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February 2020 update
Liam Dawe commented on 26 February 2020 at 7:40 pm UTC

Note: This was first posted on Patreon. Patrons get first access to anything like this and sometimes expanded details not in these public posts.

Another month, another little look at what we've been up to.

First, we ran another successful GOTY Award! It seemed to go quite well, you can see all the results here. Definitely going to have a few less categories next time, it was a bit too many. Thanks to everyone who voted, lots of pleased developers from it (seems there's a lot of eyes on us!).

Steam Tracker

- The Steam Tracker now uses some darker line colouring for the light theme, some of them were too hard to see.

- The Steam Tracker was also updated with the new monthly active figure from Valve, they said it's at "nearly" 95 million. Find it at the bottom.

Games/App DB

It's coming together quite nicely now, you can see it here. Not ready to link directly to it from the main website yet, plenty of cleaning up to do and improvements needed everywhere still but it's getting there. However, all game/app tags on articles send you to their game/app db page.

- We can now easily add/remove featured games.

- The full list now pulls a list of licenses from our database for the filter on the right side of the page, it also has a counter to show how many are tagged under that license.

- We can now tag a game/software with the Game Engine used, this is also now a filter on the above linked full list. Eventually that will be super useful when we get around to tagging more to the correct engine. I know this is something a lot of people like to know so we're happy to do it.

- Added a lock timer for editors when opening a game/app to edit, so that we don't overwrite each other.

- Our GOG API scraper will now actually add a GOG store link to our database, if one doesn't exist for an item already. Apparently I forgot to do that <_<

Profiles

- The PC Info section now has a question for session type 11x/wayland as requested. If you want your info to be in the monthly statistics, do make sure it's ticked as such at the top.

- The Wipe PC Info option on profiles didn't correctly wipe newer fields, it now does.

- Private profiles were a bit too private. They now show (if you're logged in) block/unblock links, username and group badges as none of that is private and it's useful to show still.

Comments

- At times, people were posting massive pictures in comments and forum posts. To prevent scrolling for days, they now have a max-height set in the CSS of 500px. Hopefully this makes this experience a little nicer for everyone reading when people do it.

Finally:

Since the last monthly update (as of February 20) 237 articles have been posted. I also have a very long todo list of articles over the next few months, Linux gaming certainly is never boring.

If there's ever a style tweak, a feature addition or anything else you would really want to see on GOL, please do let me know. You can email direct any time to contact@gamingonlinux.com.

All the best, love and peace,

- Liam

alexbrrsclnt commented on 27 February 2020 at 8:47 am UTC

Great work, Liam!

WorMzy commented on 27 February 2020 at 10:08 pm UTC

Thanks for the update, as well as the hard work you put in!

Salvatos commented on 28 February 2020 at 12:05 am UTC

Liam DaweThanks to everyone who voted, lots of pleased developers from it (seems there's a lot of eyes on us!).
Oh, that’s good to know. It’s a bummer we didn’t see any acceptance speeches on the site ;)

Dedale commented on 28 February 2020 at 12:50 pm UTC

I have discovered the games database it it looks like a huge amount of work has been done !

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