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Games: Vendetta Online, Bad North, Fighting Games

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Games: Developer Priority Interrupt and Linux Gaming Performance

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  • First-person dungeon crawler 'Delver' now has an open source engine and editor

    Developer Priority Interrupt has officially released the game engine and editor behind their first-person dungeon crawler as open source. This is the same developer who made 'Shockolate', a cross-platform open source System Shock.

    Writing on Twitter a few days ago, the developer said "In fun and scary news, we've just open sourced the tech behind Delver".

  • Linux Gaming Performance Can Be Impaired By STIBP, But Hope May Be On The Horizon

    It's been a busy past few days of benchmarking after discovering earlier this week the Linux 4.20 performance was dropping, bisecting the cause to be the introduction of STIBP for cross-hyperthread Spectre V2 mitigation, and seeing just how significant is the impact. Here are my latest tests and findings.

20-Way AMD / NVIDIA Linux Gaming Benchmarks For The 2018 Holidays

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If you are hoping to pick-up a new graphics card during the upcoming holiday sales, here is a 20-way NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon Linux gaming benchmark comparison using a wide assortment of GPUs while using the very newest graphics drivers and a variety of OpenGL/Vulkan titles.

In preparation for the Radeon RX 590 launch this week, I've been re-testing my available graphics cards on the latest AMD/NVIDIA drivers and newest kernel (unlike some Windows sites that may regurgitate their existing data points for months at a time, Phoronix tests are always done fresh on the current/latest components). But with the Radeon RX 590 currently being a dud on Linux with the current AMDGPU kernel code, I decided to keep testing including some older graphics cards to make for this twenty-way comparison ahead of Black Friday sales and the holidays.

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Games: Serious Sam Fusion, Surviving Mars: Space Race, Total War: WARHAMMER II

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  • Serious Sam Fusion has the first update in some time

    Serious Sam Fusion, the game hub that allows you to play Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam 3: BFE along with the VR version finally has an update. It's still in beta, but not classed as "Early Access" on Steam.

    If you pickup any of those games, it automatically gives you Fusion which is especially good for Linux gamers since some of their titles weren't officially available on Linux but are with Fusion. The Fusion hub also brings Vulkan support, so that's awesome.

  • Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion and Gagarin free update have released, working well on Linux

    Haemimont Games along with Paradox Interactive have released the Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion today and it's great.

  • Total War: WARHAMMER II will release for Linux on November 20th

    Feral Interactive have announced that Total War: WARHAMMER II for Linux is officially releasing on November 20th. Originally developed by Creative Assembly in partnership with Games Workshop and published by SEGA for Windows, this is the follow-up game to the original which was released for Linux in November of 2016.

  • Total War: WARHAMMER II Launching For Linux Next Week

    Feral Interactive has just announced that Total War: WARHAMMER II will be released for Linux (and macOS) next week.

    On 20 November they will be releasing this latest native Linux game port following the Windows release a year ago. We've known it was slated for November and now it looks like they have the release all squared away for debut next Tuesday.

Games: Atomic Society, Spellcaster University, Banner Saga, ZED, Undead Horde, Slay the Spire, Sipho

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  • Atomic Society, a post-apocalyptic city building strategy game will come to Linux

    Atomic Society recently entered Early Access on Steam and the developer Far Road Games said it will be coming to Linux.

    What's interesting, is that even though users have been talking about playing it using Steam Play, the developer made it clear they're working on a native Linux build. On the Steam forum, they said "Yep, official support is planned as soon as we're a bit more on top of the content with the Windows version (being a tiny team we prefer to limit our debugging focus to 1 version at a time).".

    Really good to see that, sounds like an interesting game.

  • Spellcaster University will have you build a university of mages, will support Linux

    You're a wizard harry! Spellcaster University, currently on Kickstarter is a management game where you will be tasked with building a university of mages.

  • Stoic have now removed the Linux version of The Banner Saga, in favour of Steam Play

    News I'm not quite surprised by. Stoic have now officially removed the Linux version of The Banner Saga on Steam in favour of leveraging Valve's Steam Play.

    Why am I not surprised? Well, they already removed actual support for the original The Banner Saga and so we weren't going to be getting an further updates and the sequels were not coming to Linux. So, with that in mind, this news isn't really coming out of the blue. The problem is, they used an external porter for the original who went out of business and on top of that they also use Adobe AIR which was discontinued for Linux back in 2011.

  • ZED, the surreal adventure game has a new trailer and partnership with Cyan

    ZED, the adventure and puzzle game whose team includes some of the creative forces behind Myst and many other popular games that was funded on Kickstarter has a brand new trailer and publishing partnership.

    For a little history, ZED was funded thanks to some help from the Linux gaming community. Our contributor BTRE interviewed Eagre Games back in 2016, with the developer publicly thanking us here at GOL (and the wider Linux gaming community) for helping them reach their funding goal.

  • Undead Horde has a fresh trailer, developer still aiming for a simultaneous release for Linux

    Undead Horde is what the developer 10tons Ltd are calling a "necromantic action game" and I have to admit it looks rather fun to raise an undead army.

    Firstly, when I spoke to the developer yesterday they said "Hopefully we can do a simultaneous release on all Steam platforms!" when asked about Linux support. Considering they've been getting their previous games on Linux, I don't doubt that.

  • The truly excellent roguelike card game 'Slay the Spire' now has the final content in

    Slay the Spire, a mix of a card-based strategy game with a roguelike has now added in the final content and my love of this game continues.

    For those of you who are tough enough (or lucky enough) to last an entire run, there's now a special final act to go through past Act 3. I don't want to spoil any of the details though but it really sounds like it's worth giving it your best shot. They also added some more music tracks into the game to treat your ears, bug fixes and so on. The main thing is that the game now has a proper ending for each character.

  • Sipho, an action survival game where you build a creature is now in Early Access

    Sipho is an action survival game inspired by real creatures called Siphonophorae and it's now available in Early Access with same-day Linux support.

Games: Feral Interactive, ATOM RPG, Lore Finder, UnDungeon, Humble Store Fall Sale

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Games: GOG, Underworld Ascendant on GNU/Linux and Monster Sanctuary

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  • GOG adds a bunch of new visual novels to their store

    For those of you who love your visual novels, head on over to GOG as they have some new goodies for you. One of them only just recently got Linux support too.

  • The RPG 'Underworld Ascendant' will be on Linux 1-2 months after release

    OtherSide Entertainment sadly won't be getting the Linux version of Underworld Ascendant on Linux at release.

    It's still coming though, it just needs a little more time. On Twitter, they mentioned "the Mac and Linux versions around 30-45 days after launch to make sure they have the attention they need". They also said they're looking for testers, so naturally we've reached out to let them know we're available.

  • Monster taming metroidvania 'Monster Sanctuary' has smashed plenty of stretch goals, looking good

    Monster Sanctuary, a rather interesting monster taming metroidvania that has a Linux demo has smashed through more stretch goals on Kickstarter and it's exciting.

    I've actually put a surprising amount of time in demo, because it runs so nicely. It's also a very promising game when it comes to the actual gameplay and mechanics. Honestly, I'm really surprised by just how engrossing and exciting the game actually is from the demo. It's going to be seriously fun to watch this one get developed into a full game, I have high hopes for it.

Games: Dead Dungeon, Eons of War, DELTARUNE

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  • Dead Dungeon is a hardcore platformer for those who like a challenge

    Dead Dungeon from developer Alexey Roenko just recently released and it's pretty good, one for those who love a bit of difficult platforming.

  • Eons of War, a space 4x strategy game inspired by Risk, Civilization, and chess will be on Linux

    For those who are keen for some more 4x strategy game, Eons of War looks great and it will come to Linux.

    A recent discovery while endlessly browsing for new Linux games, I sent off a message via internet carrier pigeon (Twitter) to the developer about Linux support. Their reply was great "Yes, definitely supporting Linux as well as Mac and Windows. There's enough interest for all three platforms.".

  • DELTARUNE, the successor to UNDERTALE, unofficially ported to Linux

    The surprise successor to the highly praised indie RPG adventure game UNDERTALE called DELTARUNE has been unofficially ported to Linux by a fan through clever hacks.

    DELTARUNE, or rather its first chapter, was released with a cryptic announcement on http://www.deltarune.com for free on Windows and Mac but a Linux version was sadly not released at launch. However, thanks to a DELTARUNE fan on Reddit, we now have unofficial native port of the game.

    The Reddit user JohnWatson78 posted their port on the DELTARUNE subreddit and afterwards updated their post with instructions on how they managed to make the game run on Linux.

    Essentially, they extracted the officially released version of the game, made sure the files were in the correct places and in lowercase letters and found a compatible GameMaker "runner" executable that could then load the game assets. The main issue was finding a suitable runner file by browsing existing Linux GameMaker ports. You can naturally find the more detailed step-by-step guide in JohnWatson78's Reddit post.

Games: Eastward, Night of the Blood Moon, Heart Chain Kitty

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Games: Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury, Humble Dystopian Bundle, Steam Play, DreamHack Atlanta 2018 and Wine

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  • Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury smites its way to release, some thoughts

    Dealing with all things related to faith and righteous violence, the latest expansion to the venerable medieval strategy title has spiced things up considerably.

  • The Humble Dystopian Bundle is out with some nice Linux games included

    For those of you after some fresh games, The Humble Dystopian Bundle is out and it includes a couple good Linux titles.

    For the PWYW (Pay what you want) tier you will get Beholder and Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You. If you pay more than the current average then Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is yours.

  • Valve has expanded the Steam Play whitelist to include DARK SOULS III and plenty more

    There I am, in bed about to fall asleep when my phone lights up as I forgot to put it on silent. Thankfully so, as it turns out Valve just expanded the Steam Play whitelist and that's always a bit exciting.

    What is the whitelist? These are titles that Valve are confident enough that work out of the box with no additional configuration required. You don't need to turn any extra options on, they should just be click and play like any other Linux game on Steam.

  • Talk to us about open source gaming at DreamHack Atlanta 2018

    Red Hat is excited to sponsor our first esports event, DreamHack Atlanta on November 16-18, 2018. DreamHack is the world’s premier esports festival that celebrates the lifestyle of the gamer, and Red Hat will be there to sponsor a number of activities and provide a technical support booth for attendees who want to talk about gaming on open source platforms.

    Wait, Red Hat and esports? How do those go together?

    The majority of Internet infrastructure runs on Linux. The game servers, the streaming media servers, websites, and other infrastructure that powers online gaming? Much of that is powered by Linux. And Indie games are making a huge push to open source as well. We want to support that, because more open source is always a good thing!

  • Wine 3.0.4 Is En Route With New Icons, Dozens Of Bug Fixes

    Wine 4.0 should be out in early 2019 as the next major stable release of this increasingly used software for running Windows games and applications on Linux and other operating systems. For those not riding the bi-weekly development releases that lead up to the eventual Wine 4.0, Wine 3.0.4 is coming in the days ahead as the latest stable point revision.

    Wine stable point releases tend to be focused just on maintenance/bug/regression fixes, but Wine 3.0.4 will be a bit visibly different in that many Shell32 icons are added to this update. Dozens of Shell32 icons from the Zip and Jaz drive icons to 314k floppy drive icons to the start menu are bundled in Wine 3.0.4.

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