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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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Games: Steam, Zombie Panic! Source, Unity (Mono) and nCine

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  • Steam's Linux Marketshare Ticks Up Ever So Slightly For May

    With the start of a new month, Valve has published their software/hardware survey numbers for the month prior. For May 2019, the Steam Linux usage did tick-up slightly on a percentage basis.

    For last month, the percentage of Steam users running Linux (according to the controversial Steam Survey) rose to 0.84%, or a 0.02% increase over April. The number is largely in line with expectations of around 0.8% that it's been in that area recently and an increase over last year.

  • Zombie Panic! Source continuing work on their big update, Linux testers requested

    The v3.1 Beta Update 3 was released today which includes: new melee hit rays, a new work in progress score system, a new "warm-up" round, new unarmed survivor's punch and push features, adjustments to firearms and zombie arms' damage values, adjustments to survivor's fatigue and inventory sorting cool-down, tweaks to the flashlight's FOV and bright distance, 30 new Steam achievements and plenty of bug fixes.

  • Unity Editor will now officially support Linux

    Yesterday Martin Best, Senior Technical Product Manager at Unity, briefly announced that the Unity Editor will now officially support Linux. Currently the Editor is available only on ‘preview’ for Ubuntu and CentOS, but Best has stated that it will be fully supported by Unity 2019.3. Another important note is to make sure that before opening projects via the Linux Editor, the 3rd-party tools also support it.

    Unity has been offering an unofficial, experimental Unity Editor for Linux since 2015. Unity had released the 2019.1 version in April this year, in which it was mentioned that the Unity editor for Linux has moved into preview mode from the experimental status. Now the status has been made official.

    Best mentions in the blog post, “growing number of developers using the experimental version, combined with the increasing demand of Unity users in the Film and Automotive, Transportation, and Manufacturing (ATM) industries means that we now plan to officially support the Unity Editor for Linux.”

  • nCine Is An Interesting Open-Source 2D Game Engine

    While there is Godot and other 2D game engines out there, nCine has been quietly developed since 2011 as an interesting 2D cross-platform game engine.

    This MIT-licensed game engine supports Linux / Windows / Android / macOS and while it has been in development since 2011 only exited a closed beta in 2016. A Phoronix reader tipped us off to the project today.

Games: Verde Station, Tenacious, Gaming and Development on GNU/Linux

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  • Verde Station, a short first-person sci-fi experience has gone free

    Taking place on board a space station, Verde Station is a short and lonely experience and it no longer has a price attached to it. Contributor Eike wrote about it for us previously, making it sound like quite an interesting walking and exploration sim.

  • What are you clicking on this weekend? Let us know your current favourites

    It's the end of another busy week for Linux gaming, for many people the weekend is filled full of games.

    For me, I shall be likely diving into some more Total War: THREE KINGDOMS. It's not perfect but it's by far the nicest Total War game I've tried in a very long time. Feral Interactive have done some incredible work on the optimisations for the Linux version that I remain very impressed.

  • Tenacious, a fast-paced rogue-lite dungeon crawler that's available on Linux

    For those who love a bit of fast-paced dungeon crawling action, Tenacious from Firebelley was released on Steam earlier this year. As it turns out, they added Linux support back in March too!

  • Linux and Client prediction

    Some time ago I started to port all the servers to Linux. This process is more or less finished now, it compiles fine with Clang (didn't try GCC) and it even runs without any problems. For that I also had to port DirectXMath, which is used by the game server, to Linux.

    Even the client compiles and runs on Linux, but it doesn't work well, it always loses the connection to the game server.

Games: Unity Editor, Project Hospital, Super Cane Magic ZERO and SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech

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  • Unity Editor is Now Officially Available for Linux

    If you are a designer, developer or an artist, you might have been using the experimental Unity Editor that was made available for Linux. However, the experimental version wasn’t going to cut it forever – developers need a full stable experience to work.

    So, they recently announced that you can access the full-fledged Unity Editor on Linux.

  • Project Hospital, the more serious strategy sim just had a massive update

    Version 1.1 was released yesterday, which had a pretty huge focus on sorting issues as a result of feedback from players and it also adds in Steam Workshop support for sharing mods and scenarios. They've also made sure the first impression you get has improved, with a better menu, loading screen tips, lots of tweaks to the in-game UI, numerous improvements to the gameplay systems and a healthy looking list of bug fixes too.

    Also, they added a special launch option on Steam for those of you on NVIDIA GPUs to workaround a bug in the Unity game engine which causes the bottom part of the screen to have some distortions:

  • Incredibly silly action-RPG 'Super Cane Magic ZERO' has left Early Access with a big update

    Developed by Studio Evil, with character designs from Simone "Sio" Albrigi everything about it is completely ridiculous. The characters you can pick, the NPCs you meet, enemies and the items you find are all crazy. Super Cane Magic ZERO is so far away from being serious it's pretty refreshing and quite amusing.

  • Card-based RPG 'SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech' is out with Linux support

    Mixing the gameplay up again, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is a card-based RPG from Image & Form Games and Thunderful. Released today with same-day Linux support, it sure does look great!

Games: Space Mercs, Slime Rancher, The Colonist, Doom, Breaking Ground Expansion, Godhood

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  • Space Mercs, the arcade space combat game from Bearded Giant Games now has a demo up

    Developed as part of the "Linux First Initiative" from Bearded Giant Games, Linux is a true first-class citizen for the arcade space combat game Space Mercs.

  • Slime Rancher is getting another big free expansion soon, plus a sweet looking cosmetic DLC

    Slime Rancher remains as one of the sweetest games available on Linux and it's getting bigger again next month.

    Monomi Park has announced Viktor's Experimental Update, which is going to be released free for everyone on June 18th and it sounds quite amusing. You will need to help Viktor Humphries capture some glitches, which have taken on the form of slimes in his simulated reality. You will need to be fast, as this simulation degrades over time and the more you catch the better your rewards will be.

  • Settlement building game The Colonists has officially released for Linux

    Love building up a city and watching it all come to life? Good news for you then, as The Colonists has now been released for Linux. Set in the far future, you follow a group of self-replicating robots that have escaped from Earth. As they search for somewhere to call home, they're also trying to achieve their dream goal: to become human.

  • SIGIL, the free Doom "Megawad" from Romero Games is out now

    Romero Games have now released the big free content pack for classic Doom, which can be run on Linux quite easily.

  • Kerbal Space Program's huge Breaking Ground Expansion is out ready for you to do some science

    Are you ready to do some science?! Kerbal Space Program's rather large Breaking Ground Expansion is now out.

    This expansion will see you land on the surface of various celestial bodies, deploy your tools like a central station, booster antenna, solar panel, weather station, active seismometer and more and begin doing some serious science. The task where you actually have to smash something into the ground particularly sounds like fun, especially as it's the one thing in KSP I'm actually good at.

  • Abbey Games to launch 'Godhood' in Early Access on July 10th, looking real good

    Abbey Games (Renowned Explorers, Reus) are getting ready to launch their new strategy sim Godhood, with it now having a release date set for July 10th. As a reminder, they delayed the Early Access release originally and they mentioned the good news about the delay is that it would see same-day Linux support!

Games: Mono Trap Unity, Cultist Simulator, GOG, Marble It Up! and PUBG Scare

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  • Unity have now properly announced Linux support for the Unity Editor

    After releasing Unity 2019.1 back in April, it was mentioned that the Unity Editor for Linux was moving on from experimental status and now it's very much official.

    On the official Unity Blog today, a post appeared titled "Announcing the Unity Editor for Linux". What's really interesting, is that the Unity team say they're doing this due to increasing demand in the "Film and Automotive, Transportation, and Manufacturing (ATM) industries". While it's now only in "preview", they made it clear their plan is for full official support by Unity 2019.3.

  • Cultist Simulator Priest & Ghoul DLCs out along with a new full edition, plus BOOK OF HOURS announced

    Weather Factory have today released the final set of DLC for Cultist Simulator, their crazy roguelike narrative card game. Along with a new Anthology Edition that includes everything! Additionally, their next game BOOK OF HOURS has been announced.

  • The GOG 'Summer Sale Festival' is live with a ton of games discounted

    For those of you who prefer to shop on the GOG side of the fence, their Summer Sale Festival is now officially live and there's a lot of good stuff cheaper.

  • The dev of "Marble It Up!" had intriguing words to say about the native vs Steam Play argument for a Linux version

    Now and then I come across a game on Steam where I ask in the Steam forum about possible Linux support, Marble It Up! Is one such game but the developer has decided to let Valve handle it with Steam Play.

    I’ll get something out of the way first: I think Steam Play is great, I do use it but I appreciate it’s a complicated subject for many reasons and some people don’t want to use it. This is meant to highlight some issues facing future Linux support as a gaming platform and as a talking point. Now, onto the topic at hand…

    After the developer suggested the use of Steam Play, one user said “OK but that's not Linux support” and mentioned how they won’t buy it for that. This seems to have caused this particular developer to go on a little rant, where they gave some reasons why.

    “Steam Beta includes Proton out of box. I guess technically the game is not Linux native but if you can play it with one click, I'm not sure there's a lot to argue about. You can refund it no questions asked. I think you'll like the game and there is no risk to you. Why not try it?”

  • 16-Year-Old Indian Boy Dies After Playing PUBG For Straight 6 Hours

    layerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or popularly known as PUBG, is a famous battle royale game, that has faced severe criticism in India to the extent that the government imposed a ban on the game in a few states. The ban seems just as another boy has died because of the game.

Games: Village Monsters, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, Between Dimensions, ATOM RPG, Brigador Killers, Between the Stars, Session Seven and D9VK

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  • Village Monsters sounds like an amusing open-ended village life game coming to Linux

    Village Monsters from Josh Bossie, an open-ended village life game looks like it could be a lot of fun and it's coming to Linux.

    Yet another game funded thanks to help on Kickstarter, a campaign we totally missed from 2017, you play as a Human moving into a community of "mostly" friendly monsters. This isn't your usual experience though, as the story goes Village Monsters is set inside the world of an abandoned video game. The idea sounds pretty amusing and I do love my casual games like Stardew Valley and Forager as much as more intense games, so Village Monsters mixing things up again should be interesting.

  • Total War: THREE KINGDOMS has already sold over one million copies

    Smashing Total War records from all angles, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is now the fastest selling and most popular game in the entire franchise.

    Creative Assembly announced the milestone yesterday, with over one million copies sold in the first week. The player-count is doing exceptionally well too, with the current all-time peak hitting well over 190,000. Pretty amazing really, since Feral Interactive got the Linux port out on the same day as the Windows version. Considering our much smaller market share, that's awesome.

  • Moonlighter 'Between Dimensions' DLC teaser is up, celebrating first anniversary with a sale

    To celebrate a year since release, Digital Sun and 11 bit studios are teasing their new feature-filled DLC for Moonlighter and it's on sale.

    This is the same DLC that was announced before, with no new details being given out currently. It's called Between Dimensions and going by what they sent over, it's going to include "new monsters, a new dungeon, plenty of new gear, and trick weapons". As for the release, sometime this Summer.

  • ATOM RPG has another huge update out, new "stand-alone add-on" being worked on

    The team behind ATOM RPG seem to have done very well, not only have they made a pretty good Fallout-like RPG that's seen great post-release support, they're also teasing something new.

    Firstly, "The Dead City Update" is now live and it's another huge update to the game. They're saying the game is now actually "finished", although it was completable before since it's a released game there were still a few odds and ends that needed sorting which this update should address.

  • Strap in and prepare for more destruction, Brigador Killers is on the way

    Brigador Killers, the follow-up game to Brigador from Stellar Jockeys has been teased and it's coming to Linux.

    There's not a lot to go on right now, with the BitSummit page giving a small overview: "BRIGADOR KILLERS is an intense story-driven isometric action game. Can a secret hit team of Solo Nobreans get revenge on the traitors deep in enemy territory, and still get out alive? The mercenary violence of BRIGADOR (2016) spills over onto a new planet, with revised controls and an all-new storyline mode."

  • Spaceship action game 'Between the Stars' to arrive on Linux when the game is nearly finished

    Funded thanks to people on Kickstarter last year, Isolated Games made it clear that Linux was going to be supported. Although, they never did give a clear answer as to when that would be. They simply said they would work on the Linux version "As soon as we can".

    I spoke with the developer now it's out in Early Access to see what their current plan is for Linux support, they told me over email "We plan on having linux support in towards the end of the game's development cycle." so we're in for a wait. I just hope they don't come across any major issues, leaving a port until the last minute has caused issues for other developers who haven't properly planned or even checked if middleware they use actually supports Linux.

  • Session Seven, a short and free point & click adventure now has Linux support

    You love testing out cool free indie games right? Session Seven is another game that added Linux support recently. Releasing back on March 1st, the Linux version actually arrived a few days later.

  • D9VK for translating D3D9 to Vulkan in Wine has a big new release out

    D9VK, the project based on DXVK for translating D3D9 to Vulkan which is used together with Wine has a massive new release now available.

    Joshua Ashton sure is doing some impressive work, how ridiculously quickly this has come along is crazy. I'm constantly astonished by all the work going on in various projects like this, to help keep pushing Linux gaming forwards in so many different ways.

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