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Two bits of Steam store news today: firstly there's a Steam Game Festival "Spring Edition" going on to highlight some good looking games, a few of which will come to Linux and there's some demos.

Similar in style to how they did it during The Game Awards, you just go to the special linked page above and see what's been picked. On the Linux side these games have demos up for a few days:

I had a massive amount of fun in CARRION last time the demo was up, but sadly missed Spiritfarer so I shall be ensuring that gets played this time. Events like this are brilliant to highlight some quality indie games.

Evan's Remains is another showcased game that's supposed to be coming to Linux, although the demo is only up for Windows/macOS. Speaking to the publisher today, Whitethorn Digital, they said "working on Linux, but it may not be right at launch" but it is happening.

She Dreams Elsewhere is also coming to Linux, but only a Windows demo is up.

The other two titles being shown off during the Steam Game Festival coming to Linux are: SkateBIRD which has no demos up at all on Steam for any platform and ScourgeBringer which is in Early Access (and it's awesome!).

You will be able to try the listed demos until the festival ends on March 23, 10 AM PDT / 5 PM UTC.


The other Steam news is their fancy Interactive Recommender is now live on the store, as it has left the shackles of Steam Labs. Find it using this direct link, or use the "Your Store" menu in the Steam navbar drop-down.

Sadly, as interesting as it is, the Interactive Recommender doesn't have an Operating System filter for Linux and macOS and doesn't respect your ticked preferred platform in your Steam preferences making it far less useful. I've asked Valve if they plan to change that, will let you know if they reply on it. Update 19/03: Valve said "Yes" in reply to my question on adding an OS filter to it, great news.

You can see the announcement here on that.

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eldaking 18 Mar, 2020
Hmm, there is a Windows-only game that seems fun but I'm afraid I'd never to manage to run it in a compatibility layer; being a winemaking simulator, searching for how to run it with wine doesn't bode well. :P
Salvatos 18 Mar, 2020
There’s a few games there that I’m curious to try via Proton while they’re free. Spiritfarer will come first, though, since it has a Linux build :)

Surprised to see that Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk has a video game coming out too. I’ll have to give it a look. I loved that audio series as a teenager, back in the days of downloading individual mp3 files on a 56k modem.
Philadelphus 18 Mar, 2020
I really wanted to give the Filament demo a try after hearing about it here some months ago, but I get an error "An error occurred while updating Filament demo: invalid platform" when clicking the "Play Game" button. I tried Carrion and that worked, so I'm curious if anyone has any tips for making it work.
Edit: Hmmm, Spiritfarer and Neon Noodles both worked as well, so I guess it's just a problem with Filament. Maybe I'll send the devs a message…


Last edited by Philadelphus on 18 March 2020 at 11:04 pm UTC
haiku 19 Mar, 2020
Tried Roki demo with Proton, it look pretty sweet ^_^


Last edited by haiku on 19 March 2020 at 7:03 am UTC
Salvatos 19 Mar, 2020
Spiritfarer is wonderfully sweet and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone feeling stressed out :)
Liam Dawe 19 Mar, 2020
Update: Valve replied today to say the Interactive Recommender will get a platform OS filter.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 19 March 2020 at 5:19 pm UTC
Comandante Ñoñardo 19 Mar, 2020
And Resident Evil 3 DEMO is available...
BrazilianGamer 19 Mar, 2020
So nice to see Valve being so quick on answering Linux related questions. #ValveFTW
Philadelphus 19 Mar, 2020
For anyone wondering, I got a reply back from the developers of Filament:
QuoteI'm afraid at the moment the demo is only available on Windows. It was all a little last minute to put one together for the Steam Festival. I am going to see if we can sort out a Linux demo for the remainder of the festival.
Which is what I realized was probably the case about an hour after sending the email. Oh well, I certainly don't begrudge them not taking more time away from working on the main game to make a Linux demo! I just wish Steam would let me download the Windows demo so I could try running it with Proton.
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