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Cursed Gem is a pretty charming and amusing challenging platformer out now
5 August 2020 at 3:47 pm UTC

I played the demo over at (directly in the browser) and it really is fantastic! Don't let the looks fool you, this gets tricky rather quickly. Some check points have you redo half a screen every time you fail a challenge, so it took me some time. The sidekick commentary is funny.

Developer of Robo Instructus gives out sales info after a year
17 July 2020 at 4:58 pm UTC Likes: 5

I took part in testing the game before release.

First off: Congratulations to Alex! You shipped your game and sold a few thousand copies! And also, you were nice and quick with replies to player feedback and the game really evolved over a short period of time, so that deserves an award as well :)

About the achievement statistics on player progression: this is not an easy game! The first few levels are easy to understand and the code to write to solve the puzzle is somewhat obvious. But that quickly changes! Players are required to come up with complex conditional structures, recognize opportunities for loops and manage a growing volume of features on both the bot as well as the environment.

Also: keep in mind that some players will spend time early on to optimize their code to get a good ranking on the very zach-like performance graphs.

So maybe a decent share of the 95% of users who did not finish the second half of the game sunk some hours into developing different strategies for the levels they completed up to that point or were simply overwhelmed. If you are new to programming, the amount of code and thinking you are tasked with seem like a steep increase of "game" turning into "work" and "research". Don't get me wrong, that can be totally fun and satisfactory, but maybe not what most of the players consider to be fun.

Programming games are a small niche with a small player base. They will never be as popular as a yearly shooter or small distraction like flappy bird or a runner game.

Denuvo Anti-Cheat to support Steam Play Proton, being removed from DOOM Eternal
21 May 2020 at 5:37 pm UTC

I would love to see a return of the LAN game option (bonus points for dedicated servers) when it comes to multiplayer. That way games would last as long as there are people willing to play them together, not until the provider decides to pull the plug. Users can play without unpleasant random player shenanigans. And anti cheat measures would then be limited to public online play, but single player and LAN games (could be tunneled by various means) would be unaffected.

I know, there are a few cool exceptions that still have those options, but I miss the ubiquity of LAN games of about 20 years ago.

Selfless Heroes, a sweet programming-puzzle game where you help heroes in a dungeon - with source code available
15 April 2020 at 2:28 pm UTC

The thing that I dislike about this graphical programming approach is that it doesn't scale well. Rather soon you'll hit a complexity that makes it hard to keep track of everything. So I was pleased to see that later on in the trailer they were showing actual code being edited to solve puzzles.

Fast-paced arcade combat-racing with RC cars 'PocketCars' adds Linux support
19 March 2020 at 5:08 pm UTC Likes: 2

Sadly it's missing the multi player modes that made Re-Volt our favorite game in between matches during shooter tournaments at LAN parties.

Distro news: Arch gets a new leader and Manjaro has a new release
26 February 2020 at 3:53 pm UTC Likes: 3

I downloaded the iso yesterday and had a look around in a VM.

Today I'm verifying backups and then I'll give it a try. But please stop me once I start saying "Btw: I use Arch".

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
23 February 2020 at 4:13 pm UTC Likes: 1

Knightin+: a cool dungeoneering action adventure with nice puzzles like sokoban challenges thrown in.

I also played a bit of The Surge, but unlike almost everybody else, the game keeps crashing. Enjoyed what I saw though and will keep returning to this with updated drivers or OS or new Proton versions.

Valve making steps to address toxic behaviour on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
7 February 2020 at 3:28 pm UTC Likes: 2

I'm not sure if the proposed system will work out well enough for everyone. If for example a player that appears to be female is constantly harassed and therefore reports lots of people, the weighted system will gradually ignore those complaints. Just keep in mind that not everyone filing lots of complaints is a hypochondriac snowflake. And the offenders in those cases might very well be the ones that cause more harm on the community and game experience than those mass reporters, so downplaying complaints on them actually works as support for them and punish their current and future victims.

Psyonix are ending support for Rocket League on both Linux and macOS (updated)
23 January 2020 at 8:41 pm UTC Likes: 2

I despise anyone who votes for Rocket League in the Linux Game of the Year Award, especially in the category "Favourite long-term supported game". Not only because of the ended support, but considering it took them years to release a Linux version. They kept teasing, promising and delaying for a long time.

It's also nominated in "Best update received in 2019".

Upcoming point and clicker 'Born Punk' has a Steam page up, coming to GOG and newer trailer
14 January 2020 at 7:32 pm UTC Likes: 1

People who are interested in this also might like to see if Technobabylon runs on Linux. I played the demo on Windows a few years ago and only hesitated to buy the game because I didn't want to lose my mind trying to get it to run with Wine.