Welcome!

Linux Containers Authors: Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Jyoti Bansal

Related Topics: Linux Containers

Linux Containers: Article

Quake 3 Arena takes Linux by force

Six tips to keep you from getting fragged.

(LinuxWorld) -- This past week I did something unthinkable. I purchased a Windows application. It was a game called Quake 3 Arena. Don't worry, I haven't gone over to the dark side. I haven't gone back to dual-booting, either. I just needed to have a valid retail version (and the CD key that accompanies it) of Quake 3 Arena to install and use my Linux version of Q3A. I downloaded the latest point release of Q3A from the id Software ftp site. (See the resources below for the URL.)

Serious gaming is out of character for me. Tux Racer is my idea of a walk on the wild side. Violent multiplayer Internet play of Q3A was a brand new experience. I blame the whole thing on associating with the wrong crowd. People like [Cadet], ascii, Debiot and The_Dome. They lured me astray with all their talk of multiplayer gaming on Linux. Peer pressure of the very worst sort. You can see that the deck was stacked against me. Nurture ran rampant over nature. I had no choice.

The details of why I had to buy a Windows version of a game that's already been ported (and published) to Linux aren't clear. Possibly, it's a consequence of Loki Games financial hardships the past year. Loki did the original port and offered it for sale. However, you can't buy it from Loki Games Web site any longer. Tux Games (see the resources) does offer the Loki version on its Web site, but the price with shipping would have been almost twice what I paid for the Windows version at Wal-Mart.

I contacted id Software by e-mail to learn more about Q3A for Linux, but received no reply. I called the number provided by directory assistance in Mesquite, Texas. That got me as far as the id fax machine. I faxed them a copy of my e-mail, but id's ignored that as well.

I've been told not to take it personally, id Software is very busy. Its folk are busy providing technical support for the game companies that license the engine used in Q3A. That in addition to a lot of work on "the next big game." But then, given the string of mega-hits id has produced, dating all the way back to Commander Keen in the early 1990's, I imagine the officers and engineers also try to save a little time for themselves to enjoy their Ferraris.

When you can't get in the front door, after asking politely, it's time to go undercover. I fired up X-chat and ventured onto the #loki channel on the Open Projects IRC network. There I learned -- unofficially -- that the contract between id Software and Loki expired. That's why id took over the Loki port, and why id now maintains it. Tux Games still offers the boxed Loki version simply because it's still in stock.

Quake 3 Arena tip No.1: Mind ping times

I also learned a little about playing Q3A online. For one thing, when you select Multiplayer/Internet, you connect to the "master server." This server sits in an id Software office and runs OS/X. It provides you with a list of the servers matching your interests, sorted in the order you specify, and allows you to then pick one of them to join. I am a rank newbie at this, but take my advice. Sort them in sequence by ping time. It makes all the difference in how you do in the game.

OK, watching the ping time is my first tip. Unless you're experienced, you can expect to get fragged -- a euphemism for being killed -- much more often than you can frag others. At least in the beginning. It is the way of first-person-shooter gaming, grasshopper.

Still on the subject of the "master server," it seems to me that id Software has everything it needs to start collecting data on the share of their customer market is running Linux. Unofficially, I've been told that the client "probably" provides that information to the server. I was also told id just didn't have time to gather/analyze that data. It is obvious that id could care less. The company makes tons of money without knowing, or caring, how large their Linux customer base is, or whether it is growing or shrinking. For the time being, that is.

Quake 3 Arena tip No. 2: Move & shoot simultaneously

Mano a mano in Quake 3 FFA Back to the game. To start improving your play, you have to learn to move and shoot at the same time. That was hard for me to do. Invariably I would freeze in whatever spot I was in when confronted with another player and start shooting. Bad tactic. Learn to move sideways, forward, backward, and to crouch and jump. While shooting the bad guys, naturally. You also want to find the best weapons, the most armor, and the most health. Nothing to it, really.

Quake 3 Arena tip No. 3: The best way to learn to play is to not play

The aforementioned ascii taught me another trick that is very handy. Not to play. I know, that sounds funny, but it's true. Watch instead. Find a server that you like and become a spectator rather than a participant. When you press the fire key or mouse button as a spectator, it tabs you to the next player in the game. Then you see exactly what they see as they are playing. Try to watch the best players. They will be the ones at the top of the scoring list. Watch where they go and what they do. This is an excellent way to gain local knowledge of a particular game map.

Quake 3 Arena tip No. 4: Run!

On the #mandrake IRC channel I was given an alternate configuration for the control keys for movement and firing. I was also told to set the game option to "Always Run." That last bit is good advice.

Quake 3 Arena tip No. 5: Change the control keys

I tried those settings, but was actually less comfortable with them than the defaults. I went back to the defaults and tweaked them just a bit. I used "s" for forward rather than "w". That gave me strafe left, forward, and strafe right all in a row at "a", "s", and "d". I also made "w" the jump key and "x" the back key. The positions all seemed to make better sense to me and that made it much easier to quickly remember what key did what in the early going.

Quake 3 Arena tip No. 6: Try the demo version first

My last tip is this: don't run out and buy the game. Not until you make sure that your computer can handle the 3D requirements. The best way to do that is to download the demo version and try it. You can find the demo version in the idstuff/quake3/linux/old subdirectory at ftp.idsoftware.com. Be sure to get the demo, the various beta versions and point releases in that directory require the retail CD.

Oh, one more thing. If you see WartBaby on a Q3A server, flee for your life, sucka!

More Stories By Joe Barr

Joe Barr is a freelance journalist covering Linux, open source and network security. His 'Version Control' column has been a regular feature of Linux.SYS-CON.com since its inception. As far as we know, he is the only living journalist whose works have appeared both in phrack, the legendary underground zine, and IBM Personal Systems Magazine.

Comments (1) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
MERVYN 10/27/04 05:00:36 PM EDT

i wanted to know how to do a railgun mod so it reloads faster can u help.

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outscale, a global pure play Infrastructure as a Service provider and strategic partner of Dassault Systèmes, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2010, Outscale simplifies infrastructure complexities and boosts the business agility of its customers. Outscale delivers a secure, reliable and industrial strength solution for its customers, which in...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloudistics delivers a complete public cloud experience with composable on-premises infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management into a ...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists will examine how DevOps helps to meet th...
SYS-CON Events announced today that A&I Solutions has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 1999, A&I Solutions is a leading information technology (IT) software and services provider focusing on best-in-class enterprise solutions. By partnering with industry leaders in technology, A&I assures customers high performance levels across all IT environments including: mai...
Every successful software product evolves from an idea to an enterprise system. Notably, the same way is passed by the product owner's company. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Oleg Lola, CEO of MobiDev, will provide a generalized overview of the evolution of a software product, the product owner, the needs that arise at various stages of this process, and the value brought by a software development partner to the product owner as a response to these needs.
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software in the hope of capturing value in IoT. Although IoT is relatively new in the market, it has already gone through many promotional terms such as IoE, IoX, SDX, Edge/Fog, Mist Compute, etc. Ultimately, irrespective of the name, it is about deriving value from independent software assets participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution.
SYS-CON Events announced today that EARP will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. "We are a software house, so we perfectly understand challenges that other software houses face in their projects. We can augment a team, that will work with the same standards and processes as our partners' internal teams. Our teams will deliver the same quality within the required time and budget just as our partn...
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Tappest will exhibit MooseFS at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MooseFS is a breakthrough concept in the storage industry. It allows you to secure stored data with either duplication or erasure coding using any server. The newest – 4.0 version of the software enables users to maintain the redundancy level with even 50% less hard drive space required. The software func...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
SYS-CON Events announced today that Systena America will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Systena Group has been in business for various software development and verification in Japan, US, ASEAN, and China by utilizing the knowledge we gained from all types of device development for various industries including smartphones (Android/iOS), wireless communication, security technology and IoT serv...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outscale will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Outscale's technology makes an automated and adaptable Cloud available to businesses, supporting them in the most complex IT projects while controlling their operational aspects. You boost your IT infrastructure's reactivity, with request responses that only take a few seconds.
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real r...
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @CloudExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
Five years ago development was seen as a dead-end career, now it’s anything but – with an explosion in mobile and IoT initiatives increasing the demand for skilled engineers. But apart from having a ready supply of great coders, what constitutes true ‘DevOps Royalty’? It’ll be the ability to craft resilient architectures, supportability, security everywhere across the software lifecycle. In his keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeffrey Scheaffer, GM and SVP, Continuous Delivery Busine...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CollabNet, a global leader in enterprise software development, release automation and DevOps solutions, will be a Bronze Sponsor of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, taking place from June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CollabNet offers a broad range of solutions with the mission of helping modern organizations deliver quality software at speed. The company’s latest innovation, the DevOps Lifecycle Manager (DLM), supports Value S...
In order to meet the rapidly changing demands of today’s customers, companies are continually forced to redefine their business strategies in order to meet these needs, stay relevant and continue to see profitable growth. IoT deployment and development is integral in this transformation, and today businesses are increasingly seeing the value of investing their resources into IoT deployments. These technologies are able increase ROI through projects such as connecting supply chains or enabling sm...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus intern...
Everywhere we turn in our industry we can find strong opinions about the direction, type and nature of cloud’s impact on computing and business. Another word that is used in every context in our industry is “hybrid.” In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Alvaro Gonzalez, Director of Technical, Partner and Field Marketing at Peak 10, will use a combination of a few conceptual props and some research recently commissioned by Peak 10 to offer a real-world consideration of how the various categories of...