matthewtb
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Re: SD card games?

Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:36 pm

hi all,

I\'ve just watched the Quake 3 video and have a few questions...

How did you get the game on Raspberry pi? was it a sd card

If it was how did you get it on there?

and also can you do that with other more modern games?
Thanks MTB

Huulivoide
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Re: SD card games?

Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:57 pm

RasberryPi will run Linux and not windows.
I assume you are referring to these windows
games you can buy on DVD disc at shops.
Or trough Steam... if that is what you meant
the answer is no.

In theory any opensource(d) game can run
on RPi, providing it doesn\'t require any huge
physics processing nor Radeon HD5860 class
of GFX card :D

Closedsource linux games, sold/distributed
only as ready compiled binaries will also not
work. Cuz they are for x86 CPU architecture
and RPi has ARM CPU

I\'m quite sure the game was on SD-card, unless
they had the linux system installed on USB stick/HDD

obarthelemy
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Re: SD card games?

Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:02 pm

There\'s plenty of way to get a game onto the Pi:
- Put it on a network share, and get it from the Pi, via Wifi or Ethernet
- Put it on a USB stick, and move that stick over to the Pi. Execute directly from the stick, or copy over the the SD card
- Put the game on an FTP, HTTP or Web server, and DL it from the Pi
- Put the PI\'s SD card in a PC, and copy the game over on the PC. Easy from a Linux PC, a bit more complicated from Windows since WIndows doesn\'t hadnle ext4 partition: you need to creat an extra FAT or NTFS parition on the card, Windows can access that, and so can Linux.
- Put it on a repository, and use a package manager to download ad install it. That is the preferred option in Linux for precopiled software, that\'s why you see instructions such as \"apt-get install mugame\", \"aptitude install mygame\", \"yum... mygame\" (I don\'t know yum ^^)
- ... (plenty more ways, I\'m sure)

That will work with any game that\'s available for the Pi, ie
- already compiled for the Pi and the OS you use it with
- available as source code that you can compile on your own Pi (there will be instructions for that, it goes from very simple to quite complicated)
- available as source code that you can\'t quite compile for the Pi as-is, and have to edit / tweak. Still a bit more complicated. Quake III was in that category ^^

tnelsond
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Re: SD card games?

Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:30 pm

Hey that would be cool. A game could be it\'s own OS and take up it\'s own SD card.

Martiiin
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Re: SD card games?

Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:02 pm

[quote]Quote from tnelsond on November 9, 2011, 22:30
Hey that would be cool. A game could be it\'s own OS and take up it\'s own SD card.[/quote]
I think I know what you mean..
I have also thought about that, when booting the Raspberry Pi, the only thing that would start is a game, e.g. Quake 3, and nothing else can be done with the Raspberry Pi?

Is that possible? :)
I got a few ideas that would work great if it is.

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Re: SD card games?

Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:14 pm

Well, you can make Linux boot then run a particular program, so yes, that is possible.
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Asgo
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Re: SD card games?

Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:17 pm

depends if it should be a requirement or a feature to start nothing else. ;)
since the OS will be on a SD card you can use as many copies of it as you like, each just with an installation of a specific game. (more or less like a linux live dvd)

depending on the game it just might be a bit overkill :)


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