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Games: Life is Strange, Unreal Engine 4.19, Slime Rancher and More

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  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm Is Coming to Linux and Mac This Spring

    UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today that it would port the standalone adventure story Life is Strange: Before the Storm to the Linux and macOS platforms this spring.

    Feral Interactive already brought Linux gamers the episodic graphic adventure video game Life Is Strange developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix, and they now plan to bring the new, three-part standalone story Life is Strange: Before the Storm, which is developed by Deck Nine.

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm is officially coming to Linux, port from Feral Interactive

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm [Steam], the standalone story adventure set three years before the original is officially heading to Linux! Feral Interactive have today announced that it will arrive sometime this Spring.

    Feral Interactive ported the original Life is Strange episodes to Linux, so I’m not surprised they’re teaming up again to bring Before the Storm to Linux. I think they did a very good job of the port before and I certainly enjoyed it a lot. Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Deluxe Edition for Linux will include all three episodes along with the bonus episode, "Farewell".

  • Feral Bringing Life is Strange: Before the Storm To Linux

    hile still working on A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA and Rise of The Tomb Raider to Linux this spring, Feral Interactive has now confirmed another port coming to Linux (and macOS).

    This spring Feral will also be delivering Life is Strange: Before the Storm to Linux and macOS. This adventure story game is being ported to Linux/macOS by Feral while they haven't yet announced the system requirements nor confirming yet if it will be an OpenGL or Vulkan port.

  • Unreal Engine 4.19 Brings Resonance Audio, AR Improvements & Better Landscape Rendering

    As a nice Pi Day surprise and a week ahead of the Game Developers' Conference (GDC 18) is a new Unreal Engine 4 release from Epic Games.

    Unreal Engine 4.19 has over one hundred improvements compared to UE 4.18 and a wealth of fixes. Among the highlights of Unreal Engine 4.19 include temporal upsampling support, a unified AR framework, physical light units, sequencer improvements, HTC VIVE Pro VR headset support, landscape rendering optimizations, an experimental proxy LOD system, experimental material layering support, and more.

  • Slime Rancher's big Mochi's Megabucks update is out, fixes Linux blackscreen issues

    Slime Rancher [GOG, Steam], the game about running around sucking up cute (and some not so cute) slimes and running a farm is easily one of the sweetest games available on Linux and the Mochi's Megabucks update is rather good.

    Firstly, you no longer need to tweak anything to get around the old Unity3D bug where on Linux you would get a blackscreen, as they've updated Unity for this release and it works perfectly now!

  • Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is being pirated with permission from the developer

    According to TorrentFreak, Serious Sam's Bogus Detour [Steam] is being pirated by Voksi, one of the people known for cracking Denuvo.

  • KING Art have remastered their 'whodunit' adventure The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief and it's out now
  • Citra, the work in progress Nintendo 3DS emulator now has a much improved OpenGL renderer

    For those who love emulation, you might want to know about Citra [Official Site], a work in progress Nintendo 3DS emulator that we've never written about here before. It seems they've been hard at work too!

    Unlike the Dolphin emulator for the GameCube and the Wii, Citra is not currently moving towards Vulkan. Instead, they've poured a lot of work into their current OpenGL renderer to improve performance and fix rendering issues and from what they've shown, it's getting quite impressive.

5 open source card and board games for Linux

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Gaming has traditionally been one of Linux's weak points. That has changed somewhat in recent years thanks to Steam, GOG, and other efforts to bring commercial games to multiple operating systems, but many of those games are not open source. Sure, the games can be played on an open source operating system, but that is not good enough for an open source purist.

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Games: Habitica, Bacon Man, Neverwinter Nights

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  • Habitica: a role-playing game for self improvement

    What if real-life chores could gain you fake internet points like in an online role-playing game? That's the premise of Habitica, a productivity application disguised as a game. It's a self-improvement application where players can list their daily tasks or to-do items in the game; every time one is checked-off, the game rewards the player with points or game items.

    The game dresses up the task-checking mechanics with the standard trappings of the genre; there are character classes, weapons, armor, and level progression. These are mapped onto real-life tasks in novel ways; it is designed to make daily chores fun. The game is hosted on the Habitica server and can be played from either a web interface or a mobile app (iOS and Android). Both the mobile apps and the server software are available under the GPLv3.

  • Action platformer 'Bacon Man: An Adventure' is being ported to Linux

    Bacon Man: An Adventure [Official Site], an action platformer from Skymap Games is currently being ported to Linux. It looks surprisingly good too!

    The latest post on Steam is from the end of last month, where a developer replied to a rather old forum topic that asked about Linux support back in 2016. Quite surprising really, to see a developer bring back such an old post to update people, but nice to see.

  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition release date announced for March 27th, day-1 Linux support

    Beamdog has announced that Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition [Steam, Official Site] will officially release on March 27th and it's coming with day-1 Linux support.

    Announced on Twitter, where they also replied to our question to confirm Linux at day-1. We obviously knew it was already coming to Linux, but knowing it's for sure at the same time as other platforms is indeed great news.

Games: BASH and Beyond

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Games: SteamVR, GOG, Tannenberg & Verdun, Hearts of Iron, Cities: Skylines, Northgard, EARTHLOCK

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Games: Shooty Skies, SCP: Secret Laboratory, AMID EVIL, Northgard

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  • Shooty Skies from the creators of Crossy Road is now on Steam with Linux support, it's nuts

    Shooty Skies is an endless-arcade shooter that's free to play from the creators of Crossy Road, it's now on Steam and it has Linux support.

    This is the first Steam release from Mighty Games, who usually do mobile games. It will be interesting to see if they bring out any more PC games in future.

  • Free multiplayer horror game SCP: Secret Laboratory now has Linux support

    SCP: Secret Laboratory [Steam], a free multiplayer horror game based on SCP - Containment Breach by Undertow Games is now available on Linux.

  • A Linux version of Heretic-inspired FPS 'AMID EVIL' is planned

    Good news for fans of brutal FPS games, as the developer of Heretic-inspired AMID EVIL [Steam] has said they have plans for a Linux version.

    Coming across it today, I decided to ask on their official Steam forum about the possibility of Linux support. Thinking we might get the usual "we're thinking on it" response, instead I got a much more solid and clear "It's planned!" (source). They also said "Sometime post launch. No timeframe yet unfortunately", so we still have a bit of a wait, but fantastic to know it's coming.

  • Get ready to control a clan of Vikings in 'Northgard' as it's releasing for Linux tomorrow

    Northgard, the strategy game from Shiro Games where you control a clan of vikings is coming to Linux tomorrow!

    I've been excited about it for quite some time, especially as the developer confirmed it was coming way back in early 2017. Now that the game has been officially released, the developer has announced that tomorrow March 8th, the Linux (and Mac) versions will be released!

Games: Railway Empire, 'Where The Water Tastes Like Wine' and More

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KDE Development Updates

  • Revisiting my talk at FOSSASIA summit, 2018
    Earlier this year, I had the chance to speak about one of KDE community’s cool projects that is helpding developers erase the line between desktop and mobile/tablet UI’s with ease. I’m referring to the Kirigami UI framework – a set of QtQuick components targetted at the mobile as well as desktop platforms. This is particularly important to KDE and a lot of projects are now migrating towards a Kirigami UI, particularly keeping in mind the ability to run the applications on the Plasma Mobile.
  • This Week in KDE, Part 2 : OYLG, Workspace KCM, Single/Double Click
    Last weekend, I went to İstanbul to attend Özgür Yazılım ve Linux Günleri (Free Software and Linux Days 2018) to represent LibreOffice. We had 3 presentations during the event about LibreOffice Development and The Open Document Format. We had booth setup with stickers, flyers, roll-up etc. These were all thanks to The Document Foundation’s supports! You can find detailed information about the event from here : https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Events/2018/OYLG2018
  • Watching the Detectives
    For instance, Kevin Ottens has been writing about understanding the KDE community by the “green blobs” method, showing who is active when. Lays Rodrigues has written about using Gource to show Plasma growing up. Nate Graham describes the goings-on in the KDE community nearly every week. Those are, roughly: a metric-, a visual-, and a story-based approach to understanding the community, over different timescales. But understanding of a system doesn’t come from a single dimension, from a single axis of measurement. It comes from mixing up the different views to look the system as a whole.
  • Managing cooking recipes
    I like to cook. And sometimes store my recipes. Over the years I have tried KRecipes, kept my recipes in BasKet notes, in KJots notes, in more or less random word processor documents. I liked the free form entering recipes in various notes applications and word processor documents, but I lacked some kind of indexing them. What I wanted was free-ish text for writing recipes, and some thing that could help me find them by tags I give them. By Title. By how I organize them. And maybe by Ingredient if I don’t know how to get rid of the soon-to-be-bad in my refridgerator.

Phones: Purism, "Jolla Users", De-Googling Android Phones

  • Last Call for Librem 5 Dev Kit: order yours before June 1st 2018
    Purism has finalized the specifications for the Librem 5 development kit and will be placing all the component parts order and fabrication run the first week of June 2018. If you want to have early access to the hardware that will serve as the platform for the Librem 5 phone, you must place your dev kit order before June 1st, 2018. The price for the development kit is now $399, up from the early-bird pricing that was in effect during the campaign and until today. The dev kit is a small batch, “limited edition” product. After this batch, we are not planning for a second run (as the production of the phone itself will replace the dev kit in 2019).
  • Top 3 mobile phones
    When purchasing a new mobile phone, there are hundreds of models to choose from and, there are dozens of “excellent” or top-rated brands to consider. Therefore, it can be difficult to know what you are getting. Buying the phone upfront, on contract or buying a smartphone on finance are all options that need to be considered too. If you are ready to invest in a new smartphone consider these three models. Galaxy S9 Plus. This phone by Samsung is sleek, elegant, has a vibrant screen, resolution and excellent fingerprint scanner. The curved edges give it a distinct look and style. It is the Plus model, so has a huge touchscreen which is extremely intuitive. Quality speakers, outdoor body/casing and internal functionality make it a top-choice for a new smartphone.
  • De-Googling my phone, reloaded
    In this area the situation is now much happier than my first post indicated. As promised I used trainline.eu for booking some tickets (both for Deutsche Bahn and also on Thalys), and indeed this does a fine job. Same price, European rebate cards like BahnCard 50 are supported, and being able to book with a lot of European train services with just one provider is really neat. However, I’m missing a lot of DB navigator’s great features: realtime information and alternatives, seat selection, car position indicator, regional tariffs, or things like “Länderticket”. Fortunately it turns out that DB Navigator works just great with a trick: Disable the “Karte anzeigen” option in the menu, and it will immediately stop complaining about missing Play Services after each action. Also, logging in with your DB account never finishes, but after terminating and restarting the app you are logged in and everything works fine. That might be a “regular” bug or just a side effect without Play Services.