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Games: Zombie Panic!, Sword Slinger, Lord Hector's Demise and More

  • Zombie Panic! Source gets a huge overhaul with Linux support really soon

    After being in Beta for quite some time now, the team behind Zombie Panic! Source are almost ready to push out the big overhaul with Linux support into the stable version for everyone. This has been a long time coming, after initially announcing their Linux plans back in 2018. Work on Zombie Panic! Source version 3.1 went on a lot longer than they originally planned for but it's sounding like all their effort is going to be worth it with a much better game.

  • Steam has a Digital Tabletop Festival starting October 21

    Love your digital adaptions of board games, or those that got turned into some form of real-life board game? Well, Valve are going to run a festival dedicated to all that. Starting on October 21 and running until October 26 there will be all sorts going on. Talks, sales and more.

  • A look back over some popular articles for September 2020

    Here is a look back some of the most popular articles on GamingOnLinux for September 2020, an easy way to for you to keep up to date on what has happened in the past month for Linux gaming, open source and other general Linux news that we cover! If you wish to keep track of these overview posts you can with our Overview RSS - we might bring this back as a regular overview column to enable some catch-up and a place for chat in the comments.

  • Funny physics-based goblin-slaying puzzler 'Sword Slinger' is out on October 20

    Sword Slinger is a unique physics-based puzzle game about slaying goblins by controlling a sword with magical behaviours. You'll combine chains of magical behaviours together to create complex and original solutions. Made in the wonderful Godot Engine, it's now confirmed to be releasing along with Linux support on October 20, although the Steam page mentions October 21 so there might be some timezone differences there.

  • Economic management tower-defense puzzler 'Rip Them Off' is out now

    Rip Them Off is a fresh puzzle game that in a small way resembles tower defence, with you trying to make as much money from people passing by as you can. Just like in a tower defence game, you're dealing with waves of enemies. This time your enemy is the people, and you need to satisfy the demands of the people upstairs. You go through various levels, all of which act like puzzles for you to find the best way to earn enough monies to complete it.

  • Dying Light - Hellraid gets its first major post-release update with Lord Hector's Demise

    Lord Hector's Demise is the name of the first major free update to Dying Light - Hellraid, the dungeon-crawling DLC for the open-world zombie smasher from Techland. The problem with this DLC is how far the negative user reviews have gone on Steam. People seemed to have really high expectations for what's quite a small DLC overall. Perhaps this update will be the beginning of a turnaround for it. Techland said this is "just the beginning".

  • Unity Technologies announce 'Open Projects', building games in Unity that are open source

    This is brilliant! Unity Technologies creators of the Unity game engine, which is ridiculously popular with indie developers, have started a series of open source game development projects. With this idea they're hoping to pull together people as part of Unity’s first open-source game development program. Part of the reason is due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, with people often unable to meet and miss out on vital experience and team work. So, why not work together online to build something? That's the plan here. Not only that though, it's an opportunity to see how game development can work out in the open from all sides - using the Unity game engine as the base for it all.

  • Block-matching puzzle battler 'Aloof' has a demo up ahead of the Steam Festival

    Inspired in parts by Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Puyo Puyo Tetris with its own unique spin on block-matching battles, Aloof has a demo up now. What's interesting about Aloof, is that the blocks don't fall by themselves. You're not racing to find a position against a timer. You can move them down, to the side and back up to position them exactly where you want them. The developer said it's all about keeping up with your opponent, taking your time and thinking about what you're doing. [...] It's quite a fully featured demo too with single-player, online play which is cross-platform for Linux / macOS and Windows plus there's even local multiplayer too.

KDiskMark Is A GUI HDD / SSD Benchmark Tool For Linux (Similar To CrystalDiskMark)

KDiskMark is a free and open source alternative to CrystalDiskMark (which is Windows only) for Linux, a GUI HDD / SSD benchmarking software. KDiskMark comes with a simple user interface, very similar to the one used by CrystalDiskMark, with presets. Under the hood, it uses FIO (Flexible I/O Tester), and it features configurable block size, queues, and threads count for each test. The application can also generate benchmark reports (File -> Save) that you can use to easily share the benchmark results with others, and for future comparisons. Despite its name (starting with K), this Qt5 application does not have any KDE-specific dependencies, so you can install it no matter what desktop environment you're using without having to install a large number of dependencies. Read more

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