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Games: Mission Critical, GameMode and Dust Racing 2D

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  • Classic sci-fi adventure 'Mission Critical' is now on GOG with a Linux version

    Fancy a space adventure? How about a classic? Mission Critical has recently made its way onto GOG and it has a Linux version.

    Released by Legend Entertainment way back in 1995, when I was just a wee lad, Mission Critical was really well reviewed with some going as far as calling it a "masterpiece".

  • Feral's GameMode 1.1 Released For Optimizing Linux Gaming Performance

    One month ago Linux game porter Feral Interactive introduced GameMode as a utility/service for dynamically optimizing the Linux system performance when running games. The initial focus on GameMode was on ensuring the CPU scaling governor was in its performance mode while today brought the GameMode v1.1 release.

    In the month since publicly unveiling GameMode, there has been dozens of commits going into this tool to "optimize Linux system performance on demand" though at the moment still largely remains focused on setting the Intel/AMD CPU frequency scaling driver's governor. But a lot of infrastructure work is now laid so hopefully soon we will see GameMode expand to offer more performance tweaks/optimizations.

  • Dust Racing 2D – An Open Source Car Racing Game Written in Qt And OpenGL

    Howdy, game lovers! Today, you can add one more cool game to your collection. Say hello to “Dust Racing 2D”, a traditional top-down (aerial-view) car racing game that makes your holidays fun and interesting. It is available as single or two-player mode, so your friend can join in the race and play along with you. It is a free, open source and cross-platform game written in Qt (C++) and OpenGL. Dust Racing 2D is currently available for Linux and Windows. In this tutorial, we will be learning how to install and play Dust Racing 2D game in Linux.

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Games: Battle for Wesnoth 1.14, EVERSPACE, Steam and More

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  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is now available, a few thoughts

    The latest sprawling RPG from Obsidian Entertainment has been released with day-1 Linux support. Here’s a few thoughts on what you can expect.

  • The Humble War Gamez Bundle has a few Linux games for you

    Like your war games? The Humble War Gamez Bundle might tickle your fancy with a couple of decent Linux games included.

    Not exactly amazing compared to previous Humble Indie Bundles (I really would love to see them more often), but for those of you short on cash and looking for something new, this bundle still has three good Linux games.

  • UE4-Powered EVERSPACE Game Rolls Out Official Linux Support

    EVERSPACE, the Unreal Engine 4 powered, Kickstarter-backed single-player space-themed combat game has rolled out official Linux support today.

    EVERSPACE is the space game that last year was hitting Linux GPU driver issues in their porting process, but fortunately those problems have since been resolved. The game has been in beta/unofficially on Linux for a while now but today's v1.2.3 patch release marks the title being promoted to officially supported on Linux.

  • Hand of Fate 2 has a free content update featuring Goblins

    The excellent dungeon crawler Hand of Fate 2 [Steam, GOG] has a big free update that's now live featuring the Goblin faction.

  • Coffee Crisis is a rather good retro-inspired brawler that's now on Linux

    Coffee Crisis [Steam] from developer Mega Cat Studios was originally released for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and now it's updated and out on PC with Linux support. It was actually funded on Kickstarter back in 2016, where the developer gained over $15K in funding. I'll be honest, I had never heard of it until the developer emailed it to us recently!

  • Dark fantasy shooter 'Apocryph' released recently with Linux support, it's messy

    If there's one thing I can't get enough of, it's shooters. Gloriously bloody shooters that like me tear through enemies and Apocryph [Steam] has plenty of that. Inspired by the likes of Hexen, Heretic, Painkiller and Strife which is clear from the style as well as the gameplay.

  • Pixel art cinematic adventure Backbone looks good on Kickstarter

    Canadian developer EggNut is hoping to secure funding for their cinematic pixel art adventure game Backbone, which does look and sound pretty interesting.

    It will feature a "smell-based" stealth feature (mask your scent in a garbage bin for example) as well as action elements, where you will be tasked with solving cases, interrogating witnesses along with a healthy dose of exploration in a dystopian Vancouver.

  • Go mad over popping bubbles in the new puzzle game Tiny Bubbles

    Tiny Bubbles [Steam, Official Site] is a fresh puzzle game about filling soap bubbles with colours and getting them to pop, it’s surprisingly good.

  • Hardcore top-down shooter 'Heat Guardian' will get a Linux release

    Heat Guardian [Official Site, Steam], a hardcore top-down shooter set in a freezing world is set to release for Windows soon. Turns out it's going to come to Linux too!

​Linux comes to Chromebooks

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At Google I/O, Google announced it was bringing Linux to Chrome OS. Wait? What's that you say? Chrome OS is Linux? Why, yes.

Chrome OS started as a spin off of Ubuntu Linux. It then migrated to Gentoo Linux and evolved into Google's own take on the vanilla Linux kernel. But it's interface remained the Chrome web browser UI to this day.

True, you could run Debian, Ubuntu, and Kali Linux with Chrome OS -- with the open-source Crouton program in a chroot container. Or, you could run Gallium OS, a third-party, Xubuntu Chromebook-specific Linux variant. But, neither were for the faint of heart or the weak in technical skills.

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Games: Eat All The Things, Smintheus, Trailblazers, Albion Online and More

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  • Eat All The Things is the weirdest 3D platformer I've played in a while

    Eat All The Things [Official Site], as the name might suggest is a game where you need to eat everything to progress and it's really weird.

  • Smintheus, a sweet 2D puzzle adventure game with crafting and survival elements added Linux support

    Smintheus, a sweet 2D puzzle adventure game with crafting and survival elements that's currently free during the Beta added Linux support recently.

  • Get ready to paint the track as futuristic co-op racer 'Trailblazers' is now out

    Trailblazers, the rather unique co-op racer that has you paint the track is now officially available with same-day Linux support.

  • The MMO Albion Online is launching on Steam on May 16th

    For those of you wanting to get into another MMO but you prefer all your stuff through Steam, keep an eye out on May 16th as Albion Online will be appearing then.

    Everyone will still be on the same server, so it doesn't really matter if you buy it directly or through Steam.

  • The Early Access release for Crazy Justice with the Battle Royale mode is coming soon

    The atmosphere of excitement over Crazy Justice [Official Site] at GOL HQ is so thick you could cut it with a knife and it appears this third-person shooter shall arrive in Early Access quite soon.

  • Mobile gaming cements its dominance, takes majority of worldwide sales

    Just over two years ago, we looked back at analyst reports for the 2015 gaming market and highlighted the surprising finding that the PC was actually the world's most important gaming platform from a raw revenue perspective. But we warned that continued double-digit growth in the mobile market meant the PC's market dominance wouldn't last forever.

    Fast-forward to the forecast for the 2018 global game market, and things could scarcely look more different. Newzoo's 2018 Global Games Market Forecast now predicts that mobile games will make up a slim majority (51 percent) of all worldwide gaming revenue this year (including smartphones and tablets, but not dedicated gaming handhelds). That's up from 34 percent in 2015 and just 18 percent in 2012. Console and PC games will split the remainder of the pie relatively evenly in 2018, at 25 percent and 24 percent of worldwide spending, respectively.

  • Mobile Now Makes Up Majority Of Gaming Sales And Nintendo's New President Wants To Get The Company On Board

    It's been quite interesting to watch gamemakers themselves react to this brand new market over the past five or so years. Indie developers sprung up everywhere, taking advantage of the new platform for revenue, while established game studios and companies embraced mobile in a more mixed fashion. Some studios, such as Bethesda and Square, began dipping their toes in the water fairly early, only to ramp up releases of past and new titles fully optimized for a mobile experience. What should have been immediately apparent is how perfect mobile devices are for any gamemaker's back-catalog, where games that require less graphical power can be offered to satisfy a nostalgia movement that is essentially a market in and of itself.

Games Leftovers

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Games: Underworld Ascendant, Transport Fever and More

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Games: Liberation Circuit, Robocraft and More

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Games: Arakion: Book One, Albion Online, Tales of Maj'Eyal, Enchanted Cave 2

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