Monthly Archives: June 2006

Linux Gaming: Enemy Territory Quake Wars

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is one of the most anticpated games of 2006 and id Software has promised a native Linux version. Initial video, screenshots, and reviews all look pretty amazing:

The first task that we had to complete was rebuilding a bridge in order to advance into the Strogg base. In order to do that, someone had to be the engineer class and use their special skill of repairing things. Everyone else has to cover that person because of all the people (including their alien mothers) on the Strogg team was trying to take him out. That task took the longest to complete because no one wanted to be the engineer right off. Each class has their strengths and weaknesses that go along with their special skills. The engineer is good at repairing things but had a short ranged main weapon (namely a shotgun). And seeing as how the enemy was on the other side of the damaged bridge, the engineer wasn’t much use in fighting them. This means that our teammates had to cover him while he repaired the bridge. Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is great team based game because it, using this unique task system, forces you to work as a team. There is no way to win with out teamwork. I am more of a team player than a loner, so this type of game is right up my alley.

I played as every character class except for the medic. I found that I was pretty good as a solider, laying down support fire for my fellow teammates while they were doing more delicate work. I also don the role of the covert op, sniping Strogg from a far. Sometimes it wouldn’t matter my class. Like the times when I hopped in a tank and laid waste to everything in my path. Speaking of things in my path, everything in the game was very visually pleasing. It was cool to see allies being airdropped in right in time to save me from attacking Strogg, especially, when your allies are rendered in top of the line graphics. I felt like I was really in an epic battle for all humanity. I could even see the bullet holes in the vehicles I drove during the match. You can’t help but be amazed at how good this game looks.

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars was an amazing experience. This game is definitely one of the best that E3 had to offer this year. I just wish I had a stronger computer, that way I could spend hours saving the world when Quake Wars is finally released.

The game should be released sometime this year and hopefully we’ll see the Linux version soon. I’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

Resources:
Official Enemy Territory Quake Wars Site
Enemy Territory Quake Wars FAQ
QuakeWarsHQ.com
Unofficial Fan Site Kit
Wikipedia – Background and links

IAF Bombs Palestinian Interior Ministry and Other Targets

The Israelis continue to crank up the pressure:

Israeli warplanes struck more than a dozen times in Gaza in the hours after midnight, hitting the Palestinian Interior Ministry and a Fatah office in Gaza city, as well as a Hamas training camp in the city’s outskirts.

Israel Air Force aircraft early Friday struck the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza City, Palestinian witnesses said, setting it on fire.

…The Interior Ministry is nominally in charge of Palestinian security forces, though Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas removed most of its authority