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Valve Releases New Steam Update with Another Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Fix

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Between stable builds, the developers launch a large number of Beta versions that integrate a lot of new features. The previous update for this branch was a really small one, but now a more important version has been released, prompting users to upgrade the application.

Most of the time, the Steam client is pretty stable and users don't usually encounter any problems with it, either about performance or stability. This doesn't mean that the software is perfect, because there still are instances where some features or options might not work as expected.

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Tesseract Is Looking Okay For A Small, Open-Source Game

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Yesterday marked the first release of Tesseract, the open-source game forked from the Cube 2: Sauerbraten code-base two years ago and since then has just been worked on by a handful of open-source developers. After trying out this inaugural Tesseract version, it's quite a nice small game with decent OpenGL visual capabilities and okay textures with its in-game assets being comparable roughly to Xonotic or Unvanquished.

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'Half-Life 2' and 'Portal' arrive on Android, but only for the Shield

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Two of Valve's undisputed classics are making their Android debut today, courtesy of Nvidia's Shield console: Portal and Half-Life 2. Costing $10 each, the two games were ported by Nvidia, which explains why they're only playable on the Shield. Still, the job has been done with Valve's unreserved blessing and a promise by Doug Lombardi that you "can expect the same gameplay" as on the original PC versions. Even if the recreations aren't perfect, having two of the PC's greatest titles available on the Shield brings it a lot closer to its promise of being a true mobile console. With a price cut to $199 and a growing library of games and features, Nvidia's efforts at recreating PC-class gaming on an Android portable are looking increasingly compelling.

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Things that drive me nuts about OpenGL

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Here's a brain dump of the things that sometimes drive me crazy about OpenGL. (Note these are strictly my own opinions, not those of Valve or my coworkers. I'm also in a ranty-type mood today after grappling with OpenGL for several years now..) My major motivation to posting this: the GL API needs a reboot because IMO Mantle/D3D12 are going to most likely eat it for lunch soon, so we should start talking and thinking about this stuff now.

Some are minor issues, and some are specific to tracing the API, but all these issues add up to API "friction" that sometimes make it difficult to encourage other devs to get into the GL API or ecosystem.

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Relive the Good Old Times of Gaming with the 4MLinux 8.2 Beta Game Edition OS

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4MLinux Game Edition, a special Linux distribution based on Busybox, Dropbear, OpenSSH, and PuTTY, which also features a large collection of games old and new, has just reached version 8.2 Beta and is now available for testing.

The 4MLinux distributions are among the smallest ones that you can find that still retain a desktop environment that can still be used for day-to-day operations. All the 4MLinux OSes are designed with different purposes in mind and, in this case, it's all about gaming.

The distribution comes in the form of a Live version, but users can choose to install it after they booted into the system. This can be done very easily because users also have access to a very handy installer that should take care of any problems and issues that users might encounter...

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Linux Community Dev Ports Unreal Editor Before Epic Games

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The Unreal Tournament announcement made by Epic Game last week took everyone by surprise, but the Linux community is now showing what it's capable of. It seems that the Unreal Editor has been ported by someone before Epic got a chance to.

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OpenSUSE Ends Support For Binary AMD Graphics Driver

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