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Lookout! Another sale is approaching! This time it's Valve's turn, with Steam having a space themed sale for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Some of the Linux native games on sale:

See the special sales page here. Additionally, there's a lot more space themed games on sale that aren't on that page, find them here.

There's actually some really good deals there, quite a few games at really low prices. This is coming only soon after their huge summer sale, it seems every store does a sale for every theme possible now, not that I am complaining it's good for my and your bank balance of course.

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Hori 19 July 2019 at 7:42 am UTC
I already own what I want, but I just want to say this:

I highly recommend Lovers in a dangerous spacetime, for couch coop, it's great!
Desum 19 July 2019 at 7:44 am UTC
Worth mentioning Endless Sky and it's twin Naev are both free on Steam these days.
Hori 19 July 2019 at 9:04 am UTC
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chancho_zombiethe Russians got it all wrong we are not going to conquer the universe sending dogs and space monkeys.
Microorganisms, then?
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I'm all for humans getting off this rock, but I would hate to see willful neglect, territoriality, and greed perpetuated in space, beyond what has already occurred thus far (which is a pittance compared to the full potential of human wrong). Heedless pollution (necessitating more initiatives like CleanSpace One),[1] treatment as a playground for the wealthy, inadequate oversight of those who have designs on avariciously cannibalizing resources or expanding property holdings, etc. are not desirable outcomes to me.

I would hate to think that (far beyond my lifetime) there might be a profusion of Starbucks in space.[2]

[1] Even with great care, some pollution will always occur, but pollution can definitely be mitigated beyond what certain vested interests are inclined to do.
[2] Not to be confused with Starbuck; Kara Thrace version is my preference

Greed and opression will always exist. The important thing is to prevent it from becoming rampant, and keep it withing "good enough" levels.
Dominance hierarchies developed long (LONG) before humans existed... long before they even had a chance of existing, actually. It's present in pretty much all life forms on Earth and is one of the most foundamental characteristics of it.
We're not gonna be able to get rid of it - and we might not even want to do it. Every characteristic, especially one so widespread and so fundamental such as this, has a purpose, and there's a reason why it became the status quo, and did so through natural selection.

I do, though, believe that spreading into space will be our best chance yet to improve. Much of our greed and territoriality doesn't come just from our nature, but also from circumstances. Here on Earth we have limited resources, little space, a long history of conflict (couldn't be avoided, most of our history happened without having the proper technologies to prevent such things).

Exploring space go very well and actually lead to a better life for everybody, without the need to wage great wars and greatly reduce the need for inter-personal conflict.
It could also lead to even more greed and large corporations becoming more and more powerful and controlling large populations.
It could also be just a direct continuation of what we already have here, but on a larger scale.

We don't know, and that's why it's so exciting... and scary, at the same time.

Being an optimist I think we have a pretty good chance for a positive outcome, especially when considering the long history we had here on Earth, from which we have so much to learn form (history can be seen as the largest and most accurate social experiment to ever happen).


And another point. Everyone knows, even the industry giants, that continuing with pollution is not a viable solution long term, and to efficient either. Much more could be achieved using cleaner energy (even bigger profits). The problem we have on this planet is the existing infrastructure. Replacing it is very expensive. And companies care more about short-term profit, unfortunately. But, when we colonise other planets, we won't have to worry about that. We start from zero, and we can do it well.
Take city layouts for example, and compare those and Europe with those in America. The cities in America are much better in their layout, simply becuase they were built later, with the needs at that time in mind, while the ones in Europe were build so long ago that the reasons for those layouts are long obsolete already. Improvements were made where possible but it's still a far cry from what could have been.
Another example would be the internet infrastructure. America has a very poor one because they started a long time ago, and much of the country was using dial-up, which is still used today because of the cost of replacing it, while countries like Romania for example have greatly superior internet speeds and stability, because they started straight with modern technologies: Having gigabit in the US is a pretty big deal, while in RO it's mainstream and costs around just 10$ a month)
The point is: We are pretty poor at upgrading stuff, all around the world, but when we do something new, we do it well.
Corben 19 July 2019 at 9:05 am UTC
x_wingEverspace has 75% of discount but I doubt that any Linux gamer that wants to call himself that way doesn't have it yet
Well, if you're still unsure if this game is for you, watch some streams coming up tomorrow evening and on Sunday morning (cest) and put your questions in the chat ;)
Nanobang 19 July 2019 at 12:24 pm UTC
Regarding the moon shots, although I was around for earlier launches, the first Apollo launch I can remember would have been Apollo 13. I was sitting on the floor with my family in the living room. I can't remember what exactly I was thinking at the time, but my impression is that I was aware it was something important. I should ask my parents about watching the Apollo missions ...

Regarding the sale, there are some really good deals to be sure, but nothing that's tempting me to spend beyond what I've just spent at the Summer sale. I don't think I'm going to live long enough to play the games I already have.


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Dunc 19 July 2019 at 3:03 pm UTC
Purple Library GuyThat's an odd "we", now that I think about it. I'm Canadian, and we never had the capacity, only the Americans did
Hey, don't talk yourselves down, eh?

F.UltraSoon SpaceX will build the Falcon Super Heavy which will have capacity to send crews to both the Moon and Mars so there are still interesting times ahead!
Exactly. Although, as I understand it, Musk wants to skip the moon and go straight to Mars (before 2030, which, given the greater challenges involved, isn't that much further off than 1969 was when Kennedy announced his ambition). But I'm pretty certain Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin intends to go there.

(Also, since I'm posting YouTube links, for anyone interested in the AGC, this playlist is essential.)
Purple Library Guy 19 July 2019 at 4:12 pm UTC
Dunc
Purple Library GuyThat's an odd "we", now that I think about it. I'm Canadian, and we never had the capacity, only the Americans did
Hey, don't talk yourselves down, eh?
Thanks for the shoutout! Oh, yeah, the whole Avro Arrow thing. Man I was pissed off with James Diefenbaker when I learned about that. We had the best damn fighter plane in the world, would have spun off to lots of Canadian high tech industry, and he canned it.
x_wing 19 July 2019 at 4:44 pm UTC
chancho_zombieBut still that doesn't change my overall negative opinion on the soviets, on latin america they brought us the guerrilla, and funded the Cubans, and the Cuban militias trained local guerrillas like the ones we had here (montoneros), so I have a very negative opinion on the soviets.
(Sorry if I'm being off-topic)

In the same way USA, sponsored military coups. And it is't a binary problem (i.e. Russia vs USA), Africa is a showcase of how first world countries do nasty things just for the "profit"

Every one has a dark side...
F.Ultra 19 July 2019 at 9:29 pm UTC
Dunc
Purple Library GuyThat's an odd "we", now that I think about it. I'm Canadian, and we never had the capacity, only the Americans did
Hey, don't talk yourselves down, eh?

F.UltraSoon SpaceX will build the Falcon Super Heavy which will have capacity to send crews to both the Moon and Mars so there are still interesting times ahead!
Exactly. Although, as I understand it, Musk wants to skip the moon and go straight to Mars (before 2030, which, given the greater challenges involved, isn't that much further off than 1969 was when Kennedy announced his ambition). But I'm pretty certain Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin intends to go there.

(Also, since I'm posting YouTube links, for anyone interested in the AGC, this playlist is essential.)

Yes Musk personally wants to skip the Moon and head directly to Mars but SpaceX is a commercial space company so while they might be putting their own money into Mars, others are free to rent their rockets for other missions which is how they of course make their money.

That is why they list the BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) as having the following functions:

  • Mars colonization
  • Earth–lunar transport
  • Multiplanetary transport
  • Intercontinental transport
  • Orbital launcher
  • Space tourism


So Dead Space is soon coming :-)
shorberg 20 July 2019 at 2:23 am UTC
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chancho_zombieBut still that doesn't change my overall negative opinion on the soviets, on latin america they brought us the guerrilla, and funded the Cubans, and the Cuban militias trained local guerrillas like the ones we had here (montoneros), so I have a very negative opinion on the soviets.
(Sorry if I'm being off-topic)

Don't tell the CIA. I'm pretty sure they don't want the "Reds" to get all the credit for the mess in central/southern America.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_involvement_in_regime_change#Cold_War_Era
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_involvement_in_regime_change_in_Latin_America
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_violations_by_the_CIA#Assassination_and_targeted_killing
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