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What's that? It's the weekend? It can't be already can it? Yes. It's time for the weekend chat about what we've been playing and what you've been playing.

There's been so many good Linux supported releases lately I've been a bit spoilt for choice including these just in the last week: DemonCrawl, UnderMine, The Battle of Polytopia, LittlewoodMonster Crown, Core Defense and Hellpoint (plus plenty more I've missed).

Recently though, I've been having masses of fun in Orcs Must Die! 3 on Stadia with a co-op partner. Getting to test out all the different trap combinations, it's genuinely good fun. It was fun enough by myself but now with a partner, it's far more amusing especially trying the later difficulties. Good manic entertainment.

As for actual Linux-desktop games, Jupiter Hell sucked me right in once more. Jupiter Hell is the spritual successor to DRL (D**m, the Roguelike) and it's one of the most furious roguelikes I've ever played. While turn-based, it's so streamlined and fluid it feels almost realtime. It's also quite gorgeous in places. Jupiter Hell has evolved quite nicely during Early Access and it's easily worth a look.

I also spoke to the developer of Haque, a rather fantastic glitch fantasy roguelike from 2017. As great as it is, the Steam build had a bug where a file was named "" but the game was looking for "". Linux case-sensitivity strikes again. They mentioned they will fix it as soon as possible.

Additionally: it appears that there's another big CPU security issue, this time not just affecting Intel. According to the paper it should affect Intel, ARM, IBM, and AMD CPUs.

Lastly, NVIDIA put up a new Vulkan Beta Driver 450.56.06 with the sole change listed as new support for the VK_EXT_4444_formats extension that landed with Vulkan API spec 1.2.149 that we reported on here.

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Unless something big / important comes up, we shall see you Monday for another week of Linux news.

Over to you in the comments: what have you been gaming on Linux lately and what are you looking forward to the most across this year?

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Borderlands 3 FREE WEEKEND..... On my Windows 10 machine, because via PROTON doesn't work properly yet.
tmtvl 8 Aug, 2020
No time to play games, I've been busy backing up my music from Google Play Music, which is being phased out by September.
I have caught a bit of a fright now, so I'm seriously wondering if there's a good way to back up my Steam library.
emphy 8 Aug, 2020
Currently testing my pi 4 retropie's dosbox version with this month's game of the month of the Dos Game Club: the quirky rts Z.

Last edited by emphy on 8 August 2020 at 4:00 pm UTC
Xpander 8 Aug, 2020
Quoting: XpanderBorderlands 3, because free weekend. Honestly, i have to say, this game is pretty bad. Runs okaish, looks ok, if blurs and TAA are turned off, but combat is so boring and dull. not enough feedback from guns or hits on the enemy or yourself, feels quite bland. Just cant enjoy it because of that. Lucky that it was free this weekend, so now i know i wont buy this game.

Ok adding more games:

Warhammer Online (Return of Reckoning) ... My go to PvP/RvR MMORPG fix.

Destroy All Humans Quite fun game, not that great gameplay but its funny a bit and works pretty well with wine. needs media foundation installed into prefix.
yokem55 8 Aug, 2020
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As someone who put a lot of time into BL2, Borderlands 3 is just sufficiently fun enough that I'll probably play through the free weekend and then let it go. The premise of the story and the villains are just really lame. I just can't get all that amped up about the Calypsos compared to the love to hate Jack. And maybe I'm much more used to the higher level weaponry from having a higher level character in BL2, but it feels like everything I'm finding is just a pea shooter. Oh yeah, and at first I thought the music wasn't working in Proton because I didn't remember noticing it. But no, it's there, just utterly unmemorable compared to the fantastic music in BL2.

The game seems to work fine in the latest Proton-GE at high-ish settings, although I've had a couple of crashes.

In short, worth the time for the freebie weekend, but not worth $30.

Other gaming -
Finished A Plague Tale: Innocence -really wonderful adventure/story game. Played it on the couch via SteamLink and it really was nice.
Also finished Black Mesa. Other than the soldiers having rediculously fast alert and aggro times and the gonarch being a huge damage sponge, it was a great experience and wonderful homage to the original.

Last edited by yokem55 on 8 August 2020 at 4:57 pm UTC
Creak 8 Aug, 2020
Just finished all the Transport Fever 2 missions :D
Now, I'll start on free maps!
RFSharpe 8 Aug, 2020
As always, my two daily plays:
CS:GO - I just play with bots. I have found AI players to be much friendlier than RL players.
Shotgun Farmers - Working towards getting my "Prestige 1" achievement. Still have quite a ways to go though

Have also been enjoying:
Undermine - Undermine came out of Early Access this week and the improvements are fantastic! Liam's article on the 1.0 update is here
Monster Sanctuary - I participated in the Kickstarter campaign and have enjoyed this "gotta catch em all" game. I am enjoying it, but have to admit that I am sorely tempted to purchase another game of this genre, Monster Crown. So far I have resisted the temptation, but I feel my resolve weakening. Liam's article on the Early Access release is here
strangeralps 8 Aug, 2020
Just finished Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu (loved every minute of that game) and am alternating between Anthem and Dungeon Siege LoA. Dipping my toes into The Sinking City but not quite sold yet.

Thanks to GoL and the entire Linux community I've been quite happy with my Ubuntu 20.04 (Gnome!) install and haven't pined for a dual boot for anything in months. Thank you all!
Rogg 8 Aug, 2020
I've been playing Botanicula and Left4Dead.
seamoose 8 Aug, 2020
I finally finished Subnautica last night after many weeks of playing it. It's true what everyone says: this game really is a masterpiece, regardless of all the bugs. I can't remember the last time I was so affected by a game and I've been gaming for close to 40 years now.

Also recently finished A Short Hike, which is a great little indie gem, really enjoyed it and wished it had lasted longer.

Started playing Divinity Original Sin II in co-op with my daughter a couple of weeks ago. So far so good, hopefully we'll finish this one, unlike the first one where we sort of just stopped playing around the midgame DOSII seems more accessible and actually a bit easier, enjoying it so far though my daughter really wants to sneak around and steal everything...

Finally, just started Batman Arkham Knight today, I've always been a big fan of the Arkham games and this looks fun as well. I don't much mind the much-maligned batmobile so far but I guess it's too early to tell.

Last edited by seamoose on 8 August 2020 at 6:42 pm UTC
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