hope they keep up the good work. Plus with a teaser of "newer" who can argue with that!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        I tried the demo it and it still looks like it did 7 years ago on my AMD K6-300 / Voodoo card running 98se.

                        You want to bring a game that is in dire need of a linux port... Look at NWN2. The original NWN is still probably one of the most popular native linux games.
                        You know what... I'm not going to debate it with you further- it's very, very clear you've got your own ideas about things and there's not going to be any sense in discussing it with you.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Svartalf View Post
                          Heh... It's the driver. Doesn't make it less of an issue, but the driver doesn't always play nice with 32-bit apps in 64-bit mode. NVidia's driver does a better job of this than AMD's right at the moment (and I've no earthly idea yet about the Intel drivers- yet...) but it still has some issues from version to version on things. Do me a favor, log the bug over at Linux Game Publishing and I'll get to checking into it in a couple of days when I can get back in front of my 64-bit machine.
                          I sent in a message with all the information provided here to the support address about this possible issue with the Nvidia driver. Thanks for helping out in what would be needed to correct this issue.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                            I tried the demo it and it still looks like it did 7 years ago on my AMD K6-300 / Voodoo card running 98se.

                            You want to bring a game that is in dire need of a linux port... Look at NWN2. The original NWN is still probably one of the most popular native linux games.
                            Why would anyone find it useful to belittle any work being done on bringing native games to the Linux desktop? There are only two reasons I could see why... either you have something much better to offer other than an opinion (which it doesn't sound like it), or you're too blind to see that Linux gaming benefits from projects like this (even if it isn't your favorite game of the month).

                            I agree that it would be cool to have something similar to NWN2 run native on Linux, and I'm sure their are other games that are just as new and with just as many people (or more) playing them that would benefit from a Linux port -- for instance Jade Empire, Galactic Civilizations 2, or a native version of WoW. But that is a large step that obviously can't happen overnight. Companies like Linux Game Publishing can't just announce their intention to port a specific game to Linux... porting a game to Linux would have to be worked out with the company who released the game on Windows in the first place. I don't know the details of this process, but I'm sure that it could get complicated very easily and change with every company or game.

                            The best solution would be for companies like Blizzard, Bioware, Atari, NCSoft, etc. to see that there are many Linux gamers who will buy games for their chosen OS, and then these companies would factor a Linux version into the cost upfront (and possibly limit the total cost of development). While we wait for that to happen for all major developers (not just iD, Epic, etc.), Linux Game Publishing and other similar developers help to increase the size of the Linux gaming population with ports of the best games they can find at this time. This makes it more likely that your next must-buy title will have a Linux port.

                            If you are even remotely interested in Linux gaming then there is no way this could be seen as anything but positive. If you are frustrated at the slow pace at which the newest and most advanced games are making it to Linux, then direct your griping to the companies who are releasing those Windows-only games... not towards one of the few companies that are trying to do something about it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by joshuapurcell View Post
                              Why would anyone find it useful to belittle any work being done on bringing native games to the Linux desktop? There are only two reasons I could see why... either you have something much better to offer other than an opinion (which it doesn't sound like it), or you're too blind to see that Linux gaming benefits from projects like this (even if it isn't your favorite game of the month).

                              I agree that it would be cool to have something similar to NWN2 run native on Linux, and I'm sure their are other games that are just as new and with just as many people (or more) playing them that would benefit from a Linux port -- for instance Jade Empire, Galactic Civilizations 2, or a native version of WoW. But that is a large step that obviously can't happen overnight. Companies like Linux Game Publishing can't just announce their intention to port a specific game to Linux... porting a game to Linux would have to be worked out with the company who released the game on Windows in the first place. I don't know the details of this process, but I'm sure that it could get complicated very easily and change with every company or game.

                              The best solution would be for companies like Blizzard, Bioware, Atari, NCSoft, etc. to see that there are many Linux gamers who will buy games for their chosen OS, and then these companies would factor a Linux version into the cost upfront (and possibly limit the total cost of development). While we wait for that to happen for all major developers (not just iD, Epic, etc.), Linux Game Publishing and other similar developers help to increase the size of the Linux gaming population with ports of the best games they can find at this time. This makes it more likely that your next must-buy title will have a Linux port.

                              If you are even remotely interested in Linux gaming then there is no way this could be seen as anything but positive. If you are frustrated at the slow pace at which the newest and most advanced games are making it to Linux, then direct your griping to the companies who are releasing those Windows-only games... not towards one of the few companies that are trying to do something about it.

                              Well Said man! I could not have said it better myself.

                              My stance is I will not buy a game unless there is a Linux Port to it

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