In this section, you’ll get acquainted with three popular games you can run under Linux:
DOOM, which runs on a console or under X
Quake II, which runs on a console or under X
StarCraft, which runs under X by using WINE
Originally written for MS-DOS by id Software (http://www.idsoftware.com/), DOOM is the archetypal 3D action game. You play the role of a space marine, fighting your way through a series of bases on the moons of Mars that have been invaded by aliens. The game features real-time 3D graphics and stereo sound effects. Figure 9.1 shows a typical game screen.
Figure 9-1. A typical DOOM screen
If you prefer more cunning opponents, you can play the game in network mode, via modem, or an IPX or TCP/IP network. Network mode lets you match wits with two to four human opponents.
To run DOOM in a console, type the following command:
sdoom -warp 1 1
If you prefer to run DOOM under X, type the following command:
xdoom -warp 1 1
To call up DOOM’s main menu, simply press Esc.
You can learn more about DOOM by visiting the DOOM Archives at http://www.idsoftware.com/archives/doomarc.html and the Linux DOOM FAQ at http://jcomm.uoregon.edu/~stevev/Linux-DOOM-FAQ.html. You might also enjoy lxDoom, a Linux port of Boom, which is an enhanced version of DOOM.
Like DOOM, Quake II was also written by id Software. However, Quake II is a much more modern ...