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Steam Play Proton 6.3-5 has a first Release Candidate out with lots of changes
By Mohandevir, 19 June 2021 at 1:59 pm UTC

Google and Valve have much in commmon, on the Linux front, and there is an obvious form of collaboration between them (Project Borealis)... So, who knows what will come out of it?

https://boilingsteam.com/steam-on-chromeos-not-a-rumor-anymore/

Vomitoreum is a retro-styled FPS Metroidvania that releases July 30
By Arcadius-8606, 19 June 2021 at 1:31 pm UTC

The demo is great. I'm looking forward to when this goes released on itch.io.

Linux Mint 20.2 has a Beta version now available
By tuubi, 19 June 2021 at 1:14 pm UTC

Quoting: KaDargoI'd still recommend Mint for new users and I check what's new from time to time but even with my really old PC Mint feels a bit too "limited" and so does every other Ubuntu based distro, I just can't go back to deal with PPAs when there's a better option.
I spent my first few years on Linux running distributions like Gentoo, manually compiling kernels and other software, fiddling with and learning the ins and outs of the system. And I loved it.

These days I just want a distro that lets me get on with things, doesn't require much maintenance, and works in a way that I find intuitive out of the box. Mint does a good job of hitting my sweet spot, both for gaming and for work.

Naturally we've all got our preferences and priorities. There's a distro for everyone but there's no distro to rule them all. Use whatever you find interesting and/or practical, but don't go around telling people that their choice is wrong. Unless they run something other than Linux, of course.

Absolute Drift from the art of rally devs arrives on GOG and free for 48 hours
By whizse, 19 June 2021 at 12:01 pm UTC

Quoting: scratchi3 GOG give aways in the last 5 days...which were reported here at least, it's the only way I ever find out about them.
I don't think Liam ever misses a native give-away. For all others I follow this thread. It's one of my forevertabs.

Prison Architect: Second Chances expansion and free update The Pen out now
By Philadelphus, 19 June 2021 at 9:13 am UTC

I've never really been interested in Prison Architect before (I've seen my housemate play it/seen some footage on YouTube so I'm familiar with it), but this expansion has me intrigued. Maybe it's just my naïvety and optimism, but I like the idea of running a prison for reforming criminals.

Return a wasteland to green glory in the upcoming Terra Nil
By Philadelphus, 19 June 2021 at 9:09 am UTC

I tried out the demo (available now with Steam Fest), and found it very reminiscent of Islanders; you have a single currency (leaves/points) which buildings cost, but many of them give it back when you increase greenery, so it's a game of trying to optimize your net value. It's a bit more involved than Islanders though (which was pretty much limited to just placement of buildings) as you actually affect and change the terrain here. For whatever reason I didn't enjoy it as much as Islanders (I just found it more stressful, somehow), but it's absolutely a well-made game and if you like that style of gameplay it's well-worth checking out.

Steam Play Proton 6.3-5 has a first Release Candidate out with lots of changes
By F.Ultra, 19 June 2021 at 8:07 am UTC

Quoting: fagnerln
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: fagnerlnEven with Linux on every PC, Proton fixes one of the bigger annoyance of Linux: Fragmentation.

I daresay that the whole fragmentation thing is a bit of a myth. For the vast, vast majority of games they ran on any distro, or could easily be made to do so.

"Proton" doesn't really solve a technical issue. It solves a customer experience one.

Isn't a myth, if you play GoG games you will probably find some barriers if you don't use Ubuntu.

Some games don't even runs on newer version of a distro, I had issues in the past with Ubuntu that a game needs an outdated libraries, so I made a lot of links to bypassing, but in the end the game ran but crashed.

Yes it's basically a myth, as @mirv wrote "could easily be made to do so" which goes back to your GOG games, the devs there didn't do what they could to make their games work on all systems and instead went with the default Ubuntu route.

OpenGL over Vulkan driver Zink gets a huge performance boost
By F.Ultra, 19 June 2021 at 7:53 am UTC

Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: tuubiLegacy baggage and technical debt are related (and depressing) terms that spring to mind.

I like "Legacy baggage"!
(I always take this with a bit of understanding/sympathy - it's not like I haven't produced similar baggages... ;) )
As a rule without the old stuff, the new stuff could never have come into being, so. And all new stuff will at some point become legacy baggage. If you're lucky. If you're not lucky it won't because it wasn't relevant enough to create a legacy . . .

Absolutely, or to quote the old TV series Crocodile Shoes: "Remember that Has-beens, Has Been".

The development release Wine 6.11 is out now, pulls in patch to help Roblox work on Linux
By DrDickGind, 19 June 2021 at 7:48 am UTC Likes: 1

Hogs of War? What a great game this was back in the days :) I could not manage to run it without graphics issues on wine. So I used the ps1 emulator duckstation. Would be great, if they managed to get it properly working.

Linux Mint 20.2 has a Beta version now available
By KaDargo, 19 June 2021 at 7:42 am UTC

Looks good. I used Mint Cinnamon for years, it was great and I can't imagine a better distro for someone like me during my first few years as a Linux user (actually I had Ubuntu for almost 2 years but never felt like I was really getting anywhere with it). But now that I tried EndeavourOS I can't go back to Mint. I'd still recommend Mint for new users and I check what's new from time to time but even with my really old PC Mint feels a bit too "limited" and so does every other Ubuntu based distro, I just can't go back to deal with PPAs when there's a better option.

Space station building sim Starmancer enters Early Access on August 5
By 14, 19 June 2021 at 6:46 am UTC

Aww man, it was just a couple days ago that I looked at my Steam wish list and was fooled by the release day. I thought the game was going to be done on August 5th! Dangit. Well... I'm glad for the milestone of entering Early Access. I read their EA blurb on Steam and it sounded like they're going to do what Satisfactory is doing, which is remain in EA for a really long time. I feel conflicted about that as a consumer. I don't know when's a good time to jump in. On the other hand, I want to buy the game since it's pretty low priced and the developers are encouraged.

Modern Wolf announces Mechajammer, a tactical cyberpunk turn-based RPG
By 14, 19 June 2021 at 6:33 am UTC

I might not be able to resist this one, especially if it lands on GOG.

Kalypso Media to reduce pricing on their games as a result of doing well
By 14, 19 June 2021 at 6:24 am UTC

Really cool news.

I have one of the Tropico games and Dungeons 3, both of which I really enjoyed including the humor. Spacebase Startopia has been on my wish list ever since I first saw it. I don't have it yet but plan to get it when a new game "fits" into my entertainment time.

EDIT: I just discovered that there was an old game called Startopia that looks like the same thing but, well, way older.

The Polacolour Update is now live for art of rally with a dark mode UI
By on_en_a_gros, 19 June 2021 at 6:06 am UTC

Quotecross-platform leaderboards with downloadable ghosts of anyone you see on the leaderboard

Let's hope it's true for the gog version. It's an incredible game, but time attack with just your times is not the most fun experience.

OpenGL over Vulkan driver Zink gets a huge performance boost
By TheRiddick, 19 June 2021 at 1:50 am UTC

TR2013 native always gave me significant slowdowns in several areas in the game to the point of making it not enjoyable. Yes the benchmark doesn't show these slowdowns.

Steam Next Fest is live again with new demos, livestreams and more
By stan, 19 June 2021 at 1:19 am UTC

Patrick’s parabox is pretty cool.
I found it just hard enough.

Google says Stadia is very much 'alive and well' according to a new interview
By sgtnasty369, 19 June 2021 at 12:39 am UTC

I just played a full day of Elder Scrolls Online via Stadia (brand new federal holiday). I played Dungeons and PvP/Campaign and had only 1 time noticed a slight lag in video. It was the best day of Stadia I have ever had. I hope its because they are upgrading the network on those servers.

Steam Play Proton 6.3-5 has a first Release Candidate out with lots of changes
By Mohandevir, 18 June 2021 at 11:00 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: mirv
Quoting: Mohandevir
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: fagnerlnEven with Linux on every PC, Proton fixes one of the bigger annoyance of Linux: Fragmentation.

I daresay that the whole fragmentation thing is a bit of a myth. For the vast, vast majority of games they ran on any distro, or could easily be made to do so.

"Proton" doesn't really solve a technical issue. It solves a customer experience one.

... Or a dev support issue... No need to support Linux, with proton it's possible to make the Windows build run on Linux with a lot less support from their part. I'm not sure that Proton will go away, unless Windows and Xbox disappears... It's probably what will allow us to play Bethesda games, for the foreseeable futur, considering their Xbox Gemepass and PC exclusivity stuff...

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/starfield-todd-howard-talks-exclusivity-on-xbox-and-pc/1100-6492977/

"You don't ever want to leave people out, right?" he told The Telegraph. "But at the end of the day, your ability to focus and say, this is the game I want to make, these are the platforms I want to make it on, and being able to really lean in on those is going to make for a better product."

-Todd Howard

Sounds like a PR speach with half truths, but... If at least Proton could become some kind of official Steam SDK, so that developers may officially support and test against it, it would be a good start. Hopefully, it's what will happen with the Steam Pal.

Such PR stuff is always half-truths at best. What they really mean is not a better product, but a way to make more money. I've seen it being completely impossible to run on a GNU/Linux system, too hard, the software just doesn't run, etc etc etc....and bam, Stadia, suddenly no problems to get it running.

...of course, the person you quoted has something to do with Fallout 76; even I've heard of the monumental failures of that, and I've never play any game from that series.

But anyway, even Carmack was musing once about improving wine being better, and that was in 2013 I think. I don't want it to be a standardised target however, for one particular reason: it will stifle gaming creativity on GNU/Linux. It will always be chasing what Microsoft are up to, and that will lead to stagnation in my view.

I can see why wine, or an officially bundled up version of it (aka "Proton") would be attractive to a lot of developers, and don't get me wrong, playing various games without needing to dual-boot is very nice, but I still vote for full native over wine any day of the week.

(And yes, I can "sound"/read as a bit ranty, even if I don't mean it, but I like to explain why I have my views. And none of this is right or wrong, simply conversation.)

What I wrote in my original post wasn't a wish of mine. I just stated what I think will happen. I would much prefer native Linux builds, but I'm resigned... It won't happen in the short to middle term, if at all.

There is a platform war that just got reignited, and PC gaming is the warfield, this time. Linux is a really small player in all this. Stadia and Steam Linux (Steampal) are probably our best weapons, if we have any.

These big corporations got the smell of the money, thanks to Valve that brought PC gaming where it is, but they just don't care about us.

Steam Play Proton 6.3-5 has a first Release Candidate out with lots of changes
By mirv, 18 June 2021 at 10:19 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: Mohandevir
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: fagnerlnEven with Linux on every PC, Proton fixes one of the bigger annoyance of Linux: Fragmentation.

I daresay that the whole fragmentation thing is a bit of a myth. For the vast, vast majority of games they ran on any distro, or could easily be made to do so.

"Proton" doesn't really solve a technical issue. It solves a customer experience one.

... Or a dev support issue... No need to support Linux, with proton it's possible to make the Windows build run on Linux with a lot less support from their part. I'm not sure that Proton will go away, unless Windows and Xbox disappears... It's probably what will allow us to play Bethesda games, for the foreseeable futur, considering their Xbox Gemepass and PC exclusivity stuff...

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/starfield-todd-howard-talks-exclusivity-on-xbox-and-pc/1100-6492977/

"You don't ever want to leave people out, right?" he told The Telegraph. "But at the end of the day, your ability to focus and say, this is the game I want to make, these are the platforms I want to make it on, and being able to really lean in on those is going to make for a better product."

-Todd Howard

Sounds like a PR speach with half truths, but... If at least Proton could become some kind of official Steam SDK, so that developers may officially support and test against it, it would be a good start. Hopefully, it's what will happen with the Steam Pal.

Such PR stuff is always half-truths at best. What they really mean is not a better product, but a way to make more money. I've seen it being completely impossible to run on a GNU/Linux system, too hard, the software just doesn't run, etc etc etc....and bam, Stadia, suddenly no problems to get it running.

...of course, the person you quoted has something to do with Fallout 76; even I've heard of the monumental failures of that, and I've never play any game from that series.

But anyway, even Carmack was musing once about improving wine being better, and that was in 2013 I think. I don't want it to be a standardised target however, for one particular reason: it will stifle gaming creativity on GNU/Linux. It will always be chasing what Microsoft are up to, and that will lead to stagnation in my view.

I can see why wine, or an officially bundled up version of it (aka "Proton") would be attractive to a lot of developers, and don't get me wrong, playing various games without needing to dual-boot is very nice, but I still vote for full native over wine any day of the week.

(And yes, I can "sound"/read as a bit ranty, even if I don't mean it, but I like to explain why I have my views. And none of this is right or wrong, simply conversation.)

Steam Play Proton 6.3-5 has a first Release Candidate out with lots of changes
By fagnerln, 18 June 2021 at 9:49 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: mirv
Quoting: fagnerlnEven with Linux on every PC, Proton fixes one of the bigger annoyance of Linux: Fragmentation.

I daresay that the whole fragmentation thing is a bit of a myth. For the vast, vast majority of games they ran on any distro, or could easily be made to do so.

"Proton" doesn't really solve a technical issue. It solves a customer experience one.

Isn't a myth, if you play GoG games you will probably find some barriers if you don't use Ubuntu.

Some games don't even runs on newer version of a distro, I had issues in the past with Ubuntu that a game needs an outdated libraries, so I made a lot of links to bypassing, but in the end the game ran but crashed.

co-open is a wholesome game about shopping by yourself for the first time
By whizse, 18 June 2021 at 9:32 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: TheSHEEEPI remember one of my first times shopping alone, I actually stole a sausage.
Got it from the butcher (but you payed at the cash register) and some other stuff, then went on to pay, but noticed I didn't have enough money.
Since I couldn't exactly "put it back", I decided to store the sausage in my pants and just paid for the other stuff.
As soon as you drag and dropped the sausage I bet the narrator went "Bet you can't fit that thing into your pants. Guess I was wrong; it does fit. There must be plenty of spare room in there."

Steam Play Proton 6.3-5 has a first Release Candidate out with lots of changes
By tuubi, 18 June 2021 at 9:25 pm UTC Likes: 10

Quoting: Tchey
Quoting: PalancaProton is unstoppable.

When Linux will be on all PC, Proton will die.

At that point it'll still serve a purpose, enabling people to play their old Windows games that never got ported.

Learn how locks really work in Sophie's Safecracking Simulator now on Steam
By WorMzy, 18 June 2021 at 9:02 pm UTC Likes: 4

First impressions: the tutorial's really informative, although the camera controls aren't really fit for purpose and get in the way more often than not. I picked up the basics, with no prior interest in safe cracking, and was able to crack a 10-code lock within 30 minutes of playing (albeit with xray mode enabled). I now know more about combination locks than I ever thought I would, and getting me to learn something after work on a Friday evening is no small feat I tell you.

Steam Play Proton 6.3-5 has a first Release Candidate out with lots of changes
By Mohandevir, 18 June 2021 at 8:58 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: mirv
Quoting: fagnerlnEven with Linux on every PC, Proton fixes one of the bigger annoyance of Linux: Fragmentation.

I daresay that the whole fragmentation thing is a bit of a myth. For the vast, vast majority of games they ran on any distro, or could easily be made to do so.

"Proton" doesn't really solve a technical issue. It solves a customer experience one.

... Or a dev support issue... No need to support Linux, with proton it's possible to make the Windows build run on Linux with a lot less support from their part. I'm not sure that Proton will go away, unless Windows and Xbox disappears... It's probably what will allow us to play Bethesda games, for the foreseeable futur, considering their Xbox Gemepass and PC exclusivity stuff...

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/starfield-todd-howard-talks-exclusivity-on-xbox-and-pc/1100-6492977/

"You don't ever want to leave people out, right?" he told The Telegraph. "But at the end of the day, your ability to focus and say, this is the game I want to make, these are the platforms I want to make it on, and being able to really lean in on those is going to make for a better product."

-Todd Howard

Sounds like a PR speach with half truths, but... If at least Proton could become some kind of official Steam SDK, so that developers may officially support and test against it, it would be a good start. Hopefully, it's what will happen with the Steam Pal.

The Polacolour Update is now live for art of rally with a dark mode UI
By whizse, 18 June 2021 at 8:57 pm UTC Likes: 1

The dark mode for the menu is nice. Still some stages are even brighter than the menu. The Norway snow stages driven in fog actually doubles as cheap Lasik if you press your eyeballs to the screen!

Anyhow, now we wait for Kenya, in-game and IRL!

Steam Play Proton 6.3-5 has a first Release Candidate out with lots of changes
By Dorrit, 18 June 2021 at 8:50 pm UTC

QuoteTrainz Railroad Simulator 2019
Anyone with experience on this game?

The development release Wine 6.11 is out now, pulls in patch to help Roblox work on Linux
By Purple Library Guy, 18 June 2021 at 8:42 pm UTC Likes: 1

Two of my grandkids play that. Often together, which is nice--they live just far enough from each other that it's a major deal to get together physically, but they stay close partly because they're always playing Roblox together. Of course they don't use Linux, but it's nice that in a vague hypothetical sense, a barrier to the possibility of them doing so has gone down.

Steam Play Proton 6.3-5 has a first Release Candidate out with lots of changes
By mirv, 18 June 2021 at 8:35 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: fagnerlnEven with Linux on every PC, Proton fixes one of the bigger annoyance of Linux: Fragmentation.

I daresay that the whole fragmentation thing is a bit of a myth. For the vast, vast majority of games they ran on any distro, or could easily be made to do so.

"Proton" doesn't really solve a technical issue. It solves a customer experience one.