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Games and Graphics: Mainframe Defenders, Proton, NVIDIA 390.132 Linux Driver and More

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  • Mainframe Defenders, retrofuturistic squad-based strategy now has a Linux demo

    Mainframe Defenders from Old Byte Apps is an in-development retro take on a squad-based strategy roguelike. They just announced today that they've now added a Linux demo.

    The story is your typical cyberspace affair, with a virus infiltrating infecting an AI controlled research complex. Your overall mission is to crush this virus and defend the mainframe through a series of missions with different objectives and enemies.

  • Steam Play Proton 4.11-8 is out with vkd3d for Direct3D 12 support

    Another update to Steam Play Proton has been released this evening, which should bring with it plenty of improvements for playing Windows games on Linux.

    Looking to get started with Steam Play on Linux? Be sure to check our previous beginners guide.

    Proton 4.11-8 now includes vkd3d, another library built on top of Vulkan to add in Direct3D 12 support. Other parts of Proton also saw version bumps like DXVK to 1.4.4, D9VK to 0.30, FAudio to 19.11 and Wine-mono to 4.9.4.

  • NVIDIA 390.132 Linux Driver Released For Legacy Fermi Support

    Not nearly as exciting as the recent NVIDIA 440 Linux driver series going stable but for those with older Fermi graphics cards and wanting to use the latest NVIDIA binary driver experience, their 390 series legacy driver series has been updated.

    The NVIDIA 390.132 driver is out today as the latest legacy driver update targeting the GeForce GTX 400/500 "Fermi" graphics cards.

  • Your weekend look at what's on sale and what you can try free

    While the Halloween sales are over, plenty of stores still have some big and interesting game sales going on with lots of Linux games going cheap.

Phoronix on Proton

  • Valve's Proton 4.11-8 Begins Bundling VKD3D, Improves Rockstar Launcher Support

    Valve earlier today pushed out Proton 4.11-8 as the newest update to their Wine-based software powering Steam Play for handling Windows games on Linux.

    It seems Valve is indeed ramping up their support for VKD3D as the Direct3D 12 over Vulkan implementation. In addition to the DXVK lead developer contributing more now to VKD3D and developers from CodeWeavers and elsewhere continuing to engage, Proton 4.11-8 is the first release where VKD3D is bundled for Direct3D 12 support albeit in very restricted form.

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Games: Half-Life: Alyx, Serial Cleaner, BATTLETECH Heavy Metal

  • Set between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, Valve have now properly announced Half-Life: Alyx (updated)

    Half-Life: Alyx, the first Half-Life title in far too long has now been officially revealed with the Steam store page for it now available and you can also pre-purchase. However, their email clearly stated that Half-Life: Alyx will be "Free for owners of the Valve Index VR headset". This is a title built from the ground up for Virtual Reality, so only those with a VR kit will be able to play. Valve said it has "all of the hallmarks of a classic Half-Life game" including exploration, puzzle solving, visceral combat and a story that connects it all together with the Half-Life universe. Valve also said it will be compatible with "all PC-based VR headsets", it's powered by their own Source 2 game engine and it will release in March 2020.

  • Humble are giving away Serial Cleaner free for their Fall Sale now live

    You have around 72 hours to grab Serial Cleaner completely free, along with the start of the Humble Store Fall Sale. As always, there's tons of titles on sale. Plenty of indie games, plus multiple publishers have all put their games up with big discounts on them too.

  • BATTLETECH Heavy Metal has firmly stomped its way to release

    BATTLETECH Heavy Metal, the latest expansion to the turn-based strategy game that has you fight with massive lumbering 'mechs is out now. We've been told this is the definitive expansion, so it's likely to be the last as Harebrained Schemes move onto their next game. Quite an exciting expansion though and the naming of the expansion is very on point, since it comes with a bunch of classic 'mech designs from the original ​BATTLETECH​ board game plus a new 'mech designed just for Heavy Metal.

Top 10 Best Linux Video Editing Software

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