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It’s Time to Open up the GPU

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The second is a commitment to open source software. The game and graphics development community is an active hub of enthusiastic individuals who believe in the value of sharing knowledge. Full and flexible access to the source of tools, libraries and effects is a key pillar of the GPUOpen philosophy. Only through open source access are developers able to modify, optimize, fix, port and learn from software. The goal? Encouraging innovation and the development of amazing graphics techniques and optimizations in PC games.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Sexy MF says things related to game programming on Linux, and tells you why you shouldn’t learn C!

    Now, at this point, I have a humble confession to make. I don’t know C! Specifically pointers. I never got into it at a young age, because after life with my Sinclair ZX Spectrum had come to a halt, I didn’t have access to a PC with a C compiler so that I could follow things in a natural progression (and my parents wanted me to get off the computer and focus on my schoolwork – probably the main reason I did so badly there!). I do remember reading about them at the time (in a book I got for my birthday at the time, in fact), but since I couldn’t actually try it out anywhere, they never became part of my bloodstream! This is the main reason I couldn’t actually try out anything from the Abrash book, since the whole thing assumes you’re adept at C! This has been a huge stumbling block in my programming education, since every single book on data structures or graphics programming, or what have you (not to mention websites like this one), assumes you know C. Now, today, where it’s actually taught in school (wasn’t the case back then), let me give you my opinion – I’m glad I never learnt pointers! There’s nothing wrong with understanding indirection, but when you’re trying to think of and implement a particular algorithm, trying to think of what the 0s and 1s are doing inside the computer is just hugely counter intuitive. This is not how human beings think. C was made so that an operating system could be written in it – that is the crux of how pointers came into being, and for some reason that hacker language caught on to become the most prevalent language in the whole world! Of course, it also led a young kid called Linus Torvalds to use it to do it all over again starting in 1991 (incidentally Linus, before the PC, worked on the QL, another member of the Sinclair family, a sort of a “big cousin” to the Spectrum), thanks to which you’re reading this website today, so I guess it wasn’t altogether a bad thing. But I, for one am glad that we’ve moved on to things like Javascript, in today’s day and age, and it makes me happy that we don’t have to worry about what’s zapping in and out of RAM when trying to write a game. Just at that point where those in charge of the Indian education system want their charges to know about nothing else but the syntax of weird things with asterisks in them (it seems, the more asterisks, the better), as if that was important. Trust the fools! Incidentally, I did get hold of a Youtube video about pointers sometime back, and followed it through, and yes, I did finally get what they are (where was that animation back in 1992?), but I guess it’s too late now – Javascript occupies much more of my mind now than C ever will, and I can’t say that makes me unhappy in any way. All along, I knew what [ and ] do in Assembly in any case! I just wish there were more folks like me, who will now have the happy task of porting, in their own minds, all the code in the Abrash book, to whatever their favourite language is, so that in the case of Javascript, wonder of wonders – their browser can show them the joy of a rotating cube! That’s why the exhortations of this article. By the way, I suggest you Youtube for “banana bread” some time – good stuff! This is clearly the future, and you need to get a handle on it.

  • Vagante, a nifty-looking platformer with permadeath, available on Linux

    Fans of challenging platformers with the trendy roguelite appellation might be interested to know that there's something new that they can sink their teeth into. Vagante promises countless hours of procedurally generated fun alone or with friends.

  • Atari Vault, a 100 classic game collection heading to SteamOS & Linux

    This is lovely news, Atari Vault a new official collection of 100 classic games is heading to SteamOS & Linux

  • Escape from Tarkov, the new Russian Survival MMO FPS looks like it's heading to Linux

    Escape from Tarkov is an interesting looking Russian-made action MMO that is apparently going to come to Linux too.

Is using Linux as primary operating system on gaming computer a great idea!

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While many redditors may have opposing views, with the increased snooping issues on Windows 10, it is worthwhile to have a Linux OS aboard your PC. With more and more games being launched for Linux, it is better to opt for Linux in long run.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Steam Now Offers Over 1,800 Games to Linux Users, but Usage Remains Under 1%

    After approximately one and a half months, Steam for Linux managed to collect 100 more games for Linux and SteamOS users, as at the moment of writing this article there are exactly 1,801 titles available.

    Steam reaching 1,800 Linux/SteamOS games is the good news, but the bad news is that there aren't many AAA titles available, and, therefore, the usage of Steam for Linux continues to remain very low even in 2016, under 1%.

  • Steam On Linux Hits 1,800 Games Available
  • Team Fortress 2 Update Brings More Balancing Improvements

    Team Fortress 2, the online multiplayer game developed by Valve with Linux support, has received another update and it looks like it’s all about balancing.

    The previous update for Team Fortress 2 has a couple of fixes that were really good for Linux users. One of the changes made by developers to the game actually reduced the memory usage on the Linux platform.

  • AMD Video Cards Are Still a Problem for SteamOS

    SteamOS has been out for quite some time, and now we also have Steam Machines in the wild, but it looks like AMD video cards continue to be a problem for this platform.

  • Nvidia and Valve Are Spearheading Vulkan Development

    Nvidia, Valve, and developers of Vulkan from the Khronos Group met for the first-ever Vulkan Developers Day.

  • Steam Beta Update Brings SteamOS and Steam Controller Fixes

    Another day, another Steam Beta patch. The Valve developers seem to be doing a lot of work and they continue to push for major improvement.

    If you buy a Steam Controller right now, you need to install that Steam Beta client in order to get the best experience possible. In fact, the controller doesn't even work as it should with the regular release, so the “need” part is pretty important. Only Valve knows why all of these improvements that have been made to the Steam Beta client don’t land in the Stable branch, but we’ll have to just accept that.

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  • Steam Gets Controller Support for Non-Steam Games

    A new version of the Steam Beta client has been released, and it comes with fresh features and a few fixes for the Steam Controller.

    The Steam Beta client is the only version providing full support for the Steam Controller right now, so if you have one of these, it’s important to upgrade as soon as possible. Each new update for the client had some sort of improvements for the controller, so it looks like the developers are focusing a lot on this piece of hardware.

    Despite all of these upgrades for the Steam Controller, the gaming device is ready to be used right now. All the basic functions are present and working almost perfectly, but the Steam developers are working to extend the support for other games outside of the distribution platform.

  • A Linux Port Of Darkest Dungeon Is Planned

    Darkest Dungeon is a roguelike, dungeon crawler game that's been in early access for the better part of a year while its full release is set for today.

    Coming out today is the full build for Windows and Mac OS X, but sadly not Linux. However, our former intern Eric Griffith pointed out that a Linux port is planned according to one of the developers in a comment he made last month.

  • Help get good looking FPS 'Squad' on Linux

    A developer of Squad mentioned again that they want to do a Linux version, but it's not a priority. The developer asked people to comment on his reddit post in they want Linux support.

  • That Dragon, Cancer is now doing a Linux release on Steam

    I spoke to the developer of That Dragon, Cancer and they have now confirmed they are actually able to put the Linux version up on Steam.

    The developer sent this blog post to us directly on twitter, and we had a little chat after about it. I would show you it, but twitter is down again.

Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Linux gamers shouldn't preorder the Oculus Rift with Linux development on hold

    Linux gamers, beware! The Oculus Rift is now available for preorder at the surprisingly high price of $599, but it won't support Linux as originally planned. Oculus dropped support for Linux and Mac OS X in 2015, making the first consumer version of the Rift Windows-only.

  • Door Kickers 2 strategy game announced, Linux support confirmed too

    The sequel to the critic and public-acclaimed Door Kickers moves the action to the Middle East and puts the player in control of military Special Operations Teams fighting an elusive Terrorist Network.

    As with the original it will support Linux once again, which is fantastic news as Door Kickers is a really cool game. I'm really happy to see them expand on it, as it could have been so much more which they are now doing!

  • Hit indie game Undertale looks like it's coming to Linux & SteamOS

    Undertale, a very popular 2D indie RPG looks like it's coming to Linux. It has 'Overwhelmingly Positive' reviews overall on Steam, so that's something.

    A user on the Steam forum had an email chat with the developer, who asked for Linux testers (he has enough now). So hopefully the testing goes well and we get another popular game soon.

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