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Steam Deck was the Steam top seller for the week ending April 17

By Liam Dawe,
Even more supporting evidence towards the Steam Deck being a nice success for Valve, with SteamDB reporting that the Steam Deck was the #1 top seller last week.

2022 is officially the Year of Linux Gaming

By Liam Dawe,
That's it, I'm done, finished. It's "mission complete" now is it not? 2022 is officially the Year of Linux Gaming.

Sorry Arch (EndeavourOS), it's not working out any more and hello Fedora

By Liam Dawe,
There comes a time when everyone has to sit and think about what they use on their PC, especially if you're on Linux. For me, Arch Linux (via EndeavourOS) just wasn't working out any more and so I've moved to Fedora.

GPD are getting quite desperate against the Steam Deck

By Liam Dawe,
Think GPD are a trustworthy company to buy devices from? Well, with the Steam Deck now here, they appear desperate.

The Steam Deck hit me over the head with feelings of nostalgia

By Liam Dawe,
Something happened to me recently while playing the Steam Deck, that I felt the need to share with you.

GOG update their stance on DRM-free, Galaxy as 'optional' for single-player

By Liam Dawe,
The GOG team have confirmed in a new update on their plans for the store, and it seems they will continue to note that their Galaxy client is optional.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 16: We Are All Doomed

By Hamish,
The most appealing aspect of my QDI Advance 5/133 motherboard is its inclusion of AGP, PCI, and ISA expansion slots. By having both dedicated MIDI and 3D acceleration hardware I can dip my toes into two different eras of gaming. As for the actual MIDI tracks produced, well, they have personality at least.

Steam Deck Verified has issues, Grand Theft Auto V edition

By Liam Dawe,
As I continue to use the Steam Deck that Valve sent over for both work and play, I tried Grand Theft Auto V and the initial setup was a massive nuisance.

Steam had a massive year in 2021 with 132 million monthly players

By Liam Dawe,
With competition everywhere, Valve still manages to keep on growing at a rapid pace with the new yearly review up.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 15: Square Cubed

By Hamish,
John Carmack's generosity in releasing his older source code resulted in a proliferation of free first person shooters in the 2000s, but Dutch programmer Wouter van Oortmerssen rejected this path to forge Cube based in the same "just for fun" spirit with which Linus Torvalds first began work on the Linux kernel.

How Valve Can Make the Deck Verified Program Better

By EthanLee,
Software developer and game porter Ethan Lee gives his thoughts on the Steam Deck and the Deck Verified program.

PipeWire is the future for Linux audio and I am sold on it

By Liam Dawe,
Linux and audio have never entirely gotten along well together, when PulseAudio came along it actually solved a lot of problems but it's PipeWire that's the real future.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 14: Return to Na Pali

By Hamish,
One of the selling points of Unreal Tournament pitched to the modding scene by Epic Games was its ability to load assets from the original Unreal into the new engine. After a few years this snowballed into a concerted community effort to make the entire Unreal single player mode playable from within its own sequel.

Steam Deck desktop mode plus other stores — Epic Games Store

By Liam Dawe,
You have your shiny new Steam Deck, which I’ve gone over in an initial look on — but what about desktop mode apps and other stores? I’ve also been testing that with the Epic Games Store.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 13: Looks Almost Unreal

By Hamish,
It is rare for Linux to see support from both sides of an industry battle, but that is exactly where we were with the release of Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament. With both games aiming to package the full breadth of the online multiplayer shooter experience into a standalone title, the competition between the two was fierce.

6 years on the Vulkan API has enabled some amazing things

By Liam Dawe,
Can you actually believe that the Vulkan API has just crossed over the 6 year mark? Sometimes it feels like it was only yesterday. It truly has helped to create some amazing stuff.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 12: In Tremendous Pain

By Hamish,
In 1998 developer Raven Software acquired the rights to Soldier of Fortune to make a video game inspired by the mercenary magazine of the same name. The plan was the make a realistic tactical shooter, with consultant John Mullins brought in to add both his insights and likeness to the project.

Tim Sweeney has a point about Fortnite EAC support

By Samsai,
One of the big topics of discourse in the Linux gaming sphere recently has been Tim Sweeney's statement on porting Fortnite to the Steam Deck, where Sweeney argues that Linux would be too difficult of a target and the market not big enough to warrant the amount of resources it would take to bring all of Fortnite on the platform.

Epic Games CEO says a clear No to Fortnite on Steam Deck

By Liam Dawe,
Were you hoping to easily play Fortnite on the upcoming Steam Deck? Well, Tim Sweeney the Epic Games CEO has made it clear that it's not going to happen officially.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 11: Forgotten Heresies

By Hamish,
Almost from the very start Raven Software and id Software had a symbiotic relationship. Given the Linux friendly atmosphere at id, it is no surprise that some of that would start to rub off on Raven, culminating in Loki Software negotiating to make a port of Heretic II.
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