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The E3 2019 Linux gaming round-up
13 June 2019 at 8:30 am UTC

Stadia could be very good news for Feral, Aspyr, et al. now that everyone and their Linux gaming grandma are playing Windows games with Steam Play. I imagine that it could be good business for them to eg. offer a one-time cut (and an optional support agreement) to port AAA games to Stadia, and additionally make an agreement to publish Linux and Mac versions on other store fronts for a cut of the sales, as they usually do.

Commandos 2 HD Remaster announced, Kalypso Media bringing it to Linux
11 June 2019 at 3:23 pm UTC

ArehandoroHold on... what about the first game? Is that also being remastered?

In any case, happy for this announcement and will get it for sure!

As far as I recall, the first game was never much of a hit, and the sequel can easily be played as a stand-alone game.

WHAT THE GOLF? is another Linux game that's now going to the Epic Store first
11 June 2019 at 1:57 pm UTC Likes: 3

One of the main reasons I've been excited about crowdfunding in the past is that I've seen it as a way to help developers break free from the traditional Windows "monopoly", and publish their games on Linux. As such, I don't think a backer exclusive Linux build is a satisfying compensation, since the game will still be unavailable to all other potential Linux customers. I backed this game on Fig, and was looking forward to it, but now I'm considering asking for a refund, as I did with Outer Wilds.

Commandos 2 HD Remaster announced, Kalypso Media bringing it to Linux
11 June 2019 at 1:40 pm UTC

Sweet! This was one of my favorites back in the day. I needed a little pick-me-up after yesterday's Double Fine news, and this hit the right spot.

The dev of "Marble It Up!" had intriguing words to say about the native vs Steam Play argument for a Linux version
7 June 2019 at 4:51 am UTC Likes: 1

Unless the game is whitelisted by Valve most Linux users won't even be aware that there's a Linux "port" though. I personally wouldn't even have heard of the game if it wasn't for this article, since it doesn't show up on Steam for me, with my preferences set to display only Linux games. I also prefer a native* port over a Windows version with Proton any day.

* And a Unity game with a Linux version is no less native on Linux than its Windows version is on Windows.

Minecraft can now be downloaded from Flathub on Linux using Flatpak
14 May 2019 at 1:52 pm UTC Likes: 1

amataiUsual message about how minetest is cool to put under any post about Minecraft
Nah, seriously, if you have'nt tried Minetest, it has become very cool (I will probably stop putting message under every message about Minecraft on the issue, that can soon become annoying)

Minetest is definitely very fun. My eight year old son loves it.

Outer Wilds becomes another Epic Store exclusive for a limited time
14 May 2019 at 5:30 am UTC Likes: 1

I requested a refund from Fig, and got a reply today saying they had refunded the charge.

Wolfire Games seem to be another recent arrival to the itch.io store
6 May 2019 at 1:31 pm UTC Likes: 1

Alm888What a twist!

And some time ago have I considered getting Overgrowth from Humble Store!

Nice to see icth.io grow. Maybe, it can become something Humble Store failed to (namely, an indipendent DRM-free store, not a steam-key reseller).

I hope so too, but there's nothing stopping publishers from using Itch.io as a Steam key reseller. See for example Plug in Digital, who have a vast number of "games" on Itch.io in the form of "How to get Steam Serial.pdf", and no other downloads.

Backbone: Prologue, a taster of the full noir-inspired detective adventure to come to Linux later
26 April 2019 at 12:22 pm UTC

I remember the Pendulo games as being pretty hit and miss. I played through the Runaway trilogy and Yesterday, and of those only the first Runaway game and Yesterday were memorable (in a good way), if I remember correctly.

I also remember a scene from the second game well, where the protagonist takes a break from looking for his kidnapped, possibly dead, girlfriend to sleep with another woman, and afterwards do a silly victory dance on the beach.

If they make a Linux game, I'll give it a new chance, but otherwise I'm not so interested in what they're doing these days.

Backbone, on the other hand, looks very cool.

EDIT: I managed to track down some stuff I wrote about the two first Runaways in 2012:

Spoiler, click me
I played Runaway when it first came out and I remember enjoying it very much. Last year I bought the trilogy and replayed it. I still liked it, probably somewhat due to nostalgia, despite some pixel hunting annoying me a bit more this time around. Dream of the Turtle was also slightly entertaining and had some good puzzles, but the English voice acting was just plain awful. Especially so in the pirate segment of the game. It wasn't top notch in the first either, but it was a lot more apparent in this one. Also, it's more apparent that Brian isn't a very likeable character, and this doesn't help the game either. I've had to take a break from the trilogy after this game to be able to give the third instalment a fair chance.

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