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|Originally Published: Thursday, 28 June 2001||Author: Jeff Mrochuk|
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Locating Free Demos of Commercial Games for Linux
Linux.com correspondent Jeff Mrochuk takes us on a tour of free demonstration versions of commercial games available on the Internet for your Linux system. Playing these demos is a great way to burn through some free time, as well as get a great taste of what level commercial gaming on Linux has reached.
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A lot of Linux users I talk to don't buy games. The first argument against it: there are plenty of free alternatives. Although there are some good free alternatives, the quality is often lacking compared to the commercial products. The second reason they give for not buring games is that they don't think they will find anything they like. Well, let's see if I can't help everyone out with the second problem.
The following is a guide to the Demos of various commercial games. These demos give you a chance to see (and usually play) a portion of the game, before you spend your hard earned dollar. They also give you a chance to see that most Open Source games, as great as they are, can't compare to commercial games.
Loki has a great demo system, and a great many games.
Software you need:
Download and run the files:
You can do this as root or as a user, but as a user you need to have write permission where you'd like to install (
Then make sure loki_update is the newest version, by running:
And follow the on screen interface. This can be done in X or console, but I recommend X.
Next run loki_update, and select the `Loki Demo Pack`. You can also select any other Loki software you have installed. You should get a screen like this:
All of the Demos are playable except those labeled (MPEG movie), which are just video previews of the game. Last I've checked that's 13 playable demos. Not only will it keep you busy, but it will also let you see which games you like. The ones that say 3D required need a working OpenGL, or Mesa setup.
Here's a quick rundown:
Soldier of Fortune - First person shooter (Careful, its pretty violent)
Loki Update will download and install any demo you select for you. Then run
To configure each game, and pick which you want to play. You'll get a screen like this:
Just pick the box at the bottom, and click play.
That should take you through most of Loki's Software lineup. They're the biggest, but they aren't the only game in town.
Quake 3: Arena Loki no longer handles this port. The demo is available at
Quake 3: Arena is an arena based deathmatch game. Duke it out with heavy weapons against computer controlled bots, or on the internet.
It comes in a .sh file. Install it as follows:
Shogo: MAD - A first person shooter, half on foot, half in giant robots.
Install as such:
SiN - Another First person shooter, great single player. http://www.3ddownloads.com/?file_id=110745
Unreal Tournament - First person action game, much like Quake 3: Arena (Note: You might need glide for this install. The full version supports OpenGL, but the demo does not.)
Just untar where you'd like to put it. It will go into a
Terminus - Huge space game, something along the lines of Wing Commander, and other space combat games. (Requires OpenGL or Glide). First commercial game with Linux/Windows/Mac in one box.
Hopkins FBI - This one is a unique one for Linux. A sort of adventure game, not unlike the Sierra style games. The first commercial game for Linux!
Mountain King Studios
Raptor - A classic. Over head shooting style, jet fighting game.
Now, give those games a shot and tell me they don't beat the tar out of most Open Source games. It's not a great thing, but its the truth. Games require a lot of staff to really shine, and artists in the Open Source world are few and far between. But the real benefit of these files is giving a game a good honest shot before you decide to buy: much better than a few screenshots, and some word of mouth.
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