Chocolate Duke Nukem 3D: a sad story
I am a Duke Nukem 3D aficionado and I've recently read with interest Fabien Sanglard's review of Duke Nukem 3D source code. As he writes, the original source code was really horrible.
|The Duke on his glorious cover - 3D Realms page here|
Fabien also started a Chocolate port, so I grabbed it to try to run the Duke glories on ODROID/Linux.
I realized - in disappointment - that this was a quick hack to have it running on Mac, not a proper chocolate port.
Furthermore the provided Visual Studio solution files were referring to some previous version of the project, with non-matching paths and broken includes - making it also not possible to build it on Windows (this portable is not, my young padawan).
During my own quest to have it building properly on Linux I decided to use Canassa's patches, since they seemed to be done in the reasonable framework of a chocolate port, and then I wrote my own Linux makefiles because Canassa is apparently also a Mac user - thus no Linux portability efforts were added at any time.
My chocolate improvementsIn my fork I have added proper CMake support, grab it here: Chocolate Duke Nukem 3D with Linux compile support
However the status of this codebase is almost hopeless:
- will not work on anything else than 32bit systems
- some glitch when player dies
- the 3D Realms logo has some palette quirk, doesn't look like it used to be
If you try to run it on a 64bit system you get only the initial animation, then it goes on "Segmentation fault". That's kind of expected, given the waterfall of integer-to-pointer and pointer-to-integer warnings shown during compilation.
Next step: eduke32
I didn't start from this more advanced port because I wanted to use a faithful version of Duke Nukem 3D, however I am now pleased to see that customization of the built eduke32 is possible to an extent that most advanced features can be turned off.
This is perfect for our ODROID retro-goals! :)
I have done some fixes and prepared a build script, grab them here: eduke32 patch to run on ODROID + optimized build script
|Diplomacy is the best feature of this game, as I remember|
And enjoy Duke Nukem 3D - it runs flawlessly fast on my U2!
P.S.: I have added the eduke32 binary to release 0.7.3 of odroid-debian-wheezy, or you can download it from here (will only work with Debian Wheezy 7.1 ARM hardfloat)