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GameHub is another open source game launcher, giving Lutris some competition

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Not a fan of Lutris or just want to try something different? GameHub could be a pretty good option for you.

I've been meaning to try this for a while, after many people emailed it in over the last few months. I finally sat down with it this weekend to give it a good run and honestly, I'm pretty impressed. While it claims it is "designed for elementary OS" it of course works across different distributions.

The first feature that really sticks out, is the friendly introduction when you load it up, instantly asking if you want to link it to different stores to pull games from:

This works really nicely too, I was able with a few clicks and logins be able to add my Steam, GOG and Humble accounts with relative ease.

One issue I wasn't particularly fond of, is how it becomes unresponsive on the first big sync of your games. I own a lot, sure, but that's going to need a pretty big improvement as I honestly thought it had crashed on me. Once settled though, it really is quite nice and makes it super easy to manage games across different sources.

For those who want to save their eyes a little strain, it does also offer up a one-click dark theme too which is quite lovely:

There's also a nice alternative list-view:

Outside of the usual stores, it also offers up support for running games through Wine/Proton, DOSBox, RetroArch and ScummVM as well so there's quite a lot of options available to you.

One of the major differences between GameHub and Lutris, is that GameHub will show your entire library from stores unlike Lutris where you specifically search for and add games. GameHub had no problems detecting all my games and showing if they were already installed in the case of Steam, complete with the achievements as you can see in the above pictures. I wasn't able to get it to pick up GOG games on a specific drive though, although I could manually import installed GOG games with a couple clicks so even that worked out okay.

Find it on GitHub here under the GPL. They make it real easy to try too, since it offers up a deb, AppImage and a Flatpak.

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Nezchan 18 March 2019 at 4:47 pm UTC
Hmm. Just installed it and it doesn't detect games I have bought and downloaded from GoG, and doesn't detect Linux games that I have installed on my HD that aren't from Steam. In fact, unlike Lutris there isn't even a filter for non-Steam/GoG/Humble games, which makes it a bit less useful than it might be.
Whitewolfe80 18 March 2019 at 6:26 pm UTC
Comandante ÑoñardoSpace marine works??

being working on lutris for about 3 months
Cecco_d_Ascoli 18 March 2019 at 7:48 pm UTC
Whitewolfe80
Comandante ÑoñardoSpace marine works??

being working on lutris for about 3 months

Really? Under 'wine steam' (where I crash back to desktop)?
Or do you use another 'manager' - or a particular wine/proton version?
Much obliged.
scaine 18 March 2019 at 7:52 pm UTC
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Whitewolfe80
Comandante ÑoñardoSpace marine works??

being working on lutris for about 3 months

Looks like it still needs a pirated/cracked version of the exe to work with Proton. No idea if Lutrix/DXVK has some extra magic that bypasses the DRM that prevent Proton from starting.
TapocoL 18 March 2019 at 8:13 pm UTC
Mountain Man"I hear you like launchers, so here's a launcher for your launchers!"

Has it really come to this?

We need a single client that can launch Lutris launchers and GameHub launchers.
stan 18 March 2019 at 8:54 pm UTC
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I was hoping for something not using Gtk3… Meh. What’s the point.
Purple Library Guy 18 March 2019 at 9:48 pm UTC
Mountain Man"I hear you like launchers, so here's a launcher for your launchers!"

Has it really come to this?
But wait, what if I like both Gamehub and Lutris? And there could be others in the future!
Clearly I'll need a launcher for my launchers for my launchers!
Whitewolfe80 18 March 2019 at 10:58 pm UTC
Cecco_d_Ascoli
Whitewolfe80
Comandante ÑoñardoSpace marine works??

being working on lutris for about 3 months

Really? Under 'wine steam' (where I crash back to desktop)?
Or do you use another 'manager' - or a particular wine/proton version?
Much obliged.

No i use lutris and the script on there never had a problem
you will need the following

corefonts
d3dx9
tahoma
vcrun2005
vcrun2008
vcrun2010
also windows 7 then run it in 1024 x 768 to get it running then switch to what ever your screen resolution any kind of AA and it will crash.
Cecco_d_Ascoli 19 March 2019 at 9:32 am UTC
Whitewolfe80
Cecco_d_Ascoli
Whitewolfe80
Comandante ÑoñardoSpace marine works??

being working on lutris for about 3 months

Really? Under 'wine steam' (where I crash back to desktop)?
Or do you use another 'manager' - or a particular wine/proton version?
Much obliged.

No i use lutris and the script on there never had a problem
you will need the following

corefonts
d3dx9
tahoma
vcrun2005
vcrun2008
vcrun2010
also windows 7 then run it in 1024 x 768 to get it running then switch to what ever your screen resolution any kind of AA and it will crash.

Thank you, gonna give it a try this evening.
Nanobang 19 March 2019 at 12:06 pm UTC
Well, it lacks itch client support, yes. But it says locally installed games can be added, so if I could add /media/dataPartition/itchLibrary and /media/dataPartition/OtherGames, I'd be fine. I'll put it on my lappy and see how it tangos.

I guess I don't get all this "launcher for launchers" humour. It doesn't really launch the Steam client in order to launch Steam, does it? Personally, I love the thought of a single game launcher that can manage all my games---FOSS, itch.io, GoG, Steam, &c.--- in one place.


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