Open thread: penguins descending a hill

2010 December 1
by Mary

Even if you are the geek who geeks Linux the least, I think you can fully appreciate that penguins descending a hill are awesome:

Six penguins are seen from slightly below, walking down a groove in an icy slope
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Takes me back to my youth, playing Tux Racer. For nostalgic folk, or for people who have never yet controlled a penguin sliding down ice on its round belly while cheesy music plays, the version of the Tux Racer game that seems to be still actively developed is Extreme Tux Racer, versions available for Linux, MacOS and Windows. What other freely available games do you play in nostalgic moments?

If you have something to talk about other than penguins changing altitude, or game nostalgia, feel free. This is an open thread for discussion of anything of interest, including older posts, winter plans, summer days, and geek feminist rallying.

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This post was written by mary.

Mary is a Free Software contributor, computational linguistics research student and programmer at large. She can also be found at and Hoyden About Town.

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4 Responses
  1. Katherine permalink
    December 1, 2010

    I do love me some good emulated abandonware games from my youth (and beating them for the first time!)

  2. kiturak permalink
    December 2, 2010

    Lemmings! There’s a browser-version of it, but it’s got only 40 levels. I still miss the old game!
    (Thanks for the Tux Race link!! :) It kept crashing initially (I have an old computer with Windows XP), but after looking up in the wiki and trying around changing configurations, it runs just fine)

  3. Annalee Rockwood permalink
    December 2, 2010

    oh my goodness yes Lemmings! When I was young, the little Lemming-killing machines in some levels actually made me cry.

    Does anyone else remember Jazz Jackrabbit? The actual game I could take or leave, but there were these bonus levels where he rolled into a ball and you shot him around a racecourse collecting coins. And bless the designers, they put in an option where you could play the bonus levels without playing the actual game. I don’t know if it’s freely available though, so I’m off-topic on the open thread :).

  4. Andrea Shepard permalink
    December 3, 2010

    It’s the Linux port of Star Control 2 for me.

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