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Puzzle With Your Friends is now available
26 April 2018 at 11:40 am UTC Likes: 3

Some weeks ago I installed a new little Linux gaming PC for my parents. That's when I learned that there is a big potential market for videogames for eldery people that is yet untapped.

My parents love to play the KPatience games and KMahjongg while listening to classical music via Spotify. Luckily both those games are done really well: Easy to use and nice graphics.

And my mother loves jigsaw puzzles on her iPad. But her preferred app stopped working and other apps are infested with adds and those apps you can buy are either for kids or are missing important features.

It's outright absurd that it's so difficult to find a jigsaw puzzle game that's done right - be it on iPad or Linux. And I would contest that this is a niche. More and more elderly people are playing videogames and their taste differs very much from what the usual "gamer" loves.

If you are a programmer reading this you can probably make a little fortune with good games for people who love games like patience/solitaire etc. BUT they have to be made right!

For a jigsaw game I have some tips - based on what I learned from my mother's preferences. A good jigsaw game should have:

  • a user interface with TESTED usability
  • a user interface with high quality graphics
  • import function for images and a huge collection of gorgeous photographs with a usable collection manager (filter functions...)
  • lots of options to adjust how you can interact with the jigsaw pieces (automatic placement of edge pieces, sorting, filtering, hints...)
  • and most important: settings to adjust the size/number of the jigsaw pieces (= different difficult settings)
  • no advertisement inside the game client (people who sit in their leather chairs with some fine wine while playing a game just don't want to see crappy adds)

Valve confirms their continued support for Linux gaming
4 April 2018 at 11:52 am UTC Likes: 6

Wait. This is NOT a fan site for fans of Liam? Damn. Speaking of... I just realized that we really need more info regarding Liam's next concert.

Eastshade, an absolutely gorgeous looking adventure game about a travelling painter will come to Linux
12 March 2018 at 11:22 pm UTC Likes: 4

I definitively look forward to this game. Very interesting concept and the detailed answer from the developer is heartening.

Stellaris: Apocalypse is due soon & there's a new overview video up, also a note about Linux sales
16 February 2018 at 4:01 am UTC

Kimyrielle
Alm888Sorry, Paradox, but DRM-free or it didn't happen. I won't give Valve a cent.

<rant>

You do realize that this attitude is part of what might make bigger publishers reconsider supporting Linux, yes? If you're not buying their games for purely ideological reasons (and that's what it is), they might oblige and stop offering them.

Am I a fan of DRM? Certainly not. But mildly intrusive systems like Steam's are still better than having no games at all. And as others have pointed out, Paradox doesn't even -use- Steam's DRM features, so this makes boycotting them extra-dumb in my book.

This Steam bashing coming from some zealots here makes me angry, in all honesty. Without Valve pushing us, we would have a handful of low-budget, garage-made Indie games and Tux Racer to play. In other words, nothing worth mentioning. I guess I wouldn't even BE here, because I'd still use Windows 99% of the time when playing games, instead of the other way around, which Valve had no small part in making possible.

If people like you would finally put their knuckleheaded ideology away and start buying games from Steam they would have bought from GOG without even thinking twice, publishers like Paradox wouldn't think about dropping support for us. In other words, yes, I think you're a part of the problem here.

PS: I hope you don't have any Android/iOS smartphone, any streaming subscription or cable TV either. All of these have built-in DRM, so you folks have to boycott them, too!

</rant>

It is vital that the operating system itself and all applications you need to process important files, data and information are not only free of DRM but actually Open Source. Free of DRM is important where security, reliability and your control over the processed data is important.

But I don't see such a big problem with DRM in games - other than the problem that you can't sell them.

Games are not yet there to be that important. Movies on the other hand (and of course books) can be more important for a free society to be free of DRM.

Stellaris: Apocalypse is due soon & there's a new overview video up, also a note about Linux sales
16 February 2018 at 3:26 am UTC Likes: 1

Purple Library Guy
libgradev
liamdaweThis is what I find interesting though, you're not forced to buy the DLC, you can likely buy the base game and be content with the many hours it would bring you. Once it feels stale, pick up one the major DLC and so on. Paradox strategy games are generally full of content to keep you busy without expansions.

True, you're not, but from the article: "I've thought for too long the combat in Stellaris was quite lacking". I'd just rather play a 'functionally' complete game once (either with/without ~3 content expansions). The model often used here just feels like too much of a guessing game personally.

I do appreciate the flexibility Paradox's approach affords though - for myself (and possibly others in my position) it just doesn't sit quite right

I think most of the actual gameplay changes/enhancements that accompany a DLC do get rolled into the main game, though. So if I don't buy Apocalypse I won't get the planetbusters or the huge flagships but I will still get the Cherryh rule changes, not so? So if the rule changes improve combat I get my improved combat, and if I buy the game after Apocalypse comes out I will be buying a version of the game with the improved combat.

Indeed, most of the gameplay changes in Paradox games are given free to all owners of the base game. But I have to say that for Europa Universalis IV I'm right now using deliberately not the most updated base game (you can choose other versions of EU IV to install in the Steam client via the "Betas" tab under "Properties" ) because I want to play the game without some changes after the 1.11.4 version.

Stellaris: Apocalypse is due soon & there's a new overview video up, also a note about Linux sales
16 February 2018 at 3:09 am UTC Likes: 1

Ok, Paradox, I hear you. I just bought Stellaris although I have a backlog of (Linux) games to play in a magnitude of years of possible playtime.

But I got an itch to play Stellaris in the last days anyway. And the game runs really smoothly even on older hardware. Well done, Paradox.

But even if I survey the whole galaxy in Stellaris I probably won't find an answer to the question why there are not more Linux users in the universe.

Railway Empire released with same-day Linux support
31 January 2018 at 6:36 pm UTC

Thanks for your review!

I tried to form an opinion about the game just by watching some streams on Twitch. But for this type of game I really needed a written review.

It's time to bug Feral Interactive about future port requests once again
24 January 2018 at 5:07 pm UTC Likes: 2

BlodofferPUBG.

For all those millions of Chinese players with pirated Windows 7.

At first it sounds funny but if chinese players learn that you don't need a pirated Windows to play PUBG then I see lots of new Linux users and therefore lots of new customers for new Feral Linux ports.

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