Every so often we like to have a chat with our readers, and find out what you've been really getting into lately on Linux.
Since the UK is currently in lockdown, I've been spending some extra time with the mini-me since school is out and I've been trying out everything they're into. This has involved, unsurprisingly, a lot of Minecraft since it's an accessible game. We've recently discovered a few communities than run huge servers, and each have a ton of mini-games. One such mini-game is Bed Wars, and it's actually quite a lot of fun.
Each team spawns on their own little island, giving you time to protect your Bed which acts as your spawn point. Lose your bed, no more re-spawning and it's the last team standing. It can get really quite tense actually! When you're busy gathering material from your team Summoner, to turn around and spot an opposing team quickly building a bridge over to your island and suddenly panic sets in. I've been trying it out on TheHive server, which seems to work well.
I also consider myself something of a Dragon Ball super fan, so I finally caved in and picked up a personal copy of DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT (Humble Store / Steam) and I must admit my intense surprise at just how flawless it runs in the latest Proton 5.0-5 for Steam Play.
Like the HUD in the top left? That's the brilliant MangoHud covered here on GOL a few times now.
As you can see above, performance is fluid with it on max settings. It's actually a little ridiculous how easy gaming on Linux has become. Now I just need to work on my reflexes for such a fast game…I'm not usually one for fighters like it.
So GOL readers over to you: what have you been gaming on Linux lately and what are you thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments.
In between protein folding, of course.
3.5 was the edition of D&D that I fell in love with so I knew that, mechanically, Pathfinder would be a good fit for me. I still didn't expect to love it as much as I do. I used to adore big meaty cRPGs, but have found that I had been bouncing off of them for the last 10 years or so. But not this one. It's giving me that same feeling I got the first time I played Baldur's Gate II way back when it first launched.
o) Stellaris after Federations DLC was released. Awesome new DLC, I love the Galactic Community mechanics, even though it's a bit buggy still...
o) Cursed Lands by Winter Wolves. I like the story, but both battles and micromanagement feel less rewarding than in Loren or Tales of Aravorn.
o) Big Pharama. Having a bit of fun curing virtual diseases, because there's little I could do about the real-world one we are currently facing. And yes, I'm fully aware that's silly.
o) Two point hospital. I had it on my Pile of Shame forever. Well, it's Theme Hospital with better graphics, so I didn't play it long. I've had my countless hours in Theme Hospital already...
Edit: For the protein folding I let my computer do the work. It's set to run [email protected] whenever nobody does any input for more than 3 minutes... Perfect during the loooooooong home office Zoom meetings.
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DOOM Eternal - Since the nvidia 440.66.07 performance is great. runs extremely smoothly. Cutscenes are bit annoying at times but rest of the game is amazing.
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DF is going good, I have most of my industry going now after seeing off the alligators.
Long Dark, I'm currently squatting in the mountaineers hut and looting all the cargo plane storage. Just finished crafting my survival bow, but I only have two arrows (need to track down a forge to make more arrow heads). Quartering corpses seems to be a cool new feature added since I last played, so making lots of use of that.
As for Microtown, I just started playing a couple of days ago. So far it's pretty fun, but I'm not sure about it's replay value at this point.
I also span up Citdes: Skylines a little while ago, need to get back into that. As usual I'm trying to shun fossil fuels in favour of green energy. It's working okay so far, but I'm not an the big city stage just yet.
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The reason I found out about it is because someone mentioned they put over 1500 hours into it last time you did one of these "What have you been playing".
Not DUSK. At first glance you might think it's just Quake + Blood, but no, DUSK is its own beast. Everything is just so good: the movement, the soundtrack, the way the guns sound. I thought the level design was excellent too. The graphics look chunky, but then, they're supposed to, because DUSK is clearly a love letter to 90s FPS games. The only negative I can think of is that it takes quite some time to load on my PC, like over a minute. But that might just be me.
If anyone misses the likes of Quake, Duke Nukem 3D et al., they should give this game a shot. I would recommend going in blind, though, because this game has surprises and secrets galore.
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