Quake2 in Java at 267 FPS
By Roman Strobl on XII 27, 2005
I could not resist and tried the Java port of Quake 2 called Jake 2 via webstart. It works great, you only need the quake2 data files (the demo installer can be downloaded e.g. from here). With JOGL it looks exactly like the old native version.
The interesting part is of course the performance - I got 60 frames per second in 1280x1024 fullscreen with JOGL version. I admit my Nvidia 6800gt is not a bad graphical card but still not bad :) It would be interesting to see newer games like Halflife 2 running in Java for performance comparison with their native versions. It would be really cool if you could run more such games via webstart - the games may not require an installation. Just click and play.
Update: I just tried the LWJGL version in 1280x1024 fullscreen. 267 FPS. Amazing.