Specifically, they want it to run Id Software’s 1999 first-person shooter, Quake 3. And if you can program a working version of the game on one of the machines at a playable framerate, the Raspberry Pi Foundation will dole out $10,000 for your hard work. The contest is part of a wider effort to improve open source graphics performance with the machine, which has sold over 2.5 million devices in the past two years.
To be eligible, your Quake 3 demo has to run at a resolution of 1920 by 1080 at a minimum of 20 frames per second while using the open source Broadcom VideoCore IV open source graphics driver stack on the Raspberry Pi. Every piece of code you write will be open sourced on GitHub. You can see the exact contest rules here.
John Carmack, the brain behind classics like Quake, heartily approves.
I smile to see Quake 3 as the goalpost http://t.co/utMj8WIYeK Would be fun to work on…
— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) February 28, 2014