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AirMech, A Free 2 Play MOBA Looking For Linux Testing

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AirMech is a fun and free 2 play MOBA that has a Linux test build out now, but the developers want to know if it's worth doing it.

Speaking on their forum post:
QuoteSo, we've had the ability to build and run Linux builds for a while now, but distributing a Linux build is a nightmare due to the fragmentation of the OS.

As a method of gauging how many people *could* run a build if we pursue Linux as a platform, I've compiled a build for people to test.

A couple notes:
- I will not be providing detailed support for running the build. If you meet the requirements below, and it doesn't start, upload your ldd output for the build. If it crashes on startup upload a gdb backtrace.
- This is compiled on Ubuntu 14.10 with glibc version 2.19-10ubuntu12. If you're not on the same os/glibc version, you probably can't run it
- The build definitely will NOT run in a virtual environment (VirtualBox, VMWare, etc)
- There is NO support for open source graphics drives (Mesa, et.al). If you're not willing to install the Linux drivers from your card manufacturer, don't bother running the game.
- This is a 64bit build. No 32bit support.
- This game is incompatible with PC with regards to multiplayer. Think of it in the same manner as NaCl.
- This is not a fully tested build. It's more of a pre-Canary status build. There are likely broken gameplay/menus. This is about runability/framerate, not for reporting non-linux specific bugs.
- No patch support

If it does work, report back here. We'll use this to judge interest in Linux as a platform as a whole. It needs to make sense for us to pursue this as something more than a one-off weekend hobby of mine if we want to officially support it as a Carbon product.

Link: http://airme.ch/1yMB1DL


I've seen the "fragmentation" argument a lot, and every time it comes up people argue against it, but it can be an issue. It was for me, as the build didn't run and my feedback has been left accordingly.

I urge you all to comment on it for Linux support (if you want to play it), and suggest ways they can ease the fragmentation burden.

The main thing is to remain polite, and not put developers off. They are trying, and that's the main point here.

Here's the forum post link again.

About the game (Steam)
AirMech is fast paced Action RTS that can be played like Dota or Starcraft--you can battle on the ground or command from the skies! Practice solo, or jump into coop or even pvp modes. 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 plus the army you build to fight alongside you. Either command from above, dogfight with other players, or wreck things on the ground in mech mode. Level up ingame similar to Dota style games, build your army as if you were playing an RTS, or anything in between! Team play means every player can play a role while still helping their side win.

You can find AirMech on Steam here. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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sonic 7 years 11 Jan, 2015
I played this game about one year ago and it was more like "PayToWin".
Maokei 11 Jan, 2015
Works great for me on an asus ux32vd laptop with both intel hd 4000 and nvidia 620 with arch.
Kiba 11 Jan, 2015
Nice, another game i can uninstall from windows.
lave 11 Jan, 2015
wish there were more upcoming rpg, adventures and the likes than mobas. but maybe im just getting old :P
stan 11 Jan, 2015
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It looks like they want their experiment to fail, since they selected the very latest Ubuntu knowing that anything with an older glibc won’t work… Strange.
Alex V.Sharp 11 Jan, 2015
Personally I don't care any more if they support Linux or not - the game stopped interesting me a long time ago (as in, way back in early alpha) since they took a different direction from what I was expecting from the game.

However I'm sure there are some people who would like to play the game natively, no matter how many or few, so for them I'm hoping Carbon rethinks the way they are approaching this. For everyone's sake.
pete910 12 Jan, 2015
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Works fine for me.

Mageia 5 beta x86_64
4790k
290x (14.12 drivers)
16gb

Cant seem to set full screen though, windowed only.
Orkultus 12 Jan, 2015
Tried it on Linux Mint 17.1 64bit Cinnamon Edition, and was getting the following error.

"./AirMech ./AirMech: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.20' not found (required by ./AirMech)"

So i updated my gcc by doing this.

add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade


Game started up just fine after that.

-Minty-Linux-
shigutso 12 Jan, 2015
why did he compiled for Ubuntu 14.10 instead of the LTS version, 14.04? not very smart IMHO...
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