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Steam Controllers Don't Work in Ubuntu, Here's What You Need to Do

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The Steam Controllers have started to ship to gamers across the world, and some people are already using them to play games. Unfortunately, the Steam Controllers don't work by default with Ubuntu, but there is a workaround in place.

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Steam’s living room hardware blitz gets off to a muddy start

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Valve didn’t give itself an easy job when it publicly announced its decision, over two years ago now, to bring the PC gaming experience to the living room TV. Plenty of companies have tried, and most never even got off the ground (see the Infinium Phantom for just one high-profile failure). But Valve is perhaps better positioned for success than any past effort, with a deep understanding of the PC gaming market and a deeply entrenched, market-leading distribution platform in Steam.

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  • Don't Be Patchman Windows Version Delayed, A Bit Hilarious

    I still haven't properly tried out Don't Be Patchman, but it looks cool. The funny bit of Wednesday news for you is that it's still the only game on Steam to only support Linux, and the Windows release is now delayed.

  • Valve polishes up SteamOS 2.0 ahead of impending Steam Machine launch

    Valve’s Steam Machines will launch on November 10, and it looks like they’ll ship with the newly stable SteamOS 2.0. Those Steam mini-stores in GameStop will probably offer Steam Machines running software based on Debian 8 “Jessie.”

    SteamOS 1.0—codename “Alchemist”—was originally released at the end of 2013. It was based on Debian 7.0 “Wheezy” and included a newer Linux kernel, proprietary Nvidia and AMD graphics drivers, and Valve’s Steam Big Picture mode provided as the default interface.

  • Before the Echo comes to Mac and Linux with literally no warning whatsoever

    Iridium Studios, developer of the critically acclaimed Before the Echo and There Came an Echo, is proud to announce its first title, Before the Echo (formerly “Sequence”) is now available for the Mac and Linux platforms. It’s possible that they were recently inspired by that new Steve Jobs movie, or just happened to recently find a programmer who was good at this stuff. It’s a mystery, really.

  • Linux Expansion for Cards Against Humanity to Launch Soon

    If something was missing from the Linux world that was an expansion pack for Cards Against Humanity, that's entirely about Linux. Well, it won't be missing for much longer, and one such expansion is on its way.

Several Sites Publish Their Thoughts On Steam Machines & The Steam Controller

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The most in-depth ones I have found yet is engadget and ars technica who deserve some applause here, as they went into quite a bit of detail, and more so than any other website.

They seem reasonably positive about the whole thing. They do note the interface does still have its issues, like accidentally introducing a bug that shows Windows games which will get ironed out properly (one would hope anyway!).

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AMD Lose Another Big Name, This Time To Nvidia

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After CPU architect Jim Keller left AMD recently, Phil Rogers has now also left and joined up with Nvidia. According to the article on fudzilla his defection to Nvidia was kept under wraps, I wonder why.

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  • Open-Source Doom 3 Spin Updated With Many New Features

    While many initially looked at ioDoom3 as the exciting fork of id Software's id Tech 4 / Doom 3 source-code as it was done by some of the same folks as ioquake3, there sadly hasn't been much to report on in recent times for the project. Fortunately, the independent "dhewm3" is making strides as an open-source Doom 3 project.

  • Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide Expansion Released & Thoughts From A Civ Addict
  • Unity To Abandon Their Web Player In Favor Of WebGL

    For games developed in Unity and designed to be run from the web-browser, Unity has offered a Web Player plug-in for browsers. However, with Chrome dropping NPAPI support and other browsers changing their plug-in handling, Unity is dropping that plug-in to instead just use open web APIs and using WebGL for graphics. Unity has already supported WebGL but now it's about the death of their Web Player.

  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 Linux or Mac Ports Uncertain

    While Divinity: Original Sin 2 is pretty much confirmed for Microsoft Windows following its successful Kickstarter campaign, the same cannot be said for the Linux or Mac version of the game.

    The independent Larian Studios wants to remain publisher-free, and collected little over $2 million with its Kickstarter fund campaign. However, despite expectations of a Linux/Mac port for the game, the developers have pretty clearly stated that they cannot afford to port the game on other platforms at the time of release.

  • Virtual Programming Is Porting Four More Titles To Linux

    Virtual Programming has published their latest in-development titles for Mac and Linux, which includes the Overlord and Saints Row games making it over from Windows.

    While many Linux gamers particularly don't like Virtual Programming Linux game ports due to their use of the eON wrapper layer, which started out as a train wreck but has improved for recent games like DiRT Showdown, they're bringing more games over to Linux.

  • SteamOS 2.0, emulators on Raspberry Pi, and more open gaming news
  • Unigine 2.0 Officially Released With Big Improvements For This Linux-Friendly Engine

    While the Unigine engine isn't used by too many games compared to its presence in simulation and other industries, it remains one of my favorite engines for its top-notch Linux support over the years, beautiful OpenGL capabilities, and powering the most demanding Linux graphics tech demos. Today Unigine Corp is excited to announce the release of Unigine 2.0.

  • Valve Is Trolling Us With A New Half-Life 3 Leak
  • HL3 References In Dota 2 Are Raising Eyebrows

    SteamDB has revealed some new references to Half-Life 3 content within today's Dota 2 game update.

    Most evident is "hl3.txt", which is a file defining some game assets while there are also some other new game definition files. Some of the definitions do differ with Source 2 and there's also some VR-related definitions.

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