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Games: Total War: Shogun 2, G2A and Steam

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  • Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai is now a Total War Saga game, DLC free for existing owners

    Creative Assembly did a bit of a rebranding today, as Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai which was a standalone expansion for Total War: Shogun 2 has now become Total War Saga: FALL OF THE SAMURAI. Originally released in 2012, we were given a Linux port from Feral Interactive back in 2017.

    Writing about the news on the official Total War blog post, Creative Assembly mentioned that along with the title adjustment that existing owners will get every DLC (excluding the blood pack) as a free gift which is pretty darn nice of them.

  • G2A have extended the deadline for their proposed key-blocking tool, as more developers are unhappy with them

    Recently, after G2A appeared in the spotlight once again for being terrible, they offered to make a key-blocking tool for developers. This was offered after our recent article highlighting a bunch of problems, an article that's worth a read as a little background on what's going on.

    According to G2A, such a key-blocking tool would be "time-consuming and expensive", which is completely ridiculous because it's a pretty damn simple feature to make, with it comparing lists of keys against what users try to sell. Not just that, they also required at least 100 developers to sign up to it before they would do it which is also outrageous. They even gave a deadline of August 15th for developers to sign up.

    That deadline has now been extended until the end of August as only 19 developers signed up, how generous of them.

    Wube Software, developer of Factorio, actually took up G2A on their offer of paying developers back "10x the money proven to be lost on chargebacks", as noted by Wube in one of their blog posts. That was posted on July 12th, noting that they last heard from G2A a few days before posting and G2A had their list of keys. As an update on that, it seems they're still waiting. Surprised? Nope.

  • Putting a Linux game on Steam: Missing Executable - a common pitfall for game devs

    Since this comes up so often when testing games for developers and surprisingly often for newly released Linux games, I thought it might help to give developers a quick hint.

Games: Knights And Bikes, Eliza, Towertale, Bloody Rally Show

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  • Goonies-inspired adventure Knights And Bikes releasing with Linux support on August 27th

    Developed by Foam Sword and publisher Double Fine Presents, the hand-painted action-adventure Knights And Bikes is releasing soon. Confirmed on Twitter by both the developer and publisher, the August 27th release will indeed come with Linux support on the same day.

    Featuring gameplay for 1-2 players, it takes place in the 1980s on a fictional British island called Penfurzy. You'll be exploring on your customizable bikes while dealing with puzzles and enemies using improvised tools like frisbees, water-balloons, puddle-stomping welly boots, and a powerful boom-box stereo. Sounds like it could be pretty sweet!

  • Eliza, the new Visual Novel from Zachtronics is out now with Linux support

    Usually known for their excellent puzzle games, Zachtronics have released Eliza, a new and intriguing sounding Visual Novel.

  • Towertale, the fast-paced 2D boss battler now has a Linux version available

    With fast-paced 2D action, Towertale from MiSou Games arrives on Linux and not long after the original Windows version. If you're wondering what a "boss battler" actually is, all the fights are against big beasts instead of you having to easily make your way through tons of low-level sword fodder.

    Towertale tells the story of a mysterious tower, created to by some sort of ancient being. If you manage to defeat the guardian on each level, you will be granted "the ultimate wish" or so the legend says anyway. Many have tried, just as many died.

  • The 2D racer Bloody Rally Show is coming along nicely and it's good fun already

    Bloody Rally Show is an upcoming indie 2D racer from Game Hero Interactive, releasing either late this year or early next year it's currently in Beta and it's running well on Linux.

    It's a game I briefly covered back in late March, I've not really followed it too closely until now. Recently though, the developer confirmed on Steam they will "never" release on the Epic Store, as well as the game being DRM-free on Steam as the Steam integration is going to be completely optional so you can copy it away from Steam and it will work fine.

Games: Going Retro, Underworld Ascendant, and Steam/Valve

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  • Going Retro with an Altair 8800 Emulator: Introducing the Altair-Duino

    At the dawn of [microcomputing] time came the Altair 8800. This 65 pound behemoth of a computing system was essentially the very first personal microcomputer. Based on the Intel 8080 CPU, the Altair was designed and sold by MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems), an electronics company from Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1974. The original computer was sold as a build-it-yourself kit and piqued the interest of many hobbyists worldwide. Most notably, it caught the attention of a young William Gates and Paul Allen. It was the Altair that allowed both aspiring businessmen to not only build a minimal version of the BASIC programming language for the machine but to also start Microsoft.

    The Altair was nothing more than a box. No display. No keyboard. Just a series of switches and LEDs fixed to its front panel. It didn?t do much of anything until hobbyists found things to do with it. They expanded on the original design and added floppy disk systems, teletypes, they wrote software, and more.

  • Underworld Ascendant for Linux still coming, should be this month

    While the Underworld Ascendant team didn't manage to hit their previous release estimates for the Linux version, it looks like it's finally there.

  • Valve confirmed developers now need to contact them to change their release date

    As an update to an article we posted recently about Valve seeming to need confirmation of release date changes on Steam, Valve have now confirmed this.

    If you're not keeping up and to save you a quick click: Some developers were constantly changing their release date, even if they had no intention of releasing on that new date. It affected pages like the upcoming releases list and made their games always show up near the top.

  • Hard sci-fi space sim Rings of Saturn has entered Early Access on Steam

    After launching on itch.io with a hybrid Early Access/Crowdfunding model, the hard sci-fi space sim Rings of Saturn (full name—ΔV: Rings of Saturn) is now available with Linux support on Steam in Early Access.

Awesome Linux Racing Games Collection

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Linux is fun and more fun when there are car racing games available for Linux based operating systems. In this post, we thought to collect the list of best Linux racing games for you.

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Software and Games Leftovers

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  • Chrome 77 Beta: New performance metrics, new form capabilities, capabilities in origin trials and more

    Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 77 is beta as of August 8, 2019.

  • Google Chrome 77 Enters Beta

    Following the Chrome 76 release from just over one week ago, Google has now issued the beta for the Chrome/Chromium 77 series.

  • Top 15 Best Linux Emulators for Windows System in 2019 [Ed: Those are not emulators]

    As much as we love Linux, we all have to agree on Windows’s massive dominance in the industry. Due to being the most widely used operating system for personal computers since the last couple of decades, Microsoft Windows enjoys a widespread usage in the business world. If you’re a Linux enthusiast but need to utilize Windows for your Job or academic purposes, you don’t need to be disappointed anymore. There are powerful Linux emulators for Windows which allow you to run Linux programs seamlessly in your Windows machine without having to install a fresh copy of your favorite distro.

  • Batman Arkham Origins | Linux Gaming | Ubuntu 18.04 | Steam Play

    Batman Arkham Origins running through Steam play.

  • The absolutely insane hardcore platformer Electronic Super Joy 2 is out for free

    Almost six years after the original, Michael Todd Games returns to inflict more painful hardcore platforming with slick beats in Electronic Super Joy 2 which is out now. Technically the third game, since Electronic Super Joy: Groove City was also released back in 2014.

    It's…difficult, maddeningly so in some areas. This is a game designed to make you furious, yet it's so damn good at the same time. I will fully admit to being absolutely atrocious at it, hardcore platformers aren't usually something that I go for but Electronic Super Joy 2 has the right amount of weird for me to enjoy it.

Games: Electronic Super Joy 2, Rust and Gthree

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  • The absolutely insane hardcore platformer Electronic Super Joy 2 is out

    Almost six years after the original, Michael Todd Games returns to inflict more painful hardcore platforming with slick beats in Electronic Super Joy 2 which is out now. Technically the third game, since Electronic Super Joy: Groove City was also released back in 2014.

    It's…difficult, maddeningly so in some areas. This is a game designed to make you furious, yet it's so damn good at the same time. I will fully admit to being absolutely atrocious at it, hardcore platformers aren't usually something that I go for but Electronic Super Joy 2 has the right amount of weird for me to enjoy it.

  • Facepunch Studios confirm their plan for the Linux version of Rust, to be split from Windows & Mac

    Garry Newman from Facepunch Studios has put out a new blog post detailing their final plans for the Linux version of the survival game Rust.

    It's quite an open and honest post about the state of things, noting that they didn't really do a good job of actually supporting the Linux version. The post mentions how they never routinely tested it, unless they knew something was wrong. Newman also mentions how the "quiet majority" of Linux gamers accept that they're often a second-class citizen but we shouldn't be as we are paying the same. Which is why they made the decision to stop supporting Linux originally in July last year.

  • Gaming with GThree

    The last couple of week I’ve been on holiday and I spent some of that hacking on gthree. Gthree is a port of three.js, and a good way to get some testing of it is to port a three.js app. Benjamin pointed out HexGL, a WebGL racing game similar to F-Zero.

    This game uses a bunch of cool features like shaders, effects, sprites, particles, etc, so it was a good target. I had to add a bunch of features to gthree and fix some bugs, but its now at a state where it looks pretty cool as a demo. However it needs more work to be playable as a game.

Games: Space Mercs, Nimbatus, Screeps Arena, MineRalph, Mind Trap, X4: Split Vendetta

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  • The extreme arcade space-shooter Space Mercs is now available on itch.io, plus some sales info

    Space Mercs from Bearded Giant Games who develop their games entirely on Linux, released on Steam recently and now you can also catch it on itch.io.

    Haven't picked it up yet and want to know what to expect? It's a retro 3D arcade space shooter, designed primarily as a quick pick up and play experience. The developer said to think of it like a coffee-break game, only a bit more intense when some of it can be like a bullet-hell.

  • Space drone construction game Nimbatus just had a massive update to the campaign

    Nimbatus is all about piecing together blocks in the hope of creating a drone that's not terrible, with the ability to make them autonomous or have direct control of everything it's a very cool game.

    A few days ago the released the Campaign Update (0.7.3) and it's huge. Before this, the campaign mode was pretty simplistic but it has been expanded quite a bit now with different captains, progression through unlocking drone parts, travel events, asteroid fields, drone skins and more.

  • Screeps Arena, an upcoming strategy game where you program your units with JavaScript

    Screeps Arena is a game for programming enthusiasts, as you get to design your own AI using JavaScript to have 1 on 1 battles.

    If this sounds a bit familiar, it's because this same developer also made the game Screeps, an MMO RTS sandbox (some of it is open source too) which has all the same basic ideas. However, Screeps Arena has a much smaller and refined focus on simpler battles. This will likely make it a more manageable game and probably easier for a bigger audience to get into.

  • Reaction-based physics-platformer MineRalph is now out

    If you don't get frustrated easily and you enjoy a challenge, perhaps also a bit of speedrunning, MineRalph is probably a game you will enjoy.

    The developer, Chop Chop Games, say it pays homage to classic difficult games. With gameplay that's a sort-of mashup of "Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Meat Boy - with the level design of Super Mario... and the control scheme of Angry Birds". Quite a simple game mechanically but it's by no means easy.

  • Need some new games? Come and look at all the deals going on

    I haven't given a little overview of Linux games on sale for a while, so here's a fresh look ahead of another weekend for those of you looking to pick up something new.

  • Mind Trap, a four episode psychological thriller series inspired by the Twilight Zone is coming to Linux

    Gear Worx Productions are currently working on Mind Trap, a four episode psychological thriller series and they've got in touch to mention that it's coming to Linux. Tagging us in a post on Twitter, they made it very clear that Linux will be supported.

  • Egosoft have revealed the first big expansion to X4: Foundations with X4: Split Vendetta

    X4: Split Vendetta is going to expand the size of X4: Foundations quite a lot, along with the upcoming big 3.0 update.

    They're not currently giving out a lot of details on what exactly will be in the expansion or the update. The Steam page as well as the announcement sent out was pretty light. Egosoft did say it will increase the size of the universe, while also introducing "two new Split family clans" including new ships, weapons and station modules.

Games: Proton 4.11-2, Stone Story and Indivisible

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  • Steam Play Proton 4.11-2 is out, upgrading DXVK and FAudio

    Valve along with CodeWeavers today issued a small and focused update to Proton, the software behind Steam Play.

  • Proton 4.11-2 Pulls In Newest DXVK While Fixing High Refresh Rates For Older Games

    Following the big Proton 4.11 update for Valve's Steam Play that just arrived over one week ago, a second update to this Wine-derived software is now available for enhancing the Windows games on Linux experience.

    Proton 4.11-2 updates now against the new and improved DXVK 1.3.2. Just pulling in new DXVK updates tend to be worthwhile but this 4.11-2 release also upgrades to FAudio 19.08 and Wine-Mono 4.9.2.

  • Animated entirely in ASCII symbols, Stone Story RPG enters Early Access

    I'm very much used to seeing roguelikes with ASCII art, but an RPG? That's quite different! After around five years in development, Stone Story RPG enters Early Access. Note: Key provided by the developer.

    A very strange experience this, with no direct control of your character it initially feels a bit like a clicker. You pick a location and watch as your ASCII character travels across the screen gathering resources, fighting and more. However, the game gradually expands and opens up, turning it into a very unique adventure. It's also very weirdly relaxing.

  • Action RPG platformer "Indivisible" from the creator of Skullgirls is releasing in October

    Lab Zero Games (Skullgirls) and 505 Games have announced that the action RPG platformer Indivisible finally has a release date.

    Blending together the side-scrolling exploration from a platformer, with beautifully hand-painted background art and fast-paced real-time battles it's been high up on my "wanted" list for some time. After getting funded on IndieGoGo way back in 2015, they managed to pull in quite a lot of support with over thirty thousand backers and around two million dollars raised. It's been a long wait but it's finally about to end, as today they've revealed the launch date to be October 8th.

Games: Eagle Island, Interrogation and Monster Sanctuary

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Games: OXXO, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech and More

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  • Charming puzzle game OXXO officially released with Linux support

    Yesterday, OXXO from game developer Hamster On Coke Games was released as their latest sweet puzzle game. I've been playing it through and it's wonderful. Note: Copy provided by the developer to our Steam Curator.

    Much like some of their previous games including Scalak, PUSH and Art Of Gravity it has a very simple and inviting style to it. Starting off extremely easy so you learn the controls and the idea, it quickly starts getting a little complicated.

  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech has a free update with a New Game Plus mode

    Making it into this update is a New Game Plus mode, unlocked by completing the story. It allows you to play again, while keeping most non-story progress gained from your previous playthrough. Additionally, there's a new higher difficulty setting "Legend Remix", it's not just more challenging but also contains some "gameplay twists of its own" although it's only available for New Game Plus. They also added a sweet art gallery, containing a bunch of unseen concept art, illustrations and a jukebox.

  • Comedy cosmic horror adventure Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure is now out

    Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure, a comedy cosmic horror adventure from Transylvanian developer Stuck In Attic has released with same-day Linux support and it's a wild ride.

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Games: Loria, Dota Underlords and Steam in China

  • Classic inspired RTS Loria is now available DRM-free on GOG

    If you're like me and you enjoy a good real-time strategy game, Loria is actually pretty good. It added Linux support on Steam earlier this year and now it's also available on GOG. While it's inspired by titles like Warcraft II, it's not just a retro RTS. There's a few RPG-like elements including hero units, item collection, quests and more.

  • The Underlords are actually coming to Dota Underlords, plus a new Duos mode

    Valve continue to push out changes rapidly to their auto-battler Dota Underlords, with some of their upcoming plans now being detailed in a fresh update. One big new feature planned to be available in a few weeks is a new Duos game mode. Valve say it's a new way to play cooperatively with a friend. You party up and battle against other teams and it will support both Casual and Ranked play. The actual Underlords are going to be making an appearance soon too. This feature Valve said they're "excited" about, as they're a "core part of the game". They haven't said how they will work but they will "add a layer of fun and strategy to every match" so I'm very curious to see what happens.

  • Steam for China Is Called 'Zhengpi Pingtai'

    The digital games service will be run almost entirely independent of Steam and by Valve's Chinese partner company Perfect World.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 now links up with Windows and Mac PCs via supercharged DeX app

And there’s a big bonus here in the form of being able to drag-and-drop files directly from your phone to your PC, and vice versa. So you could take a photo from your Note 10 and whip it onto the PC to tweak it up in a proper heavyweight image editor, for example. Furthermore, as XDA Developers observes, Linux on DeX is available via the DeX app, allowing you to create a container and run an Ubuntu Linux image, giving you even more flexibility and options here. It’s not clear what Samsung intends to do in terms of giving users with older Galaxy handsets backwards compatibility, but at the moment, this is strictly a Galaxy Note 10-only affair, as mentioned. Finally, it’s worth noting that the app does warn that your phone might get hot running the DeX application, although exactly how hot likely depends on what you’ve got the hardware doing, of course. Read more

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  • Open Policy Agent: Cloud-native security and compliance

    Every product or service has a unique way of handling policy and authorization: who-can-do-what and what-can-do-what. In the cloud-native world, authorization and policy are more complex than ever before. As the cloud-native ecosystem evolves, there’s a growing need for DevOps and DevSecOps teams to identify and address security and compliance issues earlier in development and deployment cycles. Businesses need to release software on the order of minutes (instead of months). For this to happen, those security and compliance policies—which in the past were written in PDFs or email—need to be checked and enforced by machines. That way, every few minutes when software goes out the door, it’s obeying all of the necessary policies. This problem was at the top of our minds when Teemu Koponen, Torin Sandall, and I founded the Open Policy Agent project (OPA) as a practical solution for the critical security and policy challenges of the cloud-native ecosystem. As the list of OPA’s successful integrations grows—thanks to active involvement by the open source community—the time is right to re-introduce OPA and offer a look at how it addresses business and policy pain points in varied contexts.

  • Eirini: Mapping Code into Containers

    There has been a lot of noise recently about the Project known as Eirini.  I wanted to dig into what this project was in a little more detail. If you weren’t already aware, its goal is to allow Cloud Foundry to use any scheduler but it’s really for allowing the workloads to run directly inside Kubernetes without needing separately scheduled Diego cells to run on top of. There are many reason that this is a fantastic change, but the first and foremost is that having a scheduler run inside another scheduler is begging for headaches. It works, but there are odd edge cases that lead to split-brain decisions. NOTE: There is another project (Quarks) that is working on containerizing the control plane in a way that the entire platform is more portable and requiring significantly less overhead. (As in: you can run Kubernetes, the entire platform, and some work, all on your laptop)  

  • Wayland Buddies | LINUX Unplugged 315

    We spend our weekend with Wayland, discover new apps to try, tricks to share, and dig into the state of the project. Plus System76's new software release, and Fedora's big decision.

  • Kdenlive 19.08 Released with Clip Speed, Project Bin Improvements

    Busy trying to salvage footage from a recent video shoot, I missed the arrival of Kdenlive 19.08, the first major release of this free video editor since its big code revamp earlier this year. And what a release it is! Kdenlive 19.08 builds on the terrific work featured in the various point releases that have been available since April. “This version comes with a big amount of fixes and nifty new features which will lay the groundwork for the 3 point editing system planned for this cycle,” they say in their release announcement. Now, 3-point editing isn’t my bag (if you’re a heavy keyboard user, you might want to look into it) so I’m gonna skip that side of things to highlight a couple of other welcome changes to the project bin.

  • LabPlot's Welcome screen and Dataset feature in the finish line

    Hello Everyone! This year's GSoC is coming to its end. Therefore I think that I should let you know what's been done since my last blog post. I would also like to evaluate the progress I managed to make and the goals set up at the beginning of this project. As I told you in my last post, my main goal, in this last period, was to clean up, properly document, refactor, optimise the code and make it easier to read, so it would be fit to be brought to the master branch and to be used by the community. My next proposition was to search for bugs and fix them, in order to make the implemented features more or less flawless. I can happily state, that I succeeded in this.

  • Distributed Beta Testing Platforms

    Do they exist? Especially as free software? I don’t actually know, but I’ve never seen a free software project use something like what I’ve got in mind. That would be: a website where we could add any number of test scenarios. People who wanted to help would get an account, make a profile with their hardware and OS listed. And then a couple of weeks before we make a release, we’d release a beta, and the beta testers would login and get randomly one of the test scenarios to test and report on. We’d match the tests to OS and hardware, and for some tests, probably try to get the test executed by multiple testers. Frequent participation would lead to badges or something playful like that, they would be able to browse tests, add comments and interact — and we, as developers, we’d get feedback. So many tests executed, so many reported failure or regressions, and we’d be able to improve before the release.

  • GSoC 2019 Final submission

    Since my last blog post the main merge request of my GSoC project has landed and after that I followed up with subsequent bugfixes and also a couple of enhancements to the savestates manager.

  • LXLE 18.04.3 Beta Run Through

    In this video, we are looking at LXLE 18.04.3 Beta.

  • Fedora Update Weeks 31–32

    The branch point also meant that the Change Code Complete deadline was passed. As part of the Go SIG, I was one of the packagers behind the Adopt new Go Packaging Guidelines Change. As mentioned in the last post, this was mostly handled by @eclipseo and the tracker bug was marked complete for it just earlier. I am also behind the Automatic R runtime dependencies Change. As part of this Change, I initiated a mini-rebuild last week of all affected R packages. I will write about that in a separate post. That tracker bug is now Code Complete, though there are a couple FTBFS to fix up. With release monitoring working again, that meant a slew of new bug reports about new package versions being available. This happened just last Friday, so I haven’t had much chance to update everything. I did manage to go through almost all the R packages, except for a few with new dependencies. I also updated one or two Go and Python packages as well.

  • Rugged, Kaby Lake-U based IoT gateway offers Linux BSP

    Axiomtek’s Linux-ready, DIN-rail mounted “ICO500-518” IoT gateway runs on 7th Gen Core U-series CPUs and provides swappable SATA, 4x USB 3.0, 2x GbE, 2x mini-PCIe, and 2x “PIM” slots for options including 8x GbE or isolated serial and CANBus. Axiomtek announced a compact modular edge gateway with ruggedization features for industrial IoT. Applications for the Intel 7th Gen Kaby Lake-U based ICO500-518 include transportation, public utility, smart building, solar energy, and factory automation.

  • 5 Reasons to Use a VM for Development [Ed: Dice promoting the idea that developers should use Windows and keep GNU/Linux in a VM jail using Microsoft's proprietary tools]

    I started using virtual machines (VMs) on my development PC about six years ago; I was keen to learn Linux, having been a Windows developer since the mid-1990s. At first, I used an old Windows PC and installed a Linux distro on it; but I quickly found out that the distro took up a lot of space, and I needed a KVM switch to manage two different PCs. It was all a bit “fiddly,” which is why I began exploring the potential of VMs. Discovering VirtualBox was a godsend, and made things a lot more convenient. Despite all the flak Oracle gets over its databases, MySQL, and Java, Virtual Box remains an excellent and free open-source package.