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  • Feral have patched the Vulkan Beta of Mad Max again, another look at performance with benchmarks
  • How to program games with the LÖVE gaming engine on the Raspberry Pi

    The Raspberry Pi is famous for introducing kids to open source software and programming. The Pi is an affordable, practical introduction to professional-grade computing, disguised as hackable fun. An application that's done the most to get young children started in programming has been Mitch Resnick's Scratch (which fortunately was forked by the Pi Foundation when Scratch 2 switched to the non-open Adobe Air), but an inevitable question is what someone should graduate to after they've outgrown drag-and-drop programming.

    After a drag-and-drop intro like Scratch, there are many candidates for the next level of programming. There's the excellent PyGame, there's a Java subset called Processing, the powerful Godot engine, and many others. The trick is to find a framework that is easy enough to ease the transition from the instant gratification of drag-and-drop, but complex enough to accurately represent what professional programmers actually do all day.

  • Yooka-Laylee released with day-1 Linux support, some quick initial thoughts

    Yooka-Laylee is the 3D platformer throwback to games like Banjo-Kazooie that was funded thanks to Kickstarter back in 2015. It's actually made by some of the original team from game developer Rare, who created some really great games.

    I can confirm that it does seem to work fine on Linux and I haven't encountered any obvious issues so far. I tested it with the Steam Controller with the SC Controller driver/UI and apart from the mouse pointer staying on the screen it felt really great.

  • Septerra Core & Jack Orlando, two Wine-ports from Topware are now on GOG

    Topware have been going over their games and giving them Wine-ports where possible. Septerra Core & Jack Orlando are two titles that were previously given this treatment on Steam, but now GOG too.

  • Hollow Knight will officially launch on Linux tomorrow

    Good news for fans of 2D action and adventure games, as the developers of Hollow Knight [Steam, GOG] have announced it will officially launch for Linux tomorrow.

Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Games for GNU/Linux

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  • Feral Fury, a twin-stick shooter with rogue-lite features is out on Linux and it's pretty good

    Feral Fury [Steam] is a twin-stick shooter with an overall dark feel to it. I've played it for a while and I've grown to really enjoy it, even if it's a little punishing. It's made by Skandivania Games, two Swedes currently living in Norway. For a two-person team, it's got an amazingly polished feel to it.

  • Airship combat game Guns of Icarus Alliance released as a standalone game
  • One Eyed Kutkh, a weird and free adventure game is now on Steam

    If you like your weird games with no speech, check out One Eyed Kutkh [Steam, Official Site] which has been released for free on Steam. It's based on the fairy tales of the Far North, apparently.

  • Gaming: Quern – Undying Thoughts

    I have been an addict of Myst like games since the very beginning. Solving mind boggling riddles by logical means (instead of weapons) was always my preferred gaming. And it seems 2016 had a great share of games fitting to my taste: Obduction, The Eyes of Ara, The Witness, and last but not least Quern – Undying Thoughts. Due to work, research, online courses, diapers, and some real life (these are also the excuses for my long silence on this blog) it took me ages to complete this games, but with a bit of help I finally manged it.

  • 28 years later, devs are still making level editors for Prince of Persia

    In the fall of 1989, Brøderbund published game designer Jordan Mechner's seminal platformer Prince of Persia for the Apple II. Now, in 2017, a fan has released a level editor for that original Apple II version of the game: leapop.

    Fellow devs may appreciate that the editor is licensed for modification or redistribution (under the terms of the GNU General Public License), so you can download the tool and poke around to see how it was done.

Games and GNOME Twitch

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  • Trying Out Xonotic 0.8.2 With Radeon & NVIDIA GPUs On Linux

    With Xonotic 0.8.2 having been released this past weekend and was the first update to this open-source game in more than one year, I was curious to put it through its benchmark paces.

    The Xonotic 0.8.2 release focused on mostly game-play changes and assets rather than any big engine overhauls, but still makes for an interesting test case.

  • Feral have now fixed the OpenGL performance regression in Mad Max

    The OpenGL performance regression that made Vulkan look like it annihilated OpenGL in Mad Max's recent Beta has now been fixed.

  • GNOME Twitch releases a major update with notifications, offline channel searching and more

    GNOME Twitch [github, Official Site] recently released a major new version of their open source desktop Twitch client and it's a beauty.

    The new version includes: Notifications of when people you follow go live, Language selection in the menu to filter livestreams, chat badges, viewer count for games and more. See the changelog here.

    To grab it on Arch you need this package along with one of the players to actually view videos (listed on the page). For Ubuntu you can use this PPA. There's also a FlatPak, if that's your thing.

  • GNOME Twitch 0.4.0 Includes Improved Chat, Re-Enabled Notifications, More

    GNOME Twitch is an application to watch Twitch streams on your desktop, without using Flash or a web browser. It requires GTK 3.20 or newer so it only works in fairly new Linux distributions, e.g. Ubuntu 16.10 and newer.

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Security: BKK, Password Managers, Kaspersky, Fruitfly, WHISTL, IoT and More

  • 18 year old guy arrested for reporting a shamefully stupid bug in the new Budapest e-Ticket system
     

    This last one was the one found by the 18 year old gentleman I started my story with. According to him, he doesn't even know how to program yet (he'll start the university this autumn). He just used the developer tools in the browser, that everybody has access to, saw that the price was being sent back to the server when he was about to make a purchase, and tried if he could change it. A monthly pass costs 9500HUF (about 30EUR) and he modified the price to 50HUF. When he got the confirmation that it worked and was able to see his pass in the app, he immediately emailed the BKK (the Transport Authority) that there was a serious problem. He got an email that his pass was invalidated, but otherwise they didn't get back to him. Instead, when it got leaked out to the press, and in a few hours everyone were talking about the above issues (not just this one), BKK together with T-Sytems Hungary started to what I would call massively covering their arses.  

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  • US local govts still using Kaspersky software despite federal ban
     

    US local government agencies across the country are continuing to use software from Kaspersky Lab even though the federal government removed the company from a list of approved software suppliers for two government-wide purchasing contracts that are used to buy technology services.  

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