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GOG has a huge sale on RPGs and sees the return of the classic Moonstone
By libgradev, 19 January 2021 at 1:45 pm UTC

Love Moonstone, had to purchase

Odin is finally pleased so the open-world survival game Valheim releases on February 2
By inlinuxdude, 19 January 2021 at 1:36 pm UTC

I assume the Death Metal doesn't play throughout the gameplay.. That would drive me a bit crazy after a while... Love the looks of the game though..

Odin is finally pleased so the open-world survival game Valheim releases on February 2
By STiAT, 19 January 2021 at 1:23 pm UTC

Finally. Unsure yet if I will buy in early access or at release though...

Still have AC Valhalla and Cyberpunk to finish on Stadia.

But I will buy it, that's for sure.

Stellaris will get more mysterious with Intel gathering and Espionage systems
By rkfg, 19 January 2021 at 1:17 pm UTC

I like how "Provocations" are explained recursively

GOG has a huge sale on RPGs and sees the return of the classic Moonstone
By Arehandoro, 19 January 2021 at 12:48 pm UTC

Quoting: mcphailI'm currently about 12 hours into Arcanum (via WINE) and 3 hours into Pathfinder: Kingmaker. So far, I can recommend both. Plenty of fun to be had in this sale!

Fun fact: Arcanum, and Fallout: New Vegas are the only 2 RPGs I know of that can be finished without fighting a single time.

GOG has a huge sale on RPGs and sees the return of the classic Moonstone
By dpanter, 19 January 2021 at 12:18 pm UTC

Oh daym, Moonstone is a brutal classic indeed! Many hours spent chopping monsters to bits on the old 386 way, way back... I say it still holds up today. Epic dragon fight anyone?

GOG has a huge sale on RPGs and sees the return of the classic Moonstone
By Liam Dawe, 19 January 2021 at 12:02 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: mcphailI'm currently about 12 hours into Arcanum (via WINE) and 3 hours into Pathfinder: Kingmaker. So far, I can recommend both. Plenty of fun to be had in this sale!
Arcanum was another from when I was younger. Really needs an open source reimplementation to improve it, sadly it's so often overlooked.

GOG has a huge sale on RPGs and sees the return of the classic Moonstone
By mcphail, 19 January 2021 at 11:50 am UTC

I'm currently about 12 hours into Arcanum (via WINE) and 3 hours into Pathfinder: Kingmaker. So far, I can recommend both. Plenty of fun to be had in this sale!

GOG has a huge sale on RPGs and sees the return of the classic Moonstone
By pb, 19 January 2021 at 11:38 am UTC

Great game, but I have it on Amiga and the DOS port is probably inferior.

Godot Engine gets a sixth 3.2.4 beta with a new CPU lightmapper
By Alm888, 19 January 2021 at 11:34 am UTC

Quoting: KimyrielleFINALLY they're going to add MP3 support. About time, really. MP3 has been a free format since about 2014 and like it or not, is still used about 99% of the time for compressing audio files. There was never really a point in NOT supporting it.
I don't get it.
MP3 is dead! Or, I was told so. Do you imply I was lied to?

With turn-based strategy and time management the VN Lotus Reverie: First Nexus is out now
By Alm888, 19 January 2021 at 11:24 am UTC Likes: 1

Just wanted to inform that the developer confirmed it will be available on itch.io as well, just a little bit later (after the initial critical patches).

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Open source PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 Remote Play client Chiaki has a final release
By Julius, 19 January 2021 at 11:24 am UTC Likes: 1

I wish they would now focus on making a 3rd party streaming client for Steam. Really sucks that the Steamlink app is closed source and only works on Android and RasberryPis.

GOG has a huge sale on RPGs and sees the return of the classic Moonstone
By nattydread, 19 January 2021 at 11:10 am UTC

OMG that's a blast from the past.
Moonstone was such a great amiga game, up there with Barbarian.

Odin is finally pleased so the open-world survival game Valheim releases on February 2
By beko, 19 January 2021 at 10:54 am UTC

Quoting: JJNova
Quoting: ShmerlA pity the author pulled itch.io release because of IPv4 NAT problems that he solves by using Steam-only service.

The game was quite fun.

Thanks for your comment. This is what I came to find out. It is a bit unfortunate.
I don't understand this comment at all.

Alpha ramblings:
Spoiler, click me

Yes, the alpha was buggy but I've no idea what IPv4 NAT may have to do with this. Wrong network layer and totally of no concern for the game itself.

I'm still running a dedicated alpha server. It's net traffic is uncompressed and requires a lot of bandwidth. I also still have a copy of the alpha client for Linux PC available.

The portals _in the alpha_ are totally buggy and it takes a lot of time until they reconnect sometimes but that's all.

The server list lobby was disabled though so you have to enter the server domain or ip you want to connect to. This service is down.

It was taken down from Itch by the dev because it is old and does not compare to the current status of the game any more at all. Keeping this and the lobby service up and the questions and bug reports from this version was a waste of time.

Godot Engine gets a sixth 3.2.4 beta with a new CPU lightmapper
By somebody1121, 19 January 2021 at 8:44 am UTC

Quoting: CalinouDo you have a screenshot or video with that easter egg? :)
Here :)
link

Möbius Front '83 from Zachtronics now has online and AI multiplayer
By Alm888, 19 January 2021 at 8:16 am UTC

The game has many shortcomings besides the "difficulty".

A "spoiler guard" for those who didn't play (or didn't see the YouTube full "Let's Play" like myself).
Spoiler, click me

1) The game is very lackluster in terms of "landscape". 95% it is just the same "grassland/forest" setup. The (rather) late addition of "nanobots" does not change much;
2) there "gameplay" is very repetitive: imagine the "<Something> Wars" game for Nintendo systems but with only the pre-positioned maps. Half of the fake difficulty comes from the initial "fog of war" (a player does not know in advance what to expect) with no opportunities to probe the ground during the first attempt. After memorizing the setup and positioning of the OpFor scenarios become easier;
3) while the AI is not bad, the other part of the fake difficulty comes from the fact that a player is always outnumbered, sometimes 3 to 1;
4) if we continue to pit this game against the "Whatever Wars" series, there is another problem: however tactically brilliant a player may be, (s)he is always handicapped by the fact that (s)he does not have access to all of the equipment/armaments but only to that the developers impose (most of the time the "tanks_for_the_win" are not only limited by the high cost in points, but also by additional "maximum number deployed" restriction) because the developers have realized the game is not balanced (is heavily biased towards tanks) and tried to prevent "tank rush" tactics;
5) on top of previous fake difficulty instances the game is a cheating bastard: the addition of the "third side" is a bluff -- the "nanomachines" do not have their own separate turn. Nominally (according to lore), they are hostile to all, but the AI moves them as it sees fit in an arbitrary order: if a nanomachine does not impose threat to any "grey-US" forces, it might move first, otherwise the AI will make sure the endangered unit moves first out of range. Smoke and mirrors, just another attempt to throw even more enemies at a player;
6) high level of "RNGod" involved: an attempt can be easily successful, or totally ruined by an enemy tank just one-shotting a player's tank (one of the two);
7) in terms of a story… the game has none. All those intermissions are basically "one day in the army" vignettes, nothing more. And nothing gets explained/resolved. Just shoot the "bad guys", that's all;
8) probably something I've forgotten.

All in all, a rather lackluster attempt at "tactics game" from a company versed in programming puzzles. Some may say it is a programming puzzle disguised as a "tactics game".

I hope their future attempts will be more polished (if there will be any).

What we expect to come from Valve to help Linux gaming in 2021
By rustybroomhandle, 19 January 2021 at 8:15 am UTC

Quoting: SwiftpawHas Valve actually been helping Linux gaming though, or has it helped mainly themselves and Microsoft?

Remember when we got big titles such as Metro Last Light, Bioshock Infinite, and Mad Max? Where are those titles now days? Even Serious Sam 4 from the developer who brought us the first Steam game for Linux, Serious Sam 3, has been canned for Linux with them saying there are no plans for Linux at this time.

Helping to get Windows games running on Linux has only made more developers choose Windows. While I'd never pay a developer for a Windows game, especially one that comes with zero support for and testing on Linux, what else could be the cause of games coming to Linux declining? The continuing monopolization of developers (like Valve) by Microsoft? A decline in gaming overall? You would think a pandemic is the perfect time to play more games if ever there was a time.

No, what makes developers ditch Linux is that there is no money in it. Simple as that.

I would love a world where Linux native is first class (especially since publishers are already spending money on Stadia) but before we can have that, the size of the market must be bigger first. And it will not get bigger if users cannot play their 15 year old Steam libraries on Linux if they switch over.

Irena Genesis Metal Fury is an upcoming shoot 'em up for the Sega Mega Drive
By slaapliedje, 19 January 2021 at 6:50 am UTC

Never heard of the BlastEm emulator, but I do love me some new games for the Genesis.

Odin is finally pleased so the open-world survival game Valheim releases on February 2
By JJNova, 19 January 2021 at 2:19 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: ShmerlA pity the author pulled itch.io release because of IPv4 NAT problems that he solves by using Steam-only service.

The game was quite fun.

Thanks for your comment. This is what I came to find out. It is a bit unfortunate.

Godot Engine gets a sixth 3.2.4 beta with a new CPU lightmapper
By Calinou, 19 January 2021 at 12:58 am UTC

Quoting: somebody1121Maybe a little bit off topic but i find a little Easter egg on Cyberpunk. On the photo mode there is a pose call Waiting for Godot

Do you have a screenshot or video with that easter egg? :)

Quoting: KimyrielleFINALLY they're going to add MP3 support. About time, really. MP3 has been a free format since about 2014 and like it or not, is still used about 99% of the time for compressing audio files. There was never really a point in NOT supporting it.

Actually, MP3 has only been fully patent-free since 2017-04-16. Also, to be fair, MP3 support in games isn't critical most of the time. There are a few use cases for it nowadays:

- Supporting user-supplied tracks (mainly for rythm games).
- Playing compressed audio with less CPU usage compared to Ogg Vorbis/Opus. This is mainly relevant on mobile, or when playing many compressed sounds at once on low-end desktop platforms.

Other than that, Ogg Vorbis or Opus is a better fit for games since they have better quality/file size ratios.

Stadia 'State Share' to launch with HITMAN 3
By denyasis, 19 January 2021 at 12:45 am UTC

Yeah. I can see it behind super useful for players challenging each other to beat a segment in Better way out even helping something who is stuck.

I see potential for it to be an interesting debugging tool as well. Like sending in save file, but since it's the cloud....

Odin is finally pleased so the open-world survival game Valheim releases on February 2
By F.Ultra, 19 January 2021 at 12:44 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: LinuxerJust for the record: "Odin" is a fabricated term in the times of our forefathers' time "new normal" after some known conquests to north. The original is Oden, and Oden means the sun. Not a person to begin with.

Actually the original is a combination of Odr and ìnn (which is the equivalent to the English "the" but used as a suffix due to how the oldnorse language worked), Odr is a word that have many meanings including "mind", "spirit", "rage", "extacy", and "poetry".

In old German you have wut (meaning rage) so among the German tribes the name of Óðinn was Wutan, in Old English you have wod for rage and Oden was known as Wōden there. That two other languages and cultures refer to the same god by using the same attribute (rage) points to this being the origin and not something else.

Óðinn has never been seen as a sun god so I don't really know where you got that from? Sun-gods are connected with fertility and life and that are attributes much more akin to Frey/Freya and Thor.

Möbius Front '83 from Zachtronics now has online and AI multiplayer
By denyasis, 19 January 2021 at 12:33 am UTC

Quoting: KimyrielleWhy limit your potential revenue by catering to only one type of audience, when all it takes to be more inclusive and thus more profitable, is adding a difficulty slider?

I too enjoy difficultly in small doses. Gaming shouldn't be frustrating, we have our OS for that, lol.

But sadly, the problem with the slider is how is adjusts difficulty. I'm a big fan of TBS and often the biggest complaint is the difficult setting has nothing to do with the skill of the opponent, instead just increasing the amount of resources for the AI to mismanage. For some reason people feel upset that the AI can only win by "cheating" and not from skilled play

Also making the slider is not exactly easy either. You'd essentially have to make sure every setting is "balanced" in terms of game mechanics and AI behavior. Often nerfing units or resources causes the AI's to turtle, but with no resources.

Even if it's supposed to be easy, having the AI sit in the starting base with nothing but spammed cheap units isn't (always)fun.

I like the idea of the slider, just not always the implementations for TBS.

What we expect to come from Valve to help Linux gaming in 2021
By Swiftpaw, 19 January 2021 at 12:31 am UTC

Has Valve actually been helping Linux gaming though, or has it helped mainly themselves and Microsoft?

Remember when we got big titles such as Metro Last Light, Bioshock Infinite, and Mad Max? Where are those titles now days? Even Serious Sam 4 from the developer who brought us the first Steam game for Linux, Serious Sam 3, has been canned for Linux with them saying there are no plans for Linux at this time.

Helping to get Windows games running on Linux has only made more developers choose Windows. While I'd never pay a developer for a Windows game, especially one that comes with zero support for and testing on Linux, what else could be the cause of games coming to Linux declining? The continuing monopolization of developers (like Valve) by Microsoft? A decline in gaming overall? You would think a pandemic is the perfect time to play more games if ever there was a time.

I'm glad Valve has helped out Linux directly in some ways such as graphics drivers, but most of their work has only benefited Valve. Their Steam controller system for example has allowed most all of our gamepads to work in Steam games when Steam is running. But outside of Steam, all of our newer controllers don't work at all in all the SDL 2 games that I've tried. Valve, how about helping out the Linux community by fixing controller support for ALL games on Linux and not just for your own Steam platform?

Bytten Studio say not to sleep on Linux in their postmortem for Lenna's Inception
By micke1m, 19 January 2021 at 12:21 am UTC

Quoting: tccoxonHey everyone, dev here! Thanks for the bug reports related to the crash on launch! I'm currently testing a fix on the 'beta' branch of the game on Steam. Since the bug doesn't seem to affect my OS version and hardware, I'd appreciate it if you could let me know whether switching to the 'beta' branch helps or not. Once I've ascertained the bug is fixed, the patch will roll out on itch.io too.

EDIT: If you're still experiencing the crash, an apparent workaround is to add this to the launch-config.json file in the install directory:

 
    "useGLFW": false,

The beta made no difference for me. But the workaround fixed the issue at least. Thanks!

Wine compat layer devs discuss new Kernel interface to better match Windows NT
By bingus, 18 January 2021 at 11:51 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: BlackBloodRumWhat happened to Micro$oft and Windoze? :D

Let's not forget Microshaft.

Möbius Front '83 from Zachtronics now has online and AI multiplayer
By Kimyrielle, 18 January 2021 at 11:17 pm UTC

Quotethe challenge was tough and that's what put a fair amount of people off.

This is really something I never quite understood about the gaming industry. Why limit your potential revenue by catering to only one type of audience, when all it takes to be more inclusive and thus more profitable, is adding a difficulty slider?
I belong to that group that enjoys difficulty in small doses, so when I hear a game more or less bragging about how hard it is, I stop reading right there. And often enough these are games I'd otherwise enjoy. Their loss more than mine, I suppose. But still strange.

What we expect to come from Valve to help Linux gaming in 2021
By Liam Dawe, 18 January 2021 at 11:05 pm UTC

Quoting: no_information_here
Quoting: robredz
Quoting: no_information_here
QuoteNot just for gamers though, this could be a pretty valuable tool for developers to test their games too.
I think this is the real reason. I have seen a number of small devs post comments like "I don't have a linux machine" in answer to questions about porting games (or fixing the games they already ported). If it is super easy to plug in a USB drive and have an instant test environment, it would make many of those excuses go away.
TGhere are plenty of USB distro's out there, Puppy is one, but one set up for gaming and game devs to use would be good
If you read the announcement, it has auto-updating of the OS on the USB. It has been a while since I have used a live-distro, but I don't remember any kind of serious update feature. This would be very important for devs.

I still don't know why everyone is mocking the USB idea as if it is aimed at gamers. I think that is going to be a side audience to the real target: indie developers who are scared to install a linux partition.
"I don't have a Linux system"

"Burn this, install the game, test away"

Certainly would make things easier.

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