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Sunday Linux Gaming Wrap-up

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It's Sunday, I have my coffee ready next to me in my favourite mug and it's time to take a look at things we've missed for Linux and Linux gaming around the web.

Obviously there's a lot for us still to cover, with plenty in my email inbox waiting to be covered over the next few weeks. Apologies if you emailed in and haven't heard back, but rest assured everything eventually gets seen to!

In early October, Boiling Steam took a good look at Wonderboy III:

Wonderboy 3 is, all in all, very nice and a good example of how 2D-style games can still deliver even in 2017. They aren’t obsolete at all.

Well worth a proper read, if you're interested to know how it runs on Linux.

Ubuntu 17.10 released! Say goodbye to the Unity desktop environment, as it has officially been thrown to the wolves. GNOME Shell with a customized layout is now Ubuntu's official desktop environment. I've been on it since release and it's very stable, but I did install the normal GNOME Shell session to customize it as I like. Take a look at the OMGUBUNTU release post if you're after much more info on what's new.

We still have two Linux port teasers from Feral Interactive which still haven't been revealed. The most recent one being "O VAIN ILLUSION OF GLORY AND GRANDEUR" and the other, which seems to be coming soon according to their radar is "ONE RETURN TO WEST NORWOOD, PLEASE".

Mesa 17.2.3 released, as the latest update to the major release of the open source graphics drivers. The ANV and RADV Vulkan drivers gained multiple smaller fixes. EGL improvements and updates to freedreno, nouveau and radeonsi are included too. Interesting to note, is that a developer from Feral Interactive had a patch land for that release too. Feral developers have done multiple patches to Mesa recently, all focused on the RADV Vulkan driver.

Phoronix has noted, that the OpenGL/GLSL shader cache for the Intel Mesa driver is being worked on again, with a bunch of patches being submitted. Phoronix also took a good look at Radeon graphics performance with Ubuntu 17.04 vs. Ubuntu 17.10, although their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive benchmark for xorg is a little broken it seems.

Crazy Justice, the cel-shaded Unreal Engine third-person shooter that will have full Linux support hit 170% of their goal on Fig with the crowdfunding campaign now over. Thanks to that, they've managed to blast through a few of their stretch-goals, with these extra goals achieved it will get more characters, more game modes, improved facial animations, characters will be able to climb on obstacles and walls and more. Sounds like it's going to be fun! Going by what the developer said to me, they are regularly testing Linux builds too.

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rustybroomhandle 22 October 2017 at 10:52 am UTC
Re Feral:

I think "O VAIN... etc" is Total War: Rome 2
and "ONE RETURN TO" is either Shadow of Wardor or Rise of Tom Braider
Leopard 22 October 2017 at 11:14 am UTC
rustybroomhandleRe Feral:

I think "O VAIN... etc" is Total War: Rome 2
and "ONE RETURN TO" is either Shadow of Wardor or Rise of Tom Braider

One Return is f1 2017
tuubi 22 October 2017 at 1:07 pm UTC
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rustybroomhandleI think "O VAIN... etc" is Total War: Rome 2
I thought this one was quite obviously RoTR. Or maybe it's just a tad too obvious.
Kels 22 October 2017 at 4:06 pm UTC
The new version of MATE has a bunch of new UI stuff aimed at attracting Unity lovers who don't want to stick around with Vanilla Ubuntu. Probably a smart move on their part, carrying over stuff like global menus and the HUD.
SuperTux 22 October 2017 at 4:19 pm UTC
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I have been enjoying Bomber Crew, it came with day 1 Linux support and runs well.
Shmerl 22 October 2017 at 5:10 pm UTC
QuoteGNOME Shell with a customized layout is now Ubuntu's official desktop environment. I've been on it since release and it's very stable, but I did install the normal GNOME Shell session to customize it as I like.

Antergos with KDE didn't work out for you?
Spud13y 22 October 2017 at 7:21 pm UTC
Shmerl
QuoteGNOME Shell with a customized layout is now Ubuntu's official desktop environment. I've been on it since release and it's very stable, but I did install the normal GNOME Shell session to customize it as I like.

Antergos with KDE didn't work out for you?

Arch/Antergos/Manjaro had a problem with a dependency (https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/linux-gamers-on-arch-may-want-to-hold-off-on-updating-due-to-openssl-breaking-some-games.9557) so he went back on Ubuntu so he wouldn't have to deal with those.
Leopard 22 October 2017 at 7:39 pm UTC
Shmerl
QuoteGNOME Shell with a customized layout is now Ubuntu's official desktop environment. I've been on it since release and it's very stable, but I did install the normal GNOME Shell session to customize it as I like.

Antergos with KDE didn't work out for you?

Even Linux solely didn't work out for him
Shmerl 22 October 2017 at 7:52 pm UTC
Spud13yArch/Antergos/Manjaro had a problem with a dependency (https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/linux-gamers-on-arch-may-want-to-hold-off-on-updating-due-to-openssl-breaking-some-games.9557) so he went back on Ubuntu so he wouldn't have to deal with those.

Debian has the same issue, so Ubuntu won't escape it. It's really up to games to use updated libraries in the end.
liamdawe 22 October 2017 at 8:24 pm UTC
Leopard
Shmerl
QuoteGNOME Shell with a customized layout is now Ubuntu's official desktop environment. I've been on it since release and it's very stable, but I did install the normal GNOME Shell session to customize it as I like.

Antergos with KDE didn't work out for you?

Even Linux solely didn't work out for him
This again? Yes I have a Windows partition, for many reasons. There's no need to point it out repeatedly in comments. I'm not an elitist and 99.99% of my time is spent on Linux.
I also have a PS4, a Nintendo Switch, an Android phone and so on
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