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Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia to arrive on Linux in June, after the Mac release
22 May 2018 at 5:48 pm UTC Likes: 1

SchattenspiegelDid they find a way to enable cross platform mp with this one?
They haven't given out any details like that yet. Doesn't seem to mention it anywhere.

Purely at a guess, knowing the sort of issue that causes incompatibility, I doubt cross platform will be available.

Feral probably know how it could be done, but the problem is getting the original developer to change their code (which is basically not going to happen). Seeing as other Total War titles have the same issue, I see no reason not to think the same here.

Nothing definite of course until Feral give out more info.

Mesa 18.1 is out with the shader cache on for Intel
20 May 2018 at 9:44 am UTC

Games generally have their system requirements specified at release, possibly updated for the latest patch. They reflect requirements at that time - not requirements some years down the track.

There's also the possibility of non-driver updates causing things to either work, or (more often) break. So I technically have video card drivers that will run Deus Ex: MD, but can't play it because of a (graphic unrelated) incompatibility.

There's also a big difference between "does it work", and "is it supported". Something may well work, but still won't get official support for various reasons (performance, possibly some graphical glitches, etc).

Mesa 18.1 is out with the shader cache on for Intel
19 May 2018 at 5:50 pm UTC

Can't say. Depends on what GL version those games are requesting.

Colony building sim Maia has a fresh update with a ton of polish & new fancy exterior rendering
18 May 2018 at 10:17 am UTC

Going to have to try this again soon. Lots of work since I last tried it; this game really has come a long way.

Harebrained Schemes confirm again Linux support for BATTLETECH is a high priority
13 May 2018 at 5:54 pm UTC

slaapliedjeThis is why there is no such thing as heteronormative.

IMHO, you're just misinterpreting the term. It's not used to say that being hetero is unnormal, it's supposed to say that being hetero is not a norm/standard to be set for everybody. There's different people, and that's ok.

Nothing about video games is necessary. Their contents (and their very existence) are up to the makers/artists. Question is, why do you think artists shoulnd't put non-hetros in their art?

Sorry, but this totally describes what you are doing at this very moment: You want to dictate the makers of the game to stop such "completely unnecessary inclusion". They are "the original writers" of their game.

My point is it isn't really their original art. Battletech has a huge amount of backstory to it from decades of novels, games, etc.

That'd be the equivalent of me creating a Star Wars novel and revealing that Luke wasn't a hermit because of... whatever the Last Jedi explained, he was depressed because he failed to kill Ben Solo? Or that he was supposed to? But instead Luke became a hermit because he really wanted to be a woman. People would be pissed, right?

Same with the new Klingons in Star Trek: Discovery. I mean why? Why recreate them for the 3rd time?

My point being, if you're going to make a game/novel/movie, stick within the bounds of what came before you. Or just make up a different universe yourself. On that note, when can Jedi live in the vacuum of space? Or make them selves a solid/yet not solid manifestation across the universe? Sorry, that movie was terrible...

Don't worry, if you've been keeping track of Battletech storylines, they already ruined everything pretty much after the FedCom civil war.

Harebrained Schemes confirm again Linux support for BATTLETECH is a high priority
10 May 2018 at 7:39 am UTC

slaapliedjeSee, that's the problem here though. Yes, I'm a white male. Do I think I'm special because of that? No. But I am tired of being called racist, misogynist, bigoted, etc just because I was born white and with man bits. We're now in a place in society where people are leaving open source projects because they are implementing codes of conduct which make them fear of potentially offending someone, we should probably step back for a moment and rethink what we're doing to each other.

Don't trust what that site reports. Always go to the source and read it for yourself. The reason for Raphael quitting was not fear of offence, it was basically because there was a forced political inclusion code of conduct at all. The community used to be just focused on the technical side and stayed away from politics.

Harebrained Schemes confirm again Linux support for BATTLETECH is a high priority
9 May 2018 at 3:27 pm UTC

Strictly speaking, two sexes (not genders, the definition of which includes cultural aspects, and there are multiple genders in cultures other than "western", and languages other than English). Actually, two sexes for humans....unless genetic problems occur, in which case the lines blur (biologically speaking).

But yeah, this game itself seems lacking for other, actually important, reasons. Which is a shame - I'd like to think they could turn it around, but....well, we'll see.

Khronos are doing another Vulkan technical event in the UK this month
8 May 2018 at 10:10 pm UTC

elmapuli hope to see big titles annoucing that they will adopt vulkan
Not really an event for announcements like that I'm afraid.

Indeed. Last year's talks were excellent, but they're more geared towards the technical level of Vulkan; state of the API, best practices, how good/bad companies are finding it, that sort of thing.

Think discussion forum around Vulkan itself.

Though I can guess what Samsung and ARM will be talking about, Epic and AMD have me somewhat curious.

--edit: Schedule updated since I last checked, so more info on who will speak about what is now available.

Harebrained Schemes confirm again Linux support for BATTLETECH is a high priority
8 May 2018 at 2:57 pm UTC Likes: 4

I'm going to point out that there's a massive difference between a game including a pronoun, and said pronoun being forced down society's throat and leading to censorship.

But I hear it was a straight replacement in-text without proper grammar modification around it. That's just lazy.

Harebrained Schemes confirm again Linux support for BATTLETECH is a high priority
5 May 2018 at 9:31 pm UTC Likes: 3

I'm going to admit that I never heard of this big discussion over a pronoun in the game, possibly because it's not out for GNU/Linux, and the comments of gameplay and performance problems are lounder. I gather it's something optional though? Limited investigation shows this. In which case, at least in English, "they", "them", "that person" is quite often used when the gender is not wanted to be part of the grammar. Kind of a don't care more than anything else - which is kind of ironic if people are, in fact, caring so much about it all.

....but I'm pretty sure a 'mech pilot doesn't care if they're in a Raven and then come face to face with an Atlas or something. Well unless it's the early days of MWnline, where a Raven's greater manoeuvrability meant it could always stay behind and shoot at the rear armour. Backing into a wall was the only real way to prevent that.

I'll be honest though. The problems with the game actually make me feel better about the delay. If I'd bought the game at launch, I'd have been disappointed with the gameplay itself I think.

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