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Games: Planet Nomads, Throne of Lies, FNA, Female Protagonist Sale and Steam Stats

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Games: Stellaris, X4: Foundations, Little Bug, DaggerHell Overkill, Life Is Strange 2, Reassembly and More

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  • Paradox have launched Stellaris on GOG today, also a beta available for multiplayer across stores

    Stellaris, the space grand strategy game from Paradox has officially launched on GOG today so more of you can enjoy it.

    Of course, all the DLC is also available on GOG so you're not being left out. On top of that, the multiplayer is expanding with a beta now available to support online multiplayer regardless of where you purchased it from which is exactly how it should be done. Great stuff from Paradox for doing that.

  • Egosoft to launch X4: Foundations on November 30th, hopefully with a Linux beta build

    Egosoft have officially announced their latest space sim X4: Foundations is going to launch on November 30th, although the status of the Linux build isn't fully confirmed.

    When asked about it, they simply told us "The plan is to launch the Linux Beta at release, but we have to see if that will work out.".

  • Adventure platformer 'Little Bug' released and it's really something special

    Buddy System recently released their crowdfunded adventure platformer and it's a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Funded on Fig back in February last year, Little Bug is a very strange yet captivating platformer that requires you to use a grappling-hook mechanic to swing you around. It's really quite something!

  • DaggerHell Overkill brings fast-paced Devil Daggers like gameplay to Doom

    Fancy trying out another free Doom game? If you have quick reaction times and love slaying demons DaggerHell Overkill is for you.

    Based on the gameplay found in the rather great simplistic FPS Devil Daggers, DaggerHell Overkill is a slight revamp of a previous release simply called DaggerHell. Fully playable with GZDoom paired with Freedoom, it features the same basic gameplay found in Devil Daggers with your magical hand shooting enemies like a machine-gun (hold fire) or like a shotgun (click fire).

  • Life Is Strange 2 Coming to Linux and macOS in 2019, Ported by Feral Interactive

    UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive just teased today the upcoming port of the recently released Life Is Strange 2 episodic graphic adventure video game for the Linux and macOS platforms.

    Developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix, Life Is Strange 2 was released on September 27, 2018, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One gaming platforms as the third installment in the award-winning Life Is Strange franchise after Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange: Before the Storm.

  • Life is Strange 2 confirmed to be coming to Linux in 2019 from Feral Interactive

    This is fantastic news, Life is Strange 2 is confirmed to be coming to Linux with the porting from Feral Interactive once again. This has replaced the "AURORA" teaser on their Port Radar.

  • Spaceship building and exploration game Reassembly has a major performance update

    This is bad news for my free time. Reassembly is a highly addictive spaceship building and exploration game, one that just had a big performance update.

    Seriously, I was absolutely addicted to this game some time ago. It has some seriously good combat, some fun exploration and a ship builder that's incredibly easy to use that enables you to create some truly ridiculous spaceships.

  • Turn-based tactical RPG 'Vigilantes' to leave Early Access on Thursday

    After being in Early Access for around a year, Timeslip Softworks have announced that their turn-based tactical RPG Vigilantes will release in full this week. Thursday, October 4th is the date and they recently released an update to add in some of the final elements of the game with update 30.

  • StarCrossed, an action arcade game with a magical girl aesthetic will have Linux support

    For those of you who like your more casual action-arcade type games StarCrossed does look pretty sweet.

    Currently on Kickstarter, Contigo Games need $10K and they already have over $8K with 25 days to go so it looks like they will easily hit their goal. It's not a lot to ask for but they do mention how they've been working on it for two years already. The Kickstarter is to help with "outreach and marketing".

  • Feral's GameMode Gets Patches To Adjust I/O Priority For Games

    Feral's GameMode open-source project for dynamically optimizing a Linux system for gaming with automatically adjusting tunables like the CPU frequency scaling governor and real-time kernel optimizations may soon see another feature added.

  • The developer of 'Limit Theory' is throwing in the towel, releasing the source code

    As sad as it is, I appreciate it when we see a developer being really honest. Limit Theory was a promising open-world space sim that was Kickstarted back in 2012 and the developer has reached their limit.

    Writing in a post titled "The End", the developer talks about how they've essentially exhausted not only their finances but their energy emotionally and physically has been drained trying to complete it.

Games: The Sunday Mag, Unvanquished and More on VK9

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  • The Sunday Mag - a look at some Linux stuff on sale and other odds and ends

    It's Sunday, I have still a ridiculous cold so I feel quite poorly. Here's a run over some Linux games on sale, some other random things along with a question to you.

  • Unvanquished Open-Source Game Still Coming Along, More Assets Licensed CC-By-SA 3.0

    It has been a long time since last having anything new to report on the Unvanquished open-source game project that is powered by the "Daemon Engine" as a long ago fork from ioquake3 and has seen countless improvements since. At least when the project started out several years back, the visual quality was great and they had been doing great alpha releases. However, in the past two years they haven't succeeded in putting out new alphas or their long-awaited beta, but fortunately the project is still alive.

  • VK9 Milestone 28 Reached With Improvements For Unreal Tournament (1999)

    While DXVK captures much of the limelight these days when it comes to accelerating Windows gaming on Linux by mapping Direct3D 11 (and D3D10) over Vulkan, the VK9 project and its main developer continue advancing D3D9-over-Vulkan for those preferring to relive over Direct3D Windows games.

Games: Crazy Justice, Asteroid Fight, The Dungeons 3, VK9, Seven Kingdoms Ancient Adversaries

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Games: SDL2 and 'Ebony Spire: Heresy'

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  • SDL2's OpenGL Renderer Now Provides Some State Caching, SDL 2.0.9 Is Looking Great

    A few days back I wrote about the SDL library improving its 2D rendering code with a new batching system to yield greater performance. Since then the improvements have not stopped for this library that is critical to most Linux games and other multi-platform software.

    The latest addition to the SDL2 render code is the OpenGL renderer now caching some state to help improve the performance if operating in the non-batching mode. This OpenGL state caching should help with performance as we've seen from the other GL caching efforts. This state caching was also extended to the OpenGL ES renderer code too. As part of this state cache work, some bugs in the render code were also addressed.

  • Dungeon crawler, Ebony Spire: Heresy, will be getting an anniversary update next month

    Ebony Spire: Heresy [Official Site] is a dungeon crawler that’s inspired by the titles of yesteryear but made to be played in more manageable time chunks. Liam wrote about it when it first came out and he seemed to have a really good time. It had a rocky start at launch and wasn’t really able to sell many copies, something which the developer has been refreshingly open about, but has since then gone to break even and surpass sale expectations selling over 6000 copies.

Games: Blade Symphony: Harmonious Prelude, Depth of Extinction and BATTLETECH

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  • Blade Symphony: Harmonious Prelude Is Now Available For Sword-Fighting Linux Gamers

    Blade Symphony: Harmonious Prelude, a big update to this Source Engine powered "tactical slash-em-up" sword-fighting video game, is now available including with Linux support.

    Blade Symphony: Harmonious Prelude is a unique sword fighting action game with support for 1 vs. 1, 2 vs.2, and sandbox free-for-all fighting, along with other game modes. This is the sword fighting game we talked about earlier this month.

  • Sword-fighter 'Blade Symphony' is now officially on Linux, free to try for a few days with a big sale (updated!)

    Blade Symphony, a sword-fighting game from Puny Human powered by the Source Engine has officially released for Linux today.

    The Linux release comes at the same time as the game receiving a massive update called Harmonious Prelude. There's so many things that have changed, it would be completely silly for me to list them all here. It's quite a different game, but you don't need to take my word for it as it's also free to try for a few days!

  • Roguelike RPG 'Depth of Extinction' is now out with full Linux support

    Mixing in some pretty good XCOM combat mechanics with a dash of FTL-style travelling through nodes, Depth of Extinction is now out.

    Developed by HOF Studios, Depth of Extinction takes you on a bit of an epic journey through an unforgiving underwater world. I'm a big fan of both XCOM and FTL and I can see the inspiration clearly, although the way everything fits together makes it really quite compelling and unique in its own right.

  • BATTLETECH gets an opt-in Linux beta on Steam

    The Linux version of BATTLETECH [Official Site] has seen some delays since the game’s launch earlier in the year. The communication from the developer has been spotty at times so it’s good to see that they’ve finally gotten around to delivering on a Linux version for the game. It’s not quite bug-free yet so it’s available to download by opting into the “public_beta_linux” branch on Steam.

Games: Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Comes to GNU/Linux (and More Gaming News)

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Games: Feral Interactive, MegaSphere, Heroes of Hammerwatch and Steam Play

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  • Feral Interactive are teasing something for Linux next week

    I'm going to assume this is either a game about to be released or they're going to reveal the actual games they've been teasing lately. We know they're porting Total War: WARHAMMER II but there's two other Linux ports they've teased. They seem to be moving a bit quicker with things lately, especially since they only released Life is Strange: Before the Storm for Linux two weeks ago.

  • The gorgeous sci-fi action-platformer 'MegaSphere' has a huge update now available

    The impressive sci-fi action-platformer MegaSphere has neon lighting coming out of all ends and it looks incredible. Last night, the "TURMS Update" went live which included new enemies to face, entirely new areas to explore as well as some new game mechanics.

  • Heroes of Hammerwatch gets full modding support in the latest update

    Gather your party together as Heroes of Hammerwatch has a rather big update out and there's some fun stuff.

    The first biggest change, is that it now has full modding support along with Steam Workshop support, so it's going to be real interesting to see what people come up with for such a game. I'll be honest, I still haven't gotten around to playing this one. Sounds like I will have to with goodies like this coming to it!

  • Steam Play set to get DXVK 0.72, Wine fixes for .NET and windowing issues

    After some pretty quick updates following the initial release of Steam Play, things have quietened down somewhat. However, work on the next version of Steam Play is in progress.

    It was expected it would slow down after the initial release period, since they were rapidly pushing out fixes to get it into a somewhat stable state. Stable enough for them to put it into the main Steam client that is, since you no longer need to opt into any beta to access Steam Play.

Games: FlightGear, Circle Empires, Surviving Mars, The Gardens Between, Deep Sky Derelicts, Valve Stats

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  • FlightGear 2018.3 Flight Simulator Prepares For Landing

    Long-running open-source, cross-platform flight simulator FlightGear is preparing for its next feature release.

    With FlightGear 2018.3 it will be their first release that should be "especially stable" under their new plans to have one of their quarterly releases be focused more than usual on stability. From now on their fall release is expected to be this extra-stable release.

  • Simple and unique strategy game Circle Empires is now available for Linux

    Strategy game Circle Empires from Estonian developer Luminous and Iceberg Interactive offers a simple and unique take on the strategy genre. In addition to the Linux release, the game is also now on GOG.


    The Linux version does seem to work nicely, it's optimised enough to run on my quite rubbish laptop so I don't imagine anyone having any major issues with it. It offers three different game modes: One that will have you search for a boss to fight on a specific tile and two other modes that have you conquer the tiles (It's not exactly clear what the difference is in the other two modes).

    I have to admit, I really love the idea of it. The gameplay doesn't have a huge amount of depth to it, but it still remains quite a fun back to basics strategy game. You claim tiles, get workers to gather resources, build some defences and an army and move onto the next tile. The mechanics and units are simple enough, that anyone should be able to grasp it pretty quickly.

  • Surviving Mars has released its “Sagan” update, adds a few new interesting features

    If you've been looking for an excuse to colonize the Red Planet again, these latest changes to the strategy title adds challenges and some quality-of-life improvements.

  • A journey through friendship - some thoughts on The Gardens Between

    The visually striking single player adventure with puzzle elements touches on the fleeting nature of time and the bonds between friends. I gave it a go and found a compelling experience.

  • Deep Sky Derelicts leaves Early Access, adds Linux support

    With artwork quite a bit like Darkest Dungeon, the turn-based strategy game that mixes in RPG and rogue-like elements Deep Sky Derelicts is now on Linux and officially released.

  • Valve have released some interesting statistics about controller use

    Valve recently put up a blog post to talk about controller use on PC and some of their statistics are a little surprising.

    While a lot of the time our trusty mouse and keyboard combination remains king, controllers (gamepads—whatever) are still widely used and they can provide a better experience in certain genres.

    Going by Valve's data, since 2015 over 30 million people have registered a controller with over 15 million registering more than one.

Games: Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Pillars of Eternity II, Mark of the Ninja, Timespinner

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  • The RPG 'Pathfinder: Kingmaker' is out with critical bugs in the Linux version

    The RPG Pathfinder: Kingmaker is out today from Owlcat Games and Deepsilver, sadly the Linux version has some critical bugs.

    GOG provided me with a key, so at release today I went to download it only to find no Linux download. When speaking to my GOG contact, they confirmed a critical bug was found where the game will completely crash if you try to load a saved game. This is also confirmed by users on the Steam forum. Due to this, there's no ETA on GOG having any Linux build available and I can't blame them for that, this is down to Owlcat Games to solve.

  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Seeker, Slayer, Survivor is now out, some thoughts on the brawling

    The latest DLC for the engaging RPG, Pillars of Eternity II, sees you thrust into bloody arena combat. I spent some time overcoming the trials and have some thoughts to share.

  • Mark of the Ninja Remastered from Klei Entertainment due out on October 9th

    Mark of the Ninja was a damn fun game and it's one I'm pretty happy to see remastered, it has a trailer and a release date now too. Due out on October 9th, hopefully with the Linux version ready then.

    When we spoke to Klei a few months ago, they clearly said it will have a Linux version but they weren't sure if it would be ready in time. The Steam page is now up, which does have a SteamOS + Linux system requirements section, along with a SteamOS icon so given how close it is to release it looks like we're good. Even if there ends up being a small wait, Klei games are worth it. Small update: I asked Klei about a Linux build, they replied with "yeeeeup".

  • Timespinner, a polished and fun metroidvania, is now available

    Traveling back and forth in time is seldom easy and often carries risks. I braved the odds and have thoughts to share about this new metroidvania.

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  • libssh 0.8.4 and 0.7.6 security and bugfix release

    libssh versions 0.6 and above have an authentication bypass vulnerability in the server code. By presenting the server an SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_SUCCESS message in place of the SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_REQUEST message which the server would expect to initiate authentication, the attacker could successfully authentciate without any credentials.

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    But University of Michigan grad student Matt Bernhard has demonstrated that he can bypass the tamper-evident seals in seconds, using a shim made from a slice of a soda can. The bypass is undetectable and doesn't damage the seal, which can be resecured after an attacker gains access to the system.

  • Security Seals Used to Protect Voting Machines Can Be Easily Opened With Shim Crafted from a Soda Can

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OSS: Hedera Hashgraph, Service Providers, and Renaming the Bro Project

  • Hedera Hashgraph Distributed Ledger Technology Shares New Open-Source SDK [Ed: Hedera needs to delete GitHub, however, as the new head of GitHub killed Java projects like Hedera's]
    Hedera Hashgraph, one of the DApp facilitators within the blockchain industry recently announced that it has released its Software Development Kit (SDK) in Java.
  • Service Providers Should Adapt to Open Source World
    Finding differing opinions on open source with the telecom industry isn't hard to do, especially where orchestration is concerned. That's why a panel discussion on open source and MANO at the Light Reading NFV-Carrier SDN event in Denver seemed an odd place to find such outspoken agreement on that topic, but there it was. Four smart guys, none shy with their opinions, all seemed to agree on key points around open source, the need for standards, the role of vendors and the lack of internal software skills. But they also agreed that telecom service providers are struggling a bit to understand how to proceed in an open source world and still need some fundamental internal changes.
  • Renaming the Bro Project
    More than 20 years ago I chose the name "Bro" as "an Orwellian reminder that monitoring comes hand in hand with the potential for privacy violations", as the original Bro paper put it. Today that warning is needed more than ever ... but it's clear that now the name "Bro" is alas much more of a distraction than a reminder. On the Leadership Team of the Bro Project, we heard clear concerns from the Bro community that the name "Bro" has taken on strongly negative connotations, such as "Bro culture". These send a sharp, anti-inclusive - and wholly unintended and undesirable - message to those who might use Bro. The problems were significant enough that during BroCon community sessions, several people have mentioned substantial difficulties in getting their upper management to even consider using open-source software with such a seemingly ill-chosen, off-putting name.

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