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StarMade is an impressive game, it has a similar voxel-block style to Minecraft, but that's were the similarities end. The game now has a proper launcher that includes a bundled version of Java. This will make it easily run on Steam Machines.

Instead of a plain .jar file, you now get a proper launcher with everything the game needs:

Here's something even more interesting: Their demo is actually the full game, as they believe you should be able to try it out properly while it's in Alpha to get a feel for buying it or not.

That's really quite awesome, so hopefully some of you will decide to check it out. A really great attitude for a developer to have.

You can get the game at the official website, and on Steam.

About the game
A voxel-based 3D sandbox set in the never-ending darkness of space. Create your own ships, explore new galaxies, stars and planets. Discover and salvage space stations, fight against pirates or opposing factions in multiplayer. Equip your ships with completely customisable weapons and conquer the galaxy. Trade and make a fortune, mass produce materials in gigantic factories. Design your very own space station. Create warp gates and network the universe at your front door.

The universe is a vast, mystical, beautiful, awe-inspiring place.... the universe is yours.

Built for scalability to facilitate massive fully interactable objects, almost anything is possible. Gameplay elements have been skillfully constructed to bring the ultimate space sandbox experience.

Dive into your own unique universe, and choose your path. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Gryxx 12 Sep, 2016
Enjoyable game, worth playing. But it likes RAM, there is no amount it couldn't consume especially if you're running singleplayer (or host server and play on same machine)
Ehvis 12 Sep, 2016
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Last time I wanted to try the demo, it tried to download a jar file and I cancelled. If it comes as a complete bundle now, I may give it a spin.
zikzak 12 Sep, 2016
Does it require Steam? It seems so but the website is not very clear about it.
Liam Dawe 12 Sep, 2016
Quoting: zikzakDoes it require Steam? It seems so but the website is not very clear about it.
No it does not.
Liam Dawe 12 Sep, 2016
Article updated with an example of the new launcher.
zikzak 12 Sep, 2016
Goodie! Thanks for the info.
I like space opera games but hate DRMs. Worth to check this one :-)
Zelox 12 Sep, 2016
For some reason I cant run this game, I get an error that some texters are missing when I try the game from steam and there website. But if I get it from the Arch AUR, the game runs fine but I have no sound :P.

Maybe they have made some changes to this in the new launcher.
Or there could be just an arch problem, and I have no idea what Im doing :P.

Still, what Iv manage to try without sound was good, but I imagen sound would make it even better :P.

Last edited by Zelox on 12 September 2016 at 9:34 am UTC
1mHfoksd1Z 12 Sep, 2016
Judging by the trailer, this game looks like it came a looong way since I last tried it, a few years ago. I will make sure to give it a go once I have a PC again. I hope it now has more things to do when playing single-player.
Nor Mantis 12 Sep, 2016
This game is awesome! If you like minecraft this is a must try. The devs are super active, it gets regular updates and is always improving.
Tchey 12 Sep, 2016
I played it many many hours over the years, and i enjoy to go back from time to time, to sink my mind into space for a couple of weeks.
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