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Games: Killer Chambers, Elsewhere, Save Koch

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Games: Farm Life, ProtoCorgi, Teeworlds, Sigma Theory: Global Cold War, Steam on Ubuntu 19.04, Optimizations For Mesa 19.1

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  • Farm Life, the Match 3 game about restoring a farm has been released for Linux and it's lovely

    Great to see another Match 3 game on Linux with Farm Life, ported over by Bearded Giant Games as part of their Linux 1st Initiative.

    I had the pleasure of testing this one before releasing and it's sucked away hours from me! Not a genre I play too often, partly because there's not many good Match 3 games available on Linux, so for me this does fill a little hole. Although I will fully admit that I was horribly addicted to Candy Crush on Android a few years ago.

  • The shoot 'em up 'ProtoCorgi' now has an updated demo, which is also on Steam for Linux too

    In ProtoCorgi you're a pup that means business, serious business. You play as Bullet, a cybernetic pup on a quest to save your owner.

    Since I tested the original demo, it's had a pretty large update reworking some systems which you can find a full changelog of here. This Godot Engine powered shoot 'em up is very promising, so I'm looking forward to seeing the full game. What the demo offers is obviously quite short, as it's only meant as a taster of what's to come

  • Teeworlds, the classic free multiplayer platform battler is still being updated and it's looking good

    Teeworlds, a game that's been around for a great many years now continues to be improved and updated with another update pushed out recently.

    For those who've never played it, Teeworlds is a side-scrolling platform action game played online across various game modes like deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag. It's free, it's also open source (GitHub) and if you manage to get a bunch of people together to play with, it can be seriously fun.

  • The near-future game of espionage 'Sigma Theory: Global Cold War' is out in Early Access

    Developed by Mi-Clos Studio (Out There) and Goblinz Studio (Robothorium, Dungeon Rushers), Sigma Theory: Global Cold War, a game about using special agents to attempt control of the world has entered Early Access with Linux support recently.

    In the near-future scientists made a discovery called the Sigma Theory, which could throw the world into complete chaos. Apparently it's capable of helping to create new weapons of insane power, as well as tools that could disrupt everything from the economy to the human mind. Sounds pretty wild, so naturally everyone wants a piece of the pie.

  • How to install Steam on Ubuntu 19.04

    In this video, we look at how to install Steam on Ubuntu 19.04.

  • Intel Iris Gallium3D Picks Up More Game Performance Optimizations For Mesa 19.1

    There is just one week to go until the Mesa 19.1 feature freeze and branching for this next quarterly feature update to these open-source OpenGL/Vulkan Linux drivers. Notable this round is the introduction of the Intel "Iris" Gallium3D driver for supporting Broadwell graphics and newer atop this next-gen OpenGL driver ahead of next year's Xe Graphics dGPU launch. With days to go until the Mesa 19.1 feature freeze, more performance optimizations have landed.

    Kenneth Graunke of the Intel Open-Source Technology Center who has led the Iris Gallium3D driver development for more than the past year pushed a number of notable improvements into Mesa Git today.

    iris: Track valid data range and infer unsynchronized mappings - On Skylake graphics this improves the FPS average for games like DiRT Rally, Bioshock Infinite, and Shadow of Mordor by 2~7% and the max FPS by as much as 9~20%.

Games: GNU/Linux-Based Ataris VCS Delayed and Epic Games Store is Now Available on GNU/Linux

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  • Ataris VCS Delayed, But Does Anyone Even Care?

    Backers of the Linux-based Ataris VCS console should be sufficiently numb to news about delays by this point.

    We’ve been covering the protracted mess marketed as the “Atari VCS” since …Well, since forever, or more accurately since 2017, when the machine was known by a better name (‘Ataribox’) it wasn’t cloaked in a thick cloud of vapourware…

    Alas it looks like we’ll be writing about the console-that-never-is for a while longer, following news that the machine, which still lacks a functional prototype, has been delayed once again.

    But I have to ask at this point: does anyone even care?

  • Epic Games Store is Now Available on Linux Thanks to Lutris

    Open Source gaming platform Lutris now enables you to use Epic Games Store on Linux. We tried it on Ubuntu 19.04 and here’s our experience with it.

    Gaming on Linux just keeps getting better. Want to play Windows games on Linux, Steam’s new in-progress feature enables you to do that.

  • Mesa 19.1 Adds Workaround For Epic Games Launcher With OpenGL

    The latest change merged for Mesa 19.1 is a workaround so the Epic Games' game launch correctly renders when using OpenGL.

    It turns out that the Epic Games Launcher, which is Windows-only at least for now, relies upon an OpenGL 4.4 core context but uses deprecated OpenGL functionality. Technically the software shouldn't be using a core context but rather compatibility context if it needs to use deprecated GL functionality.

Games: Faerie Solitaire Harvest, Burning Knight, Basingstoke and Little Misfortune

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  • Faerie Solitaire Harvest released and it's a fantastic game for relaxing with

    Developer Subsoap teamed up with Puppygames for the latest addictive card game, as Faerie Solitaire Harvest is out now and it's absolutely worth a go or two.

  • Burning Knight looks like a pretty crazy roguelike, developed on Linux

    Burning Knight from Rexcellent Games looks absolutely nuts and not only is it coming to Linux, it's developed on Linux.

    I've been following it for quite some time now, but only recently it gained a fresh Steam page and a fancy new trailer you can see below. It's a little hard to follow but from the official info, it seems you will be robbing dungeons and attempting to escape somehow.

  • Basingstoke: An Apocalyptic Survival Alien Invasion Game

    Basingstoke is an apocalyptic alien invasion survival game available on itch. The game is free for Linux users. I’ve played the game for a week or two and found it to too addictive, however, your opinion may vary.
    Basingstoke gameplay is about surviving the alien invasion by collecting and looting stuff as you find your way to the destination; maybe harm some of those aliens too if you’d like to.

  • Dark adventure game 'Little Misfortune' from the maker of Fran Bow now has a demo available

    From the creators of Fran Bow and sharing the same universe, Little Misfortune now has a demo available to get a taster.

    What's interesting, is that when I spoke to the developer back in November last year, it didn't seem like they had a solid answer about Linux support as they would "try to". With the demo release today, it does have a Linux version so that's awesome and looks a bit more positive for us.

    Little Misfortune is an interactive story-based adventure game that follows Misfortune Ramirez Hernandez, a sweet eight year old girl. Led by the narrator, who Misfortune can actually hear and she calls him "Mr. Voice", you set off on an adventure to get Eternal Happiness to give to her mother.

Games: Simple Dot, Talk to Strangers, and More

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  • Minimalistic puzzle game 'Simple Dot' releasing next month, looks like it could be interesting

    Simple Dot seems like it has a nice idea, with you drawing lines to get balls from one end of a level to another. A simple idea but it looks like it does get quite complicated later on.

  • Talk to Strangers, a game of everyday survival as you become a door to door sales person

    Here's a bit of an odd one, Talk to Strangers puts you in the shoes of a sales person going door to door. It released last week with Linux support and the developer, Post Mortem Pixels, did send over a key so I've played it for a little while to gather some thoughts on it.

    It's actually an expanded idea of their Game Jam entry Don't Talk to Strangers (itch.io), released during the Stencyl Game Jam back in 2016. They said they were impressed by the feedback it gained, so they expanded and evolved it into a full game with Talk to Strangers.

  • A look at some great Linux gaming deals not to be missed this week

    Another week has begun, it's hot and so it's a good time to stay inside playing games obviously. Here's a look over what's going cheap this week.

    Firstly, Humble Store is doing a Team17 Publisher Week with a few nice Linux games on offer like Flockers, Overcooked! 2 and Sheltered. If you act fast Humble also have Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition going really cheap for another 5 hours.

Games: Capcom's FOSS Anomaly and 'Interrogation' Coming to GNU/Linux

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  • Capcom Home Arcade is a plug-and-play arcade stick with 16 games

    Capcom is getting in on the “classic” game bandwagon, announcing the Capcom Home Arcade, a €229.99 plug-and-play arcade system featuring support for two players and including 16 classic titles. If that price seems high to you, relative to emulator-based offerings from Nintendo, or even the FPGA-based solutions from Analogue, then ... you’d be right. In exchange for roughly $260, you do get genuine Sanwa joystick parts, and emulation courtesy of the well-respected, open source FB Alpha emulator.

  • The Emulator In Capcom's Home Arcade Is Stirring Controversy

    Its website markets the Capcom Home Arcade as an “authentic gaming” experience, in part because it utilizes the original arcade ROMs for games like Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting and Alien Vs. Predator and runs them with FB Alpha, an arcade emulator known for its snappy response times. As those in the emulation community were quick to point out, however, FB Alpha is open-source, and distributed under a license that strictly forbids people from trying to profit off of it.

  • Interrogation reveals 2019 release for Windows, Mac and Linux

    Getting a criminal suspect to crack under pressure isn't nearly as easy as TV makes it look. In indie Romanian developer Critique Gaming's upcoming Interrogation, players will find that out firsthand, needing all their conversational wiles if they're to bring down a growing terrorist organization.

Nvidia Uses "Open Source" for Marketing of Expensive Hardware

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  • Nvidia to publish open source version of Quake II RTX

    HEXUS shared the Quake II RTX video as an appendage to the news about real-time raytracing coming to the GTX 1060 or higher, back in March, during the GTC 2019 event. In brief, the video was presented by Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang during the opening keynote of GTC 2019. The demo's real-time ray traced global illumination and reflections, HDR visuals, dynamic direct and indirect lighting effects, mimicked physical material light reflection properties, and volumetric lighting effects were met with rapturous applause by GTC attendees.

  • NVIDIA To Transform Quake II RTX Demo Into An Open Source Retro Gaming Classic

    Applause broke out from the crowd at GTC 2019 when NVIDIA showcased a modded version of Quake II with overhauled graphics featuring real-time ray tracing and HDR visuals. Quake II RTX, as it is called, looks almost like a completely different game than the original version that launched over two decades ago. It was an impressive demo for sure, but NVIDIA has bigger plans for the mod.

    "Our goal is to publish an open source version of Quake II RTX," Principal DevTech Engineer and Quake II RTX's lead programmer, Alexey Panteleev, told AusGamers in an interview.

  • NVIDIA To Release Open Source Version Of The Quake II RTX Demo In The Future

    Last month, during GDC 2019, NVIDIA showed an impressive Quake II RTX demo, which showed how ray tracing can improve even old games, and it seems like players will soon be able to experience it for themselves.

    Speaking with Aus Gamers, Alexey Panteleev, the lead programmer of the Quake II RTX demo, confirmed that an open source version of it will be released in the future.

SuperTuxKart 1.0 Release

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  • SuperTuxKart 1.0 Release

    Yes, if you have followed our development a bit, that might be a bit of a surprise. But we have been asked why we don't call this release 1.0, and the majority of us developers discussed this and decided that indeed this release is a major milestone that deserves the big 1.0 number.

  • SuperTuxKart 1.0 Released For Open-Source Linux Racing

    SuperTuxKart, the open-source racing game inspired by Mario Kart and themed around Linux/Tux, has reached its 1.0 version after being in development the past 12+ years.

    SuperTuxKart 1.0 has been released now that there is networking support for SuperTuxKart for competitive racing across LANs or the Internet. The networking support isn't yet perfect but is quite suitable and has come together nicely in recent months.

Games: Lutris and More

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  • Epic Games Store Now On Linux Thanks To Lutris

    While the Epic Games Store itself is not officially supported by the open source Linux operating system, a third-party gaming client has now made sure that you can access the store and launcher on your own distro.

    The Epic Games Store is now accessible on Linux via the Lutris Gaming client. The client is available to all Linux users, who in the past has provided the same users a way to play PC games without the need to have Windows installed in their machines.

    Although Linux is not necessarily the go-to platform when it comes to PC gaming, there is a very niche audience dedicated to making the platform work in favor of open-source and to counteract what could be perceived as a heavily Windows-biased PC gaming community. Linux gaming is somewhat tedious to the relatively casual or normal user, although there are some within the Linux community that advertise and try to foster its growth in terms of gaming, as there are some games that can run better on the operating system. That is to say, if you have a lot of patience to try and make it work.

  • You Died but a Necromancer revived you is good fun in a small package

    Sometimes, simplicity is what makes a game and in the case of You Died BaNRY that's very true. The game has little depth to it but makes up for that in just how frantic and fun it can be. The entire gameplay is just you (or you and friends) attempting to cross a small level filled with platforms, spikes and all sorts of crazy traps. It's ridiculously easy to get into as well, since the controls are so basic all you need to worry about is your movement.

  • Forager is a weirdly addictive casual grinding game that has mined into my heart

    I'm not usually one for games that have you endlessly wander around, collect resources, build a little and repeat but Forager is so ridiculously charming it's lovely.

  • DragonRuby Game Toolkit, a cross-platform way to make games with Ruby

    Now for something a little different! Ryan "Icculus" Gordon, a name known for many Linux ports and SDL2 teamed up with indie developer Amir Rajan to create a new cross-platform toolkit.

    Why was it created? Well, in a nutshell they both "hate the complexity of today's engines" and this toolkit was actually made to help ship A Dark Room for the Nintendo Switch, which shows how versatile it is.

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