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Early this morning Valve officially rolled out a big update to the Steam Play whitelist, which indicates Windows games that work well with Steam Play's Proton.

Having titles in the whitelist, also means you don't need to go into Steam's settings and tick any extra boxes as they will just show up for everyone with the ability to install and play on Linux.

Sending out a Twitter post to announced it, Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais announced "Just pushed a Steam Play whitelist update to reflect current testing results" with a link to SteamDB which helps track it all down.

The list is reasonably long, some notable titles include:

  • Castle Crashers
  • The Witness
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Overcooked
  • Guacamelee! 2

It's going to be interesting to see how Valve eventually show support for Steam Play directly on Steam store pages, that's the next step that I'm looking forward to.

A pretty exciting start to a weekend wouldn't you say?

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hardpenguin 6 October 2018 at 8:11 am UTC
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One of the most notable titles on the list is Spelunky And Stick Fight The Game as well!
SadL 6 October 2018 at 8:26 am UTC
hardpenguinOne of the most notable titles on the list is Spelunky And Stick Fight The Game as well!
I was going to say "Commander Keen" instead..but that would make me feel really old..

..oh too late..darn it!
wojtek88 6 October 2018 at 8:31 am UTC
I was little bit skeptical last weeks, as it was looking like in September after making Steam Play official for all Steam Linux clients, Valve was not putting a lot of work in Proton, it was outdated while comparing to DXVK and while comparing to Wine.
Now Proton uses almost newest DXVK, Wine I guess was not updated yet, but Whitelisting takes place, which makes me happy.
Hope Valve pushes forward Steam Play each day, each week, each month. It's good to be Linux gamer this year.
Ehvis 6 October 2018 at 9:01 am UTC
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wojtek88I was little bit sceptical last weeks, as it was looking like in September after making Steam Play official for all Steam Linux clients, Valve was not putting a lot of work in Proton, it was outdated while comparing to DXVK and while comparing to Wine.

Jumping to the latest versions is not necessarily helpful to what Proton is trying to achieve. They obviously want their list of whitelisted games to run without problems on a wide variety of installations. Updates must be done with care in order to make sure that they don't break anything. This will probably become harder and harder with a growing list of games.
appetrosyan 6 October 2018 at 9:13 am UTC
How exactly are the games being whitelisted? I imagine the game has to be thoroughly tested by Valve, it has to not have any significant bugs related to proton (let's face it, some games are plain buggy, and their Wine versions can actually be more stable).

I'm just hyped. This is the way forward. We need to build marketshare and momentum, and this is the best way. Sure, we'll be getting fewer SDL ports, but considering they essentially do the same thing, and cost a lot more to maintain, it's a big win.
Botonoski 6 October 2018 at 9:16 am UTC
Here's an alphabetized and less cluttered list of the games added to the whitelist:
AdVenture Communist AFTERGRINDER Bejeweled® 3 Castle Crashers® Cat Goes Fishing Coffee Shop Tycoon Coloring Pixels Commander Keen Everyday Shooter Fieldrunners 2 Guacamelee! 2 Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders HeXen: Beyond Heretic HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition Monkey Island™ 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge™ Mugsters Overcooked Puzzle Agent Sam & Max 101: Culture Shock Sam & Max 102: Situation: Comedy Sam & Max 103: The Mole Sam & Max 104: Abe Lincoln Must Die! Sam & Max 105: Reality 2.0 Sam & Max 106: Bright Side of the Moon Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa Sam & Max 202: Moai Better Blues Sam & Max 203: Night of the Raving Dead Sam & Max 204: Chariots of the Dogs Sam & Max 205: What's New Beelzebub? Sam & Max 301: The Penal Zone Sam & Max 302: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak Sam & Max 303: They Stole Max's Brain! Sam & Max 304: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls Sam & Max 305: The City That Dares Not Sleep Spelunky Stick Fight: The Game The Witness VirtuaCreature Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Zen of Sudoku

I recommend Puzzle Agent, has some fun surreal humor to it.
Sir_Diealot 6 October 2018 at 10:02 am UTC
So that's a whooping 41 titles now, 1/3 of which is Sam & Max. How many of those don't run in stock WINE? How many of those are platinum or Gold on https://appdb.winehq.org/ anyway?
Eike 6 October 2018 at 10:20 am UTC
Sir_DiealotSo that's a whooping 41 titles now, 1/3 of which is Sam & Max. How many of those don't run in stock WINE? How many of those are platinum or Gold on https://appdb.winehq.org/ anyway?

I don't think this is the question. Proton is not doing wonders that WINE isn't (with Valve's help lately, to be fair). Proton is just doing the wonder at a (user's) finger tip and with customer care.
Scoopta 6 October 2018 at 10:22 am UTC
Sir_DiealotSo that's a whooping 41 titles now, 1/3 of which is Sam & Max. How many of those don't run in stock WINE? How many of those are platinum or Gold on https://appdb.winehq.org/ anyway?
I think you're missing the point. The point is that people don't have to deal with wine not that the games didn't run in wine before.
Dedale 6 October 2018 at 10:59 am UTC
My totally subjective opinion is they are advancing well.

Are there still people having struggles with DOOM 2017 ? Besides, the old page with the steamplay announcement is not updated.

https://steamcommunity.com/games/221410/announcements/detail/1696055855739350561

I do not buy windows only games but i have some in my library and it is a real fun to discover or rediscover them.
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