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The Goldberg Steam Emulator has a new release, marking one year

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The Goldberg Steam Emulator is an interesting project and one that could be important if Steam ever goes fully offline.

It's a replacement for the Steam API file, allowing you to play a Steam game that uses Steam's multiplayer APIs on a LAN without Steam or an internet connection. Sounds like it's a pretty handy project. Not just if Steam one day vanishes, as it could even help a developer publish outside of Steam, as the developer said:

If you are a game developer and made the mistake of depending too much on the steam api and want to release of version of your game without it and don't want to rewrite your game, this is for you. It is licenced LGPLv3+ so the only source code you need to publish is the source code of this emulator (and only if you make modification to it).

Yesterday, a new release became available with v0.2.5, here's the highlights:

  • Inventory support added.
  • Initial Steam Networking Sockets implementation (Fixes Hat in Time Multiplayer).
  • Updated to sdk 1.46.
  • More accurate auth behaviour.
  • Leaderboards are now configurable.
  • Various remote storage improvements (Fixed saving/loading in a few games).
  • A bunch of accuracy improvements and other fixes.

Additionally, that release marked one year since the original announcement (before it was open source). To go with the occasion, the developer put up a blog post. In the post, they go over some issues that have needed fixing for certain games, with some relying on odd behaviour that could easily break and an "overlay" might be coming soon.

You can see more on the GitLab.

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Kimyrielle 13 August 2019 at 2:51 pm UTC
I can't see Steam going away any more than I could see Microsoft or Google go away, but better safe than sorry!
mirv 13 August 2019 at 3:24 pm UTC
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KimyrielleI can't see Steam going away any more than I could see Microsoft or Google go away, but better safe than sorry!

But I can see some kind of API or implementation change one day that might break various games (particularly older ones). And a standalone implementation that allows games to not rely on Steam (therefore being available on other stores), or where Steam networking cannot be used (say, behind a firewall), is a very useful thing to have.
Purple Library Guy 13 August 2019 at 4:54 pm UTC
Meh. Only Rubes use this. (rimshot)
no_information_here 13 August 2019 at 4:57 pm UTC
How very interesting. I had not heard of this project before. As mirv says, this is excellent insurance. As much as Valve has been a force for good in the linux gaming world, being at the mercy of a huge corporation is not ideal. GabeN won't live forever and you cannot predict how management changes.
kuhpunkt 13 August 2019 at 5:13 pm UTC
no_information_hereGabeN won't live forever

You can't say that with certainty.
eldaking 13 August 2019 at 8:38 pm UTC
KimyrielleI can't see Steam going away any more than I could see Microsoft or Google go away, but better safe than sorry!

Well, I try my best to find alternatives to Microsoft and Google as well... preferably libre ones where you don't depend on a single company that can take it away at any time.
raneon 14 August 2019 at 5:49 am UTC
It's worth reading the release notes :-)

Nice project, didn't know it exists!


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