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Games: Scarecrow Studio, RAZED, XCOM 2

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  • Colourful comedy adventure '3 Minutes to Midnight' planned to release for Linux

    Scarecrow Studio [Official Site] have officially announced that their colourful comedy adventure 3 Minutes to Midnight with a trailer and it's coming to Linux.

  • RAZED will bring lightning-fast platformer racing to Linux on September 14th

    Soaked in some vibrant colours, lightning-fast platformer RAZED will requiring a good pair of running shoes when it releases with Linux support on September 14th.

    Developed by Warpfish Games with a sprinkle of publishing from PQube Limited, RAZED is promising an exciting speedrunning experience across the 60 levels being included at release. These levels are spreadout across six different worlds, each of them having their own unique flavour. Each world will also come with an ability to unlock, along with a boss battle.

  • XCOM 2 to possibly get another expansion with 'TLE'

    There's rumours circling around about XCOM 2 getting a new expansion and it seems whatever it turns out to be that Linux support should be there.

Games: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hand of Fate 2, Hammerwatch and Thrones of Britannia

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Godot 3.1 Alpha

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  • Godot 3.1 Is On The Way With OpenGL ES 2.0 Renderer, 3D Soft-body Physics & Much More

    Godot has been on a roll lately with this 2D/3D open-source game engine having seen lots of well-deserved attention. Following their big Godot 3.0 release in January, Godot 3.1 is on the way as another significant update.

    Godot 3.1 Alpha 1 is now shipping as the first step towards this next feature update to this cross-platform, open-source game engine that was made open-source in early 2014.

    The Godot 3.1 engine has been working on OpenGL ES 2.0 rendering support, visual shader editor capabilities, 3D soft-body physics, a 3D ragdoll system, various 2D improvements as well, support for WebSockets, a revamped inspector, improved animation editing, GDScript enhancements, support for BPTC texture compression, and a wealth of other game engine enhancements.

  • Dev snapshot: Godot 3.1 alpha 1

    Long awaited, Godot 3.1 alpha 1 is our first milestone towards the stable release of Godot 3.1, packed with 7 months of development since Godot 3.0 (over 3,500 commits!).

    Contrarily to our 3.0.x maintainance releases, which include only thoroughly reviewed and backwards-compatible bug fixes, the 3.1 version includes all the new features (and subsequent bugs!) merged in the master branch since January 2018, and especially all those showcased on our past devblogs.

  • Open source game engine 'Godot Engine' has the first 3.1 version alpha available

    Godot Engine [Official Site], the incredibly impressive open source game engine is pushing ahead towards the massive 3.1 update with the first alpha.

Games: Humble Store, Steam Play and Two Point Hospital

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Games: Two Point Hospital, SPLASH BLAST PANIC, Sunless Skies, MeatPossible: Chapter 1.5, Slime-san, Mavericks

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Games: Rocket League, BlazeRush, Battle Chef Brigade

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  • The Rocket League 'Progression Update' is out allowing you to form a special club

    The addictive game Rocket League that has you sat in rocket-powered cars smashing balls around a court has been updated with some fun goodies. In addition to the patch, they've announced their "Rocket Pass" is going to go live next week, which has a free and paid option to allow you several ways to earn new content.

  • BlazeRush is another completely awesome co-op game available for Linux

    You will be forgiven for not knowing about BlazeRush, since it's an oldie released back in 2014. Taking another look at it recently with the help of my trusty side-kick I've found it to be an exceptionally fun co-op experience on Linux.

    It's an action-racing game filled with ridiculous power-ups like boosters, rockets, chainguns and so on which makes it so ridiculous. It's basically Micro Machines covered in awesome sauce. For those who don't have people to play with locally, it also has online play and some pretty menacing bots that will waste no time in completely annihilating you off the track.

  • Battle Chef Brigade has been updated to a Deluxe edition for all owners

    Battle Chef Brigade is a rather good mix of cooking and hunting which just got upgraded to a Deluxe edition. You can see my original thoughts on it here. Honestly, the game really is surprisingly good and it's fantastic to see such a massive update out for free.

    Note: It doesn't advertise Linux support on Steam, but it does have a Linux version. The developers said it's simply because they haven't tested it enough. It does list Linux support on GOG.

Games Leftovers

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Linux gaming gets a new head of Steam

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Way back in 2012, Valve, creator of the Steam game engine and network, excited gamers by saying they were bringing Steam-powered games to Linux. Yea!

Then, a year later, Gabe Newell, Valve's CEO, said, "Linux is the future of gaming". He went on to announce there would be Steam Machine gaming consoles powered by Valve's own SteamOS Linux distribution. All went quiet. Too quiet.

Years later, Steam Machines finally rolled out. It was too little, too late. Windows upped its gaming support game. Only about 500,000 Steam Machines shipped. But Valve hasn't given up on games for Linux.

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Games Leftovers

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  • An early look at Achaem, an action-RPG with an infinite world that generates as you explore

    An action-RPG where the world generates before your eyes as you explore, it's certainly an interesting element so is Achaem [Steam] any good?

  • Colony building sim RimWorld just had a huge 'Polish the Cannons' update

    The excellent colony building sim RimWorld was updated today with the Polish the Cannons update adding in plenty of new content ahead of a final release. The developer said they did want this to be the big 1.0 release, but instead they're going to a polished not rushed release which is admirable.

    With update 19, you're now able to build bridges over water. You can build on them and they can support quite a bit of weight, but they can catch fire and collapse too. It also adds in multiple new buildings: Watermill generator, Autocannon turret, Uranium slug turret, Fabrication bench, Waterproof conduit, Butcher spot and a Double sleeping spot. In addition, there's new items to build, a new scenario which will start you naked with no items, a new soft sand terrain which doesn't let you build medium or heavy structures, animals can be renamed and get diseases and so much more.

  • A beta of BATTLETECH for Linux is due in 'next few weeks'

    Harebrained Schemes just released another major patch for BATTLETECH and they also gave an update on the status of the delayed Linux version.

  • UnderMine, a sweet looking 2D action-adventure RPG will have you dig deep for riches

    UnderMine [Official Site] pulls in elements from a lot of different genres to make a 2D action-adventure RPG that actually sounds really quite good.

  • Language learning game Lingotopia is out, some thoughts

    While I love the idea of the game, the execution of it overall is pretty lacklustre. The movement and camera controls feel like a hassle to work with. The movement is especially bad! Even though you're a person, it feels like you're trying to move a truck it's pretty awful honestly.

    The amount of Spanish I've learned while walking around isn't as much as I was hoping either. The actual learning ends up being nothing more than a guessing game. You click on objects as you walk around and it tells you what it is, sometimes the explanation is covered up by the model of the object too. When you speak to people directly, it gives you a sentence or a paragraph and tells you to guess a specific word with three options or gives you pictures for you to type in the word you think they're hinting at.

  • Akane is a violent arcade slasher giving you only one aim, to kill as many Yakuza

    Ludic Studios are bringing some violent arcade slashing action to Linux with Akane [Official Site]. Set in 2121 in Mega-Tokyo, it will see you take on the Yakuza with a lot of bloodshed.

  • Puzzle game 'while True: learn()' puts you in the shoes of a machine learning developer

    Another programming puzzle game here for you today with 'while True: learn()' that will place you into the shoes of a cat loving machine learning developer.

  • Some thoughts on Chasm, the challenging adventure platformer from Bit Kid

    Tested on Ubuntu 18.04 with an NVIDIA 980ti with the 396.54 driver.

Games: Civilization VI and Steam Play

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  • The Linux Civilization VI patch with cross-platform multiplayer hit a bug, going back to approvals this week

    It seems Aspyr Media hit a small roadblock when trying to get the latest Civilization VI patch out for Linux, the one to finally give cross-platform online support.

  • Steam Play – Let the games begin

    Linux gaming news are always a good thing. An exciting and important thing. The more legitimacy, popularity and quality the Linux world gets, the higher the chances of the Linux operating system, desktop in particular, making it big with the crowds. Even for myself, one of the primary reasons for using Windows is the ability to play various games.

    Now, there’s a brand new and rather ambitious attempt by Steam to take the Linux gaming scene up a few notches. Several years ago, Steam really made the huge difference by creating an official version of their client software for Linux, and since there’s been a healthy influx of new titles to the Steam platform, all capable of running natively on the penguin-powered systems. This is still a drop in the sea compared to what Windows has to offer, and so there’s a new effort now. Improved Steam Play for Linux that can run Windows games through a compatibility layer.

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Security: Patches, FUD and Voting Machines

  • 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.

  • A Cybersecurity Weak Link: Linux and IoT [Ed: Blaming "Linux" for companies that put default passwords on all their products? Windows has back doors.]
  • Undetectably bypass voting machines' anti-tamper mechanism with a bit of a soda-can

    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

    Bernhard, who is an expert witness for election integrity activists in a lawsuit filed in Georgia to force officials to get rid of paperless voting machines used in that state, said the issue of security ties and seals came up in the lawsuit earlier this year when Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron told the court that his Georgia county relies on tamper-evident metal and plastic ties to seal voting machines and prevent anyone with physical access to the machines from subverting them while they sit in polling places days before an election.


    He noted that defeating ties and seals in non-tamper-evident ways isn’t the only method to wreak havoc on an election in Michigan. The state has a unique law that prohibits ballots from being used in a recount if the number of voters doesn't match the number of ballots cast at a precinct or if the seal on a ballot box is broken or has a different serial number than what it should have. Someone who wanted to wreak havoc on an election or alter an election outcome in Michigan could purposely tamper with ballot box seals in a way that is evident or simply replace them with a seal bearing a different serial number in order to get ballots excluded from a recount. The law came into sharp relief after the 2016 presidential election when Green Party candidate Jill Stein sought to get a statewide recount in Michigan and two other critical swing states and found that some precincts in Wayne County couldn't be recounted because the number of voters who signed the poll books—which get certified with a seal signed by officials—didn't match the number of ballots scanned on the voting machines.

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.