3 March 2014 - 19:49

$10K to the first person who runs 'Quake 3' on a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer used for anything from flying drones to classroom lessons
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The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer used for anything from flying drones to classroom lessons. The creators want it to do even more. And they’re willing to pay anyone who helps.

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.

Image via Id Software

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