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Metro: Last Light Looks Like It May Be Heading To Linux UPDATED
By , 12 August 2013 at 2:55 pm UTC

I saw this coming when I read DeepSilver loved Linux, and I remember the Metro Devs saying they wanted this game on Linux when they were with THQ who also was leaning towards Linux near their demise. This is huge news and if this goes down with good sells, you can bet your ass other huge titles follow.

Metro: Last Light Looks Like It May Be Heading To Linux UPDATED
By liamdawe, 12 August 2013 at 2:28 pm UTC

For me Metro 2033 was awesome, easily one of the best linear FPS I've played so I would snap this game up in a heartbeat for Linux to continue the story .

Metro: Last Light Looks Like It May Be Heading To Linux UPDATED
By JayBeee, 12 August 2013 at 2:21 pm UTC

Ooooh. I've been quite hesitant as to wether or not to buy this game. But once it's out for Linux it'll be mine in no time! ;)

Inverto first person shooter-puzzler out for Linux
By , 12 August 2013 at 2:08 pm UTC

Bumadar
QuoteAlpha version of the game (for Windows) currently in development.
in case you wanted to hop in right away

It actually is available for Linux right now, as the article title says. The dev just hasn't edited/removed that blurb from the Desura page.

Starbound Has Had A Lot Of Updates Recently
By liamdawe, 12 August 2013 at 1:40 pm UTC

Yeah for me there's far worse things than nice pixel art - ugly 3d art is far far faaaar worse.

Starbound Has Had A Lot Of Updates Recently
By , 12 August 2013 at 1:39 pm UTC

This game will be EPIC, I have been tracking its progress for a long time, they stated very early that Linux support was oficial, so it made me want it more and more!

I love pixel art, it is never an issue to me, I grew up with pixels, I can say that what really disturbs me a lot and is very ugly to my eyes are low resolution 3D games and low resolution textures. 

Starbound Has Had A Lot Of Updates Recently
By liamdawe, 12 August 2013 at 1:23 pm UTC

Personally for me pixel art is never an issue, it does become an issue when pixel art is the selling point of the game, this is not the case for Starbound.

Starbound Has Had A Lot Of Updates Recently
By Mike Frett, 12 August 2013 at 1:18 pm UTC

SuperuserHonestly, I think the game has great ideas behind it, but I've just HAD it with pixel graphics! I didn't grow up with them, I grew up on the N64 and PS1 and I feel no nostalgia whatsoever - all I see are ugly graphics. Isn't it time to move on already. It feels like game art is moving backwards rather than forwards at this point. 
I DID grow up with them, and I don't like reliving the experience. Don't get me wrong though, Pixels or not, some of these games are really fun and I do enjoy the fun ones. I think for a lot of the indie studios, pixel art happens when it just costs too much to hire graphics artists, and I respect that. I respect Indies for their games and most importantly, their Linux support.

I believe also, as these Indie devs grow their studios, the Graphics will get better. That's why we need to support them, more support means more Linux games and better graphics in the future when they get enough to hire graphic artists.

Edit: Doing it just to be following a trend even when an artist is on-hand -- yeah that bothers me sometimes. But I'm sure they have their reasons, especially if it's a smaller Indie Studio.

Will gog.com Ever Support Linux On Its Store?
By oldrocker99, 12 August 2013 at 12:55 pm UTC

CheoghIf you have the Diamond edition dvd. The downloads still work, I just checked.

wget -c http://nwdownloads.bioware.com/neverwinternights/linux/gold/nwclientgold.tar.gz
wget -c http://nwdownloads.bioware.com/neverwinternights/linux/161/nwclienthotu.tar.gz
wget -c http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/169/English_linuxclient169_xp2.tar.gz

mkdir ~/nwn
cd ~/nwn
unzip /media/NW_DIAMOND/Data_Shared.zip
unzip /media/NW_DIAMOND/Data_linux.zip
unzip -o /media/NW_DIAMOND/data/XP1.zip
unzip -o /media/NW_DIAMOND/data/XP2.zip
tar -vxzf ~/nwclientgold.tar.gz
tar -vxzf ~/nwclienthotu.tar.gz
tar -vxzf ~/English_linuxclient169_xp2.tar.gz
./fixinstall
./nwn

This page:
http://social.bioware.com/forThis page:
http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/187/index/4643217

has complete instructions for the full installation, including the movies. I followed the instructions to the letter, and it works for me. 


Will gog.com Ever Support Linux On Its Store?
By , 12 August 2013 at 12:49 pm UTC

I'd use GoG over Steam if it would have the "linux feature". I know there is desura too, but they have so few titles, and a lot of (kickstarted) projects don't consider it for distribution, but GoG and Steam.

So I hope when the kickstarted games are released 2014, that GoG will have Linux-Support by then.

Starbound Has Had A Lot Of Updates Recently
By Superuser, 12 August 2013 at 12:35 pm UTC

Honestly, I think the game has great ideas behind it, but I've just HAD it with pixel graphics! I didn't grow up with them, I grew up on the N64 and PS1 and I feel no nostalgia whatsoever - all I see are ugly graphics. Isn't it time to move on already. It feels like game art is moving backwards rather than forwards at this point. 

GOL Craft Weekly. Grab Issue 3 Today.
By killx_den, 12 August 2013 at 11:54 am UTC

KamilkoWhat'i name of this texture pack?

The name of the texture pack is BDCraft http://bdcraft.net/

Starbound Has Had A Lot Of Updates Recently
By liamdawe, 12 August 2013 at 11:50 am UTC

OZSeafordThanks for promoting this, this is great news, but I am worried by the fact that I love Linux, and I love Terraria and have been waiting for starbound since it was announced, however, I had not heard that Starbound would be released on the Linux platform. Hopefully, I am but an isolated case, but if this is the case, then we need to spread the word.
Q. Which platforms will the game support?

A. Windows, Mac and Linux!
Taken from their official FAQ, link is at the top of the store's page

Starbound Has Had A Lot Of Updates Recently
By OZSeaford, 12 August 2013 at 11:34 am UTC

Thanks for promoting this, this is great news, but I am worried by the fact that I love Linux, and I love Terraria and have been waiting for starbound since it was announced, however, I had not heard that Starbound would be released on the Linux platform. Hopefully, I am but an isolated case, but if this is the case, then we need to spread the word.


Starbound Has Had A Lot Of Updates Recently
By , 12 August 2013 at 10:28 am UTC

looks interesting

Will gog.com Ever Support Linux On Its Store?
By Kristian, 12 August 2013 at 9:47 am UTC

ShmerlI didn't mean one install fit all. They usually dedicate a package for each OS anyway. One install for Linux distros would work perfectly though. Simply put the game in one location, put a couple of dosbox conf files which point there and mount some iso image (that's common for CD based DosBox games), and create a .desktop file that does something like:

dosbox -conf <conf1> -conf <conf2>

That's it. They can even display a message if DosBox is missing, saying something - Please install DosBox first.

That's basically what I do with DosBox games from GOG now anyway:

1. Extract the Windows installer with innoextract.
2. Place the files in one location, delete all the bundled stuff like Windows build of DosBox and whatever else not from the game itself.
3. Adjust shipped .conf files to use POSIX path syntax and selected location (GOG usually packages 2 conf files).
4. Create .desktop file with dosbox -conf <conf1> -conf <conf2>

All that would work on any distro, I bet.

Rarely you might need adjusting some settings like from:
output=ddraw

to:
output=opengl

That's what GOG would do with dedicated conf files for each OS.
"That's it. They can even display a message if DosBox is missing, saying something - Please install DosBox first."
That would be treating their Linux users differently from their Windows and Mac OSX users. From everything that GOG is saying there is no way they would want to do that and why should they?

Edit:

Bumadar is exactly correct.

Will gog.com Ever Support Linux On Its Store?
By Bumadar, 12 August 2013 at 9:38 am UTC

Hamish
 BumadarI don't see this obsession to have games installed via rpm/deb, many of the humble bundle games use the .bin installer and that one works just fine, GoG could easily make a standard installer for their games using those as a basis. Its just another excuse as many said here.

They DO have their own custom standard installer already for their Mac and Windows games. And the guy who believes that distributing commercial games on Linux is so difficult because of dependency and administration issues is prattling on about a problem which has been solved since Loki. Besides, GoG games do not tie into one central Dosbox install when they sell their games anyway, but ship with a custom configured executable with each game purchase. Can you imagine the trouble that would cause if it did? Just because Linux has a packaging system does not mean you need to do that level of dependent insanity.
I know they do, that is why I said they could easily use those .bin as a basis for their installer on linux

Gunpoint stealth puzzle game will come to linux
By Sabun, 12 August 2013 at 8:36 am UTC

Sweet! No doubt we're getting Linux support thanks to YoYoGames ensuring that Game Maker Studio supports Linux. Really goes to show that as long as the engines support Linux, the likeliness of us getting a Linux port of the game is almost a certainty.

GOL Craft Weekly. Grab Issue 3 Today.
By SteamPenguin, 12 August 2013 at 5:43 am UTC

Wow another amazing week on the server and thanks as always for including me and my competition

GOL Craft Weekly. Grab Issue 3 Today.
By , 12 August 2013 at 4:32 am UTC

What'i name of this texture pack?

Will gog.com Ever Support Linux On Its Store?
By Shmerl, 12 August 2013 at 12:28 am UTC

I didn't mean one install fit all. They usually dedicate a package for each OS anyway. One install for Linux distros would work perfectly though. Simply put the game in one location, put a couple of dosbox conf files which point there and mount some iso image (that's common for CD based DosBox games), and create a .desktop file that does something like:

dosbox -conf <conf1> -conf <conf2>

That's it. They can even display a message if DosBox is missing, saying something - Please install DosBox first.

That's basically what I do with DosBox games from GOG now anyway:

1. Extract the Windows installer with innoextract.
2. Place the files in one location, delete all the bundled stuff like Windows build of DosBox and whatever else not from the game itself.
3. Adjust shipped .conf files to use POSIX path syntax and selected location (GOG usually packages 2 conf files).
4. Create .desktop file with dosbox -conf <conf1> -conf <conf2>

All that would work on any distro, I bet.

Rarely you might need adjusting some settings like from:
output=ddraw

to:
output=opengl

That's what GOG would do with dedicated conf files for each OS.

Will gog.com Ever Support Linux On Its Store?
By Hamish, 12 August 2013 at 12:25 am UTC

ShmerlAnd specialized config files - that's normal. They can simply adjust those for each OS (since there is a difference between Windows and POSIX  path syntax for example), and it should be quite enough to run the game with distros' emulators.

Which would be very complex and increase the chance for error, limit the amount of distributions it will work on, and give GoG less control for little user benefit. There is simply no need to make one emulator install fit all, especially as far as GoG is concerned.

GOL Craft Weekly. Grab Issue 3 Today.
By Mike Frett, 12 August 2013 at 12:02 am UTC

That's awesome! ;)

IndieCity game client is launching soon
By Speedster, 11 August 2013 at 11:26 pm UTC

xananax
MammothGravityBattlesI'll be surprised if IndieCity does anywhere nearly as well as Steam/Desura - I just don't see them catching up.
They target a niche market. They are not exactly competing with steam/desura. I, for one, would be an avid customer, provided they have a sizeable library of Linux games.
What niche are they targeting that is different from Desura?

Gunpoint stealth puzzle game will come to linux
By xananax, 11 August 2013 at 11:10 pm UTC

I found it so interesting I gifted it to a friend since I wouldn't be able to play myself. I'll be happy to buy it again

IndieCity game client is launching soon
By xananax, 11 August 2013 at 11:04 pm UTC

MammothGravityBattlesI'll be surprised if IndieCity does anywhere nearly as well as Steam/Desura - I just don't see them catching up.
They target a niche market. They are not exactly competing with steam/desura. I, for one, would be an avid customer, provided they have a sizeable library of Linux games.

IndieCity game client is launching soon
By xananax, 11 August 2013 at 11:03 pm UTC

Maybe broken sword isn't listed on their site as having a linux port, but the port is available to download on my humble bundle page.
As for your other question, I don't want to name (although I've never released anything, I've been trying to get a game out for years, and I have an idea of the pressure that indie dev entails), but without pointing fingers at anyone in particular, let's just say the answers varied from "you should really talk with X" (X then tells you you should talk with Y, and so on, until you've gone full circle) up to absolute, impolite, and utter silence.
Again, it's not the end of the world, as I can get the games through direct downloads, and accessing them through steam is a convenience, though a convenience that matters a bit to the anal retentive me.
A word to say "sorry" would be nice, but meh, I guess not everyone thinks of the damage bad customer relationship can do.

Will gog.com Ever Support Linux On Its Store?
By Shmerl, 11 August 2013 at 11:02 pm UTC

HamishI am not referring to specific code modifications to either of the emulators (if there were code modifications that were not released they would be in violation of the GPL) but specific tweaks to the emulators configurations and specific parameters that affect how they are launched, many of which can not be done globally for all games. These are necessary but not very flexible parts of many of their products.

By the way, they distribute the sources for ScummVM and DosBox with the games. So if there are any modifications, they are GPL compliant.

And specialized config files - that's normal. They can simply adjust those for each OS (since there is a difference between Windows and POSIX  path syntax for example), and it should be quite enough to run the game with distros' emulators.

Will gog.com Ever Support Linux On Its Store?
By Hamish, 11 August 2013 at 10:56 pm UTC

ShmerlDo you mean they distribute modified DosBox and ScummVM? I'm not aware of that. None of the DOS games I got from GOG so far had any problems running in stock DosBox and ScummVM. It's not an indicator of course, since I have just a small subset of their games. But sure, if they need a modified emulator - the only way is to ship it with the game. On the other hand, why can't they submit their patches upstream in such cases?

I am not referring to specific code modifications to either of the emulators (if there were code modifications that were not released they would be in violation of the GPL) but specific tweaks to the emulators configurations and specific parameters that affect how they are launched, many of which can not be done globally for all games. These are necessary but not very flexible parts of many of their products.

ShmerlI'm not grateful for them proliferating any DRM on Linux. I'm grateful that they increase interest in Linux as a platform for developers. Credit should go where it's due. And criticism where it is due as well.

Indeed.

Strike Suit Zero Officially Available On Linux
By Sabun, 11 August 2013 at 10:40 pm UTC

SSZ works brilliantly on Ubuntu 13.04! In the options menu, it actually has a setting for multi-monitor mode. I've never seen that option in any other game I've played before. Too bad I don't have an Occulus Rift, I'd like to try it with this game. I did a short video of SSZ running in Ubuntu with maxed out settings at 1080p, runs very well
Now, I hope Strike Suit Infinity might come to Linux too as I have that as well.

View video on youtube.com

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