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Update: How-To Run Orange Box Games on Linux & Mac OS X

Update: How-To Run Orange Box Games on Linux & Mac OS X

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Even though there's no native Linux support for Valve Softwares Orange Box games, a little work and patience appear to do the trick for those who'd love to play the DRM-based titles on a Linux distribution -- like Ubuntu.

Wayne over at the fsckin.com weblog has written up a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial on how to get the most recent Source Engine titles like Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2 up and running. The process described consists of three mayor steps and should take you around half an hour to complete.

The tutorial also contains a few screenshots to illustrate certain steps and holds a proof of concept video via Youtube.com. If you follow this carefully and fully comply with what is requested, then there will be cake at the end.

Update: If you're on Mac OS X machine, CrossOver (around $60) by Codeweavers runs Orange Box games on Mac pretty neatly -- even on a narrow-chested Macbook. Seems like Apple saved a million there.

Flix (not verified)
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October 16, 2007 - 16:15 #

The cake is a lie ... not :)

Jan
1838 EXP -
October 16, 2007 - 18:05 #

The Aperture AI certainly is the main attraction of Portal :)

One 18.25 ounce package chocolate cake mix. One can prepared coconut pecan frosting. Three slash four cup vegetable oil. Four large eggs. One cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Three slash four cups butter or margarine. One and two third cups granulated sugar. Two cups all purpose flower. Don't forget garnishes such as: Fish shaped crackers. Fish shaped candies. Fish shaped solid waste. Fish shaped dirt. Fish shaped ethyl benzene. Pull and peel licorice. Fish shaped organic compounds and sediment shaped sediment. Candy coated peanut butter pieces. Shaped like fish. One cup lemon juice. Alpha resins. Unsaturated polyester resins. Fiberglass surface resins. And volatile malted milk impoundments. Nine large egg yolks. Twelve medium geosynthetic membranes. One cup granulated sugar. An entry called 'how to kill someone with your bare hands.' Two cups rhubarb, sliced. Two slash three cups granulated rhubarb. One tablespoon all-purpose rhubarb. One teaspoon grated orange rhubarb. Three tablespoons rhubarb, on fire. One large rhubarb. One cross borehole electro-magnetic imaging rhubarb. Two tablespoons rhubarb juice. Adjustable aluminum head positioner. Slaughter electric needle injector. Cordless electric needle injector. Injector needle driver. Injector needle gun. Cranial caps. And it contains proven preservatives, deep penetration agents, and gas and odor control chemicals. That will deodorize and preserve putrid tissue. -- http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Portal

Jörg
5433 EXP -
October 16, 2007 - 18:27 #

Well, I can't follow you there, guys. What are you talking about?

Flix (not verified)
0 EXP -
October 16, 2007 - 19:00 #

The Aperture AI aka. GLaDOS is the announcer in Portal. It guides you trough the different challenges with its uniquely witty comments. Kind of like Shodan in System Shock but ... uh ...totally different. Its main theme being, that there'll be "cake" if you comply and complete all rooms.

But "cake" is also used as kind of a euphemism for burning to death. Hence the expression "the cake is a lie", which can be found written all over walls in semi-hidden areas in some of the later levels. And from here on it gets somewhat more confusing. Haven't yet quite figured what to make of this myself. Anyone?

Jan
1838 EXP -
October 16, 2007 - 20:48 #

You mean the orbs/spheres right? The quote I posted above is evidently taken from the cake one. Which, after you deposed of it, turns out to have actually meant cake -- with the death orb still up and running.

Not sure what the folks at Valve are trying to hint at, but it sure is inspiring to see the fanboards full of interpretations and lively discussions about it. Check halflife2.net or boards.ie for more.

As for me, the whole cake thing somehow reminded me of "Die Eier von Satan" by Tool :)

Jörg
5433 EXP -
October 16, 2007 - 21:12 #

I am giving up, although I've met Shodan...