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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.

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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.
bird_or_cage 14 November 2018 at 3:28 pm UTC
BeamboomThere's just one title I wait for on Google Play: Fallout 4.
Everything else is just a bonus.

What`s a Google Play?
Cybolic 14 November 2018 at 3:39 pm UTC
ArehandoroI 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
Because using DosBox requires a separate Linux depot, a custom DosBox setup and testing of the whole thing whereas using Proton just requires it to be tested, verified to work and then setting which version of Proton it was verified to work with; no changes need to be made to the game files / distribution.
vipor29 14 November 2018 at 3:45 pm UTC
another game not on the list that was added was sam and max from telltale games.
mrdeathjr 14 November 2018 at 4:14 pm UTC
legluondunet
TimeFreezeDark Souls 1 Remastered has major game engine bugs and is basically unfixable, so probably not.
And what about Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition? I mean yes its no longer for Sale because of the Remaster but many still own it.

"Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition" works great on Proton but can not be whitelisted because of this issue: cinematics do not play.
A lot of games could be whitelisted on Steamplay if only Wine/Proton could play cinematics in WMV format.
An issue is opened on Proton github for Windows Media Player implementation:
Add .wmv file playback support to Proton. #1464

Ethan lee please save us

tuubi 14 November 2018 at 4:27 pm UTC
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vipor29another game not on the list that was added was sam and max from telltale games.
Weren't the Sam & Max episodes whitelisted in the previous batch already?
kuhpunkt 14 November 2018 at 5:55 pm UTC
Cybolic
ArehandoroI 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
Because using DosBox requires a separate Linux depot, a custom DosBox setup and testing of the whole thing whereas using Proton just requires it to be tested, verified to work and then setting which version of Proton it was verified to work with; no changes need to be made to the game files / distribution.

He said DROPBOX, not DOSBOX. Can't you read?
Beamboom 14 November 2018 at 6:19 pm UTC
bird_or_cage
BeamboomThere's just one title I wait for on Google Play: Fallout 4.
Everything else is just a bonus.

What`s a Google Play?

Sigh.
Alessander 14 November 2018 at 6:29 pm UTC
fleskSad to see Primordia on the list since it actually has a native Linux version made by the developer that the publisher, Wadjet Eye Games, didn't want to support.

I agree with you. I don't recall having problems with the Linux version from GOG.
FredO 14 November 2018 at 6:56 pm UTC
It's been a continuous Christmas since Steam Play was released. I've been going through my shamefully large, and previously dormant Steam Windows library, and having a ball. The only problem: Not enough free time
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