Linux Gaming News Punch - Episode 20

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Hello and welcome back to the Linux Gaming News Punch, after taking a break for the Summer holidays we’re back for Episode 20.

For those just joining, this is a quick take roundup on recent Linux gaming news. Meant for those who struggle to keep up or just want a little Linux gaming news on the go. Audio-only files and feed links below the video.

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sub 26 Oct, 2019
I like your stance on Natural Selection.
I think it's somehow understandable when a developer
removes support for platform that's barely used anymore.
At least when the effort of support is totally out of
proportion with the player count.
I think in this case with a player count of barely 200, this is fair.

We've seen similar actions by developers without the user base depleting.
And this is not okay.

Your comment about Steam/Valve and a new (partial) refund policy, when a platform
is removed, is kind of problematic, when it is not paired with some quality control.
If a developer has to pay refunds for a game they remove, they simply won't remove it,
but probably don't support it anymore.
That's not much better, as it is in the Forage case.

Last edited by sub on 26 October 2019 at 1:04 pm UTC
stan 26 Oct, 2019
The solution for publishers removing support for games is simple: Steam shouldn’t force game updates on us. If you buy it and it works, then great. You can play that version forever. Kind of how DRM-free works…
RFSharpe 26 Oct, 2019
Sat down to eat lunch at the office today. Checked into GoL and there was a News Punch waiting for me. My lunch tasted much better with a little drink of Punch.

(Liam: Your WINE (Wine Is Not an Emulator) puns inspired me to take this drinking theme to the next level)
Ehvis 26 Oct, 2019
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Quoting: stanThe solution for publishers removing support for games is simple: Steam shouldn’t force game updates on us. If you buy it and it works, then great. You can play that version forever. Kind of how DRM-free works…

I don't think the game is removed. It's just that you can't connect to the new server versions any more. But you might be able to run your own if they have a dedicated one available.
techieg33k 26 Oct, 2019
Surprised and glad to see Linux News Punch in my Podcast app this morning! Went to the top of my list.
BrazilianGamer 27 Oct, 2019
So nice. I wait the week to end just to listen to Linux punch

Last edited by BrazilianGamer on 28 October 2019 at 9:47 pm UTC
Sonar 27 Oct, 2019
Since you asked to reach out: I yearned to watch the next episode and I am glad that it is finally here. Please do not stop to produce these, it is one of my favorite features of GoL.
sprocket 28 Oct, 2019
I missed Linux Gaming News Punch. I was afraid that it met a premature demise. Glad I was mistaken!

Excellent episode as usual.
techieg33k 25 Apr, 2020
I loved hearing you on Linux for Everyone. I miss this podcast.
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