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  • Cool retro-inspired racer that was developed on Linux 'Slipstream' is now out

    Slipstream [Steam] is awesome for two reasons, the first being that it was developed on Linux using free software tools and second, it's really darn fun.

    I played a lot of similarly styled racers way back in the days of the Amiga, to see more come out like this is excellent. Although, don't get me started on how many times I failed the drifting tutorial…stupid fence. When I finally got it though—damn it feels good!

  • The rather sweet hack and slash 'Son of a Witch' released in full

    Son of a Witch [Steam] is a rather good hack and slash title from Bigosaur that officially left Early Access last week and it's well worth a look.

  • Standalone Steam Controller kernel driver coming to Linux 4.18

    With Linux 4.17 reaching release candidate six yesterday it won’t be too long until it is finally released. The subsequent release Linux 4.18, which is due this autumn, will finally include initial support for Valve's Steam Controller meaning that neither the Steam client or third-party applications will be needed to get it working.

    According to Phoronix, work on the driver has been ongoing since at least February. The primary developer on the project was Rodrigo Rivas Costa, who built a driver through reverse engineering, managing to get the controller working via USB and wireless. Jiri Kosina, the HID subsystem maintainer, has now queued the driver for Linux 4.18.

Games: Cities: Skylines - Parklife, Descenders, WolfenDoom: Blade of Agony, Stoneshard

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  • Cities: Skylines - Parklife launches this Thursday, get the main game super cheap on Humble Store

    With the release of Cities: Skylines - Parklife on Thursday, it's going to expand the already great city builder with some fun new features. For those who don't have Cities: Skylines yet, it has a massive sale on Humble Store with 75% off.

  • Extreme downhill free-riding game 'Descenders' just had a huge update, needs a quick fix on Linux

    Descenders is an extreme downhill free-riding game currently in Early Access and their first major update just went live. I've been quite a big fan of it, as it showed a massive amount of promise at the initial release.

    I held off on covering this update right away, since the released version of the update broke the 64bit Linux version. Nearly a week later and no fix, so here's how you can fix it manually:

    Right click on it in your Steam library and go to properties, then hit the Local Files tab up the top and press Browse Local Files… once there, open the Descenders_Data folder, go into the Plugins folder and delete "libfmod.so".

  • WolfenDoom - Blade of Agony is looking for AMD testers

    The GZDoom-powered FPS total conversion WolfenDoom: Blade of Agony [Official Site] is pushing on with development of Chapter 3: The Clash of Faith.

  • Open-world roguelike RPG 'Stoneshard' will have Linux support, nearly hit the Kickstarter goal

    Stoneshard [Official Site] is a pretty good sounding open-world RPG, it's currently on Kickstarter with a promise of Linux support and they've nearly hit their goal. With 26 days left to go, they've hit $28K of their $30K goal, so it looks like they will manage it easily.

    Inspired by the likes of Diablo, ADOM, Darkest Dungeon and more, they have a lot to live up to in terms of their inspiration. What makes it sound quite interesting, is the survival elements you heal to deal with like diseases, broken bones, mental health and more.

Ryzen 7 2700 / Ryzen 7 2700X / Core i7 8700K Linux Gaming Performance With RX Vega 64, GTX 1080 Ti

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With the Linux benchmarks of the Ryzen 7 2700 last week I included a few Linux gaming benchmarks, but for those evaluating CPU options for your next Intel/AMD Linux gaming system upgrade, here is a much more thorough set of benchmarks from a wide variety of OpenGL and Vulkan powered Linux games. The Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 7 2700X, and Core i7 8700K processors were tested for this Ubuntu gaming comparison while testing with both a Radeon RX Vega 64 and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

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Games: Turmoil, INSOMNIA: The Ark, Survivors of Borridor, Crashlands

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  • Stellaris: Distant Stars story DLC pack releases May 22nd, new trailer is out

    The latest and probably one of the most exciting story DLC packs for Stellaris, Distant Stars, is now set to release May 22nd.

    In short, there's going to be a lot more to find when you go exploring. One of the problems I repeatedly talked about with Stellaris (even though I do love it) was that it just didn't have enough content. This pack seems like it will fix that problem and then some. They say there's around 50% more anomalies to discover, they've also improved some of the originals. There's three new leviathans, new types of stars and something about discovering a constellation outside our own galaxy.

  • Myst 25th Anniversary Collection will not being seeing a Linux release for now

    It seems the plans to team up with Codeweavers to bring Myst 25th Anniversary Collection [Kickstarter] to Linux didn't work out.

  • A Linux beta build of Solstice Chronicles: MIA may come soon

    The developer behind the great looking top-down shooter Solstice Chronicles: MIA [Official Site] has said that they may soon have a Linux beta build.

  • What are you playing on Linux this weekend and what do you think about it?

    It's a weekend, the sun is shining in a rare event for where I live, so naturally I will be spending my time playing Linux games. What will you be playing this weekend?

    Personally, I'm going to be jumping back into Rocket League. Between the intense gameplay and sweet music, it's certainly in my top 10 most played Linux games. As much as I love the game, I'm simply terrible at it. Anyone who's watched some of our livestreams will attest to that fact, but even so I soldier on and keep playing. It truly says something about a game, to keep pulling you back in even when you know you're probably go to have loss after loss.

Games: Antigraviator and 0 A.D. Alpha 23

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  • Antigraviator, a seriously slick looking anti-grav racer really could see Linux support

    I know we often write about games that might see Linux support, but this one seems rather promising. Antigraviator [Official Site] is a very slick and polished looking anti-grav racer.

  • 0 A.D. Alpha 23 Released As One Of The Leading Open-Source Games

    One of the best and most long-standing open-source Linux games is 0 A.D. and in time for the weekend they have a new release.

    This open-source ancient warfare game is out with its twenty-third alpha release ahead of the weekend. This RTS game in its latest alpha release features a new civilization, new models, improved AI behavior, a mod downloader, new random maps, and other changes to enhance the game-play for this game that's been open-source for nearly a decade.

  • New Release: 0 A.D. Alpha 23 Ken Wood

    Wildfire Games, an international group of volunteer game developers, proudly announces the release of 0 A.D. Alpha 23 “Ken Wood”, the twenty-third alpha version of 0 A.D., a free, open-source real-time strategy game of ancient warfare.

Games: Steam, Retro, FOX n FORESTS

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  • The Steam Link Android app is now out, works quite well so far

    Valve have officially put out a beta version of their new Steam Link Android app, which allows you to stream games from your Linux PC to your favourite device. As expected (and as Valve previously confirmed to us), it fully supports a Linux PC as the host device.

    As a reminder, you will need to update your Steam Controller's firmware in the Steam Beta Client. As we wrote about before, the Steam Controller was recently updated to support Bluetooth Low Energy mode in preparation for this. The Steam Link app is also compatible with a number of other Bluetooth pads as well.

  • The latest Steam Client update is out, breaks gamepads in Big Picture Mode on Linux & SteamOS

    The latest Steam Client update has left beta, bringing the Bluetooth Low Energy mode to everyone with the Steam Controller amongst other things. It also, sadly, broke other gamepad support in Big Picture mode.

    There's this bug report on Valve's GitHub, which has been open since May 9th. That only mentions PS3 controllers, but there's other bug reports open for other gamepads. I've tested it myself, with the Steam Controller working as normal and all other gamepads are broken on Linux in Big Picture Mode.

  • Retro-inspired arcade racer Slipstream to release May 21st, developed on Linux

    This is great, not long after the rather good release of Horizon Chase Turbo, we have another retro-inspired racer with Slipstream. This one is very interesting, since it was developed on Linux.

  • Season swapping action platformer FOX n FORESTS is now out

    FOX n FORESTS [Official Site] is another retro-inspired action platformer, although it does have a slight twist with the season changing mechanic.

    We're certainly not short on action platformers, especially retro inspired titles. To be fair though, there's not actually a great deal of them that are worth playing. Sure, there's a couple of excellent titles, but there's also a lot that just aren't any good.

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Games: Feral Interactive and Steam News

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Games: Tales of Maj'Eyal, Stardew Valley, Unforeseen Incidents, Albion Online, Super Hyperactive Ninja

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