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G2A has paid Wube Software over illegitimate Factorio keys
21 May 2020 at 11:32 pm UTC Likes: 2

That's why I buy on GoG, itch.io or steam. They take their cut, sure, would expect nothing less of a service provider/distributor. But I am sure devs receive their agreed share.

I still think the 30 percent cut steam takes too much, especily on smaller titles, but it's not my decision to make.

And I disagree still that I can not give games I bought to friends. But the times probably changed too much for that.

Editorial - Linux Gaming's Ticking Clock
21 May 2020 at 11:23 pm UTC Likes: 2

I think Valve has another agenda with proton, like cloud gaming.

That said, we all can not deny... Valve sponsors a lot of work which helped linux gaming to become easier to adopt, helped a lot of games to actually work, and well... we got a lot of performance at a lot of games.

There are issues with anticheat etc., but I am very happy Valve did not just lip statements but actually hired developers, and did a lot of improvements over the stack.

Ye, I do back Valve on that. Even knowing their plan may be different. Their push helped linux gaming a lot. We'll see where it leads.

If they can get a dxvk steam cloud running they are miles ahead of Google. Just by supportet titles. But Valve is not known to support games personally, same as Google. We'll see where this leads, but for me DXVK, their own compositor, etc. points to a valbe standardized streaming platform.

They do not do that out of generousity. Of that I am sure.

GNOME and Rothschild Patent Imaging settle
21 May 2020 at 11:09 pm UTC

150k for over 100 patents does not sound a lot. It isn't. The walk away settlement speaks of that.

Seems this company wanted to make sure their patents are not used by commercial big players, and realized there is little gain not providing it for open source since it helps adoption. Restricting would mean they just do not support it.

I still struggle with patents overall, I still think they prevent innovation. But a kind of deal where they are free to use for free software but not commercial products, well... I understand that very well. If someone wants to make money using your innovations.. though, that's not the OSS paradigm... it's fine for me.

We see all the open source development bringing big business to global players. Not a bad thing if they fund it too, which for some projects is true. For many it isn't.

But I think we live in times where the paradihm shifts. And we'll see more of it. For the better or worse, we can't say yet.

Viking strategy game Northgard arrives on GOG with a discount
21 May 2020 at 10:22 pm UTC

I love the game setting, but has something similar to a moba, a game mode I higly dislike.

The game is well done, the linux support great. I loved the hours I played it, but it's not for me it seems.

EA to open source part of Tiberian Dawn, Red Alert
21 May 2020 at 9:00 am UTC

DrMcCoyHuh, okay, I admit, this is pretty great. GPL, too, nice.

Now, if any EA people are reading this and want to do the same for BioWare's Aurora engine and derivates, i.e. NWN to DA2, I'd be even more happy...


DA: O please :-). I own the game, but I know it would make a huge difference for you and your engine :-).

Peaceful town-building RPG 'Littlewood' should leave Early Access in July
19 May 2020 at 9:31 pm UTC

That looks neat. I'll picknit up when it leaves EA. Want to play when it's finished, picking up titles EA often left me never playing them after release ;-).

Caesar III open source game engine 'Julius' has a new release
17 May 2020 at 11:46 pm UTC

Tried it lately, had a ton of bugs. Need to try this release as well.

Direct3D to Vulkan gets even better with DXVK 1.7
17 May 2020 at 11:44 pm UTC Likes: 1

Gotta' say the DXVK and D9VK devs are doing a really great job there. Sponsored by Valve by now, true, but what they got rolling here ... it's the best linux gaming has experienced in a long time.

We all were on wine, dealing with particular issues. DXVK / D9VK just seem to work. And that with beautiful performance. We can't thank the two of them enough for starting it and staying committed. In the end, Valve as well for sponsoring that work.

KDE Plasma 5.19 has a first Beta in need of testing
17 May 2020 at 11:40 pm UTC

Actually, after having tried Gnome / Budgie again, still having issues with uinput while xfce and KDE ain't .. I'm back on KDE.

I don't know what takes them more than two years to fix that particular issue, but for me .. I'm done with Gnome.

Get ready to be a viking in Valheim, Beta sign-ups are open
13 May 2020 at 2:38 pm UTC

Liam Dawe
NanobangI put dozens of hours into the first alpha release on itch.io. I loved chopping down trees in this game because the gigantic logs could roll and kill you if you weren't careful. (I often used them to kill game and enemies alike.) I'm really looking forward to their final release, to be sure.

Now, what is that big curved thing in the sky? That was decidedly not a thing I saw in the alpha. Any guesses anyone?
The world tree? A way into or out of valhalla perhaps? Who knows

If it's the "arc" as in this video it may be Yggdrasil:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLw_HzeXXGE

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