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Games: The Station, Dead Maze, Valve and Wine

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  • Sci-fi first-person exploration game 'The Station' launch delayed, Linux at release confirmed

    The Station [Steam, Official Site] is an upcoming sci-fi first-person exploration game surrounding the discovery of a sentient alien civilization, it's had a slight release delay but the good news is that Linux will be a same-day release.

  • We have over 150 beta keys of the co-op MMO 'Dead Maze' to give away
  • Valve Kicks Off 2018 with Massive SteamOS Beta Update, Adds Linux Kernel 4.14

    Valve is kicking off 2018 with a new beta update of its Debian-based SteamOS gaming operating system that adds some of the latest GNU/Linux technologies.

    Powered by the Linux 4.14.3 kernel and using the Mesa 17.2.4 graphics stack for Intel and AMD Radeon GPUs, as well as the Nvidia 387.22 proprietary graphics driver for Nvidia GPUs, the SteamOS 2.141 Beta update is apparently a massive and complex one that updates numerous components like libdrm, libglvnd, and glx-alternatives to support new graphics drivers.

    "Happy New Year, SteamOS fans! We are kicking off 2018 with a massive SteamOS beta update. This includes a new 4.14 Linux kernel, Nvidia 387.22 graphics driver, and Mesa 17.2.4 for AMD and Intel," says John Vert. "This is a very large and complex update. Please let us know if you find any problems updating or any regressions, particularly around hardware support or graphics."

  • Wine Performance May Be Impacted By Linux KPTI Patches

    Besides VM performance and databases and heavy I/O taking a performance hit in the "Kernel Page Table Isolation" patches in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown attack, it looks like Wine's performance may also be impaired.

    Phoronix reader "R00KIE" pointed out that one of the page table isolation patches does mention a possible performance hit for Wine.

Games: Croteam, 25 Coolest Linux Games of 2017, Dead Ground, SteamOS

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  • The Talos Principle going Fusion, Croteam dropping OpenGL & Serious Sam 4 still coming

    A bit of Croteam news to start the day with and there's multiple interesting items to go over in regards to their games.

    I love how active Croteam are with their community, they're constantly replying to all sorts of random questions from players of their games. Thanks to this, we've been able to learn a few things about their plans.

    Firstly, their fantastic puzzle game The Talos Principle is going to be moving over to their newer Fusion engine, they said it will be "Hopefully very soon". The VR version is actually already on it, so that's not surprising.

  • The 25 Coolest Linux Games of 2017

    The last time we compiled a list of Linux Games was approximately 10 months ago back in 2017 – The 25 Best Games for Linux and Steam Machines. Since we’re in 2018 it is only fair that we compile another list Linux gamers can refer to as they prepare to storm Steam’s (and other game services’) servers.

    The games are listed in no particular order; And even though some of them featured on the previous list I advise you to check that one out here before proceeding.

  • Like Roguelikes? How about Tower Defense? Dead Ground merges them together

    Another night endlessly browsing for new Linux games and I came across Dead Ground [Steam], a game that blends a Roguelike with Tower Defense.

  • Valve Ships Its First SteamOS Brewmaster Beta Of 2018

    While SteamOS has felt like it's just been on life-support the past year, Valve is starting off 2018 by a fairly sizable SteamOS Brewmaster Beta update.

    This latest beta of their Debian-based Linux gaming OS update is mostly about bringing their packages up-to-date. This update issued on Friday upgrades to the Linux 4.14 kernel, NVIDIA 387.22 driver, and Mesa 17.2.4. These are some fairly big updates compared to their older versions although a pity Mesa 17.3 (or even 17.4-dev Git) isn't used.

An interview with the developer of space sim Helium Rain who says ‘Linux gaming is alive and well’

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I love space, I love how mysterious and dangerous it is and to be able to fly around in a game like Helium Rain [Steam] is fantastic. I decided to have a chat with the developer and they’re very positive about Linux gaming.

We’ve covered Helium Rain here a few times before, so hopefully some of you will be familiar with it. Without further rambling, let's begin!

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Games: SteamOS, Jackbox Party Pack 2, Ultraball, Streets of Rogue, Jagged Alliance 2, Stellar Interface, RPCS3, Xenomarine

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Games: Helium Rain, Task Force, Death Gate, Monsters and Monocles, Insurgency: Sandstorm

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Games: Valve, Humble, x86 Security Changes

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  • Valve responds to accusations of erroneous Steam cheating bans on Linux

    Valve has responded to accusations that it is automatically banning Linux Steam accounts simply for having certain phrases in their usernames, calling the claims "a tactic employed by cheaters to try and sow discord and distrust among anticheat systems".

    The reports first surfaced over the weekend, when some users took to Valve's github bug repositories claiming that Steam accounts on Linux featuring the phrase "catbot" were being banned by Valve's anti-cheating software.

    "Catbot" is a name associated with a type of nuisance, auto-aim cheat bot, often seen in the likes of Team Fortress 2. Reports suggested that all Linux accounts with "catbot" in their name were being blanket banned by Valve, regardless of whether cheating had occurred.

  • [Corrected] No, Valve Anti-Cheat is not banning Linux users for having "catbot" in their username

    Valve software engineer John McDonald made the statement on the associated Reddit story, and you can read it in full here. He says simply "the bug report is incorrect," and hypothesises that it and many other posts in the thread are an attempt to foment distrust of anticheat systems.

  • The 'Humble Staff Picks Bundle: Scribble' seems like a nice deal for Linux gamers

    If you're in the mood to pick up some cheap games the Humble Staff Picks Bundle: Scribble is now available and it has a few Linux games.

  • Linux Gaming Performance Doesn't Appear Affected By The x86 PTI Work

    With the recently published Initial Benchmarks Of The Performance Impact Resulting From Linux's x86 Security Changes, one of the common questions that came up is whether gaming performance is adversely affected by the x86 Page Table Isolation changes recently merged to the Linux kernel.

Games: Seven: The Days Long Gone, Road Dogs, DUSK, BRAIN / OUT, Ruggnar

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Games: OpenRA, FreeDOS , and Steam on GNU/Linux

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  • A new test build of OpenRA is out, with the full Dune 2000 Harkonnen campaign

    OpenRA [Official Site] is a fantastic game engine, which enables you to play Command & Conquer, Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Dune 2000 on Linux. The latest test release is rather nice too.

  • Write about open source software

    It's a new year, and we wanted to encourage people to contribute to FreeDOS in new ways. If you're already working on FreeDOS through code, design, testing, or some other technical way - thank you!

  • Steam On Linux Ended 2017 With A Slight Increase In Marketshare
  • The Steam Hardware Survey for December 2017 shows a reasonable increase for Linux

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    Why has this happened? Well, going by the same way I looked at it before, the use of "Simplified Chinese" as a language on Steam dropped by 15.31%. Also worth noting Windows 7 use dropped by 15.10%, with Windows 10 going up by 13.15%. The overall Windows share dropped by a total of 0.51%.

  • Steam users on Linux are getting VAC banned for “catbot” usernames

    Developers, particularly on PC, are locked in a never-battle to keep cheaters and hackers from abusing multiplayer games. Sometimes, those methods seem a little strange and arbitrary, but rarely more so than a recently-discovered VAC offense aimed at curbing Team Fortress 2 cheaters.

  • Valve is handing out TF2 VAC bans to Linux users with 'catbot' in their username

    Catbots, if you're not familiar with the term, are player-created bots that flood TF2 servers, lining up headshots on everything in sight. They're all called things like 'catbot 1574', and they're a nuisance. But in an attempt to stamp them out, some players are claiming that Valve has crossed a line. Anybody with 'catbot' in their Linux username (yes, not their Steam username), will now find themselves with an automatic VAC ban, regardless of whether they've actually booted up TF2 or not.

    Now, I don't know how many Linux users have 'catbot' in their username, but there is at least the potential for friendly fire here. On the GitHub thread where the issue was uncovered, one user said that their Steam account was VAC-banned despite claiming to never have cheated. Another said: "I installed Ubuntu on a virtual machine and named the computer catbot-918 and installed Steam, within an hour of not playing anything I received a VAC ban."

Games: "Catbot", Little Devil Inside, Indivisible, Small Talk, State of Anarchy: Master of Mayhem

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