So I’ve been thinking about the performance capabilities of the Zonbu.
A 1.2 GHz machine, not long ago, was a kick ass bit of kit. I gamed on much more humble machines “back in the day”.
Even today, as we’ve discovered in this blog, you can do some pretty heavy lifting and multitasking with the Zonbu, despite what some of the casual reviewers suggest.
Which got me thinking, some of the best PC games I ever played were on much slower systems. And many of them are now open source…
First up, of course, is the perennial classic Doom.
Frankly, you don’t really have a funky new Linux platform until someone ports Doom to it.
Hell, my Nokia N800 has Doom on it. I kid you not.
I think this should be included in the base distribution, albeit with the ability for a parent to disable it, as it might be a but much for younger users.
Good games never go out of style
There are lots of other great titles that might be available, or that there are open source equivalents for.
I’m not going to go hunting around, but to jog readers memories, games like the early Command and Conquer, Pirates, Super Mario Bros., Racing Destruction Set, Duke Nuke’m, Quake, Unreal and legions of others could be viable on the Zonbu.
Great gameplay is great gameplay and never out of style.
I’d even be willing to pay for a “games pack” that brought these titles to the box and made it more enjoyable.
Some good options are already included
I’m not going to detail them here, but a really nice cross section of games is already included, I just think things like Doom would add a lot.
The billiards title is very good, the chess is nice and so on. I enjoyed the Tetris clone and the super Breakout version took me waaaaaay back.
I’ll talk more about those in another post, but I would be remiss to not recognize the work that has already been done here.
This box has some nice 3D graphics capabilities and 64MB of shared VRAM – lets put that to good use.
As a conversation starter, here is the Gamespy list of Top 50 games of all time.
See if you agree and let us hear what games you loved that could possibly run on the Zonbu.