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By dpanter, 13 October 2019 at 9:05 pm UTC

Not sure we have a choice. In the end, it always comes down to cost. I remember dedicated Phys-X cards... does anyone else? That's how well that went.

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By appetrosyan, 13 October 2019 at 9:03 pm UTC

Surviving Mars. Just like every game from Paradox interactive, this is an absolute time sink! Its gameplay is weird in that there is a clear strategic goal, very slow progression and a lot of places to shoot yourself in the foot. On the other hand this is the only game where I can proudly say I've come up with a system. Multiple systems in fact. Just, where can I get the 40-odd hours I've spent on terraforming Mars back? Oh well, at least I learned about project Mohole among other things.

Extreme biking game 'Descenders' adds mod.io integration and a funny Wipeout inspired map
By jarl.arntzen, 13 October 2019 at 8:48 pm UTC

Ahhh. Descenders. A complete hit with the kids here. Fun game!

Developed on Linux, the train transportation sim 'Hexa Trains' is out now
By jarl.arntzen, 13 October 2019 at 8:45 pm UTC

Nice. Bought it today.

Odds and ends, the Linux and gaming Sunday Section
By Shmerl, 13 October 2019 at 8:31 pm UTC Likes: 1

Ray tracing itself is a good concept. I'm skeptical about wasting space on the GPU die on ray tracing ASICs however. It comes at the cost of having less other GPU compute units. I.e. you get weaker GPU with ray tracing, that's not even really that good, since good ray tracing requires much more powerful hardware anyway.

Question is, is it worth the trade off? I'm not sure it is. If you really need ray tracing, you'd better come up with another device in addition to GPU, instead of cramming it all into GPU itself.

Odds and ends, the Linux and gaming Sunday Section
By Ehvis, 13 October 2019 at 8:00 pm UTC

ShmerlRay tracing is really a marketing red herring at this point. Not something that's worth a huge premium tag Nvidia puts on their cards because of dedicated ASICs for it, and at this point not worth the GPU die space used on those ASICs at the cost of less general purpose GPU compute units.

You're definitely doing the concept of raytracing short here. It could have massive benefits in lifting the shortcomings of current engines when used properly. Which is not necessarily a fully raytraced game, but enabling it for lighting/shadows. This can be done with normal compute as well. RTX would just be an accelerated version of it.

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By Nevertheless, 13 October 2019 at 7:40 pm UTC

Patola
NeverthelessI decided to give Pathfinder Kingmaker a pause after >150 hours, because it's so incredibly big that there is no chance to finish it anytime soon. It has very bright sides and some questionable design decisions, but was totally worth playing!
I'm now playing The long journey home on Proton. It really reminds me of one of my all time favourite games: Starflight from 1986, that I played on Amiga around 1991..
Edit: typo
Please convince me to like this game (Pathfinder Kingmaker), expand your impressions. I want to like it but so far I've seen some gameplays and it seemed boring, with lots and lots of windows and inventory and skills management, and very few environments, all very much alike, and generic fights. I want to be proven wrong, you can insult me if it helps.

Also I took a glance at The long journey home. Look amazing, although it does not have a good rating on Steam but I have learned to be skeptical about this rating anyway. Can you tell more?

I don't know if I can convince you to like PK, but I'll tell you what I think of it so far. This game is a bit complicated to judge, so I might need some time to write it down, but I will!
I'm not very far in Tljh at the moment. I'll let you know when I know enough to talk about the game!

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By OneSubtractOne, 13 October 2019 at 6:47 pm UTC

I've been playing Rise to Ruins a bit lately. I recently played a really long game of Factorio that I enjoyed immensely, but i got to the rocket launching and the only thing left to do was to optimize.. I realize optimization is sort of the point of the game, but I'm less an engineer and more a dude with a hammer... So.
Rise to Ruins is great though. I played for the first time, and died 'cos I forgot to feed anyone. Then I played my second game, and it so far seems to be doing alright except you know, the corruption is coming in fast now and I might be in trouble.
Otherwise, it's just Dead Cells over and over. I suck horribly, I die on like the second zone, whichever it may be... But it's just so much fun.

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By RafiLinux, 13 October 2019 at 6:30 pm UTC

  • We. The Revolution via GOG

    Just ended this one. It's the last of the single player games I bought recently to see if SP games are for me. I liked it a lot and it had me hankering for some more reading material around the french revolution.

    I can not put into words whether the game was fun for me or not. I tend to associate video gaming fun with excitement and the rush of adrenaline. This game by it's nature had me pausing and reflecting more on the characters and their plights.

    Overall I enjoyed it but it was very different experience than what I am use to.

  • Splody via itch.io

    This is an excellent Bomberman Clone. My wife and I love this game and play a few rounds before bed. Co-op or VS is a lot of fun.

  • Mother Russia Bleeds via GOG

    This game is just becoming a staple of the family gaming experience. Currently, we are unlocking all of the drugs via of Arena.

  • Fatal Fury Special via Humble Bundle/MAME/Mednafen

    There are a few locals coming up for retro-fighters and this is THE FIGHTING GAME, I loved growing up as a kid. It's still lots of fun and the linux release via Humble Bundle and GOG are compatible with MAME. Two of the locals are on original Sega Genesis hardware so I am learning that version also since I never messed with consoles growing up very much.


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By Valck, 13 October 2019 at 6:04 pm UTC Likes: 1

X4:Foundations, after a previous abortive start when it came out on GOG (was pressed for time, and the tutorial wasn't exactly helpful). So far, I'm some 120 hours in and enjoying it greatly.

A few sour grapes though: It seems you can't get achievements with the GOG Linux version (might work on Steam, idk). Not that I care at all about achievements, but apparently they are a requirement for playing as one of the races, which sucks.

And "ventures" are a joke, I mean come on, "your" ships can "appear" in other players' universes, what does that have to do with multiplayer? All Egosoft has to do is grab their list of player names, seed a random number generator with it, and everybody can play "multiplayer". Would even work offline... just update the list with each patch... Hey, they could even use that as a selling point – "massive offline multiplayer"!
Not that I'd be interested in them, either; I have played the X games from the very beginning and have never felt that multiplayer was the one thing that was missing. I'd like to paint my ships in rainbow colours though, and apart from a mere handful, guess what - paint mods require you to participate in "multiplayer". Cue "it's just COSMETIC" in a Jim Sterling voice; I feel your pain, Jim, I really do.

So far i haven't felt the need to install mods, but those juicy paint schemes, man...

Odds and ends, the Linux and gaming Sunday Section
By dpanter, 13 October 2019 at 5:54 pm UTC Likes: 1

Recent rumor hints at AMD enabling soft DXR raytracing support in their (Windows) driver in December.

Odds and ends, the Linux and gaming Sunday Section
By Shmerl, 13 October 2019 at 5:28 pm UTC Likes: 4

Ray tracing is really a marketing red herring at this point. Not something that's worth a huge premium tag Nvidia puts on their cards because of dedicated ASICs for it, and at this point not worth the GPU die space used on those ASICs at the cost of less general purpose GPU compute units.

Regarding trends, while AMD is marching in CPU department, in GPUs, Linux has its own situation that differs from Windows. Windows users for the most part prefer Nvidia, but on Linux situation is starting to tilt towards AMD. Though so far it doesn't look accelerating to me. The trend is more or less constant:

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What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By kokoko3k, 13 October 2019 at 5:18 pm UTC

Last day of June!
Yep, Epic gave it for free, and epic game store runs on lutris.
Protondb say it is borked, buy it is sufficient to install media foundation libraries (i used this: https://github.com/z0z0z/mf-install) inside the wine prefix to make it work.
Caveat: Mouse/camera does not work if you start the game from epic game launcher.
So i imported it into steam and set latest proton as the tool to launch it (you've to install media foundation libs into the proton prefix).
Performances are not stellar, but i've read that under windows is the same, and it also froze one time, but not in a subsequent run.
Nice

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By ghiuma, 13 October 2019 at 5:16 pm UTC

For now I play with (almost only Steam play) Pine, Resident evil 2, Greedfall and Fallout 4 ... Beautiful!

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By aokami, 13 October 2019 at 4:53 pm UTC

Hi there!

I usually don't think my gaming experience is relevant, though I'm quite proud about my latest doings.

First of all I finally finished all achievements of Portal 2 including the co-op ones, and for which I'd like to thank Valve for their transparent cross-platform system (can't be perfect, my friend was on windows). Yet Valve really have been involved in developing native Linux versions, shootout to them!

Then I finished XCom: enemy unknown, great game, a bit stressful as you play against the clock while trying to keep tour base afloat. Great port, nothing more to say, and I'd like to thank Feral Interactive for that!

Then I could finally come back on my favourite mmorpg, Guild Wars 2, thanks to a custom installer found on the forums, as the Lutris install script didn't perform that well, though it's only some tweaking steps away to actually make it into an install script. Shootout to the gw2 community and the D9VK developers!

Ultimately I managed to have a massive laugh out of a Star Citizen mining expedition with the LUG organization/community on the latest 3.7.0 updatw. The game is promising and its performance on Linux are quite decent. I kept crashing for a couple of hours but once all my shaders were compiled them game was stable and ran smoothly (I have a 7 years old AMD FX8350). Anyway, the LUG community recently managed to figured out the black texture issue people were experiencing from the RC patches (called PTU). Shootout to the community and everyone that's making possible, from the wine developers to dxvk and but also Lutris!

Thank you guys!

PS: this signs my Solus treason to the profit of Manjaro adoption.

Odds and ends, the Linux and gaming Sunday Section
By Patola, 13 October 2019 at 4:51 pm UTC

A worthwhile news for NVIDIA GPU RTX owners is that NVIDIA plans to augment more classics with RT, which is very good if they are going to use vulkan and be cross-platform because Linux users have too few games - dxvk does not implement Direct3D 12 is needed for RT on games like Control, Metro Exodus, Battlefield V etc (and they do not use Vulkan, which also has an RT extension).

4x strategy game 'BOC: The Birth Of Civilizations' is now on Kickstarter
By techieg33k, 13 October 2019 at 3:13 pm UTC

Doc AngeloSeems to be a rather odd fella... starting fights with people while marketing his kickstarter...

https://www.reddit.com/r/BaseBuildingGames/comments/dgja2y/boc_is_now_live_on_kickstarter_a_historical_4x/f3cxjnr/

Yeah that is a pretty stupid thing to do. Obviously he doesn't seem to like EPIC, but that is no reason for that.

I still think it looks like a really cool game and I am watching the KS closely.

System76 have put Coreboot into two of their main Intel-powered laptops
By techieg33k, 13 October 2019 at 3:10 pm UTC

I also would love to see AMD as an option. This CoreBoot is a great step towards more freedom.

Honestly if I could afford it I'd get a laptop from them, but for now I don't get a laptop at all.

I also agree RISC-V would be even more awesome though

Stellaris 2.4 is out with the new Paradox Launcher included
By techieg33k, 13 October 2019 at 3:08 pm UTC

EhvisCan the launcher be skipped? Because this is just a needless step that I don't need.
There is a SKIP in the upper-right area of the Launcher. I had to do the same.

I still love how much support Stellaris gets in Linux...I think it runs better than in Windows at least for me.

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By jumbles83, 13 October 2019 at 3:53 pm UTC

Recently completed Sundered which was a fantastic platformer from Thunder Lotus (who also made the brilliant and beautiful Jotun). Periods of exploration interspersed with manic intense combat in a cleverly crafted world, with unlockable combat skills to make your escape from the Eldritch abyss that little bit easier. Some great boss fights too that really show off the games mechanics.

Also love Pillars Of Eternity II, recently went to try the new(ish) turn-based mod the devs released but couldn't get into it with my Wizard (and I absolutely love turn-based games), would be interested to hear anyone's thoughts about the turn-based gameplay. Shame Obsidian were bought by Microsoft too, I also wonder if this will impact in any way their support for Linux...

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By axredneck, 13 October 2019 at 2:40 pm UTC Likes: 1

Stalker: Shadows of Chernobyl with "Тайные Тропы 2" mod. Very long mod, longer than original game.

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By Patola, 13 October 2019 at 2:31 pm UTC

loggeX4 - even though some quests appear to be a bit buggy. It has a great depth, and kept me busy 90 hours, so far.

Compared to X2 it is more easy to progress and make money, so it's up to me how fast I want to be magnate or lay more importance into better know the whole universe.
Do you play it with or without mods? Do you use ventures?

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By Nanobang, 13 October 2019 at 2:04 pm UTC Likes: 1

I've been trying to get into something new for the last few months, but to no avail. On the plus side, I have been (very, very) slowly winnowing down my backlog of games. In the last month or so I have played:

  • Ostrich Island: I was enjoying this well enough in the beginning, but became bored when the action moved off of the titular island and into a series of poorly illuminated dungeon hallways. I left after 6 hours.

  • Payday 2: For a few hours with a friend, but after 2K hours on Steam and about as many on the X360 before that, I'm pretty played out with this.

  • King Oddball: A super chill physics game where you play as the aforementioned monarch---a giant, floating orb with a face and Gene Simmons' tongue---conquering your enemies by flinging boulders onto them. I play it often, if never for very long.

  • *Rombie: Phroot's latest open world robot joint. Similar to his excellent XX89 trilogy, but dingy, monotonous, and unrewarding. I gave it 4 hours before uninstalling it with a sigh.

  • 3089 and 4089: The first two games of Phroot's delightful XX89 series, neither of which would run from their initial launcher.

  • Runic Rampage: Played it all the way through and (finally) beat the end-boss, which was the real victory here. Not because it was particularly hard, but because I tend to find boss battles immensely tedious, frustrating excercises in pattern recognition. Nevertheless, a fun enough hack-n-slash-lite game spoilt only by the 'Dash' button being a common button used in attack combos. Instead of 'dashing' at or away from enemies, I often found myself walloping the ground with a bloody huge axe for no rhyme or reason.

  • Jettomero: This is one of the most unique looking games I've ever played. Unfortunately, the game has a number of issues centered on controls which render using a Steampad as anything but an Xbox controller simply moot. I may get back to it at somepoint.

  • Everything: A delightful experience peppered with mind-blowing sound bites of Alan Watts lectures. After 2 hours, though I hadn't seen everything, I'd seen enough. I stopped playing and began downloading Alan Watts lectures from Youtube.

  • Insignificant: I bought it and returned it all within a few hours. I've no idea how good the game is or isn't. It appears to be one of the most imaginatively conceived games ever, but it sees the Steam Controller as a gamepad. Full stop. I use a Steam Controller mapped with keyboard + mouse for all FPS games and the inability to get Insignificant to accept this meant asking for and getting a refund.

  • Bard's Tale: I downloaded it last night but haven't played it yet. Here's hoping.

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By Patola, 13 October 2019 at 2:00 pm UTC Likes: 1

NeverthelessI decided to give Pathfinder Kingmaker a pause after >150 hours, because it's so incredibly big that there is no chance to finish it anytime soon. It has very bright sides and some questionable design decisions, but was totally worth playing!
I'm now playing The long journey home on Proton. It really reminds me of one of my all time favourite games: Starflight from 1986, that I played on Amiga around 1991..
Edit: typo
Please convince me to like this game (Pathfinder Kingmaker), expand your impressions. I want to like it but so far I've seen some gameplays and it seemed boring, with lots and lots of windows and inventory and skills management, and very few environments, all very much alike, and generic fights. I want to be proven wrong, you can insult me if it helps.

Also I took a glance at The long journey home. Look amazing, although it does not have a good rating on Steam but I have learned to be skeptical about this rating anyway. Can you tell more?

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By Patola, 13 October 2019 at 1:53 pm UTC

denyasisStill playing elite dangerous via wine. No hiccups so far. I absolutely love old space traders like privateer, so this really is enjoyable. Dying I'd rather frustrating, but not any worse than the old games if yore.

Ps, don't know why no one ever made a star wars themed space trader. The setting would be perfect for it. Who doesn't want to be Han solo?
Apart from other games (The Witcher 3 is occupying this weekend, I want to finish it), I bought Elite: Dangerous and have been playing it with 6 different devices (mouse, keyboard, and a HOTAS kit comprised of one flight stick (Thrustmaster Warthog), one thruster (Saitek X52 Pro), one button panel (MFD F-16) and the pedals of my G29). It is an incredible visual and mechanic experience, but it tires very quickly, so I am kind of hesitant to play it (specially in Open Mode, where I am scared of losing my hard-earned ship to pirates). I have tried to configure the steam controller for it but I don't find it as gratifying as using the HOTAS, although it is much less tiresome.

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By TimeFreeze, 13 October 2019 at 1:48 pm UTC

Monster Hunter XX ( Generation Ultimate) on the Nintendo Switch. No one said it needs to be a PC game right?

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
By rafagars, 13 October 2019 at 2:21 pm UTC

Batman Arkham Knight: I couldn't resit epic giveaway either. It runs better than expected and it's really fun.

Also Among the Sleep thanks to Celphy giveaway, short game but I like it.

Extreme biking game 'Descenders' adds mod.io integration and a funny Wipeout inspired map
By MayeulC, 13 October 2019 at 1:12 pm UTC

Eeh? I thought you were talking about this wipeout. I had never heard of that one, although I also get the appeal

For wipeout-the-antigrav-racing-game fans, Redout runs quite well under steamplay, and has a demo

Tactical dungeon management game Legend of Keepers has a free prologue out
By Zlopez, 13 October 2019 at 1:04 pm UTC

This looks similar to Dungeon Keeper. Will be a nice addition to my wishlist :-)

Intel giving hints at a possible Intel Xe dedicated GPU release in June 2020
By razing32, 13 October 2019 at 12:37 pm UTC

Thanks.
Guess I learned something new

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