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LinuxGameCast Weekly 304: You Wouldn’t Flatpak…

LinuxGameCast Weekly 304: You Wouldn’t Flatpak A Car:

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War Thunder takes the Vulkan challenge! Steam brings us group chats, minimal GOG Galaxy daemons and open source Need for Speed 3 goodness. All this, plus your hate mail!

Special tanks to:
Yosef B (latest patreon)
Wintercel (latest patreon)

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Steam: News

Wincons & controllers
https://steamcommunity.com/groups/SteamClientBeta/announcements/detail/1656643072593941317
https://steamcommunity.com/groups/SteamClientBeta#announcements/detail/1656643648103541416

  • Added Generic Gamepad support for over 100 popular game controllers but we’re not telling you which ones.
  • You can import those ICO files now and use em I steam.  Cuz windows needs to use non-svg icons for some dumb reason

    • The issue is more on the Developer side not setting the icon properly in the Linux depot.

Fake McFakeface
https://twitter.com/SteamDB/status/1007532765670203392

  • Until your game is branded “legit” achievements won’t count for profiles, the game itself won’t count for the public game count number, no coupons for it (because people really care about those, especially for a $1 asset flip), and of course you won’t get trading cards either.
  • This was posted in the private Steamworks group, it can only be seen by developers.
  • Read “Nobody’s allowed to scam our users but us!”
  • Oh Geez!  Only a hundred achievements.   Whatever will our poor players do?!?!

Steamcord
https://steamcommunity.com/updates/chatupdate

  • Discord already ate your lunch, son.
  • Discord ate lunch, had coffee and took a shit before VALVe could figure out how to use a fork.
  • This is what happens when you are on top with no real competition.
  • Yeah, you get lazy.
  • I was going to explain how small, hungry companies are able to innovate but I don’t feel like it right now #VennTime
  • What would be hilarious though is if the Audio quality here was better than that of discord
  • It’s still a wee buggy.  I’ve had the embedded chromium crash a few times

Crouching Valve
https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/11/17451484/steam-china-announced-valve-perfect-world

  • And everyone will still VPN out of China.
  • Yeah, the catalogue is probably gonna be heavily restricted unless you VPN out

Hidden Linux
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d3kkmw/steam-on-windows-xp-valve-new-features

  • Why do I sense this and the China’s thing are somehow related
  • ^
  • Yeah, I can’t brain exactly what the connection is but one definitely has something to do with the other.
  • Now, if only 1% would switch to Linux it would greatly boost OS numbers.

Steam: Game Updates

Vulkan & The Thun-der
https://steamcommunity.com/games/236390/announcements/detail/1667902016150326424
https://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/402831-v177-and-20fps-and-black-blotches-on-ground/&do=findComment&comment=7613484

  • A gang of game updates including one not mentioned, Vulkan.
  • ^ Instruction in second link.
  • If I lock the config file I can get it to launch the Vulkan render but it’s not playable because the screen goes black if the game is in focus.

Steam: New Games

Wizard Smackdown
https://store.steampowered.com/app/861960/Master_Pyrox_Wizard_Smackdown/

  • What’s this?  Online multiplayer?
  • My god, I’ve seemed to stumble into a parallel universe where multiplayer game devs have figured out this will sell more copies of the game
  • Looks like an isometric 3D Lethal League.

StoneShard
https://store.steampowered.com/app/869760/Stoneshard_Prologue/

  • Its an alpha for an actual roguelike that establishes the gameplay and mechanics
  • Cheap as free

News:

Good Old Comet
https://www.gog.com/forum/general/comet_galaxy_client_for_linux
https://gitlab.com/Yepoleb/comet

  • I’m not entirely sure what this does.

    • Galaxy has a multiplayer/stats thing like steam.
    • This lets games outside of galaxy hook into that
  • Can’t say I’m particularly excited for this one.
  • Especially since it only currently supports the Stardew Valley multiplayer beta.

Vulcanized Lupus
https://plus.google.com/+LutrisNet/posts/3CovHbE62Ln
https://lutris.net/games/?page=1&q=DXVK&sort-by-popularity=on&search-installers=on

  • Frenchy dun added a list of games on lutris bundled with dxvk.
  • Funnily enough, all of these a big AAA games that people usually resort to wine or dual booting to run.   What a coinky-dink
  • Yup, it’s official, Lutris does a better job of making games run on Linux than Virtual Programming ever did.

    • We’ve said for a while that VP would need to find new work when DX11 /w WINE became a thing.
    • I didn’t expect it to come in the form of DXVK.

You mum runs Windows 10!
https://www.linuxlinks.com/best-free-voice-chat-software-for-linux-gaming/

  • Discord, mumble and teamspeak
  • Yeah, that’s pretty much all the low effort stuff
  • You could.be a crazy person and run your own sip/xmpp/webrtc solution but who the fuck does that?
  • Send in some feedback and let us know your preferred method of screaming disparaging remarks about each other mother.

WHAR games
https://www.reddit.com/r/unrealengine/comments/8dux0v/why_do_i_see_so_few_linux_games_made_with_unreal/

  • Oh, someone broke out the “Linux users are pirates” argument.
  • Can someone point me to this mythical pirated software trove for Linux games?
  • It’s not TPB.
  • Speaking of piracy!
  • Another one of these threads.

    • Queue the uninformed masses making declarative,authoritative  statements. Brb, getting popcorn
  • I like how quickly delusion creeps up and a Windows user claims Windows has no issues.

BLUI (RTheren)
https://opensource.com/article/18/6/blui-game-development-plugin
https://github.com/AaronShea/BLUI

  • Create user interface (UI) components using web-based programming like HTML/CSS and JavaScript.
  • It also provides full support for the open source Chromium Embedded Framework.
  • Oh, look! It’s a UI system for Electron developers.
  • Once again, frontend devs want to apply the hammer of java script to engines

WinePAK
https://winepak.org/

  • If you insist on shipping your “Linux port” using WINE this is the way to do it.
  • Certainly lowers the bar for entry for wine noobs
  • Gonna have to contend with devs not knowing how to fuck around in wine tho.

Open NFS3
https://github.com/AmrikSadhra/OpenNFS3

  • Not in a playable state but I want me some of this.
  • An attempt to recreate the original Need for Speed 3, unpacking it’s original data files into a modern scratch build engine.
  • You will need the original game databits.

SCUMMy blue:
https://www.scummvm.org/news/20180612/

  • Empty raises a very good point.
  • Two weeks ago we covered that they wouldn’t be supporting Linux cuz it was too hard
  • Last I checked, scummvm ran perfectly fine regardless of distro.
  • Where does this say anything about it coming to Linux?
  • What’s going to happen is that SCUMMVM will no longer work on Linux, because Cyan thinks it’s too hard.

CHAIRQUISITION:

Game: Portarius
Webzone: https://store.steampowered.com/app/747050/Portarius/
Devel: Dmitry Poznukhov
Engine: cocos2d-x
Price: £5.19 / US$6.99 / CA$7.99

Wazzat: Open a portal and begin your journey! Teleport rocks, water and your spaceship. Immerse in handcrafted colorful worlds, solve puzzles and be the first at the center of the Earth.

Mandatory Disclosure: Dev sent us keys


QA:


Venn: (Ubuntu)

Does It Launch:

  • It will hang and peg a core @ 100% and freeze if you Alt+Tab while in a level.
  • No options in-game other than sound and fullscreen.

Performance @ 1080:

Graphics:

Control:


Jordan: (Fedora) |

Does It Launch:

  • The alt-tab thing.  She is real

Performance @ 1080:

Graphics:

Control:

  • Click on shit!
  • Mouse clicks register out of sync with movement sometimes

Pedro: (Solus) |

Does It Launch:

  • It forgets if you set it to fullscreen or windowed unless you edit the config file
  • It crashes on the 5th level of the second stage, reliably.

Performance @ 1080:

Graphics:

Control:

  • It was clearly made for a touchscreen but it works as expected
  • The physics freak out sometimes.
  • You can shoot yourself and boulders through supposedly solid parts of levels.

QA Score:

Fedora:
Soulless:
Ubuntu:


Fun?


Venn:

  • That’s not how portals work.
  • If you are going to copy the running man logo from Portal you might as well yoink the Left/Right Portal excretion mechanic.
  • This might make more sense with a touchscreen (which it was clearly designed for) but dragging the gerbil around quickly becomes tiresome.
  • I gave this critter 50+ minutes to charm me and it failed, hard.
  • If you are going to do a physics game you might want to nail that bit down before you ship.
  • $6.99 for a mobile game that should be free is a bit too much to ask.

Jordan:

  • My roommate walked in while I was playing this and asked me what it was
  • The best explanation I could come up with was that someone sought to rip off portal, but with the least amount of effort possible
  • Honestly, I’m not digging the core mechanic.  Forcing me to alternate portals is not good design brad
  • Yeah, I can see this being a mobile game.  Not a very good one, but about par for what you’d see on the play store
  • Honestly, the puzzles aren’t particularly hard, just annoying and time consuming given the controls

Pedro:

  • In this game’s portals slow thing comes in, speedy thing comes out.
  • It’s also clearly designed for a touchscreen.
  • I like puzzle games but this one didn’t really do it for me.
  • Especially since it started crashing 15 levels in, whenever you die the game dies.

Fun Score:


Hate Mail:

Systems
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?wwYIcUL

I Didn’t
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?InNL923

I did not
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?t5bFQeR

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Friday Night FÜBAR: There Are FOUR Jacks

Friday Night FÜBAR: There Are FOUR Jacks:

Eight of us took Jackbox Party Pack 4 for a spin. No good came of it, as is tradition.

Prepare yourself for the unadulterated mayhem.

About: Jackbox Party Pack
The threequel to the party game phenomenon features FIVE new sense-shattering games!

Streamed live: 06/15/18
Schedule: https://linuxgamecast.com/schedule/

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We Suck At: DRL (D**M, The Roguelike)

We Suck At: DRL (D**M, The Roguelike):

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Pedro pushes his NVIDIA 1080 to the absolute limit (not really) in this mixture of hipster-pixels and classic Doom.

About: DRL
DRL (D**m, the Roguelike) is a fast and furious coffee-break Roguelike game, that is heavily inspired by the popular FPS game Doom by ID Software.

Streamed live: 06/12/18
Schedule: https://linuxgamecast.com/schedule/

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LinuxGameCast Weekly 303: Poutine Samurai

LinuxGameCast Weekly 303: Poutine Samurai:

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Thrones of Britannia gets Vulkanized, Steam opens the floodgates, Paradox Plaza teases a Linux client and new games for GOG Connect. Then Visual Out faces the ChairQAsition!

All this, plus your hate mail!

Special tanks to:
Nine Bullets (new patreon)
Bithir (new patreon)
Orderly Unicode (returning patreon)

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Steam News:

All welcome
https://steamcommunity.com/games/593110/announcements/detail/1666776116200553082

  • Read “we can’t code our way out of it and too many people are complaining about whatever we implement.
  • Therefore our only remaining option is to do nothing until someone threatens to call the cops”
  • Oh FK right off, VALVe.
  • You had a system where people could vote games off the island and you ditched it.
  • Since then it has been proven that anyone with a few $$$ can get their game on Steam.
  • And if your internal system is not automated like you claim ya’ll motherfu*kers just damn incompetent.
  • If you’re willing to be the wall people throw shit at to see what sticks, Valve, more power to you.
  • If you choose to double down on the hands-off approach, don’t be surprised when shit hits the fan and you get some of it in your mouth.
  • Part of me likes this idea.
  • I really don’t get the “we’re letting everything in” bit.
  • You, already, did.

Make up your damn mind
https://www.pcgamer.com/aids-simulator-and-other-games-removed-from-steam-valve-clarifies-trolling-policy/

  • Well that trolling “clause” was a bit vague.
  • Besides, I wonder how long VALVe will keep up the pretense when someone finally takes to court over something to do with shitty products being sold on their store.
  • We’re letting everything in unless it’s illegal or violates this vague BS trolling clause.
  • I mean, I don’t think anyone’s gonna miss this batch of games
  • Still, trolling is ambiguous and they’re going to lean into that ambiguity.
  • If enough people complain, they’ll probably do something about it

    • Pretty much valve’s modus operandi these days anyways
  • I like to think JFSS’s “VALVE endorses AIDS Simulator” video had a little to do with this.

Polski jęz
https://steamcommunity.com/games/617480/announcements/detail/1655516030150417160

  • They seem to be listening to what players have been complaining about.
  • Though they don’t seem to be changing the walls of text out for some actual CG scenes and player character animations.
  • But did they sort the performance?

Thrones of Fish & Chips
https://store.steampowered.com/app/712100/Total_War_Saga_Thrones_of_Britannia/

  • On behalf of the Linux gaming community, meh.

    • ^
  • Again with the Intel only system requirements.
  • I’m sure there is a market for these sorts of games

    • We are not them tho
    • That’s the thing. Brad.
    • The three of us like radically different games but can all agree hells to the nope on this genre.
  • Once again I find myself pondering whether the overlap is worth it or if that engine port just makes these piss cheap.
  • Mac/Lin multiplayer so only pick this up if you like playing in forever alone mode.
  • This one has been met with mixed reviews because they nerfed it down to “streamline the gameplay” and (as always happens) pissed off the core fanbase.

Mesozoic Park DLC
https://www.rocketleague.com/news/jurassic-world-car-pack-dlc/

  • I Kinda like that Rex goal.

    • I wonder how much performance jank we’ll see from that.
  • The Jurassic World Jeep Wrangler uses the Octane hitbox.
  • Whar Jeff goldblum bobble head topper and accompanying sound pack?

Free ones
https://store.steampowered.com/app/670350/The_Free_Ones/
https://farsky-interactive.itch.io/the-free-ones

  • This looks a lot like that game we tossed the Chairs at a few months back.
  • It looks like Valley, but with much less production value to the trailer.

    • Oh, it plays a lot like Valley as well.
  • Hopefully the game will be good.

Soda Girls
https://store.steampowered.com/app/519080/Soda_Girls/

  • 2d sprites on a 3d background. My eyes bleed

    • Eeeeeh I would say 2.5D.
  • Not gonna fault the guy (English is hard) but this seems like the store page was written by google translate
  • Looks like a well done little brawler (and take a shot) without online multiplayer.

Aragami: Nightfall
https://store.steampowered.com/app/771720/Aragami_Nightfall/

  • We talked about it before, but it’s out now.
  • If you liked the base game, get ready for more ninja shenanigans. Shenaninjas?

    • Ninjanigans

      • Oh, say this aloud on the show.

News:

Stable
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/driverResults.aspx/134859/en-us

  • Hey! Wine fixes.
  • Say what you will about nvidia’s open source track record but they do fix their damn bugs
  • Quite a few crash fixes in this one. Makes sense for the stable branch
  • Hopefully we’ll get back to proper NVidia drivers soon.
  • These past few releases have been on par with AMD’s FGLRX.

420 Vulkan
https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/8osbac/vulkan_in_unreal_engine_420_shows_huge_30_gains/

  • Vulkan in Unreal Engine 4.20 shows huge (30%+) gains for AMD over DX11
  • Unfortunately, these are windows only, so no real notion of what this means for Linux users on AMD cards beyond speculation

    • But this is Linux fuck mothering game cast.
    • Baseless speculation is our bread and Mayo
    • What this does is gets developers looking into Vulkan.
    • Especially those wanting to make up the AMD / NVIDIA performance delta.
    • Trickle-down rendernomics.
  • In other shocking news, sky reportedly still blue.
  • I wonder what the next excuse for the shoddy Linux support will be?

The PPSSPP Hello
https://www.ppsspp.org/#news

  • A whole whack of vulkan performance improvement and prime time support on the SDL builds
  • Opengl is now multithreaded, much to the joy of mac gamers everywhere.
  • A bunch of mobile improvements, mainly centred around a better aarch64 JIT compiler.

Coming soon for Linux?
https://play.paradoxplaza.com/

  • Like, before or after Carmageddon Reincarnation?
  • I would have used GOGGalaxy as an example but that’s a bit unrealistic.
  • Welcome to the brave new world ladies and gents.
  • Every studio with a few games under their belt will be testing the Steam-free waters.
  • With the shitetastic way Steam has been acting as 3004of late can’t say I blame them.
  • Yeah, this is what happens when the monopoly no longer offers the best experience.
  • Wouldn’t hurt Steam to get something in way of competition and if GOG doesn’t step up, Paradoxx has a big enough Linux line up to make it worth considering.

New Connect offers
https://www.gog.com/connect
https://www.reddit.com/r/GameDealsMeta/comments/8oh4xi/new_games_have_been_added_to_gog_connect/

  • FTL, Psychonauts, Jotun and A Machine for pigs.
  • Joton, Grimlock.
  • Note: I had to set my games profile on Steam to public?
  • Well, it bitched about it but added the games anyway.

Open Star Seeds
https://www.reddit.com/r/gamedev/comments/8ocemc/seed_of_andromeda_and_vorb_engine_are_now_open/

  • Now with 100% less Kevin Sorbo
  • The devs of this open source planet explorers style game got too busy to maintain it so they’ve released everything they can under the MIT license
  • Compiling it on Linux may or may not work according to the dev.
  • It was sorted once, but things have changed since then
  • Dev says the code was mid refactor when they decided to open it, so a lot of it commented out.

GPD Win 2
https://plus.google.com/+flibitijibibo/posts/XwfpN313VpX

  • I can’t get over the sticker shock.
  • I want one but it’s 100% something I would tinker with for an afternoon and never use again.
  • 3 lines of “copypaste code” as Flibit put it and now the GPD Win 2 works ootb for the Linux, or it will once that code reaches the mainline kernel.

CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Visual Out
Webzone: https://store.steampowered.com/app/675910/Visual_Out/
Devel: MadameBerry Games
Engine: Construct 2
Price: £6.99 / US$9.99 / CA$10.99

Wazzat: As a program defying your operating system’s wishes, plunge into the depths of a dying computer, and augment yourself with data-scrambling abilities like the Jammer, Current, Turret, and more. Uncover the secrets behind the computer’s – and its creator’s – demise.

Mandatory Disclosure: Dev sent us keys


0 Does it FKN Work (does it even launch, bro)

✅

|

❌

  • Venn:

    ✅
  • Jordan:

    ✅
  • Pedro:

    ✅

1 Performance @ 1080

  • Venn:

    ✅
    • 2D pixel and does not work with overlay but no noticeable jank.
    • If you can load Facebook you can play this game.
  • Jordan:

    ✅
    • Don’t play it on your raspi
  • Pedro:

    ✅
    • It runs well enough.
    • Then again, this is an HTML5 engine.

2 Graphical Fuckery (black screens, missing textures / windowing / multi-monitor issues)

  • Venn:

    ✅
  • Jordan:

    ✅
  • Pedro:

    ✅

3 Control Fuckery (non-rebindable / non-working)

  • Venn:

    ❌
    • Oh, this is a hot damn mess.
    • If you try to rebind the controls it inputs gibberish… and saves.
    • Yeah, I had to button mash to get out of the configure menu and decrypt the button mashing in order to reset it because FK ALL if I could locate where it stored the config.
  • Jordan:

    ✅
    • Yeah, didn’t grok the steam input DS4. Fortunately you can remap the control s
    • After that, everything is fine
  • Pedro:

    ✅
    • I didn’t try to rebind the controls because the 8bitdo controller worked fine.

4 Fuckery Fuckery (hard-nopes and the like)

  • Venn:

    ✅
    • F12 brings up the Devel Tools Chrome extension.
    • That’s a new one.
  • Jordan:

    ✅
  • Pedro:

    ❌
    • Game doesn’t save progress when you shut it down.

QA Score:

Fedora: CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR
Soulless:CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR
Ubuntu:CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Fun section: (Catch all) Were the controls good, graphics pretty, nice sounds etc.

Hate:

  • Venn

    • Forced me to play with the keyboard.
    • I can’t platform using a keyboard, my brain-organ is no longer wired for that.
    • No quick way to access the map.
    • Several fake walls that lead to nothing.
    • Guess you get something to sort that later on.
    • Severely limited by the Construct 2 engine.
  • Jordan

    • This game really doesn’t give you much to work with
    • You can make the argument that most metroidvania’s don’t really start you out with much in teh way of information, but at least they have clearly established combat mechanisms
    • This is “Find a glowy ball that kills both you and the enemies” and drag them to the enemies, which will often involve putting the thing that kills you directly in your path
    • Also not very helpful is the whole not showing your health thing
    • You unlock other ways to interact with the environment, but they’re a little esoteric
  • Pedro

    • I couldn’t save progress. It would nuke my save every time I quit.
    • I guess you could just finish it in one sitting
    • But that leads me to the other point I hate about this game.
    • The graphics are kinda meh.
    • Which is disappointing.

Hate least:

  • Venn

    • I dig the look, and the minimalist but fitting soundtrack.
    • Has a Axiom Verge on a budget vibe to it and that’s not a bad thing.
    • Lot’s of bullsh*t to explore.
    • Not horrid for something that came out of a game jam but it’s too bare bones to justify the $9.99 price tag.
  • Jordan

    • I’m torn when it comes to the visual aesthetic. Sometimes it feels genuinely inspired, other times it feels kinda lazy
    • Once you get it in your brain that you can’t really fight things, it gets a little better. Until you need to fight things
    • It really does make sense that this came out of a game jam. Experimental stuff like this has to thread a needle of complexity
    • And it isn’t horrible
  • Pedro

    • I like Metroidvanias and this very much fits the bill.
    • I really liked the atmosphere.
    • The music really helps and the background noise of random computery bleeps, bloops and old hard drives spinning up adds to the atmosphere.
    • Honestly, I wouldn’t have an issue recommending this game if only I’d been able to save progress.

Fun Score:

Venn: CHAIR
Jordan:CHAIRCHAIR
Pedro: CHAIRCHAIR


Hate Mail:

Valve takedowns
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?NSEJSQy

WINE uses
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?SxMhruO

Disgaea 2 Review
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?wNc6I4m

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Friday Night FÜBAR: Guesspionage & Tee K.O.

Friday Night FÜBAR: Guesspionage & Tee K.O.:

Our international crew of miscreants play a data-mining guessing game followed by a T-shirt battle… to the death.

It’s awesome.

About: Jackbox Party Pack
The threequel to the party game phenomenon features FIVE new sense-shattering games!

Streamed live: 06/08/18
Schedule: https://linuxgamecast.com/schedule/

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ChairQAsition: Albion Online

ChairQAsition: Albion Online:

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Your intrepid heroes provide the quality assurance that should have been done in the first place. Albion Online faces the ChairQAsition!

CHAIRQASITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Albion Online
Webzone: Albion_Online
Devel: Sandbox Interactive GmbH
Engine: Unity
Price: £21.95 / US$29.95 / CA$40.95 (Talk about regional pricing!)

Wazzat: Albion Online is a fantasy sandbox MMORPG featuring a player-driven economy, classless combat system, and intense PvP battles. Explore a vast open world full of danger and opportunity. Grow your wealth, forge alliances, and leave your mark on the world of Albion.

Mandatory Disclosure: Pennywise bought us copies


Makes with the working

Venn- CHAIR

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • I ran into the exact same issue Venn did. The “solution” of using the patched client didn’t work.
  • However, there is a flatpak version that does
  • I checked, the steam version and the paid version have different licenses.
  • There isn’t a way to transfer accounts from steam to standalone and vice versa
  • So I went and spent 40 bucks for the base game.
  • Cuz I’m mildy attached to you guys.

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Worked out of the box here.
  • Holds 60 at UHD.
  • The Steam version also picked up on my old beta account and gave me access to my character from then.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn-CHAIRN/A

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • These are some mid-2000s ass sprites
  • Everything looks distinct enough, I guess. I can tell different types of trees apart. John Cleese would be proud
  • There is some music. I’d be hard pressed to tell you what I thought about it as it sort of drifted into the background of my fugue state

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Low poly cell shaded graphics.
  • The music is sparse and non intrusive.
  • If I had to pick at the nits I’d say it’s hard to tell things apart.
  • All the stores are some combination of brown and grey.
  • You will lose track of your character regardless.
  • Enemies run up to you until they’re occupying the same physical space as your character.
  • All in all, it’s not terrible.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn-CHAIRN/A

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Pathfinding in this game can eabod
  • I’m with pedro. I too’d like to see a rotating camera.

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The only complaint I have in controls is the lack of a rotating camera.
  • But, and this is a really nice plump butt, the game takes the fixed position camera and makes it really easy to keep track of where you came from and where you need to go.
  • It’s not a pointless gimmicky limitation, it’s a design choice.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


FUN

Venn-CHAIRN/A

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • I never really got into runescape back in the day.
  • I had a lot of friends who played it, and they seemed to like it, but I couldn’t really grok it
  • Age hasn’t given me the ability to appreciate these sorts of games
  • You run around, gather resources, kill villagers, fulfil quotas to unlock gear in order to fulfil more quotas to unlock better gear
  • I’m down for a grindfest, but this has to be the right kind of grinding. Like diving through horrible dungeon after dungeon or making cute monsters fight for my amusement
  • This does neither. Select an thing, and wait. Sometimes you press a button or click on other things. There’s not really all that much getting me invested here

Pedro- CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s an MMO.
  • It’s an MMO from the Runescape school of MMOs.
  • But unlike the inspiration it wears on its sleeve, it’s not boring as all fuck
  • Quite the opposite.
  • Now, don’t get me wrong. This isn’t the best MMO out there, imnsho.
  • That’s still Neverwinter Online.
  • But if it weren’t for the over-reliance in the crafting and basically ensuring you fucking have to do menial fucking chores to get better loot, this would actually be a very good MMO.
  • As it is, it’s still good. But there’s enough grinding going on here to make the average night club look like it respects your personal space.

Total-CHAIR


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About: Armello
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We Suck At: Albion Online:

Pedro returns to Albion. It may be all sorts of broken, but we don’t get too many Linux MMOs. They’re worth exploring, especially if they’re flawed.

About: Albion Online
Albion Online is a sandbox MMORPG set in an open medieval fantasy world. It has a fully player-driven economy; all equipment items are player-crafted.

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News

Pick a team!
https://www.fastcodesign.com/90174010/bye-chrome-why-im-switching-to-firefox-and-you-should-too

  • As a linux user I am constantly aware of the give and take of the Chrome browser and the privacy of the Firefox browser, and often switch back and forth between the two.
  • Most of the time though I use Firefox, but I also like to use Vivaldi, which is Chromium based, and unlike Chrome does NOT send usage statistics back to Google.
    • Yeah, Foxfire just randomly installs ads for Mr. ROBOT on your system without consent.
  • Am I the only person capable of using four different browsers?
  • Anyone still use Opera?
  • Now that Quantum has been out for a bit, I’ve had the chance to test Firefox and Chrome on my laptops.
  • On the X240, Firefox uses 2W less watching a 720p video on Youtube than Chrome does with the exact same video, according to powertop.
  • That’s significant, since that laptop the way I’ve set it averages 6-9W on internet browsing workloads.
  • So while I do still use Chrome on my desktop, the laptops all run the Fox.
  • Everyone in the business of collecting and distributing data considered them snake oil salesman.
  • “I can’t even remember why I decided to use Chrome in the first place.”
    • Oh let me refresh your memory.
    • It was because Firefox had become a crashy bloated mess.
    • Now, OOTB Firefox is by far more privacy focused and they should be applauded for that.
    • That said, after reading the article all I could think was Y U NO Privacy badger?
    • And on the Cambridge Analytica topic, yeah.

Ultimate Gitlab
https://about.gitlab.com/2018/06/05/gitlab-ultimate-and-gold-free-for-education-and-open-source/

  • Now free for Educational institutions & Open source projects.
  • GitLab Ultimate is self-hosted, whereas GitLab Gold is hosted on GitLab.com.
  • Unlimited access to Epics, Roadmap, Static Application Security Testing, Container Scanning
  • Does not come with support but you can buy some for 95% off, at $4.95 per user per month.

Put it in your Pocket, too
https://liliputing.com/2018/06/gpd-pocket-2-mini-laptop-to-sport-a-slimmer-bezels-and-body.html

  • Slimmer, faster, lighter version of the GPD Pocket with one extra USB port and shallower (read crappier) keyboard.
  • No backlighting on the keys, either.
  • And as with the original GPD Pocket, the Pocket 2 should play well with Linux.
  • The first GPD Pocket got very good reviews for being fast enough to play up to mid-level games in Steam on Linux and great for emulators.
  • Honestly, I have been wanting one as a nice travelling gaming companion, since I bought an ultraportable Thinkpad X120e just for that purpose.
  • I love mini computers and this one would be a nice addition to my collection.

Lite 4 OS
https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/release-announcements/linux-lite-4-0-final-released/

  • Version 4 is based on 18.04.
  • The focus remains the same: a transition distro for Windows users looking into Linux and being light on resources.
  • I like they’re specifically mentioning the way to disable the VirtualBox stuff, if you’re doing a native install on a low power machine which wouldn’t be virtualizing anything.
  • There are several other distros in this space, including Peppermint OS and Lubuntu.  They use the lighter LXDE desktop, but Linux Lite which uses the heavier XFCE desktop actually takes less memory to run.
  • And Linux Lite is lighter than Xubuntu as well.

Dude you’re getting a canvas
https://blogs.gnome.org/uraeus/2018/05/29/adding-support-for-the-dell-canvas-and-totem

  • I have been waiting for Linux driver support for these large format graphic tablets!  They are starting be be used extensively in art, design, animation and gaming houses and would help the adoption of linux apps in these industries.
  • I have spent many years using an “editing knob” to zoom in and out of video/audio timelines with large projects in Adobe Premiere etc.
  • It would be wonderful to have this capability with Kdenlive and DaVinci Resolve.
  • As much as I suspect Nory would love a Canvas, that $1.8k price tag is going to remain a very high barrier.

Don’t, panic
https://www.recode.net/2018/6/3/17423540/microsoft-github-deal-software-developer-ecosystem
https://twitter.com/icculus/status/1003444477330149377

  • Seriously, calm down.
  • It’s not like Microsoft has a history of buying companies and turning them in hot piles of garbage with a quickness.
  • I don’t understand the apocalyptic overreaction.
  • Older Linux devs are paranoid about old Microsoft and while it might be justifiable.
  • Today’s Microsoft under Nadella is absolutely not that Microsoft.
  • However, there is still plenty of Ballmer DNA floating around in the company.
  • And who is to say the next CEO will not be a mini-Ballmer.
  • You heard it here first, folks.
  • Microsoft is engaged in illegal human cloning experiments.
  • Twist: Next week Oracle buys Gitlab.
  • I am sure Microsoft won’t make major changes anytime soon because they wouldn’t want to scare off the community.
  • We have to remember that GitHub is a business whose goal is to make as much money as possible for its investors, creators and staff.
  • GitHub could have been charging for all their accounts.
  • GitHub is closed source with a little bit of open source thrown in, just like M$.
  • The new CEO, Nat Friedman, is the co-founder of Gnome.
  • Again, Microsoft cannot change the GNU General Public License or the laws that protect it.
  • And so it begins, the mass migration to the completely open source GitLab …
  • You can use GitLab or Bitbucket instead, or roll your own revision control server like Icculus does and the Blender Foundation uses.
    • As mfoxdogg in chat reminds us, that Blender self hosted because they were worried about GitHub being taken over by someone worse, and concerns with copyright.
  • Maybe this will put SourceForge back on the map again?
    • That reputation is still tarnished and a little too recent in people’s memories.
  • Might even see the rise of a decentralized repository and version control system.
  • But yes, over 10’000 projects packed their stuff and moved to Gitlab on Monday morning.
  • That tells us that yes, people are still very much aware of what Microsoft can do.
  • We all remember Skype.
  • It’s gotta sting a little bit, when Github bragged not too recently that they were the biggest and had had their best year yet.
  • It will take a long time to beat 2017.
  • You want to earn some trust, MS?
  • Release the source for Skype 4.X (server & client) and we shall talk.

There are three Ubuntus
https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/there-are-now-three-versions-of-ubuntu-in-the-microsoft-store-heres-why/

  • One for each software store available in Ubuntu.
  • So there are two versions and metapackage… gotcha!
  • The metapackage “Ubuntu” is provided without an LTS version number, but the latest will be installed when it is released.

5 point no
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/04/linux_4_17_released/

  • “No, I didn’t call it 5.0, even though all the git object count numerology was in place for that. It will happen in the not _too_distant future, and I’m told all the release scripts on kernel.org are ready for it, but I didn’t feel there was any real reason for it. I suspect that around 4.20 – which is I run out of fingers and toes to keep track of minor releases, and thus start getting mightily confused – I’ll switch over. That was what happened for 4.0, after all.” – Linus
    • Kernel versioning is base 10.
  • Also, I’m pretty sure I owned that mouse.
  • Linus likes to keep us on our toes with a little bit, or a lot, of snark thrown in
    😉

Slice of Pi

Counting Bees
https://hackaday.com/2018/05/30/counting-bees-with-a-raspberry-pi/

  • A RasPi with a camera and using TensorFlow can count how many bees are in an image.
  • This information could also be very helpful to beekeepers for keeping track of bee colonies and their effect on pollination of crops on farms.
  • It would be really wonderful to find a way to track the size of the bee so you can keep track of the Queen from the rest of the colony, and visa versa.

Paper Pi
https://assadollahi.de/stickpi-a-raspberry-pi-zero-w-with-gpio-buttons-and-an-e-paper-display/


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SEGA Classics come to Linux! Steam releases them digits, Atari VCS Specs revealed and Feral adds another game to their ridiculous radar… thingy. Then Albion Online faces the ChairQAsition!

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Steam News:

Valve time
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/valve-patches-security-bug-that-existed-in-steam-client-for-the-past-ten-years/

  • Buffer overflows are part and parcel of programming in C(++).
  • Ah malformed UDP requests.
  • Valve added ALSR a last year, which makes this sort of attack more difficult. Up until now you’d need to use some other exploit to reveal memory locations

Time of the month
https://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/?platform=linux

  • 125 mil * 0.57% == 720,000 Linux humans
  • And that number right there is why every indie developer needs to at least consider a Linux port hard as they FKN can.
  • Why? Because 1% rule.
  • Yeah, realistically you’re looking at 7,200 potential sales.
  • Granted, your game can’t be complete shite because the days of buying something just because it supports Linux is LONG gone.
  • “Historically, the survey used a client-side method to ensure that systems were counted only once per year, in order to provide an accurate picture of the entire Steam user population.”
    • Oh! Is that how it works?
  • The 1060 is still king of the GPUs, because of course it is.
  • Let’s play a game. When was the last time you got a survey?
  • They have the real numbers, they just don’t release them. Why not just make the survey a dynamically updated inventory? Add being counted as part of the TOS and include an opt out.

Steam: Game Updates

RIP Beta
https://steamdb.info/app/223530/history/

  • In the far distant moon future, we’ll get left4brad on source2 when someone at valve gets bored enough to release something with it
  • Seriously, WHAR L4B2.5 on Source 2?

    • ^
  • I liked those screenshots they used to advertise Source 2.
  • Could be that they’re releasing it, that’s why the beta is now gone, but I’m far too jaded to believe that until I see it.

Lin-ux♬
https://steamcommunity.com/games/34270/announcements/detail/1674656328580811757

  • Oh, that looks neat let me yoink a cop… $29.99!??

    • 35 in Canada
  • I guess that’s not a bad deal for 59 licensed SEGA titles.
  • Multiplayer has me curious, Sonic 2 anyone?

    • That would make for a fun stream, just saying.
    • Or golden axe. That’d be fun too

      • ^
  • Sooo, do individual games have the Linux support?
  • I’m guessing the individual games are just like “on disc” DLC.
  • There’s some people who’ve had to allow the game through the Firewall, so it can check Steam to see if you own the games.
  • There’s also a bunch of people who are getting a missing executable error.
  • Works fine here, though I only have 2 which were in a Humble Bundle a fear years back.
  • By all accounts multiplayer is jacked to hell up.
  • That and it only support rando matchmaking.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar
https://store.steampowered.com/app/451020/Battle_Chasers_Nightwar/

  • THQ Nordic is pretty good about getting out Linux releases, eventually.
  • I’m pretty interested in checking this game out.
  • It’ll probably devolve straight into a grindfest, but it could be an enjoyable one
  • Looks pretty at least
  • I am really curious about this one.
  • I have been since the game originally came out and now that it’s on the Linuxes, I will certainly buy it if the devs don’t reply to email about getting us some keys.

POSTAL Redux
https://steamcommunity.com/games/401680/announcements/detail/1674656328581975533

  • Now with less pixels.
  • And you can actually see the characters in Deathmatch unlike the mess of HP bars and player names it was before.

Dying DROP #10
https://steamcommunity.com/games/239140/announcements/detail/1656641930087432490
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ6h284W6U4

  • How long until we get a battle royale mode?
  • Because let’s face it, we’re never getting Fortnite, Day-Z, or PUB-G.
  • This is a buggy skin along with a shotgun, crossbow and machete variants.

Wild World West
https://steamcommunity.com/games/530020/announcements/detail/1675782228464300344

  • Well, they certainly have been busy
  • Lots of performance improvements have been made and a bunch of map and geometry bugs have been fixed
  • However, we had a lot of issues with controls back when we took a crack at it.
  • I wonder if dualshocks work with the game now.
  • Now in moon Portuguese!

Steam: New Games

So you wanna build a
https://store.steampowered.com/app/742170/Dr_Franks_Build_a_Boyfriend/

  • Well, now that porny games aren’t being targeted, here’s a rocky horror prequel
  • Frankenstein? More like Donk-enstein.

    • …Right?
  • Build your own boyfriend dating sim… We haven’t hit peak dating sim yet, but we’re getting there.

Die for Valhalla
https://store.steampowered.com/app/606000/Die_for_Valhalla/

  • Vikingthulhu themed side scrolling beat em up
  • They have a regular and roguelike mode
  • Local multiplayer only. Come on guys. The steam couch experience isn’t usually one you have friends over for. Or maybe nobody wants to hang out with us

Super Dashmatch
https://store.steampowered.com/app/750420/Super_Dashmatch/

  • Ram your opponents off a rubix cube: the game
  • Prepare for any multiplayer victories in this game to be punctuated by people screaming “circle gets the square”

MachiaVillain (RTheren)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/555510/MachiaVillain/

  • Spooky Prison Architect.

News:

Atari specs revealed
https://wccftech.com/atari-vcs-specs-bristol-ridge-radeon-r7/

  • Bristol Ridge APU.
  • 4GB RAM.
  • The regular unit is $200.
  • You can pay $100 more for ‘exclusivity’ and some wood stuck to the front.
  • Looks like they’re trying to make an x86 based nvidia shield
  • Specs are decent enough to play most of the couchy games on linux.
  • How do you think they’ll handle distribution though? Ataristore?
  • And remember kids, it’s on IndieGoGo because Kickstarter requires you to actually have a functioning prototype.
  • This FKR only exists as renders and unicorn farts.
  • Something tells me even a year from now, it will be not much closer to a proper release than it is now.

TDM 2.06
https://www.moddb.com/mods/the-dark-mod/news/the-dark-mod-206-is-here
http://www.thedarkmod.com/download-the-mod/

  • Runs, has that going for it.
  • Noticeably faster but that’s not saying a whole lot since it previously ran like poop.
  • It can now hold a solid 60+ @ 1080.
  • YAY performance!
  • And eating food restores health properly!

Cryptic Feral Bullsh*t
https://www.feralinteractive.com/en/upcoming/

  • Yeah, I’m over this so hard it burns.
  • BTW, it’s Hellblade.
  • Ha! Just kidding or am i
  • Probably dome Total Snore business or something from the Squeenix backlog that’s not FF.
  • Hellblade would be cool. I really hope it isn’t that crappy Dante’s inferno game
  • I wonder who in marketing insists this is a good idea?

Unity gets Feral
https://twitter.com/mdiluz

  • Interesting move.
  • Makes sense if his passion is Linux game development.

    • Yeah, plus working directly on an engine is probably a lot more satisfying than trying to kitbash things into working under mac and linux
  • Still wish ROTT was in better shape before his departure.
  • So does this mean Vulkan on unity is going to get better or worse?

Compile (foxy)
https://github.com/dpt/The-Great-Escape
https://github.com/dpt/The-Great-Escape-in-C

  • Dude decompiled it and ported it to C.
  • Builds for Win / MAC.
  • CLang builds are linked against a stub of the main() function, so that won’t run on Linux.

CHAIRQASITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Albion Online
Webzone: Albion_Online
Devel: Sandbox Interactive GmbH
Engine: Unity
Price: £21.95 / US$29.95 / CA$40.95 (Talk about regional pricing!)

Wazzat: Albion Online is a fantasy sandbox MMORPG featuring a player-driven economy, classless combat system, and intense PvP battles. Explore a vast open world full of danger and opportunity. Grow your wealth, forge alliances, and leave your mark on the world of Albion.

Mandatory Disclosure: Pennywise bought us copies


Makes with the working

Venn- CHAIR

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • I ran into the exact same issue Venn did. The “solution” of using the patched client didn’t work.
  • However, there is a flatpak version that does
  • I checked, the steam version and the paid version have different licenses.
  • There isn’t a way to transfer accounts from steam to standalone and vice versa
  • So I went and spent 40 bucks for the base game.
  • Cuz I’m mildy attached to you guys.

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Worked out of the box here.
  • Holds 60 at UHD.
  • The Steam version also picked up on my old beta account and gave me access to my character from then.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn-CHAIRN/A

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • These are some mid-2000s ass sprites
  • Everything looks distinct enough, I guess. I can tell different types of trees apart. John Cleese would be proud
  • There is some music. I’d be hard pressed to tell you what I thought about it as it sort of drifted into the background of my fugue state

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Low poly cell shaded graphics.
  • The music is sparse and non intrusive.
  • If I had to pick at the nits I’d say it’s hard to tell things apart.
  • All the stores are some combination of brown and grey.
  • You will lose track of your character regardless.
  • Enemies run up to you until they’re occupying the same physical space as your character.
  • All in all, it’s not terrible.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn-CHAIRN/A

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Pathfinding in this game can eabod
  • I’m with pedro. I too’d like to see a rotating camera.

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The only complaint I have in controls is the lack of a rotating camera.
  • But, and this is a really nice plump butt, the game takes the fixed position camera and makes it really easy to keep track of where you came from and where you need to go.
  • It’s not a pointless gimmicky limitation, it’s a design choice.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


FUN

Venn-CHAIRN/A

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • I never really got into runescape back in the day.
  • I had a lot of friends who played it, and they seemed to like it, but I couldn’t really grok it
  • Age hasn’t given me the ability to appreciate these sorts of games
  • You run around, gather resources, kill villagers, fulfil quotas to unlock gear in order to fulfil more quotas to unlock better gear
  • I’m down for a grindfest, but this has to be the right kind of grinding. Like diving through horrible dungeon after dungeon or making cute monsters fight for my amusement
  • This does neither. Select an thing, and wait. Sometimes you press a button or click on other things. There’s not really all that much getting me invested here

Pedro- CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s an MMO.
  • It’s an MMO from the Runescape school of MMOs.
  • But unlike the inspiration it wears on its sleeve, it’s not boring as all fuck
  • Quite the opposite.
  • Now, don’t get me wrong. This isn’t the best MMO out there, imnsho.
  • That’s still Neverwinter Online.
  • But if it weren’t for the over-reliance in the crafting and basically ensuring you fucking have to do menial fucking chores to get better loot, this would actually be a very good MMO.
  • As it is, it’s still good. But there’s enough grinding going on here to make the average night club look like it respects your personal space.

Total-CHAIR


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