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Realistic racing game 'DRAG' coming to Linux soon, built on Linux and it looks astonishing
19 January 2018 at 6:47 pm UTC

"Splitscreen Online Multiplayer"

Nice! It looks like there's gonna be too much goodness in this game. Added to my to-buy list.

Split-screen shoot 'em up 'Dimension Drive' has officially released with Linux support
5 January 2018 at 12:33 am UTC

QuoteThe game could not remember my screen resolution settings
Doesn't it mess your desktop icons / applets ?

I don't have any desktop icons/applets, so I don't know. Also, last time I launched the game I did not encounter the two issues I mentioned above, so I guess they fixed them.

SteamOS has a fresh beta update with some major package updates
5 January 2018 at 12:28 am UTC

liamdaweWhat are your hopes for SteamOS/Steam Machines in 2018?

A small AMD-based Steam Machine would be very good for children. But it should also be open, so that e. g. Minecraft runs on it. In my opinion, the games on Linux are better for children than on PlayStation and sometimes even better than on the Switch. Minecraft mods are very popular with children. Most mods do not run on the normal consoles. You don't get to the public Minecraft servers either. For the children, this is just as important as PUBG or CSGO for the elderly.

Basically, I think that something like the Ataribox would be very good. It just shouldn't be from today's Atari.

Indeed. I think an AMD steam machine that comes in a reasonable price and allows you to easily install Minecraft would sell well for children (if the company behinds it does proper marketting for it that is). I got a PS4 for my son but most of the time he's playing either Minecraft or LittleBigPlanet. Also, surprisingly enough, there are more couch multiplayer options on Steam than there are on PS4; thanks to all the indie devs. However, compared to a PS4, pairing a Steam Controller is not straight forward on a Steam Machine, so that's an area Valve needs to improve.

Split-screen shoot 'em up 'Dimension Drive' has officially released with Linux support
19 December 2017 at 8:14 am UTC

I bought this game, and here is my quick review:

* Reasonable and fun dodging of enemies and bullets compared to some other shooters where the visuals or the enemies are so overwhelming.
* Brilliant game mechanics. Switching between the two dimensions is brilliant and fun, but that's not the only nice game mechanic in here.
* Local co-op.
* Nice visuals, and the performance was very solid at 60fps, though I'm running it on a powerful machine so I'm not sure if this statement holds true on lower end machines.
* Gamepad (SteamController) worked well outside the box.
* Runs well on Linux (nVidia with binary driver)
* Worked as expected in dual monitors setup.

* The campaign is shorter than I you'd hope.
* The game could not remember my screen resolution settings and default to a low resolution setting, so I have to set it every time I launch the game. Though that's not a big problem since changing the resolution was very fast.
* Pressing B on the controller in the menu doesn't work (doesn't take you to upper menu), so I have to use Esc on the keyboard instead.

Overall: Highly recommended if you like top down shooters.

Here's another way to look at the Linux market share on Steam
3 December 2017 at 1:19 am UTC Likes: 1

That's still not good, considering that China is the future biggest market. This chart means Linux is completely ignoring the Chinese market. Also, the non-Chinese market share is still going down.

Intel announce a new CPU with AMD graphics and HBM2 memory
7 November 2017 at 12:46 am UTC Likes: 3

LinasSo AMD is going to compete with itself? Or drop APU's? I don't get it.

No, AMD simply, and rightfully, thinks it's better that people buy Intel+AMD laptops than Intel+nVidia. People who prefer an Intel CPU are not going to switch to AMD's APUs for the sake of the higher GPU, they will instead buy an Intel+nVidia laptop instead. So, they are simply competing with nVidia.

There's a brand new Humble Bundle with almost all the games on Linux, oh my
5 September 2017 at 10:36 pm UTC

Colombo"There's a brand new Humble Bundle with all games on Linux, oh my"

Could be read as "All games that are for linux are in this humble bundle"

Yup, maybe it should've said "There's a brand new Humble Bundle with all its games supporting Linux".

Feral Interactive are teasing yet another Linux game
9 May 2017 at 7:03 pm UTC Likes: 8

Please, not another strategy game. We have more than plenty of strategy games on Linux.

Some notes and benchmarks about a performance regression in Mad Max's OpenGL rendering
31 March 2017 at 9:52 pm UTC Likes: 1

These results are more realistic. 2.5x performance boost is just too much for just an API switch.

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