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Games: Beholder 2, Lost in Sky: Violent Seed, Garden Variety Body Horror, Damsel

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  • Become an officer in a ministry of a totalitarian state, Beholder 2 is out now

    What will you do with the power to control? Beholder 2 seems it will ask that question and it's out now with Linux support.

  • Lost in Sky: Violent Seed, an intense story-based action platformer will have Linux support

    While the release is a little while away, we have it confirmed that the story-based action platformer Lost in Sky: Violent Seed will have Linux support. We spoke to the developer earlier today, who confirmed Linux support to us.

    It will mix-in comic book styled storytelling, with intense action platformer segments and I have to say it does look pretty good.

  • Garden Variety Body Horror, a 90's styled survival-horror has Linux support

    Here's one we missed that released. Garden Variety Body Horror, a 90's styled survival-horror that acts as a sequel to Prototype Mansion released with Linux support.

    When they say 90's, they're not kidding. It looks like a game that would have fit in well on something like the original PlayStation.

  • The challenging action-platformer 'Damsel' is now available on Linux

    Damsel from Screwtape Studios is a mighty fine looking action-platformer set in a dark cartoon-like world and it's now on Linux. It was only recently we noted that it looked like it was coming, didn't take long after that!

    Released yesterday, the developers noted that Linux (and Mac) support arrived with a few other tweaks to the game to make it a little more accessible. Apart from a few gameplay tweaks, they also added support for using the OpenDyslexic font if you have trouble reading the in-game text which is a nice feature.

CrossOver 18.1.0 and Humble Team17 Bundle for GNU/Linux

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  • Announcing CrossOver 18.1.0

    I am delighted to announce that CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 18.1 for both macOS and Linux.

    CrossOver 18.1 supports Visio 2016 on Linux.

    For macOS users, CrossOver 18.1 contains a number of important bug fixes. We have resolved a bug which prevented game downloads and the Steam Store page from working on the latest Steam release. CrossOver 18.1 also addresses an issue some macOS users experienced running recent versions of Quicken on CrossOver 18. Those who experienced crashes or launch failures when using Quicken 2016-2018 should see full functionality on CrossOver 18.1.

  • CrossOver 18.1 Released With Visio 2016 On Linux, Restored Controller Support On Steam

    A new feature release of CodeWeavers' Wine-based CrossOver software for Linux and macOS is now available.

    The CrossOver 18.1 release for Linux users brings support for Microsoft Visio 2016, the diagramming and vector graphics software that is part of Microsoft Office. Visio 2019 is available as of two months back, but Visio 2016 is currently the latest release working properly under Linux thanks to CodeWeavers.

  • The Humble Team17 Bundle is up, another chance for some cheap Linux games

    Humble have teamed up with developer and publisher Team17 for another bundle full of goodies, there's some Linux games included too.

Games: Raspberry Pi-based 'Link', Epic Games Store, Chef, Gerty

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  • Make Your Own Steam Link Box With Linux And Raspberry Pi

    Since jumping on the Linux train I've had roughly 27 ideas kicking around for how to use Raspberry Pi, but inexplicably haven't pulled the trigger yet. Well, I have zero excuses left. That's because Valve has somewhat mitigated the disappointment we all felt when it sent the Steam Link hardware to an early grave, by announcing a beta version of the Steam Link app for Raspberry Pi.

  • Valve have some serious competition, with the Epic Games Store being announced

    Epic Games have now officially announced their own store, which is certainly going to be one to keep an eye on.

    I've been saying it for a while, especially after being privately shown screenshots of their newer launcher that Epic would be doing their own store. I was right on the money—for once.

  • Epic Games Officially Rolls Out Their Own Game Store Alternative To Steam

    After weeks of rumors, Epic Games today officially announced the Epic Games Store as their own electronic game store alternative to Steam.

    Initially this Epic Games Store though is limited to Windows and macOS, but Epic says they will be supporting Android and "other open platforms" throughout 2019, presumably with Linux being part of that batch of other platforms.

  • Announcing the Epic Games Store

    For the past five years, we've been building tools enabling Epic to bring our games directly to players. We built the Epic Games launcher on PC and Mac featuring Fortnite and Unreal Engine; we built a worldwide digital commerce ecosystem supporting dozens of payment methods; and we gained great economies of scale thanks to Fortnite's growth.

  • Epic Games Launching New Game Store, Microsoft Building a Chromium Browser, CentOS Releases CentOS Linux 7 (1810) on the x86_64 Architecture, Creative Commons Announces Changes to Certificate Program and New Version of the Commercial Zentyal Server

    Epic Games today officially announced its own game store alternative to Steam. According to Phoronix, the Epic Games Store will be limited to Microsoft and macOS initially, but will be supporting Android and "other open platforms" throughout 2019.

  • Epic Games Announces New Game Store

    Epic Games announced the release of Epic Games Store today. The new store will be launched soon, and it will initially only support Windows and Mac.

    There are plans to support Android and "other open platforms" in 2019. Hopefully Linux will be included in the "other open platforms" they mention, but there's no confirmation regarding this for now.

    The announcement mentions that all developers will receive 88% of the revenue, with Epic only taking 12%. What's more, for games using Unreal Engine, Epic covers the 5% engine royalty for sales.

  • Chef, a restaurant management sim is going to see a Linux release

    For those who love their building and management sims, Chef looks like it could be pretty good and the developer is planning Linux support.

    When speaking to the developer on Steam, they mentioned that it won't be supported at the initial release but they will do it as soon as they can. They're already testing the Linux version and mentioned about looking for more testers. If you're interested, see their post here. We've reached out to them to offer our help as usual.

  • Sci-fi shooter Gerty is now available in Early Access with Linux support

    Spawn Point OSK have just released their rather good sci-fi shooter Gerty, we've had a hands on with it for a while and it's impressive.

Games: Godhood, Stellaris, Vulkan Extensions, Wrongworld

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Games: Steam Link and Stainless Games

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  • Steam Link Hardware is Dead, Here’s What You Can Do Instead

    Valve’s Steam Link is a great way for PC gamers to stream games onto their TV. While the Steam Link hardware is no more, it’s easy to get going with the Steam Link app on Android!

    The Steam Link app is available now on the Google Play Store, and you can install it on Android phones, Chromebooks with Android app support, and televisions or set-top boxes running Android TV. For now, Steam Link isn’t available on iOS, and there’s no telling if it ever will be. The Steam Link app is also available on Samsung Smart TVs made after 2016.

  • Move over Steam Link, there's a Raspberry Pi app in town now

    Valve have today announced a Beta version of the Steam Link app for the Raspberry Pi which could prove to be interesting.

    Since Valve are seemingly discontinuing their own Steam Link device, along with Steam Link applications for mobile devices, one for the Raspberry Pi does make a lot of sense. I imagine quite a number of people already own the device, so being able to stream your favourite Steam games to it is probably quite appealing.

  • THQ Nordic has acquired the Carmageddon IP, perhaps we will finally get it on Linux

    THQ Nordic have announced that they've swallowed up another IP, this time it's Carmageddon from Stainless Games. It's interesting, since we were supposed to get Carmageddon: Reincarnation on Linux.

CHKN and Why Gaming on Steam for GNU/Linux is More Secure Than on macOS and Win32

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  • CHKN, the weirdest open-world sandbox game where you create creatures has a huge new release

    CHKN is hard to describe, it's a really odd open-world sandbox adventure game where you create your own creatures.

    It's in Early Access, so it's not a finished game. Even so, it's pretty amusing. Amusing enough for me to jump into here and there and for my son to love it rather a lot. Honestly, I'm finding it difficult to express into words just how weird and wonderful CHKN is.

  • Gaming on Steam for Linux is more secure than on macOS and Win32

    2018 have been a terrible year for computer security, and playing games on a computer isn’t all fun and games any more. In this article I’ll look at some of the security challenges of downloading and installing games from developers you have no reason to trust through the Steam Store. I’ll then explore how recent advancements for security on the Linux desktop now have made it it a more secure environment to run untrusted software and games than more the popular macOS and Windows 10 operating systems.

    Steam is a online games store and game-library-as-service vendor popular among millions of customers worldwide. The nature of the service means that Steam is selling and distributing executable programs that may be malicious. We can only assume that Steam takes great care not to allow malicious code onto their platform. However, this is almost impossible to achieve on relatively open-platforms like macOS, Windows, and indeed the Linux desktop.

Games: GGKBDD, Pygame, The Mirror Lied, Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Master, Rusted Warfare and More

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  • Linux Input Expert Peter Hutterer Shows Off "GGKBDD" As Linux Gaming Keyboard Daemon

    While the long-term prospects of the project have yet to be determined, longtime Linux input expert Peter Hutterer of Red Hat has hacked together "GGKBDD" as the generic gaming keyboard daemon for Linux systems.

    When hearing of gaming keyboards that provide a macro key to send out pre-recorded key sequences when pressed, Peter decided to prototype GGKBDD as a daemon offering similar functionality that would work with any USB keyboard.

  • ggkbdd is a generic gaming keyboard daemon

    Last week while reviewing a patch I read that some gaming keyboards have two modes - keyboard mode and gaming mode. When in gaming mode, the keys send out pre-recorded macros when pressed. Presumably (I am not a gamer) this is to record keyboard shortcuts to have quicker access to various functionalities. The macros are stored in the hardware and are thus relatively independent of the host system. Pprovided you have access to the custom protocol, which you probably don't when you're on Linux. But I digress.

    I reckoned this could be done in software and work with any 5 dollar USB keyboard. A few hours later, I have this working now: ggkbdd. It sits directly above the kernel and waits for key events. Once the 'mode key' is hit, the keyboard will send pre-configured key sequences for the respective keys. Hitting the mode key again (or ESC) switches back to normal mode.

  • gamingdirectional: Create a win scene and the level manager class for pygame project

    In this article we will create a pop up win scene when the player has won all the levels which it will then ask the player whether he wants to start the game all over again or not? We will also create a framework for the level manager class which we will further add in more features in the next chapter. First of all, we will modify the start scene class again to include in a win scene graphic.

  • The Mirror Lied, a short adventure from the creator of To the Moon adds Linux support

    For those who appreciated To the Moon (Freebird Games), The Mirror Lied is a pretty short adventure and it now has Linux support. What's really good to see, is that all their games on Steam now have Linux support.

  • Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Master will have Linux support

    Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Master from Goblinz Studio is what they're calling a mix between a 'Dungeon Defender and a Roguelite' and it does look good. It will support Linux too!

  • Indie RTS 'Rusted Warfare' has a huge new release out, loads of new stuff

    The indie RTS game Rusted Warfare is an impressive effort, one that feels a lot like some of the classics and this new release is huge.

    Plenty of new units to try out, including an aircraft carrier, a light gunship, a tesla mech and more. There's quite a bit of variety in the different types of units now. Since you can wage war across land, sea and air it's quite impressive.

  • Intel's new discrete GPU will have a focus on Linux gaming

    Not exactly surprising, Intel have stated that for their new discrete GPU that Linux gaming will have a focus for them.

  • Cosmic horror metroidvania 'Lore Finder' has comfortably passed the Linux day-1 release goal

    With a base goal of $10K, the Linux (and Mac) version was placed into a $12K stretch-goal, so that Kitsune Games can account for any extra time needed to ensure the porting process is smooth. This includes hiring game porter Ethan Lee if they require it, as the game is using his FNA project. They explained it a little more here.

The Radeon RX Vega Performance With AMDGPU DRM-Next 4.21 vs. NVIDIA Linux Gaming

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Given the AMDGPU changes building up for DRM-Next to premiere in Linux 4.21 that is on top of the AMDGPU performance boost with Linux 4.20, here are some benchmarks of Linux 4.19 vs. 4.20 Git vs. DRM-Next (Linux 4.21 material) with the Radeon RX Vega 64 compared to the relevant NVIDIA GeForce competition.

The Radeon RX Vega 64 tests were done with Linux 4.19.5, Linux 4.20 Git as of Saturday afternoon, and DRM-Next-4.21-WIP from Alex Deucher's Git tree as of Saturday for the latest Linux 4.21 material. The user-space drivers were Mesa 19.0-devel built against LLVM 8.0 SVN via the Padoka PPA. For judging the RX Vega 64 performance were the GeForce GTX 1070, GTX 1070 Ti, GTX 1080, and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards as the closest competition to Vega. A fresh large graphics card comparison through the RTX 2080 series will be out in the next day or two. There will also be the Radeon RX 590 Linux review still once that graphics card is working appropriately with the driver stack.

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Games: Valve, Pygame, Zombie Panic! Source, Steam GNU/Linux Usage and Project Stream

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  • Valve have adjusted their revenue share for bigger titles on Steam

    Aiming their sights at bigger developers, Valve have adjusted how much of a cut they will take for bigger titles.

  • Create a game over scene for pygame project

    In this article we are going to create a game over scene for the pygame project, we will use back the start scene class which we have created previously to render our game over scene by slightly modify it for the multi-scenes uses. Here is the modify version of the start scene class, as you can see we have passed in a state variable to the start scene class’s draw method which will be used...

  • Zombie Panic! Source, the free survival-horror FPS now has a Linux beta available

    Zombie Panic! Source, the free survival-horror first-person-shooter has put out a Linux beta as promised as it remains a high priority.

    The Linux beta build comes with the big 3.1 beta patch, which has a new recoil system, new sound effects, new weapons, new achievements, fixed up Steam Workshop support, hitboxes improvements and a lot more.

  • Steam Linux Usage Hit 0.80% During November

    Valve has published their latest monthly Steam survey data, which shows an increase in the Linux gaming population.

  • Google's game streaming platform Project Stream is built on Linux and Vulkan

    Project Stream, the game streaming platform Google is currently building is apparently built on Linux and uses the Vulkan API. While this isn't specifically Linux desktop gaming news, hopefully some of our readers will find it interesting.

    For Project Stream, Google has partnered up with Ubisoft to show off Assassin's Creed Odyssey running on it. This is something I touched on, in an editorial I wrote at the start of last month with my thoughts on Valve doing such a service.

GameShell Linux-based Console Upgraded: New Board, 1GB Ram, HDMI Port

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About a year ago, Clockwork put up a Linux-powered handheld gaming console called GameShell on Kickstarter website.

This portable retro console is shipped as a DIY kit that can let you play games, learn to code and also teach you a little about how the hardware works. And the best part is that it lets you upgrade the system without replacing it.

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