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Games: CorsixTH, GemRB, and Thrive

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  • Theme Hospital game engine reimplementation CorsixTH 0.65 is out now | GamingOnLinux

    Another fantastic free and open source game engine reimplementation just had a new release. This time it's CorsixTH 0.65 for playing Theme Hospital on modern systems.

    The problem with Theme Hospital, like a lot of older games, is that it didn't stand the test of time too well. The idea and the gameplay is great but it really does show its age. CorsixTH totally revitalises it with full HD support, zooming, custom levels and campaigns, improved game logic and more.

  • GemRB 0.9.0, the game engine reimplementation for the likes of Baldur's Gate | GamingOnLinux

    Less than a month after the last release, the Infinity Engine reimplementation for the likes of Baldur's Gate and other RPGs has another big release with GemRB 0.9.0.

    The developers mentioned this was a "monster" to get sorted and this update is over six years in the making. It's a huge change bringing a modernization of the UI system, drawing and input handling. You also should no longer need any widescreen mods for the classics.

  • Free and open source evolution game Thrive 0.5.4 is out now with cell colonies | GamingOnLinux

    Bringing you the latest in open source evolution simulation, Thrive 0.5.4 is out now with a big new gameplay feature with the possibility of forming cell colonies. As a reminder: this is no arcade style or survival game, it's no Spore either. It's quite scientific, although some of it is obviously still simplified due to it being a game. Thoroughly interesting though and can be a little educational too.

    This big new feature brings Thrive further along the evolutionary chain towards the Multicellular stage. To be able to do so, you first have to have survived long enough to unlock and evolve to gain a nucleus. There's still plenty of work to be done in the Multicellular stage with binding agents just being the first step. There's also some graphical improvements, you get a better preview of what you'll look like when changing colour or how much its membrane will wiggle with a new rigidity value and cell wall.

Games: art of rally, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and More

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  • The Polacolour Update is now live for art of rally with a dark mode UI

    A big highlight from 2020 was art of rally, the indie racer from Funselektor Labs developer of Absolute Drift (get it free until June 19) and there's a big overhaul update out now.

    This update has been in the works for about 6 months now the developer said, bringing with it an updated UI from one an artist who worked on the also fabulous Mini Metro. There's even a dark mode included (hooray, my eyes!) and there's UI scaling now too. You can also see cross-platform leader boards and downloadable ghosts now too. C

  • How To Host Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Server on Ubuntu

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive popularly known as CS: GO is one of the most popular games of all time. Released in 1999, the game involves two teams where the Terrorist team tries to plant explosives whereas the Counter-Terrorists team tries to prevent it.

    After nearly 21 years of its launch, the game still has millions of active players worldwide. According to Statista, CS: GO had 24 million active users in February 2020. The game is also played in eSports where professional CS: GO teams such as Cloud9, G2, and NaVi take part to win the trophy.

    So it’s not just a game but can also be a profession if you’re good at it. There are hundreds of streamers on Twitch who have a large number of subscribers.

  • How to install Steam Link on a Chromebook

    Today we are looking at how to install Steam Link on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

Proton 6.3-5 RC

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  • Steam Play Proton 6.3-5 has a first Release Candidate out with lots of changes

    Time for a weekend of testing as the next version of Steam Play Proton is closing in with Proton 6.3-5 having a first Release Candidate now available. Quite a big one too by the looks of it! Don't know what Steam Play and Proton are? Be sure to check out our dedicated page for the full run-down.

  • Proton 6.3-5 RC Allows More Windows Games To Run On Linux

    Just in time for the weekend Linux gamers is a new release candidate of the upcoming Proton 6.3-5 that powers Valve's Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux.

    With the Proton 6.3-5 release candidate there is the newly-released DXVK 1.9 for bettering the Direct3D 9/10/11 support atop Vulkan. This update also now uses DXVK's DXGI by default for handling GPU device selection. On the Direct3D 12 front, the latest VKD3D-Proton code is now incorporated.

Games: YoYo Games, Sophie's Safecracking, and More

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  • YoYo Games launches Fire Jump - a new game-making Drag and Drop tutorial for GameMaker Studio 2

    18 June 2021, Dundee, Scotland: YoYo Games today announced the launch of Fire Jump - a new game-making tutorial designed to introduce new users...

  • Learn how locks really work in Sophie's Safecracking Simulator now on Steam | GamingOnLinux

    After appearing on itch.io, the very clever Sophie's Safecracking Simulator is now available on Steam if that is your preferred way to grab Linux games. What is it? It teaches you how to crack simulated (obviously) locks by using real-world techniques. It's a wonderful idea for a sort-of game.

  • Guilty Gear: Strive - Fighting at It's Finest - Boiling Steam

    Mankind knew that they cannot change society.
    So instead of reflecting on themselves, they blamed the Beasts.

    These are the words you’ll hear upon starting a matchup in Guilty Gear: Strive. Next, you’ll see your character and your opponent walking close to each other, and once they stop walking, you’ll get a nice butt shot of your character, and you’ll hear the words “Heaven, or Hell.”

    Who are the Beasts exactly? Well, I frankly couldn’t tell you, because behind the Guilty Gear series is a ton of lore that I have yet to catch up on. I dabbled a little bit with Guilty Gear: Xrd, but otherwise I knew little to nothing about the Guilty Gear series prior to picking up this game. Regardless, Guilty Gear: Strive (I will try to refrain from using the acronym “GG”, as some might confuse it for “good game”) — it’s a game that I just can’t seem to give enough praise for. It’s not just the fighting mechanics — it’s the lighting, the artwork, the fluid animations, the stellar soundtrack, the rollback netcode, the deep, deep dive into the lore tour via the story mode, combined that makes this a gem worth paying the $60 asking price.

Games: Vomitoreum, Humble, Melvor Idle and More

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  • Vomitoreum is a retro-styled FPS Metroidvania that releases July 30 | GamingOnLinux

    Vomitoreum shall bring a nice little birthday present for me on July 30 when this retro-styled FPS Metroidvania releases on Steam and itch.io. From the same developer who created Shrine / Shrine II and Lycanthorn / Lycanthorn II - Rain of Beasts comes another GZDoom powered experience.

    The developer announced on Twitter the July 30 release date for Vomitoreum and replied to confirm the same date for Linux builds to arrive too.

    "Vomitoreum has a world inspired by the painting of Zdzisław Beksiński; intense combat; challenging but fair gameplay; and a world waiting to be explored! Rise from the grave factory and see what Vomitoreum has lying in wait for you!"

  • co-open is a wholesome game about shopping by yourself for the first time | GamingOnLinux

    Remember the first time you were allowed to be in a shop by yourself? For some it was seriously exciting, others perhaps a little terrifying and that's what co-open is all about. Created as a Humble Original, a game that Humble Bundle paid for to be included as a special game in their monthly Humble Choice (the February 2021 edition), it's now released proper up on itch.io.

  • Melvor Idle is probably one of the best idle games around | GamingOnLinux

    Ever played an idle / clicker game? They've been popular in the past, especially in the earlier days of web gaming and Melvor Idle is probably one of the best.

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    The game allows a certain amount of offline progression too. Non-combat skills can be left on while you're away for quite a few hours, so you've always got something interesting to come back to which makes it that little bit sweeter. Melvor Idle makes it easy to become a little obsessed with it and so it's quite dangerous with your time.

  • New 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Game Has Game Streamers Worried Over Integral Music In The Game

    With streaming games and "let's plays" becoming a dominant force of influence in the gaming world, one of the sillier trends we've seen is video games coming out with "stream safe" settings that strip out audio content for which there is no broadcast license. We've talked already about how this sort of thing is not a solution to the actual problem -- the complicated licenses surrounding copyrighted works and the permission culture that birthed them -- but is rather a ploy to simply ignore that problem entirely. That hasn't stopped this from becoming a more regular thing in the gaming world, even as we've seen examples of "stream safe" settings fail to keep streams from getting DMCA notices.

Games: Loop Hero, Absolute Drift, and Godot Engine

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  • Loop Hero adds saving during a run and more speed options in the 1.1 update

    Loop Hero, the big hit from Four Quarters and Devolver Digital that released back in March has a major 1.1 update out now with some really wonderful additions.

    Making an already great game that little bit better, you can now actually save and quit to come back during a run through the expeditions. So you no longer have to run back to camp and lose a bunch of resources just because you have to leave. That alone will make me put a lot more time into it. You can also speed the game up an additional two times, card deck switching is in, new titles and enemies and more.

  • Absolute Drift from the art of rally devs arrives on GOG and free for 48 hours | GamingOnLinux

    Yet another chance to bag yourself a free game. During the GOG Summer Sale, Absolute Drift from the art of rally developer has been released on GOG and free for 48 hours.

    "This is a driving experience like no other. Journey from apprentice to master drifter as you hone your skill in a gorgeous minimalist world. Push yourself to the limit on drifting tracks and wild mountain roads while you work to unlock trophies and elite events. Compete against ghosts of the top players in the world, or refine your skills by out-scoring your own ghost. Chill out to over 3 hours of original electronic music by C41 and NYTE as you challenge your driving skills at every turn until you finally master the art of drifting."

  • Godot Engine - Tiles editor progress report #4

    This is the part 4 of the progress reports about the TileMap and TileSet editors rework. You can find the previous report here.

    We are close to the end of this huge work. Hopefully in the coming few weeks, the Tiles editors should be ready to be included in the first 4.0 alpha. Some improvements still have to be done, but we are getting close to feature completeness. Until then, here is the summary of the work done during the last two months.

Games: Godot Engine, Terra Nil, BOY BEATS WORLD

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  • Godot Engine - Godot Web progress report #8: Progressive Web Apps

    Howdy Godotters! Time for another update on the status of Godot on the web.

    It's been a while since the last web report as we were busy releasing Godot 3.3 and the following hotfixes, but as we move onto preparing for Godot 3.4 and the first alpha of Godot 4.0 (soon™), I'm happy to announce that starting from Godot 3.4 you will finally be able to export your HTML5 game as a Progressive Web App (PWA)!

  • Return a wasteland to green glory in the upcoming Terra Nil | GamingOnLinux

    Terra Nil is an absolute gem you can play right now on itch.io free (which is now named as the Prototype) but it's also getting a total rewrite to be a full commercial game and the new Terra Nil is coming to Linux. Developed by Free Lives, who are at this point a pretty well-known name that created the likes of Broforce and Genital Jousting but this is a very different game. No violence, only the greens.

    Compared with the prototype it's going to be a much bigger and more open-ended strategy game where you progress through multiple stages of restoration, including cultivating biodiversity, fixing the climate and even recycling the buildings you use along the way. You will do this across a whole planet as you restore different geographical regions, each with their own unique challenges, flora, and fauna.

  • BOY BEATS WORLD is an overlooked fun and quirky rhythm action adventure | GamingOnLinux

    Underrated and criminally overlooked, the rhythm action adventure BOY BEATS WORLD is officially out now. Note: our key was provided by the developer.

    At first glance, BOY BEATS WORLD really doesn't look like much. The graphical style is very simplistic but if you do actually give it a go, you will find a bizarre yet completely charming musical adventure that really is worth playing through. There's not a whole lot of modern releases like this and the music is pretty good too. It's got a really great vibe going that will have you happily tapping along to the music to defeat all sorts of weird enemy types.

Games: DLSS, Chromebook, and Many New Titles on GNU/Linux

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  • Nvidia Partnering With Valve To Bring DLSS To Linux

    Linux gamers using the Valve’s Proton compatibility tool to run Windows games on their systems will be soon getting a performance upgrade as Nvidia has announced that it’s working with Valve to bring FPS boosts using its DLSS technology featured on RTX cards.

    Deep Learning Super Sampling or DLSS, is a technology that lets gamers get more performance in games without having to give up too much image quality. It works by running the game at lower-than-native resolution, for eg: rendering the game at 1080p when your monitor is 4K, but then upscaling the images to native resolution using some remarkable algorithms.

  • The 12 Best Games to Play on Your Chromebook in 2021 - Make Tech Easier

    The Chromebook is becoming a more and more robust laptop option by the year. With increasing crossover functionality for both Linux and Android, it now has access to a plethora of apps and games that in the past would have been unthinkable.

    This list is largely made up of games you can download from the Play Store, too, because every Chromebook released for a good few years now has native Android functionality. We want to reflect what’s available to the majority of Chromebook users today, and we’ve checked to see that the below games work well on most modern Chromebooks.

  • Creation and evolution sim The Sapling adds in flight, extended combat, family trees | GamingOnLinux

    Starting off very simplistic with a vegetation system, The Sapling has expanded to become a rather curious evolution sim to spend a couple of hours in and see what horrors you end up creating.

    The Fight & Flight update is now live as the second big free expansion adding in "eggs, fur, feathers, family trees, an extended combat system, gliding and most importantly: wings". This greatly opens up what you can do with it and will enable much more interesting gameplay to watch and mess with.

  • Alternate Quake II game engine Yamagi Quake II adds optional Vulkan support | GamingOnLinux

    Want another game engine reimplementation to play Quake II? Yamagi Quake II is another that's quite advanced and big new release is available with Vulkan support.

    The main point of this client is to provide a fully stable platform for keeping Quake II alive. The graphics and gameplay remain the same but there's a number of quality of life upgrades.

  • Two Point Campus is coming to Linux from the Two Point Hospital team | GamingOnLinux

    Two Point Studios shared today that the upcoming Two Point Campus due in 2022 will have a native Linux supported build, just like they did with Two Point Hospital.

    In Two Point Campus, you’ll be tasked with building and running your very own campus environment, where the decisions you make will shape the lives of the students you enrol and the staff you hire. For the first time, build in the great outdoors as you develop your very own campus grounds, buildings, and surroundings. Lay down dorms, pathways, hedgerows and more with new easy-to-use creative tools. The only limit is your imagination (and your in-game bank balance).

  • Latest Steam Client Beta improves Proton startup times, fixes login issue | GamingOnLinux

    Been having trouble logging into Steam lately? You're not alone, it seems there was a problem with the auto-login which has now been solved.

    Just one of the bug reports had a good hundred comments on it and there were reports across Reddit too it seems. The latest Steam Client Beta from June 15 should now solve this, and when enough people have opted into the Beta to show that it properly fixes it, then we will see it rolled out to the official client. Seems like it was somewhat widespread too so it's good to see Valve fix it up.

  • Prison Architect: Second Chances expansion and free update The Pen out now | GamingOnLinux

    Paradox Interactive and Double Eleven have released the latest Prison Architect expansion with Prison Architect: Second Chances and the free The Pen update for everyone.

    As expected from Paradox (and they already announced it), they plan to keep updating the base game for everyone while purchases of the base game and DLC enabling them to keep supporting it long-term like this. This free upgrade give you a ton of new objects to build, a new Reception quick-room, a Custom Intake option to get more flexibility with scheduling and restricting prisoner intake, you can order a shakedown to look for Narcotics and more relaxed room rules for building outside.

  • Wildermyth is a fantastic papercraft styled party-based RPG out now

    Worldwalker Games have now officially released Wildermyth, a game that very much deserves plenty of attention and it's easily one of the best releases this year.

    It plays out like a mix of a party-based RPG with elements of a board game, along with XCOM-styled combat and together it's a beautiful mix. Your party changes and grows over time through different campaigns too, going through relationships with different party members and you're dealing with old age too. All your decisions will have consequences not just for the story progress but for each character too.

  • Steam Next Fest is live again with new demos, livestreams and more

    Another digital event has arrived with Steam Next Fest, giving you a chance again to try out a bunch of demos for upcoming games and watch live events.

    Just like the previous events the main page will allow you to browse through different genres. Developers will livestream directly to their store pages, giving you a chance to watch and chat with them which does make it quite an experience. It's a really wonderful format, that I hope Valve continue for years to come as it's a great thing for developers and players.

    Annoyingly, Valve seem to have again forgotten to include a platform list so you can't just see only Linux-supported titles right now. Not only that but quite a lot of developers haven't put up the full demo banner with platform icons on their store pages (only the little demo button on the sidepanel), so you need to check SteamDB (Search for "game + demo") on those to see if the demo has a Linux build.

  • Sweet and cozy fishing and building game Luna's Fishing Garden is out now

    Luna's Fishing Garden from Coldwild Games (Merchant of the Skies, Lazy Galaxy) is a slow, peaceful and quite meditative experience out now.

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    In Luna's Fishing Garden there's no way to lose. You either progress directly in the quests, or you do a little planting or fishing. It's really quite lovely.

Games: Master of Orion, Boppio, Kalypso Media

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  • Master of Orion inspired strategy Remnants of the Precursors had a new release

    The original Master of Orion was certainly something special, and I personally put endless hours into the sequel. Remnants of the Precursors aims to play into your nostalgia and try to modernize the original mechanics.

    It's a free and open source full game, only inspired be the original Master of Orion. You will play as one of 10 unique races and lead them to galactic domination or, if you fail, humiliation and defeat. Micromanagement is minimal and the gameplay smooth and streamlined. Earlier in June 2021 it gained a new release which focused a lot on fixing up bugs to get it into a properly releasable state. There's also a few feature updates.

  • Boppio is a promising new Early Access factory and automation building sim

    Like a more peaceful Factorio in 3D, factory and automation building sim Boppio recently entered Early Access.

    You know the drill (get it?) with such a game if you've played any building sim. You run around and mine for resources, construct buildings, set up some automation and continually expand until the whole world around you is a well-oiled machine. It's nowhere near the greatness of Factorio and it's early days for Boppio but it's still quite promising.

  • Kalypso Media to reduce pricing on their games as a result of doing well | GamingOnLinux

    Kalypso Media have announced something quite lovely. Since they're doing so well, they've decided that going forward they will be charging less for new and existing games.

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a shift to digital games instead of boxes copies and sales of their developed and published games doing so well they've now set a price-point for all future new PC releases at €39.99 / $39.99 / £34.99.

    "We have been able to increase our digital sales and, above all, margins in recent months, while physical sales in traditional retail have slumped due to the COVID-19 situation. Currently, we do not expect this trend to reverse even after the pandemic. Most of our fans buy or stream games, primarily, digitally, so it is very likely that sales of physical products will continue to decline, saving us costs in manufacturing, logistics and distribution," said Simon Hellwig, CEO of Kalypso.

DXVK 1.9 Adds Support for Nvidia ShadowLibs Option in Final Fantasy XV, More

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Coming about four months after DXVK 1.8, the DXVK 1.9 release is here to implement Conservative Rasterization for supported graphics cards, allowing the enablement of the Nvidia ShadowLibs option in the Final Fantasy XV game, which provides improved PCSS (Percentage Closer Soft Shadows) for better performance and higher quality. This change is also beneficial for enabling similar options in other games.

DXVK 1.9 also implements basic support for various sub-sampled YUV texture formats like NV12 used for video playback in games, basic support for the ID3D11VideoProcessor APIs used for video playback in NieR Replicant and Contra: Rogue Corps, as well as a frame rate limiter as a workaround for games that don’t work correctly at high frame rates.

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