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An interview with the developer of space sim Helium Rain who says ‘Linux gaming is alive and well’

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I love space, I love how mysterious and dangerous it is and to be able to fly around in a game like Helium Rain [Steam] is fantastic. I decided to have a chat with the developer and they’re very positive about Linux gaming.

We’ve covered Helium Rain here a few times before, so hopefully some of you will be familiar with it. Without further rambling, let's begin!

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Games: SteamOS, Jackbox Party Pack 2, Ultraball, Streets of Rogue, Jagged Alliance 2, Stellar Interface, RPCS3, Xenomarine

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Games: Helium Rain, Task Force, Death Gate, Monsters and Monocles, Insurgency: Sandstorm

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More on Valve's Denial

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Games: Valve, Humble, x86 Security Changes

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  • Valve responds to accusations of erroneous Steam cheating bans on Linux

    Valve has responded to accusations that it is automatically banning Linux Steam accounts simply for having certain phrases in their usernames, calling the claims "a tactic employed by cheaters to try and sow discord and distrust among anticheat systems".

    The reports first surfaced over the weekend, when some users took to Valve's github bug repositories claiming that Steam accounts on Linux featuring the phrase "catbot" were being banned by Valve's anti-cheating software.

    "Catbot" is a name associated with a type of nuisance, auto-aim cheat bot, often seen in the likes of Team Fortress 2. Reports suggested that all Linux accounts with "catbot" in their name were being blanket banned by Valve, regardless of whether cheating had occurred.

  • [Corrected] No, Valve Anti-Cheat is not banning Linux users for having "catbot" in their username

    Valve software engineer John McDonald made the statement on the associated Reddit story, and you can read it in full here. He says simply "the bug report is incorrect," and hypothesises that it and many other posts in the thread are an attempt to foment distrust of anticheat systems.

  • The 'Humble Staff Picks Bundle: Scribble' seems like a nice deal for Linux gamers

    If you're in the mood to pick up some cheap games the Humble Staff Picks Bundle: Scribble is now available and it has a few Linux games.

  • Linux Gaming Performance Doesn't Appear Affected By The x86 PTI Work

    With the recently published Initial Benchmarks Of The Performance Impact Resulting From Linux's x86 Security Changes, one of the common questions that came up is whether gaming performance is adversely affected by the x86 Page Table Isolation changes recently merged to the Linux kernel.

Games: Seven: The Days Long Gone, Road Dogs, DUSK, BRAIN / OUT, Ruggnar

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Games: OpenRA, FreeDOS , and Steam on GNU/Linux

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  • A new test build of OpenRA is out, with the full Dune 2000 Harkonnen campaign

    OpenRA [Official Site] is a fantastic game engine, which enables you to play Command & Conquer, Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Dune 2000 on Linux. The latest test release is rather nice too.

  • Write about open source software

    It's a new year, and we wanted to encourage people to contribute to FreeDOS in new ways. If you're already working on FreeDOS through code, design, testing, or some other technical way - thank you!

  • Steam On Linux Ended 2017 With A Slight Increase In Marketshare
  • The Steam Hardware Survey for December 2017 shows a reasonable increase for Linux

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    Why has this happened? Well, going by the same way I looked at it before, the use of "Simplified Chinese" as a language on Steam dropped by 15.31%. Also worth noting Windows 7 use dropped by 15.10%, with Windows 10 going up by 13.15%. The overall Windows share dropped by a total of 0.51%.

  • Steam users on Linux are getting VAC banned for “catbot” usernames

    Developers, particularly on PC, are locked in a never-battle to keep cheaters and hackers from abusing multiplayer games. Sometimes, those methods seem a little strange and arbitrary, but rarely more so than a recently-discovered VAC offense aimed at curbing Team Fortress 2 cheaters.

  • Valve is handing out TF2 VAC bans to Linux users with 'catbot' in their username

    Catbots, if you're not familiar with the term, are player-created bots that flood TF2 servers, lining up headshots on everything in sight. They're all called things like 'catbot 1574', and they're a nuisance. But in an attempt to stamp them out, some players are claiming that Valve has crossed a line. Anybody with 'catbot' in their Linux username (yes, not their Steam username), will now find themselves with an automatic VAC ban, regardless of whether they've actually booted up TF2 or not.

    Now, I don't know how many Linux users have 'catbot' in their username, but there is at least the potential for friendly fire here. On the GitHub thread where the issue was uncovered, one user said that their Steam account was VAC-banned despite claiming to never have cheated. Another said: "I installed Ubuntu on a virtual machine and named the computer catbot-918 and installed Steam, within an hour of not playing anything I received a VAC ban."

Games: "Catbot", Little Devil Inside, Indivisible, Small Talk, State of Anarchy: Master of Mayhem

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RADV Vulkan Gaming Getting Closer To RadeonSI OpenGL Performance

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With the Mesa-based RADV Vulkan driver having just landed a significant performance optimization you may be wondering whether RADV Vulkan now leads to faster gaming frame-rates than using the mature RadeonSI OpenGL driver... I was curious so I ran some fresh benchmarks using the newest Mesa Git code.

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LinuxConsole 2018 Gaming Operating System Released with TORCS and SuperTuxKart

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Designed as a modern, gaming, and educational GNU/Linux distribution that can be easily installed on 32-bit or 64-bit computers and comes pre-installed with ready-to-use software and games, LinuxConsole 2018 brings up-to-date components like Linux kernel 4.9.66 LTS (64-bit) and Linux kernel 4.1.48 LTS (32-bit).

MATE 1.18 is used as default desktop environment in LinuxConsole 2018, which makes it possible to manage Bluetooth devices and simplifies the configuration of wireless networks. It also comes with the latest Mozilla Firefox 57 Quantum web browser and supports Arabic locale.

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