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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.

Deals Reminder:

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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denyasis 10 Aug, 2020
Star Ruler 2 - github

Tried it some time ago and didn't like planet resource mechanic. Tried it again knowing it was different and I've found I really like the game. It would be my dominions5 in space if it were turn based. Sadly it's RTS, but still very good.

Took a break from KSP, I'll be back to it soon. And then maybe Cities: skylines. It looks like a lot of fun
Purple Library Guy 11 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.
But did you play your guitar on Linux?
Purple Library Guy 11 Aug, 2020
Quoting: Dunc
Quoting: SolarwingTried to play final fantasy 5 using steamplay but still the fonts don't show properly yet. So I played my guitar instead.
There's more to life than videogames. Not much worth speaking of, but definitely more.
There are things worth speaking of, but since a gentleman never tells . . .
Comandante Ñoñardo 12 Aug, 2020
Aaand... After the FREE WEEKEND of Borderlands 3, I decided to buy it.

I played as Zane Flint, with a similar power of the Timothy, the Jack's doppelganger.

I like that in this game you can have two powers at the same time...

The holographic clone, plus the drone.... plus that Messy Breakup shield with the little drone flying around you..
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