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Action adventure platformer "The Forbidden Arts" is planning to support Linux

Wednesday 24th of July 2019 09:52:45 AM

Tags: Action, Adventure, Platformer, Indie Game, Upcoming, Steam

The Forbidden Arts, an action adventure platformer with a focus on both discovery and exploration is going to be coming to Linux.

It's currently in Early Access on Steam, with a full release planned next month for Windows. However, on the Steam forum the developer mentioned last year, that a Linux version was planned. Since that's a little old, I spoke to the developer this week, where they told me very clearly that "Linux is still on the roadmap" and that they're working on sorting out a Linux machine for testing with an estimated release date for Linux in "Q4, 2019".

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Feature Highlight:

  • 5 Worlds with multiple levels
  • 6 Boss Fights
  • 30+ different enemies
  • 12+ hours of gameplay
  • High quality hand-painted art style 

What's interesting about this one, is how it combines both 2D and 3D gameplay into one game. Something not many games do, there are a few of course but it's still surprisingly rare. As you explore dungeons you get the 2D platforming, while the world map has you run around in a 3D world.

You can wishlist/follow on Steam for the upcoming Linux release.

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Elsinore, an adventure game with a time-looping mechanic has released with Linux support

Wednesday 24th of July 2019 09:41:20 AM

Tags: Steam,, Adventure, New Release, Indie Game

Set in the world of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Elsinore is a time-looping adventure game that just released with Linux support. Good to see another game that gathered funding from Kickstarter get released, especially since there was no delay in the Linux version.

In four days, everyone in Elsinore Castle will be dead. You're thrown into a time loop, forced to relive the same four days over and over. Can you change the future? I like the sound of this a lot.

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Featuring a "Dynamic Story Engine", the game is supposed to react to every single decision you make. Apparently this will make you think on your feet, since most roads will end in tragedy in this Shakespearean world.

As you progress through the game, you will remember things and this allows your character, Ophelia, to access "new ways to play" so it's a game that demands multiple attempts due to the looping mechanic.

You can find it on and Steam.

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Defiant Development, makers of Hand of Fate are closing up and moving on

Wednesday 24th of July 2019 09:19:24 AM

Tags: Indie Game, Misc

Some sad news to share today as Defiant Development, makers of Hand of Fate have announced they are "ceasing Development" and the team are "looking for new roles".

Shared on Facebook and Twitter, the Australian studio is going into what they call "caretaker mode" just to support their existing games with nothing new to come now. In the post, they mentioned how the games market has changed in many ways in the 9 years they've been around, sadly though they've not been able to keep up with all the changes.

They also shared a teaser of what could have been their next title, named "A World In My Attic" and it actually looked really good. Sadly, it will likely never be released:

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Very tough times to be an indie game developer. I've seen a lot of developers worried over the last two years about how they're going to stay in business, with more games being released every year the market is very crowded.

Such a shame, Defiant's Hand of Fate 2 is an excellent game and I've enjoyed a great many hours of it. Defiant moving on is a loss for us, since they supported Linux nicely. If you don't have Hand of Fate 2, you can find it on GOG and Steam.

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More in Tux Machines

Events: FSF, GStreamer, LibreOffice, Qt World Summit

  • Hang out with the FSF staff in Seattle, November 15

    We are hosting this get-together to show our appreciation for your support of the FSF's work and to provide an opportunity to meet other FSF members and supporters in the area. We'll give updates on what the FSF is currently working on and we are curious to hear your thoughts, as well as answer any questions you may have.

  • GStreamer Conference 2019
  • GStreamer Conference 2019 Videos Now Available Online

    Taking place at the end of October during the Linux Foundation events in Lyon, France was the GStreamer Conference to align with the annual developer festivities. GStreamer Conference 2019 was once again livestreamed by the fantastic folks at with their great quality video/audio recordings of the conference now for many years.

  • Event report: Google Summer of Code presentation in Ankara, Turkey

    The Google Summer of Code – aka GSoC – is a global programme focused on bringing more student developers into free and open source software development. In 2019, LibreOffice was once again a participating project, and we describe the results here.

  • Qt World Summit 2019

    We also had a dedicated table for our mobile effort where we showcased our KDE apps for Android and of course Plasma Mobile. The latter of which we had running on a good ol’ Nexus 5X and more importantly the Librem 5 Dev Kit by Purism. Unfortunately, the Pinephone developer kits we were hoping to show as well weren’t shipped in time for the event. Anyway, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on with Plasma Mobile go check out our new weekly blog series!

Python Programming Leftovers

Fedora: Updates, Upgrade and Fedora Women’s Day in Peru

  • Fedora status updates: October 2019

    The Fedora Silverblue team was not able to get the necessary changes into Fedora 31 to support having Flatpak pre-installed. They are looking at the possibility of re-spinning the Silverblue ISO to incorporate the changes. But they did update the Fedora 31 Flatpak runtime. The team updated the Flatpak’ed GNOME applications to GNOME 3.34 and built them against the Fedora 31 runtime.

  • Upgrade Fedora 30 to Fedora 31
  • Fedora Women’s Day (FWD) 2019

Security Patches and the Kernel (Linux)

  • Security updates for Tuesday

    Security updates have been issued by Fedora (community-mysql, crun, java-latest-openjdk, and mupdf), openSUSE (libssh2_org), and SUSE (go1.12, libseccomp, and tar).

  • New ZombieLoad Side-Channel Attack Variant: TSX Asynchronous Abort

    In addition to the JCC erratum being made public today and that performance-shifting Intel microcode update affecting Skylake through Cascade Lake, researchers also announced a new ZombieLoad side-channel attack variant dubbed "TSX Asynchronous Abort" or TAA for short. ZombieLoad / MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling) was announced back in May by researchers while today Cyberus Technology has announced a new variant focused on Intel processors with TSX (Transactional Synchronization Extensions). TSX Asynchronous Abort is a new ZombieLoad variant that was actually discovered back as part of Cyberus' originally discoveries but faced an extended embargo.

  • Linux Kernel Gets Mitigations For TSX Aync Abort Plus Another New Issue: iITLB Multihit

    The Linux kernel has just received its mitigation work for the newly-announced TSX Asynchronous Abort (TAA) variant of ZombieLoad plus revealing mitigations for another Intel CPU issue... So today in addition to the JCC Erratum and ZombieLoad TAA the latest is iITLB Multihit (NX) - No eXcuses. The mainline Linux kernel received mitigations for ZombieLoad TAA that work in conjunction with newly-published Intel microcode. The mitigations also now expose /sys/devices/system/cpu/vulnerabilities/tsx_async_abort for reporting the mitigation status plus a new tsx_async_abort kernel parameter. With the TAA mitigation, the system will clear CPU buffers on ring transitions.

  • LinuxBoot Continues Maturing - Now Able To Boot Windows

    LinuxBoot is approaching two years of age as the effort led by Facebook and others for replacing some elements of the system firmware with the Linux kernel. Chris Koch of Google presented at last month's Platform Security Summit 2019 on the initiative. The Platform Security Summit 2019 took place at the start of October at Microsoft's facilities in Redmond. LinuxBoot in recent months has been able to begin booting Windows 10, which is related to the recent reports on kexec'ing Windows from Linux. But not only is Windows booting but VMware and Xen are also now working in a LinuxBoot environment.