Raspberry Pi App Store Adds First FPS Game: OpenArena

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News Posted: Sat, Jan 26 2013 11:59 AM

The do-it-yourself Raspberry Pi boasts some pretty modest specs, but it's been proven time and time again that it's no slouch where gaming's concerned. In November, it was announced that Minecraft is being ported to the platform (it's still not here as of the time of this post), and not long after, the Raspberry Pi App Store was rolled-out offering a couple of open-source games that run just fine on the platform.

OpenArena will look instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever played Quake III, as it's based on the open-source port of the id Tech 3 engine, ioquake3. Development has been on-going since 2005, though the game is still not considered "final" software. However, it's still very well-developed at this point, so it's well worth checking out. Future developments may include things like map packs, not necessarily engine enhancements.

It's worth nothing that OpenArena is a very popular inclusion for most Linux repositories. It's currently available in Ubuntu, Fedora and Gentoo, and likely many others.

With a game like OpenArena making its way to the RPi, it doesn't seem unlikely that we'll soon see other ioquake3 and Quake-based games hitting the platform in the near-future. Other key ioquake3 games are Urban Terror and Tremulous, with other games that should work on the RPi being Nexuiz (the original) and Warsaw.

How cool would it be to have a LAN party sporting RPis instead of desktop PCs?

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Jan 26 2013 5:33 PM

Unfortunately, we have been unable to get it to install thus far. It keeps failing during install. Anyone with any tips you can share?

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RWilliams replied on Sat, Jan 26 2013 6:52 PM

Are you running the Raspbian OS? As far as I'm aware, that's what this app store supports. I don't have an RPi so I can't test anything out, but I'll see if a friend of mine can take it for a spin.

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Jan 26 2013 6:54 PM

Yep, straight out of the box config.

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Jan 26 2013 7:16 PM

Does it give you any details in the terminal window, before failing?

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Jan 26 2013 8:23 PM

Yes, it talks about needing root access then we provide the default password and then it fails saying it can't find zipfile blah, blah...

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I got to get me one of these to play around with.

Also I think Raspbian is Debian based. If you post the error I'm sure someone can figure it out.

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Does anyone know how to play the app? it just keeps rebooting when I press launch app

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