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The Black Mesa team have pushed out a new Linux beta

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Black Mesa, the fan-made recreation of Half-Life has a fresh brew available for Linux gamers that should make it a better experience.

The new public beta version for owners of the game aimed to address these issues:

  • Mesa drivers with OpenGL 3.0 showing black screen
  • Black props and NPCs on closed driver for NVIDIA
  • Inadequate memory usage on big maps and/or long playthrough

They've also pushed a couple of updates to the new beta since it went live, which they say adds in full support for Shader Model 3.0 in OpenGL mode, reduced memory consumption, libtcmalloc_minimal was added for supporting distros other than Ubuntu and other bug fixes.

To access it, you need to opt into the "public-beta" branch on Steam. To do so, right click on the game and go to properties, from there select the beta tab and pick it from the drop-down menu. They're asking for feedback in this Steam forum post.

Find Black Mesa on Steam.

Have tip to x_wing.

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Vortex_Acherontic 18 December 2018 at 7:35 pm UTC
Looks like it is time to finally start my Let's Play on Linux of course xD
Demez 18 December 2018 at 9:58 pm UTC
EikeI have never played Half-Life (yeah, I'm the one).
Maybe I'll do when they have finished.
Sometime in the late 20s...

Crowbar Collective just announced the final chapters of the game (Xen) just a few weeks ago on Half-Life's 20th Anniversary, which is set to release in Q2 2019, so not even in the 20's.
Eike 19 December 2018 at 10:52 am UTC
DemezCrowbar Collective just announced the final chapters of the game (Xen) just a few weeks ago on Half-Life's 20th Anniversary, which is set to release in Q2 2019, so not even in the 20's.

[X] I want to believe. ;)

No, seriously: It seems to be a big project with continous progress and I wish them (and me, that is) best of luck with it.
jarhead_h 19 December 2018 at 6:29 pm UTC
ChiKinWill this fix the sudden, terrible frame drops that make the game unplayable?
Possibly, if that was related to memory use then it might help quite a bit. Can't really test myself, as my main unit is NVIDIA and my laptop is Intel but a bit too low powered for such testing. I really need to get my hands on a nice AMD GPU next year...

I noticed the same issue. It's a Source engine game running on my 1060 6GB and it's dropping framerates down into what has to be the 20s or teens. Granted I'm running a TV as a monitor so I'm limited to 60FPS, but I quite literally never experienced this issue with DOOM(2016) on this exact rig running via SteamPlay, but a game running a ten year old engine is having this issue in a native build?

And no, the dev team stopped getting a pass the minute they started charging money. I'm all for them charging money, because this was a massive endeavor, after all, Valve itself couldn't be bothered, but the minute you switch over to being paid you become professionals and have to be judged accordingly.

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