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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 icculus.org hompage where he lists everything he is currently involved in.

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Playing Prey on Linux in 2018

By Hamish,
Continuing on from my previous articles on how to get both Doom 3 and Quake 4 running on modern Linux systems, I felt the time was right to look at Prey, another id Tech 4 based game with a native Linux port. It did not take me long to discover that the main issue people were likely to run into with Prey had nothing to do with the game itself.

Playing Quake 4 on Linux in 2018

By Hamish,
Having already gone to the trouble of getting the original Doom 3 binary working on my modern Arch Linux system a few months back, it made me wonder just how much effort it would take to get the closed source Quake 4 port up and running again as well.

Playing Doom 3 on Linux in 2017

By Hamish,
With the release of the source code to both Doom 3 and the later BFG Edition, there now exists three options for Linux users wanting to play the game. Having gone through Doom 3 again, I decided it was time for me to compare them and give my thoughts on both the game and which of the three versions are best for Linux users in 2017.

Some thoughts on Ziggurat

By Hamish,
Classic first-person shooters are without question my favourite video game genre, and it would be nice to be able to sit down and play more Indie games that can satisfy both my classic FPS craving while at the same time pushing the genre forward. Ziggurat attempts to do both, and it wins my respect for that.

Some thoughts on Hard West

By Hamish,
Hard West is a hard game to recommend to anyone unwilling to subject themselves to a trial by fire. If it were a horse I would say that it tried to buck me at every possible opportunity. It almost succeeded too.

Some thoughts on The Original Strife: Veteran Edition

By Hamish,
Strife: Quest for the Sigil was both a critical and commercial disappointment for Rogue Entertainment in 1996, and the source code to the game was mislaid by its developers. Years later work begin on reverse engineering Strife using the released Doom code. Night Dive Studios would later use this community project to craft The Original Strife: Veteran Edition.

Some thoughts on the Shadowrun series

By Hamish,
Shadowrun was not only the first CRPG series I found compelling enough to play through all the way to the end, but one that I also found myself invested in enough to purchase additional instalments soon after playing the first.

Some thoughts on Age of Conquest IV

By Hamish,
Age of Conquest IV by Noble Master Games is a strategy title that manages to go far beyond its roots in family tabletop gaming to become a lightning fast war game where you must do or die to succeed.

The Big Three Build Engine Games On GOG

By Hamish,
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?

Desura owner Bad JuJu Games files for bankruptcy

By Hamish,
More bad news has emerged surrounding Desura, with its parent company Bad JuJu Games filing for bankruptcy only two weeks after it emerged that they were behind in paying developers and only seven months after it was announced that they had acquired Desura from Linden Lab.

The Chzo Mythos And Other Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw Games Updated For Linux

By Hamish,
Several years ago I made a number of standalone Linux binaries for the Chzo Mythos using the then closed source Adventure Game Studio runtime as a base. Now that the source code to AGS has been released, I have updated the builds to use the superior free software engine.

GOG to remove archive protection from their Windows installers

By Hamish,
After hearing plenty of heated feedback, GOG.com has now backtracked from their use of encrypted RAR files in their Windows installers, something which has raised concerns about the potential for encroaching DRM on their service as well as causing technical problems for some Linux users.

The Dark Descent of Frictional Games: Part Two

By Hamish,
In the second of a two part opinion series, I will offer up my own personal conviction that the Amnesia games do not actually live up to the full potential demonstrated by their predecessors.

The Dark Descent of Frictional Games: Part One

By Hamish,
In the first of a two part opinion series, we will explore how the Penumbra games through a process of gradual evolution created a solid design template for later Frictional Games titles to follow.

Yet Another Postal 2 DLC Is In The Works

By Hamish,
While Linux, Mac, and non-Steam players are still waiting for the arrival of the already released free updates to Running With Scissors flagship title, the Tucson based developers are already working on their next project, one which promises to revitalize the already eleven year old game in new and surprising ways.
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