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Abuse 0.8 README ---------------- ---- 1. Introduction 2. Additional Features 3. Requirements 4. Running Abuse 5. Configuration 6. Installing the datafiles 7. Notes 8. Special Thanks 9. Feedback ---- 1. INTRODUCTION Welcome to Abuse, the port of the classic game Abuse to the Simple DirectMedia Layer. Abuse was originally developed by Crack dot Com and released in 1995 for MS-DOS. A Linux version was also made available at a later date. It had a few limitations the most restrictive of which was that it only ran on an 8-bit display, and only in a window. Abuse will run at any colour depth and supports fullscreen mode, as well as many other new features. It should also be more portable and hopefully run on a variety of *nix variants, and possibly other systems supported by the SDL library. 2. ADDITIONAL FEATURES Abuse has the following extra features over the original: Runs at a screen bit depth of 8, 16, 24 or 32. Fullscreen display. Scaling by any amount (eg. 2, 3 or 4) OpenGL support for hardware scaling and anti-aliasing. Stereo sound with panning. Mousewheel support for changing weapons. Customizable keys. 3. REQUIREMENTS Abuse has the following requirements: SDL 1.1.6 or above. SDL-Mixer One of the following sets of datafiles: - Registered Abuse(original CD) - Abuse Shareware - fRaBs(Free Abuse) OpenGL is optional. 4. RUNNING ABUSE If Abuse has been installed properly, the command: abuse will start the game. The following command-line switches can be used: -datadir <arg> Set the location of the datafiles -doublebuf Enable double buffering -edit Start in editor mode -f <arg> Load the map file named <arg> -fullscreen Enable fullscreen mode -gl Enable OpenGL (if supported) -antialias Enable anti-aliasing (only with -gl) -lisp Start in lisp interpreter mode -mono Disable stereo sound -nodelay Run at maximum speed -nosound Disable sound -scale <arg> Scale by <arg> amount 5. CONFIGURATION Abuse also has a configuration file where these options can be set instead of using the command line. The file "abuserc" will be created in your ~/.abuse directory the first time Abuse is run. Lines starting with a ';' are comments. Setting an option to '1' turns it on, and '0' turns it off. To change the keys used in the game, simply type the key after the option. The following special keys can also be used: LEFT, RIGHT, UP, DOWN : Cursor keys and keypad. CTRL_L, CTRL_R : Left and right CTRL keys. ALT_L, ALT_R : Left and right ALT keys. SHIFT_L, SHIFT_R : Left and right SHIFT keys. F1 - F10 : Function keys 1 through 10. TAB : TAB key. BACKSPACE : Backspace key. ENTER : Enter key INSERT, DEL : Insert and Delete keys. PAGEUP, PAGEDOWN : PageUp and PageDown keys. CAPS, NUM_LOCK : Caps-Lock and Num-Lock keys. SPACE : Spacebar. The default key settings are as follows: Left : Left cursor key. Right : Right cursor key. Up/Jump : Up cursor key. Down/Use : Down cursor key. Prev Weapon : Left or Right CTRL keys. Next Weapon : Insert key. The mouse always controls your aim, with Left button for fire and Right button for special. Mousewheel can be used for changing weapons. 6. INSTALLING THE DATAFILES Abuse requires a set of datafiles (graphics, sounds, maps and so on) to be installed before it will run. They are available as a separate package from the Abuse website. By default, Abuse expects the datafiles to be installed in the following location: /usr/local/share/games/abuse However it is possible to change this and tell Abuse where to find the files if they are in another location. The location can be set when Abuse is compiled. See the INSTALL file for instructions on how to do this. You can also specify the location with the -datadir argument when Abuse is run. See section 4 above. Finally, the location can be set in the configuration file. See section 5 above. To install the datafiles, simply unpack the archive into a location of your choice (preferably '/usr/local/share/games/abuse' as mentioned above). 7. NOTES Scaling: Scaling is still experimental and not very fast. Try scaling by different amounts to see which ones work the best. OpenGL: OpenGL can be used to provide hardware accelerated scaling and anti-aliasing. You will require a 3D card with the appropriate drivers and GL libraries installed for this to work. fRaBs: The current release of fRaBs has some naming issues under Linux. In the 'addon/leon/' directory a lot of the files are uppercase when Abuse is expecting them to be lowercase. Renaming the files to be all lowercase will fix this problem. 8. SPECIAL THANKS Go to Jonathan Clark, Dave Taylor and the rest of the Crack Dot Com team for making the best 2D platform shooter ever, and then releasing the code that makes Abuse possible. Also, thanks go to Jonathan Clark for allowing Anthony to distribute the original datafiles with Abuse. Thanks also to everyone who has contributed ideas, bug reports and patches. See the AUTHORS file for details. 9. FEEDBACK If you have any questions, comments or criticism, Sam's email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org The Abuse webpage can be found at: http://abuse.zoy.org/ ---- Have fun!