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Games: Ryan Gordon, Voxel Turf, System Shock

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  • Ryan Gordon Is Working On MojoAL, Adds Spatialized Audio Support

    Ryan Gordon's new MojoAL sound library now supports audio spatialization.

    MojoAL is the newest open-source project being maintained by macOS/Linux game porter Ryan "Icculus" Gordon. MojoAL is an SDL-based OpenAL implementation that aims to be a drop-in replacement to this long-standing, cross-platform audio API library that was originally started by his former employer, Loki Entertainment. While OpenAL continues to be maintained by the likes of Apple and Creative, MojoAL is a new replacement being hacked on by Icculus.

  • Voxel Turf just had a huge update, the AI can now build cities and hired goons can be given orders

    Voxel Turf [Steam], the urban sandbox that's a little like Minecraft with elements of a city-builder and GTA has just had a huge update.

  • Nightdive Studios show off how System Shock is returning to the original vision

    I'm sure plenty were worried about the break Nightdive Studios were taking with the new System Shock reboot, however this latest Kickstarter update sounds promising.

    In the update, Stephen Kick, CEO of Nightdive Studios notes how they've let go a few developers while keeping a "concentrated team" full of people who worked on the original Unity demo. Kick himself has even taken over as game director, so hopefully he can get everyone to stick to their vision of the original System Shock.

Games: The Wastes, Ballistic Overkill, Ion Maiden, RUINER

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  • The Wastes is a classic inspired fast-paced multiplayer FPS that's now out

    The Wastes [Steam] is a fast-paced multiplayer FPS revamp of an old Half-Life mod released in 2000 of the same name, rebuilt with id Tech 3.

  • The fun FPS 'Ballistic Overkill' adds more female skins, free to try for a few days and 50% off

    Ballistic Overkill is a fun and cheap FPS that I've put many hours into, it's now free to try for a few days and on sale with 50% off if you decide to keep it. The game has been out for a year now (minus a little time for the Linux build), so they're celebrating.

  • FPS Ion Maiden updated with a new game mode and OpenGL optimisations

    Are you enjoying the retro inspired FPS Ion Maiden? Time to jump back in as the latest update is rather great.

    The current game is only a preview of what's to come, even so they seem to be committed to supporting it and keeping it up to date. While they're working to finish off the full game, they just push out quite an interesting update. Specifically, they optimized and eliminated mid-game texture streaming and generation, improved the overall OpenGL renderer performance and did more scripting optimizations. Together, these have made the game perform quite a lot smoother in my testing.

  • RUINER is looking good on Linux, official non-beta build due on Monday

    RUINER, the brutal action shooter from Reikon Games recently arrived on Linux in beta and it's looking really good. It just received a fresh update, which the developer said fixes most of the reported issues, although they're still working on the issue of the in-game videos being in very low quality. On top of that, they're aiming for an official non-beta release on Monday!

Games: GameMode, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, GOG, Glitchspace, The Spatials: Galactology

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Games: For The King and More

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Games: Privacy Settings in Steam and GNU/Linux in Humble Strategy Bundle

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  • Valve Offers Up New Privacy Settings For Steam Gamers

    In wake of recent privacy scandals in the tech world, Valve is now offering new privacy settings for Steam users.

    The expanded Profile Privacy Settings Page offers greater control of what Steam account information is shared publicly, including what can be accessed by Steam friends or publicly to others on Steam. There are now controls over who can view your game details, the ability to keep total game playtime privacy, and more.

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  • Steam revamps profile privacy settings, Steam Spy no longer able to operate

    While I was asleep Valve announced some new profile privacy settings which are good for users, but it seems Steam Spy is likely going to shut down as a result.

  • The Humble Strategy Bundle has a few interesting Linux games

    Love your strategy games? You can pick up a few that support Linux in the latest Humble Strategy Bundle (affiliate link). I will only note the games that support Linux, as there's a bunch that don't.

    For $1 you will get Planetary Annihilation: TITANS and some Company of Heroes 2 DLC designed for the WDC charity.

Games: Steam Machines and Feral GameMode

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  • Valve should stick to Linux for Steam Machines: here’s why

    Steam Machines have failed, at least commercially. There’s hardly any argument there. Even Valve itself admits as much. Valve, however, would not concede defeat and promises to remain committed to pushing Linux gaming forward. Some might see it as simple lip service to calm SteamOS fans. Others might see it as a pointless endeavor and business suicide. And yet, if Valve’s dreams are to become reality, it really doesn’t have much choice to stick to its Linux guns for the long term and these are the reasons why.

  • Feral has created a new frame-rate boosting mode for Linux games

    Feral Interactive, the outfit responsible for bringing titles such as Hitman to Linux, has released a new open source tool which is designed to ensure that Linux users get the best performance from its games.

  • A Quick Look At Feral GameMode / P-State Powersave vs. Performance

    With today's release of the Feral GameMode library/daemon of course I am running some benchmarks... Here is some initial numbers while this has spurred some fresh benchmarks looking at the P-State vs. CPUFreq performance and their respective frequency scaling governor options.

    I will be doing some fresh Linux gaming benchmarks using P-State/CPUFreq and their governor options while testing with both Radeon and GeForce graphics cards. First up is the Intel Core i7 8700K tests to be followed by similar AMD Ryzen tests with CPUFreq.

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Feral Interactive Releases Tool for Linux Gamers to Optimize Their Gaming Rigs

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The tool is called GameMode, it's free for gamers and game developers alike, and it consists of a daemon and library combo that allows you to set various performance optimizations to be temporarily applied to your Linux-powered gaming computer before attempting to play a game.

Developed in collaboration with Solus Project's Ikey Doherty, the GameMode tool appears to be able to only set the CPU governor, but Feral Interactive plans to extend it with extra mode-switch plugins, along with user configuration for local mode-switch plugins, better client state tracking, and an API to query the tool's active state.

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Games: Free Software From Feral Interactive

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  • Feral Interactive have released an open source tool that’ll help get the most performance out of Linux games

    GameMode is a new daemon/lib combo for Linux that will allow you to optimize your PC for gaming. It’s not magic, it won’t suddenly make your Linux games suddenly get better performance, but it’s something that can help.

  • Feral Releases "GameMode" System Tool For Linux, Currently Sets CPU Scaling Governor

    Ahead of this month's Rise of the Tomb Raider Linux release, Feral Interactive has released a new system tool for Linux called GameMode.

    GameMode is an open-source tool intended to deliver the best performance out of their Linux games. GameMode does handy things like tells the CPU to automatically run in the performance governor mode rather than ondemand/powersave modes. GameMode consists of a daemon (gamemoded) and a library (libgamemode) so that games can tell the daemon when they would like to be put into performance mode, etc.GameMode currently relies upon systemd.

Games: XLEngine, Hand of Fate 2, GZDoom, Adventures of Square, Humble Store

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