first of all thanks for your work!
I think it is a little bit hard to combine gaming and Haiku-OS now at the current state of the OS because of the supported GFX cards and OpenGL and so on, BUT
...of course there aren't many games in Haiku but there's still some interesting games
You are right, but that is changeble to a little better situation.
IIRC there has been a lot of small games back in the BeOS R4/R4.5/R5-days. And a couple of them should be working on Haiku-OS, Rocks'n'Diamonds for example. But we are now in a situation where next release (maybe even beta 1) is recogniseable at the horizon.
And that's a point where Haiku-OS users could step in to help the developers. They could:
- try to get as much games (with it's sources if possible) back from the BeOS days
- try to write receipes to create HPKGs of them
- testing, testing, testing (which is fun, because it means to play a lot ... )
- try to get a software repository that fits OR provide an own (games-)repository
Oh yes, i remember also the FPS shooters i.e. Quake2@BeOS and QuakeIII-Arena, even Doom and that Duke Nukem port (named "Dave Gnukem" on BeOS). Also a FreeCiv clone and OpenRaider (free Tomb Raider clone from a russian developer iirc) and so on.
You will find a lot of them on BeShare networks and anywhere on the net on personal homepages of BeOS/Haiku enthusiats.
There has also been 1 or 2 Game CDs for Zeta back in the days, but i never got one of them and so i am not sure if that things has been "native" Zeta games or if them have to be played by an emulator.
I'm not a pro-gamer or so, but the man/woman getting QuakeIII-TeamArena running (with netcode!), playable and hpkg-packaged on Haiku's upcoming beta version will get 100,00 EUR donated by me. (Just for the memories of my youth being back on my loved OS ) I think it should be doable, even with SoftwareGL, the current CPUs are more then strong enough therefore.
EDIT: Readers, don't get me wrong, first of all we (the users) sould be the strong arm of the Haiku-OS community that helps the developers by installing, testing and reporting bugs.
So, everything at the proper time. Step by step.