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Let's lighten the mood a bit shall we? It's question time here on GamingOnLinux! Let's have a talk about what you've been playing recently.

I will of course go first: Dota Underlords. I have quite the sweet spot for it already, even though I'm absolutely terrible at it. This might be the game to finally get me to kick my unhealthy Rocket League obsession, which is amazing considering how radically different they are. I adore strategy games though and unlike normal Dota, I don't need to think ridiculously quickly. Since you don't need any kind of reflexes for it, sitting back and relaxing with the Steam Controller is another reason I quite like Dota Underlords. In the evenings on weekends especially, I can be quite the lazy-gamer, so anything that allows me to kick back with it is likely to get my vote.

After only being out for a few days, it's already annihilated the player record for Artifact. Artifact's all-time high was only just over 60K whereas Underlords has sailed past 190K, although that shouldn't be too surprising since Underlords is free and isn't rammed full of micro-transactions (yet?) and it helps being on mobile as well of course (According to one of the SteamDB folk, the mobile players are being counted too).

Based on what the Underlords team have said, coming "soon" will be:

  • Full Scoreboard
  • Social features: Scrolling through the map, hearing other player's fights and full chat.
  • Hero VO.
  • Balance: Dragon Alliance, Dragon Units and Items (Boots)

They also said they're exploring a "Turbo Mode" for those who find games a bit too long. I also love the sound of that very much!

What else? ISLANDERS! An instant purchase the moment Linux support became available, what a beautiful city-builder that's not really like any other. Incredible style, with fun game-play that has you trying to get your score constantly higher and it doesn't take a huge amount of attention from a tired mind.

On top of that I also played the Linux Distribution-Hopping Game 2.0, with a full switch to Manjaro. So far, so good. Everything installed smoothly, grabbing extra software is easy and KDE shines on it. I also managed to get our livestreamer, Sin, to get rid of Windows finally too—result! Although her install wasn't so smooth, as the NVIDIA driver failed the first time much to my annoyance. A quick update, a second driver install attempt and all up and running once again.

So, what have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?

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julkip 22 June 2019 at 10:45 pm UTC
I have started playing CrossCode recently. I am a bit disappointed that I cannot move using the D-Pad and have to use the left analogue stick, but aside from that, it's a great game
Keyrock 22 June 2019 at 11:33 pm UTC
Sadly, I'm not playing anything natively on Linux and haven't for a while. I've been addicted to Conan Exiles for months now. I have some 250 hours in the game and counting. I'm running it via Proton and it runs perfectly.

I also recently started playing Judgment on PS4.

Eventually I want to play X4: Foundations. I already own the game, but I've been holding off on playing it since it's a MASSIVE time sink and Conan Exiles is also a MASSIVE time sink, and playing 2 massive time sinks at the same time doesn't seem wise.
Expalphalog 22 June 2019 at 11:57 pm UTC
Finally getting around to the enhanced editions of Baldur's Gate. Finished the first one yesterday, so I'm onto the second now. The last time I played this game, I had to buy a brand new Gateway desktop to run it.

I had forgotten how much I hate Jaheira, but not how much I love Minsc.
lionblaze55 23 June 2019 at 12:35 am UTC
CS:GO and more CS:GO I'm a bit of a one track gamer and competitive fps scratches my itch at the moment
Nezchan 23 June 2019 at 12:45 am UTC
I'm still playing Crea, which I'm finding vastly more fun than my attempt at Terraria last weekend. It's got the same 2D mining/crafting thing going on, but everything else is done differently and I find it a lot more engaging, at least as a single player experience. Plus, a LOT less necessity to have four or five wiki tabs open. If I wanna do that, I'd play Dwarf Fortress!
Kiba 23 June 2019 at 12:55 am UTC
7 hours of Dota Underlords in one day... I need help.
Nezchan 23 June 2019 at 12:59 am UTC
Kiba7 hours of Dota Underlords in one day... I need help.

That's only what, two or three games?
EzyRhino 23 June 2019 at 1:05 am UTC
Dota Underlords for me, it's quite addicting.
jasonm 23 June 2019 at 1:38 am UTC
Dota Underlords and CS Go Danger Zone for me. I can't wait to see what turbo mode looks like on Dota Underlords. Currently, it takes way too much time to play through a full match. I'm going to enjoy having a good game like that to play on my phone when I'm sitting around killing time.
PieOrCake 23 June 2019 at 2:55 am UTC
Borderlands 2, of course. That seven-year-old game is still amazing.

Oh, and Liam, after reading GoL's articles about Ubuntu dropping 32bit support soon... I also switched to Manjaro this morning! Of course, I had to install lib32-openal myself before Borderlands 2 would work...
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