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A look at some interesting games and bundles on sale for Linux gamers

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Here's your (almost) weekly look at some interesting games and bundles that are currently on sale that have an interesting choice for Linux gamers.

Firstly, Fanatical are offering a reasonably good deal with their new Origins Bundle which includes Punch Club, River City Ransom: Underground, Overfall, Comedy Night, STARWHAL and Gloom which all have Linux support. A favourite of mine from that is Overfall, which is well worth picking up.

Steam also has some great deals like:

Humble also have some nice deals:

  • Humble Monthly has HITMAN, 7 Days to Die and Hollow Knight which you would be mad to miss if you don't own them
  • The Humble Discovery Pack has 4 days left with War for the Overworld +  DLC: Heart of Gold,  Kentucky Route Zero season pass edition and Tricky Towers.
  • Shadwen - 75% off
  • Tabletop Simulator, which is actually great fun! - 50% off

Picked up anything good lately? Do let us know in the comments. We're always on the look-out for a good deal and may add more later if the deal is good enough.

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Numeric 19 October 2018 at 8:07 pm UTC
Earlier this month, I took advantage of the humble-bundle sale on Hitman. 10 hours in, I hit an impassable bug with Steam/Hitman. I can't launch the game now because it infinitely states "(corrupt update files) steamapps\downloading\236870\Runtime\chunk0.rpkg" or "(corrupt update files) steamapps\downloading\236870\Runtime\dlc1.rpkg"

I have switched download regions, wiped the entire steamapps folder, deleted the app manifest, re-downloaded the whole 44 GB several times and even added a new steam library on a separate drive. Still the same error. Anyone else run into this? Not to much about it online, except for a few odd posts from other Linux users. Most have the same story. Works for many hours, then update loop.


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pb 19 October 2018 at 8:26 pm UTC
LeopardEagerly waiting for Steam Winter Sales. That would be a Proton focused sale season for me.

I'm willing to bet they plan to implement the SteamPlay icon for whitelisted games before the Winter Sale (or, who knows, maybe even before the Halloween Sale?), and I'll be sure to buy some of those to show that it makes a difference.
pb 19 October 2018 at 8:35 pm UTC
NumericEarlier this month, I took advantage of the humble-bundle sale on Hitman. 10 hours in, I hit an impassable bug with Steam/Hitman. I can't launch the game now because it infinitely states "(corrupt update files) steamapps\downloading\236870\Runtime\chunk0.rpkg" or "(corrupt update files) steamapps\downloading\236870\Runtime\dlc1.rpkg"

I have switched download regions, wiped the entire steamapps folder, deleted the app manifest, re-downloaded the whole 44 GB several times and even added a new steam library on a separate drive. Still the same error. Anyone else run into this? Not to much about it online, except for a few odd posts from other Linux users. Most have the same story. Works for many hours, then update loop.

Ouch. I played 264 hours of Hitman (on SteamOS) and never hit that bug. It crashed once or twice (literally!) but no other problems. Last time I played was yesterday. What distro do you have? It's weird that wiping and downloading again doesn't fix it, it usually works for other games. Have you tried to "verify game files"? Lastly, it might be worth reporting it to Valve, as it might be a corruption on one of their update servers (yes, I noted you switched regions, but who is to say that it really worked?).
Numeric 19 October 2018 at 8:53 pm UTC
QuoteOuch. I played 264 hours of Hitman (on SteamOS) and never hit that bug. It crashed once or twice (literally!) but no other problems. Last time I played was yesterday. What distro do you have? It's weird that wiping and downloading again doesn't fix it, it usually works for other games. Have you tried to "verify game files"? Lastly, it might be worth reporting it to Valve, as it might be a corruption on one of their update servers (yes, I noted you switched regions, but who is to say that it really worked?).


Hi pb, I am on Antergos (Arch) using Mesa. I tried the "verify games files" route. It detects a 7.1 GB file that's corrupt (chunk0.rpkg most of the time), downloads a new file, which it says is also corrupt. All of my other steam titles update just fine, but not Hitman. Kind of at a loss with this one.


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pb 19 October 2018 at 9:36 pm UTC
I'm not entirely sure, but I think Hitman updates every time there's a new Elusive Target. The current one ends on Monday, so there might be an update then, or when the next one arrives - that might fix the corruption. Disabling Ep.1 Paris might help with dlc1.rpkg, but it probably won't to anything for chunk0.rpkg as it sounds like a major part of the game (but is it? I remember a huge download that added Japanese voiceover, that might as well be this file ;-). Still may be worth trying to disable all DLC and see if that makes the game at least launches.


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Numeric 19 October 2018 at 9:56 pm UTC
pbI'm not entirely sure, but I think Hitman updates every time there's a new Elusive Target. The current one ends on Monday, so there might be an update then, or when the next one arrives - that might fix the corruption. Disabling Ep.1 Paris might help with dlc1.rpkg, but it probably won't to anything for chunk0.rpkg as it sounds like a major part of the game (but is it? I remember a huge download that added Japanese voiceover, that might as well be this file ;-). Still may be worth trying to disable all DLC and see if that makes the game at least launches.

Thanks for the suggestion about disabling the all DLC. I tried that last night, but to no avail. I think tonight I am going to erase my entire steam library and remove every trace of Steam from the system. Start back at square 1. Wish me luck!
AciD 20 October 2018 at 12:04 am UTC
@Numeric, just to be sure, run a memtest to check that your RAM is 100% ok.
What you are describing reminds me of weird heisenbugs due to faulty RAM.
RafiLinux 20 October 2018 at 12:16 am UTC
Picked up Ultra Street Fighter® IV from Fanatical. It's been an awesome experience playing this via Steamplay on all of my rigs. It even runs on my Dell Latitude E6420 which is amazing!

My kids have really like SF. Skullgirls - YES! The King of Fighters - YES! Now they are loving this one and it's been awesome to play against them.
Numeric 20 October 2018 at 12:58 am UTC
AciD@Numeric, just to be sure, run a memtest to check that your RAM is 100% ok.
What you are describing reminds me of weird heisenbugs due to faulty RAM.

@AciD, pb Thanks for your thoughts in troubleshooting my issue. I went ahead and purged my system of all traces of steam (files, libs, steam-runtime), rebooted my Arch box, reinstalled steam and downloaded just Hitman. Many hours later, I found the download successful and now the game launches! I have no clue where the final issue was, but it works nows. Unforunately, I have a day or two of GiBs to re-download Oh well, now back to agent 47 and Colorado!

-Numeric
clatterfordslim 20 October 2018 at 11:25 am UTC
Numeric
AciD@Numeric, just to be sure, run a memtest to check that your RAM is 100% ok.
What you are describing reminds me of weird heisenbugs due to faulty RAM.

@AciD, pb Thanks for your thoughts in troubleshooting my issue. I went ahead and purged my system of all traces of steam (files, libs, steam-runtime), rebooted my Arch box, reinstalled steam and downloaded just Hitman. Many hours later, I found the download successful and now the game launches! I have no clue where the final issue was, but it works nows. Unforunately, I have a day or two of GiBs to re-download Oh well, now back to agent 47 and Colorado!

-Numeric

Hi Numeric, I'm so glad you finally got it going. Aint computers weird at times? No matter what you do to fix issues, it don't wanna work, then you do the same over and over again to try to fix issue and still does not work. Usually all there was to do to fix issue was a simple reboot. Time and time again I have had issues with computers that do the thing you want them to do one day, but not the next. Searched the Internet looking for answers to no avail and wasted hours trying to fix the issue, last ditch attempt a reboot and then it works.
I sometimes wonder whether computers are becoming more conscious, of what us the users are doing with them, in other words stubborn, computer says "NO!" attitude. Or it might be power-surge, WI-FI microwaves that are bombarded all around us 24/7 where ever you are in the world and whether or not you use WI-FI as all mobile media has it, which can interact or interfere with the running of computers.

Though in your case purging your system of all traces of steam, then rebooting, reinstalling and downloading GIBs. I backup my games through steam onto another hard drive, formatted as FAT32, called Stuffed which is a 2TB storage USB 3.0, saves downloading them again, plus it will update whilst installing from your hard drive.
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