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What games are you playing on OpenBSD?

Contributed by jose on from the fun-fun-fun dept.

Isak Lyberth writes:
"Although work with OpenBSD never seases to be fun, i sometimes wonder what games can be run on an OpenBSD box. I havent tried alot myself, but it could be fun to find out how much people are using it for gaming."
I have to admit I've lost a lot of hours playing dopewars , a bunch of Zork via zoom , and bzflag (from a test port) . However, /usr/ports/games is pretty slim pickings. Anyone have any favorites that don't appear there?

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  1. By schubert () on

    I probably read about 20 fortunes a day (every time I log in or open a terminal...)... I don't game on it but if I did I'd probably go with nethack (duh) xevil (because its evil) and maybe freeciv.

    oh and it's "ceases"

  2. By Brett Jones () on

    Im running the Halflife Mod Day of Defeat as a server on one of my machines (running OBSD). It's running via Linux emu, but works perfect.

  3. By jolan () on

    bzflag rocks. it's a 3d, multiplayer tank war game. unfortunately performance really sucks without DRI. (homepage is

    teg is a risk clone for gnome. lots of fun. (homepage is

    cribbage (part of games) helps to pass the time if you know how to play.

  4. By RC () on

    I'm not a big gamer, but I've killed a few hours with the lbreakout

    And there's always XMAME...

  5. By Anonymous Coward () on

    You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully.

    Nothing happens.

  6. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Pretty much the best game is /usr/games/tetris. Linux is by far a better gaming platform than OpenBSD and Windows is by far a better supported gaming platform than Linux. Sad but true.

    1. By tedu () on

      there's an old version of xtetris floating around.
      just remember to edit the makefile so you get color (should be a hint as to how old this is).

    2. By Anonymous Coward () on

      And xbill is meant to improve matters in this market :-)

  7. By Jeroen () on

    Nethack :)

    1. By Nobody () on

      NetHack Rulezzz :))

  8. By Anonymous Coward () on

    1. By mirabile () on

  9. By Erik Hofman () on

    I don't know if FlightGear already runs on OpenBSD, but some one has patched it to work with FreeBSD so I guess there wouldn't be much needed to get it running for OpenBSD. I don't count it a game though.

    1. By jolan () on

      Someone made a port. Again, it sucks without DRI.

      1. By Anonymous Coward () on

        Rumours are, nVidia is developing kernel drivers for FreeBSD.

    2. By Lurene Grenier () on

      I set to work on a Flightgear port some time ago but got sidetracked as we really didn't have what we needed to make it work, but I'm sure I'll get back to it someday ;)

  10. By Couderc () on

    If you used a submitted port of bzflag why haven't you done a report ?
    Porters are spending time to create ports but there is few people who test and report on it. So guys if you want more stuff in the tree give feedback !

  11. By Anonymous Coward () on

    My self I play Doom a lot, but my tests of the Linux version of Unreal Tournament looked -- I just need a, hmm, ... a whole new computer.

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      Am working on a version of doom that plays on four monitors and four keyboards. Developing it on an openbsd machine.

  12. By Sam () on

    /usr/ports/x11/kde/games3 is good, but also a monumental timesuck.

  13. By Anonymous Coward () on


  14. By vesa () on

    This is not very openbsd specific, but I used to play xpilot. Nowadays, i use mplayer to watch divx movies. they seem to be everywhere...

  15. By panda () on

    xkobo looks like the old times'
    shoot em up games, whenever i have absolutely
    nothing to do, i play a little xkobo.

  16. By Anonymous Coward () on

    nobody plays hack? unbelievable... :)

  17. By robin () on

    The annual /dev/null/nethack Tournament (running now, in fact) is largely run on OpenBSD. The web site/control server as well as both the game servers we provide run OpenBSD.

    (The volunteer servers are always a variety of different systems, bt all the stuff we provide from /dev/null runs OpenBSD.)

    I've been a lot more confortableabout running public logins for the Tournament since we moved onto OpenBSD from SunOS. ;-)


  18. By Hein () on

    I play the dns game, the http game and for the fun of it, I play the smtp game. Who needs Hitman?

  19. By Anonymous Coward () on

  20. By zil0g () on

    Quake and xbill works for me, for around 20min each if I'm really bored, oh and fortunes of course ;)

    will be putting up a UT2 server anyday now, THAT'S a real game - you need TWO new computers to run it :P

    but as a huge time-killer I recommend - fun for the whole family

  21. By Sacha () on

    Wargames :p

  22. By Peter Hessler () on

    Marathon is the greatest game ever (with maybe the exception of Escape Velocity), and now we BSDers can submit to the addiction that is Marathon!

    Frog Blast The Vent Core!!!!!!

  23. By Anonymous Coward () on

    all kinds of them, using the Linux emulation:

    Medal Of Honor (hopefully Spearhead, if Ryan C. Gordon ( can get something out soon), Neverwinter Nights, Castle Wolfenstein, Jedi Knight 2 (painful to run with linux emu), almost anything compiled for linux can be run, that's great because I only have OpenBSD servers...

  24. By Corey () on

    LOTR meets the mario brothers meets DBZ.

  25. By Chris Humphries () on

    crossfire is in ports... though think maybe mark@ and myself are the only ones that play it. anyone else?


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