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Games: Demonizer, Taste of Power, Road to your City and More

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760/960/1060 / RTX 2060 Linux Gaming & Compute Performance

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 is shipping today as the most affordable Turing GPU option to date at $349 USD. Last week we posted our initial GeForce RTX 2060 Linux review and followed-up with more 1080p and 1440p Linux gaming benchmarks after having more time with the card. In this article is a side-by-side performance comparison of the GeForce RTX 2060 up against the GTX 1060 Pascal, GTX 960 Maxwell, and GTX 760 Kepler graphics cards. Not only are we looking at the raw OpenGL, Vulkan, and OpenCL/CUDA compute performance between these four generations, but also the power consumption and performance-per-Watt.

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Linux Steam Integration 0.7.3 Released With Annoyance Fixes

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Solus founder Ikey Doherty who is back working for Intel on the Clear Linux team and brought the Linux Steam Integration (LSI) into that fold has issued a new release of this software for improving the Steam integration on Linux.

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Games: Rocket League, Tunche, Odd Realm, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

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30+ Awesome Linux Games to Look Forward to in 2019

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2018 was filled with a lot of good news for game lovers – a trend which became significant in 2017 and now that 2019 is here we are certain that the best is yet to come.

There are several game titles which were not available to Linux gamers last year but because 2019 looks promising, check out the games you might be enjoying this new season.

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Games: Ultra Off-Road Simulator 2019: Alaska, ET: Legacy, Godot Engine, Bomb Squad Academy, SNES in Switch Online

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  • Ultra Off-Road Simulator 2019: Alaska will be supported on Linux with enough requests

    The developer of Ultra Off-Road Simulator 2019: Alaska [Steam], a surprisingly good looking off-road driving sim may gain Linux support with enough requests.

  • ET: Legacy 2.76 Released For Letting Enemy Territory Live On In 2019

    The ET: Legacy open-source project derived from the id Tech 3 sources and letting Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory live on almost two decades later is out with their biggest release yet: version 2.76. ET: Legacy 2.76 itself is a big release but the developers involved still have more plans moving forward.

    ET: Legacy 2.76 continues retaining client/server compatibility with the last official Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory 2.60 release stream. With version 2.76, which they have dubbed "The Enemy Is Weakened", there is now a Bayesian skill rating, error fixes, WolfAdmin as the default game manager, and the open-source project has deployed their own master server for the game should the id Software master server ever be retired. The developers say v2.76 is their most comprehensive release yet and a big step forward for the project.

  • The FOSS game engine 'Godot Engine' has a very exciting 2019 planned for features

    While the big Godot Engine 3.1 release isn't out yet (soon), they're already working out a list of exciting features for the next few versions.

    Taking to Twitter, Godot Engine head honcho Juan Linietsky has been posting about their plans. Turns out, there's a lot. Some of it sounds incredibly exciting too for a free and open source game engine. Talking about it, they said their aim is to make "Godot 4.0 2D and 3D rendering top notch with nothing to envy from the big guys (but still keeping it as easy to use as always)".

  • Snip wires, flick buttons and save the world in Bomb Squad Academy

    Bomb Squad Academy, a game I totally missed from 2017 (yes really, woops!) is an interesting puzzle game about disarming bombs.

    It seems to have had Linux support since release and thanks to it getting an update at the end of last year, I was made aware of it. Since the update, it's gained many more puzzles to solve as well as performance improvements.

  • Switch Online Code Suggests Upcoming Support For SNES Games

    He found the references to 22 SNES games in Switch Online code. Some of the titles include Super Mario Kart, Super Soccer, Legend of Zelda, Contra 3, etc. Kapu has also posted his findings on Pastebin.

Graphics and Games: Vulkan, Godot, Hero of the Kingdom III and Rogue Empire

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  • Vulkan 1.1.98 Brings A Dozen Fixes

    Last weekend there was the Vulkan 1.1.97 specification update with five new extensions including some notable ones like memory priority and buffer device address while out today is the much more mundane Vulkan 1.1.98.

    The Vulkan 1.1.98 update doesn't feature any new extensions but has some basic fixes and clarifications to this graphics/compute API specification and associated documentation. Of the roughly dozen changes, no real standouts but just lots of ongoing improvements.

  • Godot 4.0 Game Engine To Work On Vulkan Port, Big Rendering Improvements

    While Godot 3.1 isn't even out yet, our eyes are already looking forward to Godot 4.0 for 2D and 3D rendering improvements, but most notably Vulkan API support. 

    Godot Engine lead developer Juan Linietsky has tweeted his rendering TODO list moving forward for this increasingly-used open-source game engine. The biggest item on the list is porting to Vulkan for Godot 4.0, which doesn't yet have a release timeline. Other Godot 4.0 rendering changes anticipated are shader cache support and the ability to have bindless textures while not altering the engine's current rendering design too much.

  • Hero of the Kingdom III should now work on newer Linux distributions

    Hero of the Kingdom III, a casual RPG from Lonely Troops released back in August last year but it seems it came with a few issues for those on newer distributions.

    In a post on Steam, the developer did note originally about the limited Linux support. Earlier this month, they updated it to replace the older 32bit version with a 64bit version which seems to have solved the problems. Nice to see some good support there!

  • Rogue Empire, a dungeon-crawling RPG is leaving Early Access later this month with Linux support

    Rogue Empire, a dungeon-crawling RPG from Portal Entertainment is ready to leave Early Access on January 25th.

Graphics and Games Leftovers

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  • FOSDEM 19 Is Happening In Just Three Weeks, There Will Once Again Be A Graphics Room

    If you are able to make it to Brussels, Belgium in three weeks, the wonderful FOSDEM event is taking place as easily one of the best open-source/Linux events in the world and it's free to attend.

    FOSDEM 2019 is taking place 2 to 3 February this year and once again at the ULB Solbosch Campus in Brussels. This year there are keynotes about blockchain, cloud, and other hot topics. All of the usual main tracks and developer rooms are again taking place.

  • SDL Picks Up An Initial OpenSL ES Implementation For Android

    Helping to make the SDL cross-platform library more attractive for mobile/Android developers, the latest SDL2 code has an initial OpenSL ES implementation. 

    OpenSL ES is the Khronos Group's effort as an industry-standard sound library for embedded hardware while offering up 3D positional audio support, optional integration with OpenMAX, audio effects, and other advanced sound capabilities. 

  • SuperTuxKart, the open source Mario Kart clone, achieves beta status with network support

    While I appreciate hardware makers and game developers pushing the boundaries of what gaming can be, it is important to remember one important fact -- fun trumps all. In other words, it doesn't matter how much processing power a computer or console has, or how beautiful a game's graphics are, if it isn't fun to play! That's probably a big reason why retro-gaming is so popular these days.

Games: Gravity Ace, ArmA, Volcanoids, Arc Savior, Pikuniku and Darwin Project

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  • Free public Itch alpha of space shooter Gravity Ace is up for grabs

    If you would cry happy tears at the thought of a modern successor to 80s games like Thrust and Gravitar, then brace yourself for a river. Developer John Watson is making that dream a reality with his first commercial release, Gravity Ace. And you can try it for free!

    John is clearly pining for the 80s and decided to do something about it when he launched a first alpha of Gravity Ace on Itch just 3 months ago. He’s the sole dev on the project and is developing on Linux using the excellent Godot Engine 3.

  • ArmA 3 Chernarus Winter - Jolly Good Fighting

    You know it. ArmA 3 is the only FPS worth playing. For nearly two long decades, the Operation Flashpoint franchise has dominated the genre of serious war simulation, with nothing else coming close. A golden standard to realism. And fun, too.

    A big part of the joy factor comes from the community maintaining the thousands of maps, scenarios, mods, and other add-ons that make the game superb and fresh. Feeling nostalgic? Operation Flashpoint stuff at your disposal rendered in modern graphics. There you go. ArmA 2 maybe? That can be arranged. After all, Chernarus has always been a darn good map, and it had that Cold War feel that Altis and Stratis don't really offer. So you can imagine my delight when I discovered the Winter edition!

  • Volcanoids, the steampunk survival game with massive drills has a Linux version ready for Early Access

    As promised by the developers of Volcanoids, the Linux version of their very interesting first-person steampunk survival game is live and ready for when they hit Early Access.

    It's currently only available to a limited selection of testers, you can join their Discord Channel to find out how to get early testing access. They're setting the minimum supported distribution to Ubuntu 18.04, with OpenGL by default while they continue to polish up Vulkan support.

    Since I have access, I've put a few hours into it and honestly I came away pretty impressed by it. The whole idea of it is really unique with your steampunk-style drill that you travel around in and upgrade.

    Naturally, since it's not even in Early Access yet it has plenty of rough edges which they're gradually smoothing-out as time goes on.

  • Arc Savior, another space combat game will be supported on Linux after release

    Arc Savior, a new space combat game from developer Squid Monkey Studios is releasing later this month and it looks quite interesting. Turns out the developer is going to support Linux too.

  • The cute and quirky puzzle-exploration game 'Pikuniku' is coming to Linux

    Pikuniku from the studio Sectordub and Devolver Digital is releasing January 24th and it will support Linux at release.

    I've been following it for a while as it looks really quite sweet, with a simple and quirky style to it. After popping a message to their official Twitter to ask about Linux support, they replied simply to say that "Yes" it will. Seems Steam and GOG already show this too, which is great.

  • Darwin Project no longer works in Steam Play, due to Easy Anti-Cheat

    After spending a good few hours enjoying the Battle Royale game Darwin Project [Steam] on Linux thanks to Steam Play, it has come to an abrupt end.

    I wrote about it working only recently in December. Much to my surprise, it only really needed a quick manual adjustment to pick the region you wish to matchmake in. Then it worked pretty much like any other game, exactly what Steam Play is supposed to do and I was happy.

Games: Mana Spark, Hellshots Golf, X-Plane 11.30

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  • The fun and challenging action-RPG 'Mana Spark' can now be found on GOG

    While it's had Linux support for a few months and has been available on other stores, today GOG have added the action-RPG Mana Spark.

    As covered here in GOL in our previous article, it's actually a pretty good game that's worth a look. Nothing new to say about it really, as it hasn't really seen any interesting updates since release. Still, it's nice to have more choice on where you can purchase it.

  • Hellshots Golf is basically Doom Golf and it's somewhat amusing

    Always interested to see what silly (and sometimes amazing) things people do with Doom, enter Hellshots Golf.

    Amusingly, in the comments to the trailer the developer said "This really should not have taken half a year to put out." which is quite amusing too.

  • X-Plane 11.30 Is Final

    It’s out the door! (Steam should go “final” tomorrow morning, but you can get the final now – it’s still marked as a “beta”.) Here’s everything that happened.
    I expect we’ll do an 11.31 bug fix patch in the next week or two – 11.30 release candidate three was just critical fixes, e.g. fixing crashes on startup for Nvidia users with Windows 10 and the moon and stars aligned just right. Some less super-critical bugs are fixed and waiting for the bug fix patch.

  • X-Plane 11.30 Released As The Best Linux-Supported Flight Simulator

    X-Plane 11.30 is now available as the latest feature update to this realistic, cross-platform, mature flight simulator system that has long provided native support for Linux.

    X-Plane 11.30 has a lot of improvements but it's not the release yet to introduce its long-in-development Vulkan renderer - that is still coming. It does though have a rebuilt shader system as part of its work in porting to Vulkan.

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