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Warriorb, a challenging 'spline-scroller' platformer will have Linux support, looks interesting
8 February 2018 at 1:03 pm UTC Likes: 1

The look of this game is nice, but I'm a bit adrift on what is meant by the term "spline" scroller. The Benevolent and Most Merciful OED (praise it's holy name) has this to say about the word "spline:"


1 A rectangular key fitting into grooves in the hub and shaft of a wheel, especially one formed integrally with the shaft which allows movement of the wheel on the shaft.

1.1 A corresponding groove in a hub along which the key may slide.

2 A slat of wood, metal, etc.

2.1 A flexible wood or rubber strip used especially in drawing large curves.

3 Mathematics
A continuous curve constructed so as to pass through a given set of points and have a certain number of continuous derivatives.

[with object]

1 Secure (a part) by means of a spline.
‘the clutch units are splined on to the mainshaft’

1.1 (usually as adjective splined) Fit with a spline.
[i]'splined freewheels’

And please note, I'm not challenging the use of the word "spline" here. I'm just not sure how it's being applied to this game.

I expect this question will keep me up nights.

SteamOS updated & Steam Client Beta adds support for 2x scaling for those with 4K monitors and more
26 January 2018 at 1:15 pm UTC

Yay! I'll no longer have to squint to use Steam's desktop client on my 1080p TV---as soon as I figure out how/where to set the "environment variable'GDK_SCALE=2'" for the Steam client.

No, really. Someone please help me.


The developers of game launcher 'Launchbox' on porting it to Linux, due to Windows 10 privacy issues
26 January 2018 at 12:29 pm UTC

I'll be interested to see where this goes. I certainly like hearing what they're saying about Win10 and Linux.

It's been awhile, but I was underwhelmed when I tried Lutris over a year ago (it felt very undercooked) and the very promising Gnome Games couldn't find games that weren't in the ~/Games folder, thoug, I've heard this has since changed in the newer Gnome versions, I'm using Xfce nowadays, so I'll just have to take the extra four seconds it takes me to "manually" launch my games, thank you very much.

Starward Rogue: AuGMENTED expansion adds a lot more to discover and destroy, some thoughts
25 January 2018 at 1:10 pm UTC

Yoiks! I have to update my profile with the new GTX 1070 I bought ... LOL! No, I'm just kidding. I don't have an extra car to sell so I can buy one. XD

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem (previously Umbra) will not have a Linux version during alpha or beta
25 January 2018 at 1:07 pm UTC Likes: 1

I don't mind longer waiting periods for Linux releases as long as the communication lines are kept open and honest. It wasn't the extra year of waiting that enraged me about DS's release, it was the way new release dates were repeatedly promised then pushed back, raising then crushing hopes each time.

I cringe imagining how the children will immediately begin throwing tantrums at the bugs inevitable with a post-alpha/beta release, though. *Shudder*

Easy Red, a new WWII FPS has released a Linux version
25 January 2018 at 12:55 pm UTC

Oooo, puts me in mind of the very first C.o.D. game. I'm glad you brought this to our attention Liam, because normally I would pass on something like this at first glance. I would (wrongfully) have assumed it was just another tired old multi-player FPS toy. It's so nice to once again see someone making a single-player, campaign-based FPS. That it has such positive reviews is icing on the cake.

Killing Floor 2 for Linux is 'indefinitely on hold' as they can't find a developer
11 January 2018 at 3:13 pm UTC Likes: 1

hardpenguinVendor lock-in The game luckily works with Wine ...

stanIt’s nice to get the explanation of what’s going on behind the scenes. They could make a Wine wrapper…

This is why I gotta call bullshit on Tripwire. If they wanted to release a Linux copy, wrap it in Wine and release it already. If Linux end-users can wrap it in Wine for themselves, surely it wouldn't be hard/expensive to do so for a Steam release?

Until Tripwire decides to man-up and keep their word, I'll see if I can't find a cracked Windows version to run in Wine. I'm sure as shit not gonna buy one, unless they release it on Linux.

The MMO 'Project: Gorgon' has an experimental Linux version, it's not bad at all & free for now
11 January 2018 at 2:54 pm UTC

TcheyThere is no PvP, it's completly oriented PvE (but there is an arena)...


You play as a spider druid gardener? Perfect-er! Sold! Thanks for the info!

JASEM is a bright and flashy twin-stick shooter with a lot to love about it
11 January 2018 at 2:47 pm UTC

Oooo, it does look like fun! Most TSSs are focused on slaying groups/hordes of rapidly approaching enemies. This looks more nuanced, more tactical. Kinda puts me in mind of something like Meltdown, which could technically be called a "twin stick shooter," but describes itself as a "tactical arcade shooter," and, which, if you haven't played it, is well worth checking out too.

JASEM is definitely going on the wishlist!

The MMO 'Project: Gorgon' has an experimental Linux version, it's not bad at all & free for now
11 January 2018 at 2:18 pm UTC

Graphics shmaphics. It's in alpha. Looks fine to me. Since gameplay is what playing a game is all about, that's what interests me. That it's sandbox is groovy, and classless, usage based skills is a welcome approach. Presumably, it's open world too?

The only thing gives me pause: Is it yet another PvP-centric or "competitive clique" (i.e., guilds, tribes, etc.) MMORPG? It's unclear to me from the video.

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