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FOSS soft-body physics simulator Rigs of Rods has a new release
6 February 2021 at 3:53 pm UTC

Oh man, I remember writing updates for Rigs of Rods on The Linux Game Tome. Indeed, the Internet Archive says the first public release was version 0.11 on August 11, 2005. The original developer Pierre-Michel Ricordel even sent in the article himself back in 2006 (it was closed source until 2009) and answered to the comments.
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Reminder: Update your PC info for the next round of statistics updates
28 December 2020 at 12:03 pm UTC

Welp, I complained about the capitalisation of Xfce in the statistics the other day and now that it's been corrected, my Desktop Environment preference was blank. So make sure to select it again if you are using Xfce.

Edit: Btw, it still says XFCE when I click on View PC Info below my avatar. Hadn't clicked on Update yet, now it's correct.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 and the RX 6800 XT are out today
24 November 2020 at 4:29 am UTC

Quoting: omer666Looking at benchmarks on Windows, I don't know what you are talking about, RX 5700 on Linux sits just where it should, which is just between RTX 2070 and RTX 2070 SUPER...

Thanks for the correction! After some digging around, I found out it was because of a review from that I had checked, where the Radeon RX 5700 XT is clearly ahead of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (equal to a GeForce RTX 2070 Super) in most games in 4K because someone on Reddit had mentioned that the 6800 series is the first from AMD to beat it on Linux, implying that it's faster on Windows.
The aggregate reviews at launch actually shows the Radeon RX 5700 XT 10% behind in 4K on Windows as well, so the result on Linux is completely fine.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 and the RX 6800 XT are out today
22 November 2020 at 11:39 pm UTC

Quoting: stanDo we already know when less power-hungry cards will be announced/available?
The Radeon RX 6700 (XT) cards are reported to be coming out in January.

Also, I am surprised nobody commented on the astonishing feat that AMD Mesa developers have pulled off here.
Fixing the PCIe reset bug (watch the Level1Linux video) that plagued the last few generations and finally delivering the same performance compared to NVidia. If you look at the Phoronix results, you will notice that the Radeon 5700 XT is far slower than it is on Windows, relative to NVidia's cards.
And all that on day one, which is a first for AMD's Mesa drivers, I think!

Edit: As pointed out, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is actually completely in line with its result on Windows.

ScummVM to merge in ResidualVM, adding support for a number of 3D titles
11 October 2020 at 8:54 pm UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: mos"visual novels" are niche at best and scummvm will be OK without them. whether pr0n or not.
Why, of course they know their priorities, they even go over the game engine author's wish to not include them if they think it's important enough, as happened here with Myst III: Exile and The Longest Journey: Chat log.

ScummVM to merge in ResidualVM, adding support for a number of 3D titles
11 October 2020 at 6:32 pm UTC Likes: 3

Quoting: monyarmMy project targets visual novels, including NSFW ones. I've discussed it with the devs on the Discord, and most of them are okay with upstreaming support for older SFW visual novels (Like Clannad or Kanon), but the NSFW ones (the porn/doujinshi games), and the relatively new-ish ones (like Persona), It was a no from the devs, infact one of them said that if a NSFW game was upstreamed they'd quit.
And yet they already support the Leisure Suit Larry series and a game literally called Voyeur, similar to Night Trap. Let me guess, it was sev?

ScummVM 2.2.0 is coming soon, developers need help testing
1 September 2020 at 9:43 pm UTC Likes: 1

Stable here means branch-2-2, so preferably get the latest commit, to not report bugs that were just fixed.

The International 10 for Dota 2 breaks the esports prize pool record again
29 August 2020 at 11:50 am UTC

Quoting: ElectricPrismWhat I really like about Valve is that they don't just give the whole prize pool to a few winners, but if you come in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, all the way to at least 8th place you get a small chunk of the prize -- everybody has gotta eat -- putting in that much time to become a professional and work with a team is a massive commitment.

Watching The International every year has been my Super Bowl, DOTA2 is a lot of fun. Their marketplace is great to you can build Skins and buy and sell most wearable items for only a few pennies each. Valve has been wicked smart these years.

Edit: I would have supported them canceling the in-person main event and doing the whole playoffs with social distancing -- say the 5 team members and captain in isolated booths, but then I know that would seriously modify the event. I watch it on stream anyways -- I've looked into going in person and its a few thousand to go and get hotel reservations, food, transportation, etc...

Eh. Splitting is standard in e-sports tournaments and to the 8th place is actually on the low side.

Baldur's Gate engine remake GemRB celebrates 20 years with a new release
24 August 2020 at 11:29 pm UTC

Quoting: redman
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: redmanHi does anybody knows how to compile it on Ubuntu 18.04 ?

Downloading the latest compiled gives this:
~/games/gemrb-0.8.7$ ./gemrb 
./gemrb: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

sudo apt install apt-file
sudo apt-file update
apt-file search

if it finds it, install that package, if not then yeah you'll need to compile it.

Try it and is empty...

Same here.. don't know what apt-file's problem is but the package is called libpng12-0.

Baldur's Gate engine remake GemRB celebrates 20 years with a new release
24 August 2020 at 8:13 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedjeSo outside of Icewind Dale 2 (which seemingly will never have an Enhanced Edtion released by Beamdog, as apparently the sources were lost), is there a list of features of GemRB vs Enhanced Edition releases?

I mean GemRB was fantastic when it was first started, as it was a way to play these fantastic games on Linux, and other platforms besides Windows. But at this point the EE versions have been ported to everything under the sun.

Oh, let me rephrase that. It's been ported to all modern operating systems.
GemRB still allows us to play the games on things like the Amiga.
(thought someone did a release for Atari TOS/MiNT, but can't seem to find it at the moment).

Even before the Enhanced Editions came out, I recommended WINE. GemRB only got bumping path-finding now! Meaning if NPCs stood in the door, you simply could not advance before. But you are missing one thing, the Enhanced Editions may be available for Linux but only on x86 or Android on ARM. There are plenty of new devices coming out with Linux on ARM that benefit from GemRB (Pinebook Pro, Soon™ the DragonBox Pyra..).

Edit: The highest upvote for the news on Reddit is in the PlayStation Vita subreddit, funnily enough.