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Menu driven dedicated server launcher using bash

Reddit Linux_Gaming - vor 1 Stunde 17 Minuten

I'm just barely getting into hosting my own dedicated servers and bash scripting and I thought I would share my menu driven dedicated server launching script with a few options removed. Each server is launched in a dedicated screen session.


What do you guys think?


Here it is:

#!/bin/bash clear PS3="Which game servers do you want to start?" options=("All" "Starbound" "Terraria Normal" "Terraria Expert" "Quit") select opt in "${options[@]}" do case $opt in "All") ## Start Normal Terraria Server ## screen -dmS "screen name" /path/to/server/binary -whateverconfigoptions ## Start Expert Terraria Server ## screen -dmS "screen name" /path/to/server/binary -whateverconfigoptions ## Start Starbound Server ### screen -dmS "screen name" /path/to/server/binary -whateverconfigoptions sleep .75 clear echo "All servers have been started!" ;; "Starbound") ## Start Starbound Server ### screen -dmS "screen name" /path/to/server/binary -whateverconfigoptions sleep .75 clear echo "Starbound server has been started!" ;; "Terraria Normal") ## Start Normal Terraria Server ## screen -dmS "screen name" /path/to/server/binary -whateverconfigoptions sleep .75 clear echo "Terraria Normal server has been started!" ;; "Terraia Expert") ## Start Expert Terraria Server ## screen -dmS "screen name" /path/to/server/binary -whateverconfigoptions sleep .75 clear echo "Terraria Expert server has been started!" ;; "Quit") clear echo "Exiting..." break ;; *) echo "Invalid option" ;; esac done submitted by /u/fungusmunch
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We Happy Few to launch on April 13th 2018, Linux release will be 'on or shortly after'

Gaming on Linux - 16. August 2017 - 20:55

Tags: Steam, Survival

We Happy Few [Steam], the game about a drug-fuelled, retro-futuristic city in an alternative 1960s England is to launch in April next year. The Linux version should be on or shortly after too.

Here's their new trailer:

In the announcement they said this:
We are thrilled to finally announce that We Happy Few will be launching worldwide both digitally and at retail on April 13, 2018, for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4! Mac and Linux will be arriving on or shortly after that date.
Emphasis mine.

Also, they've partnered with Gearbox and their price is shooting up as it's "growing in scope". They will be expanding basically everything by the sounds of it and they claim it is "going to be unlike anything you’ve seen". A pretty bold statement, so hopefully they won't disappoint us. Who knows, it could turn out to be one of the best games on Linux next year?

It will be $60 at release, while being a bit cheaper while it's still in Early Access. Phew, that's quite the price increase!

See their full announcement here.

ARK: Survival Evolved updated with the latest 'Unreal Rendering code', still terrible on Linux

Gaming on Linux - 16. August 2017 - 20:36

Tags: Steam, Early Access, Survival, Unreal Engine

ARK: Survival Evolved [Steam] has a big update, this time finally updating their Unreal Engine code, but the Linux version is still quite broken graphically.

I decided to test it out, since their patch notes sounded promising and nope. Same issues as before, graphical glitches and completely broken water rendering. See for yourself:

You don't want to drink that water...

Coming out of the water also results in visual issues, with particles flying around everywhere. It's really not in a good state and considering the price £49.99 it's a damned joke.

The developers of ARK have been told about these issues, many times and over quite a while now. They never respond, not even to acknowledge these issues exist.

You can see their full patch notes here.

What a shame. This could have been one of the best survival games on Linux, but they've let the Linux version continue to rot.

Gamepires definitely cancelled gas guzzlers linux port

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 16. August 2017 - 20:29

Despite the partnership with croteam for the incoming game SCUM (which eventually May have led to Linux skill acquisition), the croatian developer has definitely abandoned After almost four years the idea of a port of gas guzzlers to Linux. https://steamcommunity.com/app/243800/discussions/0/846965705280714470/?ctp=10

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Two more linux ultrawide videos! (Alien Isolation & DOOM)

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 16. August 2017 - 19:29

I made two more linux ultrawide (3440x1440) videos:

Alien Isolation (OpenGL): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBRKxdCnzS8 DOOM (Wine & Vulkan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnVFpfisqO0

Videos are recorded with OBS using Ryzen 1700.


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Terrible Performance with Rocket League

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 16. August 2017 - 14:59

So to start, I'm new to Linux Gaming. I'm not new to Linux, although this is the first time I've used it as the host OS outside of work (using Fedora 26). Rocket League performance seems to be terrible. I've read a couple posts and articles, but nothing seems to work. I've even tried lowering the settings all the way down but still nothing. The game will initially run fine for a minute or so and then just drops frame rate down to about 20 FPS, and changing settings does nothing.

My specs are currently:

  • AMD Ryzen 1700X
  • Nvidia GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid (I'm using the Negativo17 drivers for Nvidia)
  • 32GB DDR4 2133 (I haven't gotten around to increasing RAM speed because the first couple times I did it just simply crashed. I'm probably going to go back and try to OC it this weekend)
  • Gigabyte GA-AX370

I haven't had time to test many games, but I seem to be getting good performance from American Truck Simulator.

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[Beta Testers Needed] The Mind Of Marlo

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 16. August 2017 - 13:46

Hello linux gamers!

I've just uploaded a linux of our latest game The Mind Of Marlo build and I wonder if there is anyone interested in beta test it on your system.

I tried it in Mint 18 (XFCE) and works good.


If you are interested let me know and I'll send you a key.

Thanks!! Rodo

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Burst The Game, a free to play FPS arrives with Linux support this month

Gaming on Linux - 16. August 2017 - 13:31

Tags: Free Game, Action, FPS, Coming Soon, Steam, Early Access

Are you in need of a new semi-realistic FPS? Well, Burst The Game [Steam, Official Site] might scratch that itch for you as long as their free to play model isn't terrible.

The latest public video I could find on it was a few months ago, but even there it looks reasonably good:

Linux could use a few more even reasonably good shooter, especially of the more realistic and modern variety. I don't have massively high hopes, but graphically it does look quite nice. They claim it has a full customization system (think Call of Duty-like) along with the ability to lean and vault over objects.

It shows Linux system requirements on Steam, so unless something happens it should be on Linux at release. In any case, I've emailed the developer to double check and see if we can get in early to give it some thoughts.

About the game
The war has had blown up when the BURST terrorist group started to attack the government five years ago. They fought us using the weapons we had created to guarantee liberty. They started by attacking the internet. They then attacked most of the important government positions. The exchange stocks were rapidly falling as revolutions began to burst. People did not have enough money to recover from these assaults, so the government started to opt for extremist politics and made the people be even more revolted. Countries were torned as richest people took power using armed groups. The population started to flee in the countryside, forming communities and little groups, fighting to have a small part of the freedom they once had. Some groups were fighting against others, and some were trying to restore liberty.

You are in one of these groups. In Burst, you play as a soldier who fights for freedom and democracy in all of the most disastrous and apocalyptic environment to win over your opponent using strategy and communication. Also the game is free, so you can invite all your friends to play with you at no cost !

It release into Early Access on August 23rd, so not long to find out.

A new The Escapists 2 video shows off moving prisons in the latest teaser

Gaming on Linux - 16. August 2017 - 13:15

Tags: Coming Soon, Steam, Strategy

The Escapists 2 [Official Site] is shaping up to look like a very interesting game, especially with these timed moving prisons to escape from.

Check out the latest video:

The game certainly looks and sounds fun. With 10 different prisons, 4 player co-op and versus play with drop-in/drop-out support and split-screen. It certainly has a feature list that would make me like a game!

About the game
Risk it all to breakout from the toughest prisons in the world. Explore the biggest prisons yet, with multiple floors, roofs, vents and underground tunnels.
You’ll have to live by the prison rules, attending roll call, doing prison jobs and following strict routines; all the while secretly engineering your bid for freedom!
Your prison escape antics will take you from the frosty Fort Tundra, a train hurtling through the desert, and even to the final frontier!

The game will release on August 22nd with Linux support day-1. If you pre-order, you get access to The Glorious Regime DLC prison for free, not that I suggest pre-ordering. Will you be picking up a copy at release?

I've put in a review key request, hopefully Team17 won't let us down there so we can give it a look. They've told me they will go over requests at release, so we won't be able to review until then at least.

A new Steam Client Beta fixes DualShock 4 gamepads with recent Linux Kernels and more

Gaming on Linux - 16. August 2017 - 13:04

Tags: Steam, Beta

Another Steam Client Beta has released, one of the important fixes here is that the DualShock 4 gamepads should now work with recent Kernel versions.

Here's what's changed:

  • Fixed Launchers in Steam games not using the Desktop Configuration
  • Fixed a bug with controller configuration conversion from one controller type to another where some modes such as DPad wouldn’t be active after conversion.
  • Added support for the Desktop Configurator for when a game asks for the Configurator but the user has disabled the overlay or Big Picture overlay.
  • Fixed bug with On-screen Keyboard in Big Picture Mode’s web browser losing input.
  • Fix handling of XDG_DATA_DIRS and .desktop files with command-line arguments when adding non-steam games to your library.
  • Fixed game support for DualShock 4 controllers when using recent kernels.

A pretty small update, but good to have such issues fixed as I saw a few people complaining about the DS4 recently.

The point about the Desktop Configurator sounds interesting, but I'm not exactly sure what they mean by it. I have yet to see any game bring up Steam's own configuration tool for gamepads when editing any gamepad settings in-game. If anyone can shed some light on that, leave a comment.

Black Mirror, a gothic-horror adventure series re-imagining releases in November with Linux support

Gaming on Linux - 16. August 2017 - 12:39

Tags: Coming Soon, Steam, Adventure, Horror

THQ Nordic has announced Black Mirror [Official Site], a re-imagining of the acclaimed gothic-horror adventure series being developed by KING Art and it seems it will support Linux.

See Linux mentioned clearly at the end, lovely.

From the press release:
The game name may already exist one way or another, and no, we’re not talking about the Netflix series. The first part of the creepy adventure series was released in 2004 as “The Black Mirror”, which produced two more spin-offs, “Black Mirror II” (2009) and “Black Mirror III” (2011).

But don’t worry, even players unfamiliar with the previous games in the series can also enjoy Black Mirror, because this reboot of the franchise tells a totally independent and new story. The major difference between the new and old Black Mirror, apart from the modern graphics of course, will be a new gameplay element: interaction with vision-like apparitions.

It releases on November 28th. You can see the official press release here, which also mentions Linux.

Wednesday Madness, a quick look at some good Linux gaming deals

Gaming on Linux - 16. August 2017 - 11:38

Tags: Game Sale

Welcome to another Wednesday Madness article here at GOL. Another quick look at some good deals you shouldn't pass up! The "I finally remembered to do this on a Wednesday edition".

As usual, hand-picked deals of things I think you might be interested in.

- POSTAL 2, 90% off
- Football Manager 2017, 80% off
- Dex, 75% off
- Rise to Ruins, 50% off (also on itch below)
- Maia, 44% off (also on itch below)

You can see everything on sale for Linux & SteamOS on Steam at this link.

- Shadowrun: Dragonfall, 80% off
- Victor Vran, 75% off
- SOMA, 70% off
- Pillars of Eternity: Hero Edition, 60% off
- Darkest Dungeon, 60% off

Find all Linux games available on GOG that are on sale at this link.

- Rise to Ruins, 50% off
- Maia, 44% off

Also see all Linux games on sale on itch.io right here.

Sidenote: I really hope some more bigger developers start supporting itch!

Bundle Stars - Yes, most of their stuff does count as Linux sales, just not Feral ports and a few others
- Total War: ATTILA Complete Pack - 6 hours left (at time of posting), 78% off
- Stellaris, 60% off
- Cities: Skylines, 75% off

Feral Interactive Store has various versions of Dawn of War II on sale.

Picked up something good lately? Tell us in the comments!