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Games on OpenBSD - PPP
(I liked the alliteration...)
Why do people use OpenBSD?
OpenBSD vs. Games
OpenBSD "churn" vs. "Big Bang" game releases
Small install base (compared to Windows, Mac, Linux) - no $$$?
Not a suitable target for closed binary distribution
no wine/proton - an increasing problem
OpenBSD vs. DRM, vendor lock-in
grew up with GameBoy, SNES, DOS games
2014: Discovered OpenBSD 5.3 - slow, poor video playback in browsers ... but the right priorities!
OpenBSD + ports did basically everything I needed for daily driver
... but I kept booting into Linux to play games.
My first thought was that games would just be terminal games ("Router OS mentality")
I remember spending an airplane trip to Portland playing NetHack...
me: "maybe I can discover new worthwhile gaming experiences on OpenBSD..."
started looking for what else is out there...
One game conviced me that gaming on OpenBSD can be awesome...
openxcom (X-Com: UFO Defense)
The Dark Ages
...what else is out there?
started collecting lists of (mostly Linux) source ports
even more interesting than source ports: engines (dosbox, scummvm) - they can unlock many games
Renaissance - FNA
a free framework for indie games
indie games are a great fit:
not hardware hungry
many made with opensource tools (like FNA)
after poking at things in the linux version
lots of "cp /usr/local/lib/libSDL2.so.* ." and the like at first
OpenBSD 6.0 (2017): mono was broken (sort of)
make script to turn FNA games from a personal indulgence into a tool for all OpenBSD gamers
Hardware and Libraries
Intel vs. AMD (AMDGPU when?)
OpenBSD vs. USB => ujoy(4)
Slay the Spire
Minecraft (ask phessler@, kurtm@, pamela@, not me)
Games | Security
Stardew Valley | RETGUARD
Stadia | chromium sandbox
mgba | pledge/unveil
Publicity (or lack thereof)
Mission: tackle OpenBSD's reputation (in some circles) as a "router & server OS"
Increasing OpenBSD Gaming Awareness
First on GOG Collections (R.I.P.) (BSDNow featured)
"Hashtag PlayOnBSD" - blame bcallah
Made me appreciate how much I would like to NOT do web design
thfr on YouTube
solene's PeerTube channel
reivyr (more content plz :])
allows me to focus on the content rather than style
the future for all of us tired of the web design treadmill?
(guess that makes me a boomer)
don't panic - https://playonbsd.com/ will go on; but likely soon as a conversion from gemini
More gamecontroller support (esp. chromium)
Controllers needing kernel quirks (XBox One, others)
Wine 32bit (multilib)
How About You?
port opensource engines
update existing ports
spread the word - "not just a router/server OS"
share between *BSD
hop onto playonbsd.com API (upcoming)
Justin Sheryll's blog
#PlayOnBSD (mastodon, twitter)