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Games: Celeste, Angelo and Deemon: One Hell of a Quest, Fantastic Creatures and More

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  • Celeste Chapter 9 to arrive with over 100 new levels next week in a free update

    If you enjoyed the highly rated tight platformer Celeste, we've got good news for you as a huge free update is due to arrive next week.

    The developer has confirmed September 9th will see the Celeste Chapter 9: Farewell release, which will include 100+ new levels to bring Celeste up to a whopping total level count of over 800! Additionally there will also be 40 minutes of new music from Lena Raine along with several brand new mechanics and items.

  • Comedy point and click adventure Angelo and Deemon: One Hell of a Quest releasing this month

    Angelo and Deemon: One Hell of a Quest from the small Ukrainian team Specialbit Studio is now due to release on September 27th and it looks like it could be pretty amusing.

    The developers said the game is as a result of a weird dream one of them had while running a high fever, where they got sent to hell. We've all had some pretty weird dreams right? Well Specialbit Studio decided to turn the dream into a game. In Angelo and Deemon you assume the role of Angelo, a blogger who got sent to hell and is now recording the journey.

  • Turn-based 4X game with mythological units Fantastic Creatures confirmed to be heading to Linux

    Set in a divine Chinese realm, Fantastic Creatures is a 4x strategy game about a dying world full of mythological creatures and later this year it will release with Linux support.

    Currently in development by Blue Callisto, a one-person studio run by "FMR" who has a passion for 4x and strategy games. They previously ran through a lot of Let's Play videos for strategy games on YouTube and now they're rolling their own with Fantastic Creatures.

  • Valve has some new Steam search features with Steam Labs, updates to Micro Trailers

    Valve has announced some more updates to Steam Labs, their new testing area for features that may make it into Steam officially at some point.

    Firstly, there's something entirely new. You can opt-in to the new Search experiment which will tweak the way you see and interact with lists across the entire Steam store, as opposed to being limited to the Labs area. It adds in: infinite scroll; price and sale filters; the ability to hide items on your wishlist or items you already own or you've ignored and multiple updates to the way tag filtering works.

Games: Linux Gaming On Steam, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and More

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  • Linux Gaming On Steam Saw An Increase In The Month Of August 2019

    Linux Gaming on Steam increased to 0.08% of the total player base in the month of August 2019. The new data comes after the gaming client, Steam, released its survey for August.

    A lot of other data including the most popular OS, GPU and CPU were also revealed during the survey.


    The mere increase in the player base of Linux might not seem impressive upfront but on a year-on-year percentage basis, this increase is significant. In August 2018, the player base was a mere 0.58% and now it is 0.22% more at 0.8%. The rise in the player base can also be credited with the release of Steam Play, which allowed a number of Windows games to be playable on Linux. Several developers also work really hard to make sure that popular games like DOOM and Borderlands 2 run natively on Linux without the need of any API like WINE. The number of native Linux games keeps increasing every month.

  • GTA: San Andreas is being remade (unofficially) in Unity and it supports Linux

    Have any fond memories of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas? You might want to take a look at this new unofficial remake being made in Unity as it supports Linux.

  • Your pre-weekend look at what's on sale and some free weekends

    It's Friday, the weekend is on the way and you're excited to start playing some games! Need something new? Got you covered. Note: a few picks from different stores, based on the current best deal.

    First up, a reminder that Humble Bundle are doing an excellent RPG Bundle currently with titles like HIVESWAP: Act 1, Deep Sky Derelicts, Tyranny, Pillars of Eternity plus a few others. You can also get Darkwood, Beholder 2, Butcher and more in their Spooky Bundle.

Games: GDevelop, Jackbox Party, We Were Here Together, Battle for Wesnoth, Nanotale - Typing Chronicles, CodeWeavers

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  • The FOSS 2D game engine GDevelop continues advancing the 5.0 release

    GDevelop, a FOSS (Free and open-source software) 2D game engine seems to be really coming along nicely for the current overhaul.

    Tools like GDevelop are incredible for quick prototyping, introducing a younger generation to developing and professional games too. What I love about GDevelop, is that it uses a visual programming events system. It could be compared with Clickteam's Fusion or Scirra's Construct.

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 6 is coming later this year with Linux support

    Ready for more excellent party games? The Jackbox Party Pack 6 is coming later this year and Jackbox Games, Inc. will be continuing to support Linux with this latest pack.

    Following on from the bundle of games included in packs 1 to 5 which all support Linux, this newest version already sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun.

  • Co-op puzzle game We Were Here Together launching on October 10th

    We Were Here Together, the third game in the co-op puzzle series from Total Mayhem Games has been confirmed for release on October 10th.

    The previous games We Were Here and We Were Here Too both support Linux and the gameplay is a lot of fun with the right partner. It's a game that requires co-op, as there's no single-player here. You start together, you end up alone and you have to communicate using in-game walkie-talkies to solve puzzles and keep moving.

  • FOSS fantasy turn-based strategy game Battle for Wesnoth has a new Beta, still porting to Godot Engine

    The team behind the popular free and open source fantasy turn-based strategy game Battle for Wesnoth have announced the start of a big new release.

    Wesnoth 1.15.1 is the first in what will be a long series of Beta releases which includes a brand new campaign called Wings of Victory, an "Intermediate level Drake campaign with 11 scenarios". The Dunefolk faction got a big re-work as well to improve balance against the six Default factions, lots of translation updates, AI improvements, IPv6 improvements for multiplayer, the Font Scaling preference is back and much more included.

  • Nanotale - Typing Chronicles confirmed for Linux at the full release

    Remember Epistory - Typing Chronicles The typing adventure game from Fishing Cactus? Well, they're working on another called Nanotale - Typing Chronicles.

    It's certainly an intriguing concept and it did work really well in Epistory, so I'm pretty keen to see more.

  • CodeWeavers still looking for more developers to work on Steam Play/Proton

    CodeWeavers, the company that helps to support development of Wine and partnered with Valve to help with Steam Play/Proton are still looking to bring in some more developers.

    I spoke to James Ramey, the CodeWeavers President last night who confirmed that there has actually been a good amount of interest as the position has been open for a while. They need more though, especially if Wine and Proton development is going to keep pushing forwards.

Steam Games: Steam Library and Steam Linux Usage Reportedly Ticks Up

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  • The Steam Library overhaul is finally coming in Beta this month

    Valve have officially announced that the Beta for the overhaul of the Steam Library is coming on September 17th. Valve did a demo to some press outlets recently in a closed-doors session and now they've formally announced it.

    This is something Valve have been working on for a long time and it is absolutely needed. The current Library feature of Steam is incredibly simplistic and when you've built up a bigger amount of games it's so a bit useless really.

  • Steam Linux Usage Reportedly Ticks Up To 0.8% For August

    Due to the US Labor Day holiday, Valve was slow in updating their monthly figures for their controversial Steam Survey of hardware/software data by polled users. At least for their initial batch of August numbers they are reporting a small increase in the Linux gaming population.

    By now most Linux gamers either trust or hate the Steam Survey with some arguing its inaccurate or biased or simply broken methodology for polling enough users. But most cross-platform game developers do report it to be fairly accurate with their Linux sales generally aligning to the Steam survey metrics, at least not wildly different. If you are interested in it, the magic number for August is 0.8%.

Games Leftovers

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  • Fluid Simulation is one of the most mesmerising things I've seen in a while

    Fluid Simulation is something you all need to try out for a few minutes to de-stress. A nice casual experience for a tired mind perhaps.

    Appearing in my Twitter feed recently was a tweet from developer Pavel Dobryakov, which said "fucking hell I have managed it" with a link to a WebGL Fluid Simulation to try in a web browser. I was completely captivated by it, throwing my mouse around making shapes and adjusting all the settings. A good 30 minutes passed before I realised how the outside world faded away for a time.

  • The Dragon Clan have entered Armello with a new DLC

    The cast of Armello has grown bigger with the newly released The Dragon Clan DLC adding in four new characters.

    Not played Armello before? It's a grim fairy-tale board game, where one player will attempt to become King or Queen. Game of Thrones with an animal cast is a pretty reasonable description. It can be a huge amount of fun if you don't mind the RNG, playing it with friends is an absolute blast. Lots of interesting game mechanics, allowing you to really mess with other players.

  • Doom 4 Vanilla is the latest crazy Doom game pack inspired by 2016's DOOM

    This is quite amazing. I never grow tired of seeing what people in the Doom modding community are able to achieve.

    Doom 4 Vanilla recently showed up, what the developer describes as "Doom 2016 the Way 1993 Did It" and it really does look like a huge amount of fun. It's not the work of a single person though, as it does pull in mods and resources from others all under one roof.

  • Adventure and strategy RPG Pathway is getting a big free update, some of it has been teased

    Pathway released back in April and it's a lot of fun but one thing was certain after playing it for a lot longer, it did get repetitive. A big free update is coming soon and it's sounding good.

    We already knew it was getting an update, since they did previously confirm it but they didn't say what it would include. At least now, we have some details on it as they announced in a post on Steam. For starters, it's getting both a Japanese and Chinese localization to bring in more players. To do so, they said they had to rewrite a lot of the UI code. Always nice to see more games available across different languages!

  • Colourful retro arcade inspired shoot 'em up Laservasion is out now

    Red Phoenix Studios recently released Laservasion, a retro inspired arcade styled shoot 'em up with Linux support. It's pretty darn colourful once you get into it.

  • Jupiter Hell continues advancing as a seriously fun action-packed roguelike

    ChaosForge are truly onto something special with Jupiter Hell, a roguelike that doesn't really feel like one and each update just makes it even more awesome to play.

    They continue to push out regular updates, with another released this week. The first big addition of the latest update is the inclusion of more levels and secrets, as the second Io branch - CRI Laboratories is now in. This includes its own special level the "CRI Armory".

    Also in this release are the new Medical and Technical stations. Medical will allow you to do things like heal up or extract a health pack, while Technical will let you control your mod supply or perhaps repair some armour. The point of these stations is to "allow for some control over your run".

DRM, Games With DRM, and Proprietary Software

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  • Cory Doctorow: DRM Broke Its Promise

    Streaming services do depend on DRM: DRM is how Spotify stops third parties from making play­ers that skip ads, and it’s how Netflix and Amazon Prime stop you from saving its Christmas movies to your hard-drive in July so you can watch them for free in December, when they become pay-per-view movies.

    There’s a name for societies where a small elite own property and everyone else rents that prop­erty from them: it’s called feudalism. DRM never delivered a world of flexible consumer choice, but it was never supposed to. Instead, twenty years on, DRM is revealed to be exactly what we feared: an oligarchic gambit to end property ownership for the people, who become tenants in the fields of greedy, confiscatory tech and media companies, whose in­ventiveness is not devoted to marvelous new market propositions, but, rather, to new ways to coerce us into spending more for less.

  • The Humble RPG Bundle seems like a really great deal for Linux gamers

    In the mood for some new games? Well Humble Bundle are back again for your monies, this time with The Humble RPG Bundle.

  • A little look over ProtonDB reports for Steam Play in August 2019

    Another month has come and go and so ProtonDB, the super handy unofficial tracker for Steam Play compatibility ratings has released another data dump.

    Looking to get started with Steam Play? Be sure to check our previous beginners guide.

    Once again, here's a quick look over some points shown in the data. August had a total of 3,848 reports sent in with ProtonDB showing a total of 56,345 reports overall. From that, ProtonDB is currently reporting 6,129 "games work" which ProtonDB base on those with at least one gold rating or higher.


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Games: Openblack, Yorg, MicroTown, Battle Royale, Little Misfortune

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  • openblack is a FOSS game engine for Black & White currently under development

    How about a little open source to start your Tuesday morning? Work is going into the openblack project, to create a modern open source game engine for Black & White.

    Originally released in 2001, Black & White is a "god game" developed by Lionhead Studios which closed down back in 2016. It's considered a classic and even now it's well love, with plenty of new games describing it as an inspiration.

  • The FOSS racer Yorg has recently released a big update with local multiplayer

    Always great to see free and open source games continue to mature. The racing game Yorg just recently put out a big a new release and it's coming along nicely.

    Part of this update included moving to a new version of Panda3D, the open source game engine/framework used to power Yorg. This should help with performance, gamepad support and much more.

  • Village construction and management simulator MicroTown is out in Early Access

    Snowy Ash Games just recently released MicroTown, a pixel art village construction and management simulator. Note: Key provided by the developer.

    So far, it feels pretty good. Has a certain Settlers feel to it! The gameplay offered currently is a little simple and short, with only a single scenario to go through or sandbox play with no objective. For what it's worth though, the developer does describe it as a "relaxing" game so a huge amount of depth is likely not the point with this one.

  • GTA-inspired Battle Royale game Geneshift just got a pretty big makeover

    Geneshift is really looking slick with the latest major update now available, completely overhauling the menu and the way you unlock everything. Overall, it's a huge improvement.

  • Little Misfortune from the developer of Fran Bow is releasing this month

    After releasing a demo with Linux support back in April, the dark adventure game Little Misfortune now has a release date of September 18th.

    Developed by Killmonday Games, this is their second title after the really well received Fran Bow from back in 2015. Curiously, Killmonday said that Little Misfortune shares the same universe as Fran Bow and it seems it will be as delightfully strange. They say that it's an "interactive story" one where your choices will have an impact and there will be…consequences.

Games: Warzone 2100, DOSBox, Proton GE

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  • A big new release of the RTS Warzone 2100 has finally made it out the door

    Warzone 2100, a proper classic real-time strategy game that's open source just had the first update in some years.

    I remember playing Warzone 2100 on the PlayStation 1 a long time ago, I used to spend days engrossed in the campaign so to see it alive and well is fantastic. Originally released in 1999 by Pumpkin Studios, it was later made open sourced in 2004 enabling a community to form around it and continue improving it.

  • Playing DOSBox games on Steam for Linux just got better with another release of Boxtron

    Boxtron is another Steam Play tool we briefly talked about at the beginning of this month, enabling you to play almost any DOSBox game on Steam for Linux.

    Just like Proton GE, this is an unofficial Steam Play tool. It enables you to use a native Linux version of DOSBox to play titles that don't provide a Linux package on Steam—super handy!

    A few days ago, the developer released a fresh build with some rather sweet sounding fixes and upgrades to the tool so hopefully even more DOSBox games will work. With the 0.5.1 release Boxtron will now detect broken case-sensitive paths in .cue files, show a UI box (using Zenity) to show errors, adds in several game-specific tweaks for DOS titles distributed without DOSBox, it will filter out escape-carets where not needed, fixes a crash with non-DOS games run through the Sierra Launcher and a few other improvements.

  • Want a more up to date Proton for Steam Play? Proton GE has a big new release out

    There's no need to wait for Valve and CodeWeavers to update Proton for Steam Play, if you're willing to do a little bit of extra work with a custom build like Proton GE.

    Proton GE is one of the unofficial builds of Proton briefly talked about in a previous article, with it just recently getting a rather big update.

    Proton-4.15-GE-1 was released a few hours ago updating it to the recently released Wine 4.15. Additionally, it adds in Wine's Vkd3d for running Direct3D 12 games through Vulkan, which you can turn on using "PROTON_USE_VKD3D=1 %command%" as a launch option. There's also an update to D9VK which is on by default, use "PROTON_NO_D9VK=1 %command%" as a launch option to turn it off. On top of that there's also various gamepad updates, fsync was updated and a bunch of Media Foundation work went into it too.

Godot Engine Vulkan 3D Rendering Support

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  • Godot Vulkan Progress Report #3

    Work on 3D rendering has begun. This month was mostly spent on refactoring and modifying the core rendering architecture.

    One of the main goals for Godot 4.0 is to make it possible to replace the core rendering class with as less rewriting as possible. The default 3D renderer will be as good as possible, but if some game requires a completely different one (because of very specific requirements), the idea is that just re-implementing some functions should be enough to achieve this.

    Added to this, a lot of hacks were removed from the 3D engine viewports (no more need to flip, set a viewport to keep linear color to embed on 3D, etc), and the strategy of allocating buffers on demand continues (so by default users don't need to configure the game features to tweak memory usage manually, engine will automatically allocate whatever is needed on the fly).

  • Godot Begins Working On Its Vulkan 3D Rendering Support

    The increasingly used Godot open-source game engine has been working on porting to Vulkan as part of Godot 4.0. With much of the lower-level and 2D bits in good standing, work on their 3D rendering support with Vulkan has begun.

    Godot lead developer Juan Linietsky has posted his third progress report on the Vulkan undertaking. He has begun working on refactoring and improving the core rendering architecture to allow for a Vulkan-geared 3D renderer. While focused on adding Vulkan support, Juan has made various improvements to the 3D engine in the process.

  • Godot Engine continues advancing the Vulkan rendering system, 3D work has begun

    Godot Engine developer Juan Linietsky has another progress report up on the status of moving over to Vulkan and it's sounding great.

    Now that the work on the 2D side of Godot Engine with Vulkan is mostly ready, Linietsky has moved over to the 3D engine and work "continues at a steady pace".

Games: Total War: WARHAMMER II, Devader, OSK, Vintage Story

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  • Total War: WARHAMMER II is getting huge Forts to take down in a free update

    The team working on Total War: WARHAMMER II have put out a new development post about one of the free features being added in the next update and it sounds really fun.

    Recently, The Hunter & The Beast expansion was announced that seems quite feature-filled but it's also coming alongside a big free update too. Part of this update is the inclusion of "hyper defensible" Forts for the free Mortal Empires campaign map that you get if you own both Total War: WARHAMMER games.

    You've battled across the map in various locations but there's currently nothing quite like this.

  • Devader, possibly the most insane twin-stick shooter I've ever played is out now

    You think you know bullet-hell? Devader will challenge that thought. Released today with Linux support from developer Falkenbrew, Devader is one twin-stick not to be missed.


    You might think that it would be a little boring or stale to always be in the same place but the aforementioned enemy design as well as the insane action keeps Devader being seriously fun.

  • OSK is a beautiful looking 2.5D platformer about a squirrel escaping an apocalypse

    Points here for a little originality and a beautiful style. The one-person studio Diax Game have announced their "2.5D" platformer OSK.

    In OSK you play as a squirrel, climbing an ridiculously large tree to get away from the chaos of an apocalypse. You need to climb fast, avoid other animals and solve puzzles to stay alive as long as you can. Certainly an interesting idea and it actually looks quite good too.

  • Survival game Vintage Story adds food spoilage, preservation and improved visuals

    I have to say, every new release of Vintage Story brings me closer to tapping that buy button as it's really starting to sound pretty sweet.

    This survival game might look like Minecraft but it continues to add in a multitude of gameplay features and graphical enhancements to make it truly different. Just like this latest 1.10 update that's now been released after two Release Candidates.

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