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LinuxGameCast Weekly 296: Linux Ice Princesses

LinuxGameCast Weekly 296: Linux Ice Princesses:

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Serious Sam 4 is headed to Linux! Steam clamps down on NSFW groups, Hollow Knight: Lifeblood exits beta and Rise of the Tomb Raider attempts to Vulkan. Then Tower of Time faces the CHAIRQASITION!

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Steam News:

Steamy
https://www.reddit.com/r/Steam/comments/8cfaqx/steam_is_clamping_down_on_nsfw_groups/

  • Some theorize that is has to do with the new sex trafficking laws being passed in the US
  • Of course, we won’t hear a peep from valve until it starts becoming a big deal
  • I don’t think this will become a big deal because, likely, people who took part of those may not want the rest of the internet to know about it.
  • So, instead of clamping on shit games, stolen assets, card farmers or really any of the hundreds of bugs in the Steam for Linux github, they kill communities about people who pretend to fuck each other.
  • Unless something has already happened and it was linked back to such a community, so VALVe is being proactive and noping them before the news come out.

Simple CLI
https://github.com/berenm/steam-cli

  • Not to be confused with steamcmd

    • The official one.
  • Basically trying to turn steam into yum/zypper/apt/pkg/pacman/emerge

The Ark
https://steamcommunity.com/app/783170/discussions/0/3211505894125320045/?tscn=1524076566

  • Looks neat, sorta want.
  • That looks like a more modern Enclave with a sci-fi setting
  • That sentence has me drooling all over my keyboard!
  • Promises promises. One can only hope.

Hollow Blood
https://steamcommunity.com/games/367520/announcements/detail/3398405279323824778

  • A brand new boss with a new music track by Chris Larkin!
  • One boss has been seriously upgraded. A true challenge awaits!
  • Custom Map Markers
  • If you have opted into the beta you already know all this.

ROTT
http://store.steampowered.com/app/391220/Rise_of_the_Tomb_Raider/

  • Oh, we’re still doing the Intel recommended thing?
  • R3, R5, R7 and their Gen2 variants would like a word.
  • Intel graphics cards are not supported.
  • Over 2 months from the end of Spring, that’s something
  • Shite don’t work, yo.

    • Have to kill compton to get the game to launch.
    • Even then it only runs in windowed mode. Fullscreen causes this.
  • The most common errors I have seen reported are spite locks when / if the window loses focus.

    • Ur friend is playing whatever” pop up. Freeze, drop to desktop. -Truggs”
  • Spite crashes seem to be a thing but less common.
  • When it does run I average 82.42 on high @1080.
  • I really question the 396.18 driver recommendation since it’s only slightly less of a shite show vs 390.

Sam I AM
http://store.steampowered.com/app/257420/Serious_Sam_4_Planet_Badass/

  • That trailer looks a bit meh.

    • It does a look a bit Serious Sam 3 with a greener palette.
  • a brutally bigger scale, and not a single desert level,”
    • Boooo!!!11!!
  • I’m ass-cited. I look forwards to levels of neverending green. It beats brown

  • Probably gonna eat up more than a few thursday streams
  • Yay! A good quality first person shooter… It is an FPS, right?
  • Open world Sam could be interesting?

Double Turn
https://store.steampowered.com/app/762680/Double_Turn/

  • Cute looking fighting game, which we’re severely lacking on the linuxes for raisins beyond our control
  • 4 fighters seems like a painfully small roster though
  • Maybe they’ll Add some more during their early access stint
  • Online multiplayer means I’ll have to at least try it.

2 meet U
http://store.steampowered.com/app/575570/ICED/

  • Another frozen wasteland survival game.
  • Not interested cuz I live in an actual frozen wasteland!

Horizon TURBO
http://store.steampowered.com/app/389140/Horizon_Chase_Turbo/

  • No online multiplayer for a racing game in 2018?
  • Bold strategy, Cotton.
  • It’s Outrun with 3D polygonal graphics.

News:

Drama
https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/18/amd-nvidia-gpp-freedom-radeon-geforce/

  • Radeon Vice President Scott Herkelman made a post on the Radeon website Tuesday that was a not-so-veiled shot at Nvidia over what AMD sees as an attempt at anti-competitive practices. Here’s a snippet:

    • Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see our add-in board partners launch new brands that carry an AMD Radeon product. AMD is pledging to reignite this freedom of choice when gamers choose an AMD Radeon RX graphics card.”
  • Oh, I wants me some corporate war (we all win) but AMD needs a product to back up the smack.
  • We need something to provide 1080 level performance without sucking 300W and costing £1200.

    • Like this?
    • Yeah, but we’ve all seen these promises from AMD in the past.
    • But yes, that would be awesome! Especially if they can deliver that at the sub 125W level.

LLAP WINE
https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk/releases

  • When you don’t want to go to vulkan, vulkan comes to you
  • Taking the heavy lifting off of wine is a good idea. It’s why that d3d9 state tracker in mesa was awesome
  • Strider linked me a video of Dark Souls 3 running on DXVK.
  • Admittedly, the settings were set a bit low to maintain 60ish, but that’s a really good start.

GPU Thingy
https://github.com/arunsivaramanneo/GPU-Viewer/releases/tag/v1.9

  • A little graphical tool for figuring out what your GPU can do and what stuff it supports
  • Much nicer to read than glxinfo output
  • It combines the glxinfo and vulkaninfo outputs into a neat little GUI.
  • It’s not an advanced tool by any stretch, but having that information in an easy to read format can help a great deal.

Flibounty (empty)
https://github.com/flibitijibibo/flibitBounties/issues/4

  • So this is pretty neat.
  • Flibit is attempting to ensure that FNA libraries work in as a drop in replacement for XNA libraries
  • Part of that involves re-engineering a bunch of wine code to work directly with Faudio, the new audio subsystem
  • If you can do it, you get 500 bucks.

Pro Switch
https://github.com/FrotBot/SwitchProConLinuxUSB

  • That’s the regular non-moon controller, right?
  • That’s nice if you have one of these, but I wouldn’t trust these drivers to give you a good experience on par with the Xbox 360 controller.
  • The udev rules just scream Steam Controller, so it may be great for Steam games and letting you rebind things just as easily.

CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Tower Of Time
Webzone: http://store.steampowered.com/app/617480/Tower_of_Time/
Devel: Event Horizon
Engine: Unity
Price: £19.49 / US$24.99 / CA$28.99

Wazzat: Tower of Time is an incredible adventure packed with over 50 hours of gameplay, hand-crafted levels, and a rich story told through cinematics. Taking classic RPG gameplay to the next level, Tower of Time features flexible character development, thousands of pieces of loot and equipment and the complex and tactical Arrow-Time real-time combat system.

Mandatory Disclosure: The devs sent us keys.


Makes with the working

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Nothing to complain about aside from the performance.
  • It struggles to maintain 60 @1080p.

    • Not CPU bound, the 1700 barely acknowledges the games existence.
  • That, and a bit of audio popping during the cinematics.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

Pedro- CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s Unity, I can tell by the jaggies.
  • Environments look like a bit of alright.
  • Characters… not so much.
  • Passable generic epic background music during the intro.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s got some decent production quality, I’ll give it that.
  • When all the enemies and characters lump together, it gets a little character blindy
  • The soundtrack is generic and fantasylike

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It looks good but the playable characters seem to stick out from the world.
  • Which is ironic considering how finicky the game is with letting you select a character.
  • But that’s me getting ahead of myself.
  • Aesthetically speaking, it works.
  • I’m still not a fan of the story dump as a big ol’ wall of text which obscures everything else.
  • But it looks and sounds competent.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Everything works unless your cursor gets out of screen then things get FKY.
  • Yup, no rotation.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Lets you rebind the controls. That’s a thing
  • The lack of camera rotation kinda sucks, considering the map is 3d and stuff gets obscured by your fixed perspective!

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • You wouldn’t think the simple omission of camera rotation would introduce such a limiting feeling to a game.
  • Games should, in my opinion be about player agency.
  • By not letting me rotate the camera, or even giving me the option of a “free camera” outside of combat, you’re taking away my ability to interact with your game how I want to.
  • You’re taking away my agency.
  • But more on that later.
  • Also, how you cock up character selection with the mouse?
  • I had to resort to using the keyboard for selecting characters because, half the time, it wouldn’t select the character I wanted and the other half selected a character when I wanted to tell the previous one to move close to the first.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


FUN

Venn-CHAIR

  • Upside down tower? Throne? Gravity motherfuc*er.
  • Aaaand it just became
  • Item barfing, the game.

    • Like Torchlight 2 and Victor V I lose interest when spoiled for choice.
    • If I spend more time stat juggling vs playing something is wrong.
  • Combat == boring.
  • Going to agree with jordan on this one that dialogue is a slag.
  • Would have prefered some bad voice work.
  • It has the return to the town mechanic like Darkest D.
  • Listen, it’s a well done game despite performing like poo.
  • It’s just not my cup-o-chainsaw.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • The dialogue in this game is so fucking long winded. Seriously, it’d give Pedro a run for his money
  • By the time you get through everything, you kinda don’t feel like you care about the characters anymore. Evil chair. Woooooooooooooo
  • Like is said on the stream, Divinity gives you lots of options and allows you to ask as much or as little as you want. This game is a slog
  • I was intrigued by it earlier, but I’m not really digging the final fantasy style system. Exploration mode really feels tacked on
  • The combat is sorta boring tower defense. I’m not really digging it.

Pedro- CHAIRCHAIR

  • The reason Divinity Original Sin is a great game, it’s the sheer amount of freedom, or agency, that you’re given as a player.
  • Freedom which you really start to crave when you’re basically being led by the nose down a linear narrative and little to no deviation possible.
  • And that’s Tower of Time’s biggest sin.
  • It’s one of those “Tell. Don’t show.” style of games I don’t really like.
  • It literally calls the main character “you”, but when it comes to letting you actually play it, it feels very limiting.
  • The camera really only exacerbates just how restricted your agency is in this game.

Total-CHAIR


Final –CHAIRCHAIR


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We Suck At: Tower of Time

We Suck At: Tower of Time:

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LWDW 114: Gentrified My Aldi

LWDW 114: Gentrified My Aldi:

Git turns 10! Ubuntu 18.04 enables live patching, ReactOS gets useful and encrypting DNS for fun and profit.

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News:

GitHub Turns 10!
https://github.com/ten

  • More than 80’000’000 projects.
  • Over 100 million pull requests merged.
  • 2.9 trillion lines of code submitted in 2017 alone.
  • Microsoft ditched CodePlex to Git full time.
  • You want to talk about coding environments and repo hosting, Github is the default.
  • Linus Torvalds is one of the most influential people in the world who transformed technology twice with Linux and Git. Github is the social network where Git Repositories and version control are stored and shared.
  • That, that really looks like an E-cig on the page.

KAR
https://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-is-under-your-hood/

  • Time for a good car analogy.
  • I remember the Java installer on Windows advertising it worked in your car.
  • Nowadays, that thought fills me with dread.
  • And yes, here is another mission critical industry that we don’t have to worry about Microsoft’s “Blue Screen of Death.”
  • The Automotive Linux Summit put on by The Linux Foundation will be taking place again in Tokyo, Japan this June and has been taking place annually since 2011.

Mini Chromebook
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/11/life_with_gemini/

  • This is like gluing a keyboard to a tablet and calling it a Chromebook.
  • I’m not sure the blackberry comparison applies here since this is clearly trying to be a pocket sized laptop, not a phone with a full keyboard.
  • But, this will probably have the same appeal.
  • Until people realize how terribad the keyboard is and end up getting something else.

OtherOS
https://www.xda-developers.com/google-documentation-fuchsia-operating-system/

  • It’s not Java the OS.
  • Fuchsia is NOT Linux but is Open Source and uses a mix of software licenses, including BSD 3 clause, MIT, and Apache 2.0.
  • Google trying the Apple tactic of throwing something into the ocean and seeing if it floats.

Live patch
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/04/enable-live-patch-kernel-updates-in-ubuntu-18-04

  • You no longer have to use the terminal to run live patching, but can do it directly through “The Software and Updates” utility.

    • The what update utility?
    • People use that?
    • Then again it’s Ubuntu so it ships with eleventy ways to update software.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise for the last few years has been at the forefront of innovation in live kernel patching, and it is wonderful that Ubuntu now is innovating in this area and making it easier to install in the 18.04 LTS release.
  • I appreciate the reboot when there’s a kernel update.
  • But yes, from a server point of view, uptime is king.

DNS
https://github.com/dimkr/nss-tls

  • Uses 1.1.1.1 to do the encrypted domain name lookup.
  • The Domain Name System, or DNS, is the phonebook of the internet.
  • DNS over HTTPS is much slower than traditional DNS.
  • This can be used to block those inaccurate linux user surveys we talked about last week:  https://goo.gl/8STf6w

React
https://www.reactos.org/project-news/reactos-048-released

  • Still not what you’d call usable, but their goal has expanded to include the NT6+ operating systems like Windows 7 and 10.
  • Some games were having issues with the drivers, but they sorted some of them and create a logging system which dumps a crash file on the desktop when something poofs.
  • The “always worth a try” OS for anyone needing to support old apps and want to avoid the MS tax.

Gnome connect
https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/04/integrate-your-android-phone-with-gnome.html

  • Annoying notification on your GNOME desktops.
  • Browse and send files wirelessly from your Android phone to your Gnome linux desktop using the Nautilus file browser or Google Chrome and Firefox web browsers.
  • Someone finally made something to keep people who don’t want the Kitchen sink but want KDE Connect on their Linux.

Salsify
https://snr.stanford.edu/salsify/

  • Integrates a video codec (VP8) and a network transport protocol together, which can improve the speed and quality of streaming video which results in fewer dropped frames and less packet loss.
  • Salsify should revolutionize the way we view video online, with it’s almost “Bare Metal” approach to using software.
  • No audio?
  • The real take here is not some fancy new moon-codec, nay.
  • It’s a new way of handling the network connection between clients.
  • VP8 can be multiplexed into the Matroska-based container format WebM along with Vorbis and Opus audio.  But “Yes!” there is no mention of audio with this project.
  • This is being developed by researchers at Stanford U.
  • I’m sure we’ll see the usual suspects implement this in their proprietary products, but it’s good to know the background is split from the Microsofts, Apples and Googles of the world.

PeerTube
https://joinpeertube.org/en/home/

  • The Mastadon of video ladies and gentlemen.
  • Though this isn’t a bad idea, when someone decides to implement monetization schemes it will show its ugly head.
  • That is, if it gets any sort of traction… unlike Mastodon.
  • I see this being adopted by all the wrong people.

This was not a thing?
https://betanews.com/2018/04/14/microsoft-windows-linux-wsl-copy-paste/

  • Bwahahahahahahahahahaha

    • Hahahahahahahahahahahahah
  • That is all, as you were.

IoT w/ M$ Linux
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-microsoft-azure-sphere-secure-and-power-the-intelligent-edge/
https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/04/16/using-intelligence-to-advance-security-from-the-edge-to-the-cloud/

  • The last few years Microsoft has been itching to be in the embedded and IoT space.

    • Windows 10 IoT Core for the RasPi did not lead to much adoption.
    • And there have been many talks at the last few years of Linux Conferences, including SCaLE, Linux Foundation OSSummit etc. where Microsoft employees talk about installing and using Azure on the Raspi etc for various projects.
  • Microsoft had to role its own linux distro Azure Sphere OS to stay viable in the IoT space and continue to use their name recognition.
  • This is yet another example that Linux has won the war!
  • And Microsoft is scrambling to do whatever it takes to stay relevant in this space.  Unleash the penguins 😀 Microsoft can’t penetrate or change the GNU because it is protected!

Slice of Pi

Google Pi
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-aiy-kits-come-to-target-with-a-raspberry-pi-included/

  • Wow, the real story here is that the Raspberry Pi has made it to Target! \:-D/

Polar Pi
https://mitxela.com/projects/thermal_paper_polaroid

  • TSA acceptance factor: Hipster

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We Suck At: Dark Souls 2 (WINE)

We Suck At: Dark Souls 2 (WINE):

Heresy abounds when Pedro breaks out the WINE and gets killed to death… repeatedly.

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LinuxGameCast Weekly 295: #Jesus

LinuxGameCast Weekly 295: #Jesus:

Hand of Fate 2 gets endless! Steam pretends to be concerned about your privacy, Feral Interactive wants to optimize your gaming experience and NVIDIA has a new Vulkan SPIR-V compiler. Then Foreveracers faces the CHAIRQASITION!

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Steam News:

Steambook
https://steamcommunity.com/games/593110/announcements/detail/1667896941884942467

  • Thanks Facebook.
  • Fuck you Al, I’m proud of my hours in ricochet
  • Now you can turn off all the snoopy features that allow other people to see what you’re up to.

Rip
https://twitter.com/Steam_Spy/status/983879694658437120?s=19

  • I mean, I get why they’re mad, but exposing your game library should be opt in by default anyways.
  • I love the divide the Steam “privacy” thing created in people’s minds.
  • “Privacy is good, but it killed Steam Spy!”
  • Steam Spy is/was a glorified RNG.
  • Developers are celebrating!

Fluff
https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/8c6gf6/most_owned_games_on_steam_by_countrysteamspy6460/

  • Popular games is popular
  • Why is Tanzania not colored in?
  • Is 1 person not enough to count towards the most owned games?
  • No winning by default?

Endless Manos
https://steamcommunity.com/games/456670/announcements/detail/1662266809380466665

  • That was possibly the one missing feature from the first one.
  • Neat, but until they sort the combat system IMA stay tapped out.

Bugs with Golf
http://store.steampowered.com/news/externalpost/steam_community_announcements/2394101748816523940

  • Still no editor.
  • Late Easter items #LAG
  • Canada achievements have been fixed.

Rocketfix
http://store.steampowered.com/news/externalpost/steam_community_announcements/2394102381815200026

  • Extra strong rumbly bits.
  • MIght be popular with a certain segment of the community
  • Apparently there was an issue with HTML tags in names messing stuff up?

    • Yup, you could use HTML formatting and then Reddit found out.

Multi-Dew
https://twitter.com/ConcernedApe/status/983762007466770433?s=19

  • That’s a lot of likes.
  • Guess the Stardew Valley player base is still very much alive

    • People use this game as some type of therapy #TIL.
  • Roommate is one of the people who play this non stop.
  • It’s a pretty good sit down and chill game. Plus if you give people Mayo they love you in turn
  • Now you can give your friends mayo

FreeGlitch
http://store.steampowered.com/app/290060/Glitchspace/

  • Now with 100% less price.
  • Has a legit graphical glitch (white flash) I shite you not.
  • That, and the permapointer.
  • A lot of “visual programming” focused games, lately.

Later this month
https://twitter.com/feralgames/status/983283063814873088

  • After the MAC version.
  • Ima guess it’s because two things.

    • Vulkan.
    • Feral is still trying to figure out how to AMD.
  • Radar love
  • Fine, keep the Mac fanboys happy.

    • Mac fanboys are still their core business. Gotta make those dukats
  • They only have until 2020 to enjoy anything that’s not an iOS game.

RoadTrip
http://store.steampowered.com/app/694070/BadLands_RoadTrip/

  • That looks like ass and I don’t mean Atomic.
  • Yeah, sort of a crappier looking borderlands. But hey, you can build your own gun
  • As far as I can tell, “physics guns” just means that the bullets are subject to gravity.

Odium To the Core
https://store.steampowered.com/app/795570/

  • It’s a pretty looking tappy chicken

News:

Anti LLAP
http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/133571/en-us

  • Seeing a 3-5% boost in SSF and Talos.
  • Still getting around 70 @ 1080p on Ultra in F1 2017.
  • Set __GL_NextGenCompiler=0 if you’re experiencing issues
  • No joy /w DOTA 2.
  • Not being on the PPA after a few days means you probably wanna skip this one?.
  • They did add an AllowExternalGpus option, which allows you to define a device as a hotplug one that may or may not be present. Handy if you’re using a GPU dock a la Wimpy

All the monies
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12637/acer-and-asus-gsync-hdr-displays-listed-and-priced

  • …damn.
  • 2.5K for a 27” monitor?
  • Cold day, hell.
  • Yeah no.
  • Man, Nvidia is really stuck on gouging people for gsync

    • It might be a bit nicer than freesync, but AMD isn’t charging buckets o’ cash for it, so that’ shit’s everywhere
  • I want a G-Sync monitor, I really do.
  • But fuck yo prices!

Feral’s Game Mode
https://github.com/FeralInteractive/gamemode

  • Ikey gave Feral a hand with this one.
  • Now, they say Tomb Raider is gonna integrate this.
  • So, is just going to do the governor flip if you have the daemon running or will it mess with people like myself who run with the performance governor the whole time?
  • Explain to me how this is anything more than a glorified performance governor.

    • Feral’s noted a few times in their launcher that if the governor is set to powersave that there might be performance issues.
    • All this really does is make that pop up go away

13 Dolls
http://www.the13thdoll.com
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/64161490/the-13th-doll-a-fan-game-of-the-7th-guest/description

  • I never got to play the original.
  • Can we not have a resurgence of FMV games?

    • I mean, It’d be interesting if someone took a crack at them using moden gameplay design and tools.
    • Ok, let’s be real. I just want to see Christopher Walken be in games again
  • Their website is down as of 11am on a saturday

Brutal
http://www.moddb.com/mods/brutal-unreal-99-doom-weapons-mod

  • Use UT weapons in your brutal doom. Somewhere in time, a 90’s gamer is having a prophetic wet dream
  • It’s compatible with all the various doom implementations.
  • I was hoping for a Brutal DOOM style thing but with Unreal.
  • I haven’t played OG Unreal in over a decade!

    • Fuck, I’m old.

Jaaaaaaaaaag 0.16.1
https://ja2-stracciatella.github.io/news/

  • Apparently russia was causing the game to crash. This has been remedied
  • Hi Putin!

RPCS3 continues the forward… March
https://rpcs3.net/blog/2018/04/09/progress-report-march-2018/

  • Linux can finally Run Crysis
  • More games made into playable or at least to “ingame” status.
  • Down to 18 games which just don’t do anything.
  • You can almost get ingame with The Last of Us.
  • Changing a single ‘2’ to a ‘3’ ended up improving issues in multiple titles
    • This is the sort of development bullshit I love reading about

CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Foreveracers
Webzone: Foreveracers
Devel: SuperSmashingGreat Games
Engine: Unity
Price: £4.79 / US$5.99 / CA$6.69
Wazzat: The bouncy wobbly arcade online multiplayer driving game. Jump in to the action with no fuss. Race, roam, roll, crash, and challenge as you drive around the game world day and night. Cut corners, find shortcuts and avoid other players while trying to set the best lap times or win the challenges.

Mandatory Disclosure: Developer sent us keys


Makes with the working

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • No issues @ 2160 or 1080.
  • Windowed and fullscreen without issue.
  • Did not say disparaging remarks about my mother.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • No scream of nope?
  • No bloop of noop?
  • Actually starts up when you click play?
  • Doesn’t require fucking with an ini file to make the mouse work?

Pedro- CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • This is some Supa Man 64 looking shite right here.
  • Never put on the

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • I think it’s supposed to look stupid
  • The crap aesthetic really does help with the frustration from the controls though.

Pedro- CHAIRCHAIR

  • There’s some extra cell shading on top the general lack of textures which makes everything look like it’s made of plasticine.
  • I get that aesthetics weren’t a priority here.
  • There’s just enough visuals and noises to give you something but not enough to blow your mind.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s FKY and each vehicle has its own version of FKY.
  • Steer + petrol + brake.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Again, I think it’s supposed to control stupid
  • Yes, the cars are very wobbly and will spin out super quickly. They still control like a butt
  • The only car game I play with any regularity is Rocket league. I keep expecting square to boost

Pedro- CHAIRCHAIR

  • You’re letting me see the controls but I can’t change them
  • We can remap our controller with the Steam remapping options but that doesn’t get you any points.
  • This simple fact dings you two chairs when I keep accidentally hitting the bumpers when holding down the triggers.
  • Why can’t I use a face button on the controller to accelerate and break?
  • The core gameplay mechanic here is the top heaviness of the cars.
  • Turn carefully to avoid toppling over.
  • Why are you not allowing me to enjoy your mechanics by limiting my controls?
  • I ended up playing it with the keyboard, since then I can use both WASD and the arrows.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


FUN

Venn-CHAIR

  • Forever alone mode is wicked boring.
  • Could use some bots.
  • This game is only viable with a gang of people and obscene amounts of cocaine.

Jordan-CHAIR

  • This just isn’t my jam
  • It’s a little fun to doop around and find all the different tracks, but then I feel like it’s time to take a break
  • And 10 minutes have passed
  • Really it doesn’t seem like there’s all that much to do in this game. Maybe it’s good for driving game fans to chill out and play

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIR

  • This, as the Steam store description states, is a multiplayer racing game.
  • If you’re playing on your own, it’s not fun.
  • It’s a self fulfilling prophecy of nope.
  • There’s no fun to be had playing on your own, so people don’t play the game.
  • If people aren’t playing the game, there’s no one else to play online with.
  • I hope the dev takes the skills he learned and makes another, more complete game.
  • This is a good experiment of mechanics.
  • Playing and learning the physics of the different cars is great, but it needs people.

Total-CHAIR


Final –CHAIRCHAIR


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Canada Sucks At: Divinity Original Sin Pt.10

Canada Sucks At: Divinity Original Sin Pt.10:

In this special forever alone edition Jordan continues his stroll through a divine realm filled with Sin and apologies.

There will be no survivors.

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ChairQAsition: Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edi…

ChairQAsition: Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition:

Your intrepid heroes provide the quality assurance that should have been done in the first place. Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition faces the ChairQAsition!

Game: Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition
Webzone: Neverwinter_Nights_Enhanced_Edition
Devel: Bioware/Beamdog
Engine: Aurora
Price: 19.99 USD

Wazzat: Return to the Forgotten Realms in this bestselling Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Combines all the content of Neverwinter Nights Diamond Edition with all-new enhanced features. Includes 100+ hours of award-winning adventures and the tools to create your own!

Mandatory Disclosure: They sent us keys.

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CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Makes with the working

Venn-CHAIR

  • New, fkn, rule: If I have to touch a *.ini in 2018 automatic -2 Chairs.
  • If molesting said *.ini file does not sort the issue -1 Chair.
  • Your menus don’t work, Brad.
  • I have tried windowed, fullscreen, borderless, 1080p, 720p, 2160p.
  • Cursor is out of alignment and straight-up nopes when trying to create a character.
  • Got it to work with 2160p fullscreen borderless MINUS UI scaling.
    • 27 minutes of constant futzing only to get in an unplayable state.
    • Yes, 27 minutes and I have yet to play the game.
  • Hangs on cloud sync when you force-close because you kinda have to force-close when the menus don’t FKN work.
  • Started on the wrong DAC but after all the other bullsh*t it hardly seem worth mentioning.
  • And before any of you playing the home game say a FSM damned word; everything I pointed out reads like a preflight checklist from the Steam review page.

Jordan-CHAIR

  • Fix the mouse thing by doing setting Enable HardwareMouse=1
  • Oh yes, thar be out of the box issues. Bad Beamdog!
  • Also crashes when trying to load games from the Shadow bonus campaign
  • …Yeah, this is not a final product that should have made it to production
  • When Lutris gives you a better out of the box experience then your for $20 steam game, rethink the choices you made.

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Fullscreen doesn’t work on Linux.
  • You can work around it by enabling borderless maximised in the .ini file.
  • Cloudsaves cause launch issues.

Total-CHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn-CHAIR

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Just like 2003 Used to make

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Considering the game came out in 2002 (2003 on Linux) it looks very blocky.
  • Its one saving grace are the awesome community mods which improved graphics a lot.
  • That and the improved engine is being tailored specifically to allow mods both old and new to work.
  • The big aesthetic yes for me is the Jeremy Soule audio.
  • The Hordes of the Underdark campaign, besides being the best in my opinion, also had the best music.
  • Can’t give it a full score since they still haven’t made anti-aliasing work and the Depth of Field crap they implemented makes everything look blurry.

Total-CHAIR


Control

Venn-CHAIR

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • TOEE still remains the high point of D&D PC game controls.
  • NWN’s are serviceable

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • You can have the typical skycam, overhead follow camera or “free” camera.
  • Heavy air quotes around the free bit since it’s still locked to your character.
  • You can play the whole game with just the mouse but they will let you control most of everything with the keyboard.
  • Mouse is only necessary when dealing with what, in 2018, can only be described as an old ass looking UI.
  • Though you can mod that too.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


FUN

Venn-CHAIR

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • The second I hit the character creation screen, I had a big ol’ flashback to sitting at my desk, a dozen 3.5 source books splayed out in front of me trying to pick out feats and prestige classes
  • Man, I really don’t miss playing D&D from that era\
  • It’s neverwinter nights. It’s a perfectly fun RPG based in a semi-familiar fantasy world
  • But for whatever reason, playing it again didn’t really pull me in the same way that kotor did
  • You actually get a good amount of game for your money. You get all of the expansions, plus a bunch of additional content from the platinum edition. Kingmaker was actually a pretty fun side campaign (which is what I replayed for this review)
  • The technical issues though. Hot damn
  • Strider straight up did a better job of this with Lutris than Beamdog did. Sure it lacks the nice online bits that steam does, cloud saves just don’t work.

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRAsteoid? Asterisk? Clara?

  • Neverwinter Nights is my all time favorite Linux game.
  • I’m hoping the Enhanced Edition will live up to its name but it’s hard to ignore the technical issues at play, here.
  • From defaulting to that broken ass scaling system, to failing at fullscreen and anti-aliasing, horrible depth of field, and general brokenness in even something like the Steam Cloud saves.
  • I have no doubt in my mind Beamdog will fix their shit.
  • But boy does it make it hard to recommend this version.
  • The thing I like so much about Neverwinter Nights is the multiplayer.
  • Having spent several years of my life playing in quite a few servers, I’m glad Beamdog fixed the server browser and made it even easier to join your friends through Steam.
  • But, those single player campaigns are very much there and they’re charging £3 for the premium modules.
  • Oh and £2 for a freakin’ portrait pack! >.>

Total-CHAIR


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LWDW 113: Con Of The Pengui

LWDW 113: Con Of The Pengui:

We’re talking Penguicon 2018! MATE releases a cybernetic beaver, NVIDIA drops 32-bit drivers and System76 goes native.

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News:

Local 76
https://opensource.com/article/18/4/system76-us-manufacturing-plant

  • This is awesome and will allow System76 to have full creative control over their hardware manufacturing and allow them to iterate hardware and design changes immediately.
  • This will not only allow them to have full control over their open software with their Ubuntu Linux based Pop!_OS but also let them achieve their dream of world class open hardware for desktops and laptops.

Curve
https://slimbook.es/en/aio-curve-all-in-one-for-gnu-linux

  • That GIMPshoop is bad.
  • A curved 24” monitor is laughably pointless.
  • I like the idea of All in Ones.
  • I’m their target audience but as far as “your typical user” is concerned, AiOs sound really good.
  • But you’re still stuck with Intel integrated graphics and no type C port.
  • I like the idea of AiOs, but this one isn’t selling me on it.
  • And for €850 you can build yourself a much more powerful box.
  • AiOs almost always suffer from upgradeability.

Spectre slowdown
https://thinkpads.org/software/2018/04/02/mitigating-the-mitigation-spectre-meltdown.html

  • Hate all you want but unless you are full-metal Black Helicopter there is no reason to keep it enabled if you receive a performance penalty.
  • See, calling your kernel -insecure is a great tactic. That way no one is going to want to use it.
  • If no one uses it, you don’t have to maintain it.

Robot beaver V2 (beta)
https://ubuntu-mate.org/blog/ubuntu-mate-bionic-beta2/

  • LTS’s are like XMAS for me.
  • I can finally start breaking things in new and interesting ways with the knowledge that the foundation will remain stable.
  • Don’t worry Martin, I will give Mate the business as well.
  • The Minimal Installation for the new stable release is a nice addition.
    • This only installs the Mate desktop, utilities, themes and Firefox and is a great base for web and entertainment kiosks, such as for Kodi boxes and setting up a dedicated Steam Machine.
  • I’ve tried Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu and Mate 18.04.

VRML 2.0
https://www.roadtovr.com/mozilla-announces-open-source-ar-vr-web-browser-firefox-reality/

  • Until I can get that AR dream pair of shades in which to browse the internet and get hit by a car because I stepped out onto the street and didn’t realize it.
    • *furiously begins development on said AR headset*

Not Chrome
https://github.com/scoute-dich/browser/blob/master/README.md

  • So it’s a browser made from Android WebView.
  • A browser made from the embedded renderer of a Chrome.
  • Are we finally hitting peak Electron?
  • Is this Chromeception?

Video 2018
https://opensource.com/article/18/4/new-state-video-editing-linux

  • We have two “Pro” editors on the Linux.
    • DaVinci Resolve
    • Lightworks Pro
  • Native 10-bit support and the ability to import 4K *.r3d files are the minimum accepted level for “pro”
  • As it stands, Kdenlive processes at 8 bit, regardless of source depth.
  • You can export 10 bit ProRes, but the extra data is just padded.
  • Broadcast standard is still 8-bit and most TVs are 8-bit, except for the latest HDR sets that are 10-bit.  So “Pro” for broadcast still will work for Kdenlive, just not for film/movies.

Brake UI
https://github.com/HandBrake/HandBrake/releases/tag/1.1.0
https://handbrake.fr/docs/en/1.1.0/introduction/quick-start.html

  • Still waiting for it to hit the PPA.
  • It appears to be more, condensed.
  • Proper support for QuickSync, though you could already use it with the CLI version.
  • Updated libraries for video and audio codecs, which will increase rendering performance, quality and speed.

lupDujHomwIj lubuy’moH gharghmey
https://github.com/oltodosel/interSubs

  • While the usefulness is questionable it’s still wicked neat.

There 4 lights users
https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-many-linux-users-are-there-anyway/

  • These surveys have never taken into account, nor can they accurately count, one of the many ways linux is shared, via flash drives, ISO copies, optical media and virtual machine installs. In this way, one download of a distro can result in hundreds of desktop installs.
  • Also, not all linux installs, like many RasPi projects and Render farm networks for example, are necessarily connected to the internet and can be measured by web browser usage.
  • Many of us Linux users also know how to block the tracking methods used to generate the numbers used for these surveys.
  • There are millions of desktop Linux users despite the fraction of 1% that the NetMarketShare, StatCounter and Digital Analytics Program surveys report.

RIP 32 bit
https://hothardware.com/news/nvidia-dropping-mainstream-gpu-driver-support-for-32-bit-operating-systems-this-month

  • I really want to know if this affects anyone within the sound of my voice-organ.

Ryzen
https://wccftech.com/full-amd-ryzen-2000-lineup-listed-on-amazon-priced-cheaper-than-previously-reported/

  • If those 2700X drop to like £250, I don’t even care.
  • Looks like I will be building a new Ryzen 2700X rig in the very near future 😀

Slice of Pi

Pi Speed
https://www.jeffgeerling.com/blog/2018/raspberry-pi-microsd-card-performance-comparison-2018

  • I have played around with overclocking the card reader in one of my RasPi 3 Model Bs to increase the Read speed of loading large video files, and noticed about a 15-20% speed increase on a Samsung Evo Plus.
  • Of course, overclocking can corrupt your cards quicker so it is not good for

long-term use.

HighQ Pi
https://hackaday.io/project/94791-retro-cm3-a-powerful-retropie-handled-game-consol

  • Someone actually used a Compute Module, neat!

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Meet The Freemans pt.22 (Finale)

Meet The Freemans pt.22 (Finale):

Join Pedro and Old Man Venn™ (plus a gang of Freemans) as they attempt to complete Half-Life 2 in cooperative mode. On HARD!

This week we did it! The nightmare is over!

Streamed live: 04/11/18
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We Suck At: Cooking LinuxGameCast Weekly With …

We Suck At: Cooking LinuxGameCast Weekly With Kdenlive:

This is how we turn random bits of nonsense into episodes of LinuxGameCast Weekly using Kdenlive.

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