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  • Don't Starve: Shipwrecked DLC is now available on SteamOS & Linux

    Heads up survivalists! Don't Starve: Shipwrecked the good looking new DLC for the single player version of Don't Starve is now on SteamOS & Linux.

  • SuperTuxKart - A simple recipe for simple fun

    It's been a while since I've done a proper Linux game review. The reasons being, we now have Steam, so there's less of a distinction between Windows and Linux. That division is now blurred, and we're past the free-only, indie-only games of yore. Good. That, however, does not mean you can't be having fun for free.

    SuperTuxKart is one such title. It's nothing more than a point-and-shoot racer, arcade all the way, with you taking helm in one of the many funnily shaped vehicles and racing down some crazy tracks. Then, it's about taking on some opponents, in-game traps and perks, and gradually unlocking new levels as you make progress in the existing set. But let us explore in more depth.

  • GPUOpen, Mad Max on Linux speculation, and more open gaming news

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  • The Wil Wheaton Effect Is Why Video Game Makers Should Embrace Let's Play Videos

    Now, we happen to know a thing or two around here about terms that get dubbed an "effect", especially when the revolve around exposure through internet channels. The Wheaton Effect is essentially a noticeable jump in sales for games that are featured on Table Top. As the original Reddit poster implies, the exposure generated by the game being featured on the show is a boon for sales. I would think this is an intuitive idea, in which an otherwise unaware public becomes aware of the fun to be had through these games and then goes out and buys them.

    [...]

    And, to be fair, much of the gaming industry has come around to this idea. You can see the evolution not only in the stance of the publishers, who often times go so far as to work with sites to unblock Let's Play videos that were automatically nabbed by ContentID, but also in video game hardware itself. The latest generation of consoles, specifically the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, are both designed specifically with ways for gamers to record gameplay and share those recordings. But Nintendo and some other lagging studios are more restrictive and I can't imagine why. Sales are what's important and exposure brings with it sales. The Wheaton Effect is an example of this, but this concept isn't in any way limited to the realm of table top games. Give up just a little bit of control, it seems, and you spur on sales.

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Mac and Linux canned
  • Batman: Arkham Knight is no longer coming to Linux or OSX
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Cancelled for Mac and Linux
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Mac OS X and Linux Releases Canceled
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Linux, Mac ports cancelled
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Linux And Mac Ports Cancelled
  • 'Batman Arkham Knight' For Mac And Linux Cancelled: Refunds Available
  • Batman: Arkham Knight’s Mac and Linux versions canceled
  • PSA: Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space now on Linux

    The weird and wacky space adventure game is available for Linux on Steam, via Humble Bundle, and via itch.io.

  • Freeciv 2.5.2 Free Strategy Game Is Inspired by Original Civilization

    Freeciv is a free and open source turn-based multiplayer strategy game that resembles and is inspired by the original Civilization series. A new update bringing quite a few fixes has been released for it.

  • Ice for SteamOS Now Lets Users Play Old Games from SNES Era

    It's now possible to play old games from the SNES era on SteamOS, thanks to an application named Ice, which has been made to work with this operating system.

    Ice had already been available for Steam, but a couple of developers made sure it would also work with SteamOS. The initial release has been marked as 0.1.0 and it shows the state of the development. It works, but installing it and figuring out how it can be used will take some time.

    The idea that you can play this kind of games in Steam is not a bad one, especially since emulators are already working on this platform, and there is even controller support. Why not take advantage of a collection of thousands of games that can be downloaded and used for free, and which in many cases are just as good as the ones released today?

  • RadeonSI Gallium3D Can Work With XCOM 2 On Linux

    While at first using open-source drivers to play XCOM 2 on Linux looked bleak, after some more trials, the latest Mesa Gallium3D code can work for Intel and Radeon.

    After the original article, I heard from the Linux game porters at Feral Interactive that the game should actually run with Intel and Radeon if using new enough Mesa, "We have completed the entire game on an AMD machine with mesa during development so it is pretty playable on R7/9 series cards it however is release quality due to some issues with the mesa drivers we are investigating."

  • Here Is What Happens When Trying To Use Non-NVIDIA Drivers To Play XCOM 2 On Linux

    As covered already, for launch Feral Interactive is only supporting NVIDIA graphics on Linux using their proprietary driver for launch day -- but, of course, that could change as new drivers are released in the future. AMD and Intel graphics (regardless of Catalyst or open-source for the Radeon hardware) are not supported for launch. Sadly there isn't any benchmark mode in the Linux version of XCOM 2, but given the hype around this game on Linux, I was curious to see what the graphics driver situation is really like... So no performance tests in this article, but just some initial impressions when trying different drivers and graphics processors.

  • How Interested Are You In XCOM 2 For Linux?

Leftovers: Gaming

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  • Steam Linux Usage Regressed To 0.95% In January

    Sadly, there were no post-holiday gains for Linux with the survey results for January pulling back by 0.01%. Valve's reported Steam Linux gaming market-share for the past month is reported at a mere 0.95%.

  • Steam for Linux Still Below 1% with 40% of Users on Ubuntu

    The number of Linux users on Steam continues to hover just below 1%, but we now know that about 40% of these people are using Ubuntu for gaming.

    Since nothing of worthy of attention is happening with the Steam for Linux use, we might as well look at other interesting statistics provided by Valve, but before we do that, we need to explain why it is difficult to trust them.

  • Gaming: The Talos Principle – Road to Gehenna

    After finishing the Talos Principle I immediately started to play the extension Road to Gehenna, but was derailed near completion by the incredible Portal Stories: Mel. Now that I finally managed to escape from the test chambers my attention returned to the Road to Gehenna. As with the pair Portal 2 and Portal Stories: Mel, the challenges are going up considerably from the original Talos Principle to the Road to Gehenna. Checking the hours of game play it took me about 24h through all the riddles in Road to Gehenna, but I have to admit, I had some riddles where I needed to cheat.

  • Crusader Kings II: Conclave expansion now available

    Over the years, the highly successful Crusader Kings II has gotten a plethora of expansions which is a testament to its enduring popularity. With the last release in July of last year we were overdue for another expansion that adds more to the ambitious sandbox. In this case, Conclave seems to provide some of what fans have hoped for for years, namely more in-depth education options for your children and more intrigue with a more fleshed-out council and favors system. If a more dynamic mercenary system and combat mechanic changes don't sound appealing to you, then you obviously haven't spent hundreds of hours with the game like the average player does.

  • American Truck Simulator has an early release, day one for Linux

    American Truck Simulator is the latest driving and management simulator from SCS Software, and it's great to see it have not only an early release, but a same day release for Linux.

  • Tomb Raider Reboot from 2013 Might Arrive on Steam for Linux

    Tomb Raider is the reboot of the franchise that was released back in 2013. It was developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix, and from the looks of it, a Linux version might be in the works.

  • Free-to-Play Winter Game SNOW Now Works on Linux

    SNOW is a new free-to-play open world winter game that's developed and published by Poppermost Productions. The developers have also added Linux support in their latest patch.

  • Review of casual puzzle adventure Panmorphia, available DRM free on Itch.io

    If you forget what you're supposed to do to solve one of the more complex puzzles, there's an in-game journal which helps you keep track of the hints. There's also a map, which marks your location and acts as the interface for the aforementioned hints. I kept wishing that I could use this map to fast-travel between locations, but unfortunately you're stuck with having to walk back and forth quite a bit while playing. This is likely in part due to the complexity that comes from being able to morph between forms which can only travel to parts of the map, and because you have to visit each animal's shrine to be able to switch forms.

  • Rememoried, a surrealist explorative first-person adventure game now on SteamOS & Linux
  • Want to play XCOM 2? The system requirements for Linux & SteamOS have been sent out

    The cogs are rolling, and XCOM 2 is extremely close to release. So close in fact that we finally have the XCOM 2 system requirements for Linux players. This is confirmed by 2K directly, but Feral have yet to confirm it directly.

  • Earth 2160, the RTS game looks like it's getting a Linux version on Steam

    Earth 2160 is a game from quite a few years ago now, but it's a classic strategy game. Looks like someone has begun bringing it over to Linux too.

  • Time-Based Shooter Game 'Superhot" Coming on Feb. 25 for Linux, Mac & Windows PC [Gameplay & Details]
  • SUPERHOT will hit the PC, Mac and Linux on February 25

    In a recent announcement, the developers of “Superhot” first-person shooter video game have revealed that the game – which has received support and funds from Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign – will be launched this month. While the “time only moves when you do” mechanic gives SUPERHOT the complexion of a puzzle game, it’s the frenzied, John Woo-inspired combat that’s center stage in the new trailer.

  • Valve Makes Steam Controller a First-Class Citizen in Latest Steam Client Update

    Today, February 2, Valve has posted news on a new stable update for its Steam Client software, which users should receive right now on their PCs via the built-in update utility.

    From the looks of it, the Steam Client February 2 update is a big one, bringing all the features and fixes that Valve bragged about for a couple of months during the Beta phase of the software, with the exception of the Steam Client January 2 tiny release that updated the Steam Subscriber Agreement for 2016.

  • Vendetta Online MMORPG Game's Capabilities Are Evolving, Devs Say

    Guild Software, the developers of the popular and cross-platform Vendetta Online MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), have recently announced the release of the Vendetta Online 1.8.368 update.

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  • VLC 3.0 Remains Under Development While VLC 4.0 Will Have Better Wayland Support & A New UI

    For more than a year we've been looking forward to VLC 3.0, but it's not quite baked yet. Once VLC 3.0 does finally ship, there are already early plans for VLC 4.0.

    The VLC Trac roadmap puts the VLC 3.0 release as currently six weeks late after failing to ship in 2015. Jean-Baptiste Kempf presented at this weekend's FOSDEM conference in Brussels to talk about VLC 3.0 and even a few words about VLC 4.0.

  • Qt 5.7 Is Going To A Feature Freeze While Qt 5.6 Isn't Even Coming For Another Month

    Qt 5.6 is running a solid three months behind schedule while Qt developers are hoping to offset further delays in the Qt5 release train by going into a feature freeze now for Qt 5.7.

    Last week I wrote about Qt 5.7 is set to go into a feature freeze next week (now it's this week).

  • The open source project 'xoreos' released version 0.0.4 'Chodo'

    xoreos is a FLOSS project aiming to reimplement BioWare's Aurora engine (and derivatives), covering their games starting with Neverwinter Nights and potentially up to Dragon Age II. This post gives a short update on the current progress.

  • Gothic RPG roguelike Darkest Dungeon coming soon to Linux

    Darkest Dungeon was launched last week supporting only Windows and Mac. However, as per their Kickstarter promise made in early 2014, Canadian developer Red Hook Studios has now outlined their intention to bring the title to Linux as a "short term goal".

Leftovers: Gaming (Tropico 5, Master of Orion, Superhot)

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  • Parkitect, the theme park building sim is currently broken on Linux

    Just a heads up folks, Parkitect is currently broken on Linux due to heavy graphical glitches, so if you were thinking about picking it up I would hold off until we can give the all clear.

    The developers said it could be a driver issue. I've tested two different drivers myself, and someone else tweeted to us letting us know it happens on another driver series too. The game uses Unity, and I've seen a number of games have big graphical issues that were the fault of the game or Unity, so hopefully they find it.

  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Linux & SteamOS port has been put on hold

    Sad news, I was really looking forward to playing The Vanishing of Ethan Carter but it looks like I won't get a chance. The developers have come across too many issues.

  • Panmorphia transformed for PC, Mac, and Linux

    Cyan’s Myst formula of graphic adventures has been successfully implemented by many developers over the two-plus decades that have come and gone since. The latest to follow in these footsteps is Cyprus-based indie Lydia Kovalenko with her debut title Panmorphia, which is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux.

  • Dungeon Souls, a cool mix of action, roguelike & a dungeon crawler on SteamOS & Linux

    I never noticed Dungeon Souls getting a Linux version, so it must be another case of it not showing up in the new SteamOS & Linux games list if the Linux version was added later. I really wish Valve would fix that, I say it every damn time.

  • Story-driven RTS Battle of Empires 1914-1918 looks like it's coming to Linux & SteamOS

    Looks quite a bit like Company of Heroes 2, but in a WWI setting.

    It's a shame that a bunch of users are review bombing it right now due to DLC additions, but it does have plenty more positive reviews than negative.

    Remember, never buy a game until the Linux version is actually available.

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  • Tomb Raider, the awesome 2013 version looks like it's heading to SteamOS & Linux

    I'm actually a big fan of the game, as I played it when it came out on PS3, but sadly I never got to finish it for various reasons. Being able to do so on my favourite system, that's bloody brilliant.

    I wonder who's doing the port? Any guesses folks?

  • Retro style Arcade Shoot 'em up Bit Blaster XL released on SteamOS & Linux

    Bit Blaster XL is a mobile port of an arcade shoot em up now released on SteamOS and Linux. It's origins are very obvious from the get-go.
    Your space ship moves and shoots all by itself without the need of pressing any buttons. The only thing you can do is turn it left or right and give it a little boost.

  • Open Game Benchmarks, a brand new benchmarking website for Linux games

    I have been hoping to see something like this. Open Game Benchmarks is a brand new website dedicated to showing off benchmarks from Linux games.

    Previously we've only really had Phoronix (and people know how I feel about the quality on Phoronix in recent times), so it's good to see some healthy competition in the Linux benchmarking area. While we do benchmarks, it's generally only on big new titles as we focus more on the Sales Page, the Calendar and general day to day Linux gaming news.

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