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The Big Three Build Engine Games On GOG

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Duke Nukem 3D. Shadow Warrior. Blood. All built on the Build engine, these three games when taken collectively are often referred to as the Big Three, and they are now all available for Linux from GOG. But just how well has GOG done in bringing these classic '90s shooters into the modern era?

"Build Bros" image used courtesy of Robert Treherne on DeviantArt.

For this article I am concerning myself only with the single player aspect of the games; I have not tried to use any of their multiplayer components. I am also using the Tarball Archive option offered by GOG for all of the games.

Software Specifications:
Distribution: Arch Linux
Kernel: Linux 4.0.5
Graphics Driver: R600 Gallium3D Driver
Desktop Environment: Xfce 4.12 with compositing

Hardware Specifications:
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-E51(FX)
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.2 Ghz
Memory: 4 Gigabytes DDR3 PC10666, 1333 MHz
Boot Drive: 500 GB Western Digital Caviar Black
Headset: Roccat Kulo ROC-14-702
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Hamish Paul Wilson is a free software developer, game critic, amateur writer, and farm labourer living in Alberta, Canada. He is an advocate of both DRM free Linux gaming and the free software movement alongside his other causes, and more information on him can be found at his homepage where he lists everything he is currently involved in:
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ElectricPrism 24 Jun, 2015
I really like the high res texture pack on eduke32 on Arch Linux AUR
Stoney_Fish 24 Jun, 2015
I just got a reply fro GOG support for my display issue in Duke Nukem 3D. Here is what they said.
For performance and compatibility reasons, our version of Duke Nukem 3D has been set to run in screen mode 1 (Vesa 2.0), but this seems to cause issues with some display settings.
To change this, please go to the game's install path, and edit the file data/DUKE3D.CFG , and change this line :
ScreenMode = 1
ScreenMode = 0

Alternatively, you could define the actual resolution of your screen using these two parameters :
ScreenWidth = 800
ScreenHeight = 600
rea987 30 Jun, 2015
Well, I appreciate DOSBox release of Blood for GNU/Linux; but I do not see the appeal for playing Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior via DOSBox while Steam offers pretty solid source ports. Besides Duke Nukem 3D on Steam has Steam Workshop support which allows players to install mods easily. If you argue with the superiority of Free source ports like eduke32, Steam offers required game files without DRM. Unless the Linux version will be released on Steam, I probably buy Blood on GOG; but I cannot say the same for the other two.
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