Open source and Linux games roundup: January 31 - February 7, 2015

Emulation on the Raspberry Pi 2, Git Game, and more

open source button on keyboard
Image by :

Subscribe now

Get the highlights in your inbox every week.

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at the Raspberry Pi 2, some thoughts on Alibaba's recent investment into the Ouya, a way to test your Git knowledge, and more!

And, welcome to Andrew Mandula! A new writer for our weekly open source and Linux games roundup.

Open source and Linux games roundup

Week of January 31 - February 7, 2015

Emulation on the Raspberry Pi 2

This week the team at Raspberry Pi unvieled the Raspberry Pi 2. Its increased horsepower means that emulation of the Nintendo 64 and Playstation 1 are possible, as the Raspberry Pi team shows us with some gameplay footage of Mario Kart 64 and Spyro the Dragon.

Alibaba secures a storefront by investing in OUYA

Last week Alibaba, a large Chinese e-commerce company, invested $10M into the OUYA. This week, Brandon Sheffield, senior editor at Gamasutra, discusses the potential reasons Alibaba had when making the investment.

Git Game of skills

One of the ways we find news for the open gaming roundup is by looking for interesting projects on GitHub. This week during the search, Git Game stumbled across our radar; it's a game to test your git abilities. This is a great way to keep your git skills sharp or to test a coworker who says they are the ultimate Git Guru!

Grow this list!

I have recently started a site that lists games, tools, engines and other bits of software that are using OSI approved licenses. The list has just started, so help grow the list by contributing to the JSON file.

New games out for Linux

Pixalo is a retro platfromer that has players jump around pop culture references from the 60's and beyond.

Destination Sol is a free-to-play game with RPG elements for ship upgrades and arcade action for its ship combat.

To Be or Not To Be has players guiding Hamlet, Ophelia, and all your favorite characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet to their death (or not!). This one is some heavy reading though, so non-English beware.


About the author

Andrew Mandula - I'm a graduating Senior at Rochester Institute of Technology in the Game Design & Development program. I am also in the first Open Source Minor in the United States! I have an interest in all things games and FOSS and have even made a few open source games. Check them out on my Github!