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The fun indie FPS 'Ballistic Overkill' adds a new amusing game mode called Juggernaut
12 December 2018 at 7:33 pm UTC Likes: 1

Must admit that even though I haven't played the game very much nor regularly - it's always been pretty quick to find a match. The players on there generally seem like a nice crowd even though I get my ass whipped. The few attempts I've had with TF2 and CS:GO I've come across some nasty folks online. There should be dedicated noob friendly servers for us geezers whom are not necessarily big time nor hardcore gamers but in some of our cases are buying the games to more show support for releasing on our beloved platform of choice.

I'm glad they're still going as I do like Ballistic Overkill.

The Steam Hardware Survey for October 2018 shows a small drop for Linux, a look at daily and monthly active users
1 December 2018 at 2:43 pm UTC

Just wanted to mention that both my nephew and myself received a hardware survey in this past week. Results are fine this side.

Shame, my nephews' friends from school either have some form of console and those that are on Steam are Windows users playing a title not supported on Linux nor Steam Play, I feel a little guilty denying him to be able to join his friends from school in online play but looks like slowly but surely he'll be able to join them. I try to strictly control not purchasing Windows titles nor games from other publishers like EA, Blizzard etc as they don't support a native client as yet. Sometimes it feels like I'm punishing him but he has honestly only completed a few games to the catalogue of nearly 300 in his growing Steam library I've purchased for him. I also regularly end up in arguments with his parents about getting him a new rig with Windows installed or perhaps a console, then I just point to how many thousands they've spent on their Windows laptops with updates to software and vendor lock-in that's taken a fair chunk of money and time out from their lives instead of being productive and getting on with enjoying life due to clients or suppliers sending or receiving documents in newer formats that are not compatible with their version. Not sure that standards would ever be adhered to in the corporate world - things would probably be quiet boring if they were and we'd be happily using Dos with Word-perfect, Lotus 1-2-3 and D-Base etc

Am still optimistic about Linux user adoption getting bigger all the time and will be completely happy when friends don't have to tell me that it doesn't run their latest game or even better when their favourite accounting, drawing or CAD package is natively supported. Linux needs those devs too to be onboard.

The Humble Store Fall Sale is live, some great Linux games going cheap
15 November 2018 at 7:16 pm UTC Likes: 4

So much I want to get if not just to support Linux devs but honestly now my library getting close on 1000 titles and have only really completed 2 games ever ie Rochard and The Valley. Would be so awesome to win the lotto and do nothing more than just make some headway through this huge list of games for a month or 2 and get all my gaming wants outa the way

Valve have pushed out another Steam Play update with the 3.16-4 beta including corefonts support
4 November 2018 at 8:55 pm UTC

Comandante ÑoñardoI hope they solve the missing mouse cursor in the Steam-overlay.

The way I get "around" that issue is to alt-tab out of the game and back in, usually the mouse pointer then appears in the Steam-overlay.

Valve have pushed out another Steam Play update with the 3.16-4 beta including corefonts support
3 November 2018 at 4:51 pm UTC

no_information_hereI figured that it was just small and rounded down to zero, rather than actually zero.
The 0-byte updates are a bug. Steam's stuck in an "update loop" modifying the appmanifests for these SteamPlay(Proton) games.
Thanks for the very clear explanation! That makes more sense now.

I get these 0-byte updates for native linux games too, not just Steam Play / Proton games every time I start steam. Will be great when the devs have sorted that bug.

Lutris 0.4.21 is out to help you manage all your gaming needs on Linux
22 October 2018 at 11:57 am UTC

Hi, I find Lutris trully great at installing WINE games that don't currently run under Proton. It's also great for other games not on Steam that use other client so Kudo's to the team and well done! I'd like to know whether the scripts for the runners are automatically updated? So say you have a game installed, and the person maintaining the script updates it to take advantage of newer versions of WINE etc for better performance, will the script be automatically updated to make use of it?

Linux market share on Steam now at a 16 month high after a rounding error was fixed
15 October 2018 at 6:45 pm UTC

cat .steam/steam/config/config.vdf | grep SurveyDate "SurveyDateVersion" "-3618729737388764760" "SurveyDate" "2017-12-23" "SurveyDateType" "2"

Thought to post my survey date here too.

I gather that the survey is once per year, so I'll wait till the 23rd December to see if the next one comes around.

What is "SurveyDateType" ? Others I've seen here are "3" ?

Valve have updated Steam Play with the 3.16-1 beta based on Wine 3.16 and new DXVK
14 October 2018 at 4:06 pm UTC

Power-Metal-GamesThis is just great! I imagine what will be in few months. Even Microsoft joined us.
Meanwhile, I can't even install Steam. I get the message: "You are missing the following 32-bit libraries, and Steam may not run:", blah, blah.. I tried everything that I find but nothing helps. Probably I destroyed my Ubuntu 18.04 by adding who knows how many different PPAs so maybe I should reinstall the OS and stop doing stupid things again.
Anyway, not a big deal because I work almost all the day, but I guess it's great when you see all this by yourself.

I had the same problem when I switched from Beta in Steam client, upon restart got the same errors. I then went into Synaptic Package Manager to completely remove steam. It lets you know to delete Steam from your /home folder to complete uninstall. Leave your steam folder. I then went to steam website to manually download and install steam with GDebi. That worked fine and all my library was intact except for some reason have to manually go to which ever game you open and give permissions to allow whichever game file to be executable.

Was going to do the whole re-install of entire OS but just wasn't up-to it. Luckily this worked for me.

The Wine team have released VKD3D version 1.1 of their Direct3D 12 to Vulkan translation library
6 October 2018 at 8:45 pm UTC

This is great and amazing tech, can definitely see the importance of it to help possibly port titles that are not on Steam for example Battlefield 1 ( Stand to be corrected ). But honestly hoping devs would see the benefit of just using the Vulkan API from the start especially seeing that so many ports are done with Android in mind and the Nintendo Switch as far I'm aware, that way making ports or building binaries for various platforms would be so much easier with only having to use one API ie Vulkan.

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