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What Linux Really Needs is a Killer Game

ID software have been gracious to release their old games to the community, but for the latest "killer" games you need Windows

ID software have been gracious to release their old games to the community, but for the latest "killer" games you need Windows.

I really believe that when we get our act together and launch a game-based distro, we will be home and dry.

  • We need some "killer'"games on the CD.
  • We need the source for the games on that CD.
  • We need that CD in places like Electronics Boutique and GAME.
  • We need kids able to pick up that CD (or DVD, with respect to another learned friend posting here) and turn their PC into a games console, without ruining Mum's or Dad's official documents.

As those games are played, kids will be encouraged to learn how they work and maybe work on their own. AMOS and Blitz basic on the Amiga formed a huge range of great games, but getting people learning C++ from an early age would lead to great things for the future, I'm sure.

Linux games sites at the moment are not brilliant, let's be honest. However, to promote *NIX to a new generation, it's games we need.

I am not a programmer, IANAL, but I would be happy to help a group of volunteers create a distro based on games, because I believe that's where the next generation is. NOT in giving away copies Linux or OOo. Thats a short-term ideal. The PS2 and the X-Box(sic) run Linux, so let's create a distro that turns home PC into a console with development potential. Expand that distro to the consoles. And lets get some "killer" games on that disc.

Then, maybe, the future of *NIX, and Linux in particular, is assured.

Just my 2c, mail me directly if you are interested in working on such a project: [email protected]

More Stories By Ian Bonham

Ian Bonham grew up with the ZX81, the Com64, the Sam Coupe (remember them?), the Amiga
and remembers what drove him to get those machines: "There were some bloody good
games! Yes, they were simple, but they were good."

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