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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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ghiuma 9 Aug, 2020
Sacred 2...
mylka 9 Aug, 2020
Quoting: notinuse
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoBorderlands 3 FREE WEEKEND..... On my Windows 10 machine, because via PROTON doesn't work properly yet.
I haven't played BL3 since April, but I have about 57 hours into it, all played using Proton. I wonder if there was a code regression.

his PC info says 4core CPU. maybe too slow for B3
imho B3 is very very bad optimized for its graphic. ive seen games with more realistic graphics performe much better

ohhh and i had to switch to DX11, because VkD3D is very buggy... it froze my PC twice. with DXVK i hadnt any issuse in 2h
Mohandevir 9 Aug, 2020
I never found out how to play Rage2 without 15mins crashes, so I used my 10$ Stadia credit and bought it (reduced to 16$ , atm). So far, so good. On my Nvidia Shield the sideloaded Stadia app is a Little buggy, but in-game performances are awesome. Gave Grid a try too... Nothing bad to say about it.

On Steam, just tried the humble give-away, F1-2018. Nice game!
TapocoL 9 Aug, 2020
My son has pulled me back into Starcraft 2 (still runs great in WINE using Lutris. Used to be my competitive game of choice when it was released 10 years ago) and Minecraft.

Got The Battle of Polytopia this week. A really good, streamlined/simpliefied, 4X-like game. Already played through a few games.

Multiplayer with friends the last couple weeks has been:
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Strange Brigade
  • Unrailed!
  • Gremlins, Inc.
Keyrock 9 Aug, 2020
Dishonored via Proton
Purple Library Guy 9 Aug, 2020
Defense Grid 2. I bought it long ago but when I tried to play it on my old machine with the crappy drivers back then, performance was so bad it was unplayable. Especially because in DG2, the cursor is always at the centre of the screen; move the cursor and you're making the whole screen move. It herky-jerked slowly every time I tried.
So I thought hey, times have changed, my machine is new, drivers are good, let's see. Smooth like butter now, having fun mowing down aliens with my vicious towers.

Also just went through Dear Devere. It was sweet and romantic and had nice drawings. Short, but at the price of "Free" your dollars paid per hour of entertainment = 0.

Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 9 August 2020 at 10:53 pm UTC
CFWhitman 10 Aug, 2020
Quoting: nattydread
Quoting: CFWhitmanI also fooled around with Eye of the Beholder from the GOG sale recently

If you liked Eye of the beholder and Dungeon master also check out The Legend of Grimrock (native linux) and The Legend of Grimrock 2 (platinum proton) as they are more modern interpretations and just as good if not better.

I'll keep that in mind. Of course, I received all 3 in the Eye of the Beholder series at the same time. I always wanted to play them back then, but I didn't have a computer when they were popular (unless you count my old, broken Timex/Sinclair 1000, which the game didn't exist for). I thought about picking the first one up for a game console, but I never did.

Last edited by CFWhitman on 10 August 2020 at 12:41 pm UTC
Solarwing 10 Aug, 2020
Tried to play final fantasy 5 using steamplay but still the fonts don't show properly yet. So I played my guitar instead.
TheDantee 10 Aug, 2020
World of Warcraft
Dunc 10 Aug, 2020
Quoting: SolarwingTried to play final fantasy 5 using steamplay but still the fonts don't show properly yet. So I played my guitar instead.
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