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Codemasters have announced the first 'next-gen' racer with DIRT 5, and the good news for Linux fans is that they've already confirmed a Google Stadia release so you can stream it in early 2021.

Sounds like it's going to be quite feature-filled. There's a Career Mode with a narrative voice cast led by the legendary Troy Baker and Nolan North, split screen support for up to four players and of course online play support too full of different events to race through. They also teased a new game mode reveal later this year something that we "have never seen before from the DIRT franchise".

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From what else they said is that it will have over 70 routes from all over the world. Each car will be customizable too thanks to the livery editor, which Codemasters claim will have "more editing options than any previous DIRT game". There's even going to be a dedicated Photo Mode.

We also reached out to Feral Interactive, who usually port Codemasters titles to desktop Linux to see if they will be teaming up again for a proper Linux port as the announcement only said Windows in 2020 (Stadia early 2021). They replied stating they had nothing to announce on it. Perhaps they're busy with GRID that we saw hints of recently? Considering how good recent Feral ports have been, it would be great to see their work continue!

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Liam Dawe 8 May, 2020
Quoting: RoosterOne thing I don't understand though, why does Stadia get a special treatment? There are other streaming services which don't get nowhere near the same amount of coverage on GOL as Stadia. Wouldn't it be fair to cover all of them in the same amount? Or is it because the other streaming services aren't build on Linux like Stadia is? Just wondering.
A mixture of reasons, and to be clear we have covered streaming in the past and again here and there's also this one too, it's not like it's entirely new on GOL.

On top of that there's not that many streaming services that are actually high quality though. The difference here, compared with other similar services, is that Stadia is actually supported on Linux with it being click and play. GeForce Now is not, xcloud is not, Apple Arcade is not, playstation now is not and the list goes on.

Itself being Debian Linux + Vulkan in the cloud is also very much icing on the cake since I'm a big believer in Vulkan as a cross-platform API.

I'm just here to talk about Linux + Gaming, and showcase interesting stuff you can play on a Linux machine through what interests me and what I think may interest others. I refuse to be put into a box of "you can't cover this".


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 8 May 2020 at 11:04 am UTC
Kimyrielle 8 May, 2020
Quoting: Liam DaweSo people having another way/option to play games, while on Linux, is now not good news? Madness. I get not wanting to use it but it's an option and for many, a good one to play games that were previously impossible.

If you don't like it, don't read it or just filter it out in your profile settings. It's as if people just want to moan at this point and it's not productive for anyone.

It's not that I couldn't get behind the reasoning "If it can be played on Linux we'll cover it." I don't think that's the issue why some people find covering Stadia here a bit odd. It's more because covering Stadia but not great new Windows games that have, say, at least a Gold rating on ProtonDB seems to be a very arbitrary decision. If playing on Stadia is gaming on Linux, so is playing Windows games on Linux with Proton. I don't get why one is covered and the other is not.

I get the idea that GoL is your blog and you can write about whatever you and whenever you want, including writing about the weather if you so chose. But you can't really be surprised that if your selection criteria are that arbitrary, people might wonder why?


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Liam Dawe 8 May, 2020
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: Liam DaweSo people having another way/option to play games, while on Linux, is now not good news? Madness. I get not wanting to use it but it's an option and for many, a good one to play games that were previously impossible.

If you don't like it, don't read it or just filter it out in your profile settings. It's as if people just want to moan at this point and it's not productive for anyone.

It's not that I couldn't get behind the reasoning "If it can be played on Linux we'll cover it." I don't think that's the issue why some people find covering Stadia here a bit odd. It's more because covering Stadia but not other streaming services avaialble for Linux and not great new Windows games that have, say, at least a Gold rating on ProtonDB seems to be a very arbitrary decision. If playing on Stadia is gaming on Linux, so is playing Windows games on Linux with Proton. I don't get why one is covered and the other is not.

I get the idea that GoL is your blog and you can write about whatever you and whenever you want, including writing about the weather if you so chose. But you can't really be surprised that if your selection criteria are that arbitrary, people might wonder why?
I'm repeating myself now: Stadia is supported, games are specifically ported and supported onto Stadia by both the developer and Google - and that's an important point. You can't even remotely say the same about Proton (yet? we don't know what the end goal is for Proton). That said, I do cover every single Proton update without fail and only just recently talked directly about Streets of Rage 4 and Street Fighter V got a dedicated video.

As I also stated earlier, I have previously covered other streaming services and I will continue to do so as and when they come up. Currently though, there is no other major streaming service that's supported on Linux.

And yes, some of it is an arbitrary decision. I cover things based a lot on personal interest, hence very little visual novel coverage here for example.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 8 May 2020 at 4:48 pm UTC
Kimyrielle 8 May, 2020
Quoting: Liam DaweAnd yes, some of it is an arbitrary decision. I cover things based a lot on personal interest, hence very little visual novel coverage here for example.

Fair enough.

Moving on! :)
scaine 8 May, 2020
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I think there's a bit of selective memory going on here too. GOL has covered numerous Windows-only titles that work well in Proton. Deep Rock Galactic, No Man's Sky, Halo: Combat Evolved, Risk of Rain2, Pandemic Express, Elite: Dangerous to name a few.

Plus all the emulation news, distro news and occasional review, VR chat, hardware announcements, proton/wine version updates. I stay here because of that diversity. I can put up with the odd Stadia announcement that I don't care about!
austin1985 8 May, 2020
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: Liam DaweSo people having another way/option to play games, while on Linux, is now not good news? Madness. I get not wanting to use it but it's an option and for many, a good one to play games that were previously impossible.

If you don't like it, don't read it or just filter it out in your profile settings. It's as if people just want to moan at this point and it's not productive for anyone.

It's not that I couldn't get behind the reasoning "If it can be played on Linux we'll cover it." I don't think that's the issue why some people find covering Stadia here a bit odd. It's more because covering Stadia but not other streaming services avaialble for Linux and not great new Windows games that have, say, at least a Gold rating on ProtonDB seems to be a very arbitrary decision. If playing on Stadia is gaming on Linux, so is playing Windows games on Linux with Proton. I don't get why one is covered and the other is not.

I get the idea that GoL is your blog and you can write about whatever you and whenever you want, including writing about the weather if you so chose. But you can't really be surprised that if your selection criteria are that arbitrary, people might wonder why?
I'm repeating myself now: Stadia is supported, games are specifically ported and supported onto Stadia by both the developer and Google - and that's an important point. You can't even remotely say the same about Proton (yet? we don't know what the end goal is for Proton). That said, I do cover every single Proton update without fail and only just recently talked directly about Streets of Rage 4 and Street Fighter V got a dedicated video.

As I also stated earlier, I have previously covered other streaming services and I will continue to do so as and when they come up. Currently though, there is no other major streaming service that's supported on Linux.

And yes, some of it is an arbitrary decision. I cover things based a lot on personal interest, hence very little visual novel coverage here for example.


I would like to add that Google is the only one currently that can pull it off. Yes Nvidia is trying and Sony and all of them, but honestly Google is the only one who has the infrastructure and the finance to back up such a project at this current time. That is my humble opinion of course, yours may differ.
scaine 8 May, 2020
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Quoting: austin1985
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: Liam DaweSo people having another way/option to play games, while on Linux, is now not good news? Madness. I get not wanting to use it but it's an option and for many, a good one to play games that were previously impossible.

If you don't like it, don't read it or just filter it out in your profile settings. It's as if people just want to moan at this point and it's not productive for anyone.

It's not that I couldn't get behind the reasoning "If it can be played on Linux we'll cover it." I don't think that's the issue why some people find covering Stadia here a bit odd. It's more because covering Stadia but not other streaming services avaialble for Linux and not great new Windows games that have, say, at least a Gold rating on ProtonDB seems to be a very arbitrary decision. If playing on Stadia is gaming on Linux, so is playing Windows games on Linux with Proton. I don't get why one is covered and the other is not.

I get the idea that GoL is your blog and you can write about whatever you and whenever you want, including writing about the weather if you so chose. But you can't really be surprised that if your selection criteria are that arbitrary, people might wonder why?
I'm repeating myself now: Stadia is supported, games are specifically ported and supported onto Stadia by both the developer and Google - and that's an important point. You can't even remotely say the same about Proton (yet? we don't know what the end goal is for Proton). That said, I do cover every single Proton update without fail and only just recently talked directly about Streets of Rage 4 and Street Fighter V got a dedicated video.

As I also stated earlier, I have previously covered other streaming services and I will continue to do so as and when they come up. Currently though, there is no other major streaming service that's supported on Linux.

And yes, some of it is an arbitrary decision. I cover things based a lot on personal interest, hence very little visual novel coverage here for example.


I would like to add that Google is the only one currently that can pull it off. Yes Nvidia is trying and Sony and all of them, but honestly Google is the only one who has the infrastructure and the finance to back up such a project at this current time. That is my humble opinion of course, yours may differ.

I'm pretty sure that Valve will have a crack at this too. Less pressing for them though, so maybe they can afford to wait and see how much traction Stadia gets before committing serious resources to it.
BrazilianGamer 8 May, 2020
Quoting: velemas@Liam please do not associate Stadia with Linux gaming, there are a lot more of Linux fans outside of 14 lucky countries where Stadia is available. Currently Stadia means nothing to me and likely in foreseeable future if at all.

In any case i wonder how Logitech g29 will be managed in Stadia.

Most of them I'd say. As you can see on my username, I'm unable to use their service as well #Sucks
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