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Graphics: New in Mesa 19.2 and Proton 4.2-6 Brings DXVK 1.2.1 Rebuild

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Games: Quake II RTX, SteamWorld, Humble, Roguebook, Stadia Connect

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  • Quake II RTX released with a demo along and the source code

    For those with newer NVIDIA GPUs, you can now try out Quake II RTX which just released with Linux support. Really nice to see Lightspeed Studios and NVIDIA make Linux a first-class citizen for this with same-day support.

  • Some thoughts on SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, the deck-builder from Image & Form Games

    Image & Form Games have done it again, crafting another SteamWorld game that's worth playing although very different to what came before.

    Now that the publisher managed to fix my key issues, I've been able to dive in at the deep and and I've found it to be a very enjoyable game. It's actually really great to see a developer put out sequels and stand-alone games in a similar world, while also trying something new and not playing it safe. Moving away from running along platforms and mining in SteamWorld Dig 1/2 and the tactical shoot-outs in SteamWorld Heist, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is instead an RPG with turn-based battles involving punch-cards.

  • Humble are doing another 2K Build Your Own Bundle Sale, a good chance to catch some cheap games

    Time to build you own bundle and get access to a high discount, with the 2K Build Your Own Bundle Sale. With this special sale, each item is on sale by itself but if you buy 3-5 games you get an extra discount added at 3, 4 and 5.

  • Roguelike deck-builder 'Roguebook' announced set in the Faeria universe, will support Linux

    Looks like we have the next trend for developers to jump on, as another card game deck-builder has been announced. This time it's Roguebook, set in the Faeria universe from Abrakam.

    They're saying it's a homage to titles like Slay the Spire or Dream Quest, as they "have established a new and exciting genre that we want to more fully explore". Inspired by them but the gameplay seems to be very different. Each game, will be almost entirely random and that includes the cards themselves, encounters and so on. It will mix the card-based battles with free exploration across a map.

    If you've never played it, Abrakam's previous game Faeria is a pretty-good card game where you build the board as you play so they already know their cards. Roguebook is taking a different approach though, as it's a single-player experience (with online co-op as a stretch goal) that has you travel across a procedurally generated world.

  • Info on Google Stadia from today’s Stadia Connect, Baldur’s Gate III announced too

    For those interested in trying out Google Stadia, the new streaming service, today Google held their first Stadia Connect to give out some details. Quick reminder: Stadia is the game streaming service powered by Debian Linux and Vulkan. It’s supposed to offer a “single click” experience with “no downloading required”.

    On the subject of pricing: They will have a Stadia Pro subscription at $9.99/£8.99 a month which gives you up to 4K resolution with regular free games and discounts. They will also do Stadia Base with no monthly sub that will come "next year" limiting you to 1080p, both allowing you to buy games whenever you want.

    However, it seems only those who purchase the special Founders Edition will get access sometime in November. This includes first access to Stadia, a Chromecast Ultra, limited edition Stadia Controller, 3 months of Stadia Pro, a guest pass to give access to a friend and the Complete Edition of Destiny 2.

Games: X4: Foundations, Aeon's End and More

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  • DRM has been blown out the airlock, as X4: Foundations for Linux is now on GOG

    DRM-free GOG fans rejoice, you can now join the space race as Egosoft have put X4: Foundations for Linux up.

    Previously released on Steam, along with a little Beta period the latest space sim will take some time to learn, but it's a thoroughly interesting (and at times quite beautiful) experience. An incredibly detailed game in many ways, although I still often have to look things up as it can be pretty confusing.

  • Handelabra Games are bringing the deck-builder Aeon's End to Steam with Linux support

    Aeon's End, a deck-building and card battling game based on the cooperative board game is being given the digital treatment from Handelabra Games (One Deck Dungeon, Sentinels of the Multiverse).

    Thanks to funding on Kickstarter, it is confirmed to be heading to Steam and it will be coming with Linux support...

  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York announced with Linux support

    While a lot of the current Vampire game hype is surrounding Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 another different game is coming called Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York.

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    The developer, Draw Distance (previously called iFun4All), who made Serial Cleaner say it's going to be a "unique, atmospheric, single-player narrative experience, set in a rich, fully licensed, globally recognized universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition". They're not giving a clear idea of what the gameplay will be like, so we will have to wait until they have more to show.

  • The next Rocket League event on June 10th will take you back to the 1980s

    Psyonix have been busy, with the next in-game Rocket League event coming on June 10th called Radical Summer and it sounds like their biggest event yet.

    The event will last a whole nine weeks and they say it will feature "free items, new Premium Licensed DLCs, limited-time game modes, and more! (shhh, it’s a secret)". The event is going to be split across themes around Blockbusters, Culture, and Television with each lasting three weeks. When you play online, you will earn "Cassettes" and redeem them for items.

  • Dying Light is still seeing updates years after release and my love of it continues

    Dying Light is easily the best Zombie game I've probably ever played and Techland are continuing to tweak it over 4 years after the original release.

  • New Borderlands 2 DLC is on the way called Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary

    Thanks to Steam leaking it early (and now it's been taken down), it's basically confirmed that Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary is a new DLC coming to Borderlands 2.

Games: The Universim, Barotrauma, It Lurks Below

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  • God-game city-builder 'The Universim' continues to evolve with the latest update out now

    The Universim, one god game I've taken a lot of pleasure in playing has a new update out further advancing the Modern Age.

  • Barotrauma, the co-op submarine sim set on Jupiter’s moon Europa is now out in Early Access

    A promising start to what could end up being an incredibly fun co-op experience, the co-op submarine sim Barotrauma is out today in Early Access.

    The developer provided us with some early testing keys and we've played with it for a little while. It's actually quite good, with a lot of moving parts and things going on all the time. The amount of fires we've caused is quite amusing, which I will thoroughly blame contributor Samsai for, I can't steer us away from the rocks if our engine is on fire! Although I will admit that crashing into the rocks a few times may have been my fault, it's tricky okay. We also had some creature eat away at our hull one time, we didn't even realise until we started taking on a ton of water and sank to the dark depths of Europa's ocean.

  • Action-oriented survival RPG 'It Lurks Below' is coming to Linux and it may be soon

    Today I had the pleasure of briefly speaking to David Brevik from Graybeard Games about It Lurks Below. For those who don't know, David Brevik is one of the original founders of Blizzard North who created Diablo and Diablo II.

    Brevik has long since moved onto forming Graybeard Games, who created the action-oriented, survival RPG titled It Lurks Below. Speaking to Brevik over email today, they confirmed a Linux version is coming (quoted with permission) "Yes -- I am working on a Linux version. I hope to release it in the next few weeks depending on how many bugs the release has ;)". It only just released on Steam for Windows last month, so to know it's coming so soon is fantastic.

Games: Steam, Meeple Station and Among Ripples 2

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Games: Tetris, BATTLETECH, DeepMind

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  • As Tetris Turns 35, Here’s How to Play Tetris in the Terminal

    Tetris turns 35 on June 6, so to mark the occasion we show you how to play Tetris in the terminal on Linux desktops like Ubuntu. It's quick, easy and fun!

  • BATTLETECH 1.6 is out upgrading the experience for all plus Urban Warfare is out

    Harebrained Schemes and Paradox Interactive have updated BATTLETECH today for everyone, along with the release of Urban Warfare with some impressive destruction possible.

  • DeepMind’s AI uses reinforcement learning to defeat humans in multiplayer games

    While playing the rounds in Capture the Flag the DeepMind AI was able to outperform human teammates, with the reaction time slowed down to that of a typical human player. Rather than a number of AIs teaming up on a group of human players in a game of Dota 2, the AI was able to play alongside them as well.

    Using Reinforcement learning, the AI taught itself the skill which helped it to pick up the rules of the game over thousands of matches in randomly generated environments.

    “No one has told [the AI] how to play the game — only if they’ve beaten their opponent or not. The beauty of using [an] approach like this is that you never know what kind of behaviors will emerge as the agents learn,” said Max Jaderberg, a research scientist at DeepMind who recently worked on AlphaStar, a machine learning system that recently bested a human team of professionals at StarCraft II.

Games: Equilinox, Stellaris and SMACH Z

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Games: SIGIL, Chrome OS, Antenna Dilemma, Backspace Bouken, Stadia, Fugl, Fertile Crescent

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  • An in-depth review of John Romero's SIGIL's single player levels, the unofficial fifth episode of the original Doom
  • Chrome OS 76 Vastly Improves Gaming and Graphics Performance For Linux Apps [VIDEO]

    It’s easy to forget that the entire effort of bringing Linux apps to Chromebooks is just over a year old. The whole process has caught on and progressed so quickly that it is easy to get impatient for new features and needed abilities to arrive. Two big things still needed for Linux on Chrome OS are microphone support and GPU acceleration.

    While we’re still patiently waiting on further news around microphone support (it is being worked on), GPU acceleration has become a feature that we know is right around the corner and it has been harder and harder to sit back and wait for it as the days go by.

  • Antenna Dilemma, a free short point and click is now available on Linux

    Here's another new free game for you to try out, Antenna Dilemma from Goloso Games is now available on Linux.

  • Backspace Bouken, a dungeon crawler that wants you to type your way out of encounters has a demo up

    Love your classic dungeon crawlers? Well, Backspace Bouken seems interesting as it mixes up the gameplay. Instead of clicking buttons, Backspace Bouken really gives your fingers a little workout as you will be typing all through your encounters and it's pretty unique in the way it does it.

  • Google to reveal Stadia pricing, games, launch info and more on Thursday

    For those who are wanting to try out Google's Stadia game streaming service, a lot more details are going to be given out soon during Stadia Connect on Thursday.

    Google are trying to get ahead of the game, with their event happening before this year's big E3 event. Stadia Connect will be happening on YouTube, which you can follow and set a reminder on this video. They've only teased what they will go over which will include pricing, games, and launch details. It's going to happen at 9AM PDT/6PM CET/5PM BST/4PM UTC.

  • Slowing down and appreciating the beauty of flying in Fugl

    It’s been quite some time since I checked out the adventure game Fugl, which has no set goals of any kind. I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty of it, maybe you will too?

    It’s a strange one, I’m so used to having something to work towards that Fugl honestly baffled me originally. Well, it still does a little, however, I’ve now come to realise that’s honestly part of the charm. You aren’t forced down any one particular path because you make your own, you decide where you’re going and what you’re going to explore.

  • The Fertile Crescent, a currently free RTS that's like a retro Age of Empires had a big update

    The Fertile Crescent from LincRead is a small real-time strategy game set in the Bronze Age that feels like an indie retro Age of Empires.

    It currently enables you to play 1v1 against the AI on random maps and you can also play online battles, it's a pretty sweet idea and it does look good. With the latest update, it works great too as it improves the Linux version quite a lot. During my previous testing, it suffered from now-fixed a Unity bug with some of the screen being distorted. They've upgraded Unity and it's all working great now.

Games: PyGamer, Industrial Petting, Cycle 28, A.N.N.E, Procedural Music Generator, Risk System, Winds of Change

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  • PyGamer Is A Fully Open Source Handheld Gaming Console

    When it comes to the upcoming gaming consoles, most of us think of the next generation of PlayStation or Xbox. These powerful machines are capable of delivering high-end graphics, letting you enjoy all the AAA titles and get an immersive experience.

    However, sometimes, less is more. This philosophy applies works very well when it comes to hacker-friendly mini-computers or gaming consoles. A few months back, we reviewed ClockworkPi’s GameShell and it turned out to be pretty addictive. Just recently, I came across AdaFruit’s new PyGamer, which is an entry-level console for DIY gaming.

  • Industrial Petting sounds amusing, will have you farm strange animals and sell them

    Releasing late this year, Industrial Petting sounds like a pretty amusing game. With single-player and drop-in online multi-player, it will have you (and maybe friends) supply the galaxy with weird creatures.

  • Cycle 28, a very retro-looking arcade-styled 2D space shooter adds Linux support

    Pill Bug Interactive have now released their positively reviewed 2D retro space shooter, Cycle 28, on Linux. Originally released on Steam back in March last year, Linux (and Mac) support landed on June 1st.

    It has a number of positive reviews from users on Steam, as well as being on Nintendo Switch where some critics also gave it the thumbs up so it's another great 2D space shooter to add to your collection.

  • Platformer and space shooter hybrid A.N.N.E is finally coming to Early Access this month

    Developer Gamesbymo can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, as their platformer and space shooter hybrid A.N.N.E is heading into Early Access on June 18th. A title I reminded you all about in early March, as it's one that was funded on Kickstarter quite a few years ago.

    In the latest update on Kickstarter, they said with the release it will have a cheaper price and they're hopefully going to be including a demo too. The full release is hopefully going to be ready in September, with the initial release including three of the five areas to explore.

  • Procedural Music Generator, a clever Unity tool developed on Linux that might save you some time

    Here's one that's not something I usually cover: Procedural Music Generator is a tool for use with Unity, that allows anyone to make some interesting tunes for their games. The developer, Tyran, emailed in about it, as the tool is developed entirely on Linux as a "labor of love" and after trying out the Linux demo I thought it was actually pretty sweet.

  • Risk System is an absolutely awesome shoot 'em up that's worth some time

    Some thoughts on Risk System, a high-speed shoot 'em up that requires you to fly real close to enemy fire. After writing very briefly about the release before, I spoke to the developer who provided me with a key to check it out.

    I really did almost entirely miss the release, scanning over emails and store pages, I initially clicked right past it thinking nothing of it. I've played so many shoot 'em ups in the last few years, I wasn't really in the mood for another. What a fool I was then, as Risk System is not only incredibly stylish it also has some awesome action.

  • Visual Novel adventure 'Winds of Change' makes the first act free to try

    Tall Tail Studios have made the first act of their visual novel adventure Winds of Change free so you can properly try before you buy.

A look over the ProtonDB reports for May 2019, over 5,000 Windows games reported working on Linux

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ProtonDB, the unofficial tracker for checking the status of Windows games played on Linux through Steam Play has another data-dump available. Here's a look for May 2019. We seem to have also reached a new milestone lately, with well over 5,000 Windows games reported to work.

That 5K (5,200 exactly at time of writing) should be taken with a pinch of salt of course, as plenty of titles have only a few reports and as with anything generated by user submitted reports the accuracy of them will vary but it's still very impressive overall.

Anyway, here's our quick monthly look over some of the details. Starting with the total number of reports being sent per month. As we can see the upwards trend of reports being sent in has continued now for three months although May only slightly beat April.

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Software: NetworkManager, Browsers, Microsoft Powerpoint Alternatives and Guix Substitutes

  • NetworkManager Now Supports Making OVS DPDK Interfaces, Other Work For 1.20
    NetworkManager 1.19.4 is the newest snapshot of this widely used Linux networking library on its road to version 1.20. NetworkManager 1.19.4 was tagged last week as the latest stepping stone towards the NetworkManager 1.20 stable release. A new feature also making it into NM this past week was support for creating OVS DPDK interfaces -- that's the Open vSwitch Data Plane Development Kit. Open vSwitch's DPDK path allows for lower-latency and higher-performance connectivity between OpenStack compute node instances and now with NetworkManager 1.20 is this better OVS-DPDK integration.
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    For a long time, our build farm at ci.guix.gnu.org has been delivering substitutes (pre-built binaries) compressed with gzip. Gzip was never the best choice in terms of compression ratio, but it was a reasonable and convenient choice: it’s rock-solid, and zlib made it easy for us to have Guile bindings to perform in-process compression in our multi-threaded guix publish server. With the exception of building software from source, downloads take the most time of Guix package upgrades. If users can download less, upgrades become faster, and happiness ensues. Time has come to improve on this, and starting from early June, Guix can publish and fetch lzip-compressed substitutes, in addition to gzip.

Red Hat's OpenShift and Fedora's Latest

  • Enhanced OpenShift Red Hat AMQ Broker container image for monitoring
    Previously, I blogged about how to enhance your JBoss AMQ 6 container image for production: I explained how to externalise configuration and add Prometheus monitoring. While I already covered the topic well, I had to deal with this topic for version 7.2 of Red Hat AMQ Broker recently, and as things have slightly changed for this new release, I think it deserves an updated blog post! This post is a walk-through on how to enhance the base Red Hat AMQ Broker container image to add monitoring. This time we’ll see how much easier it is to provide customizations, even without writing a new Dockerfile. We will even go a step further by providing a Grafana dashboard sample for visualising the broker metrics.
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