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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!

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