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It's question time once again, time to tell the world what you've been playing and let us know if it's worth getting.

I've actually been really enjoying Sid Meier's Civilization VI with the new expansion, it's far more addictive than I originally thought. While I previously got bored with it after a few rounds, that's no longer the case.

The disasters system with climate change adds so much to the game to seriously make it that much more interesting. Soon my English army shall take over what's left of the world…

In regards to the performance of the port (which isn't great in the later game), Aspyr Media did say this on Reddit:

The answer is actually not technical, but simply bandwidth. Frankly, it was a valentines miracle to get Linux out along-side Windows in a playable state that we were happy with AND cross platform. There will be time for optimizations once the dust settles, and we will continue to optimize for as long as we work on the product. For Civ V, that was years.

As for other games, I still can't pull myself away from Rocket League. Now that I have a few hundred hours in it, the amount of tricks I can pull off is increasing all the time, once you get to grips with some aerial maneuvers the game certainly opens up a bit.

Another shout out to Streets of Rogue, still one of my absolute favourite indie games. The amount of time I'be put into this is nuts. Probably one of the funniest games I've ever played with friends. Absolutely check it out if you haven't and do have a look at our video of it!

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voyager2102 18 February 2019 at 11:04 am UTC
I decided last week to end my 300+ days of uptime and reboot my computer to get the graphics drivers ready for The Witcher 3 ;)

Boy, was that ever worth it. Just wanted to see if it really runs (after getting the kids to bed)... 3 in the morning my wife comes and asks if I am crazy and I should go the f*&/)( to bed ;) Played it whenever there was time after work and thoroughly enjoyed every second. What a game so far!

Then came the Civ 6: Gathering Storm release and I did something I rarely ever do: I bought it immediately on impulse b/c I had spent hours already watching the firaxis twitch channel where they talked through all the new stuff. A bit on the expensive side for an expansion... but hey, it's Civ! This is going to cost me a couple of cents per hour I am going to spend with it!!!11!

To make it short: We played it all weekend in (family) multiplayer and loved it - so much new stuff. Now to the negative point: My wife played on her mac and when I installed it from my account on her computer it gave me an instant steam hardware survey. Shit, I thought - I never get those on Linux!!! So I install it on the Windows laptop my daughter is using... steam hardware survey. Damn!!! That can't be! But not on Linux on my main system!

Other than that I recently (this month) played:

  • War of the Overworld - fun little game that doesn't take too long to just pick up for one level (at least in the beginning). I will play it again but it also didn't totally exite me.

  • Robothorium - also fun and very similar to Halcyon 6's Combat. At the moment I categorize this as casual gaming that I can start play a little then do sth. else

  • Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth - really well made adventure but a little on the casual side which makes it easy to play, put down and pick up again anytime - I am playing this in short instances for about 2 months now which is very unusaual for an adventure for me.

  • John Shafer's at the Gates - just had to get this one when it came out to see what the former Civ Lead Designer could do with his own game... sadly it is labeled a full game but plays like early access. Lot's interesting concepts but sadly not fleshed out. I'm probably not going to play this in a while and hope that they will work on this some more.

  • Particle Fleet: Emergence - being a HUGE fan of Creeper World III I just had to play this. What should I say - played through the campaign in one day... probably not going to play it again since while it is not a bad game it is just so much less than Creeper World 3.

vgnmnky 18 February 2019 at 11:05 am UTC
I've been playing Skyrim SE in Proton for a few weeks now. No special config, it just worked, other than needing an audio fix. Runs very nicely (occasional freezes, loss of some audio), better than the none-SE version ever did with WINE, and that's with an Intel GPU (NUC). Using Manjaro, for info.

Scoopta...I'm still waiting for Skyrim special edition to be playable in proton because once that happens it'll be freaking amazing on this setup.
Scoopta 18 February 2019 at 11:10 am UTC
vgnmnkyI've been playing Skyrim SE in Proton for a few weeks now. No special config, it just worked, other than needing an audio fix. Runs very nicely (occasional freezes, loss of some audio), better than the none-SE version ever did with WINE, and that's with an Intel GPU (NUC). Using Manjaro, for info.

Scoopta...I'm still waiting for Skyrim special edition to be playable in proton because once that happens it'll be freaking amazing on this setup.
vgnmnkyI've been playing Skyrim SE in Proton for a few weeks now. No special config, it just worked, other than needing an audio fix. Runs very nicely (occasional freezes, loss of some audio), better than the none-SE version ever did with WINE, and that's with an Intel GPU (NUC). Using Manjaro, for info.

Scoopta...I'm still waiting for Skyrim special edition to be playable in proton because once that happens it'll be freaking amazing on this setup.
Probably should have clarified. I'm running RADV with LLVM 7.0.1. The DXVK wiki mentions some games have a tendency to hang with LLVM 7.0.1 and unfortunately it appears Skyrim SE is one of them. I keep hoping that a newer RADV with LLVM 8 will end up in the Debian experimental repos(I run Sid) but not as of yet. I guess I could try my hand at compiling RADV myself but that sounds painful.
ajgp 18 February 2019 at 11:10 am UTC
I just finished "The Magic Circle" which was a very enjoyable game to say the least. Now I may get on with the First of the new Tomb Raiders...

Cutting edge gaming from me.
Arehandoro 18 February 2019 at 12:36 pm UTC
The Witcher 3 and why did I wait so much to play it. It will still last me a good couple of moths though
scaine 18 February 2019 at 12:57 pm UTC
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ArehandoroThe Witcher 3 and why did I wait so much to play it. It will still last me a good couple of moths though

The Witcher 2 put me off The Witcher 3. Having to drink potions before certain fights to have any chance of success is just a horrible gameplay mechanic. Well, that and all the mixed messages from CDPR about whether we were getting a Linux native build. Or was it mixed messages? I remember Valve "announced" it, that was retracted of course, but did CDPR ever say anything on the matter?

So yeah. They're not on my "don't buy" list or anything, but there are so many better developers (for Linux) that I'd rather spend my money on that even years after its release, I've never felt the urge to go there.
Nanobang 18 February 2019 at 1:13 pm UTC
With the recent release of Alpha 17, I've been revisiting 7 Days to Die, solo. It has come so far since *so* far since I first purchased it four or five years ago; though, it still has its share of head-scratchers (like, how can I put all this dirt I just dug up to make that hole, back into that hole?) If you have your own copy of 7d2d sitting in your Steam library, collecting dust, you might want to fire it up and see how far it's come.

I've also been playing a little zombie-horde shooter I picked up on sale for pennies called Blood Waves. I a bought it primarily to test it for Our Most Beloved ProtonDB, because it didn't have an entry yet. Everything worked perfectly except the controller, which went undetected, until I fired-up Kozec's SC-Controller---ta-daaaa!

And, as is our custom, my bro-in-law and I have been playing Borderlands TPS once or twice a week.


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wvstolzing 18 February 2019 at 1:41 pm UTC
scaineThe Witcher 2 put me off The Witcher 3. Having to drink potions before certain fights to have any chance of success is just a horrible gameplay mechanic.

That's one of my favorite things, though; because it adds an element of strategy into the combat, and also motivates the player to read the codex, to get an idea as to which signs & oils & potions are effective with what type of enemy. Since in-lore a witcher is supposed to have encyclopedic knowledge of such matters, having to do this kind of preparation deepens the role playing aspect a bit.

In any case, in easier difficulties one can pretty much ignore potions & alchemy; so there's a way to bypass that, if you don't enjoy it.


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Alm888 18 February 2019 at 1:49 pm UTC
1) "Kerbal Space Program";
2) "ATOM RPG: Post-apocalyptic indie game";
3) eeew… "Vixen 357" with English patch?
Arehandoro 18 February 2019 at 2:09 pm UTC
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ArehandoroThe Witcher 3 and why did I wait so much to play it. It will still last me a good couple of moths though

The Witcher 2 put me off The Witcher 3. Having to drink potions before certain fights to have any chance of success is just a horrible gameplay mechanic. Well, that and all the mixed messages from CDPR about whether we were getting a Linux native build. Or was it mixed messages? I remember Valve "announced" it, that was retracted of course, but did CDPR ever say anything on the matter?

So yeah. They're not on my "don't buy" list or anything, but there are so many better developers (for Linux) that I'd rather spend my money on that even years after its release, I've never felt the urge to go there.

Back in 2014, or 2015 can't remember right now, The Witcher 3 was going to be released for Linux, the 17th of May if I recall correctly. Few months earlier I had bought a new computer but missed the offer of The Witcher 3 being given for free with the GTX 970. Given the game was supposed to come to Linux anyway and that in May is my birthday -Aside of being a big fan the books and previous games- I decided to buy the game nonetheless. By that time I wasn't a full time Linux user/gamer either.

Time passed and we didn't received the game, things went wrong, I stopped gaming on Windows, feelings got bitter for many people and so on and so forth. Then DXVK came along and the game was pretty much playable. Last month decided to started it properly, and loving it so far.

While I understand your comment, and I might do the same in other occasions, it can sometimes be a foolish approach. Specially now thanks to Proton that games that work on it can count for our platform.

CDPR could do lots of things better, and we should point them as much as possible, but holding a grudge against them and not enjoying a great game for being stubborn it mainly affects us. Don't buy the game as full price, or don't even buy it at all, but play it nonetheless ;)

Sorry for the off topic, just wanted to point out why I play it and why I took so long.


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