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Cyan Worlds Inc recently released the brand new Riven that's a re-imagined, and expanded version of the classic from 1997. It had a bit of trouble with videos on Linux / Steam Deck though.

Writing on X (Twitter), Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais posted:

A fix has just been deployed for the missing videos in Riven.

Griffais didn't go into detail on what was changed, and it seems it wasn't through a Proton update. Looking on SteamDB, they've tagged it as using H.264. So it's a back-end change Valve did on their servers, to ensure that the videos get sorted correctly for Linux players using Proton on Linux desktop and Steam Deck.

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Riven takes you on a journey through dense jungles, awe-inspiring caverns, and monolithic structures. Explore a world bent to the whims of a man who sees himself as a god and where every corner will immerse you in an otherworldly adventure.

Riven rewards careful observation. Challenge Riven’s cunning puzzles, deftly woven throughout its narrative. The environment of Riven will reveal the story of this world as you make meaning from seemingly disparate bits of information and learn everything you need to know about this world.

As a reminder, to get the re-encoded videos for games in Proton, you need to have the Shader Pre-Cache system turned on in Steam (Settings -> Downloads). Otherwise, for the games Valve has sorted the videos for, you'll end up seeing a test-screen instead of videos.

You can buy Riven from Steam and GOG.

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Somewhere, I still have a physical copy of Riven from a friend who lent it to me probably 25 years ago. I didn't realize this remake was being made... Maybe it's finally time to remove it from my backlog.
I played the entire game before the fix on proton experimental and did not notice any issues whatsoever.
grace_art Jul 8
Took ages to download the huge demo last week, only got a black screen, uninstalled.... well now I know. xD Glad to know what was wrong so I can try again.
Thank you for these updates GoL
Snowdrake Jul 8
I'm really puzzled about the state of video playout.
Why is it necessary to reencode video !?
scaine Jul 8
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Quoting: SnowdrakeI'm really puzzled about the state of video playout.
Why is it necessary to reencode video !?

Proprietary codec, I believe. So Valve would have to pay the license fee to play them "natively". So instead, they re-encode the movies and rewrite the "play video" calls in the game to use their re-encoded movie source.
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Quoting: SnowdrakeI'm really puzzled about the state of video playout.
Why is it necessary to reencode video !?

Proprietary codec, I believe. So Valve would have to pay the license fee to play them "natively". So instead, they re-encode the movies and rewrite the "play video" calls in the game to use their re-encoded movie source.
Which is kind of one in the eye for stupid proprietary video codecs, so it's all good.
Quoting: seanbutnotheardSomewhere, I still have a physical copy of Riven from a friend who lent it to me probably 25 years ago. I didn't realize this remake was being made... Maybe it's finally time to remove it from my backlog.
the original is playable through ScummVM btw
Quoting: seanbutnotheardSomewhere, I still have a physical copy of Riven from a friend who lent it to me probably 25 years ago. I didn't realize this remake was being made... Maybe it's finally time to remove it from my backlog.

Maybe it’s finally time to give your friend back their copy of Riven.
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I never got around to playing anything after Myst. But I did beat Myst on the Atari JagCD. I played it a bit on the Amiga as well.
Phlebiac Jul 9
I still haven't played any of the Myst games (despite having most of them by way of a Humble Bundle), but I did very much enjoy this Myst-like with native Linux support:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/512790/Quern__Undying_Thoughts/

And they are currently running a Kickstarter (which they successfully used for Quern) for a new game:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zadbox/dimhaven-enigmas
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