Other News about gaming on Linux

Recent Noteworthy Releases in March 2017

Boiling Steam - vor 4 Stunden 5 Minuten

There was much talk among big AAA games in the past few months (for good reasons), but we should not forget that there has been a bunch of other games that have recently made it to Linux. I won’t go through the list of all the lesser known ones, but you should probably pay attention to the following.

First, let’s start with one that I find amusing. The ancient Operation Flashpoint has somehow received a Linux client, under the name ARMA: Cold War Assault. We assume this is VP’s work, since they are working to bring ARMA III on the platform right now. This is a little weird to see such an old, and outdated game coming up on Linux, but maybe this will be interesting for folks who have very weak hardware and still want to get a taste for it, before ARMA III gets a real Linux release.

While we are at it with old games made new again, here’s Serious Sam Fusion: basically all older Serious Sam titles using a renewed engine, and available on Linux for the first time (following the source code release of Serious Sam I and II in 2016). The new engine apparently gets rid of DirectX9, and instead uses OpenGL and Vulkan. CroTeam is definitely very much ahead of the curve when it comes to Vulkan support, and it is great to seem them experimenting more and more with their technology. Note that SS Fusion is still in beta for now.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, A Criminal Past – is a new DLC for the second episode of the Deus Ex reboot that was published on Linux late last year. This reminds me I still need to spend more time on Mankind Divided, while this episodes apparently takes place before the events of that game. This DLC was ported by Feral Interactive, as expected.

Now on to newer titles. First Kona, a game made by our francophone friends from Quebec, takes place in Canada in the 1970s, and deals with the mysteries of a town that has become too quiet, way too quiet. I have just started playing it and it reminds me a little of Gone Home, but it’s way too early to compare. Anyway, it has received a lot of praise so you may want to check it out. Yay for Linux Day 1 release, too.

Night in the Woods was first funded by a Kickstarter campaign and it’s probably one of the rare KS games that does not suck (when they are being delivered at all!). In this 2D adventure game you control a cat returning home and trying to reconnect with his former buddies.  But things have changed, and as the title implies, there is something in the woods. Good reviews all over again, so you may want to check it out.

In case you were pissed off about the lack of Hearthstone client on Linux (while it works perfectly on WINE), Faeria is a welcome addition as a new cards game, especially since it has left Early Access earlier this month. It’s free to play, but as you know there’s always the same trade-off at play here for such games. You either need to grind for long hours to get what you need, or you will have to pay up. CCGs are very hard to get right, as it’s all about having the right balance between players, and based on players who have spent quite some time on it, it seems like Faeria has some flaws there. How well, it’s free to play, so you can go ahead and check it out for yourself.

If a character called Morte means something to you, then you have probably played Planescape Torment in the past 20 years. Torment Tides of Numerana is a follow-up title made by some members of the original team. It seems like it’s far from being as good as the original Planescape, based on the various reviews EVEN on Steam! (Steam reviews tend to be over-positive most of the time, but when you see “Mixed” on Steam, that should be a stark warning). Combats are apparently boring, the story is not all that great either and characters fail to generate interest, if I have to believe what folks tend to say. All in all, while there are some positive reviews as well, it’s clearly a shame it did not live up to its expectations.

Ghost Blade HD is a touhou-like shoot’em up (in other words bullet hell). We still don’t have too many real shoot’em ups on Linux so this probably a good (and cheap) pick if you are in need.

Finally, not a release per se, but The Long War 2 mod is now compatible with XCOM 2 on Linux. It brings a much longer campaign (100 missions+), more soldier classes, infiltration mechanics, new weapon tiers, and a better AI that tries to counter your moves. In other words, it’s almost like a new game vs the XCOM2 vanilla experience.

Last but not least, it’s not officially released on Linux yet, but Hollow Knight is in testing. So it should not be too long before that one is available either. And most reviews have been very, very positive so far.

Good times, and a fantastic Q1 so far for Linux gamers. Lots of great games to play and replay. We’ll see what Q2 brings, while Q1 will be seriously hard to beat. Let’s not get spoiled.

Freedoom + Brutal Doom (latest) CVAR issue?

Reddit Linux_Gaming - vor 4 Stunden 26 Minuten

Decided to re-explore Freedoom with Brutal Doom and I was able to play it with only 2 issues

  • When the came first loads and after the intro medley plays the console comes down with a list of cvar and a final cvar message saying too many cvars to load. Exiting the console starting the game everything works.

  • On the final level of the first chapter/mission 4 bosses are suppose to spawn but only 3 appear. Making it impossible without cheats to complete that mission. I believe it is related to the cvar issue

Is it perhaps that I am using the newest version of Brutal DooM and I need to roll back or is it something else?

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290x, AMDGPU, Arch- poor CS:GO performance

Reddit Linux_Gaming - vor 5 Stunden 1 Minute

I just went back to Arch from Ubuntu running the -Pro driver (damn install takes forever), and I'm only getting like 55 fps in CS:GO with The AMDGPU driver (Radeon blacklisted). Can anybody confirm this kind of performance on kernel 4.10, Mesa 17, and AMDGPU with a 290x?

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Our New Survey is out for Q1 2017

Boiling Steam - vor 5 Stunden 7 Minuten

I was just mentioning a few days ago the results of the Q1 2016 survey conducted among the Linux gaming communities on Reddit, and as a follow-up we have posted the new survey late last week to generate data for the end of Q1 2017 as well. You can already go ahead and take our survey now. At the time of writing we have already more than 700 respondents, but we will keep the survey open until the end of March (this Friday). So if you have not answered yet, please let your voice be heard!

Note that the survey is quite long (probably takes at least 15 minutes) but covers a number of topics:

  • Demographics of Linux gamers
  • Experience of Linux as a Desktop OS
  • General Gaming Habits (not limited to Linux)
  • Linux gaming habits and satisfaction related to it
  • Where games are purchased, what info gamers look for, and how much is roughly spent monthly
  • General hardware components and peripherals
  • Sources of information for Linux gaming news

Just like we did for the previous survey, we will be publishing the raw data for respondents who have agreed to have their answers made public, so hopefully this whole dataset will be useful even outside of the realm of BoilingSteam. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our survey, please let us know in the comments!

RTS game 'Deadhold' could come to Linux, considering an experimental Beta

Gaming on Linux - 26. März 2017 - 23:42

Tags: Early Access, Strategy, Unity3D, Steam

The developers of Deadhold [Steam, Official Site] want to support Linux and they are thinking about releasing an experimental Linux Beta.

You can see the discussion about it here, where the developers replied:
I want to support Linux and Unity does make that a lot easier, but I don't have the resources to make sure that Linux isn't treated like a second class target for us. I've considered releasing "experimental" linux support (which is basically a way of saying that we don't guarantee the experience). I'm open to feedback on this.

As a big fan of strategy games like this, I really hope there is enough interest to push them forward to do it.

About the game
The rise of a dark blight threatens the living races. All must fight or become fodder in this gore ridden dark fantasy tale. Wage war as the embodiment of your chosen god. Spells, steel and cunning your tools of choice in this story driven tactical action RTS. Control squads of units and stain the ground red as you literally blow your enemies limb from limb.

It looks like we may be getting a Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition

Gaming on Linux - 26. März 2017 - 23:25

Tags: RPG, Coming Soon

Back in January Beamdog was looking for testers on a new game. Now the Planescape website has a countdown timer. It's legitimate too, as tweeted by the Beamdog and the D&D twitter accounts.

In the page source from the official site, is this:
div class="clock" style="width: 620px;" secret="0x50 0x53 0x54 0x45 0x45"
Notice the hex there? That translates to PSTEE.

So it's more than likely we will see another remaster from Beamdog with Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition. It should see Linux support like their previous remasters of Baldur's Gate, especially since they specifically mentioned Linux in their call for beta testers.

We will know soon enough, with the countdown having less than 2 days on it.

Thanks for the tip AnachronyX.

Guide for Archlinux, it's derivatives, and Debian on how to do GPU pass through with QEMU.

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 23:21

Only submitting this as a text post, since two link posts with almost the same title would probably be considered spam.

If you don't want to make an account to view the sole link in the guide for Arch, here it is.

IOMMU Compat. Checker (Intel ARK)

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Thank you, wine, GOG, good job, mesa, owe you, DRM guys!

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 23:09

Just installed Heroes V GOG edition in wine and... and...

(it worked flawlessly, I'm not rantin')

And then I thought - how much work did the devs do to make it happen?

Kernel DRM subsystem folks at AMD and RH had to squeeze all the necessary bits through their IP department, write patches, test the rigs, patiently listen to LInus' frowns about their patches "not in time", fix the bugs, bisect the regressions. (this is my case, YMMV, NVIDIA/Freedreno bros)

Then Mesa and libdrm guys played together with Xorg team to hook all this with the new kernel, to implement another bunch of GL extensions, to apitrace every frame to see if it has flaws, to fight through tearing again.

Then wine comrades had to take all the changes that were falling from MSFT sky and make all this compatible with windowing systems, with graphics APIs, with system calls.

And now this shit goes in 60 FPS, without lags, without crashing, without needing to fix Xorg after quit...

Hey, Dave Airlie, Alex Deucher, Michael Danzer, Marek Olsak, Keith Packard, THANK YOU ALL!! You're awesome!! Too bad you guys don't have a patreon pages, but at least I got RX 480 (Ryzen next) to back you up!

Fellows, I'm bad at remembering names and I'm sure I missed hundreds of people (and projects that contributed to this too) here so... Thanking FLOSS graphics devs ITT!

Edit: I'm bad at English but at least I have dictionary to fix typos }:->

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Some small site updates tonight

Gaming on Linux - 26. März 2017 - 23:06

Tags: Site Info

Just to let you know about a minor update I did tonight: You can now pick your timezone in the User Control Panel.

It currently only affects the livestream calendar. So now it will list the time in your locally set time, then the UTC time in brackets, in addition to the countdown timer.

When submitting a livestream (you can do that, submit yours any time!) it will auto-convert the time you pick into UTC for our database. Less hassle for anyone submitting to have to find whatever time they would be streaming in UTC.

Will roll-out the localization to anywhere else appropriate as time goes on.

GridWars 2

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 21:55

In case you aren't familiar with it, GridWars is a marvellous little Geometry Wars clone. And in case you aren't familiar with that, it's a very intense and addictive twin stick arena shooter.

First, the good news: it's free, and available for Linux. Now, the bad: the build on the webpage is over a decade old, and as such has issues with sound and joystick support on modern distributions. And the ugly: at least the Windows version runs flawlessly in Wine.

Fortunately the source code is on Github. Unfortunately, compiling it isn't that straightforward since it is written in BlitzBasic, which means you'll need to compile the BlitzBasic compiler first, and then use that to compile the game's source.

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Ubuntu 16.10 + AMD R9 Fury + Noob fan control question

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 21:52

Evening all, hoping you are all enjoying what's left of the weekend!

I have recently jumped ship from the OS / Spyware that is Windows 10, I have been a Windows user for about 13 years so the transition is slow but amazing, really enjoying Ubuntu and have it doing everything I need it to do now but I have one final issue that I hope this amazing community could assist with or at least give me some guidance on how I can achieve a quieter machine.

My machine on Windows was dead silent mostly because the R9 Fury card switches its fans off when idle and not gaming, they constantly spin in Ubunto using the amdgpu driver, I wondered if there was a way to control the fan speed or create a thermal profile maybe? is this unique to AMD cards, do Nvidia cards allow this via GUI?

Thanks in advance for any info!

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Binding of isaac afterbirth with latest update from steam running slow

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 20:23

The game feels a lot slower than I am used to on windows for some reason , is there a reason for this or someway to fix it ? This is after a fresh install of the game with no mods on linux mint 18.1

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Steam Black Screen, again. Can someone please tell me how to fix this?

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 20:12

So, I know that I need to send the -no-cef-sandbox command to Steam to get it to show up, but I'm really new to Linux, and have no idea how to do this.

So it says to do this:

export WINEPREFIX=" ❚❚❚❚❚❚ "

cd "${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files/Steam"

wine Steam.exe -no-cef-sandbox

But I have no clue what the | | | is or if I'm just supposed to copy and paste, can anyone help please?

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Unreal Tournament 4 precompiled now on Arch AUR

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 20:01

Normally things on the AUR would be compiled from source, which there is a ut4-git for that. However Unreal Tournament requires about 80GB between downloading the sources, downloading 30gb in compile dependencies, compiling temp files, and the game files themselves. So, I've made an AUR package which pulls the latest linux client from their forums (found here: https://www.epicgames.com/unrealtournament/forums/forumdisplay.php?55-Announcements) and creates a pkg file for it for arch users.

It is still a rather large file so you will want to download a snapshot then makepkg -i


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Two upcoming Linux titles from Aspyr

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 18:51

Aspyr is showing two new multiplatform titles for Linux:

  • >Observer_ (warning, auto-play videos on media-heavy page!) "Coming to Xbox One and Steam this summer".
  • InnerSpace Confirmed for Linux. Strategy/Simulation. "InnerSpace is an exploration flying game, and the first title from PolyKnight Games. Inspired by the character-driven narratives of Journey, Proteus, and Grow Home, InnerSpace began as a project among college friends and evolved into a successful Kickstarter campaign."
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New to gaming on Linux, would love some advice

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 18:43

I run Arch Linux on a ThinkPad X260, which I have installed Steam on and a fair amount of my Linux capable games (mostly Valve games, with a few others like Duke Nukem, Star Wars KOTOR2, etc). I run the Steam-Runtime package instead of the Steam-Native. Does anyone know of a way to figure out which settings these games will run best at on my machine? I find the Requirements on the Steam website to be leaving something to be desired. I know it probably sounds like a newbie question but I'm afraid I am kind of new to all this.

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Can Windows only Steam games be ran through WINE?

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 16:54

New to Linux, and I love everything about it, except for the lack of gaming options. Is there any way to fix this? If not, is there a way to install Windows in a dual-boot way without erasing my Linux OS from the hardrive (no access to a wired internet connection so I'd be unable to update drivers on Linux, rendering me internetless while on the Linux boot)?

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Would Qubes OS be able to run my games? What could be an alternative if not?

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 16:08

I have seen that qubes os is based on Debian and would like to know if it would be tough setting up the following things : - Steam on Linux - GPU passthrough to VM for playing games that are not available on Linux (NVIDIA GTX 1000s). I also have a Integrated Intel GPU.

I have an ssd where I would keep the OS and the hdd for the games and files.

Also, what would be a better alternative (other then Debian, Ubuntu[excluding L,X,K], Fedora since I tried them already) that is secure like Qubes or similar and not hard to setup for what I want?

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Weekly Tech-Support Thread for March 26, 2017: Ask your tech-support questions in this thread please

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 26. März 2017 - 15:35

Please sort comments by 'new' to find questions that would otherwise be buried.

If you see a new tech-support related question posted in this subreddit, then please politely link them to this thread.

Ask away!

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