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  • The Wil Wheaton Effect Is Why Video Game Makers Should Embrace Let's Play Videos

    Now, we happen to know a thing or two around here about terms that get dubbed an "effect", especially when the revolve around exposure through internet channels. The Wheaton Effect is essentially a noticeable jump in sales for games that are featured on Table Top. As the original Reddit poster implies, the exposure generated by the game being featured on the show is a boon for sales. I would think this is an intuitive idea, in which an otherwise unaware public becomes aware of the fun to be had through these games and then goes out and buys them.

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    And, to be fair, much of the gaming industry has come around to this idea. You can see the evolution not only in the stance of the publishers, who often times go so far as to work with sites to unblock Let's Play videos that were automatically nabbed by ContentID, but also in video game hardware itself. The latest generation of consoles, specifically the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, are both designed specifically with ways for gamers to record gameplay and share those recordings. But Nintendo and some other lagging studios are more restrictive and I can't imagine why. Sales are what's important and exposure brings with it sales. The Wheaton Effect is an example of this, but this concept isn't in any way limited to the realm of table top games. Give up just a little bit of control, it seems, and you spur on sales.

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Mac and Linux canned
  • Batman: Arkham Knight is no longer coming to Linux or OSX
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Cancelled for Mac and Linux
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Mac OS X and Linux Releases Canceled
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Linux, Mac ports cancelled
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Linux And Mac Ports Cancelled
  • 'Batman Arkham Knight' For Mac And Linux Cancelled: Refunds Available
  • Batman: Arkham Knight’s Mac and Linux versions canceled
  • PSA: Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space now on Linux

    The weird and wacky space adventure game is available for Linux on Steam, via Humble Bundle, and via itch.io.

  • Freeciv 2.5.2 Free Strategy Game Is Inspired by Original Civilization

    Freeciv is a free and open source turn-based multiplayer strategy game that resembles and is inspired by the original Civilization series. A new update bringing quite a few fixes has been released for it.

  • Ice for SteamOS Now Lets Users Play Old Games from SNES Era

    It's now possible to play old games from the SNES era on SteamOS, thanks to an application named Ice, which has been made to work with this operating system.

    Ice had already been available for Steam, but a couple of developers made sure it would also work with SteamOS. The initial release has been marked as 0.1.0 and it shows the state of the development. It works, but installing it and figuring out how it can be used will take some time.

    The idea that you can play this kind of games in Steam is not a bad one, especially since emulators are already working on this platform, and there is even controller support. Why not take advantage of a collection of thousands of games that can be downloaded and used for free, and which in many cases are just as good as the ones released today?

  • RadeonSI Gallium3D Can Work With XCOM 2 On Linux

    While at first using open-source drivers to play XCOM 2 on Linux looked bleak, after some more trials, the latest Mesa Gallium3D code can work for Intel and Radeon.

    After the original article, I heard from the Linux game porters at Feral Interactive that the game should actually run with Intel and Radeon if using new enough Mesa, "We have completed the entire game on an AMD machine with mesa during development so it is pretty playable on R7/9 series cards it however is release quality due to some issues with the mesa drivers we are investigating."

  • Here Is What Happens When Trying To Use Non-NVIDIA Drivers To Play XCOM 2 On Linux

    As covered already, for launch Feral Interactive is only supporting NVIDIA graphics on Linux using their proprietary driver for launch day -- but, of course, that could change as new drivers are released in the future. AMD and Intel graphics (regardless of Catalyst or open-source for the Radeon hardware) are not supported for launch. Sadly there isn't any benchmark mode in the Linux version of XCOM 2, but given the hype around this game on Linux, I was curious to see what the graphics driver situation is really like... So no performance tests in this article, but just some initial impressions when trying different drivers and graphics processors.

  • How Interested Are You In XCOM 2 For Linux?

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