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There I am, in bed about to fall asleep when my phone lights up as I forgot to put it on silent. Thankfully so, as it turns out Valve just expanded the Steam Play whitelist and that's always a bit exciting.

What is the whitelist? These are titles that Valve are confident enough that work out of the box with no additional configuration required. You don't need to turn any extra options on, they should just be click and play like any other Linux game on Steam.

The list has some interesting titles in it as seen on SteamDB, here's the full list of new titles sorted in alphabetical order for easy viewing:

  1. 12 Labours of Hercules VII: Fleecing the Fleece (Platinum Edition)
  2. A Raven Monologue
  3. AaAaAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
  4. Acid Nimbus
  5. Alien Shooter 2: Reloaded
  6. Bullet Candy
  7. DARK SOULS™ III
  8. Dungeon of the Endless™
  9. Endless Road
  10. Final DOOM
  11. FlatOut 2
  12. Glass Masquerade
  13. Hags Castle
  14. I’m not a Monster
  15. Jamestown
  16. LEGO® Star Wars™ III - The Clone Wars™
  17. Mega Man Legacy Collection
  18. Mysterium: A Psychic Clue Game
  19. Nidhogg
  20. Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast
  21. PAC-MAN™ Championship Edition DX+
  22. Pathfinder Adventures
  23. Picross Fairytale: Legend of the Mermaid
  24. Poker Night at the Inventory
  25. Primordia
  26. SEPTEMBER 1999
  27. STAR WARS™ - Dark Forces
  28. STEINS;GATE
  29. Samorost 2
  30. South Park™: The Stick of Truth™
  31. Star Explorers
  32. Starless Night
  33. The Curse of Monkey Island
  34. The House of Da Vinci
  35. The Room
  36. Tiny Bridge: Ratventure
  37. Wuppo
  38. Year Walk
  39. Zoombinis

Some rather varied titles available there, on top of all the titles previously added. Good to see Valve reasonably quickly add more, as things do progress forward with projects like DXVK (which forms part of Steam Play) quite quickly.

I'm assuming they won't be adding anything on the store to indicate Steam Play, until they've done a some more rounds on adding to the whitelist. They want it to make an impact of course, so the bigger they can do this the better it's going to be.

Will you be checking out any of the newer titles added? The LEGO game is tempting, since my son would probably absolutely love it and there's simply no sign of any LEGO game of that sort making its way to Linux officially through a proper port so this is the next best thing.

Also, if you missed them, be sure to check out our previous interviews about Steam Play. I spoke to the creator of DXVK, Subset Games (FTL, Into the Breach), Ethan Lee (game porter) and more.

Hat tip to mphuZ on Twitter.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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YoRHa-2B 14 November 2018 at 12:20 pm UTC
That's a valid stance, but "unlikely to work" is just not correct.
Xpander 14 November 2018 at 12:24 pm UTC
kuhpunkt
Xpanderuhh finally Flatout 2 whitelisted. A game that has been working perfectly in wine since 2008

But the multiplayer servers are down

there were "fake" gamespy servers that work, you needed to point your hosts file from gamespy master server to the otherone, duckduckgo will probably give you answers!
RafiLinux 14 November 2018 at 1:01 pm UTC
Cybolic
NezchanAm I imagining things or did Jamestown and Reckless Disregard for Gravity already have Linux ports around someplace? Humble, maybe? I'm absolutely certain I've played the latter on Linux at least (and been terrible at it).
Jamestown at least had a Linux port but, if I remember correctly, it hasn't been updated since its Humble launch and isn't on Steam.

The Jamestown linux version also requires the editing of a cfg file and the insertion of a steam api 32 bit file. So while it does work it requires some messing about to get it up and running.
RafiLinux 14 November 2018 at 1:06 pm UTC
kuhpunkt
Xpanderuhh finally Flatout 2 whitelisted. A game that has been working perfectly in wine since 2008

But the multiplayer servers are down

I have the GOG version. You can play offline multiplayer with no problem. Awhile back I was able to edit some of the cfg files and play online for a bit with some 3rd party server that some GOG forums members had.
elmapul 14 November 2018 at 2:28 pm UTC
the ones i'm more exicted to play
DARK SOULS™ III
STEINS;GATE
Mega Man Legacy Collection
Final DOOM

'LEGO® Star Wars™ III - The Clone Wars™'
i know that those lego games are good , but i'm not a big fan of the art direction, and starwars i'm more into the games than the movies, may give it an try anyway due to the gameplay.

"PAC-MAN™ Championship Edition DX+" not so excited but i shall give it an try.

FlatOut 2 (is also avaliable on gog, they had an "native" version for years, i think its just an wine wrapper, but at least there is an penguin logo, in any case it will count as an linux sale, and that is what matter)
chui2ch 14 November 2018 at 3:05 pm UTC
mylka
chui2ch
mylkawhy not shadow of the tomb raider and hitman 2 ?

also batman origin,styx, flame and the flood and prey

I hope they do not add shadow of the tomb raider and hitman 2. Games we may get ports of should not be purchased using steam play imo.

why not? try hitman 2. you can play the tutorial for free. for me it works better, than hitman 1 (actually you all should install it, to show IOI that we want linux) https://store.steampowered.com/app/863550/HITMAN_2/

i mean i get it. you want support feral, but we all want more market share for linux
it is the same with life is strange 2.
why wait, if you can advertise this game now for linux? (it is bad luck for feral, that they already started to port it)

i thinik it is for the best for linux, if you can say "i play TR and hitman NOW" and not "maybe i can play this titles in 1-3 years and if not i have to use proton anyways"

play AAA titles immediately, with good performance at the same time as windows. that helps the linux image

I already let Feral know on twitter that i wanted Hitman2. I also wish listed it on Steam. This lets IOI know that I want it on Linux with out downloading it. Valve stated in the announcement for proton that "Our goal for this work is to let Linux Steam users enjoy easy access to a larger back catalog." I appreciate what Valve is doing with proton, and I also understand that we need more desktop users to increase the amount of games on Linux. I personally will be waiting for ports, and if ports do not happen then I will be waiting until they are extremely discounted.
Arehandoro 14 November 2018 at 3:07 pm UTC
I wonder why it's easier to whitelist Star Wars - Dark Forces rather than using Dropbox like the GOG version. Good to see so many games whitelisted though
Beamboom 14 November 2018 at 3:09 pm UTC
There's just one title I wait for on Steam Play: Fallout 4.
Everything else is just a bonus.


Last edited by Beamboom at 14 November 2018 at 6:21 pm UTC
Avehicle7887 14 November 2018 at 3:16 pm UTC
I find it quite funny how Final Doom is included, I don't think many people still play it using the original engine.
bradgy 14 November 2018 at 3:17 pm UTC
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Once they have got a large whitelist and have a bunch of AAA games that people love in it, Valve/Steam should do a big "Steamplay 2.0" sale with all of these titles at a healthy discount.

It would help increase Linux gaming's mindshare among Steam users, and show them that the barrier to switching isn't as great as it was once upon a time (or when they last tried it 5 years ago). It might get picked up by the mainstream gaming press too, in a way that some of the big sales do at the moment.

It's probably important to pick the right time to do something like this, they'd need more of the big games in the whitelist to really have an impact, so I don't think it's there yet. But soon, maybe, depending on how things keep developing.
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