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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
  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
  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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bingus 14 Nov, 2018
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Quoting: KuromiSorry, WHAT? Primordia? But this game is runs on linux on its own...

It can run with Linux AGS, yes. But now its super easy, and will show them how many Linux users they have.
Kuromi 15 Nov, 2018
Quoting: bingus
Quoting: KuromiSorry, WHAT? Primordia? But this game is runs on linux on its own...

It can run with Linux AGS, yes. But now its super easy, and will show them how many Linux users they have.

Then this is exactly its BAD news fro Linux gaming. Instead of getting actual ports Steam now will just say "Hey, why bother? We have Proton, ok?". In long term this can only hurt linux, because "why bother?"

As for now its supereasy - i have Primordia on GOg, it wasnt anywhere hard to run it on Linux too. There is only one reason to use Wine\proton - if there is no ports or ports is supercrappy (which is not that rare case).
Kuromi 15 Nov, 2018
Quoting: RafiLinux
Quoting: Cybolic
Quoting: 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.

Jamestown on Humble is quite usual case of Humble's Abandonware - they made port for sale, sold at and immediately after developers said "screw it" and dropped support for Linux port.
officernice 15 Nov, 2018
Am I the only one who finds it annoying that Valve does not have the official whitelist somewhere in Steam?

That aside, great to hear there's progress. Still waiting for KF2 and Quake Champions to be really good. :)
Comandante Ñoñardo 15 Nov, 2018
Quoting: officerniceAm I the only one who finds it annoying that Valve does not have the official whitelist somewhere in Steam?

That is because Steamplay is not yet official; it is still in beta stage...
I hope it will be officially implemented in December.
Hori 16 Nov, 2018
Quoting: bird_or_cage
Quoting: BeamboomThere's just one title I wait for on Google Play: Fallout 4.
Everything else is just a bonus.

What`s a Google Play?
Considering Bethesda's direction lately, they might just make the Fallout series mobile-only in the future lol
On a more serious note, I'm really sad they destroyed that series :( All of the games were great until they peaked at New Vegas. Then there was Fallout 4... and now there's 76...
Brisse 19 Nov, 2018
So for those of you who are experiencing framerate drops after warping between bonfires in Dark Souls III, it looks like it's a VRAM issue affecting cards with 4GiB or less VRAM and this workaround seems to be fixing the issue. ^_^

Edit: A better fix was released after I wrote this comment.

Last edited by Brisse on 21 November 2018 at 1:09 pm UTC
robvv 21 Nov, 2018
I can't even get past the first boss in Dark Souls III. Clearly I am useless :-)
Brisse 21 Nov, 2018
Quoting: robvvI can't even get past the first boss in Dark Souls III. Clearly I am useless :-)

It's a pretty intimidating boss, especially if you haven't played the previous games. Dark Souls is that kind of franchise where you will have to learn from your mistakes and then repeat and repeat until you get it right. If it becomes too frustrating then there's some good online wiki's and YouTube walkthroughs to help out.

On a completely different note, the framerate issue seem to have a proper fix now. At least it's working on my end and I no longer have to use the previously mentioned hack.
YoRHa-2B 21 Nov, 2018
It's not really a proper fix, it just takes the (incorrect) assumption that D3D11 command lists will only ever be used once one step further, which by the way also slightly improves performance in other games. This works because the vast majority of games do only use their command lists once.

Still, 2GB of VRAM won't cut it for Dark Souls 3, the game needs 4GB at the very least.

Last edited by YoRHa-2B on 21 November 2018 at 12:30 pm UTC
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