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STASIS, the point & click horror game is now officially available for Linux

Gaming on Linux - vor 1 Stunde 54 Minuten

Tags: Adventure, Horror, Point & Click

After a lengthy beta period, STASIS [Steam, Official Site] the fantastic and gruesome looking point & click horror game is now officially available on Linux.



The announcement is here, where it seems you do still need to opt-in to a beta with a password of "torvalds1969" and then select "linux test 1". I imagine it will be pushed into the main download within a few days. Their wording on it all is a little confusing, since it's had a beta for a long time and they now announce it's available, but you still need a beta.

According to the announcement, there are some issues with non-English languages. It looks like if you have issues, you can switch it to English, load a saved game and then switch the language back (source).

About the game
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STASIS is a point-and-click, sci-fi - horror adventure game played from a unique isometric perspective. STASIS intertwines a gruesome narrative with retro adventure gameplay. Combine items, interact with computers and solve puzzles while experiencing the gritty atmosphere.

In the distant future, aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft, John Maracheck awakes from stasis. He must push himself to new physical and emotional limits and unravel the mysteries around him.

John is in tremendous pain, his wife and daughter are missing, and time is running out as the Groomlake plunges further into the swirling blue methane clouds of Neptune.

Lovely stuff, been looking forward to this one!

Pledge allegiance to the Eldar in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III for macOS and Linux

Feral Linux News - vor 2 Stunden 59 Minuten

In Dawn of War III, step into a brutal battle as one of three warring factions. Alternate between command of the Space Marines, Orks and Eldar in the single-player campaign, and command your favourite to wreak havoc in cross-platform multiplayer between macOS and Linux.

So who are the Eldar?

The last of a dwindling species, the Eldar are arrogant and proud, and though their empire is a shattered fraction of its former grandeur, they are still formidable. They rightfully command awe with their psychic and martial prowess and under the right command are masters of striking quick and hard.

As the Eldar, you can call up powerful Super Units like Wraithknights. Though monstrous in size, Wraithknights are nimble and agile on the battlefield, able to move as if it were a fraction of its size. Explore this towering construct in the 3D model below:

Wraithknight by Dawn of War on Sketchfab

Discover more about the highly sophisticated Eldar in the trailer:

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III is available for macOS and Linux on the Feral Store.

The new Entroware Hybris could make a reasonable Linux gaming laptop

Gaming on Linux - vor 3 Stunden 2 Minuten

Tags: Hardware

Entroware, the UK-based Linux hardware vendor have released two newer laptops and one of them could be a reasonable gaming unit.

First up, is the new Hybris:

It's powered by Intel’s Kaby Lake, which can be configured as either an i5-7300HQ or i7-7700HQ, so it's certainly not short on CPU power.

Like before though, my shock here comes in the form in the stupidly low RAM which starts at 4GB. I don't know why lots of laptop vendors keep having such a low starting amount of RAM, but it can be configured up to 32GB DDR4. I really don't think 4GB RAM goes far at all now, so it's a bit crazy.

They key thing about the Hybris is that you can go with the cheaper Intel HD graphics, or configure it with an NVIDIA GTX 1050 4GB. For a laptop, that's not half-bad and could run a reasonable amount of games on the go, or if you can't fit a tower unit it might be quite handy.

When it comes to hard drives, it starts with a single 500GB standard HDD, but you can have two drives and the second drive can be configured with PCIe/NVME options. There's quite lot of variety on offer when it comes to storage space on this little powerhouse.

All Entroware units can be configured with Ubuntu, Ubuntu MATE or no operating system.

It does still make me chuckle that they have an Ubuntu sticker over the Windows key, instead of a key replacement, but it's obviously a lot cheaper. Probably the only bad thing I have to say about Entroware.

They also released a refreshed Apollo laptop, but it's much a more of a work unit than a gaming unit. Might be interesting for those of you working on the go though!

Could an Entroware device be your next purchase? Let us know! If I actually had the money for a good laptop, the Entroware Hybris is quite possibly the one I would go for.

Wine Staging 2.11 released with GTA 5 and The Witcher 3 fixes, also improved Unity game support

Gaming on Linux - vor 3 Stunden 35 Minuten

Tags: Wine

The Wine Staging team has put out their 2.11 release and it comes with some interesting fixes. They've done some adjustments to help run GTA 5 and The Witcher 3.

As a reminder: Wine Staging is the testing area for future features and fixes to make it into the normal Wine development releases and then eventually a stable Wine build.

First up, some highlights of the release:

  • Preloader compatibility enhancements for older macOS versions.
  • NVAPI improvements.
  • Support for starting position-independent executables (PIE) from Wine.
  • Keyboard/Mouse handling fixes.
  • Various smaller bug fixes and improvements.

As for the game fixes: The Witcher 3 should now display intro videos and contain less graphical glitches to give a more complete experience. GTA 5 no longer needs "-GPUCount 1" as parameter or to change the PCI IDs to run the game on a NVIDIA graphic card. They've also fixed some input issues in GTA 5.

They also put in a fix for the remaining mouse issues in Unity engine games.

See their release notes here. Sounds like a pretty fun release.

The six-degree-of-freedom shooter 'Overload' has another great content update

Gaming on Linux - vor 4 Stunden 13 Minuten

Tags: Action, Early Access, Steam

Overload [Steam, Official Site] is fantastic, if you don't agree with me you're basically insane. Okay, a little extreme but you get the idea. It's been updated again so let's take a look.

It has a new challenge level, a new single player level, a new menacing robot to blow up, a new death sequence, a level exit sequence and plenty more.

I took a look at the new challenge level, here's my video to show it off:

It's a lot of fun, with a lot of variety and dangers. A mixtures of open spaces and seriously tight corridors which can be a real problem with the robots that kamikaze you.

See the full patch notes here.

If you haven't tried the game for yourself, you can check out their playable teaser on Steam. I highly recommend it, these developers really seem to know what they're doing.

Linux Gamers & Their Choice of Gamepads

Boiling Steam - vor 4 Stunden 32 Minuten

Yup, I am still digging in that Linux Gamers survey we conducted back in March 2017. Now on to a very different topic… no more GPU stories. This time we will be reviewing what gamepads Linux gamers are currently using.

We had 647 answers on the “what kind of controller do you use ?” question, as that was an optional one. The frequencies for each answer follow:

  • Steam Controller: 46 %
  • Xbox 360 Pad: 41 %
  • Other, less common gamepads: 14 %
  • Dual Shock 4: 11%
  • Dual Shock 3: 11 %
  • Xbox One Pad: 6 %

The first thing that is apparent is at the top: the tremendous success of the Steam Controller. Maybe this is even more the case among Linux gamers than on other platformers, but nevertheless just ponder about this a second: a company that had never made gamepads is beating the other two major competitors at their own game. Of course, there are clear and objective good reasons to get a Steam Controller: it can emulate a mouse and can be programmed in various ways to turn it into a very personal experience.

The Steam Controller in its assembly line (check out the related article)

But all of this would NOT matter if the controller was poorly designed or just crap to hold in hands. Valve did a fantastic work to make something that good enough to act as a gamepad, and better in many ways through its Steam Controller API.

Next, it’s always nice to move away from simple count frequencies and look at usage patterns. Like, are there folks who are using several controllers to play games? Which combinations are they using? In order to find this out, I modified the categories a little, to group similar controllers together in the same category.

  • Xbox 360 and Xbox One -> counted as a single Xbox category
  • Dual Shock 3 and 4 -> counted as a single Dual Shock category
  • Steam controller as its own category
  • Others as their own category

Then, with the magic of clustering algorithms (hierarchical clustering on principal components, following a MCA step), we find out there are 3 main clusters:

  • Cluster 1: n=382 – The largest with 59% of respondents.
  • Cluster 2: n=134 – 21% of respondents.
  • Cluster 3: n=131 – 20% of respondents.

To simplify things a little, we can summarize what these clusters look like with the below chart:

The first cluster is composed of folks who:

  • Use a lot of Steam Controllers (234 – 61%)
  • Use a lot of Xbox Controllers (215 – 56%)
  • Use absolutely no Dual Shock or any generic controller. This is what characterizes them.

The use of Steam Controllers and Xbox controller is not mutually exclusive, as you can guess. There’s actually a good 22% of folks in this cluster who use both a Steam Controller and an Xbox Controller. I think we can safely call that cluster “Xbox & Valve devotees“.

The second cluster if composed of folks who:

  • All use Dual Shock controllers (134 – 100%)
  • Use relatively few Steam Controllers (45 – 33%)
  • use few Xbox controllers (27 – 20%)
  • Very few use generic controllers

A very small minority uses all three controllers (Xbox, Steam Controller and Dual Shock, 6%). Again it’s safe to describe that cluster as “Dual Shock devotees“.

The third cluster is composed of folks who:

  • All use generic controllers (131 – 100%)
  • Use very few Steam Controllers (21 – 16%)
  • Use few Xbox controllers (26 – 20%)
  • Use no Dual Shock Controller at all

In case you are wondering what we find in what I call “generic controllers”, well here’s a list of few common entries:

  • Logitech gamepads (F710, F510 and F310 are quite popular… and also Rumblepad)
  • Chinese PS2 knock-offs
  • iBuffalo classic gamepad
  • Hama gamepad
  • SNES pad with adapter
  • NES controller clone

Not sure how to call that group. “Cheap gamers?“. No, that would be too reductive. Maybe they are people who don’t care as much about the brand of the gamepad as long as it works the way it’s supposed to work. Let’s call it the “Whatever works” group.

The most interesting aspect of the clustering result is that there is virtually no “Steam Controller + Dual Shock” group. It seems like folks who like and use Xbox pads are also the most likely to go for a Steam Controller.

It’s like there is this huge divide between American and Japanese pad designs in terms of preference, with the Xbox and Steam Controller being on the bulkier side, while the Dual Shock controllers are rather slim and light.

Now, I would be really interested to know what the folks in the “Sony devotees” cluster use to make their Dual Shock gamepad work with their games on Linux. Are they all using ds4drv? Or other solutions? How happy are they with the DS support in Linux games?

If you do belong in that group, please comment and let us know what you do on a regular basis with your DS, and why you decided to use this kind of pad instead of a Xbox type of gamepad.

A big Yooka-Laylee patch helps some of the annoyances I had

Gaming on Linux - vor 5 Stunden 11 Minuten

Tags: Steam, GOG, Adventure, Platformer

Yooka-Laylee [Steam, GOG, Official Site] has been patched and it's actually a pretty decent patch. It sounds like they've really listened to feedback.

Highlights:

  • New camera mode with minimal assist. (Find this in the settings menu)
  • Further, general camera improvements in set locations within the game.
  • Skip cut-scenes.
  • Shorter 'gibberish chat'. (Find this in the settings menu)
  • Skip dialogue by holding Y.
  • The Capital Cashino bugs have been squished with great vengeance and furious anger.
You can see the full changelog here, there's a lot more smaller changes too.

The gibberish chat and non-skippable cut-scenes were two major annoyances for me, so I'm really pleased to see those get sorted. Any game that doesn't allow you to skip scenes gets a black mark in my book. Seems like I might now be able to complete it, as it sounds like it's a much better experience overall now.

What do you guys think to the game, have any of you completed it?

Linux Strategy Games in the Steam Summer Sale

Reddit Linux_Gaming - vor 9 Stunden 57 Minuten

Want to spend tons of hours just optimizing one unit, only to have your entire city destroyed in 2 minutes? Strategy is here to help!

Soulcaster 1 & 2
Take control of a squadron of epic summons in this unique take on dungeon crawling! Who likes Tower Defense games? Who likes dungeon crawling? You? No? Well I do, and this one is fun as all get out!

Pandora: First Contact
Pandora: First Contact is a science fiction 4X turn-based strategy game on a planetary scale. Our Earth has been exhausted and colonial attempts on other planetary bodies have been in vain. Finally, after decades of exploration, an interstellar probe has brought promise of a new world. I love this game. I love 4x games and I love when the AI wants to annihilate you while calling you a monster for declaring war on someone. I want you to love it too!

Disgaea 2
When Adell and his family accidentally kidnap the Princess of the Netherworld, all hell breaks loose. Adell races to return the Princess to her home, where he hopes to defeat the Overlord and break the curse on his world. I'd recommend any game in the Disgaea series really, but we have number 2 on Linux, so grab it now. Comedy and strategy are a wonderful combination.

Breach & Clear
Breach & Clear brings deep tactical strategy simulation to PC, Mac and Linux! Build your Special Operations team, plan and execute advanced missions, and own every angle. Choose your real-world squad -- US Army Rangers, Germany's KSK, Canada’s JTF2, UK SAS, and more -- and take on a variety of foes with different skill-sets and abilities. Learn to approach, engage, and dominate your opponents through superior tactics and training. The Steam version of Breach & Clear includes all the premium content from the original mobile game at no additional cost. I find tactics games like this really fun. Watching every visible angle to try to guarantee you won't lose your men while attempting to complete your mission can be stressful but rewarding.

I hope you guys have fun thinking of some new ways to outdo each other with this set. Today's bonus I'm sure all of you have already, but if you don't, it's really good and you need it.

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Brand new Dell Inspiron is *slower* on discrete GPU

Reddit Linux_Gaming - vor 10 Stunden 19 Minuten

(sorry if this is rambly or whatever, it has been a long day)

Ok, I just got a Dell Inspiron 5576, AMD version (RX460), initially installed Manjaro, but after various problems decided to go back to ubuntu-mate. Installed ubuntu-mate 17.04.

From what I have been able to piece together the system is running AMDGPU for both cards, and DRI_PRIME=1 does make it use the 460. but testing with vblank_mode=0 glxgears gets me about ~2450fps, while DRI_PRIME=1 vblank_mode=0 glxgears gets ~2000fps.

Other test programs (glmark2) give the same type of results.

I don't have any properly graphics intensive games installed yet to test the GPUs under strain.

So, uh.... any ideas?

Once this is all straightened out I plan on writing up a review of this laptop for the sub, it would be nice to know if this is me, or the computer.

(oh also, if anyone knows how to get an Elantech touchpad working that'd be great too)

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Once again having problems. Now with steam

Reddit Linux_Gaming - vor 10 Stunden 31 Minuten

Sorry for posting so much. So I just swamped from Linux fedora to Linux Ubuntu and now I've got the newest and best drivers for my graphics card. The one problem is I can't use them because now when I click on steam it sits there and flashs for a few seconds, then gives up smokes a cigarette and leaves the house. I went to this site looking for an answer https://askubuntu.com/questions/771032/steam-not-opening-in-ubuntu-16-04-lts

However all this gave me was a bunch of commands that when executed my terminal simply told me they didn't exist. Most of them saying "no such file or directory" others just saying unknown command. How do I fix this? I just want steam to launch

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Steam Client on Ubuntu, Tiny Fonts and DPI-scaling

Reddit Linux_Gaming - vor 13 Stunden 49 Minuten

What's the go-to solution for making the Steam Client readable on an 4K display?

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Razer Naga Keybinding in Linux (Ubuntu)

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 27. Juni 2017 - 22:16

I just switched yesterday to Ubuntu and I am loving it so far, the terminal feels so empowering to use and I love apt-get. I play wow and I NEED my Naga for keybinds, took forever but I finally found a solution so I thought I would share.

remote_ids=$( xinput list | sed -n 's/.*Naga.*id=\([0-9]*\).*keyboard.*/\1/p' ) [ "$remote_ids" ] || exit mkdir -p /tmp/xkb/symbols cat >/tmp/xkb/symbols/custom <<\EOF xkb_symbols "remote" { key <AE01> { [0xffca] }; key <AE02> { [0xffcb] }; key <AE03> { [0xffcc] }; key <AE04> { [0xffcd] }; key <AE05> { [0xffce] }; key <AE06> { [0xffcf] }; key <AE07> { [0xffd0] }; key <AE08> { [0xffd1] }; key <AE09> { [0xffd2] }; key <AE10> { [0xffd3] }; key <AE11> { [0xffd4] }; key <AE12> { [0xffd5] }; }; EOF for id in $remote_ids; do setxkbmap -device $id -print | sed 's/\(xkb_symbols.*\)"/\1+custom(remote)"/' | xkbcomp -I/tmp/xkb -i $id -synch - $DISPLAY 2>/dev/null done

Copy and paste that into a text editor and save as NAGA.sh. Execute it within terminal, unplug and plug in your Naga and you should be good to go.

Tags : razer naga 2014 ubuntu linux debian how to use naga on linux world of warcraft

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Does Linux have any cpu performance differences from Windows?

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 27. Juni 2017 - 21:57

As in making the cpu perform better or worse

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