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Games: Crazy Justice, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues and More

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Games: Neverwinter Nights, STRAFE, Humble Indie Bundle and More

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  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is now officially out with day-1 Linux support

    For those that don't know, the original Neverwinter Nights actually did have a Linux version, although it wasn't officially supported and needed some manual tinkering to get working properly, so having an updated version that is supported is fantastic. Beamdog have done some good things for Linux gaming, giving us official support for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition and now this too! For fans of more classic RPG experiences, Linux is a pretty good gaming platform.

  • FPS game 'STRAFE: Millennium Edition' has just added Linux support

    We had a bit of a wait, but the retro-inspired rogue-lite FPS game STRAFE: Millennium Edition [Steam, Humble Store] is now available on Linux.

    Funnily enough, they haven't actually announced it yet. I only found it by using the Steam Discovery Queue which I often use to pick out random games we've never covered for whatever reason. Going by SteamDB, it seems it was only added today. I picked up a personal copy and I can confirm it works.

  • Humble Indie Bundle 19 is now live!
  • Procedural co-op space sandbox 'Avorion' has a rather hefty combat update

    For those of you who're huge space nerds like me, you will likely want to take a look at the space sandbox game Avorion [Steam, Humble Store], especially with the latest combat update.

    While the game is currently in Early Access, the developer is continuing to put in more advanced systems and polish all aspects of the gameplay. The result is a rather relaxing experience with some rather fun toys to play with.

  • Ash of Gods is a gorgeous but deeply flawed adventure

    I’ve had some time to play through this tactical RPG and experience the story and its mechanics in full. Here are my thoughts.

  • Wine Developers Are Creating Their Own Vulkan Loader Library

    While mainline Wine development code has enough Vulkan support that it can run the few Windows Vulkan games like Wolfenstein and DOOM along with the Vulkan code samples and the Vulkan information utility, it's currently dependent upon the Windows Vulkan SDK being manually installed on the system. That's now changing with Wine developers working on their own Vulkan loader library.

Valve To Open-Source Their Steam Networking Sockets Library

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  • Valve To Open-Source Their Steam Networking Sockets Library

    Valve is preparing to make another significant open-source code contribution in the very near future.

    Valve developers are working on open-sourcing their Steam Networking Sockets library. This library is a basic network transport layer for games with a TCP-inspired protocol that is message-oriented, built-in re-transmission for greater reliability, bandwidth estimation, supports encryption, and will handle other features needed for a practical networking layer by modern games.

  • Valve to open source 'GameNetworkingSockets' to help developers with networking, Steam not required

    In a rather helpful move for developers, Valve is about to open source 'GameNetworkingSockets' and it won't require Steam.

    You can see the source here on GitHub, including the fact that it will use a the 3-Clause BSD license. What's interesting is that since it won't require Steam (they're pretty clear on that), this could possibly help with developers who need multiplayer functionality and end up not doing Linux builds outside of Steam.

  • Valve to open source networking tool for devs, Steam not required

    Valve has announced plans to open source 'GameNetworkingSockets' for developers, which is a basic transport layer for games.

    This is notable, as Steam is not required in order to help developers with networking.

    The GitHub page states "the intention is that on PC you can use the Steamworks version, and on other platforms, you can use this version," which implies that it could help specifically for Linux developers who need multiplayer functionality outside of Steam.

Games: Unreal Engine, Monster Crown, RUNNING WITH RIFLES, Darwin Project

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Games and Wine: GZDoom, Tala, Gleaner Heights, The Little Ball That Could and More

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Games and Wine: Ash of Gods: Redemption, Doom 2016 and More

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  • Turn-based RPG Ash of Gods: Redemption is now out with day-1 Linux support

    For those in need of a good story game with turn-based battles and RPG elements, Ash of Gods: Redemption [GOG, Steam] is now out with day-1 Linux support.

    The developer sadly hasn't yet responded to our emails, but thankfully GOG sent over a copy today. BTRE will be taking a proper look at it once he's had plenty of time with it. Sounds like a very interesting game, so I look forward to reading his thoughts.

  • Doom (2016) could have been on Linux, id Software made a Linux version sound easy to do

    Doom 2016 supports Vulkan and at GDC this year developers from id Software talked a little about it, including how easy a Linux version could have been.

    In response to this question from Alon Or-bach (Samsung): "One of the hot topics around Vulkan in terms of cross-platform and how much benefit do you find of having one API that's targetting both mobile and desktop platforms".

  • Latest AMDGPU DC Plays Nicer With Raven Ridge But Still Linux Gaming Stability Issues

    Back in February was the exciting AMD Raven Ridge desktop APU launch with the Zen CPU cores and Vega graphics. Sadly, however, the Raven Ridge Linux support still appears to be a bit problematic but there have been improvements in recent weeks.

  • Wine Vulkan Patches Prepping For Direct3D 12 / VKD3D

    CodeWeavers' Józef Kucia has sent out a set of patches today against Winevulkan in shifting around some code in preparing to allow for the eventual Direct3D 12 support that's implemented on top of Vulkan by the external VKD3D library.

    Wine Vulkan has been rapidly advancing in recent weeks for allowing Vulkan API support within Wine using an ICD approach to make it easy to run Vulkan games on Wine like Wolfenstein or Doom as well as projects like DXVK for implementing high-performance Direct3D 11 atop Vulkan.

Is the lack of video games on Linux still true in 2018?

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For years Linux has faced a lot of bad press about the lack of good gaming capabilities. While many hard-core Linux enthusiasts have stuck by their beloved system, the reality is that the gaming options in Linux just haven't kept up with the rest of the gaming world. Could that finally be about to change? Is 2018 the year that Linux begins to compete in the games market?

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Also: Ash of Gods: Redemption out now for Linux

Games: Pizza Connection 3, RUINER and Lots More

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Games: Valve, Modernisation in Google Summer of Code, Trigger Happy Havoc

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  • Valve's Latest Steam Client Adds 2X-Scaling Mode on Linux, HiDPI on Windows 10

    Valve released today a new Steam Client stable update for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows, bringing long-anticipated features and improvements, along with numerous bug fixes.

  • Modernization of games

    This year I have proposed a Google Summer of Code idea (we are in student applications period) for modernizing Five-or-More, a game left out from the last games modernization round, when most of the games have been ported to Vala.

  • Trigger Happy Havoc Might Just Be The Weirdest Game on Linux

    With a special developer GDC viewing party tomorrow, I wanted to get us up to speed on the insanity that is Trigger Happy Havoc right now.

    I’m gonna level with you. My first impression of Spike Chunsoft’s offering, based on the trailer, was a tall glass of double checking reality garnished with a sprig of WTF.

Games: Civilization VI: Rise and Fall and More

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According to a Reddit thread, a Chromebook user recently spotted a new Terminal app added to the app drawer when running on the latest Chrome OS Dev channel. Clicking the icon would apparently prompt the user to install the Terminal app, which requires about 200 MB of disk space. The installation prompt notes the fact that the Terminal app can be used to develop on your Chromebook. It also suggests that users will be able to run native apps and command-line tools seamlessly and securely. Considering the fact that Chrome OS is powered by the Linux kernel, this can only mean one thing. Read more