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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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Games: The BIG Cynical Adventure, Yorg, The Hand of Glory, Possession, Space Grunts 2, Blender

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  • Comedy adventure game "Demetrios: The BIG Cynical Adventure" is now available on GOG

    Another game goes completely DRM-free on GOG, with developer COWCAT putting up Demetrios: The BIG Cynical Adventure along with the Linux version.

  • FOSS racing game "Yorg" has a big new update ready for testing

    Yorg, an in-development FOSS racing game is nearing the release of update 0.11, with a Release Candidate now available for testing.

    In the style of the classics like Micro Machines, while early it's actually quite promising. The update notes for this are quite short and to the point, the developer said they will be going into some more detail when it's out properly for everyone.

  • Point & Click Adventure game "The Hand of Glory" confirmed for Linux

    Madit Entertainment are currently crowdfunding for their new Point & Click adventure game "The Hand of Glory", as it turns out they've confirmed Linux support too.

    Coming across it recently, it didn't actually list Linux support on the campaign itself. After speaking to the developer, they pointed me to this announcement that mentions "Our community has spoken and we listened! We did our tests and we can now confirm that we will be able to support Mac and Linux in the game!", so that's fantastic news. The developer told me they will be updating the campaign to list it too.

  • Possession, a roguelike where you're a ghost that needs to possess others to survive

    Certainly a fun sounding idea! Possession from developer Weirdfellows is a traditional turn-based roguelike, made on Linux and it just recently released. The whole idea reminds me of MidBoss, another excellent body-snatching roguelike.

  • Space Grunts 2 announced, fusing together fast turn-based gameplay with a card battle system

    Developer Orangepixel is working on another new game in addition to the upcoming Gunslugs:Rogue Tactics. Space Grunts 2 will be combining turn-based gameplay with a card-based battle mechanic.

    The original Space Grunts was actually quite a good game. It felt like a turn-based Nuclear Throne and after going back and playing some more today, I couldn't be happier to see another coming.

  • Ubisoft and Epic Games are now supporting Blender development

    Two surprising bits of news recently about Blender, the free and open source 3D creation suite as they've managed to secure some extra funding from two big names.

    Firstly, it was announced on July 15th that Epic Games awarded them $1.2 million from Epic's MegaGrants program. Quite an impressive number and good to see a company such as Epic support open source software in such a way. They don't get it all at once though, it will trickle in over the next three years, to help with Blender's "Professionalizing Blender Development Initiative".

GameMode 1.4

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  • Feral's GameMode 1.4 Adds Flatpak Support, Better I/O Optimization Handling

    Feral developers released a new version of their GameMode Linux game performance optimization daemon/client this weekend in order to allow this update to land in the upcoming Fedora Workstation 31. GameMode 1.4 offers up many features including new interfaces for allowing better GNOME integration and thus the Fedora interest in seeing this version in their autumn Linux distribution update.

  • GameMode, the Linux gaming performance tool has a fresh release out

    What a lovely weekend for some open source releases. Hot on the heels of a new DXVK release, the performance optimization tool GameMode spearheaded by Feral Interactive has a new release out.

    Originally starting off as a sort of stop-gap solution due to issues with CPU governors, GameMode has gradually expanded to include a range of features aimed at the performance conscious Linux gamer. It's integrated into some Linux game ports by Feral Interactive including DiRT 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Total War: WARHAMMER II, Total War: Three Kingdoms and Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia.

Games: Dota Underlords and Stadia

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  • Dota Underlords has another update out, this one changes the game quite a lot

    Valve continue to tweak Dota Underlords in the hopes of keeping players happy, this mid-Season gameplay update flips quite a few things on their head.

    I like their sense of humour, with a note about them removing "code that caused crashes and kept code that doesn't cause crashes".

    There's a few smaller changes like the addition of Loot Round tips to the Season Info tab, the ability to change equipped items from the Battle Pass and some buffs to the amount XP awarded for your placement in matches and for doing the quests. Meaning you will level up the Battle Pass faster.

  • Interested in Google's Stadia game streaming service? We have a few more details now

    With Google's game streaming service Stadia inching closer, we have some more information to share about it. Part of this, is thanks to a recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) they did on Reddit. I've gone over what questions they answered, to give you a little overview.

    Firstly, a few points about the Stadia Pro subscription: The Pro subscription is not meant to be like a "Netflix for Games", something people seem to think Stadia will end up as. Google said to think of it more like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. They're aiming to give Pro subscribers one free game a month "give or take". If you cancel Stadia Pro, you will lose access to free games claimed. However, you will get the previously claimed games back when you re-subscribe but not any you missed while not subscribed.

    As for Stadia Base, as expected there will be no free games included. As already confirmed, both will let you buy games as normal.

Top 15 Best Linux Racing Games That You’ve Maybe Never Heard of

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Many games are available on the Linux platform. Just a few years back, it was believed that Linux platform has an inadequate number of games nevertheless; in recent years that perception has been changed. Linux racing games are significantly developed and entirely contemporary thus; thrill, amusement, and excitement can thrive in those games. Game –savvy people would find numerous games which are enough for titillation, and online game enthusiasts can have a brilliant time by playing those games. In addition, among many games, some of them are free and open source, and the rest of others need to buy albeit; you would get back a good value of money.

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Also: The merciless roguelike "Jupiter Hell" goes Vulkan, with another free demo weekend now up

Games: Vagrus, Hive Quest, ATRIUM, GameMode, Elemental War, TerraTech, Higurashi When They Cry Hou, Citadel

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  • The dark strategy RPG "Vagrus - The Riven Realms" is doing well, quite an experience to play

    Currently in "Open Access" on Fig, a hybrid Early Access/Crowdfunding model, Vagrus - The Riven Realms seems to be doing well.

    It's only been going for a couple of months but they've already managed to raise $23,071. It's an interesting system, where you back the campaign with your pledge and get immediate access. At various funding points, it unlocks the next part of their development roadmap with the very next milestone very close to being hit.

  • The strange real time strategy adventure "Hive Quest" is now on Kickstarter

    Love insects and other creepy crawlies? Hive Quest might be a game you will enjoy, one that's coming to Linux and it's now crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

    Inspired partially by the classic Black & White from Lionhead Studios, it's not meant to be graphically impressive. In fact, the developer opted to go for a more retro 3D look with it. Gameplay involves you managing a tribe, along with gathering resources like food to keep them going. It's a bit of an odd one, due to the mix of gameplay involved. It blends a strategy game with puzzles, exploration and a little mystery wrapped in an ancient magical theme with insects and spirits.

  • Strategy game "ATRIUM" released recently, it's pretty much the game Carcassonne

    Carcassonne is that you? Well if you want to play something almost the same, ATRIUM just recently released from Black Potion.

    ATRIUM is a tile-based digital board game, where the board gets built as you go. On each turn, a player can place down a tile which you're given two at random each time and a person, with different tiles giving different benefits. Some might turn your people into a powerful character, some might give you extra points and so on. You basically play each turn, until you run out of tiles and the person who has the most territory wins.

  • GameMode – A Tool To Improve Gaming Performance On Linux

    Ask some Linux users why they still sticks with Windows dual boot, probably the answer would be – “Games!”. It was true! Luckily, open source gaming platforms like Steam and Lutris have brought many games to Linux platforms and improved the Linux gaming experience significantly over the years. Today, I stumbled upon yet another Linux gaming-related, open source tool named GameMode, which allows the users to improve gaming performance on Linux.

    GameMode is basically a daemon/lib combo that lets the games optimise Linux system performance on demand. I thought GameMode is a kind of tool that would kill some resource-hungry tools running in the background. But it is different. What it does actually is just instruct the CPU to automatically run in Performance mode when playing games and helps the Linux users to get best possible performance out of their games.

    GameMode improves the gaming performance significantly by requesting a set of optimisations be temporarily applied to the host OS while playing the games.

  • Tower Defense game "Elemental War" leaves Early Access today

    Leaving Early Access today after nine months with a fresh update is Elemental War, a Tower Defense game from Clockwork Origins.

    This one is a little unusual, in the way that unlike a lot of Tower Defense games there's no story campaign to play through. Instead it offers multiple game modes for single-player including a standard 60 wave defence mode, a survival mode to go as long as you can and a hero mode where your enemies are given random abilities. On top of that, there's also a level editor and a versus online mode to send waves against other players.

  • Open-world sandbox adventure game "TerraTech" now has a co-op campaign for up to 4 players

    This is awesome. TerraTech is actually a really fun game for those who like to build vehicles and then go exploring and it just got a big update.

    Version 1.3 was released yesterday, building on the work they did in a previous update to give a co-op creative mode it now has a fully online co-op campaign mode. You will be sharing everything from the blocks available to the mission log, so it will require working together.

  • Chapter 7 of Higurashi When They Cry Hou is now out with Linux support

    After waiting a whole year, the seventh chapter of the Higurashi When They Cry Hou is now available with Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.7 Minagoroshi.

    Continuing to support Linux just like all the other chapters, this highly rated series is worth a look for anyone who enjoys a good mystery. This is a kinetic/sound novel, not one if you like to pick lots of options and change the story. It's a linear experience but still worth going through if you like your novels.

  • Looks like Valve are developing another new game, something to do with "Citadel"

    Warm up that cup of speculation, as it appears Valve are working on another game that seems to be going by the name of Citadel.

    Linking into Half-Life, since the Citadel is the HQ from where the Combine govern Earth. Apparently though, this is entirely separate to the unannounced Half-Life VR game with Citadel being a completely different Source 2 project. As always though, do not take this as any form of confirmation.

Games: Netherguild, Queen's Quest 5: Symphony of Death, Warhammer 40,000: Gladius, Steam/Apollo 11

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Games: Evan's Remains, Path of Titans, GIGABUSTER, SpriteStack

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