Quake on Chumby

xobs, a developer at chumby, showed me one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while on a chumby: a full port of Quake. He got the whole thing running under SDL and hacked up the event layer so that the accelerometer (tilting) is used to move in the game, the bend switch is used to fire, and a touch anywhere on the screen is used to jump/activate items. So now you can hug a Linux computer and frag bad guys at the same time. Practical? no. Cool? yes.

Below is a video of the loading screen plus a quick sample of the gameplay.

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As you can see the frame rate is very playable on this little 350 MHz ARM9 i.MX21 CPU, although I had a little trouble holding the camera and playing at the same time, while finding a good angle for filming. I never really equated chumby in my mind with a video-game capable system like this, but that’s the joy of open source — people will do things with the hardware that you never expected or had in mind when you designed it. I love it!

You can find out more about how he did it in the chumby developer forum, and if you own a chumby you can download a USB dongle image that lets you play it (and if you don’t own a chumby, you can get one). And, xobs was fastidious about keeping compliant with the GPL and immediately posted the source tarball as well for you to peruse.

20 Responses to “Quake on Chumby”

  1. Very nice… Quake really does run on everything… *amused*
    I shall have to see about getting a Chumby (that name always makes me smile ^.^) when I have the money… They do look like fun to have a tinker with…

    Re: “Practical? no. Cool? yes”
    I thought that was the whole point of hacking? ;)

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  3. advance says:

    interesting article +1

  4. drtune says:

    Nice! Runs very well indeed on my Chumby, took me right back to t’old days.

  5. muriani says:

    It’s like Doom was back in the day.
    Doom was ported to EVERYTHING. Now we just moved to the next one.

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  12. Gus "Rifle" says:

    I have seen quake 3 running on an i-pod touch,but quake 3 running on a chumby is much cooler.

  13. Bodybuil says:

    Очень интересная и поучительная статья. Добавлю в избранное

  14. Gloryhole says:

    Great resources. Thanks

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