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Games: Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA, Chroma Blast and Membrane

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  • 25-Way NVIDIA/AMD Linux Graphics Comparison For Vulkan-Powered Thrones Of Britannia

    This week Mac/Linux game porting company released the Linux port of A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA, just two months after this game was released for Windows. With the Linux port of this strategy game the Vulkan API is being used for graphics rendering, which makes it interesting for benchmarking. Here is our extensive look at the performance of this major Linux game port when testing twenty-five different AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards to see how this game is performing on Ubuntu Linux.

  • Chroma Blast is a rather nice & free twin-stick shooter that's now on Linux

    It's completely free as well, no micro-transactions or any of that rubbish. They said they couldn't test the Linux version themselves, but in my testing it seemed to work great! If you use a Steam Controller, you will need to set the right pad into Joystick Camera to allow for constant shooting (how it's supposed to be).

  • FPS 'Membrane' follows a protagonist who has been surgically attached to an alien organism

    That's quite a title for an article isn't it! Membrane, currently crowdfunding on IndieGoGo is a GZDoom-powered 90's inspired FPS that will support Linux.

    The developers have already worked on it for years, but they're now wanting to have a bigger push and work on it full time. They're seeking $4K from their crowdfunding campaign, although it's using a flexible goal so they will receive any funds pledged even if they do not hit their goal.

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A Closer Look At The GeForce GTX 1060 vs. Radeon RX 580 In Thrones of Britannia

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As it stands right now the most competitive graphics card battle on the Linux gaming front is the Radeon RX 580 against the GeForce GTX 1060. NVIDIA continues with their first-rate performant drivers while the Polaris hardware on the open-source RADV/RadeonSI drivers is mature enough now that it's competing with the GTX 1060 like it should be and in some cases even performing much better than the NVIDIA Pascal part. With this week's release of Thrones of Britannia and powered by Vulkan, here is an extensive look at the two competing GPUs and their performance.

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Games: Hyper Ultra Astronautics, Paper Dungeons Crawler and Steam Controller in Linux 4.18

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  • Looks like a Linux version of Bounty Train is coming

    If you like the sound of designing your own train, hiring crew and travelling across the dangerous Wild West then Bounty Train [Official Site] will probably be your thing.

  • Game developers fume as Apple deprecates OpenGL

     

    Additionally, the natural successor to OpenGL, called Vulkan, has never worked in macOS despite repeated requests from developers and even though it is an open source project.

  • Space Invaders at 40: 'I tried soldiers, but shooting people was frowned upon'

     

    Before Space Invaders – which did require Nishikado to build some hardware using parts ordered through the mail – games were often created by plotting out circuitry and electronic components on an arcade board. Nishikado saw another way, however, and pioneered the notion that games could be designed on a computer. His ambition wasn’t quite met by the underwhelming power of the microcomputers of the time, but in building his own development tools and customising the hardware, he set a convention for the future of the video game industry: games were now software, not hardware.  

  • Valve says it will allow ‘everything’ on Steam as long as it isn’t illegal or ‘trolling’

     

    In place of human curators, the company says that it’s building new tools to allow users more control over the kinds of games they see on the store. There will also be some kind of new tools for developers as well, likely to combat issues like review bombing.

  • Steam updates game-content guidelines, will include “something that you hate”

     

    "We've decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal or straight-up trolling," Johnson wrote. "Taking this approach allows us to focus less on trying to police what should be on Steam and more on building those tools to give people control over what kinds of content they see."

NVIDIA vs. AMD Linux GPU Performance For THRONES OF BRITANNIA

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This morning Feral Interactive released A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA for Linux gamers. This Linux port of A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA is powered by the Vulkan graphics API rather than OpenGL and makes for an interesting test subject. Here are our initial benchmarks of this game under Ubuntu Linux with a range of AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards.

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Games: Paradox Interactive, X-Plane, Feral Interactive's Latest Big Title for GNU/Linux

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  • Valve are easing up on what content is allowed on Steam

    In an interesting blog post written up today, Valve's Erik Johnson has said how Valve will be relaxing their rules for what will be acceptable on Steam.

    You might have seen the discussion recently about how Valve sent word to a few developers, giving them notice that their games are going to be removed from Steam. Even we picked up on this, as it didn't really feel right.

  • Paradox Interactive now owns 100% of developer Harebrained Schemes

    Paradox Interactive are continuing their quest for world domination as they've taken a 100% share of developer Harebrained Schemes.

  • X-Plane Flight Simulator Is Making Progress On Vulkan Support

    The X-Plane cross-platform flight simulator has been depending upon OpenGL for nearly two decades since the program first came into existence, but a port of its rendering engine to use the Vulkan API has been a work-in-progress.

    Since X-Plane began working on virtual reality (VR) support for their flight simulator, they have talked of making use of Vulkan on Windows/Linux/Android while also pursuing Metal API support for macOS. The company has previously confirmed they are going with Vulkan on supported platforms including Windows, rather than pursuing DirectX 12. It looks like their Vulkan support is getting squared away as the company has tweeted this weekend they will be talking about Vulkan integration this weekend at the Flight Sim Expo in Las Vegas.

  • Explore and conquer the British Isles in THRONES OF BRITANNIA for Linux

    THRONES OF BRITANNIA is a standalone Total War game that challenges you to build and defend a kingdom of Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic clans, Welsh tribes or Viking settlers.

  • A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia Video Game Is Now Available for Linux

    UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced on Thursday the availability of the Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia strategy game for Linux-based operating systems.

    Set at a critical moment in history, A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a standalone campaign of the multi-award-winning strategy series where you'll have to choose your strategy, whether you rule as an Anglo-Saxon king, a Gaelic warrior, or a Viking warlord.

    The game features a Grand Campaign that offers players a choice of several routes to their glorious victory in shaping the future of the British Isles. It comes with one of the most detailed Total War maps ever created so you can explore and conquer the British Isles.

  • A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA Is Now Out For Linux, Powered By Vulkan

    Feral Interactive has released their latest Linux game port, A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA, is now live via their store and on Steam.

  • Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is now officially available for Linux

    Feral Interactive have once again delivered for strategy games fans, with the release today of Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia for Linux. As a reminder, this is another Linux port that's Vulkan-only as Feral are now full steam ahead with this newer API.

  • Victory At Sea Pacific, an open world naval RTS is coming soon with Linux support

    Like your strategy games? How about one centred around naval combat in a big open environment? Victory At Sea Pacific [Official Site] ticks those and it's coming to Linux.

  • Some more details on Crazy Justice, the third-person shooter with Battle Royale that's coming to Linux

    There's quite a lot of hype going for Crazy Justice [Official Site], the third-person shooter with single-player, co-op and Battle Royale that's coming to Linux, here's some more details on it.

  • New FreeDink DFArc frontend 3.14 release

    Here's a new release of DFArc, a frontend to run the GNU FreeDink game and manage its numerous add-on adventures or D-Mods Smile

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TrackMania Nations Forever Available As A Snap Application

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Good news for penguin users, TrackMania Nations Forever has been released on edge channel as a snap package this information came first on snapcraft.io forum site. Most of Linux users never heard about Track Mania, because it is only available for Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 4 e Xbox One users. ​

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