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Hello Games appear to be keeping an eye on Steam Play with No Man's Sky, temp fix needed for NVIDIA

1 hour 4 min ago

Tags: Steam Play, Steam, HOWTO

No Man's Sky recently had an absolutely ridiculous update to add in tons of new features and greatly expanded multiplayer. This update also added in Vulkan support too!

It seems Hello Games are keeping an eye on Steam Play as well, with a recent update changelog noting "Fixed Steam VR in Linux.". Quite interesting! However, there is a bit of a problem for NVIDIA users with Steam Play on Linux, with the game performing quite poorly. Although, there's a slightly amusing workaround.

If you spoof your GPU vendor to look like AMD, the game performance will skyrocket.

Credit to user volca02 who posted an easy to use GitHub repository to quickly enable this spoof. Doing it takes a little command line work but it's easy enough to do. Instructions (do so at your own risk):

git clone
cd spoof_vendorid
cmake ./

What does the above do? It pulls the GitHub files, changes into the directory downloaded and then compiles it into the files you need. After, you can make a folder to keep the files somewhere handy like:

mkdir $HOME/nmsfix

Then just copy the two needed files over to the nmsfix folder made above:

cp -t $HOME/nmsfix VkLayer_vendorid_layer.json

You will then need to set a launch option for No Man's Sky on Steam, like this one:

VK_LAYER_PATH=/home/liam/nmsfix/ VK_INSTANCE_LAYERS=VK_LAYER_LUNARG_vendorid_layer %command%

To do the above, right click on No Man's Sky in Steam -> Properties -> Set Launch Options… and enter the line above in with VK_LAYER_PATH pointing to where you put the files.

Since I am posting all this, I have of course tested it myself. It made my frame rate on an NVIDIA 980ti go from a sluggish 40FPS and under to well over an enjoyable 80FPS most of the time. There's a few dips here and there depending on what's around you, but it's a big improvement.

Pictured: No Man's Sky running on Linux+NVIDIA with the above workaround.

From what I saw an NVIDIA rep say, they've confirmed this is an "application bug" and so it needs Hello Games to fix it. Hopefully with this post bringing some more attention to it, more of you can enjoy No Man's Sky on Linux with Steam Play until the main issue is solved in the game. Who knows, maybe they will support Linux officially one day.

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Little Red Dog Games announce Rogue State Revolution, a political thriller roguelike

2 hours 59 sec ago

Tags: Upcoming, Steam, Strategy, Simulation, Godot Engine

Little Red Dog Games (Precipice, Deep Sixed, Rogue State) have announced Rogue State Revolution, what they say is the "first" political roguelike game.

It's being published by Modern Wolf, a new indie publisher who doesn't believe in crunch who say they treat their developers "like partners, not like cogs in a machine".

Rogue State Revolution places you in charge of Basenji, a mostly stable Middle Eastern republic. As the president, you must juggle the demands of the voters while developing the nation economically. Oh, and don't forget your council of ministers, many of whom are entirely loyal to you... if only you knew which ones.

Designed for 3-4 hour play sessions, a game of Rogue State Revolution will feature dynamically generator neighbors, ministers, and economic and political considerations. No two playthroughs will be the same, and each run can unlock new content as you stay in power longer. The coup is coming: can you keep your wits about you and hold onto the presidency?

It's actually a sequel to their 2015 game Rogue State, which doesn't support Linux. Rogue State Revolution only currently mentions Windows on the publisher's website and Steam, which the developer said on Twitter is "An oversight. We are 100% going to release on Linux."—excellent!

Doesn't seem to have a trailer yet, will let you know what it does. They're also continuing to use the FOSS game engine Godot Engine again, nice to see!

You can wishlist and follow Rogue State Revolution on Steam, due to release sometime in 2021.

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Rocket Pass 4 is coming to Rocket League on August 28th, with a new rally-inspired Battle-Car

2 hours 34 min ago

Tags: Steam, Update, Sports

The fourth Rocket Pass is due to arrive in Rocket League soon, along with the start of Competitive Season 12.

For those of you wanting to rank up and ensure you get the best rewards possible, Season 11 is ending really soon on August 27th. A day later, Rocket Pass 4 is going to be released. Mudcat, the new rally-inspired Battle-Car is an instant unlock as soon as you pick up your shiny new pass and they have a trailer to show it off:

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Psyonix previously announced a big change to how Weekly Challenges will work during Rocket Pass 4. Instead of each week's set of challenges replacing the previous lot, they will stack up so you can complete all the challenges right up until the end of Rocket Pass 4. A much better system! Rocket Pass 4 will begin at 5PM UTC on August 28th, with it ending sometime on December 4th.

As a reminder, Psyonix recently announced that all randomized loot boxes are going to be removed from the game. We're currently waiting to hear more about their plans on that.

I also heard from NVIDIA recently, that a future driver release should hopefully be enabling their threaded OpenGL optimizations by default with an application profile after noticing my recent benchmark article. So hopefully this means future Linux gamers on NVIDIA will see a much nicer out of the box experience with Rocket League.

You can pick up Rocket League on Humble Store and Steam.

I reserve my right to never pass up the opportunity to write something about Rocket League, my all time favourite game.

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Roguelike Stay Safe: Labyrinth of the Mad now has a Linux beta, sounds quite unique

2 hours 55 min ago

Tags: Roguelike, Indie Game, Steam, Beta

Stay Safe: Labyrinth of the Mad from Yellowcake Games is a roguelike with plenty of random generation, including an interesting way of generating the world.

When starting a new game, the developer said you can use files on your PC or a combination of keyboard/gamepad button presses to generate the dungeon, items and gems. That's not all that makes it somewhat unique, there's also another feature where you will come across a copy of other players. It's a single-player game, so you're not directly facing other people only a shadow of what they had. Although that feature is entirely optional.

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Feature Highlight:

  • Explore - Each play session is different, explore every inch of the map for precious loot, trinkets and gems with added effects to help you on your journey to the top.
  • Fight - Battle you way through each floor using a variety of ranged and melee weapons or spells. Over 50+ different creatures to encounter, coming at you with evil intent.
  • Magic - Find magic scrolls and unleash strange powers upon your enemies or yourself. Use scrolls often to learn them permanently, casting them from your own spellbook without the need of a scroll!
  • Craft - Create better gear, tools, arrows for your bows and more. Craft a variety of items to increase your odds at surviving, or even to make a little coin.

Yesterday, the developer announced the release of a Linux beta on Steam. To access it, you need to own a copy of the game and then right click -> go to Properties -> hit the Beta tab and select "linux_test" from the dropdown.

Find it on Steam, sounds pretty fun.

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OBS Studio has a fresh release candidate available for a major new version

3 hours 12 min ago

Tags: Open Source, Apps, Update

OBS Studio, the free and open source video livestreaming and recording software is my one and only stop for video capturing and it continues to mature.

The upcoming 24.0 release has a first release candidate now available and it has some fun new features. For starters, you can now actually pause recordings to easily cut away parts you know you don't need. I've tested that and it works perfectly. It does need you to have separated encoders for streaming and recording though, so you can't have the recording encoder set to "same as stream".

You can see the handy pause button added above.

You can also enable a prompt to confirm when you hit Stop Recording, which can help prevent accidentally stopping your videos, something that happens to me more than I will care to admit so I will personally find that handy.

It also comes with numerous other improvements and bug fixes too of course. There's also plenty of optimizations for performance, along with some needed adjustments to the Window Capture ability on Linux. They've also switched the default recording format to mkv instead of flv.

See it all here on GitHub.

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Try the first demo of the dino MMO Path of Titans, we have some testing keys to give away

4 hours 29 min ago

Tags: Demo, Indie Game, Upcoming, Giveaway

After Alderon Games successful crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo for their dino themed survival MMO Path of Titans, the developer reached out to gather more Linux testers.

They've released a first demo and it's currently quite limited with the character creation ability the only thing possible. However, once a month they will be deploying a big new feature for it like the ability to run around, AI, quests and so on.

The primary objective for this first demo release will be to find as many bugs as possible within the launcher and demo so we can have them fixed well before pre-release access starts to give pre-release backers the smoothest experience possible.

Not seen it yet? See a trailer below:

Once you grab a key below, head over to their official site to register an account. Then use your key on this page to activate it and download the launcher. Note: They currently recommend using the AppImage.


After trying it out myself, it does seem to work great! This is a nice way for Alderon Games to show they can support Linux well, while also allowing them to gather some extra feedback.

I'm very much looking forward to running around as my new hungry pal Burt:

If we run out of keys, it's still possible to back the game on their official store with pledges that give you access to the game also giving demo access.

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Steam Play passes six thousand Windows games playable on Linux, according to ProtonDB

4 hours 52 min ago

Tags: Steam Play, Steam, Wine

On the day of Steam Play hitting the big one year anniversary (August 21st), it seems another milestone has been reached in terms of compatibility.

According to ProtonDB, the handy (but unofficial) tracking website, over six thousand games are now working. At time of writing, exactly 6,023 "games work" against the 9,134 total of games that currently have user reports to see if they run or not. That's quite an impressive number!

It's worth noting though, that with little over nine thousand games currently reported, Steam does host well over thirty thousand so there's a huge amount that hasn't yet been tested.

How about a question for you to answer in the comments: What does Steam Play mean to you? I'll start.

To me, it's many things. For starters, I do have quite a number of games not available on Linux, left over from purchases before I decided Linux was what I wanted to stick with as my main platform on PC. Some of them are old favourites too so having easy access to them now is a really nice bonus. On top of that, it means also having the chance to play thousands of games not released on Linux over the last few years if I wanted to.

For some additional fun reading: check out this blog post about a Wine bug from the lead Proton Quality Assurance Engineer at CodeWeavers, the company Valve teamed up with to create Proton. Great to see even more behind the scenes info like this.

Another point I want to make, is how Proton can keep older Windows games alive and kicking too and there's people doing just that. Not Linux gaming related but interesting nonetheless.

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The Underlords are actually coming to Dota Underlords, plus a new Duos mode

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 05:16:09 PM

Tags: Steam, Early Access, Valve, Strategy

Valve continue to push out changes rapidly to their auto-battler Dota Underlords, with some of their upcoming plans now being detailed in a fresh update.

One big new feature planned to be available in a few weeks is a new Duos game mode. Valve say it's a new way to play cooperatively with a friend. You party up and battle against other teams and it will support both Casual and Ranked play.

The actual Underlords are going to be making an appearance soon too. This feature Valve said they're "excited" about, as they're a "core part of the game". They haven't said how they will work but they will "add a layer of fun and strategy to every match" so I'm very curious to see what happens.

In addition, there will be new heroes and alliances to expand the roster, UI updates and so on.

They also made a note that everything is subject to change, some features might appear that aren't on any roadmap as they're trying to react quickly to feedback. See the full post here.

Loving the sound of what they're doing with it and it continues to be a regular coffee break game for me. For those of you playing it, what do you make of their plans?

As always, you can find Dota Underlords free on Steam.

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Classic inspired RTS Loria is now available DRM-free on GOG

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 02:10:28 PM

Tags: DRM-Free, GOG, Indie Game, Strategy, RTS, New Release

If you're like me and you enjoy a good real-time strategy game, Loria is actually pretty good. It added Linux support on Steam earlier this year and now it's also available on GOG.

While it's inspired by titles like Warcraft II, it's not just a retro RTS. There's a few RPG-like elements including hero units, item collection, quests and more.

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Feature Highlight:

  • 2 playable races
  • 2 campaigns with 8 missions each ( 16 missions in summary )
  • Entertaining story
  • Dozens of units, buildings and upgrades
  • 6 unique heroes
  • Levelable heroes with backpack
  • Veteran units
  • Skirmish games

Find it on GOG now with a demo available, or Steam.

The developer is still publishing updates to the game too, with multiplayer hopefully coming eventually when they've expanded the content more. Going by previous posts from the dev, they've been waiting on a good multiplayer solution for Unity too. Hopefully when they're done with new content, it will be ready to add online play which would be great.

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Rise of Industry is getting a futuristic expansion with 2130 releasing this year

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 01:06:15 PM

Tags: DLC, Upcoming, Strategy, Simulation

Dapper Penguin Studios recently announced Rise of Industry: 2130, a futuristic expansion to their sweet strategic tycoon game.

2130 seems to be taking Rise of Industry in an interesting direction, as it follows players overpulluting the world, creating a nuclear winter killing almost all life on the planet. Since they're not being constrained by history with the original set in 1930, they said for the expansion they're going "crazy with technobabble and future-tech".

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Feature Highlight:

  • From Ruins to Riches - With all natural resources depleted, scavenge through the ruins of the past and mine the valuable stores within.
  • New Buildings & Transport - Place all new futuristic buildings as you construct your new business from the ground up. Build totally new buildings like the offshore algae farms or thorium mines, and transport them with new cargo dropships.
  • Futuristic Recipes - A new future, means new consumer demands produce Nuclear Power Cells, Subatomic Lasers and many more as you corner a new and exciting market.
  • New Songs - New futuristically inspired and specially composed tracks (with lots of synth) for 2130.
  • New Camera Effects - A new camera tilt feature and added Depth of Field camera effects mean give extra options for those pretty screenshots you love to share!

For those that don't pick up the expansion, the main game is also going to see a major update too. It will include a new Layouts feature allowing a copy/paste of entire setups with Steam Workshop support, Seasons, a new tutorial system and more.

I enjoyed my time with Rise of Industry so I can't wait to try the expansion!

Rise of Industry: 2130 and the free 2.0 update are going to be released sometime in Q4 2019. You can find the main game on Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

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The Iron Oath looks like a great turn-based tactical RPG coming to Linux next year

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 12:45:12 PM

Tags: RPG, Steam, Indie Game, Upcoming

After a successful crowdfunding campaign back in 2017, The Iron Oath is progressing well onto a release scheduled for next year.

This is one covered here on GOL back in August of 2017 when the Kickstarter was running. We never did check back on how The Iron Oath did, so it's pleasing to see Curious Panda Games slashed through the $45,000 goal ending with $94,524! Did you miss it? See the original trailer below:

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It was originally due this year but in an update post last year on their Kickstarter, the team mentioned how it was a little too ambitious of them. Since then, they've kept at it and posted plenty of updates on their progress and it's looking good.

Since they did state Linux support on the Kickstarter and it's been quite some time I caught up with the developer over email. In reply to my question about Linux support still being confirmed they said "Yes the game will still be released on Linux when it's ready. As of yet we don't have an official release date, just sometime in 2020.".

You can wishlist and follow it on Steam.

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In SKUL, you're a special skeleton that switches heads to gain powers

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 12:19:17 PM

Tags: Action, Indie Game, Demo, Unity

SouthPAWGames recently released a demo of their upcoming action-platformer SKUL, it's rather impressive with a pretty unusual cast of characters.

You play as Skul, a skeleton guard with the power to switch heads with another and gain their power. From what the developer said, eventually you will regain some memories of your past life and eventually face your original death and find out the truth. Certainly sounds intriguing, check out the trailer:

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They went through a crowdfunding campaign on tumblbug. A little hard to follow, since I can't read Korean but Google Translate seems to do an okay job. SouthPAWGames managed to hit way over their goal and they seem to be planned an Early Access release on Steam.

Currently though, they're offering a demo on and it's very impressive. Great art style, with some interesting game mechanics and the combat is really fun. Even though the Linux build has been labelled as an "Experiment", it seemed to run extremely well for me.

Try it out on, it's worth a go. If you do try it and enjoy it on Linux, letting the developer know would probably be a good idea.

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A look over Steam's top releases from July, plus some usual quick thoughts on Linux support

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 11:45:36 AM

Tags: Steam, Editorial, Valve

Valve continue their blog posts highlighting games doing well on the platform, with a look at their top releases on Steam during July now available. Just look with June and May, here's my own little run-down on it.

As usual, Valve are looking at revenue earned during the first two weeks following the release of a game.

I've ordered this list based on Linux support, with titles that do support Linux noted on bold. After, it's sorted by the current Steam Play rating from ProtonDB just to make it much easier for you to follow along.

  1. Kubifaktorium - Linux supported.
  2. Godhood - Linux supported.
  3. Streets of Rogue - Linux supported.
  4. Nowhere Prophet - Linux supported.
  5. Kindergarten 2 - Linux supported.
  6. Oxygen Not Included - Linux supported.
  7. Iratus: Lord of the Dead - No Linux support but it is planned. Steam Play "Platinum" rating.
  8. Killsquad - No Linux support, Steam Play "Platinum" rating (only a few reports though).
  9. Gloomhaven - No Linux support, Steam Play "Gold" rating.
  10. Automachef - No Linux support, Steam Play "Gold" rating.
  11. Wolfenstein: Youngblood - No Linux support, Steam Play "Gold" rating.
  12. The Blackout Club - No Linux support, Steam Play "Silver" rating.
  13. GORN - No Linux support, Steam Play "Silver" rating.
  14. CUSTOM ORDER MAID 3D2 It's a Night Magic - No Linux support, Steam Play "Silver" rating.
  15. EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 5 - No Linux support, Steam Play "Bronze" rating.
  16. Field of Glory: Empires - No Linux support, Steam Play needs more reports.
  17. Swords & Souls: Neverseen - No Linux support, Steam Play needs more reports.
  18. DATE A LIVE: Rio Reincarnation - No Linux support, Steam Play needs more reports.
  19. LOVE³ -Love Cube- - No Linux support, Steam Play needs more reports.
  20. Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Prophecy - No Linux support, Steam Play needs more reports.

That puts July at six titles supported on Linux (although we can add a future +1 for Iratus). Taking Steam Play into account, if we add Gold and Platinum rated titles that brings us up to eleven.

Looking back, that's the best representation for Linux support so far. April had three, May had two, June had one. It's going to be up and down all the time of course but it will be interesting to see if it changes majorly over a long period. For April, that number got boosted twice later since ISLANDERS and Supraland both came to Linux officially after the release.

For the free games released in July by their peak player count within the first two weeks following release we have none that support Linux:

  1. New Frontier - Steam Play needs more reports, but seems broken.
  2. Dead Frontier 2 - Steam Play "Gold" rating.
  3. Supremacy 1914 - Steam Play needs more reports.
  4. The Orville - Interactive Fan Experience - Steam Play needs more reports, early reports look good.
  5. RED HOT VENGEANCE - Steam Play needs more reports, early reports look good.

I will end by again looking over the most popular games on Steam by player count, comparing that with how many support Linux. It's a list that fluctuates often but still interesting.

In the top ten we currently have four that support Linux, in the top one hundred there's 41. Not bad overall there, a lot of games that remain popular have Linux support.

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Dino survival game Path of Titans has been fully funded ready to support Linux

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 11:02:26 AM

Tags: MMO, Survival, Indie Game, Crowdfunding, Upcoming, Unreal Engine

Path of Titans from Alderon Games has managed to pass the crowdfunding test, with their dino survival game hitting well over their initial goal.

They had a flexible goal, meaning all funds raised would be sent to them even if the final target wasn't met. Not that it was needed, as they managed to raise $63,920 against the original $24,437 goal.

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They have a lot more videos on their YouTube channel, showing off various different dinos and there's plenty of development videos too for those who look to see some behind the scenes info. It's looking really good, I'm certainly excited to try out a survival game where you're an actual dinosaur running around.

Linux is a confirmed platform for release, with one of their team often around in our Discord Channel. They've been testing Linux support regularly and their standalone launcher already seems to work well.

Feature Reminder:

  • Permanent characters with in-depth skin and trait customization
  • A complex questing system.
  • Group and Guild systems that allow for pack hunting and herd migration, with servers supporting up to 200 concurrent players.
  • Lush environment filled with AI dinosaurs and smaller prehistoric creatures
  • Swimming, diving, and fishing in both lakes and rivers.
  • Cross platform functionality, play the game from your PC with your friends on mobile and vice versa.
  • Powerful modding tools with extensive documentation, and a backend allowing modders to deliver their content to other players.

See more on their IndieGoGo and the official site. It should be releasing in some form early next year.

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2D game editor ct.js goes open source and it's closing in on a new major release

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 10:48:34 AM

Tags: Game Engine, Open Source, Game Dev

With an aim to make 2D game development learning fun, ct.js recently went open source to allow anyone to jump in and try it as well as help push it further.

It's going through a major revamp too, with the first few preview builds available. Since we're covering it, of course this means the editor has Linux support too! As the name of the game engine might suggest, games in ct.js are written in JavaScript.

With the "ct.js Next" releases, it includes quite a number of new and interesting features like a WebGL renderer, skeletal animations with DragonBones support, complex collision shapes with transform support, an improved fullscreen mode, more settings and tools and quite a lot more. Sounds like it could be quite interesting for making some smaller 2D games.

One to watch perhaps to see how advanced it becomes, I will be following it along now to see what other exciting features it brings to the game development table.

You can find it on, GitHub under the MIT license and more on the official site. Want to know what they're working on next? You can follow their roadmap here.

Hat tip to Wendigo.

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Dark fantasy RPG Sin Slayers is getting ready to release soon with Linux support

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 10:20:43 AM

Tags: RPG, Steam, Upcoming, Strategy, Rogue-lite

Sin Slayers, an RPG with roguelike elements set in a dark fantasy world is getting ready to release with Linux support on September 5th.

Sin Slayers is an RPG with roguelike elements set in a dark fantasy world, where your choices determine how challenging the fights and enemies will be.

Create, equip and lead a team of heroes. Each unit will have its own abilities and weaknesses, so plan your combat strategy accordingly. You’ll journey through stinking primeval forests, boneyards riddled with crypts and the graves of fallen warriors, and other places even the bravest adventurer would fear to tread.

Arriving on Kickstarter earlier this year, sadly it failed to get all the funding required although it did get rather close to it. They didn't stop, instead going for pre-orders on the official website.

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Feature Highlight:

  • Roguelike with JRPG combat system
  • Mix of pixel art and dark fantasy
  • The Sinfulness will rise or fall according to the player’s decisions, and change game difficulty accordingly
  • Randomly generated locations offering great replayability
  • Ten heroes, each with their own unique abilities and weaknesses

You can wishlist and follow it on Steam for release in September.

We have a key request in, so hopefully we can do our usual look sometime around the release.

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Steam Play arrived on Linux one year ago, some thoughts

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 09:11:00 PM

Tags: Steam Play, Editorial

Tomorrow marks a special occasion, as Steam Play celebrates its first birthday! A good time to reflect on how it’s impacted Linux gaming.

Steam Play is a feature of the Steam client on Linux that enables you to play Windows games just like you would with any other Linux game. It’s a feature that was long requested by users, with multiple tickets being opened on Valve’s steam-for-linux bug tracker, like this one, all the way back in 2012.

Announced officially on this day back in 2018, Valve shook the very core of Linux gaming and they’ve certainly made things interesting. What they came up in partnership with the team at CodeWeavers is called Proton—the name given to the software behind Steam Play. It takes Wine with some extra patches and bundles it together with other projects like DXVK. Proton is open source too, available to see on GitHub.

Linux users have used Wine for many years to run all sorts of games and applications from Windows on Linux. An issue with Wine usage is that developers see you as another Windows user in their statistics. Steam Play does help to solve that issue, as your purchases do count and show up as a Linux sale on Steam.

Hard to believe it has already been a year since it was introduced! I remember the intense excitement when Valve announced it, my heart was thumping pretty hard at the possibilities. Things have calmed down now somewhat with Valve putting out regular updates.

It’s no secret that Linux had seen practically no attention from AAA studios. Even the porting studios that previously gave us a number of bigger games have gradually pulled back. This is why Steam Play is and will continue to be important to the future of Linux gaming. Not necessarily just to give us easier access to brand-new big games as they come out, but also by enabling newer users on Linux to not lose access to their big back catalogue of titles. This is important to keep people on Linux.

As for the progress on Steam Play, it’s amazed me at times. Many games really are just click and play! One particular example that stands out is when Valve shipped Proton 4.2-4 on May 14th which enabled RAGE 2 to work on release day.

In our own community here at GOL as well as across the wider internet, the amount of posts I've personally seen about Proton enabling people to remove Windows is astonishing too. I've honestly lost count of reading things like "Proton is the reason I deleted my windows partitions", which is always fun to see.

Let’s not get carried away though, it has a very long way to go still. Tons of classic titles don’t currently work, some have big performance problems, ALT+TAB can be a problem and new games with various issues are being released every week. Like Linux gaming as a whole, it faces a rather huge mountain to climb but exciting steps are gradually being made.

A Plague Tale: Innocence on Linux

According to the statistics available from ProtonDB, the unofficial tracker for Steam Play, there’s currently:

  • 5,987 "games work"
  • 1,129 games rated "Platinum"
  • 1,160 games rated "Gold"
  • 750 games rated "Silver"
  • 406 games rated "Bronze"
  • 493 games rated "Borked" (Broken)

Those ratings do always need to be taken with a heavy dose of salt though, as a lot of people don’t really stick to what the rating was originally meant for. There are cases of people reporting things as Platinum, when a bunch of manual steps are needed and things like that. Overall though, it’s still a good measure.

The next big steps for Steam Play will be (in no particular order):

  • Easy Anti-Cheat Support
  • BattlEye Support
  • D9VK by default to speed up Direct3D 9 titles (currently experimental)
  • Some kind of presence on the Steam store

The biggest hurdles of course are the anti-cheat systems like Easy Anti-Cheat and BattlEye. Both of these are currently being worked on for Steam Play compatibility. Once they work, the number of titles supported will likely rocket upwards, since there’s a lot of multiplayer games that use them.

For those worried about any possible decline in "native" Linux support, as I’ve said before in a different article: first we need more users, then we can worry about actual developer support. However, we certainly shouldn’t put off developers from supporting Linux if they can. Steam Play is not a replacement for supported titles but a companion. We need to break the cycle of people not wanting to game on Linux due to not having the games they want and developers not supporting Linux because of a lack of users. Steam Play, at least in my opinion, remains the best way to break this cycle.

Deep Rock Galactic on Linux.

Something I find interesting is how there’s been quite a number of posts across here, Reddit, Steam and other places with people telling developers to “just support Steam Play”. In reality, that likely won’t happen often if ever. Mainly as that would actually require developers to regularly test builds with Steam Play and so ensure everything they do works with it. With the drama surrounding Rust removing the Linux version, I thought about this point more. Garry Newman mentioned Steam Play and that “it'll be unsupported by us and could break at any time”.

If a game doesn’t work, you do have Valve’s refund option (great) but when so many games are updated way past release (often multiple times a week), breakage can be a major problem. You might wait weeks, a month or more for an update to Steam Play and it might not even include the fixes your game needs. Although, this can possibly be worked around using custom Proton builds but the issue of support then comes up again.

Newer versions of Steam Play breaking games has happened, but thankfully it’s mostly a non-issue as long as Valve continue leaving older versions available.

Not to downplay the progress of Steam Play but officially supported ports, “native” or not, will remain vitally important. They shouldn’t just break, but when they do, you’ve paid for official support and you would expect the developer to somewhat promptly fix it.

Doom on Linux

That said, Steam Play is brilliant! I do use it and will continue to do so as both a fan of what Steam Play has enabled and someone who is excited about new software and tech. It’s giving us things we couldn’t get easily before and that’s fantastic. It can also give a fresh boost to really old Linux ports, revive long-dead Windows games with better performance and more. Hopefully Steam Play will continue to mature, get more awesome and eventually when Linux takes over the world, not be required for new games. One step at a time though, right? We will be here at all steps of the journey of course.

For another anniversary post, do check out Andrew Eikum’s write up over at CodeWeavers. Always fun to learn a little behind the scenes info, I especially liked this bit "Proton is one piece in the much larger picture of allowing the Linux platform to be competitive with, and even surpass, other platforms.". I also realise at this point, that Eikum and I are now quoting each other in articles which is slightly amusing.

Additionally, Ethan Lee, the developer of FNA, FAudio and tons of Linux ports said on Twitter "The FAudio and FNA communities owe a lot to the Proton project for their development support over the past year. With our partnership we've done really good work for both Win32 preservation and native games for platforms of all kinds!".

Since it gets emailed in often: I’m currently waiting to hear back from Valve about answering a few questions. They have the questions, just waiting on answers. Unsure if it will happen or not, so fingers crossed on that one.

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Action-adventure roguelike UnderMine now available in Early Access

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 05:05:01 PM

Tags: Action, Adventure, Rogue-lite, Steam, Early Access, New Release, Initial Thoughts, Roguelike

UnderMine from developer Thorium is an action-adventure roguelike with a bit of RPG tossed in, it's now in Early Access with Linux support. Note: Key provided by the developer.

Featuring some gameplay elements found in the likes of The Binding of Isaac, you proceed further down the UnderMine, going room to room digging for treasure and taking down enemies. There's also some RPG style rogue-lite progression involved too, as you're able to find powerful items and upgrades as you explore to prepare you for further runs.

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Your task? Explore the UnderMine, free some trapped NPCs to get them working for you and find out what's causing all those darn earthquakes.

The first time I died was quite amusing, with the crazy old Wizard saying something along the lines of "You're back…oh someone new?" and then just casually moving on. It did feel a little like Rogue Legacy in that way, which is another inspiration for the game. The way the Blacksmith also deals with a new you, is quite amusing too. UnderMine just has such a huge amount of charm.

As you go through, you get introduced pretty quickly to these cheeky little green critters calls Pilfers and they're quite amusing. Whenever you mine, they're never far away. Ready to pop up at a moment's notice, to bounce off with some of your treasure. I don't think I will ever get tired of smacking them off the screen, it's just so satisfying when you land an axe throw on them, as they make such funny little sounds as they fly off the screen.

I've lost count of the amount of Gold I've lost because of those little green devils.

What I wasn't quite expecting was the boss battles. There I am minding my own business, taking out some rats and slimes when I come across a Gold vein just like any other. I casually saunter over, axe in hand and when I take a swing at it—the damn thing comes alive, it's a huge rock monster. It begins to smash the ground around me, rocks falling down everywhere and then it rolls into a ball and spins straight at me. Safe to say, that was not my finest moment. I died quite quickly.

For the few hours I've spent in it before the release, I've enjoyed every second of it. Each run I feel like I'm getting that little bit further, discovering more little things like secret passages and more. One time I discovered a secret purely by chance, as I smacked a green slime carrying a bomb which blew up and revealed it for me—result! Character upgrades are great touch too, since they persist between each new peasant.

There's even a sprinkle of Slay the Spire I see in it for the Relic feature. As you explore more and deeper into the mine, you can collect a ton of these Relics. Some might provide more power when you're low on health, gain damage when picking up gold and all sorts.

A nice little touch that could easily be missed, is the character face when you fall down a hole. I only noticed this one, since I was grabbing screenshots from various points and it's pretty hilarious:

Other little touches I noticed as I played more, like the Hoarding Pilfer reminding me of the Thief from Golden Axe. You need to chase it around, give it a few swings of your axe and it will drop some goods. Makes it quite hilarious when it drops Gold though (it drops other stuff too), since then the normal green Pilfers appear and it's a mad dash to get all the Gold while hitting the Hoarding Pilfer to release more. I've noticed more but I don't want to spoil too much.

Graphically pleasing, lovely (although quite repetitive) music along with some exploration and action that I can see myself playing often in my free time. It's hard to hold myself back from writing a ridiculous amount about UnderMine as I've enjoyed it that much.

It leaves you with that feeling of needing another run even though you check the time and it's 1AM, just one more couldn't hurt right? I can see this easily being a hit. Might even be a new favourite.

No problems at all in the Linux version that I could see, Steam Controller worked beautifully and all. Possibly one of the most polished games I've played in some time and it's not even finished.

They're estimating it to be in Early Access for around 6-8 months. Find it on Steam now.

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Areia: Pathway to Dawn aims to be a relaxing meditative adventure game

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 12:20:54 PM

Tags: Adventure, Indie Game, Upcoming, Steam

Areia: Pathway to Dawn from Gilp Studio was just recently announced with the developer promising it to be a "journey like no other".

It's an adventure game, with a few puzzle elements to it and a wondrous style. The developer said it's a game about emotions and spiritual growth, a tale of wonder as you explore a land inhabited by only one character. It's supposed to be a calming experience, with Gilp Studio saying it's "a unique addition to the range of meditative games". Take a look at their freshly released trailer:

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I spoke personally with Gilp Studio earlier today to ask about Linux support, to which they replied with "Hi Liam, thanks for the interest, and yes it will have linux support and we are looking into bringing it to mac users as well."—excellent!

Feature Highlight:

  • An emotional game based that is made to captivate every player.
  • High-quality visuals for a more immersive experience.
  • Amazing scenery and lighting, with top-notch simulations.
  • Music made from the ground up focusing eastern elements in its construction without losing its outsider, and meditative vibe.
  • Handcrafted levels with relaxing but gameplay intensive design.
  • Learn about the stages of the samsara wheel of life, uncover a deep story.
  • No HUD during the gameplay, nothing to take you away from the experience.

It's not due to release for a little while, with it currently scheduled for January 15th, 2020.

For now, you can wishlist and follow it on Steam.

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Wasteland 3 has an impressive new trailer for Gamescom

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 12:11:23 PM

Tags: RPG, Upcoming, Video

inXile Entertainment have shown off more of their upcoming party-based RPG Wasteland 3 at Gamescom and it's looking great.

More than a century after the bombs, Arizona is dying. The Patriarch of Colorado has promised to save it if the Desert Rangers can rescue his land from his three bloodthirsty children. In this tactical RPG the Rangers must travel North to build a new base, equip a vehicle, train recruits, explore Colorado's hostile frozen wastes, meet the locals—and decide which ones to help.

As a reminder, it's not due for a while as they pushed back the launch date so it will be available sometime in the Spring next year. It's also still confirmed to be coming to Linux. Sadly though, the Alpha is confirmed to be Windows only.

When they release any more details about it, especially about the exact release date, we will let you know.

Are you excited? Will you be picking it up at release? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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