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Four must try Indie games on Linux

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Linux dominates almost every part of our lives – it powers services like Facebook to Google, it powers ATM machines, our printers, routers, stock exchanges, NASA missions and drones. Linux now also dominates the consumer space, thanks to Android and ChromeOS. And it’s going to further increase its presence in 2014. Gaming used to be one area where Linux was in a weaker position but that’s going to change with SteamOS. There are a lot of games which are available for GNU/Linux based operating systems and our game correspondent Partha has picked four games that he thinks you must try. Read on…

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Paradox’ Runemaster and Hearts of Iron IV heading for Linux

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Paradox Studios, the development house behind the hugely successful and addictive Magicka, Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis IV among other games, officially announced in their recent Miami convention that they are planning to launch two new games, Runemasters and the highly anticipated sequel to the Hearts of Iron series, Hearts of Iron IV. Both games are slated to be getting a Linux release along with a Windows release.

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GNOME Chess 3.10.3 Fixes Various Annoying Bugs

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The GNOME Project has announced that a new maintenance release of the 3.10 branch of the GNOME Chess application is now available for download, bringing fixes for several annoying bugs, updated translations, and various general enhancements.

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Sword Of The Stars: The Pit & Ground Pounders Soon To Arrive On Linux

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We are currently approaching completion of porting The Pit to Linux (as well as Mac and mobile pads.) Ground Pounders is also nearing completion. It's was designed with multiplatform multiplay in mind, so it will go out the door with Linux hot on its heels, whereas The Pit started with enough manpower for one SKU and we opted for PC. Then over the last few months, we worked on expanding it as well as working towards the ports as things progressed. It's gone a bit longer than we'd hoped, but we'll be done pretty soon. The Pit is coming to Linux!

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Alienware plans to release updated Steam Machines every year

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Alienware will update its Steam Machine hardware every year, according to general manager Frank Azor. In an interview with TrustedReviews, Azor said a lack of upgradability on the recently unveiled model will basically require the company to keep pushing out new versions each year to keep up with games as they become more and more resource intensive. “There will be no customization options, you can’t really update it," he said of the company's first Steam Machine. Azor said some basic customization options may be available; you may be able to pick a faster CPU or upgrade the amount of memory, for instance. But for the most part, what you get is what you get. “Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years. We will be updating our Steam Machines every year,” he said.

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Valve Adds In-Home Streaming in the Steam Client with the Latest Update

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Valve has released a new Beta build of its Steam client, but this time it’s not just about a few fixes and a couple of new features. A new important option has been implemented, which should make Linux users very happy.

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Slitherine To Improve Linux Support

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This is something I personally brought up with them after being gifted a copy of Pandora from the developers, it was all highly confusing as you had to specifically click the Linux link in the platform list otherwise you would be buying the Windows version and it didn't actually tell you this anywhere. They are another store who needs to note Windows and not PC though, you know how annoying it gets to see that.

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