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GNOME’s Ace Retro Gaming App Just Keeps Getting Better

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Forget Super Smash Bros Ultimate; the best gaming related revelations this week concern the epic GNOME Games app.

The next version of this handy arcade front will let you navigate the GUI using your gamepad, browse and play MSX and Nintendo Virtual Boy games, and load your ROM library faster than a Sonic game can scream ‘SEAAAGAAA!’.

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  • Extreme downhill freeriding game 'Descenders' updated with the Ring of Fire update

    The latest update to Descenders adds in the fifth environment to play through named Volcano, which gives you a different way to play. The interesting thing about the Volcano environment, is that you have to unlock it in a very specific way with the developer teasing that "it involves fiery rings of fire". Instead of stunts, this environment uses tectonics instead. In other words, you're in for a bumpy ride.

    In addition to the new environment, which is pretty darn tough to actually reach, they've also added in more new stuff. Along with now having a Linux version that works properly.

    In this update there's also another new bonus level for you to find, they've expanded the "Freeride" mode where you tweak the settings to build your own track to add in the special build crew feature, which gives you certain modifiers like smoother curves or reducing speed wobble. There's also new items for you to unlock as well.

  • It Looks Like A Steam 64-Bit Client Could Finally Be Near

    It looks like Valve could be prepping to finally ship a 64-bit Steam client, possibly coinciding with their long talked about Steam UI/UX overhaul.

    Valve today shipped a new beta release with just one listed change, "Added support for shipping different binaries to 64bit vs 32bit operating systems in Steam self-updater. This support is being added in preparation for future updates."

    The ability for the Steam update to ship different binaries depending upon architecture would be a prerequisite for being able to introduce a 64-bit Steam client while retaining the 32-bit client too... They don't explicitly say it's for shipping a 64-bit Steam client soon, but it's 2018 after all, and there wouldn't be much of a reason to otherwise be adding this capability to the Steam updater...

  • DXVK Introducing Per-Game Configuration Files

    While DXVK is capable of running a great deal of Direct3D 11 games via Vulkan within Wine, a number of games have required various workarounds for either getting the game to properly work in the first place or to run efficiently. Those per-game settings are now being punted off into a per-game configuration system.

  • VK9 - Direct3D 9 Over Vulkan - Completes 27th Milestone

    It's not nearly as far along as DXVK that is allowing D3D11-over-Vulkan and already running great numbers of games in a performant manner under Wine, but the VK9 project for implementing Direct3D 9 over Vulkan has now hit its twenty-seventh milestone.

Chrome OS 68 for Chromebooks Brings Material 2.0 Design, PIN Sign-In Support

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Google today promoted the Chrome OS 68 Linux-based operating system for Chromebooks to the Stable channel as version 68.0.3440.87 (Platform version: 10718.71.2/3) for most devices, a release that brings numerous new features, improvements, and security updates.

Highlights of the Chrome OS 68 release include a brand-new Material 2.0 design for dialogs and secondary UI on Chrome OS, 802.11r fast BSS transition (FT) support for fast roaming, new Display Size settings for setting the size of a connected display, PIN sign-in support to allow users to use a PIN to sign into Chrome OS.

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Games: Gallium3D, SpaceBourne, Dead Matter, The Procession to Calvary, Kubifaktorium, Twilight Struggle

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  • Marek Tackles EXT_gpu_shader4 Support In Gallium3D For Old Games/Apps

    While the EXT_gpu_shader4 extension was written for the OpenGL 2.0 days a decade ago when the GeForce 8 series was NVIDIA's flagship products, AMD's Marek Olšák is now adding support for this extension to the Gallium3D drivers.

    GL_EXT_gpu_shader4 is an extension NVIDIA developed back in the GL2 era for adding a number of features to GLSL back at a time when OpenGL wasn't advancing as rapidly. EXT_gpu_shader4 added new texture lookup functions, signed/unsigned integer support, new built-in functions, and more. But OpenGL 3.0 ended up incorporating the EXT_gpu_shader4 additions into the core specification.

  • SpaceBourne might see a Linux version, according to demand after release

    SpaceBourne [Official Site] will be an open space exploration game with RPG elements, as the description on Steam states. It should release for Windows later this month.

    It's based on the Unreal Engine 4, and as we know with Everspace and RUINER, Linux versions that are looking gorgeous and have great performance are doable, even though not straight forward to create.

  • Dead Matter, a sandbox survival horror plans to have a Linux release after Early Access

    I seriously cannot get enough of survival games, so hearing about Dead Matter [Official Site] is quite exciting as it sounds pretty good. While we already have 7 Days to Die which has a similar theme, the graphical style leaves a lot to be desired and it looks like Dead Matter is graphically much more impressive.

  • The Procession to Calvary is a point and click adventure made from Renaissance-era paintings

    This looks all kinds of nuts. A point and click adventure game planned to release for Linux that's made from Renaissance-era paintings and public domain recordings of classical music.

  • Build and manage a colony in Kubifaktorium, developed primarily on Linux and funding on Kickstarter

    Kubifaktorium [Official Site, Kickstarter] from developer Mirko Seithe (previously made BossConstructor) is a colony building and management sim that mixes in automation and transports systems like Factorio.

    At its heart, it's a city-builder with you farming crops, crafting tools and weapons but it also has you craft some more advanced machines to automate your colony like trains, farming machines, conveyor belts to move resources around, zeppelins and so on. For anyone who has played Factorio, elements of it certainly look a bit familiar while still being rather different with you taking care of your colonists needs.

  • An update on the Linux version of Twilight Struggle, four years after the Kickstarter

    Way back in July of 2014, GMT Games partnered with Playdek and ran a successful Kickstarter for Twilight Struggle, a digital version of the board game that shares the same name. It promised Linux support, which still hasn't been delivered.

    A user wrote in to ask us to find out what's going on, since the game released on Steam back in April of 2016 and there's still no sign of the Linux version.

5 open source role-playing games for Linux

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OSS
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Gaming has traditionally been one of Linux's weak points. That has changed somewhat in recent years thanks to Steam, GOG, and other efforts to bring commercial games to multiple operating systems, but those games are often not open source. Sure, the games can be played on an open source operating system, but that is not good enough for an open source purist.

So, can someone who only uses free and open source software find games that are polished enough to present a solid gaming experience without compromising their open source ideals? Absolutely. While open source games are unlikely ever to rival some of the AAA commercial games developed with massive budgets, there are plenty of open source games, in many genres, that are fun to play and can be installed from the repositories of most major Linux distributions. Even if a particular game is not packaged for a particular distribution, it is usually easy to download the game from the project's website in order to install and play it.

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Exiled Kingdoms - a mobile RPG with decent depth, now on Linux

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Hello and welcome to my first article on GOL. Today I will talk about a game I played on Android and eventually on Linux called Exile Kingdoms. I first played this game on a tablet, under circumstances I have honestly forgotten, but it left an impression. I decided to pick it up on Steam to relive the experience on a more comfortable platform.

However, I won't lie, the game is primitive by modern standards. The graphics are somewhere between Dink Smallwood and Diablo 1, and the combat is retro with lots of stutter.

Yet despite all this, I like it. I like it a lot. So why is that? Well for one it has a big world. And due to the lack of fast travel, excluding mage towers that can teleport you, it just feels big. In this respect it reminds me of Morrowind, where you had to use Silt Striders and Mage Guilds to move long distances. Oblivion, by comparison, seemed to lose a lot by allowing the player to teleport everywhere like Captain Picard.

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Chaotic co-op cooking game Overcooked! 2 is now officially out with same-day Linux support

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Developer Ghost Town Games along with publisher Team17 have today released the chaotic co-op cooking game Overcooked! 2.

As expected, this sequel comes with same-day Linux support which is especially nice since the first game wasn't on Linux.

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Games: Valheim, Dead Cells, Airships: Conquer the Skies, One Zero Three, Din's Legacy

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Software and Games: Web Tools, Howtos, Dicey Dungeons and Xenko 3.0

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  • vcrpy for web related tests

    It is a Python module which helps to write faster and simple tests involving HTTP requests. It records all the HTTP interactions in plain text files (by default in a YAML file). This helps to write deterministic tests, and also to run them in offline.

  • 6 Best Online Linux Bash Editors

    If you have been following our posts, we published an article that lists the best online terminal platforms for learning how to work with the Linux not too long ago.

    I hear you ask “how are online Linux terminals different from online Bash editors?” – well, for starters, bash editors are the best apps to use for creating and executing bash scripts and some online terminals don’t even allow you to work with local files and save data.

    If you want to go beyond the beginner-level scripting then a bash editor is what you need and below is our list of the best online platforms you can use right from your browser.

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  • Dicey Dungeons, a new roguelike from Terry Cavanagh is a little bit addictive

    Dicey Dungeons is a new roguelike from Terry Cavanagh, Marlowe Dobbe, and Chipzel that seems quite simple, until you start getting further in and it becomes quite addictive.

    I've been silently following it for a while, as a fan of Cavanagh's previous games like Super Hexagon and VVVVVV I've been quite curious to see what it's like. Today, he put out a new build with fresh art from Marlowe Dobbe and music from Chipzel so it seemed like a good time to jump on in.

    What surprised me the most, is how deceptive the game is with its initial simplicity. You move around a really basic board, battling anyone you land on as you move. In terms of style and overall presentation, it's incredibly simple, but in terms of gameplay it's something else entirely.

  • Xenko 3.0 game engine is here, now free and open-source

    Xenko, a game engine owned by Silicon Studios has officially released its third version on August 2. The major change in Xenko 3.0 is the transition to being open-source. It also comes with changes made to the project system and added support for videos as well as hair, and skin rendering.

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