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The Steam Winter Sale is now live, prepare your wallet

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It's that time of the year again, Steam are now doing their own Winter Sale and there's obviously a lot of cheap games available for Linux.

Here's a few picks of my own, games that I know run reasonably well on Linux while also being on sale:

  • Rocket League - I reserve my right to talk about Rocket League any time. It's hooked me like no other game has been able to since the release of Dota 2 and it's my absolute favourite game in the world right now. You can also get involved in some of our tournaments!
  • Surviving Mars - A city-builder with a difference, can you tame the barren wasteland of Mars and build a thriving colony? Even better with the recent expansion!
  • Opus Magnum - The puzzle game that made me fall in love with Zachtronics. Build machines, watch them work and then make them even better.
  • DiRT Rally - One of the few good rally games to be available on Linux, ported by Feral Interactive it's a beautiful game. Difficult but still worth a look if you still haven't.
  • Dead Cells - Easily one of the best games released this year. Tough combat, absolutely gorgeous art and certainly addictive to push through one more run.
  • BATTLETECH - Massive mech units smashing each other to pieces, what's not to love about that? Linux version still classed as a beta, but it does work rather swimmingly.
  • Prison Architect - Building the best and most secure prison in the world just got more fun with money off. Even better, it just gained multiplayer support.

For those who want to try out Steam Play, remember to take a look at ProtonDB first before deciding. While user-reports should always be taken with a pinch of salt, they're at least a reasonable indicator of what to expect.

Valve are also giving out some free stuff each day at the Cozy Cottage. You will get things like profile backgrounds, emoticons, DLC for popular games and so on.

Whatever you decide to pick up, we hope you enjoy your new games. See more on Steam. If you just want to see want's available specifically for Linux while also on sale, hit this link.

As a reminder, the GOG Winter Sale is also still going and Humble Store are currently giving away LEGO Lord of the Rings free for 48 hours.

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tmtvl 21 Dec, 2018
Quoting: SalvatosI have an unpopular opinion I know, but what would you expect if I actually liked PoE better than BG?

You might not like the standard Sword and Sorcery setting that resembles classic BG a lot more than PoE's High Middle Ages/Early Renaissance fare, and the world is far less bleak and dreary than PoE. That said, the NPC's are more developed than BG, which is more PoE style, and it has a lot of modern Quality of Life improvements. It doesn't do the BG1, PoE thing where you have to cross map after map to reach new locations and has a travel system that's more like Arcanum or Storm of Zehir, but with a neat camping system that rewards having a party with a diverse skillset.

Or you can just watch an LP (but don't read the comments), the entire first act (up to the defeat of the Stag Lord) has no real spoilers and shows a lot of the core gameplay loop but without any of the real awesome moments that you might not want spoiled.
Salvatos 21 Dec, 2018
Thanks. I'm not familiar with those other games but I'll definitely watch some gameplay later on, once the fixes have been in long enough to get an up-to-date feel for the game.
Dunc 21 Dec, 2018
Quoting: ageres
Quoting: DuncAll I'll say is that the idea that only certain man-made things qualify as Art is a very recent one in the scale of human history.
Is Linux art?
I said not to get me started. :) But yes, of course.

Quoting: devnullArt is by nature subjective and yes that includes porn. That doesn't mean all porn is a masterpiece nor that you must agree with someone else's interpretation.
Precisely. As I say, to my mind anything fashioned by humans is art. The question isn't whether it's art or not; it's whether it's skillful art or hamfisted art, powerful art or bland art, art which enlightens or art which degrades... there are many distinctions which could be made between “good” art and “bad” art; it depends on what form that art takes. And, as you say, even those interpretations are, to a great degree (although I wouldn't say entirely), subjective.

(Crikey, this is all getting a bit highbrow for Christmas, isn't it? :) )


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g000h 22 Dec, 2018
Quoting: devnull
Quoting: Dunc(Crikey, this is all getting a bit highbrow for Christmas, isn't it? :) )

You've clearly not seen my neighbours decorations.

Bah, humbug! :)
Asu 22 Dec, 2018
nwn:ee has crazy good price for those who still don't have it.
Elvanex 22 Dec, 2018
That moment when you go to check the sales page, and you already own most of the titles listed. #FeelsBadMan lol.
x_wing 22 Dec, 2018
Quoting: GuestNo. You got it all wrong, as did the previous posters.

Art is NOT about entertainment. Art is about expression, and the transfer of ideas and feelings.

Art is for entertainment too. Comics are Art, and they're made for entertainment. Films are Art, and they are for entertainment. In can clearly find many examples of sculptures and paintings that were made to entertain people and nobody will say they aren't Art.

Quoting: GuestThus, not every film is art... For example porn is not "art". Porn is just there so you can get an easy and fast release of sexual pleasure. There is no artistic expression, no feelings or thoughts transfered. Just raw porn.

A great philosophical theatrical play is Art. A clown making balloons on the street for little kids, not art. One is there to transfer thoughts and feelings, the other is there just to waste some time and entertain the brats while their parents can drink their coffee with their friends in peace. LOL.

I believe that you put a very strict personal classification in order to decide what is art and what is not. Anyway, even with you personal way of view it would be very easy to find a game that has a similar quality of camera, script and characters development as any other film that you would consider a masterpiece. Games are a mixed art, just as a film, opera or a play are.
Nezchan 23 Dec, 2018
Quoting: x_wing
Quoting: GuestNo. You got it all wrong, as did the previous posters.

Art is NOT about entertainment. Art is about expression, and the transfer of ideas and feelings.

Art is for entertainment too. Comics are Art, and they're made for entertainment. Films are Art, and they are for entertainment. In can clearly find many examples of sculptures and paintings that were made to entertain people and nobody will say they aren't Art.

Quoting: GuestThus, not every film is art... For example porn is not "art". Porn is just there so you can get an easy and fast release of sexual pleasure. There is no artistic expression, no feelings or thoughts transfered. Just raw porn.

A great philosophical theatrical play is Art. A clown making balloons on the street for little kids, not art. One is there to transfer thoughts and feelings, the other is there just to waste some time and entertain the brats while their parents can drink their coffee with their friends in peace. LOL.

I believe that you put a very strict personal classification in order to decide what is art and what is not. Anyway, even with you personal way of view it would be very easy to find a game that has a similar quality of camera, script and characters development as any other film that you would consider a masterpiece. Games are a mixed art, just as a film, opera or a play are.

It's interesting that as this conversation plays out, I decided to pick up Crossing to the Cold Valley in the winter sale on itch.io on the strength of having quite enjoyed the same dev's Kingdom Ka (which I wrote an article about).

I think there's no question that it's art, even in the fairly restrictive definition given. It transmits feelings and thoughts, it demonstrates artistic expression, and causes the player to think about not only the events of the story but the narrative itself.

It's also a game. I know some folks like to narrow the definition of game unduly in order to act as gatekeepers, defining the things they don't like or approve of as "not games", but I think if you decleare this not a game then you define adventure games out of existence (and visual novels too, in a sense). So if you're not so foolish as to do that, then Crossing to the Cold Valley is indeed an excellent example of game-as-art. And it's hardly alone.
etonbears 23 Dec, 2018
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: FredOI'm finally getting Helium Rain. I haven't played a space trading type game since Freelancers! I had hoped they would bring Elite Dangerous to Linux at some point, but it never happened...
Consider buying X4: Foundations when the Linux port is finished. Seems to be an amazing game.

I wouldn't hold your breath waiting. Bernd says maybe sometime in the first half of 2019 we'll get a beta. Maybe; X-Rebirth was closer to 2 years for a Linux release.

There probably are not enough Linux sales for it to be important to Egosoft, and it doesn't work with Proton or Wine either, so it's a non-starter at the moment.
iiari 24 Dec, 2018
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Quoting: etonbearsand it doesn't work with Proton or Wine either, so it's a non-starter at the moment.
Which is interesting, as the early word on Proton was that anything utilizing Vulkan should work with it, and X4 does. Now, I realize it's not quite that simple, but it's disappointing that a 100% Vulkan utilizing game doesn't work with Proton out of the box...
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