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Ubuntu 19.04 Radeon Linux Gaming Performance: Popular Desktops Benchmarked, Wayland vs. X.Org

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Leading up to the Ubuntu 19.04 release, several premium supporters requested fresh results for seeing the X.Org vs. Wayland performance overhead for gaming, how GNOME Shell vs. KDE Plasma is performing for current AMD Linux gaming, and related desktop comparison graphics/gaming metrics. Here are such benchmarks run from the Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo" while benchmarking GNOME Shell both with X.Org and Wayland, Xfce, MATE, Budgie, KDE Plasma, LXQt, and Openbox.

Using a Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card with the stock Ubuntu 19.04 components were used for this desktop graphics/gaming benchmark comparison. Ubuntu 19.04 ships with the Linux 5.0 kernel, Mesa 19.0.2, and X.Org Server 1.20.4 as the most prominent components for this comparison. GNOME Shell 3.32.0, Xfce 4.12, MATE 1.20.4, KDE Plasma 5.15.4, Budgie, LXQt 0.14.1, and Openbox 3.6.1 are the prominent desktop versions to report. KDE Plasma with Wayland wasn't tested since on this system I wasn't able to successfully start the session when selecting the Wayland version of Plasma from the log-in manager. The Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card was running from the common Core i9 9900K used by many of our graphics tests with the ASUS PRIME Z390-A motherboard, 16GB of RAM, Samsung 970 EVO 256GB NVMe SSD, and a 4K display.

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Games: Godot Game Engine, King Arthur's Gold, Rocket League, Rotation, Crumble, Superbug Initiative for Two Point Hospital, Lutris

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  • Create Games With Godot Game Engine

    Are you considering creating a game in your free spare time or as a full-time game developer? You should check out Godot if you want a FOSS game engine on your Linux machine. There are tons of open source game engines and of course including those proprietary ones that most people use and talk about (for instance, Unity). Godot is fairly new but that doesn't mean it's poor in features. It's the opposite! Read on below to learn more about this awesome game engine.

  • King Arthur's Gold, the 2D multiplayer castle siege game is now free to play

    With some silly physics and plenty of fun to be had, King Arthur's Gold has officially gone free to play and it works great on Linux.

  • Rocket League has a new Rocket Pass out with a Weekly Challenges system

    It seems developer Psyonix is taking more inspiration from Fortnite for Rocket League with their latest Rocket Pass out now.

    For those that aren't too clued up, the Rocket Pass is a newer system in Rocket League that has both a free and paid tier allowing you to unlock new cosmetic items at different levels. Those who don't pay get a reduced amount but if you pay each time a new Rocket Pass comes out, every single level of the Rocket Pass will give you something.

  • Rotation looks like a promising and unique top-down shooter coming to Linux

    I do love a good action-packed top-down shooter but a lot of them do end up feeling a little too similar, Rotation looks like it might mix things up nicely.

  • Silly physics platformer where you swing with your tongue 'Crumble' now has a Linux demo

    In the 3D platformer Crumble, you play as a rolling ball with a smiley face and a loose tongue. It sounds ridiculous and it is but it's also good fun.

    A game I gave a quick shout-out to recently as the idea and trailer made it sound quite amusing, the developer emailed in recently to let me know that the demo is now available on Linux for everyone to give it ago. After now playing it myself, I seriously can't wait to see more from it.

  • Two Point Hospital's Superbug Initiative brings a new challenge system, beta now available

    The Superbug Initiative for Two Point Hospital sees players working together across the world, to complete challenges.

    These challenges can be done with friends or in larger global projects. It works by progressing through nodes of different challenges like training staff or earning a specific amount of money, with the end result once you've fully completed each line of nodes being some special in-game reward. It's a feature they will continue updating, to add in more challenges and rewards to give players more reasons to keep coming back to the game which sounds pretty fun.

  • You can now easily run the Epic Store on Linux with Lutris, Epic suggests applying for a grant

    Thanks to some effort from the team behind Lutris (and Wine of course), you can now run the Epic Store quite easily on Linux.

Games: Flotilla, Oxygen Not Included and More

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Games: Caves of Qud, Shipped, Origami Flight and Train Valley 2

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  • Caves of Qud, the crazy-deep roguelike is having a price increase this week so act fast

    Caves of Qud from Freehold Games is a roguelike with some truly ridiculous depth to it and after many years of development they're going to be upping the price on April 18th.

    Currently available for around $9.99, the new price is going to be set at $14.99 which isn't a huge increase but it's worth letting you know now in case you were on the fence about buying it.

  • Shipped is a surprisingly fun local multiplayer naval game that might destroy some friendships

    Shipped from developer Majorariatto is a game I could easily have passed by, a shame too as I've found it to be incredibly fun.

    Why would I pass up on it? Well, it really doesn't look like much and honestly I didn't even know it existed until the developer sent over a copy to our Steam Curator. I'm not saying it looks bad, not at all, just the incredible simple style and description of it doesn't make it stand out amongst the big crowd of games being released recently.

  • Side-scrolling shoot 'em up 'Origami Flight' now supports Linux

    Origami Flight is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up where you're literally playing as a paper aeroplane and you're trying to save the Origami World.

  • The great distribution puzzle game 'Train Valley 2' has officially released

    Train Valley 2, a distribution puzzle game needing you to keep trains running on time and with the correct resources across each level is now out.

    After being in Early Access since early last year, they've continued to expand and refine the game into a really fantastic experience overall. Not just enough that it has around 50 levels, there's also a built-in level editor with Steam Workshop support giving access to hundreds of user-created challenges.

Introducing Unity 2019.1

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In the next few weeks we will also release the 2018.4 Long-Term Support (LTS) version of Unity for those of you with projects about to ship and thus who wish to lock-in their production on a rock-solid foundation for an extended period.

Unity 2019.1 is packed with more than 283 new features and improvements. At the beginning of this post you will find a summary, followed by a detailed walk-through, of the major new features. If you’re eager to install and begin using Unity 2019.1, consider starting the download (click the button below or access via the Unity Hub) while you read this post.

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Also: Unity 2019.1 Released With Linux & Vulkan Improvements, Lightweight Render Pipeline

Games: Free Games Online, "We. The Revolution" and Lots More

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  • Top 10 Free Games Websites For Online Gaming in 2019

    Free Games websites are a fun way to play games online without any download. However, your experience can become a hassle if the website you visit is the opposite of fun. To make your job easier, we have compiled a list of the top 10 best gaming sites to play free online games.

    We have thoroughly tested these websites on the quality and variety of free games available. So you can enjoy your time playing exactly the type of game you want without any hassle.

  • We. The Revolution is a slow but very interesting game and it's working well on Linux

    Set during the French Revolution with a rather chilling intro, We. The Revolution is a very interesting game. One that is hard to put a genre to, as it blends together lots to create something quite unique.

  • Satirical point & click adventure 'Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love' is coming to Linux

    Artifex Mundi just recently announced their new satirical point and click adventure game, Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love, will be releasing in Q2 this year with Linux support.

  • SIGIL, John Romero's free Doom megawad is due out next month after a delay shipping the fan boxes

    If you're like me and you love first-person shooters you're likely excited to try out SIGIL, the free megawad from John Romero. Announced in December last year, SIGIL is supposed to be an unofficial spiritual successor to the fourth episode of DOOM, with it picking up where the original ended.

    Originally due out in February, they've had some issues shipping the special fan boxes you could order that contained all sorts of goodies. In a statement on Twitter, Romero mentioned that the game is actually done but they can't release the free version until people that paid see it first.

  • Eldritch, a first-person action game inspired by roguelikes had a surprise huge update

    Minor Key Games recently put out a pretty big update for their first-person action game Eldritch, it sounds great too.

    The developer, David Pittman, mentioned on Twitter how it was the biggest update to the game in almost five years and they did it simply because "I just kinda felt like it!". Well, can't argue with that, great to see Eldritch seeing support so long after release.

    The "Eldritch Reanimated" update includes some notable technical changes like 64-bit binaries, a new audio engine, FXAA, Vsync and unlocked timestep options. Not stopping there it also has extra content too like dozens of new rooms to explore, new enemies, new weapons, a new help menu and so on.

  • Dead End Job is a twin-stick ghost-hunting shooter in a 90s cartoon style coming to Linux

    Love a good twin-stick shooter? How about the style of classic cartoons? Dead End Job squishes them together. It's being developed by Ant Workshop with publishing from Headup and it's due out sometime later this year.

    Looking over the details, it seems they are going to be putting this on Linux too. Their official site has a nice Linux icon and the Steam store page also lists Linux support.

  • CorsixTH, the open source game engine for Theme Hospital has a brand new beta

    For those who love their classics, Theme Hospital can be revived using the open source CorsixTH game engine which just had a big update. It's another game engine that requires you have the original data files, which can be grabbed easily enough from GOG.

  • CHROMATOSE, an RPG and Visual Novel hybrid has been fully funded and heading to Linux

    It's a Kickstarter campaign that I somehow completely missed, one that is in fact already over and the developer managed to get the funding they needed. Ending a few days ago on April 11th, they smashed their goal to end up with just over twenty five thousand dollars.

Games: Lists of GNU/Linux Games and New Arrivals for the Platform

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  • 13 Best Linux Gaming Distros You Need To Use In 2019

    Gaming on Linux scene is improving each year with better hardware support and increasing support from game developers. There are tons of amazing games on Linux that one can install and play with ease.

    Apart from installing Wine and Steam in established distros, gamers are using Linux gaming distros like Steam OS to get a better experience. These dedicated gaming distros are specifically built to address your gaming needs, thanks to better hardware support and tons of preinstalled tools. To help you out, we’ve tested and prepared a list of the best gaming distros for Linux.

  • Action-RPG 'Last Epoch' to release a Beta on April 30th, also heading to Steam

    Eleventh Hour Games have announced that their impressive action-RPG 'Last Epoch' is getting a big update with the Beta release on April 30th, a Steam release will also happen then too.

    Funded originally thanks to almost three thousand people on Kickstarter, it's already shaping up to be a pretty big and interesting game. It's set to get a lot bigger with the Beta release including their first major end-game content, a whole lot more lore, two new character mastery classes with the Paladin and Druid, new skills and abilities for existing classes, UI updates and so on.

  • Retake your homeland from greedy goblins in the RTS 'The Dwarves of Glistenveld', coming to Linux

    The Dwarves of Glistenveld just recently popped up on Steam, a new RTS from Nysko Games that features a whole lot of digging. They're aiming for what they say is a "fresh angle" on the RTS genre, with a "2.5D" style and elements mixed in from colony-building, RPG and Tower Defense games as well.

    Not one I had personally heard of before, although it has been in development for some time. Turns out it's going to support Linux too, as confirmed on their official website and Steam also having "SteamOS + Linux" system requirements.

  • 18 Best Linux Games With Steam Support To Play In 2019

    Last time I checked there was no official list of ‘Best Linux Games’ anywhere, and it didn’t surprise me. The open source nature of Linux OS does not sit well with other companies like Nvidia, Epic Games, and even Microsoft.

    However, Valve is dedicated to making its Steam OS, which is also based on Linux, a mainstream product. That’s why Steam officially started supporting WINE developers for the new Proton API.

  • Roguelike fantasy-adventure Vambrace: Cold Soul delayed until May

    Devespresso Games and Headup have announced a short delay in the release of Vambrace: Cold Soul, which is now going to release on May 28th.

    From what I've been told, after it was shown off at both GDC and PAX East they had a lot of excitement and feedback resulting in the decision to spend a bit more time to give it some "fine-tuning".

  • The Ultimate Nerd Game is now called 'Logic World', releasing this Summer with Linux support

    Remember The Ultimate Nerd Game (TUNG)? Well, it's now called Logic World and it's getting a massively expanded release this Summer with full Linux support.

    The aim of the game is to teach you about "digital logic", with challenges that range from super simple logic gates to full complex machines of all kinds. There's also going to be a full sandbox mode, allowing you to build and learn entirely at your own pace.

    "Most people have very little understanding of how their computer works," said Jimmy Cushnie, founder of Mouse Hat Games. "Not at the most basic level where there are gates hooked up in complex patterns that can do math. I think the engineering behind it all is incredibly cool and incredibly beautiful. I want to make it easy for people to see that. I want people to play Logic World and come away feeling like they really understand what their computer is doing at the microscopic level."

Games: Moonlighter, Godot Engine and DRM Battles

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  • The action-RPG where you're also a shopkeeper 'Moonlighter' sold 500K copies, new DLC announced

    Moonlighter from developer Digital Sun and publisher 11 bit studios seems to be doing well, as they've managed to sell over 500K copies. To keep it going, a new DLC named Between Dimensions has been announced.

    Five hundred thousand sounds like quite a lot but taking into account the game is available on PC (Linux, Mac and Windows), Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch it puts things into perspective a little. They're not a tiny developer either, employing over twenty people.

  • Godot Engine awarded 50K USD from Mozilla, more exciting features planned for Godot Engine 3.2

    The Godot Engine team also recently announced some incoming improvements to the audio features available, they're going to allow you to disable features to make it simpler if you want to, pseudo 3D support was added to their 2D engine and also support for convex decomposition are all coming to Godot Engine 3.2.

    Sounds like Godot Engine 3.2 and beyond are going to be huge for developers everywhere, it's already an impressive free and open source game engine and all this sounds pretty awesome.

    You can find out more on the official site across various blog posts.

  • Epic Games Vs Steam: A Selfish Battle For Dominance

    The latest trending debate within the PC community is regarding Epic games vs Steam. Some people support the Epic Games’ fierce competition to Steam while most gamers hate the store’s existence.

10 Best Linux Terminal Console Games

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Almost none of the games I’ve covered on FossMint are command line games and that’s not because there aren’t any that users can enjoy; the demand for GUI games is higher and that makes that for Command line games almost in-existent Or am I wrong?

Command line games are fast, typically bug-free, and can be a lot of fun to play; especially when cruising through some of the most awesome retro games in history. Today, we bring you a list of the best Linux games you can play in your terminal ordered alphabetically.

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Games: Fromto, Pathway and More

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  • Fromto looks like a truly ridiculous 2D sandbox party racing game coming to Linux in June

    Publisher Headup and developer Studio Erikson announced today that their hilarious and ridiculous looking 2D sandbox racing game is coming to Linux in June.

  • Pathway is an addictive mix of strategy and adventure, out now with Linux support

    Developed by Robotality (Halfway) and published by Chucklefish (Starbound, Wargroove), Pathway is has released today with same-day Linux support.

    Much like the first ever time I started playing FTL: Faster Than Light, I just didn't want to put Pathway down. It's a very curious mix of a turn-based strategy game with combat not far off what you find in XCOM, blended with FTL-style node-based travel on a world map with encounters at every turn and it works very well.

  • AMDVLK vs. RADV Radeon Vulkan Driver Performance For Linux Gaming On Ubuntu 19.04

    With the continuously evolving RADV Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver and near-weekly updates to the AMD's official "AMDVLK" open-source tree Vulkan driver, how are these competing AMD Vulkan Linux drivers comparing these days? As it's been a while since our last benchmarking comparison of the official AMDVLK driver against the open-source and more common/popular Mesa RADV driver, here are some fresh benchmarks of RADV from Mesa 19.0 on Ubuntu 19.04 as well as 19.1-devel compared to the latest AMDVLK driver code.

  • Reigns: Game of Thrones updated with 200 news cards bringing lots of new encounters

    Hodor! Cure your need for more Game of Thrones, as Reigns: Game of Thrones was updated to include 200 new cards. Great timing for the update of course, as Season 8 of the TV show is due very soon!

    Details on exactly what's included in the free content update is annoyingly light, with the publisher Devolver Digital saying on Twitter "Travel to The Wall and fight against the White Walkers in 100 new game cards" whereas the notes on Steam say it has 200 new cards. Confusing! With the setting though, it seems it may contain a few spoilers for the new season so be warned.

  • Sweet town-building RPG 'Littlewood' delayed a little, progress sounds good

    Littlewood from developer Sean Young was a huge success on Kickstarter recently, with regular updates progress does seem good but it's going to see a short delay.

    To get the sad news out of the way first, the developer said in the most recent Kickstarter update that the Steam Early Access launch date has been pushed back to "the end of May/Early June". No clear reason was actually given for the delay but even so it all sounds quite positive.

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