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As another week comes to a close it's time to have a chat with the GOL readership about what you're all playing lately, come and let us know.

This week saw the release of the absolutely magical Spiritfarer. I can't get over how wonderful a game it is, fully deserving of all the praise it has been receiving. Taking care of spirits, while doing a little building and crafting on your fancy boat while also giving out hugs to those spirits that need it. Absolute joy.

Spiritfarer is just so lovely, we're going to need Sin to livestream it I think. Keep an eye on our Twitch Channel for that. Although, with 7 Days to Die Alpha 19 being out it's going to be difficult to tear Sin away from it.

Quite a bit of my own personal time has also been testing out NVIDIA GeForce NOW. It's another game streaming service, which recently opened up to Chromebooks / ChromeOS in the browser so it works on Linux too. You can see a video of Fortnite running here as another example. It's certainly an interesting service but I still personally much prefer Stadia technically speaking, as I find it just works much better overall but I won't deny how good NVIDA did the game access side of things by it using existing accounts for people. Over the next many years, it will be very interesting to see all these cloud services fight for users.

I've also personally continued playing Orcs Must Die! 3 on Stadia with a partner, the huge battleground battles are just so much fun it's ridiculous. Getting to launch catapults at hundreds of Orcs, while another is running around hacking away at them is quite a sight.

As a reminder of some deals going:


Over to you in the comments: what have you been gaming on Linux lately?

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gradyvuckovic 22 Aug, 2020
Nothing but Fall Guys.

It's so weirdly addictive.

Aside from that, do Godot and Blender count? I mean, they're on Steam.
Dunc 22 Aug, 2020
Still trudging through Shadowrun: Dragonfall. I might actually finish this one, you know...

Quoting: gradyvuckovicAside from that, do Godot and Blender count? I mean, they're on Steam.
Tinkering with Godot sometimes feels like playing a game, so yeah, why not?
Eike 22 Aug, 2020
LIT - Bend the Light
It's a bit easy to play through. The achievements offer some extra challenges. Unfortunately, the logic to distinguish different solutions is not fully working, though you need to do a given number of solutions for the levels to get all achievements. Still a nice little thingy!
Nevertheless 22 Aug, 2020
After lots of Humankind Opendev there can only be Endless Legend.
Guerrilla 22 Aug, 2020
I'm mostly poking at Stellaris and Galactic Civilizations III.

Stellaris is really great in concept but I do have a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that it's not a standard 4X game. Personally all of the things that fascinate me about the game and DLC (which I did buy this week) are the things outside of just making a bigger/stronger empire. But I keep playing it like it's just a standard 4X game and it's not particularly great at that.

Galactic Civilizations III is obviously a traditional 4X, but it's a non-native game. I had it working perfectly a year or so ago but it's spotty now. Since I don't know how to play the game particularly well, I'm reluctant to dive too deep into it because I don't know when/if the game will crash and it's possible that a future update could break it outright.
ghiuma 22 Aug, 2020
I can finally play (thanks to ProtonGE) WWE2K20, it's not like the past, but it remains decent, I also collided with Empyrion, a huge universe! I lost all my 7 days to die rescues, I have to start all over again ... how sad!
TobyGornow 22 Aug, 2020
I've just bought Project Highrise a sim tower clone, so far I like it and it works great with Proton.

I've played Gear City an automobile manufacturer simulator. It's hard, it's deep and tough to learn. For the older ones, it's a clone of Detroit. Native on Linux.

I've made a nostalgia trip and fired up Gran turismo 4 with PCSX2 and it's still a blast.

Still on my Borderlands 2 playthrough but is it me or this game is boring with dull questing and a story that takes hours to really take off. I'm 10 hours into it and nothing really happened, I just know that this Handsome Jack guy is a total wacko and that he wants my head.

Finishing Blood episode 3, so far so good.

Finally, a little bit of Bridge constructor, a small time waster, perfect for a quick gaming session. Native on Linux but with some glitches.


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garpu 22 Aug, 2020
Factorio
Vintage Story (works great once I turned down view distance a bit.)
Elder Scrolls Online (ran like dog poop on my old computer. Runs really well on the new one.)
Portal Knights (Charming game....wish there were more to do at 30 besides the hardmode bosses.)
Sims 3


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denyasis 22 Aug, 2020
Quoting: Acrophobic
  • I don't really like the tower defense element in game.

  • IIRC - I think you can turn off the combat or at the very least, severely limit that aspect of it. I've always enjoyed some of it, but I believe it's in the options.
    sourpuz 22 Aug, 2020
    I had the itch to do some old-school shooting, so I played some F.E.A.R via Lutris. I've also completed the Hearts of Stone-DLC for Witcher 3. It's a bit meh. It's an interesting story, but I kinda feel they could have done more with it.
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