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  • SuperTuxKart 0.10 Release Candidate 1 released

    The next release of SuperTuxKart is almost ready! The first release candidate is now available for testing. Now is the time to help us test the game to find any last-minutes bugs to fix.

    Since the beta-1 release, numerous bugs have been fixed. Obviously, as previously, the biggest feature is that networked multiplayer is now ready for general use, so enjoy multiplayer games over LAN or over the net!

  • SuperTuxKart has a new release candidate out for 0.10 with online support

    The SuperTuxKart team have been busy since releasing a beta back in January, with a release candidate now available.

    The biggest change for this release, as noted in this previous article, is support for playing against others online or across a LAN. It's been a long time coming and certainly makes SuperTuxKart a lot more modern!

    Since the beta release, they've worked to solve numerous bugs and they now consider the online features "ready for general use". That's not all though, they've replaced the old mansion track with an upgraded Ravenbridge Mansion and the Black forest add-on is now part of the official track-set to race on.

  • The EU is going after Valve and others for "geo-blocking", a statement from Valve

    It seems Valve and five publishers have attracted the attention of the EU, as they claim they're breaching EU competition rules. In particular, what the EU say they're doing goes against the "Regulation 2018/302" introduced on December 3rd last year.

    The statement from the European Commission, available here, mentions that they've sent Statements of Objections to Valve and Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax.

  • The open source livestreaming and recording software OBS Studio has a new release out

    Here's something fun for you content creators this weekend, as OBS Studio just released a fresh build for you.

    It's worth noting though, the service integration for Twitch and others is still not available in the Linux version. This is where you can sign in, to get access to features from services directly in OBS to make things easier. Last I heard, they still needed to fix the official browser plugin to actually get the integration working. There are some pull requests open on that (like this and this) so hopefully soon!

  • Wine 4.6 To Support A Shared Wine-Mono, Reducing Disk Space & Other Benefits

    Beginning with next week's Wine 4.6 development release, this program for running Windows games/applications on Linux/macOS will now support a shared Wine-Mono installation rather than requiring this open-source .NET implementation to be installed per-prefix. The benefit of this change is reducing the disk space if you keep around multiple Wine prefixes and likely a speedier creation of new prefixes.

  • GODOT 3.2 WILL GET PSEUDO 3D SUPPORT IN 2D ENGINE

    Godot support for 2D is already mature and most of our users enjoy working with it. There is, however a growing trend of adding 3D layers to 2D games, which can be seen in successful titles such as Hollow Knight or Rayman Origins.

    This is possible because the engines in which such games are made are actual 3D engines using 2D planes. In the end, doing this is possible but it requires understanding and being familiar with how 3D engines work.

  • Godot 3.2 Picking Up "Pseudo 3D" Support For Its 2D Engine

    With the open-source Godot game engine's 3D engine and 2D display efforts both panning out well, the developers are working to combine the two a bit to offer "pseudo 3D" support for those using the cross-platform engine for 2D games.

More on SuperTuxKart 0.10 RC1 Release

  • SuperTuxKart 0.10 RC1 Released With Working LAN/Internet Multiplayer

    If you are looking for some kid-friendly Linux gaming this weekend, SuperTuxKart 0.10 has reached release candidate maturity with its LAN/Internet multiplayer support.

    SuperTuxKart 0.10 premiered in beta back in January with initial networking support to allow WAN/LAN racing against others. After all these years of SuperTuxKart development, v0.10 is bringing the long-desired multiplayer support across networks.

    With SuperTuxKart 0.10 RC1, the networked multiplayer support has matured a lot in these past few months.

SuperTuxKart 0.10 RC1 Arrives with Improved Online Multiplayer

  • SuperTuxKart 0.10 RC1 Arrives with Improved Online Multiplayer Support

    Being a big fan of the open-source racing game SuperTuxKart, I was stoked to see a new release emerge at the weekend.

    SuperTuxKart 0.10 hit beta back in January, debuting online multiplayer support. This week the team issued a new release candidate build for further testing, bringing the famed game a step closer to a new stable release.

    SuperTuxKart 0.10 RC1 features a number of minor gameplay and performance improvements, especially to the online multiplayer experience, plus a couple of notable track updates.

By Brian Fagioli

  • SuperTuxKart 0.10 RC1 is here -- download the free open source Mario Kart clone now!

    Nintendo is the king of the "Kart Racing" genre. While there are many imitators -- some of which are very good -- Mario Kart remains the best. And no, it is not just about mascots, although it does help having Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong and such. Actually, the real magic is the gameplay -- solid controls and well-designed levels. The Mario Kart franchise is consistently excellent.

    The problem? Mario Kart costs money and, emulators aside, only works on Nintendo consoles. If you want to get your kart racing on, but you don't want to open your wallet, you are in luck! SuperTuxKart is an excellent clone of Nintendo's game, featuring popular open source mascots. Best of all, the open source game is not only cross-platform, but totally free! The upcoming SuperTuxKart 0.10 will even introduce network multiplayer play, and now that version has reached Release Candidate status. And yes, you can download and play SuperTuxKart 0.10 RC1 now!

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