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  • Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon, an excellent Linux & SteamOS game for kids

    Today was another typical British summers day (rain), so I decided to pick up Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon and it has impressed me.

    I am always iffy about letting my son play games for some reason, partially due to the views of other parents I am around and how poorly they look at video games. Today I thought “screw it”. I personally see nothing wrong with them, as long as they are age appropriate.

    I picked up Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon which is the first point and click adventure game my son has ever played. Initially I though the interface would be confusing, but much to my surprise it’s actually relatively simple even for a young child's mind to grasp.

    It's a sweet and simple little point & click game where you play as a car called Putt-Putt and you accidentally have a trip into space. It has some really fun activities for kids clicking on random objects and seeing what happens, small puzzles like a maze to find your way through and so on. Watching my son quickly pick up how to navigate the maze by pointing the cursor in different directions was incredible.

  • Yooka-Laylee ToyBox shows that Yooka-Laylee should have no problems coming to Linux, plus new trailer

    Remember, we've seen Krome talk about the possibility of a Linux version of Ty and about 2 years ago Sonic Adventure got a Linux sub folder, so perhaps we might see more interest from them.

  • Spacewars: Interstellar Empires, a turn-based tactical strategy MMO is coming to Linux this December

    Need a new MMO in your life? Spacewars: Interstellar Empires is a turn-based tactical strategy MMO that will go into Early Access in December. Linux supported included as standard.

  • Slime Rancher is another Linux game you should let your kids try if you haven't already

    Along with trying my son out with Putt-Putt, another one I tried to great success is Slime Rancher and it's awesome.

    Disclosure: Key provided by developer for Steam, GOG also provided me with a key to their version.

    Note: Slime Rancher is currently in Early Access, but it's very playable.

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  • Updating Firmware on 8Bitdo Game Controllers

    I’ve spent a few days adding support for upgrading the firmware of the various wireless 8Bitdo controllers into fwupd. In my opinion, the 8Bitdo hardware is very well made and reasonably priced, and also really good retro fun.

  • Have you seen ChromaGun? A first-person puzzler inspired by portal, but with paint

    The developer of ChromaGun sent in a copy of the game for me to test out and while I found the idea rather cool, shooting paint around to solve puzzles it does have major issues on Linux.

    I tried the game on last weeks livestream and while it was quite interesting to play, it repeatedly crashed to the desktop in a short amount of time. I waited a week after emailing the developer these issues to post this up, but after no reply sadly this is just how the game is.

  • Motorsport Manager can now be pre-purchased on Steam with Linux support

    The very cool looking Motorsport Manager game where you run your own F1 team is now available to pre-purchase on Steam.

    You know how I personally feel about pre-orders by now, but some still like to do it. I do love seeing that little tux at the end of a video though, very nice to see.

    I'm very interested in the game myself, but I will be waiting either for a review copy or to see how it's reviewed by others if I don't get a key myself.

  • Master an angry mob in Okhlos, now on Linux with some thoughts thrown in

    Okhlos is another new released that was provided to me by GOG, I tried it properly tonight during the livestream and sadly it isn't all that good. It wasn't my first time playing it, as the developer sent me an early copy a while ago which I remember well.

    Essentially, you're in control of a mob in ancient Greece with a twin-stick shooter feel to it. You control a single character with the WASD keys and the mob with the mouse. You're able to recruit new members automatically by rolling your mob through them, and hold the left mouse button on enemies to watch hell unfold as your mob takes them down.

  • Facebook teams up with Unity to create a gaming platform to rival Steam [Ed: Microsoft Mono trap]

    Facebook is starting to take gaming far more seriously. Not content with funneling the likes of Candy Crush through its servers, the social network is now joining forces with the company behind the Unity game engine to create its own desktop gaming platform.

  • FEZ has a massive 1.2 update that switches out MonoGame for FNA & SDL2
  • Wine 1.9.17 Released
  • The Wine Development Release 1.9.17 Is Now Available

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Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Numbers For Intel Skylake On Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1-dev

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Thus there are some Dota 2 OpenGL vs. Vulkan benchmarks on the Intel Mesa driver below. But no results to share today for The Talos Principle. The Talos Principle menus were no longer rendering far of course as they had been up until at least one month ago, but the in-game benchmark mode was really choppy even with the "lowest" settings. When increasing the settings and restarting the game, the visuals still looked different from their renderings with OpenGL, so this game was omitted from testing today.

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SteamOS 2.88 Beta Moves to Linux Kernel 4.1.30 LTS, Updates AMDGPU-PRO Drivers

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Valve has just released today, August 18, 2016, a new Beta update of the SteamOS 2.0 gaming-oriented Linux kernel-based operating system the company uses on its Steam Machines.

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