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Games: Hellpoint, Wasteland 2 Director's Cut, Bite the Bullet, Steam Play Proton

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  • Hellpoint, the dark sci-fi action RPG from Cradle Games now launching in 2020 with new details

    Cradle Games recently put out some fresh exciting details for Hellpoint, their upcoming crowdfunded dark sci-fi action RPG.

    Firstly, it seems the release has been pushed back a while. They were aiming for this year but they're just not going to hit it. They've been going through console certification, along with doing regular updates to the PC Beta and they're now saying it's going to be sometime in "Q1 2020" for Hellpoint's release.

  • Get Wasteland 2 Director's Cut FREE in the GOG Winter Sale, lots of Linux games going cheaps

    Is there seriously another big sale going on already? Yep! This time it comes with a FREE game too. GOG are offering Wasteland 2 Director's Cut at no cost.

    Firstly then, the Wasteland 2 Director's Cut Digital Classic Edition going FREE on GOG which also comes with Wasteland 1: The Original Classic so you're getting two games for nothing here. That should keep you busy enough through the colder Winter nights.

  • Action-RPG platform shooter Bite the Bullet is going to have some really crazy weapons

    Mega Cat Studios previously showed how eating enemies in Bite the Bullet would power you up, now they're talking about the varied weapons you get to play with.

    As a huge fan of Broforce and other such crazy action platformers, Bite the Bullet is high up on my list of games coming out next year. We shouldn't be waiting too long on it, with it due in the first quarter of 2020. To show it off a little more, Mega Cat Studios have a new video talking about all the weapons and some of them are pretty crazy.

  • Another Steam Beta is out, updates the Linux Runtime to help Steam Play Proton

    Quite a small update to the Steam Beta recently, but for some Linux gamers using Steam Play Proton it might be a rather helpful one.

    The new Library got tweaked a little again, now allowing for Family Sharing of tools, Valve also fixed new categories created in small mode or Big Picture mode not being properly saved when switching to normal mode and recently played but disallowed by Family View games not appearing in the Recent Games shelf when Family View is enabled on startup.

Games: Pygame, The Long Dark, DXVK and Shovel Knight

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  • Enable your Python game player to run forward and backward

    In previous entries in this series about creating video games in Python 3 using the Pygame module, you designed your level-design layout, but some portion of your level probably extended past your viewable screen. The ubiquitous solution to that problem in platformer games is, as the term "side-scroller" suggests, scrolling.

    The key to scrolling is to make the platforms around the player sprite move when the player sprite gets close to the edge of the screen. This provides the illusion that the screen is a "camera" panning across the game world.

    This scrolling trick requires two dead zones at either edge of the screen, at which point your avatar stands still while the world scrolls by.

  • Survival Mode in The Long Dark just got a lot bigger with the ERRANT PILGRIM update

    As promised, Hinterland Studio have released a huge update to the Survival Mode side of The Long Dark named ERRANT PILGRIM.

    It brings in a whole new region to explore, Bleak Inlet. Once a home to a thriving industrial Cannery, seismic activity cut-off Bleak Inlet from the rest of the Great Bear mainland. Exploring is not for the faint of heart, being Timberwolf territory but the treasures contained in the industrial complex may just be enough to warrant the journey.

  • DXVK Reportedly Going Into "Maintenance Mode" Due To State Of Code-Base

    While DXVK tends to be much-loved by Linux gamers for allowing more Direct3D 10/11 Windows games to run nicely on Linux with Wine or Proton (Steam Play) thanks to its fairly complete translation of D3D10/D3D11 API calls to Vulkan, it looks like Philip Rebohle is at least contemplating shifting it just into maintenance-mode.

    The DXVK lead developer recently commented that DXVK is "entering maintenance mode" and he doesn't want to make any significant changes or additions to the code.

  • Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown are out, completing the series

    Starting off with a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign back in 2013 and growing into a massive multi-part 8-bit inspired world, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove now finally finished. Note: Keys provided by GOG.com to us.

    Originally having a goal of $75,000 and a Linux/macOS stretch goal at $130,000 it proved to be popular ending on $311,491. It's taken six years for Yacht Club Games to get here starting with Shovel of Hope, followed by Plague of Shadows in 2015, Specter of Torment in 2017, and now King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown in 2019.

Wine/CodeWeavers and Games

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  • CELEBRATING THE DIFFICULT; THE RELEASE OF CROSSOVER 19

    My family likes to make fun of me because I enjoy hard problems. One of my favorite games of all time is Don't Starve. The way I played it - with no googling allowed - meant that I died all the time. While each death would make me pull out more and more of my hair, when I was finally able to master winter and find the portal, I felt a genuine sense of accomplishment.

    That's true for CodeWeavers, as well. My first guiding principle is that I want to do challenging and meaningful work.

    And, it turns out, working on Wine is the most challenging thing I've ever been part of. We are re-implementing the Windows operating system; our 43 employees work every day to keep up with the work of the 144,000 people at Microsoft.

  • CrossOver 19.0 Released - Ending Out 2019 With Better Microsoft Office Support On Linux

    CodeWeavers has announced the availability of CrossOver 19 for their Wine-based software for running Windows programs/applications/games on macOS and Linux.

    CrossOver 19.0 entered beta last month with the headlining feature being initial support for macOS Catalina, including going to great lengths for supporting 32-bit Windows programs on Catalina even with Apple phasing out their 32-bit software support.

  • Playing Tomb Raider (Definitive Edition) Using Stadia on Linux

    Lara Croft, if you didn't already know, is an adventurer extraordinaire, and hero of the game, "Tomb Raider". As part of the Google Stadia Pro edition, I have had the pleasure to follow Lara Croft in some of her adventures in this amazing game. 

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  • Playing CrossCode within a web browser

                     

                       

    The commercial video game Crosscode is written in HTML5, making it available on every system having chromium or firefox. The limitation is that it may not support gamepad (except if you find a way to make it work).

                       

    A demo is downloadable at this address https://radicalfishgames.itch.io/crosscode and should work using the following instructions.

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  • Create a turn-based combat system | Wireframe #28

           

             

    Learn how to create the turn-based combat system found in games like Pokémon, Final Fantasy, and Undertale. Raspberry Pi’s Rik Cross shows you how.

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  • Do you hear an odd buzzing sound? Minecraft 1.15 is out with a new friend

    Mojang just released the stable Minecraft 1.15 build with a new stripey friend, the Buzzy Bee and a bunch of new blocks.

    Even though it's not technically a major update and small in comparison to some previous, it's still quite feature-filled. There's now bees, bee nests and beehvies, honey blocks, a honey bottle, honeycomb and honeycomb blocks.

Games: Commandos, Area 86, Insurgency: Sandstorm and Humble Paradox Management Bundle

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Games: Humble Store, itch.io, Dying Light, Atari and NES Emulators

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  • The Indie Hits Sale over on Humble Store went live with some great Linux deals

    Humble are now celebrating Indie games, with a big sale going on some really great Indie games and a lot of good deals for Linux gamers on the lookout for something new.

    We're certainly not short on indie games, something Linux has thankfully done reasonably well with getting ports and official support from developers. Some of my all time favourite games are indie too, the variation you can find even in a single genre is often amazing.

  • Chooseco are getting indie games using 'choose your own adventure' taken down on itch.io

    The creator of indie store itch.io has issued a warning to game developers, as Chooseco appear to be trying to take down anything using the 'choose your own adventure' phrase.

    Not surprising it's happening though, Chooseco went after Netflix for using the same phrase with Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

  • Dying Light is doing a Chivalry crossover event with new weapons and an outfit

    Things are getting a bit medieval in Dying Light, with a new Chivalry crossover event that's arrived with some new free goodies to grab.

    Running until December 16, this event has some new random encounters available as you travel through either the Slums or Old Town. One of the event quests needs you to take two airdrops from Rais' men, this will reward you with a Agatha Medieval Shield. The other new event quest will require you to save some helpless people from monsters and bandits, help some survivors in their fight against the undead (both parts need doing twice) and that will reward you with a Zweihänder Sword.

  • Atari VCS going through 'Engineering Validation Testing' on the road to release

    Another update on the Linux-powered little console the Atari VCS, which is now going through Engineering Validation Testing (EVT) as it's on the road to release next year.

    In the last update we posted last month, the Atari VCS was going through pre-production. Something that stuck out, was the actual units looking seriously cheap and shiny.

  • The 15 Best NES Emulator Apps for Android Device in 2020

    Did you ever hear about NES Emulator? Well, NES Emulator is a system that helps you to play old days games in your Android device. The word NES stands for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is a kind of iconic gaming console. The main task of this console is to make you eligible to play those classic games. However, if you are nostalgic, want to have the experience of playing those exotic games, you can install an NES app from PlayStore. Here, I have added some useful NES Emulator apps for Android that you can find for free to use and enjoy those classic games.

Games: Interrogation, Ravenfield, Abstractanks

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  • Uncover the truth in Interrogation: You will be deceived, out now

    With a seriously cool Noir style, the detective conversational puzzle-sim Interrogation: You will be deceived is out now.

  • Indie FPS Ravenfield's work in progress Conquest Mode gets a tech tree

    Ravenfield, the highly amusing and incredibly moddable indie FPS that's in Early Access continues expanding the new Conquest Mode.

    While Ravenfield has been fun for a while, only recently has it gained a game mode that has you do more than just run around, shoot and laugh at the ragdolls. The new (and heavily work-in-progress) Conquest Mode has you fight against the AI across map-nodes, acting as a sort-of lengthier campaign option. While it's early, it's very promising and certainly quite different for an FPS to have a game mode like this.

  • Abstractanks, the indie fast-paced RTS continues evolving into a fun niche strategy game

    Ever tried Abstractanks? It's an indie real-time strategy game we took a look at a long time ago and it's gained some huge features.

    The core idea of the game is that it's simple and streamlined, fast and easy to get into while also giving you a healthy challenge that will keep you wanting to come back for more. Battles can end up huge too, with each side controlling swarms of units.

Games: Plague Inc: Evolved, Dungeon 2 and OBS Studio

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  • Trick the world in the Fake News update to Plague Inc: Evolved

    Plague Inc: Evolved just got another big free update with a fun new Fake News scenario giving you a chance to deceive the whole world.

    A great game you could already have a lot of fun with, as I did before naming a Bacteria after someone close. Now though, you're not dealing with coughs and colds but the spread of misinformation. Starting off with only one person being Deceived, you begin writing your Fake News Manifesto to evolve the information and it shall begin to spread.

    I decided to spread some fake news in the USA, that was started by Aliens because they just wanted to watch the world burn. You certainly can make some amusing things with it.

  • In AI Dungeon 2 the game is created as you play and it can be both impressive and ridiculous

    I can't even begin to understand the fancy AI learning stuff behind the scenes, but AI Dungeon 2 is certainly a very fun idea and a possible look into the future of games.

    AI Dungeon 2 is a text adventure, like the classics but with a huge twist as it's built with OpenAI opening up a huge amount of ever-expanding actions that are possible. It can be impressive, there's some really surprising and amusing interactions you can have with it.

  • OBS Studio 24.0.4 is out with numerous bug fixes, better Linux Window Capture

    A few days ago, a "Hotfix" update was released for the video capture and livestreaming FOSS application OBS Studio.

    OBS Studio 24.0.4 is quite a small release, but for those of you creating video content on Linux you might find this version working a lot better. For Linux especially, the Window Capture function got multiple fixes like certain windows just not appearing and sometimes multiple 0x0 windows would appear. Display Capture on Linux was also fixed up where the crop value would shift the cursor's captured position incorrectly.

Games: HD Remastered Games, Black Mesa and More

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  • HD Remastered Games for Linux that Never had a Linux Release Earlier

    Many game developers and publishers are coming up with HD remaster of old games to extend the life of franchise, please fans requesting compatibility with modern hardware and of course, to make a profit. Linux has its own share of these remastered games. This article will specifically list games that never had a Linux release back in the day, but a got a HD remaster version in recent times.

  • Prepare for Half-Life: Alyx with the full and complete Beta of Half-Life recreation Black Mesa out now

    Black Mesa, the seriously impressive recreation of the original Half-Life can finally be completed! Crowbar Collective have put up the big complete Beta. A great way to prepare for the Half-Life: Alyx release next year.

    To get in, all you have to do is own Black Mesa on Steam and opt into the "public-beta" branch. Full release notes can be found here. So we're finally closing in on Black Mesa leaving Early Access!

    If you just want to jump into the newer Xen levels, you can unlock all chapters quite easily. Go to Options, Keyboard, Advanced, Enable Developer Console. Bring up the console and type "sv_unlockedchapters 19".

    A few quick shots of it on Linux...

  • A round-up of some good sales going on Linux games for you this weekend

    Roll up! Roll up! Come and see what could possibly be your next game purchase. Here's a little round-up of what's going cheap for you this weekend.

  • 60 FPS Screen Recording Apps for Linux

    There are a number of screen recording apps available for Linux, each with their own feature sets. They work fine in most of the use cases, however I found that many of these apps struggle to record videos at 60 frames per second (FPS) at full HD resolution.It is understandable that recording videos at 60 FPS can be taxing on hardware and performance will depend on your PC’s strength, specially when you are recording graphically demanding PC games. However, in my testing I observed that some of these screen recording apps don’t provide an option to set FPS at all while others limit it to a predetermined value. Further, some apps were able to consistently record around 58-60 FPS videos with ease while others struggled to achieve even 50 FPS on the same set of hardware. During this test, I disabled on the fly encoding wherever it was possible.

Games: Wine 5.0 Code Freeze, The Humble Choice and Tropico 6

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  • Wine 5.0 Code Freeze To Begin Next Week

    As expected by Wine's annual release cadence, next week Wine 5.0 will enter its code freeze followed by release candidates until this next stable Wine release is ready to ship around early 2020.

    Wine project leader Alexandre Julliard shared that following next week's development release will mark the expected code freeze season for Wine 5.0. Wine 4.22 will be out one week from today and the last point by which Wine developers can land any features they want to see in this annual stable release. Following that will be weekly Wine 5.0 release candidates until the 5.0.0 release is ready to ship, likely in January or February.

  • The Humble Choice game bundle subscription has launched replacing Humble Monthly

    Humble Bundle have today replaced their Humble Monthly subscription service with Humble Choice, offering subscription tiers and more.

  • The Llama of Wall Street has invaded Tropico 6 in a new DLC out now, plus a free update

    Limbic Entertainment and Kalypso Media today released the first expansion to the humurous city building sim Tropico 6, along with a free update for everyone.

    Firstly, the Seguridad Social update is free for everyone who owns Tropico 6 and adds in a new Warehouse building, a sandbox map 'Rio', and a community-requested Social Security edict, which helps prevent in-game student and retiree NPCs from going broke. There's also quite a healthy amount of bug fixing in this update.

Games: Ballistic Overkill, Roadwarden, Mosaic

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  • Aquiris Game Studio ending support for their online FPS Ballistic Overkill

    Ballistic Overkill, an easy pick up and play first-person shooter from Aquiris Game Studio is now essentially being killed off.

    In an announcement on Steam, the team noted that "supporting a game like this with frequent updates is no easy task, nor is it something cheap, especially for an independent studio like us" and they're certainly not wrong about that. Keeping a multiplayer game going, with constant updates to keep people interested and fighting against cheaters certainly isn't easy for a smaller team.

  • Roadwarden, an upcoming illustrated text-based exploration fantasy RPG with a Linux demo

    Roadwarden certainly grabs your attention! A game that blends together features from a ton of different genres to create a mix of an RPG, interactive fiction, adventure, exploration and a lot more. It doesn't really fit into any clear genre.

    Somehow, I completely missed it being announced with a demo a good few months ago. Thankfully, I did notice it popping up on Steam just recently and they have a new announcement trailer:

  • Gloomy and surreal adventure game Mosaic from Krillbite Studio is out now

    Krillbite Studio, developer of the creepy Among the Sleep have released Mosaic, a dark and surreal adventure game about life in a cold overpopulated and ever-expanding city. Note: Key provided to us by GOG.com.

    I was a big fan of Among the Sleep, the story telling and the atmosphere they made with it was brilliant and to this day the ending still makes me think. With Mosaic, they've done quite the opposite in terms of the story. Life is hard, it can often be quite dull and Mosaic is showing it all off with a dystopian near-future setting. This is a game about adult life, how it's often monotonous as we go through it just trying to survive. Things get a little weird though, as you expected it to with such a game.

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