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Games: NetherWorld, Dota Underlords and DXVK

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  • NetherWorld, an impressive looking and weird narrative pixel-art action game is coming to Linux

    Currently in development by Hungry Pixel, NetherWorld has a pretty impressive pixel-art visual style that will mix insane action with narrative elements and it's coming to Linux.

    The actual plot of the game sounds pretty wild, starting with a marriage crisis as your wife decides to leave you and so you head to the local Bar to drown your sorrows. One thing leads to another with some unexpected turns, as you go on some sort of twisted journey as you explore the darkest corners of the land of NetherWorld.

    Discovered thanks to IndieDB, the developer recently confirmed to me that it will be supporting Linux.

  • Dota Underlords from Valve is already quite addictive and they're improving it quickly

    With Dota Underlords available for testing, I've now taken a look at it (thanks Scaine!) and so far I've been quite impressed.

    Valve have essentially rewritten the rules of "Valve Time", considering how quickly they've made it available and how promptly they've been responding to feedback. They've already adjusted it so you can switch between a Mobile and PC style for the user interface, fixed up the Linux version nicely (it runs beautifully!), removed the odd character outlines from the PC version and so on. Honestly, I'm genuinely surprised at how fast Valve are reacting with it.

    Since this is apparently the next big thing, it's nice to see that Linux gamers can jump on in right away thanks to Valve. As a reminder, the original creator of the mod is making a stand-alone version for the Epic Games Store and the League of Legends developer Riot are also doing their own.

  • DXVK 1.2.2 released with performance improvements and bug fixes

    DXVK, the incredible project that provides a Vulkan-based layer for D3D11 and D3D10 games run with Wine has another release now available. DXVK 1.2.2 is quite a small point release but as always, it still brings with it some nice changes.

    This time around Team Sonic Racing has a bug fix to help some startup issues and Planet Coaster should also see less startup issues, although Planet Coaster does need "additional wine patches" as of Wine 4.10.

    Also in this release are some CPU overhead optimizations, improved compute shader performance on Nvidia GPUs in some games with Nier: Automata being one that was noted and minor bugs were solved that caused wine test failures.

Games: GOG Summer Sale Festival, The Expression Amrilato, Atari VCS

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  • GOG are giving away Toonstruck during the Summer Sale Festival finale

    The GOG Summer Sale Festival is ending on Monday June 17th at 10 PM UTC, so GOG are now giving away copies of Toonstruck.

  • The Expression Amrilato, a Yuri Visual Novel that teaches some Esperanto has a same-day Linux release on GOG

    Currently stuck in release limbo on Steam, 'The Expression Amrilato' has been released on GOG today with full Linux support. Curiously, this Yuri Visual Novel will also teach you some of the Esperanto language.

    I will fully admit to being completely uncultured here, I had to google around about Esperanto for a while. I had never heard of it until I saw this game. If you didn't know either, Esperanto is an international auxiliary language, something meant to help people communicate when they don't share a common language. Well, that's what my Googling told me anyway…

  • Here’s how Atari VCS will run PC games

    Back when Atari was first describing the VCS, it tried to position it as a jack-of-all-trades console that would play retro Atari games on top of being a media player on top of also playing some PC games. Today we’re getting a better idea of how it’s going to do all of that, and a lot of its capability lies in its Sandbox Mode.

    When you boot up the VCS, Atari says that you’ll be greeted by a “color-splashed modern dashboard,” which is where you’ll access things like your apps and the Atari Store. It’s there you’ll also find a bold window in the center, which you can select to reboot the console into Sandbox Mode. With Sandbox mode, you’ll be able to run your choice of a number of operating systems via USB boot drive (Atari mentions Windows, Ubuntu, and Chrome OS specifically), allowing you to run PC games on the machine.

    With an AMD Ryzen processor and Radeon graphics at the core, along with either 4 or 8GB of RAM depending on the model you buy, it sounds like the Atari VCS will be similar in power to an entry-level gaming PC (a notion that it’s $280 price tag supports). The console supports USB and Bluetooth keyboards, mice, controllers, and “most other PC peripherals,” so you’ll don’t necessarily have to settle for playing PC titles with a gamepad if you don’t want to.

  • Can Fortnite Run on Linux?

    Can Fortnite run on Linux? It sure can!

    Valve has been trying to improve the appeal and usability of PC gaming on Linux and making big games available on the platform is one of those steps.

    It involves some tinkering to play some of the games, including Fortnite. Here's how to do it.

Games: Valve, SkateBIRD, Starbound, Rings of Saturn, Relic Hunters Legend, Vector 36, Skellboy, Volcanoids

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  • Valve release a new stable Steam Client from all the recent Beta builds, nice fixes for Linux

    Valve have once again gathered all the new features and fixes from a bunch of recent Beta builds and pushed it out to everyone, this includes a bunch of nice fixes for Linux.

    Steam Remote Play is one of the biggest changes (previously in-home streaming), now it's "experimentally" available outside the home too with the renaming. You should now be able to stream games from one Steam client to another, wherever they are.

  • SkateBIRD has flown past the Kickstarter goal, Linux demo now available

    Get ready to explore a bird-sized skatepark, as SkateBIRD has not only flown right past the initial goal on Kickstarter, it also now has a Linux demo for you to flap your wings in excitement with

  • Starbound's massive 1.4 "Bounty Hunter" update is out now

    After a long wait, with this being the first update to Starbound since October last year. Seems like the wait may have been worth it though!

    The Bounty Hunter 1.4 update launched yesterday and it brings with it absolutely tons of news toys. The biggest new feature being the Bounty Hunting system, which has you take on procedurally-generated quests.

  • Hard sci-fi space game 'Rings of Saturn' is now doing an Early Access crowdfunding mix on itch

    Rings of Saturn, a hard sci-fi space simulation game made with the FOSS Godot Engine is now opening up Early Access builds on itch, with a slight difference.

    This isn't your usual Early Access model, as it's mixing in crowdfunding at the same time. Anyone who pays at least $9.99 on itch.io gets full access to the game and it has an always up to date demo to try first too. This is probably one of the nicest ways to do crowdfunding I've seen, something Fig also started doing recently with Vagrus.

  • Relic Hunters Legend to enter Alpha later this month, includes Linux support

    Relic Hunters Legend, the crowdfunded shoot and loot RPG from Rogue Snail is gearing up for the Alpha release this month.

    It sounds like it's going to be quite fun, an online co-op shoot and loot RPG from the creators of Chroma Squad, Dungeonland and Relic Hunters Zero. If you've not heard of it before, when it's eventually ready it will be going free to play so everyone can jump in, however they went to Kickstarter originally to get the funded need to actually make the game a reality.

  • Unique racing game 'Vector 36' adds online multiplayer in the latest update and a free weekend

    Vector 36 is a racing game that's quite unusual, as you're piloting a Skimmer across the surface of Mars.

  • Skellboy looks like a very sweet action-RPG where you swap body parts

    Skellboy, a recent discovery being developed by UmaikiGames and published by Fabraz (Slime-San, Planet Diver) looks like a very sweet action-RPG that I'm pretty excited about. Only appearing on Steam recently, it's going to be releasing with Linux support in "mid 2019" and they're very clear about the platforms too. On the official site, it's right there.

    Why am I exited about Skellboy? Well, not only does the graphical style look fantastic mixing in flat shapes with pixel-art and a 3D environment, the gameplay sounds highly amusing too. As you progress, you will be able to replace your bones with different body parts taken from others, which is a little weird but it does sound rather comical with the cute graphical style to it.

  • The latest Volcanoids update sounds amazing, lets you directly pilot your drillship

    Volcanoids, the steampunk survival game where your base of operations is a massive moving drill just had a massive update and it sounds like they're taking it in a fun direction.

    Released yesterday, the Travel Update has changed the way you explore. Previously, it felt like you had no real freedom to explore and as the developer said, the old map system was nothing more than a glorified fast-travel system. That's gone! Instead, you now get a Pilot Seat and this allows you to dig deep and explore directly. Also, while you're piloting your drillship you can actually use the massive drill to get resources on the map too making it even more handy.

Games: Dota, Space Mercs, Atari VCS

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  • Valve have officially announced Dota Underlords, coming to Linux soon with an open Beta in around a week

    A lot sooner than expected, Valve have revealed Dota Underlords, their stand-alone version of Dota 2 Auto Chess.

  • Extreme 3D space shooter 'Space Mercs' that's developed on Linux is sounding impressive

    Speaking with the developer today, they told me they took on a load of feedback from the initial public demo to include things like: an actual targetting system, an overhaul to damage feedback, a damage direction indicator, a new ship, a cockpit view has been added with radar tracking in cockpit view too, objectives, you can see bullets coming your way, improved gamepad support and so on. Sounds like it's shaping up to be an impressive arcade shooter!

  • Atari VCS supports Windows, Chrome OS and Linux

    Atari's VCS system sounds quite flexible, even if it's an iffy gamble. The console is an open platform that can run multiple operating systems like Windows 10, Linux, Chrome OS to transform it into a fully-fledged mini PC-console for your TV. This opens tons of opportunities for entertainment options, from old-school gaming via emulators to playing Xbox Game Pass PC games on the competing system. Gamers could even run Steam games on the Atari VCS via Windows, and its built-in AMD Ryzen APU should be up to par for modern games.

    The only trick is you'll have to provide the Windows, Linux or Chrome OS yourself. Predictably we won't see these OS' pre-loaded onto the Atari VCS. The system only comes with the custom AtariOS right out of the box. Gamers will use the console's Sandbox mode to boot up and run operating systems from a USB drive, and from there install programs, apps, and games.

Games: Alive 2 Survive, Elemental War, Hair Dash, Catacomb Kids, In The Middle Of Zombies, Pathfinder: Kingmaker Enhanced Edition

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  • Alive 2 Survive takes the swiping mechanic of Reigns and puts it into a survival game

    Releasing on Steam this Summer, Alive 2 Survive uses a similar swipe left or right mechanic found in the popular Reigns series and puts a survival game spin on it.

    Developed by Jamopolis, Alive 2 Survive has you swipe your way through life or death against hordes of zombies and hostile human encounters. Quite interesting to see this type of gameplay become a little more popular, I'm honestly surprised we haven't seen more attempt to do it.

  • Tower defense title 'Elemental War' is leaving Early Access next month

    If you're a Tower Defense addict, you might want to take a look at Elemental War which is leaving Early Access on July 19th.

    The developer sent over some keys for us to test and it's promising. Their upgrade system is quite different to other similar games, which is part of what makes Elemental War unique. While you have an assortment of different types of enemies, you also have special elemental enemies, which when defeated give you the ability to upgrade your towers and turn them into a special tower using that element.

  • Hair Dash looks like a hilarious two-button action game where your hair becomes a fist

    Punch left, punch right, swing a sword and…did my hair just turn into a massive fist? Hair Dash looks like good fun and it's available on Linux. It's not a finished game, currently in development by CleanCutGames but even so it already looks very impressive. The current development builds can be picked up cheaply DRM-free on itch.io, with a Steam release to come eventually.

  • Catacomb Kids, a very deadly platformer that just had a big update recently

    After not trying out Catacomb Kids since I covered it originally in 2015, I've come back to it to find a much improved game that's just as deadly.

    It's an action platformer, one that has a ton of procedural generation and a lot of hazards to overcome. So you need quick reactions but you also need to be a little tactical in your approach to it. As the developer says, it's streamlined but not "simple". You can even lure monsters to fight other monsters or lead them directly into the trap that almost ended you.

  • In The Middle Of Zombies, a promising in-development action game with Linux support

    In The Middle Of Zombies from Wabby's Land is a top-down action game about blowing up zombies, with a little survival and RPG-styled elements thrown in.

    Currently in development, what I've tested thanks to the developer providing a copy does seem promising. It's an semi open-world game, so you can travel around and mostly do what you want. It already includes a full inventory system, randomized resources, building interactions, a day and night cycle, plenty of Zombies, NPCs to find and trade with, vehicles to repair and drive and the list goes on.

  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker Enhanced Edition is out, along with Beneath The Stolen Lands DLC

    Pathfinder: Kingmaker has a massive free update with the Enhanced Edition which is now out and a big DLC is available now too with Beneath The Stolen Lands.

    It's probably an understatement to say it's "massive", as the changelog of things improved is so ridiculously long it's pretty hard to parse. The basics of it are: New classes, the ability to respec characters, new random encounters, new weapons, new enemies, plenty of UI-flow improvements, new and updated quests, audio improvements and the list feels like it goes on forever. They didn't have the best release but Owlcat Games have shown their dedication here.

Games: Hyperspace Delivery Service, Kingdoms and Castles, Underworld Ascendant

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  • Hyperspace Delivery Service has officially released with Linux support

    Hyperspace Delivery Service, a very sweet looking pixel-art space trading and adventure game has officially released and comes with full Linux support.

    From what I understand about it, it offers up what can basically be classed as multiple mini-games combined together. These include a really retro first-person shooter, space battles, simple puzzles and more. All that on top of basic trading, exploration, resources management and the list goes on.

  • Kingdoms and Castles continues becoming more like a traditional RTS with the Warfare Update

    Originally funded on Fig, Kingdoms and Castles released back in 2017 and while good it was lacking in many areas, since release it has continued to get bigger and the Warfare Update is a good one.

    The Warfare Update, released yesterday, continues laying-out the foundation for the even bigger update coming that will feature rival AI kingdoms. That one I am especially excited for!

    First, the entire military system went through a huge overhaul. It makes it look and fell mechanically more like an RTS, along with click and drag to select multiple units. Units can now walk along walls and towers (which is awesome), units can be queued up for production much like other RTS games, military units like their wages so you need to make sure you have enough to keep paying them.

  • Underworld Ascendant for Linux to hopefully be at the end of June

    OtherSide Entertainment have given out another update on Underworld Ascendant with a big update due soon.

    They've been working on Update 4, the contents of which aren't entirely clear. From what I've been able to gather from various updates they've been working to add in new characters, additional areas, new quests, possible UI improvements and a better start for new players (lots said it was confusing).

Games: Bite the Bullet, Terraria, Steam, Opera and Atari

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  • Bite the Bullet looks like an absolutely insane 2D action-RPG shooter coming to Linux

    Shown off during The MIX at E3 this week, Bite the Bullet is what the developer calls a "roguelite RPG shooter" and it looks pretty intense.

    I am a serious sucker for anything with lots of over the top action, explosions everywhere and a little character customization. Bite the Bullet seems to have all of that and then some! It's coming to Linux too, it even mentions it in the feature list on the Steam store page.

  • The massive Terraria 1.4 update "Journey's End" was shown at E3 and looks like a lot of fun

    Touching on practically all parts of the game, the Terraria 1.4 "Journey's End" update was properly announced and shown off during E3 this week. This ridiculously huge update will be free to existing owners, just like all previous updates have been.

    Hold on, what happened to 1.3.6? Well, it seems it's gotten so massive that it's no longer just another point-release it's a full-blown major upgrade to the game.

    Okay, so what does it include? Re-Logic said it will have over 800 new items to find or craft, plenty of new foes to defeat, a full revamp of the world generation with new mini-biomes, an in-game Bestiary to look over and learn about all the weird creatures you find, Golf (yes really), a new higher difficulty mode, enhanced weather effects and a lot more they're not telling us about just yet. You can see more spoilers here though.

  • Valve's Proton 4.2-7 Fixes Performance & Sound Regressions

    Proton 4.2-7 is out as the latest version of Valve's downstream of Wine that powers Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux. 

    With Proton 4.2-7 there is just a single change mentioned but it's an important one: 

    Fix for performance and sound regression that affected some games, like Wolfenstein: The New Order.

  • Steam to get a public beta for the Library overhaul in "weeks"

    Valve announced on Steam today, that the Steam Library overhaul is to get a public beta and it's only "weeks" away.

    Posting on the Steamworks Development Steam Group, Valve is getting developers to come and update their store assets to match the new sizes of icons and more that will be available in the refresh. In this post, they said "We are weeks away from the public beta of this new feature set".

  • Opera GX: Opera Introduces The First-Ever Gaming Browser

    Popular web browser Opera has announced the World’s first gaming browser, known as Opera GX for all the ‘1.2 billion’ PC gamers out there. The new gaming browser, which is meant for Windows, has gaming themes and designs and allows users to personalize the browser as per his or her choice.

  • The Ataris VCS Lives! Pre-Order the Linux-Powered Console from $249

    Atari VCS, the retro-inspired, Linux-powered gaming console, is finally inching towards general release — in America, at least.

    Engadget report that the system is on general “pre-order” from today from the Atari VCS web store as well as at retail partners GameStop and Walmart.

    Pre-order today, get your console March 2020.

    [...]

    But hey, seems the Atari VCS team get the last laugh as, finally, their much-hyped console is nearing reality, or more specifically store shelves.

    The Atari VCS website has even been given a major revamp. It now shows a neat promotional overview of what the console is, does, and costs.

    Finally, if you’ve wondered why I’ve spent so much time talking about a games console on a site that’s about Ubuntu it’s because — tangential link incoming — the Atari VCS runs on a custom Linux OS referred to as “Atari World”.

    The VCS will also lets owners boot and/or install other Linux distros (like Ubuntu) and operating systems from a USB — which is handy if you get bored with what comes in the box!

Games: OBS Studio, Atari VCS, E3 2019

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  • Video recording and livestreaming software OBS Studio has released 23.2.0

    OBS Studio, the free and open source one-stop shop for Linux livestreaming has a brand new release available today, following on from the Release Candidate nearly a month ago.

    For new features, OBS Studio now lets you preview transitions in the properties of a transition, an estimate to remaining available recording time according to available disk space (seems that's Windows only - doesn't show on Linux), a new luma key video effect filter, the ability to set the exact desired dB volume value of sources in the advanced audio properties, replacing the percentage value, a new hotkey to toggle the preview, they added the ability to copy and paste filters to/from scenes in addition to sources and more.

  • Atari VCS to start shipping in March 2020 (backers get it in December), with a new website and store partners

    The Atari VCS, the Linux-powered gaming box seems to be progressing on some more with some new store partners with exclusive models announced.

    As a reminder, it's using a customised version of Linux they're calling "Atari Custom Linux OS". However, they are sticking to what they originally said and allowing it to boot any other operating system too. So, you could boot up Ubuntu on it if you wished which makes it quite an interesting unit.

    They've announced that they're partnering with GameStop and Walmart in the USA, so you can order from there if you prefer. Both stores are getting "exclusive" models, with slightly different colouring on the panel (and it seems that's all that's completely different). They also re-launched their official website where you can also pre-order, although that seems USA only too right now.

  • The E3 2019 Linux gaming round-up

    Since there was actually more from E3 2019 for Linux than I expected, here's a little round-up of things so you don't get lost in a sea of articles.

8 Best Linux Gaming Distros You Need To Use In 2019

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One of the most widely used operating systems, Linux is known for it is lightweight and secure in nature. There are various distributions of Linux where gaming is also a part of it. In this article, we list down 8 best Linux distros for gaming in 2019.

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Games: Steam, Police Stories, Commandos 2 HD Remaster and Rocket League

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  • Steam is Getting a Major Redesign and This is What it Looks Like

    A massive redesign of the desktop Steam client is on the way — and newly leaked screenshots give us an early glimpse of how it’ll look.

    The SteamDB Twitter account reports: “A work in progress version of the new Steam client interface leaked through an update to the Chinese CSGO launcher.”

    March brought word that Valve was prepping a fresh coat of paint for its hugely Steam desktop client. Now, a few months on, we can take closer look at the planned changes thanks to a recent leak.

    Naturally SteamDB couldn’t resist sharing some screenshots of the Steam redesign as it currently stands.

  • Police Stories has some good-looking top-down tactical action, releasing September

    Even more news out of E3 as Police Stories, a top-down shooter with an emphasis on tactics and not just firing-first is going to release on September 19th with a new trailer. It's confirmed to be coming to Linux, it has Linux system requirements up and ready and the publishers website also very clearly lists it!

    Their slightly different take on the top-down shooter genre has me quite excited, with you being able to fire-off warning shots and get criminals to surrender which looks pretty great. They say your actions are scored in real-time, so being overly aggressive might result in you not getting a good enough score for the next mission so they really do want you to be a little more careful.

  • Commandos 2 HD Remaster announced, Kalypso Media bringing it to Linux

    Here's an exciting one for you, Kalypso Media have today announced the Commandos 2 HD Remaster and it's coming to Linux. After acquiring the rights to Pyro Studios’ franchises in 2018, Kalypso Media is starting their E3 with a bit of a bang.

    The Commandos 2 HD Remaster is being developed by Yippee Entertainment, with Kalypso Media publishing and they've confirmed right away it will support Linux! They also announced a Praetorians HD Remaster although that will not have Linux support, which is being done by a different developer.

  • Rocket League's Radical Summer event and limited-time Ghost Hunt mode is live, here's a look at it

    Psyonix have put up their latest in-game event for Rocket League, with the Radical Summer event now live. They also have a new limited-time Ghost Hunt mode and a Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Car Pack DLC. Let's take a look at it all!

    As a reminder, the Radical Summer event will be lasting a whole nine weeks, with this first Blockbusters phase that lasts until July 1st. During the event, you will be able to earn Cassettes which you then redeem for special items. Through each three-week phase of the event, the items you can redeem will change. However, all the items will appear together at the end of the event to allow you to get as many as you want with your Cassettes.

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  • Georges Basile Stavracas Neto: Calendar management dialog, archiving task lists, Every Detail Matters on Settings (Sprint 2)
    This was a long-time request, and something that I myself was missing when using To Do. Since it fits well with the product vision of the app, there was nothing preventing it from being implemented. Selecting this feature to be implemented during the week was a great choice – the task was self contained, had a clear end, and was just difficult just enough to be challenging but not more than that. However, I found a few issues with the implementation, and want to use the next round to polish the feature. Using the entire week to polish the feature might be too much, but it will give me some time to really make it great.
  • Open Source Answer To Dropbox And OneDrive: Meet Frank Karlitschek
    During the OpenSUSE Conference in Nurnberg (German), Nextcloud founder Frank Karlitschek appeared on “Let’s Talk’ to talk about the importance of fully open source file sync and storage solutions for enterprise customers. As one of the early contributors to desktop Linux he also talked about the reasons why desktop Linux has not succeeded.
  • Load-Bearing Internet People
    Some maintainers for critical software operate from a niche at a university or a government agency that supports their effort. There might be a few who are independently wealthy.
  • Robert Helmer: Vectiv and the Browser Monoculture
    So, so tired of the "hot take" that having a single browser engine implementation is good, and there is no value to having multiple implementations of a standard. I have a little story to tell about this. In the late 90s, I worked for a company called Vectiv. There isn't much info on the web (the name has been used by other companies in the meantime), this old press release is one of the few I can find. Vectiv was a web-based service for commercial real estate departments doing site selection. This was pretty revolutionary at the time, as the state-of-the-art for most of these was to buy a bunch of paper maps and put them up on the walls, using push-pins to keep track of current and possible store locations. The story of Vectiv is interesting on its own, but the relevant bit to this story is that it was written for and tested exclusively in IE 5.5 for Windows, as was the style at the time. The once-dominant Netscape browser had plummeted to negligible market share, and was struggling to rewrite Netscape 6 to be based on the open-source Mozilla Suite.