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Games: Dota Underlords, Break My Body and Storm Tale

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Games: Extinction Protocol, Lamentum, SDL 2.0.10, Stone Story, Fantasy Strike and Zink

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  • Extinction Protocol is a very stylish looking minimalist strategy game coming to Linux

    As a huge fan of strategy games, Extinction Protocol has caught my eye. Using a stylish and minimalist visual style, it gives off a very alluring atmosphere.

  • Pixel art survival horror "Lamentum" has been fully funded and it's heading to Linux

    Lamentum is another crowdfunding success story, as the very freaky looking pixel art survival horror has hit the funding goal on Kickstarter. Linux support is fully confirmed for Lamentum, as stated on both the Kickstarter and Steam store pages.

    Against their goal of €15,000 they managed to only just scrape by with €60 over the target. I can't imagine what a huge relief that would be for the developer, Obscure Tales, as it must have been quite dicey towards the end of the campaign.

  • SDL 2.0.10 released, testing a more regular release cycle

    If you're a game developer, you've likely heard of SDL 2 [Official Site] and plenty of you are probably already using it. In fact, SDL 2 helps power a huge amount of Linux games and a new release is out now.

    Released yesterday, SDL 2.0.10 encompasses bug fixes and improvements from around nine months worth of development. Quite a while for those who were waiting in fixes and they're aware of this. Speaking about it on Patreon, Ryan "Icculus" Gordon mentioned how they're now going to attempt releases every three months. This is not set in stone though, they're just seeing how it goes with trying out this new release cycle.

  • Sdl 2.0.10 released!

    Thanks to all the people who contributed code and feedback, SDL 2.0.10 is now available!

  • Stone Story, an RPG animated entirely in ASCII symbols is releasing in Early Access next month

    Stone Story is a name I've not heard for a while, after posting about it myself way back in 2017 it's one I completely lost track of. This rather different RPG is animated entirely using ASCII symbols!

  • The streamlined fighting game "Fantasy Strike" has now officially released

    Featuring Linux support, Fantasy Strike is a fighting game that's quite streamlined giving more people an opportunity to enjoy it while still being difficult to master.

    Developed by Sirlin Games, this includes David Sirlin who previously work on games such as Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix so they know their stuff. It shows too, Fantasy Strike is a fighting game that not only looks good, it feels pretty darn good too.

  • Zink, the OpenGL implementation on top of Vulkan is still progressing

    After not hearing much about it, Faye-Lund has posted a Summer Update on the Collabora blog about all the work that's gone into it. However, it's had a bit of a setback as it's been through a "pretty significant rewrite". Some design mistakes were made, so they went back and attempted to improve it. For now, it's only getting OpenGL 2.1 support with cleaning everything up and getting the code up-streamed taking precedence over OpenGL 3.0 support.

Games: Jupiter Hell,SDL 2.0.10 and Dicey Dungeons

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  • Jupiter Hell has a new crazy trailer ahead of the Early Access release on August 1st

    ChaosForge have managed to craft something quite special here with Jupiter Hell. Saying it's a turn-based roguelike DOOM would be a reasonably fitting description, but you need to play it to appreciate it.

    The release date of August 1st for Early Access was announced previously and they're sticking to it, with a new trailer going up today. Feast your eyes on this, just make sure to turn the volume up a notch:

  • SDL 2.0.10 Released With New APIs, Drops Mir In Favor Of Wayland

    As the first Simple DirectMedia Layer release of 2019, SDL 2.0.10 has debuted today for this library that's widely used by cross-platform games including as part of the Steam run-time.

    SDL 2.0.10 brings a number of new APIs (including some SIMD APIs around memory allocation and separately new floating point precision rendering APIs), batched rendering is now used by SDL's rendering API by default, and improved handling of WAV and BMP files to fix potential security problems.

  • The unique dice-rolling, deck-building roguelike "Dicey Dungeons" is releasing on August 13th

    Dicey Dungeons from Terry Cavanagh (Super Hexagon and VVVVVV), chipzel, and Marlowe Dobbe now has a confirmed release date of August 13th.

    This unique roguelike is truly nothing like the others. Think you're a master at Slay the Spire? Well, Dicey Dungeons is a different kind of beast. You have cards for abilities, sure, but you actually have to roll your dice to the correct numbers to activate them and it's all kinds of awesome.

Collabora Adds Big Performance Improvements for Linux Gamers in Linux Kernel 5.2

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Collabora continues to be very active in the development of the Linux kernel and during the development cycle of the Linux 5.2 kernel series, a total of 11 kernel engineers authored no less than 61 patches, signed-off on a total of 131 changes, tested 47 fixes, acknowledged another 9 patches, and suggested 4 changes implemented by other kernel developers.

However, the most important contribution made by Collabora to Linux kernel 5.2 is the implementation of case-insensitive functionality for the EXT4 file system, which is used by default by almost all GNU/Linux distributions. This change will provide major performance improvements for various emulated programs, such as games running in Wine.

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Games: Blood Opera Crescendo, Oxygen Not Included, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus - Heretek, Risk System, Warfork, Anodyne 2: Return to Dust

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  • Blood Opera Crescendo, a 2D investigative adventure game will support Linux

    Another new indie game in need of funding on Kickstarter, the 2D investigative adventure game Blood Opera Crescendo and it's planning Linux support.

    Inspired by the Ace Attorney and Persona series, Blood Opera Crescendo from Italian developer Kibou Entertainment has been in development since the start of last year in RPG Maker MV. They said the project has reached an advanced enough stage now to really take it further.

  • Space-colony sim "Oxygen Not Included" to leave Early Access on July 30th

    Oxygen Not Included, the space-colony simulation game from Klei Entertainment now has a release date set, with it leaving Early Access on July 30th.

    It was originally due to release quite a bit sooner, but back in May Klei decided to delay it to ensure it had as much testing and polish as possible. With the full release, there will be an update coming with some new toys to play with including new asteroids, three new biomes with plants and critters, new buildings, colony goals and the usual balance and polish you can expect from a release.

  • Take control of the Adeptus Mechanicus again, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus - Heretek is out

    Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus - Heretek, the first DLC for the turn-based strategy game is now available.

    If you're a Warhammer fan, Mechanicus is a game not to be missed. Focusing on the Adeptus Mechanicus, which doesn't usually get a lot of screen-time in games. No messing around with Space Marines, no hiding behind cover. A pretty streamlined game, but very atmospheric and fun to play through. Even if you don't usually appreciate Warhammer, it's still a good strategy game.

  • The excellent shoot 'em up "Risk System" updated, now with better Linux support

    Risk System doesn't seem to have gained much attention, a shame really since as far as shoot 'em ups go it's fantastic and at least tries to be a little different. A shooter where instead of dodging enemy bullets, you need to get up close and personal to charge your ship up. Honestly, it's good.

    At release, the Linux version did suffer from one major issue. Due to a bug in GameMaker, unless you used an external tool to cap the FPS, everything was too fast. They've now solved this, with an update released this week.

  • Warfork, a fast-paced arena FPS based on Warsow is heading to Steam

    Love fast-paced arena shooting? Warfork, a game based on Warsow is heading to Steam with an Early Access release due soon.

    Why did they fork it and go their own way? Well, according to the Warfork team, the owner of Warsow is opposed to a Steam release, which they feel is "hurtful to the growth of the community".

  • Blending 2D and 3D gameplay, Anodyne 2: Return to Dust is launching next month

    With graphics and gameplay inspired by classics across the PS1, PS2 and N64 for the 3D design as well as the 2D art of the GBA and SNES, Anodyne 2: Return to Dust certainly looks and sounds good.

Games: Valve/VR, Tannenberg, Company of Heroes 2

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Games: The Forbidden Arts, Elsinore and More

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  • Action adventure platformer "The Forbidden Arts" is planning to support Linux

    The Forbidden Arts, an action adventure platformer with a focus on both discovery and exploration is going to be coming to Linux.

    It's currently in Early Access on Steam, with a full release planned next month for Windows. However, on the Steam forum the developer mentioned last year, that a Linux version was planned. Since that's a little old, I spoke to the developer this week, where they told me very clearly that "Linux is still on the roadmap" and that they're working on sorting out a Linux machine for testing with an estimated release date for Linux in "Q4, 2019".

  • Elsinore, an adventure game with a time-looping mechanic has released with Linux support

    Set in the world of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Elsinore is a time-looping adventure game that just released with Linux support. Good to see another game that gathered funding from Kickstarter get released, especially since there was no delay in the Linux version.

    In four days, everyone in Elsinore Castle will be dead. You're thrown into a time loop, forced to relive the same four days over and over. Can you change the future? I like the sound of this a lot.

  • A look over Steam's top releases for June 2019, plus a look at the top games by player count

    Just like I did for May's releases, here's a look over the Valve blog post highlighting some of their top games released in June. After which, I shall give some thoughts but let's get some of the facts and info done first shall we?

  • Defiant Development, makers of Hand of Fate are closing up and moving on

    Some sad news to share today as Defiant Development, makers of Hand of Fate have announced they are "ceasing Development" and the team are "looking for new roles".

    Shared on Facebook and Twitter, the Australian studio is going into what they call "caretaker mode" just to support their existing games with nothing new to come now. In the post, they mentioned how the games market has changed in many ways in the 9 years they've been around, sadly though they've not been able to keep up with all the changes.

  • Monolith, the top-down shoot 'em up with random levels is now available on GOG, it's a bit good

    Okay, I might be pushing the "New Release" tag a bit far but Monolith is newly released on GOG today and it's a good one.

  • Psyonix have put up a roadmap of what's coming next for Rocket League

    Yes, more Rocket League news! While they've only just put up a new DLC for the K.I.T.T car from Knight Rider and the limited-time Beach Ball game mode, they've also now shown off their roadmap for what's coming to the game next.

    Based on feedback, the Rocket Pass 3 (their Battle Pass system) is going to be extended until August 27th right up until just before Rocket Pass 4 will drop on August 28th. Why? Well, apparently the wait between Pass 2 and 3 was too long and people got impatient.

  • The Between Dimensions DLC for Moonlighter is out now, over 1 million players

    Moonlighter, the curious mix of gameplay that has you be both a shopkeeper and a dungeon crawling adventurer has a new DLC out named Between Dimensions.

  • The Linux-powered Atari VCS sounds like it's coming along

    The team behind the retro-inspired and Linux-powered gaming box, the Atari VCS, have put out an "Early Summer Update" of what's going on with the project.

    It goes over a bunch of details they've already talked about, including how it was shown off a little at E3 this year. They said it felt like "mission accomplished" after other members of the press and partners got to see a little more of it.

Games: Nowhere Prophet, Rocket League, Megaquarium, Million to One Hero, Danger Zone, Dota 2, The Great Perhaps, Jumpai

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  • Deck-building post-apocalypse roguelike "Nowhere Prophet" is out now

    Nowhere Prophet, a deck-builder with a difference where your cards truly matter has been officially released with Linux support this week so I took a look.

  • Rocket League enters the final phase of the Radical Summer event, new limited-time Beach Ball Mode is up

    Running from now until August 12, Rocket League's final phase of the Radical Summer event is focusing on '80s television. This includes a new DLC pack along with a new game mode.

    Available now is the Knight Rider Car Pack DLC which includes the iconic K.I.T.T. 2000 car as well as K.I.T.T. Wheels, Steering Wheel Topper, and Player Banner.

  • The aquatic theme park management sim "Megaquarium" now has modding support

    Megaquarium is a pretty sweet game, especially for those of you who love aquatic life. Megaquarium just got a lovely update too, adding in some proper modding support.

    It now supports the Steam Workshop, although it's not locked to it as GOG owners can use mods too it just needs you to download and add them in manually. Not that it has a Linux version on GOG though…it's still missing. Anyway, the Steam Workshop already has quite a few new bits you can add into your game, including the Nurse Shark made by the developer along with tutorial videos to see how the model and mod were made.

  • Action-platformer "Million to One Hero" with a full level editor has released

    After being in Early Access for only a few months, Million to One Hero has today officially released with Linux support.

  • Think you're good at CS:GO Danger Zone? It now has Skill Groups for you to show off

    Valve continue to do smaller tweaks to the Danger Zone Battle Royale mode in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with it now having Skill Groups.

    Now, depending on how many games you've won you will get a fancy pin to display in the main menu and when you're a spectator. Valve said that all Skill Groups play together, so it's really only a small cosmetic change, one to just let you show off that little bit extra.

  • Move over Fortnite, The International 2019 for Dota 2 has surpassed $30 million

    Thanks to everyone buying the current Dota 2 Battle Pass, the prize pool for The International 2019 tournament has now officially surpassed $30 million.

    For those not keeping up with it all or simply not following: 25% of Dota 2 Battle Pass purchases go towards the prize pool, with Valve taking the rest. This makes it a rather lucrative deal for Valve but it does also mean anyone participating in the tournament has the possibility of winning a large sum too.

  • The Great Perhaps is a time-travelling adventure coming to Linux next month

    Daedalic Entertainment and Caligari Games recently announced that their time-travelling adventure and puzzle game The Great Perhaps is coming to Linux.

    Releasing on August 14th, it tells the story of a cosmonaut returning to Earth to find a wasteland devastated by an unknown cataclysm. Armed with a mysterious lantern, which has the ability to reveal the past and transport you between timelines it sounds a bit wild.

  • The free creative platformer "Jumpai" has another big release out

    Jumpaï from Frame-Perfect Studio is a platformer for those who love to both play and create, with a big new release now up.

    This update adds in quite a bit of new content including a cannon which can shoot players and items, a magic carpet platform, lots of new blocks for those creating levels, new cosmetic items, Greek and German language options and more. One of the interesting additions is a locked door, requiring you to go and get a key from a different part of a level. For those speed-running, that could be interesting.

Radeon RX 5700 XT: A Handful Of Early Linux Gaming Benchmarks On Ubuntu 18.04

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I've already published my thoughts on AMD's new 7nm Navi graphics card lineup. Both the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT punch above their weight class on Windows and are a compelling alternative to Nvidia's new SUPER series. But how is their performance looking on Linux? Well, that's a bit more difficult to answer since widespread Linux support is still largely absent.

Still, I wanted to fire up the RX 5700 XT on my Ubuntu 18.04 and Ryzen 9 3900X test bench and see how things are shaping up.

The official AMDGPU 19.30 driver package (i.e. from AMD itself) only supports Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS, while solid widespread support for the RX 5700 cards won't arrive until MESA 19.3. However, development is moving very quickly on this.

Your mileage may vary, but I found the "easiest" solution was to install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, install the official AMD 19.30 packaged driver, then add the Oibaf PPA. A quick sudo apt update / upgrade later, and you should have Mesa 19.2-git which will enable Vulkan support. The situation may have changed over the last several days, but this is how I got mine up and running with performance that is mostly expected.

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Company of Heroes 2 Ported to GNU/Linux

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Security: Sphinx, Ransomware, Webmin, YubiKey

  • Exposed Sphinx Servers Are No Challenge for Hackers [Ed: That’s the same agency and the same troll site that initially promoted the lies and the FUD about VLC]

    A popular open-source text search server, Sphinx offers impressive performance for indexing and searching data in databases or just in files. It is cross-platform, available for Linux, Windows, macOS, Solaris, FreeBSD, and a few other operating systems. [...] CERT-Bund posted the warning on Twitter today alerting network operators and providers about the risk of running Sphinx servers with a default configuration that are open on the web. The organization highlights that Sphinx lacks any authentication mechanisms. Exposing it on the web gives an attacker the possibility "to read, modify or delete any data stored in the Sphinx database."

  • Ransomware Hits Texas Local Governments [iophk: Windows TCO]

    The attack was observed on the morning of August 16 and appears to have been launched by a single threat actor, the DIR announcement reads.

    The State Operations Center (SOC) was activated soon after the attack reports started to come in, and DIR says that all of the entities that were actually or potentially affected appear to have been identified and notified.

    A total of twenty-three entities have been confirmed as impacted so far, and the responders are working on bringing the affected systems back online.

  • Webmin Backdoored for Over a Year

    The security hole impacts Webmin 1.882 through 1.921, but most versions are not vulnerable in their default configuration as the affected feature is not enabled by default. Version 1.890 is affected in the default configuration. The issue has been addressed with the release of Webmin 1.930 and Usermin version 1.780.

  • The YubiKey 5Ci is the 'first' iOS-compatible security key

    Like other YubiKey options in the 5 series, the YubiKey 5Ci supports multiple authentication protocols, including IDO2/WebAuthn, FIDO U2F, OTP (one-time-password), PIV (Smart Card), and OpenPGP.

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