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Games: Valve, BorderDoom, BlooM, The Sapling, Red Eclipse 2, Crash World, Cyberpunk Bar Sim and The Farlanders

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  • Valve has an Armistice Sale and Singles Day sale on Steam with some good Linux games cheap

    Yet another chance to grab a game or two from your wishlist perhaps? The Armistice Sale on Steam supports the War Child UK charity and there's also a Singles Day sale.

    For the Armistice Sale, Valve are promoting games with non-violent gameplay (or they got an update for the sale) to support children affected by the world’s deadliest conflicts.

  • BorderDoom adds a little Borderlands flavour to classic Doom

    Always on the lookout for the new and interesting, BorderDoom came across the GOL news-desk recently adding a little Borderlands flavour to Doom.

    It's quite a basic mod, once that would likely work well with the many others out there. The basic idea of it is to add in weapons with random properties like damage, number of bullets fired, firing speed and so on, plus shields that recharge and enemies that have levels to give you more of a challenge.

  • BlooM brings together the classics Doom and Blood

    Another quality mashup here, with BlooM merging together elements from both Doom and Blood into something quite different. The team behind it recently put up a fresh demo while they work on the full release which includes new maps, enemies, music and more.

  • Design your own plants and animals in the casual sim The Sapling

    Releasing with Linux support in December, The Sapling looks like a nice casual sim where you design your own plants and animals.

    Probably one of the most difficult types of games to get right, many have attempted some sort of evolution sim and it's always great to see more.

  • Red Eclipse 2 is a revamp of the classic free arena shooter coming to Steam

    I will admit this is quite a surprise, Red Eclipse is a first-person shooter I haven't seen mentioned in a long time and it seems they're closing in on a big revamped release with Red Eclipse 2.

    A classic free and open source shooter, Red Eclipse hasn't seen a released update since 1.6 back in December of 2017. Two years later, they're launching the massive upgrade for it free on Steam. Not a simple update either, they've completely changed the rendering engine to bring in Tesseract so they can support more advanced graphical features.

  • Deliver pizzas, upgrade your car and smash into everything in Crash World

    Crash World is an upcoming comedy pizza delivery game with some really silly physics and you can try an early demo right now.

    Releasing on Steam next year, it's a pretty wacky game. Bouncy physics, terrible vehicle handling, a car you can upgrade and an ever-changing city should provide plenty of amusement. This isn't some GTA-style open-world game though, it's mission-based but going off-mission is something that will happen often. It did to me anyway, I just couldn't help myself.

  • Cyberpunk Bar Sim fully funded on Kickstarter and coming to Linux

    Currently crowdfunding (successfully!) with a few days left, Cyberpunk Bar Sim takes elements inspired by both Game Dev Tycoon and VA-11 Hall-A to create a new mix of cyberpunk bar ownership.

    Starting off with nothing but a small dive bar with five stools, a counter-top and a handful of customers you will need to grow the business and expand your reach. Eventually you will pull in regulars, who will get chatty and tell you their story.

  • Build a busy city on Mars in The Farlanders, an in-development city-builder with a free web demo

    Currently in development and quite early on, The Farlanders is a tile-based city-builder set on the red planet Mars. Created by developer Angry Kid, the same behind Undervault a free roguelike dungeon crawler.

    Even though it's not finished, it's starting to really look good and it's already engrossing enough for me to recommend taking a look at it if you're in the mood for a city-builder that's a little different to the rest.

Steam for Linux client adds support for Linux namespaces

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  • Steam for Linux client adds support for Linux namespaces

    The Steam client for Linux now supports using namespaces (a.k.a containers) to run game titles.

  • Steam For Linux Beta Adds Experimental Namespaces/Containers Support

    Longtime Linux game developer Timothee Besset has outlined the support introduced by Valve this week in their latest Steam Linux client beta for supporting Linux namespaces / containers. This experimental functionality may in the end provide better support for 32-bit compatibility as more Linux distributions focus solely on x86_64 packages, reducing some of the fragmentation/library conflicts between some Linux distributions and Steam, and other headaches currently plaguing the Steam Linux space.

  • Steam for Linux can now run games in a special container

    In the latest Steam Beta Client for Linux, Valve have added a new way to run Linux games through a special container.

    This is something that was being hinted, as we noticed when the new Steam Library was rolled out (noted at the bottom) you could briefly install the Steam Linux Runtime from the Tools menu before it was hidden again. Now we know why!

    It's a new experimental feature, allowing you to better isolate games from the host system as detailed in a post on Steam from developer Timothee Besset. As the post from Besset states, it can help Valve support older titles on newer distributions, allow developers to test directly against it reducing QA time, other runtimes can be added using newer compilers and libraries, allow you to isolate your Home folder and a whole lot more.

Games: X-Plane 11.40 and 4 Raspberry Pi Gaming Platforms

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  • X-Plane 11.40 is Final

    X-Plane 11.40 is now final! You will be prompted to update to X-Plane 11.40 when you start X-Plane; Steam users will receive the update automatically via Steam. Here’s what’s next in the pipeline:
    We are working on a bug-fix update (11.41) to catch one or two bugs that didn’t make the RC, as well as the inevitable bug that will be reported after go final. I expect to cut an 11.41 release candidate some time next week, and it should be a pretty quick release.
    In the meantime, we are pushing hard to get Vulkan/Metal ready so that we can do an X-Plane 11.50 beta. We may start private testing of Vulkan and Metal before 11.41 is done, depending on what gets fixed first.

  • Longtime Linux-Friendly X-Plane Flight Simulator Sees v11.40 Released

    Besides X-Plane being one of the most realistic PC-based flight simulators, this flight simulator from Laminar Research has long supported Linux. Out this weekend is X-Plane 11.40 as the latest update and the last major release before they roll-out their long-awaited Vulkan graphics API support.

    X-Plane has long been using an OpenGL-based render while with the next major release, X-Plane 11.50, is where they will finally ship their big renderer rework where Apple's Metal API is used on macOS and Vulkan for other platforms.

  • Testing 4 Raspberry Pi Gaming Platforms

    I've been looking to update my home media center recently and decided to survey the landscape of Raspberry Pi gaming/media platforms. This video compares the four best ones I've been able to find which are: RetroPie, Recalbox, Lakka, and Steamlink.

Games: Shotgun Farmers, The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters, 3 Minutes to Midnight, Ghost Grab 3000

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  • Unique first-person shooter Shotgun Farmers adds an amusing Horde Mode

    In Shotgun Farmers when you shoot and miss, your bullets sink into the ground and grow new guns. It's a brilliant idea and it just got a huge update.

    With this big update, it introduces a co-op Horde Mode for you and a few others to face off against 50 waves of increasingly difficult zombie farmers and infected animals on a brand new map. That's in addition to the existing team deathmatch, free for all, capture the pig, tournament and other game modes.

  • Korean survival horror The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters enters Early Access with Linux support

    Devespresso Games and Headup continue their great Linux support, with a same-day released of The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters.

    After launching their story-driven roguelike Vambrace: Cold Soul earlier this year, Devespresso went back to their scarier roots with a sequel to their debut title The Coma: Cutting Class which was given a revamp and Linux support with The Coma: Recut back in 2017. This latest game in the series takes you back to Sehwa High, with a new protagonist and a very angry psychotic killer out to get you.

  • Comedy adventure game 3 Minutes to Midnight funded and coming to Linux

    Scarecrow Studio have raised enough funding to have a successful Kickstarter campaign for 3 Minutes to Midnight, a comedy adventure game due out next year.

    They seem to be pulling out all the stops on this one. Fully voiced, high quality art with locations having both night and day with different things going on, a huge script, tons of people to meet and speak to, two playable characters, multiple solutions to different puzzles plus lots of accessibility features you would expect out of a properly modern point and click adventure.

  • Ghost Grab 3000 is a very satisfying arcade game where you chain ghosts together

    Ghost Grab 3000 just recently released after a delay due to the Halloween sales and it's a huge amount of fun.

Games and Graphics: Mainframe Defenders, Proton, NVIDIA 390.132 Linux Driver and More

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  • Mainframe Defenders, retrofuturistic squad-based strategy now has a Linux demo

    Mainframe Defenders from Old Byte Apps is an in-development retro take on a squad-based strategy roguelike. They just announced today that they've now added a Linux demo.

    The story is your typical cyberspace affair, with a virus infiltrating infecting an AI controlled research complex. Your overall mission is to crush this virus and defend the mainframe through a series of missions with different objectives and enemies.

  • Steam Play Proton 4.11-8 is out with vkd3d for Direct3D 12 support

    Another update to Steam Play Proton has been released this evening, which should bring with it plenty of improvements for playing Windows games on Linux.

    Looking to get started with Steam Play on Linux? Be sure to check our previous beginners guide.

    Proton 4.11-8 now includes vkd3d, another library built on top of Vulkan to add in Direct3D 12 support. Other parts of Proton also saw version bumps like DXVK to 1.4.4, D9VK to 0.30, FAudio to 19.11 and Wine-mono to 4.9.4.

  • NVIDIA 390.132 Linux Driver Released For Legacy Fermi Support

    Not nearly as exciting as the recent NVIDIA 440 Linux driver series going stable but for those with older Fermi graphics cards and wanting to use the latest NVIDIA binary driver experience, their 390 series legacy driver series has been updated.

    The NVIDIA 390.132 driver is out today as the latest legacy driver update targeting the GeForce GTX 400/500 "Fermi" graphics cards.

  • Your weekend look at what's on sale and what you can try free

    While the Halloween sales are over, plenty of stores still have some big and interesting game sales going on with lots of Linux games going cheap.

Games: Small Mode returns to Steam, Chasm and Summer Daze at Hero-U

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  • Small Mode returns to Steam, Broadcast Settings appear on Linux and more on Steam Cloud Gaming

    Valve continue upgrading the experience for the new Steam Library with another Beta update available now.

    I know plenty of people missed Small Mode, well the good news is that it has returned! If you go to View -> Small Mode in the top menu it will now correctly switch to it. It has been updated too, so you can view your Collections in it too. Don't know what Small Mode is?

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    For the Linux client, Valve updated vaapi decoding to libva2 compatibility, they applied some fixes to free disk space checking due to issues with some NFS mounts and Steam Input's F12 binding was fixed as well. See the full changelog here.

  • Sweet action-adventure Chasm is now available on itch.io

    Bit Kid have just recently put up their successfully crowdfunded action-adventure game Chasm on itch.io. Announced a few days ago, it's good to see more developers support the very indie friendly store.

    In Chasm you play as a new recruit taking on your first mission for the Guildean Kingdom. You investigate various rumours about a vital mine being shut down, but what you discover is worse than you had imagined. The whole town is empty, kidnapped by supernatural creatures emerging from the depths. That's the basic setup anyway, although each play-through will be different thanks to the randomized map.

  • Summer Daze at Hero-U is successfully funded and on the way to Linux

    Summer Daze at Hero-U, the prequel to Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption from Lori and Corey Cole has been funded on Kickstarter so that's another game on the way to Linux.

    Their campaign ended a few days ago with $106,155 in funding (just over their 99k goal), showing that there's plenty of gamers out there interested in a Visual Novel that mixes in light RPG and adventure game elements. It did look a bit touch-and-go a few days before the end, thankfully though they got a good boost at the end of the campaign to push it over.

Games: OVERKILL, Alwa's Legacy, Kingdoms and Castles and More

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  • OVERKILL begin updating PAYDAY 2 again with a patch and new DLCs out now

    PAYDAY 2 development is officially back on and OVERKILL have today released an update with some free content, plus new DLC.

    This latest update brings some more customization options into the game, with a new Outfits system. In the Armour menu, there's now a new tab where you can change your clothes. They also threw in a few for everyone including: Tactical BDU, Raincoat, Scrubs, Winter Camo Parka, Tuxedo and a Murkywater Uniform.

  • Alwa's Legacy the successor to Alwa's Awakening announced with a Kickstarter campaign

    Alwa's Awakening was released back in 2017 to some rather good reviews, so Elden Pixels are back with the successor Alwa's Legacy.

    Much like the first game, it's a 2D action adventure. This time though, it's slightly less retro looking with much improved visuals. Still pixel art but they're combining this with plenty of modern effects. In Alwa's Legacy, there's no exact path you have to follow as it's a non-linear adventure, one that they say rewards your exploration. Just like their first game, Alwa's Legacy will also support Linux with a release planned on both Steam and GOG.

  • City-building builder Kingdoms and Castles expands again with new buildings and resources

    As the small team behind the excellent city-builder Kingdoms and Castles work towards adding in rival AI, they've released another meaty update.

    In this update they've introduced a Fish resource to give you a chance at getting more food, along with a Fishing Hut and Fishmonger so you have a full production chain. Apples are now their own unique resource, instead of magically turning into grain when stored in the Granary so they added the Produce Storage building to keep them fresh. Your peasants also now need to eat Apples on top of other food types to get max health.

  • AMD announce their third-gen Threadripper processors and a 16 core flagship Ryzen 9

    Today, AMD announced when you will be able to get your hands on their third-generation Threadripper processors if you're after a crazy amount of cores. On top of a new 16 core flagship Ryzen 9.

    First up, we have the third-generation Threadripper on the also new sTRX4 socket if you've got plenty of cash and you want a serious upgrade. AMD said that while the pin count is the same as the previous generation Threadripper, "the mapping of those pins to voltage or data will be different this time 'round" so you cannot use a third-gen Threadripper in an older socket or a previous generation in the new sTRX4 socket.

  • Christopher Allan Webber: Terminal Phase: building a space shooter that runs in your terminal

    Well it's most of one, anyway. It's a prototype that I built as a test program for Spritely Goblins.

    I've satisfied the technical needs I had in building the program; I might still finish it as a game, and it's close enough where making a satisfying game rather than just a short demo is super feasible, but I've decided to see whether or not there's actually enough interest in that at all by leaving that as a milestone on my Patreon. (We're actually getting quite close to meeting it... would be cool if it happened!)

    But what am I, a person who is mostly known for work on a federated social web protocol, doing making a game demo, especially for a singleplayer game? Was it just for fun? It turns out it has more to do with my long term plans for the federated social web than it may appear.

    And while it would be cool to get something out there that I would be proud of for its entertainment value, in the meanwhile the most interesting aspects of this demo to me are actually the technical ones. I thought I'd walk through what those are in this post, because in a sense it's a preview of some of the stuff ahead in Spritely. (Now that I've written most of this post, I have to add the forewarning that this blogpost wanders a lot, but I hope all the paths it goes down are sufficiently interesting.)

Games: Black Ice, A Year Of Rain, Dead Cells

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  • Fast-paced shoot and loot FPS Black Ice adds a big new area and grenade launchers

    I already had trouble deciding what weapons to keep in Black Ice and now they've gone and added in grenades and grenade launchers? I need more slots. You can pry my Tron-like disc weapon out of my cold dead digital hands.

    What is Black Ice? It's a first-person shooter than can be played solo or in co-op/pvp that has a cyberspace theme, with you running around hacking into servers. It has a huge amount of loot to find, with lots of varied weapons.

    The Volcanyon update just went live, adding in a huge new area also called the Volcanyon. It's a dense area, full of servers to hack in a rather vertical way. New quests came with it, all of which lead up to the Volcano which the developers said they're working on next.

  • Co-op real-time strategy game A Year Of Rain for Linux is a "TOP Priority"

    Daedalic Entertainment just released their brand new co-op focused competitive RTS, A Year Of Rain, into Early Access and they confirm that a Linux version is a high priority.

    A Year Of Rain is a traditional RTS in the style of others like Starcraft, Warcraft and plenty more featuring a mix of base building, resource gathering, unit recruiting and of course lots of battles.

  • Dead Cells gets bigger again with a new mini-biome and mutations

    The brilliant rogue-lite, metroidvania inspired, action-platformer Dead Cells has another awesome content update available now.

    Released yesterday, the Corrupted Update brings with it a brand new mini-biome the Corrupted Confinement. This is an optional area, mirroring Prison Depths. You get access to it from the Toxic Sewers, and it will lead to either the Ancient Sewers or the Ramparts. Worth trying too, as there's a guaranteed cursed chest at the beginning.

Verenitti OS Unix style operating system for gamers, creators and professionals

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A new operating system will be launching in a few days time via Kickstarter in the form of Verenitti OS, offering a UNIX-like OS alternative to Windows 10, Linux and Mac OS. The Verenitti OS has been specifically designed for gamers, creators and professionals and will allow you to play AAA games while providing a completely private and secure operating system with complete compatibility, says its creators. Verenitti 33 has been designed specifically for laptops and includes an integrated firewall, application profiles Hybrid OS, Floating OS, Portable OS and more. Verenitti 77 has been designed for designer gaming and creators PC offering incredibly power, with specialised performance drivers.

“Verenitti is a Unix-like operating system we are developing, with a lot developed already, to allow users to have an OS they own and can use as they wish, with no forced cloud service or external identification needed. As digital code develops and the industry and government expand the possibilities, operating systems are becoming more and more unusable due to privacy concerns and bloat. Windows seems to believe it has the right to add adverts into your operating system whenever it chooses.”

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Games: Godot Engine Beta, Abbey Games Woes and Steam GNU/Linux Beta Anniversary

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  • The first Beta of Godot Engine 3.2 has been released

    The team behind the FOSS game engine, Godot Engine, have now released the first Beta in the 3.2 series so the full release is coming close now with lots of new goodies for game developers.

    Rémi Verschelde, the Project Manager noted that they've seen plenty of activity since the third Alpha release with well over 200 commits and they're now entering a feature freeze period. So no new features as they work on getting it stable.

  • DEV SNAPSHOT: GODOT 3.2 BETA 1

    We thus publish Godot 3.2 beta 1 as our next iteration, fixing various issues from previous builds. 263 commits have been merged since 3.2 alpha 3. This release is built from commit 077b5f6.

    The beta stage corresponds for us to a release freeze, as announced today on GitHub, which means that we will only consider critical bug fixes for merging in the master branch, and that until Godot 3.2 is released. This way, we can focus on making the 3.2 release as stable as possible with continuously increasing the scope of its new features.

  • Abbey Games announce they're going to let staff go in December as they "scope down"

    Abbey Games, a developer known for titles like Reus, Renowned Explorers: International Society and most recently Godhood announced today things aren't going so well.

    Back in March this year their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for their newest game, Godhood, was successfully funded with €54,376. It then launched into Early Access in July, but it seems neither the campaign or Early Access launch is enough.

    In a post on the Godhood Kickstarter, they explain that to survive they're going to scope down "significantly" to get Godhood across the finishing line. They said Godhood will still be completed, coming to a full release in the first half of 2020 with a roadmap change.

  • Seven years ago today, Steam for Linux went into limited Beta

    Sometimes it only feels like it was a year or two ago but no, it has been seven years to the date since the valve was opened a little to let some Linux users get some Steam.

    In that time, Valve have done a huge amount for Linux gaming. Sure, the whole Steam Machine and SteamOS idea didn't quite work out but thanks to the initial push we're still here. Not hard to imagine where Linux gaming would be without Valve, hardly any others really stepped up and took interest.

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  • Intel Releases oneAPI Base Toolkit Beta For Performance-Focused, Cross-Device Software

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