Other News about gaming on Linux

AMD has announced 'Radeon-Rays' an open source ray tracing SDK using Vulkan

Gaming on Linux - 23. März 2018 - 14:06

Tags: AMD, Vulkan, Open Source

Ray tracing seems to be all the rage at GDC this year, so AMD has announced Radeon-Rays, an open source ray tracing SDK. From what I understand, it's basically them making a big splash over a re-named and updated AMD FireRays.

Here's what they said about it:

Radeon-Rays is a GPU intersection acceleration library with basic support for heterogeneous systems. AMD developed Radeon-Rays to help developers get the most out of AMD GPUs and CPU or APUs, as well as save them from maintaining hardware-dependent code. Radeon-Rays exposes a well-defined C++ API for scene construction and performing asynchronous ray intersection queries. The current implementation is based on OpenCL, which means Radeon-Rays supports execution on all platforms conforming to the OpenCL 1.2 standard. It is not limited to AMD hardware or a specific operating system. Radeon-Rays can be easily distributed and through its API helps assure compatibility and best performance across a wide range of hardware platforms.

It's nice to see AMD continue to put their stuff out in the open, with it not being tied to their hardware and available for anyone to use.  You can find it on GitHub with some other info available in this post on the GPUOpen site.

They also have the "Baikal initiative", an open source (MIT license) GPU-based global illumination renderer that initially started as a sample application for showing off Radeon-Rays, which has since evolved into a fully functional rendering engine.

Thanks for the tip, mirv!

The rather relaxing clicker 'Lazy Galaxy' is now out of Early Access

Gaming on Linux - 23. März 2018 - 13:44

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Casual, Clicker

Clicker games are strange, I've never really been into them and then Lazy Galaxy [Steam] came along to make me think again.

The full release didn't add anything huge, but it was already a nice relaxing experience when I gave it some initial thoughts so it didn't really need a lot more anyway.

For the lazy type amongst our readers, one feature in particular that was added is quite good. The game has an RTS-style mode (which you still don't need to actually interact with) and you can now send a General in your place to fight, keeping you clicking around on the base screen.

Features:

  • Build your base in idle mode, participate in battles in RTS mode
  • Achievements matter! Unlocking in-game achievements adds permanent researches that improve the gameplay
  • Allow your ships to fight by themselves or control them directly
  • Item system: find the items in battles, craft the new ones on your base
  • Micro-control is rewarded, but not necessary. You can idle out the battles or seek more active participation.
  • Mod Support: players can add their own ships and items!
  • More than a 100 in-game researches and achievements
  • Multiple development paths will add variety to incremental/base-building gameplay

Find it on Steam, honestly for a clicker/idle game it's quite nice.

What are some decent MMORPG's for native Linux?

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 23. März 2018 - 13:18

I'm looking for some games similar to Cabal Online, Ryzom, Runescape, Elder Scrolls online, World of Warcraft etc. Although, it needs to be free-to-play (with optional subscription).

I've tried Cabal Online through wine, although it doesn't want to work. I did previously play Ryzom many years ago, but can't seem to create an account, as the launcher seems bugged/broken when trying to send data to their website.

Anyone have any suggestions? Preferably 3D games online, not too concerned about graphics. I do love games like EvE online which i play form time to time, but looking for fantasy themed games (ie; swords, wizards, medievalish setting).

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New to Linux gaming, but already running into problems with windows games comparability with wine

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 23. März 2018 - 12:55

Just built a new PC recently and wanted to try out gaming with linux. A good portion of my steam games list is comparable with linux, and the experience has been pleasant.

However, when I attempt to run anything that's not made for linux, I've run into problems. * steam/Just Cause 3 * steam/Fractured Space * Dreadnought

I've not been able to get any of these games to start, or start properly (get to launcher and game won't launch from launcher example).

I've even gone to the point of trying a virtual machine, but the video driver wouldn't run the first game I tried, which begs to question if I could run anything 'modern' on it.

I'm still wanting to have linux as my daily driver, and the more I use it, the more I'll get used to it and learn it. But I'm at the point of considering dual boot on my machine, if I go to that point, why would I need to go back into linux?

I'm ok with maybe one or two games not working, but my success rate of <20% has not been encouraging. What parts could I be missing in getting things like wine and playonlinux working? Is it practical for me to continue to go to forums and reddit for help every time I'm trying to install a new game?

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Streets of Rogue Alpha 47 released more with more disasters making it even more hilarious

Gaming on Linux - 23. März 2018 - 12:32

Tags: Early Access, Action, RPG, Rogue-lite

Probably one of the most entertaining Early Access games around, Streets of Rogue [Steam] is now even better with Alpha 47 adding in more disasters.

What are disasters? When you start a level the game might pick a event, like Zombies running around, everyone rioting and so on. This latest update adds in a few more like a dangerous ooze spreading through the level, two sides being at war, all doors being locked, having a bounty on your head and so on.

I took a quick look again in this new video:

I only realized it recently, that you can actually unlock later levels to start on once you've completed each section a number of times. If you go to your Home Base, the level select NPC will tell you what you need to do—handy!

Find it on Steam, thoroughly recommended for a good time, even better with friends.

Try to out-drink Satan in Afterparty, the new game from the developer of Oxenfree

Gaming on Linux - 23. März 2018 - 11:25

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Teaser, Adventure

Afterparty [Official Site], from the developer of Oxenfree is a game about two recently deceased friends stuck in Hell, however they might be able to escape if they out-drink Satan.

It's only recently been teased by Night School Studio and the release is a little ways off in 2019, but it does sound amusing. Check out the teaser:

Features:

  • Party as two best friends: Control Milo and Lola with an intelligent conversation system that changes the story and your relationships based on every decision. Uncover their personality quirks and foggy history during the wild events of the night
  • Drink for your lives: Hell bars offer a variety of libations, each with different Liquid Courage effects to imbue Milo and Lola with specialized dialogue options and abilities
  • Demonic activities: The underworld’s pubs are packed with drunken games to pass the time. Beer pong, dance-offs, karaoke and chugging competitions all mesh with the dynamic dialogue system for a seamless narrative bender
  • Change Hell forever: Players’ actions won’t only affect Milo and Lola, but also the people and places of Hell. Finishing a quest on one island might result in the total destruction of another
  • Flirt with Satan
  • Explore an interconnected network of underworld islands via the River Styx
  • An original soundtrack by scntfc (OXENFREE, Sword & Sworcery)

Considering their previous game supported Linux and their Steam page is already up with a Linux system requirements section, hopefully it's a safe bet for our platform. It certainly sounds amusing, so we will keep you updated with details as they come in.

Thanks for the tip NuSuey!

Rocket League 'Tournaments' update releases on April 3rd

Gaming on Linux - 23. März 2018 - 11:17

Tags: Sports, Steam

A rather exciting update to Rocket League [Steam] is on the way, giving you the ability to run your own tournaments.

It sounds like they've put some real thought into it to, giving you the ability to customize them quite a bit. You can change the game mode, the arena, restrict to a certain rank, add mutators and plenty more options.

In addition to this, they will also be adding:

  • Additional ways to sort, filter, and organize your item inventory
  • Equipping specific Painted Car Bodies to Orange and Blue
  • Restrict chat to Team Quick Chat Only
  • In-game Connection Quality Status indicators

Would you be interested in us running a few Linux-gamer tournaments when it hits? I'm going to need a lot more practice…

Contain a crisis on a colonization ship in story-based puzzle game 'Algo Bot', now on Linux

Gaming on Linux - 23. März 2018 - 11:00

Tags: Puzzle, Steam, Indie Game

Always on the look-out for new games, today I came across Algo Bot [Steam]. A story-based puzzle game where you're trying to contain a crisis on a colonization ship. It looks like quite a treat for fans of puzzle games, especially since it pulls in aspects of programming.

The game released earlier last month and as of a few days ago they added Linux support! It was developed by Fishing Cactus, who're known for the rather nice Epistory - Typing Chronicles that also support Linux. So it's great to see them continue supporting Linux with new games.

Features:

  • Bittersweet story with two lovable heroes
  • Over 40 programming puzzles set in 5 unique environments to explore
  • Easy to get for beginners and hard enough for puzzle experts
  • Play with various programming concepts (yes it’s cool)
  • Backtrack to already cleared levels to optimize solutions
  • Stunning 3D graphics
  • The British Touch: once again, we’ve teamed up with Epistory’s writer, Joseph J Clark, to give Algo Bot a light storyline with a touch of British humor.

Find it on Steam.

F1 2015 is currently free to grab, F1 2017 has a free weekend plus a sale

Gaming on Linux - 23. März 2018 - 10:43

Tags: Racing, Free Game, Game Sale

Eyes on the road racing fans, as F1 2015 is currently going free to grab a permanent copy and F1 2017 has a free weekend with sale.

On the Humble Store, for little over a day left you can grab a copy of F1 2015. While Humble Store doesn't mention Linux support with a platform icon, it does support Linux and they do list Feral Interactive as the developer and publisher for Linux.

Meanwhile on Steam, if you fancy something more recent (and much better overall) you can try F1 2017 for free for two days and it's also on sale with 70% off if you like it!

Pretty good weekend for those interesting in racing games but haven't checked out either yet.

Also, totally unrelated but you can also grab a copy of Lethal League for free from Fanatical.

AMD R9 390 in Fedora.. Whats the driver scene like now?

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 22. März 2018 - 22:53

It seems to me that trying to follow what's been happening with RadeonSI, AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO, etc is so bloody hard. I'm still using Mesa and a month or so ago I noticed the performance was kinda dragging. Which re-kindled the driver search.. So hows the new stuff wokring out for you guys on R9 cards?

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DCUO on Arch Linux - help

Reddit Linux_Gaming - 22. März 2018 - 18:45

The program launches but I run into the error (4-0) on the launcher. Can anyone help me with this error?

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