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  • Steam Now Offers Over 1,800 Games to Linux Users, but Usage Remains Under 1%

    After approximately one and a half months, Steam for Linux managed to collect 100 more games for Linux and SteamOS users, as at the moment of writing this article there are exactly 1,801 titles available.

    Steam reaching 1,800 Linux/SteamOS games is the good news, but the bad news is that there aren't many AAA titles available, and, therefore, the usage of Steam for Linux continues to remain very low even in 2016, under 1%.

  • Steam On Linux Hits 1,800 Games Available
  • Team Fortress 2 Update Brings More Balancing Improvements

    Team Fortress 2, the online multiplayer game developed by Valve with Linux support, has received another update and it looks like it’s all about balancing.

    The previous update for Team Fortress 2 has a couple of fixes that were really good for Linux users. One of the changes made by developers to the game actually reduced the memory usage on the Linux platform.

  • AMD Video Cards Are Still a Problem for SteamOS

    SteamOS has been out for quite some time, and now we also have Steam Machines in the wild, but it looks like AMD video cards continue to be a problem for this platform.

  • Nvidia and Valve Are Spearheading Vulkan Development

    Nvidia, Valve, and developers of Vulkan from the Khronos Group met for the first-ever Vulkan Developers Day.

  • Steam Beta Update Brings SteamOS and Steam Controller Fixes

    Another day, another Steam Beta patch. The Valve developers seem to be doing a lot of work and they continue to push for major improvement.

    If you buy a Steam Controller right now, you need to install that Steam Beta client in order to get the best experience possible. In fact, the controller doesn't even work as it should with the regular release, so the “need” part is pretty important. Only Valve knows why all of these improvements that have been made to the Steam Beta client don’t land in the Stable branch, but we’ll have to just accept that.

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  • Steam Gets Controller Support for Non-Steam Games

    A new version of the Steam Beta client has been released, and it comes with fresh features and a few fixes for the Steam Controller.

    The Steam Beta client is the only version providing full support for the Steam Controller right now, so if you have one of these, it’s important to upgrade as soon as possible. Each new update for the client had some sort of improvements for the controller, so it looks like the developers are focusing a lot on this piece of hardware.

    Despite all of these upgrades for the Steam Controller, the gaming device is ready to be used right now. All the basic functions are present and working almost perfectly, but the Steam developers are working to extend the support for other games outside of the distribution platform.

  • A Linux Port Of Darkest Dungeon Is Planned

    Darkest Dungeon is a roguelike, dungeon crawler game that's been in early access for the better part of a year while its full release is set for today.

    Coming out today is the full build for Windows and Mac OS X, but sadly not Linux. However, our former intern Eric Griffith pointed out that a Linux port is planned according to one of the developers in a comment he made last month.

  • Help get good looking FPS 'Squad' on Linux

    A developer of Squad mentioned again that they want to do a Linux version, but it's not a priority. The developer asked people to comment on his reddit post in they want Linux support.

  • That Dragon, Cancer is now doing a Linux release on Steam

    I spoke to the developer of That Dragon, Cancer and they have now confirmed they are actually able to put the Linux version up on Steam.

    The developer sent this blog post to us directly on twitter, and we had a little chat after about it. I would show you it, but twitter is down again.

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  • Linux gamers shouldn't preorder the Oculus Rift with Linux development on hold

    Linux gamers, beware! The Oculus Rift is now available for preorder at the surprisingly high price of $599, but it won't support Linux as originally planned. Oculus dropped support for Linux and Mac OS X in 2015, making the first consumer version of the Rift Windows-only.

  • Door Kickers 2 strategy game announced, Linux support confirmed too

    The sequel to the critic and public-acclaimed Door Kickers moves the action to the Middle East and puts the player in control of military Special Operations Teams fighting an elusive Terrorist Network.

    As with the original it will support Linux once again, which is fantastic news as Door Kickers is a really cool game. I'm really happy to see them expand on it, as it could have been so much more which they are now doing!

  • Hit indie game Undertale looks like it's coming to Linux & SteamOS

    Undertale, a very popular 2D indie RPG looks like it's coming to Linux. It has 'Overwhelmingly Positive' reviews overall on Steam, so that's something.

    A user on the Steam forum had an email chat with the developer, who asked for Linux testers (he has enough now). So hopefully the testing goes well and we get another popular game soon.

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  • Shakedown Hawaii, the follow up to Retro City Rampage should be on Linux

    Shakedown Hawaii is something that popped up in my twitter feed today, and I must say it looks really rather good. Reminds me of the original Grand Theft Auto games quite a lot.

  • Development On Valve's VOGL Debugger Seems To Have Stalled

    Two years ago at this time all of the excitement was building up around Valve's VOGL OpenGL debugger. While the VOGL source code hasn't even been public for two years yet, there hasn't been any new public activity to report on with the debugger in over a half-year.

    VOGL was getting much attention when it was talked about in early 2014 and then open-sourced in March of that year. The first few months were exciting with VOGL seeing plenty of commits, work on Voglperf, etc.

  • The new Master of Orion 4X strategy game might see a Linux release

    I've put millions of hours into Master of Orion 2 both on Windows and in later years in DosBox on Linux, so to hear about a brand new Master of Orion was quite exciting. I've been following it for a while, and it looks like it might get a Linux release.

    I noticed on SteamDB they added Linux to the supported "oslist", that's a great sign but remember this is completely unconfirmed right now. I have reached out to the developer to get confirmation, and will update you all if I get any.

  • Gaming: Portal Stories: Mel

    The last days, after about 20 hours of gameplay, I have finally finished Portal Stories: Mel, the single player mod for Portal 2. After having played Portal and Portal 2, I have to say this one mod took be by surprise. I remember very well that, after having played through Portal 2 and found it to easy, I was pointed to Portal Stories: Mel in several comments, I thought “Well, it cannot be that difficult!”. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

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  • OUYA is blocking a Linux version of That Dragon, Cancer being on Steam

    They do say they should be able to do it eventually, and they should be able to get a DRM free Linux build on their website. One of our editors 'flesk' also got clarification that they should have a Linux build up on some DRM free stores too like GOG, Humble Store and possibly Itch.

    We shouldn't go with pitchforks to OUYA, as the developers are as much to blame for either not reading their agreement properly, or simply not caring enough to argue their case.

    Either way, I'm personally quite annoyed by Linux gamers getting treated like this. With no word before release that this was happening, I think the developers need to learn to communicate a lot better. I personally messaged them to no reply, but I imagine they have been pretty busy to message everyone back. Still, an official note to backers would have been the right thing to do, not make people wait.

  • Medieval II: Total War Collection released for Linux & SteamOS

    The good thing is that this game is no way near as complicated as some of the others, and that keeps my simpleton brain very happy. The tutorial is quite short and to the point, and sets you up nice and easy for the battles to come.

  • Valve Releases Full Steam Link SDK and Reveals the Hardware Powering It

    Valve has just launched the complete Steam Link SDK, making way for developers and the community to build native apps for this piece of hardware.

    The idea behind the Steam Link is a really good one. Users can connect their gaming machines to the TV, via the network. This means that you don’t need a new and shiny Steam Machine if you already have a powerful computer at home. Valve wants to dominate the living room, but it doesn't care how it’s going to achieve that.

  • Valve Puts Out The Steam Link SDK With OpenGL ES, Qt & SDL Support

    Valve has finally released the SDK for their Steam Link device that began shipping late last year for playing Steam games on any TV in a house as long as there is a computer running Steam on your network.

    Valve's release of the Steam Links SDK has support for the OpenGL ES 2.0, Qt 5.4, and SDL 2.0 APIs. Apps can be loaded onto the Steam Link via copying them to a USB drive in a steamlink/apps folder and then power cycling the hardware. Valve also revealed there is SSH support for the Steam Link if wishing to debug any apps on the device.

Leftovers: Gaming (Jolt, PlayStation 4, Homefront...)

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  • Indie marketplace Game Jolt releases open source desktop client

    Indie game marketplace and community Game Jolt has released its long-awaited desktop client.

    Currently available as a pre-release download, the open source client lets users browse, install, and play games without ever having to open a web browser.

  • PlayStation 4’s Linux Hack

    At present the full hack isn’t publicly available, nor is fail0verflow interested in releasing it, telling users to look elsewhere. Among the primary reasons for the decision are fear their work will be misused, possible legal issues, and that releasing the exploit would reveal information that could potentially enable piracy. Their prior exploits on the Wii and Wii U were released primarily to drive the homebrew community, but their release ended up resulting in piracy. They hope to redirect future users to reverse engineering instead of focusing on running Linux. which would be of little help to pirates but a bonus for the community.

    As “marcan” of fail0verflow put it: ”[W]e really think this is the way to go for the PS4. Write an exploit, point it to our loader, and you’ll get Linux (we’ll help you get it hooked up/debugged if needed). And if you want piracy, as usual, go away.”

  • Homefront: The Revolution aiming for a day-1 Linux & SteamOS release on May 20th

    I didn't expect Deep Silver to reply to me so quickly, but it seems the Linux & SteamOS release of Homefront: The Revolution will come out alongside Windows on May 20th!

  • The 2015 GamingOnLinux GOTY award is now over, here's the results!
  • Space Grunts, a really rather great turn-based action roguelike now fully released

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