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1 Aliens vs Predator Linux http://icculus.org/avp/
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4 This is an unofficial Linux port of the Fox Interactive / Rebellion
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5 Developments game, Aliens Versus Predator.
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7 The port is currently under development; it is not yet "suitable for
8 end users." Hopefully this status will change in the not-so-distant future.
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14 (Please see note below regarding installation/running.)
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17 Obviously this README is totally incomplete, and will probably remain so for
18 quite a while, so I'll just try to list a few important notes.
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21 The original copyright statement for the source code:
22 "The source code to Aliens Vs Predator is copyright (c) 1999-2000 Rebellion
23 and is provided as is with no warranty for its suitability for use. You may
24 not use this source code in full or in part for commercial purposes. Any use
25 must include a clearly visible credit to Rebellion as the creators and
26 owners, and reiteration of this license."
27 Take that as you will.
28 You can find the original source code and other related tools at:
29 http://www.avpnews.com/mods/tools/
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32 Yes, the code does something. No, it's not ready for a release. No, it is not
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33 vaporware. I hope to at least complete the single player part of the game
34 before making an official release. Check out the TODO to see what's needed to
35 be done.
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38 If you are really itching to try this out, either install the Gold Ed. in
39 windows/vmware (read below to find out why), or download the AvP Alien demo.
40 If you are wanting to run the Alien demo (the installer is an .exe but you
41 can just use unzip to extract the files from the .exe), add -DALIEN_DEMO to
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42 the CFLAGS line (the one that's uncommented) in the Makefile. Rename all game
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43 files lowercase. Be sure to install SDL 1.2 (http://www.libsdl.org) with
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44 OpenGL support, nasm 0.98, and the latest OpenAL CVS (http://www.openal.org).
45 AvP requires a 3D card with OpenGL support.
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48 IMPORTANT:
49 AvP now uses $HOME/.avp/ to load/store configs, logs, etc.
50 NOTE: Windows profiles probably do not work in Linux and vice versa.
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52 AvP will no longer use the current working directory to look for files. You
53 must either copy or symlink the AvP binary to the game data directory and run
54 that, or set AVP_DATA to the data directory.
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56 Currently:
57 If you want to install the mappacks from
58 http://www.avpnews.com/files/avpfiles.html, install them with the rest of
59 the game data, not in ~/.avp/. Make sure everything is lowercase (although,
60 the maps in avp_rifs/Custom do not have to be totally lowercase, just the .rif
61 extension). Maybe in the future users will be able to install the files in
62 ~/.avp/ also.
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64 Hopefully all the necessary file loading changes were made. Please let me
65 know if something goes wrong.
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68 If you have the regular edition, add -DREGULAR_EDITION to CFLAGS.
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70 If the version you want to use is not the Gold Edition, download
71 http://www.icculus.org/avp/english.txt.gz, extract it, and rename it
72 language.txt (Regular Ed.) or aenglish.txt (Alien Demo).
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74 If you get "Aborted" after starting a new game the second time or so,
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75 try recompiling with gcc-3.0.2. This problem should be fixed now; if not,
76 let me know.
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78 If you have Debian, the Debian SDL package, and an NVIDIA card, you will
79 have to uncomment a LDLIBS line in the Makefile.
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82 relnev:~/avp/AvP Demo 3 - Alien$ ls
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83 aenglish.txt alienavp_huds/ alienfastfile/ avp_rifs/
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84 relnev:~/avp/Gold Edition$ ls
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85 avp_huds/ avp_rifs/ cd tracks.txt fastfile/ language.txt
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87 Support for the demo is not quite complete (some sounds are missing).
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90 Linux Port-specific commands:
91 - ALT-ENTER for fullscreen
92 - CTRL-G for mouse grab
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93 - PRTSCN for screenshot
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96 The source code that was released only works with Aliens vs Predator Gold.
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97 This port currently supports Gold Edition, Regular, and the Alien demo.
98 (The Marine and Predator demos are a bit older and might not work.)
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101 At least with the Gold edition, a number of files are encoded on the CD. So
102 you would need to install the game in Windows (VMware works also) in order
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103 to get this to work. WINE will not work because the CD Check fails.
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106 Currently, all AvP files and directories need to be lowercase, and the
107 program ran from the directory with all the game data (language.txt,
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108 avp_huds, avp_rifs, fastfile). zakk recommends
109 http://blemished.net/chcase.html for renaming the files.
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112 Apparantly AvP Gold is no longer available at most places. I had ordered my
113 copy May 2001 from http://www.dragon.ca, but they no longer list it.
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114 Try searching http://www.amazon.com, http://www.ebgames.com,
115 http://www.ebay.com, or the bargin bin at your local computer store.
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118 It is unknown if the Mac Gold Edition will work with this (I'd be interested
119 in knowing if it does or not).
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122 The full motion sequences cannot be played because they are encoded with
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123 proprietary codecs (Bink and Smacker - http://www.radgametools.com). But I
124 do not think they will be greatly missed.
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127 More information about the game and the series can be found at
128 http://www.avpnews.com.
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131 Last, but surely not least:
132 Thanks go out to Chuck Mason for testing and the OpenAL code, Dan Olson for
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133 trying the code out with the Regular version, Zachary 'zakk' Slater for
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134 providing tons of feedback, Tim Beckmann for sending patches, and Ryan C.
135 Gordon for hosting this project.
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138 Steven Fuller <relnev@icculus.org>
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