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Are there libraries like OpenGL and OpenAL that would do the things the DirectX components do (ie. directplay and directinput). And if there are are they cross platform like OpenGL and OpenAL. And is OpenAL as good as directsound Matthew WebMaster www.Matt-Land.com

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OpenAL was excellent when I messed around with it (I''ll probably use it again for my current project). I''m using SDL to do crossplatform (Mac, Windows, *nix+XF86, BeOS) input, threading, window management, and time keeping. It doesn''t do networking, but there''s another library on the SDL site to do that for a couple platforms.

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OpenAL is great. you can do 3d sound and best of all it''s a cross-platform library.



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As I said before, SDL does input. Somewhere on the SDL site there is a package called SDL_Net (or something similar). I''m not sure how far along it is, but it is a cross platform network library. Also, there is something called OpenPlay (made by Apple). I didn''t like it too much though. Or, you could just use Berkeley sockets (i.e. avoid the WSA winsock functions).

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most companys dont use directplay, they use sockets instead. u might wanna have a look at hawknl for a crossplatform alternative.

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I use GLUT + OpenGL + OpenAL + xaudio (a very portable free mp3 player). Maybe I will replace GLUT by SDL, I don''t like it, but it seems that GLUT is not in developpement!

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