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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.

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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.

It's time to bug Feral Interactive about future port requests once again
24 January 2018 at 12:02 pm UTC Likes: 5

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (also known as: PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS)

Because I want to spend less time watching it on Twitch and more time playing it with my own fists. (You play that game with your fists, right?)

Linux desktop market share has hit another all time high above 3%, according to netmarketshare
2 September 2017 at 8:25 pm UTC Likes: 1

ertuquequeThe recent events over the past few months: the WannaCry and Petya debacles were huge in the news and a significant number of people and businesses were affected, making them consider (and apparently take action) on switching to Linux. In the past (5-10 years ago), events like these might have turned people to Linux, but Linux 5-10 years ago was still to "hostile" for the average user (hello, wireless connections) and they just went back to Windows (that was my case)... Today? Things have improved A LOT. Hardware now works out of the box, driver performance and features are everyday closer to Windows levels, GUIs for programs are replacing the daunting CLI stuff... Things are getting much more "average user friendly".

Sounds reasonable. Lots of articles in computer related magazines and on their websites were dedicated to the ransomware problem in the last months. Some tried to scare even Linux users, but alas, just save your backups with an automatic root process to a folder that only root can access and any possible future Linux ransomware entering your system via e-mail (I click all elf binaries which are send to me via e-mail, you know...) or via a browser plugin security hole looks very sad.

Linux desktop market share has hit another all time high above 3%, according to netmarketshare
2 September 2017 at 8:02 pm UTC Likes: 2

Perkeleen_VittupääEmphasis on the "it could be solved" and nevertheless: one has to repeat that re-installation every few months to keep it "fresh" / getting everything as it was prior.. At worst takes couple of days, right. Fun all the way XD

This looming nightmare on Windows of having to manually reinstall everything after something went wrong (even be it a very rare hard disk crash) brought me to Linux. Now I can save a list with all installed programs and only have to backup my /home (which can be done automatically in the background every 30 minutes or so if needed).

After a hard disk crash e.g. I reinstall Linux from disk/usb stick, tell the package manager to read the list with my previously installed programs to let it reinstall all of them automatically. It might take 2 hours but all the work is done by the computer. After that you only have to copy the backup of /home to your new /home and all is back: your programs, your files and all settings inside your programs – as if nothing ever happened to your old hard disk.

This easy, secure and reliable recovery mechanism on Linux gives an ease of mind which can't be bought with money on Windows - because Windows lacks a package manager with a central repository of software. On Windows you only could make whole disk images - but that takes time, lots of space, isn't that hassle free when you actually have to rewrite the image to new hardware and you can't use the computer while you create the image.

Card battler 'Faeria' has a huge expansion releasing today 'The Adventure Pouch: Oversky' with a co-op campaign
7 August 2017 at 4:53 pm UTC

Armand RaynalI like this game, but while playing it appears obvious that balancing this type of game is extremly hard.

Very frustrating to stumble upon a player that doesn't collect faeria nor place land and just wait for the OP cards to get in his hands.

Oh, come on! How long did you play the game? Do you really think there isn't a viable strategy against that type of deck you were matched up against? I would prefer to say: Playing the game can be hard. ;-)

Leaving Lyndow removes Linux support from Steam due to masses of bug reports
27 June 2017 at 12:38 am UTC Likes: 2

slaapliedjeRealistically they should say something like "Linux Kernel version: blah, nVidia Driver: blah or AMD driver: blah, CPU: Memory: disk usage:"

Back in the Loki / LGP days, that's exactly what it did because they had cross-distro support. Steam is very Distro Agnostic. I've even ran it on a CentOS7 system.

This.

I guess the confusion about the now suddenly perceived need to develop games for "thousand different Linux distributions" again comes from one or more severe bugs in one of the latest Unity game engine versions. For instance that one bug that caused many Unity games not to work with certain window managers. And because many distributions use certain window managers as a default it looked like the distributions are again important. But any distribution can run any window manager. So as far as I know the distribution itself normally shouldn't be important if the game uses the Steam runtime environment and game development platforms like Unity manage to keep their bugs under control. Am I right?

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