May 1, 2003

Now Gamers don't need Windows; Lycoris and TransGaming unleash the GamePak

Jason Spisak writes

"Redmond, WA -- Wednesday, April 30, 2003 -- Breaking down one of the barrriers to widespread adoption of Desktop/LX as a mainstream operating system, Lycoris and TransGaming unleash the GamePak. A powerful package of five (5) native Desktop/LX games, the GamePak comes bundled with access to one free month of WineX which allows Desktop/LX users to play over 250 Windows games on their Desktop/LX PC. At the low price of $34.95, the GamePak gives Desktop/LX users value, action and compatibility in a single, simple to install package. The GamePak is immediately available from The Lycoris Store.

The launch of the GamePak is the advent of a new gaming platform for PC hardware. Gamers can leverage their existing game trove and start migrating to native Desktop/LX games in a single step, explains Joseph Cheek, Lycoris CTO and Founder. People don't have to use Windows on their PC anymore, just to play games. Now they can do it all from Desktop/LX.

Lycoris has gathered the top Open Source games and added new sounds and graphics as needed to make them consumer-ready. The GamePak includes five full titles, TORCS, Possible Worlds, BZFlag, FreeCiv, and Falcon's Eye. BZFlag offers first person tank battle action, with networked play for an intense, online experience. TORCS puts users in the drivers seat of the hottest cars, with high-definition graphics for realistic racing action and uses real car physics to provide a true, high-speed feeling. Smoke, skidmarks, sparks, sun, flares and vertex color-lit tracks enhance the realism. Possible Worlds offers 3D, underwater action from the cockpit of a futuristic submersible. Multiple missions and artificially-intelligent enemies enhance dog fights in the deep. FreeCiv grants users the ultimate power as rulers of their own civilization where the goal is to build cultures over thousands of years, defend borders, conquer neighbors, or win the space race for supreme victory. For the dungeon gamer, Falcon's Eye
pits users' wits against the dark dungeon and it's denizens as they explore the cavernous mazes that are randomly generated for unique play every time.

Not only does the GamePak include five native Desktop/LX titles, Lycoris and TransGaming have partnered to bring the incredible WineX cross-platform gaming technology to Desktop/LX. The GamePak includes access to TransGaming's WineX for one free month. Linux gamers can play action-packed blockbusters like Warcraft� III, Grand Theft Auto 3", Diablo� II and Max Payne" right on their Desktop/LX PC, states TransGamings Director of Marketing & Communications, Cathy Tanner. And with the recent release of WineX 3.0, hits like Battlefield 1942", Sim City"4, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault" and the world's most popular Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), EverQuest " can now run on Desktop/LX. WineX 3.0 also introduces its new Point2Play user interface which simplifies the game-playing experience.

About Lycoris

Lycoris, located in Redmond, Washington, was founded in 2000 with a vision of making Linux simple enough for anyone to use. Lycoris packages Open Source applications for the consumer market and integrates them into Desktop/LX, their simple, robust Linux desktop. Lycoris has enjoyed amazingly positive press coverage and has rocketed into the spotlight as
the provider of Desktop/LX and the ProductivityPak office suite. For more information please visit the Lycoris website at

About TransGaming Technologies.

TransGaming ( is a world leader in the development of software portability solutions that allow game developers and publishers to develop games for one system and deploy them simultaneously on Linux and other platforms - faster, cheaper and better than anyone else.

As the premier provider and enabler of titles for avid Linux gamers globally, TransGaming seamlessly and transparently now supports 250 of the hottest and most popular games such as Battlefield 1942", Medal of Honor", Dungeon Siege�, EverQuest", SimCity"4 and many more. The power of TransGaming's portability solution was also demonstrated when the company obtained an exclusive license to the world's most popular game ever, EA's The Sims, and shipped The Sims" on Linux in a mere eight weeks.

TransGaming has forged strategic relationships with dynamic organizations that are the foremost authorities in their industries, including the world's premier game developer and publisher Electronic Arts; game developer TimeGate Studios; Aspyr Media, Lycoris and Linux distributor MandrakeSoft, just to name a few. Founded in May 2000, TransGaming's R&D center resides in Ottawa, Canada, with business, strategy, and operational activities conducted at the Toronto, Canada office. TransGaming was recently honored with inclusion on the Branham300 List of top IT companies.

For more information, contact:

Jason Spisak

Vice President

Marketing Development


National Sales Force


PO Box 2313

Redmond, WA 98073-2313

Cathy Tanner

Director of Marketing & Communication


TransGaming Technologies

25 Kingsbridge Garden Circle, Suite 2018

Mississauga, ON Canada. L5R 4B1

Desktop/LX, and GamePak are trademarks of Lycoris. All trademarks are property of their respective owners."


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