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Hamish Paul Wilson is a free software developer, game critic, amateur writer, and farm labourer living in Alberta, Canada. He is an advocate of both DRM free Linux gaming and the free software movement alongside his other causes, and more information on him can be found at his icculus.org hompage where he lists everything he is currently involved in.

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Some thoughts on Age of Conquest IV

By Hamish,
Age of Conquest IV by Noble Master Games is a strategy title that manages to go far beyond its roots in family tabletop gaming to become a lightning fast war game where you must do or die to succeed.

The Big Three Build Engine Games On GOG

By Hamish,
Duke Nukem 3D. Shadow Warrior. Blood. All built on the Build engine, these three games when taken collectively are often referred to as the Big Three, and they are now all available for Linux from GOG. But just how well has GOG done in bringing these classic '90s shooters into the modern era?

Desura owner Bad JuJu Games files for bankruptcy

By Hamish,
More bad news has emerged surrounding Desura, with its parent company Bad JuJu Games filing for bankruptcy only two weeks after it emerged that they were behind in paying developers and only seven months after it was announced that they had acquired Desura from Linden Lab.

The Chzo Mythos And Other Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw Games Updated For Linux

By Hamish,
Several years ago I made a number of standalone Linux binaries for the Chzo Mythos using the then closed source Adventure Game Studio runtime as a base. Now that the source code to AGS has been released, I have updated the builds to use the superior free software engine.

GOG to remove archive protection from their Windows installers

By Hamish,
After hearing plenty of heated feedback, GOG.com has now backtracked from their use of encrypted RAR files in their Windows installers, something which has raised concerns about the potential for encroaching DRM on their service as well as causing technical problems for some Linux users.

The Dark Descent of Frictional Games: Part Two

By Hamish,
In the second of a two part opinion series, I will offer up my own personal conviction that the Amnesia games do not actually live up to the full potential demonstrated by their predecessors.

The Dark Descent of Frictional Games: Part One

By Hamish,
In the first of a two part opinion series, we will explore how the Penumbra games through a process of gradual evolution created a solid design template for later Frictional Games titles to follow.

Yet Another Postal 2 DLC Is In The Works

By Hamish,
While Linux, Mac, and non-Steam players are still waiting for the arrival of the already released free updates to Running With Scissors flagship title, the Tucson based developers are already working on their next project, one which promises to revitalize the already eleven year old game in new and surprising ways.

Paranautical Activity Cancels Co-Op And Draws More Ire For Early Access

By Hamish,
I assume I am not alone in seeing the hate that Early Access has been getting from some sources recently. Well, the latest game to stoke the fire has been set off by CodeAvarice, developers of Paranautical Activity, a game that we have featured previously that combines both FPS and Rougelike gameplay features.

GamingOnLinux Reviews - Stacking

By Hamish,
Rating: 8/10 After two previous forays into mainstream console gaming that left Double Fine Productions out of cash and almost out of options, following the release of Brütal Legend (2009) Double Fine had to take a double take and chart out a new course for the then mostly auteur focused developer....

Postal 2 DLC progressing

By Hamish,
Developer Running With Scissors has committed to an initial release of the new Postal 2 expansion content on December 13, 2013, but unfortunately Linux, Mac, and DRM free players will have to wait a little bit longer before receiving the updates.

Double Fine Productions is now on Desura

By Hamish,
Double Fine Productions has started releasing their game titles on Desura. Most of their games have been available on both Steam and the Humble Store for quite some time already, but this is the first time that the studio notably headed by video game auteur Tim Schafer has turned their attention to Desura.

Chuck's Challenge 3D released on Desura

By Hamish,
Chuck's Challenge 3D is a new puzzle game by Chuck Sommerville, creator of the classic title Chip's Challenge. His latest creation has just been released on Desura as a result of a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Spooky Range - A new Unity3D FPS for Halloween

By Hamish,
Spooky Range is a new Unity3D powered first person shooter that is currently available for pre-order on Desura and will be released the day before Halloween.

GamingOnLinux Reviews - Trine 2: Complete Story

By Hamish,
Rating: 8.5/10 The original Trine (2009) first became notable to me after I had discovered that its developer Frozenbyte had given full permission to redistribute certain screenshots of the game under a Creative Commons license as long as an attribution back to them was preserved...
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