GNU/Linux gamers, Cheers !

Being a non-gamer I never tried to make a list of GNU/Linux platformed games. But it has been a headache for me from most guys to whomsever I started speaking about greatness of GNU/Linux environment. They used to start firing me “Is there any good quality games under linux ? Anything other than crap games?”

Here its right time to give them a fired answer. Yeah it is, there are good enough 3D games available yet on Linux. Last day I found digg has dug as post on 3D games. Here it is :


FlightGear Flight Simulator project is an open-source, multi-platform, cooperative flight simulator development project. Source code for the entire project is available and licensed under the GNU General Public License.

The goal of the FlightGear project is to create a sophisticated flight simulator framework for use in research or academic environments, for the development and pursuit of other interesting flight simulation ideas, and as an end-user application.

The Open Racing Car Simulator

TORCS is an open source 3D racing simulator using OpenGL technologies. It is runnable on all Linux, FreeBSD, MacOSX and Windows platforms. There are 50 different cars, 20 tracks and 50 opponents to race against. The multiplayer mode can accommodate up to 4 human players. Several of the simulation include damaged models, collisions and aerodynamics like ground effects, spoilers, etc. Development is currently being carried out to enable online racing mode.

Armagetron Advanced

Armagetron is a multiplayer game in 3d that attempts to emulate and expand on the lightcycle sequence from the movie Tron. It’s an old school arcade game slung into the 21st century. Highlights include a customizable playing arena, HUD, unique graphics, and AI bots. For the more advanced player there are new game modes and a wide variety of physics settings to tweak as well.

Battlestar Galactica: Beyond the Red Line

• Powered by the revamped Freespace 2 engine • Entirely stand-alone, Freespace 2 not required • Accurately detailed high-resolution ship models • High quality, originally engineered audio • Authentic, original in-game soundtrack, in addition to pieces by Bear McCreary and Richard Gibbs • Original characters and voice acting • A three mission single player campaign depicting never-before-seen events, interwoven with and true to the series’ storyline • Head online and go head-to-head with your friends—and foes—in intense multiplayer missions including Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and others • Exciting Viper combat with authentic weaponry and flight controls

System Requirements for Linux: Operating System: Linux x86 compatible CPU: Pentium 1 GHz or AMD Athlon 800 MHz processor Memory: 512 MB RAM, 1 GB recommended Graphics Card: 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon with closed source drivers, Mesa 6 or better with S3TC extension available for open source drivers Input Device: Mouse and keyboard Installation: 750 MB free HD space


BZFlag is a free online multiplayer cross-platform open source 3D tank battle game. The name originates from “Battle Zone capture the Flag”. It runs on Irix, Linux, BSD, Windows, Mac OS X, and many other platforms. It’s one of the most popular open source games ever on Silicon Graphics machines and continues to be developed and improved to this day.

Cube 2 “Sauerbraten” Free single and multiplayer first person shooter game with some satisfying fast oldskool gameplay. A large variety of gameplay modes from classic SP to fast 1 on 1 MP and objective based teamplay, with a great variety of original maps to play on.

Level editing has never been so much fun: a press of a key allows you to modify the geometry / textures / entities in-game, on the fly. Even more novel, you can make maps together with others online, in the unique “coop edit” mode.

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