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  • Top 10 Games Released on Linux in 2015

    So, while the Steam Machines did not (predictably) manage to get a really good start (I hope Valve learned a thing or two out of that situation), 2015 has been an excellent year for Linux Gaming. We have received numerous ports and a few first-citizen releases as well, and not just indie games this time around. Like all Top 10’s, this list is going to be somewhat subjective and maybe your own favourite game is not there, but here goes nonetheless.

  • FNA, the open source reimplementation of Microsoft's XNA first official release

    I'm a big fan of FNA, as the quality of the ports made with Ethan Lee's project are really quite awesome. Ethan announced recently that FNA has now had its first official release.

  • Carmageddon: Reincarnation still aiming for a Linux version

    The Linux version of Carmageddon: Reincarnation promised during the Kickstarter has been completely MIA for some time, but they say they are still planning to do it.

    It's a familiar thing by now, dates slipped for all versions, the Windows version didn't turn out as well as one hoped and the Linux version is waiting for the Windows version to get sorted out. Originally, the Linux version was due around the end of 2013, that's a rather large slip for Stainless Games.

Microsoft Loves Linux?!

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  • Ori and the Blind Forest won't come to Linux for now, thanks to Microsoft

    Other Microsoft published games have made their way to Linux, so it's not out of the question. It depends what sort of publishing deal they signed, still a damn shame though.

  • Microsoft Blocks Linux Game Port From Happening

    The reference was in regards to a Linux port of Ori and the Blind Forest, a single-player adventure game developed by Moon Studios and originally released earlier this year. Ori is powered by the Unity Engine, which would make a Linux port possible, but apparently the publishing deal with Microsoft Studios would prevent the game from being released outside of Microsoft platforms.

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SparkyLinux 4.2 GameOver Edition Has Over 80 Games, Desura and Steam for Linux

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Just a few minutes ago, December 29, the developers of the Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system were more than proud to announce the release of the GameOver, Multimedia and Rescue editions for SparkyLinux 4.2.

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Also: SparkyLinux 4.2 Rescue Edition Officially Released, Based on Debian 9 "Stretch"

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  • Top 10 Linux Games 2015 - Youtubers Edition
  • OpenRA Christmas 2015 Release (20151224)
  • French Consumer Group Tries To Win Back Resale Rights For Digitally Distributed Games

    We talk a lot about first sale rights and resale rights at Techdirt, but of particular frustration to me is the strange capitulation to companies that sell digital copies of software. This isn't a strictly American problem, though here in the States there has been a near total abandonment of the consumer's rights when it comes to electronically delivered entertainment, be it eBooks, music, movies or games. The "you're licensing the game you paid for, not buying it" line is, on its face, ridiculous, amounting to a situation where Game "X" bought on a disc can be resold, but Game "X" bought and delivered on the internet cannot. Why a delivery method would alter the right to resale a bought product because a EULA says so is a concept that simply escapes me.

  • Best-Selling Linux Games for Steam Winter Sale

    The latest Steam Winter Sale is still in effect, and it will last until January 4. Let's take a look at what the Linux users have been buying these past few days.

System76 Oryx Pro is the Ubuntu Linux gaming laptop of your dreams [Review]

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When you think of a gaming PC, two things probably come to mind -- Microsoft Windows and desktop computers. In other words, gamers don't typically target laptops for playing their favorite games, and even when some do, they will likely aim for Windows 7, 8, or 10. Thanks to Steam, however, Linux-based operating systems are a legitimate option for gaming.

If you want a Linux-based gaming laptop, your choices are slim. Yes, you can buy a Windows laptop and replace the operating system with Ubuntu or another OS, but that isn't the best experience. Ideally, you want a machine that was designed and sold with Linux in mind. Enter the Ubuntu-powered System76 Oryx Pro. This beast of a gaming laptop can be configured with some jaw-dropping specs. The one I have been testing features an Intel Skylake Core i7 processor, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, NVMe SSD and NVIDIA graphics, including G-SYNC. Are you salivating yet? Read on for more specs and my impressions.

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  • Does job vacancy posting point to Elite: Dangerous Linux version?

    A recent job vacancy posting at Frontier Developments may be a signal that a Linux port of Elite: Dangerous is in the offing. Both TweakTown and Softpedia reckon the job vacancy advert might give away Frontier's intentions of creating a Linux port of its premier open-world Space exploration and adventure games title.

  • Freedom Planet 2 is Announced for PC, Mac, and Linux

    Independent developer Galaxy Trailer has announced Freedom Planet 2, a follow-up to their iconic and throwback platforming game.

    The developer said the game will follow a similar release schedule as the first game, meaning it will launch for PC, Mac, and Linux first, followed by Nintendo platforms, as well as potentially more platforms, “depending on resources.”

    Most of the voice cast and characters from the original game are returning in the sequel, however the above trailer definitely gives more insight as to what you can expect in the new game.

  • OpenRA Brings C&C: Tiberian Dawn, C&C: Red Alert, and Dune 2000 to Linux

    OpenRA is an open source project that recreates and improves upon the classic Command & Conquer and that has C&C: Tiberian Dawn, C&C: Red Alert, and Dune 2000 games in one collection.

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  • Elite: Dangerous might be getting Linux version, hints a job opening

    This information isn't based on much, though the job description is specifically for a systems programmer for helping to create cross-platform libraries for online services, and it does mention having the ability to "...write platform-independent code for deployment on Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, and current generation consoles."

  • End of the year benchmarks, GTX 760 and R7 370

    It's been a while since I last dug up my 760 and did some benchmarking, so I decided that I would run some to celebrate the last days of 2015. I've picked some new games this time around to show the performance of both the open source and the proprietary drivers.

  • A closer look at some DRM free Linux games available on itch.io

    Itch.io has fast become a popular distribution platform among developers for its many and flexible tools for distributing and promoting games. The co-op bundles, which lets developers team up to bundle their games and agree on the split caught my attention when it was announced in April. There have been some interesting bundles since, but from what I've seen as an outsider, it hasn't generated much attention. The desktop app instantly became much more popular when it was released earlier this month, and it's the first real DRM free alternative we've had to the Steam client for Linux in a while (not counting clients independent of distribution platforms, like Lutris).

    What many might not know is that itch.io isn't just host of jam games and thousands of amateur projects, but that it also has a good selection of high-quality professional games, like Gone Home, Tales of Maj'Eyal, Electronic Super Joy, VVVVVV and Super Win the Game. You'll also find several of my biggest favorites from this year there, including Dropsy, Snakebird, BLACKHOLE, A Good Snowman is Hard to Build, and many more.

    Here's a look at some popular games released on itch.io this year that we didn't cover before.

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition for GNU/Linux

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  • Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition Out for Mac, Linux and SteamOS

    Been wanting to play Larian Studios’ Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition on Mac, Linux or SteamOS since it launched in October for PC, PS4 and Xbox One? Well there’s good news – the Enhanced Edition of the award-winning RPG is now finally available for these platforms. The SteamOS support means you can play it on your Steam Box in the living without any issues as well.

  • Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition gets Mac, Linux and SteamOS versions

    To mark the occasion, Larian remarked that the PC version of the game has been updated too so it's now "in synch with the Mac & Linux version" and that they've "fixed a number of stability issues reported by players."

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