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Alien Arena 7.33 has been released, 2 months after version 7.32 and even though it missed the Christmas, most people still have some days off from work for the holidays and that should give them enough time to try it out.

Alien Arena is a free, stand-alone FPS deathmatch game for Windows and Linux.

The new Alien Arena 7.33 additions and improvements:

  • In-game IRC client
  • Player rankings in server browser
  • Automatic video setting detection on first run (improved)
  • Skill level matchmaker on server info
  • Vastly improved anti-lag code
  • Headshots
  • New map
  • Improved player skins and other gfx
  • Optimizations and bugfixes
  • Various improved graphic effects
Full changelog.

System requirements:

1 GHz
256 MB RAM
500 MB hard disk space
3D Accelerator

To run the game in Linux, simply extract the downloaded archive, open a terminal and run crx:

Or, if you want to run a dedicated server, run crded.

I had some issues running the game in Linux. The following error was displayed:
------- sound initialization -------
bt_audio_service_open: connect() failed: Connection refused (111)
AL lib: oss.c:179: Could not open /dev/dsp: Device or resource busy

And the game did not start. This is because of some Pulse Audio issues with OpenAL. But I've found a fix. If you also experience this error, edit the /etc/openal/alsoft.conf file. To do this, press Alt + F2 and paste this:
gksu gedit /etc/openal/alsoft.conf

Now search for the line that looks like this (it's on line 70 on my Ubuntu Karmic PC):
#drivers = alsa,oss,solaris,dsound,winmm,port,pulse,wave

and uncomment it (remove the "#" at the beginning of the line) and also, remove "pulse" from this list. Basically, after the change, this line should look like this:
drivers = alsa,oss,solaris,dsound,winmm,port,wave

And save the file, then run crx again.

Download Alien Arena 7.33 for Windows and Linux (never mind the date on the download page - that's a bug).

[via phoronix]