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Starship Troopers: Terran Command [Humble Store / Steam] just released from The Artistocrats and Slitherine Ltd. but getting it on running on Linux desktop or Steam Deck requires a few steps. Video steps at the bottom if you prefer that.

Technically, on a Linux desktop it works out of the box with Proton but the videos don't play. For both Steam Deck and Linux you will need the community made GE-Proton. To grab GE-Proton you can use ProtonUp-Qt, which I did a previous tutorial on. No doubt an official Proton update will come to help but this will get you going right now.

Once you have ProtonUp-Qt and then use it to download GE-Proton, set the game to use GE-Proton in the Compatibility menu in the Properties (restart Steam for it to show up). On Desktop:

And on Steam Deck:

Once done you will need to add this as a launch option otherwise while the videos play they don't look right at all:

WINE_DO_NOT_CREATE_DXGI_DEVICE_MANAGER=1 %command%

To do the launch option, it's in the Properties menu of your game on Steam. On Desktop simply right click -> Properties and then enter it in:

And on Steam Deck. Pick the game in your Library, go to the Cog icon on the right and go to Properties and enter it in:

An extra fix needed for the Steam Deck specifically, is to have the launcher close when you hit play. Otherwise you just get a black screen! Find the "Launcher.exe.config" file in your installed folder, open it with a text editor and line 76 will have this:

add key="CloseAfterStart" value="false"

Change it to:

add key="CloseAfterStart" value="true"

Now it will work properly on Steam Deck too. Another case of a random launcher being a nuisance.

Game Features:

  • An immersive storyline campaign featuring unique missions, characters and a lot of Starship Troopers flavor.
  • Dozens of unique unit types, each with their own special abilities.
  • Terrain elevation, True Line of Sight & True Line of Fire provide deep tactical gameplay.
  • Capture and hold vital radio stations, construct base defenses to repel Arachnid attacks and deploy technology buildings to unlock new weaponry.
  • Heroics, explosions, gore, and Bugs. Lots of Bugs.

As for the game, so far it seems reasonably good. I love the attempt to capture to cheesiness from the original movie. We don't talk about the two sequels.

You can buy it on Humble Store and Steam.

Video guide for those that prefer it:

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It was kind of hard to find the link to the Steam Store in the article as it's above the last video to check it out.

Here it is again for visibility:

Quotehttps://store.steampowered.com/app/1202130/Starship_Troopers_Terran_Command/

Release Date: Jun 16, 2022

The music is such Nacho Cheesey -- it's a good sign that the makers didn't take the convent too seriously -- it has StarCraft 1 and Fallout 1 vibes. The gameplay looks great.

I was not expecting to wake up to a RTS Strategy CityBuilder.


Last edited by ElectricPrism on 16 June 2022 at 8:35 pm UTC
Slitherine, inc.? Would they even sell to a mudblood like me?
slaapliedje 16 Jun
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Hell yeah, I've been waiting for this one to pop up! Do we get to watch the Mormon outpost get taken over?
scaine 17 Jun
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Not gonna lie, if I'd bought this, I'd have refunded it in a heartbeat, even knowing that this fix exists. I have so little patience for developers and publishers expecting their own goddam customers to fix their shit. I used to - but something in the past couple of years has zeroed it out. I think it's my own expectations, which have been raised by the developers and publishers who do actually care about their reputation and customers. Because of them, I have no tolerance for this kind of ineptitude.

Great that it works though. But no money from me until they do the bare minimum I expect - their game to launch when I press the Play button.
slaapliedje 17 Jun
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Quoting: scaineNot gonna lie, if I'd bought this, I'd have refunded it in a heartbeat, even knowing that this fix exists. I have so little patience for developers and publishers expecting their own goddam customers to fix their shit. I used to - but something in the past couple of years has zeroed it out. I think it's my own expectations, which have been raised by the developers and publishers who do actually care about their reputation and customers. Because of them, I have no tolerance for this kind of ineptitude.

Great that it works though. But no money from me until they do the bare minimum I expect - their game to launch when I press the Play button.

This especially holds true when the developers / publishers are just purely lazy. Like the new free release of Daggerfall - GoG Cut. Sure it's free, because they can't legally charge for it. And sure they did some work to bundle a bunch of mods with it. Problem I have is that the project for Daggerfall: Unity has a Linux binary, and they couldn't be bothered with including it...
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Very happy about the warm welcome to this game, and very surprising considering it's quite an old movie/franchise at this point.

And yeah, let's just say that the game launched with lots of bugs, and not just the "alien" bugs.
eldarion 17 Jun
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: scaineNot gonna lie, if I'd bought this, I'd have refunded it in a heartbeat, even knowing that this fix exists. I have so little patience for developers and publishers expecting their own goddam customers to fix their shit. I used to - but something in the past couple of years has zeroed it out. I think it's my own expectations, which have been raised by the developers and publishers who do actually care about their reputation and customers. Because of them, I have no tolerance for this kind of ineptitude.

Great that it works though. But no money from me until they do the bare minimum I expect - their game to launch when I press the Play button.

This especially holds true when the developers / publishers are just purely lazy. Like the new free release of Daggerfall - GoG Cut. Sure it's free, because they can't legally charge for it. And sure they did some work to bundle a bunch of mods with it. Problem I have is that the project for Daggerfall: Unity has a Linux binary, and they couldn't be bothered with including it...

Get over it! It's just a bundled daggerfall unity with a bunch of mods. Can't you do it yourself?
slaapliedje 17 Jun
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Quoting: eldarion
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: scaineNot gonna lie, if I'd bought this, I'd have refunded it in a heartbeat, even knowing that this fix exists. I have so little patience for developers and publishers expecting their own goddam customers to fix their shit. I used to - but something in the past couple of years has zeroed it out. I think it's my own expectations, which have been raised by the developers and publishers who do actually care about their reputation and customers. Because of them, I have no tolerance for this kind of ineptitude.

Great that it works though. But no money from me until they do the bare minimum I expect - their game to launch when I press the Play button.

This especially holds true when the developers / publishers are just purely lazy. Like the new free release of Daggerfall - GoG Cut. Sure it's free, because they can't legally charge for it. And sure they did some work to bundle a bunch of mods with it. Problem I have is that the project for Daggerfall: Unity has a Linux binary, and they couldn't be bothered with including it...

Get over it! It's just a bundled daggerfall unity with a bunch of mods. Can't you do it yourself?

You get over it! Ha, sure I can probably do it myself. But laziness is a factor. Seriously, GOG should be more multi-platform friendly, especially for something that they have to only put in very minimal effort into.
Liam Dawe 17 Jun
I don't think telling people to get over it is helpful in any way. We want things to be simple for people.
eldarion 18 Jun
Quoting: Liam DaweI don't think telling people to get over it is helpful in any way. We want things to be simple for people.

A couple of days ago nobody knew Daggerfall unity gog cut was a thing and we lived our lives happily. GOG and GammerZakh released this pack and now people are offended because there is no Linux version.

It got to the crazy point where people are voting unfavourably because it is not compatible with steam deck. How crazy this is? It's like asking Microsoft why they don't release a Mac version of Windows 11.

Maybe steam will listen and build a pack of their own, if you ask them nicely. Because in the end, we all know this is not about the gog cut not working in Linux. It's about not working on steam deck out of the box.


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