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Humble Monthly will be changing to Humble Choice later this year
21 October 2019 at 6:16 pm UTC Likes: 1

I am happy that they are going to allow existing subscribers to stay with the same plan. I think the new options represent an enormous price hike: Take the current bundle, 3 Windows games... which at the same time are three games I wouldn't play even if they would be running on linux (I'm into RPG/Strategy type games and fast 3d makes me dizzy), so what I do is I take the games and I exchange them for games that I actually like: Instead of the 3 games I didn't want I got 4 games I actually had on my wishlist. If I would take one of the new tiers, I would not just pay more than now for less games but even the choice option is not going to be valuable for me since I use almost all the games I get to exchange them for games that I actually want.

And I think that is one of the main reasons why they want to do this: To take all the game keys out of the market that destroy the prices for a lot of the games that are in a humble bundle. I think that that is probably a significant factor for devs selling their games via humble bundle: The game keys will appear in significant numbers in the grey market and will put pressure on game prices. That will in turn make the price that humble has to pay for those games significantly higher since the devs will try to recoup some of that effect. So yet another point for them to maximize their profits: More devs will be less reluctant to sell to them at what will probably be a lower price. And since the new system will also give them a better estimate on what the bundle is actually being bought for (in most cases probably the AAA titles) the big developers will also be able to ask for a larger share of the income.

I'm pretty sure the classic option will only stay on for a little while longer to minimize the damage the price hike is going to do to the subscriber numbers until we all mentally accept that the higher price is ok...

What are you clicking on this weekend? Let us know your current favourites
2 June 2019 at 1:14 pm UTC Likes: 1

I'm on my first playthrough of Surviving Mars: Green Mars (decided to play as Paradox since the game seemed much too easy on the first playthough of the base game). It's luckily one of those games you can have running on a extra screen while working (on a deadline for a project this weekend) since most of the time it kind of runs without interference and it is beautiful to watch.

These days it seems that Paradox alone will be enough to fill the (little) gaming time that I have with all the great titles they brought to linux! Thanks paradox!

GOG are ending their 'Fair Price Package program', soon after letting staff go
26 February 2019 at 8:41 pm UTC Likes: 8

I have also given up on GOG a long time ago. Their non-effort to bring their Galaxy client to linux despite always being one of the most wished for things on their customer wish list made me appreciate Valve's effort even more. I used to buy at GOG due to their DRM-free games and support of older titles. They really seemed to care for their customers but that spirit seems to have vanished largely from that shop about the time that the Witcher series really took off.

What have you been playing recently and what do you think of it?
18 February 2019 at 11:04 am UTC Likes: 1

I decided last week to end my 300+ days of uptime and reboot my computer to get the graphics drivers ready for The Witcher 3 ;)

Boy, was that ever worth it. Just wanted to see if it really runs (after getting the kids to bed)... 3 in the morning my wife comes and asks if I am crazy and I should go the f*&/)( to bed ;) Played it whenever there was time after work and thoroughly enjoyed every second. What a game so far!

Then came the Civ 6: Gathering Storm release and I did something I rarely ever do: I bought it immediately on impulse b/c I had spent hours already watching the firaxis twitch channel where they talked through all the new stuff. A bit on the expensive side for an expansion... but hey, it's Civ! This is going to cost me a couple of cents per hour I am going to spend with it!!!11!

To make it short: We played it all weekend in (family) multiplayer and loved it - so much new stuff. Now to the negative point: My wife played on her mac and when I installed it from my account on her computer it gave me an instant steam hardware survey. Shit, I thought - I never get those on Linux!!! So I install it on the Windows laptop my daughter is using... steam hardware survey. Damn!!! That can't be! But not on Linux on my main system!

Other than that I recently (this month) played:

  • War of the Overworld - fun little game that doesn't take too long to just pick up for one level (at least in the beginning). I will play it again but it also didn't totally exite me.

  • Robothorium - also fun and very similar to Halcyon 6's Combat. At the moment I categorize this as casual gaming that I can start play a little then do sth. else

  • Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth - really well made adventure but a little on the casual side which makes it easy to play, put down and pick up again anytime - I am playing this in short instances for about 2 months now which is very unusaual for an adventure for me.

  • John Shafer's at the Gates - just had to get this one when it came out to see what the former Civ Lead Designer could do with his own game... sadly it is labeled a full game but plays like early access. Lot's interesting concepts but sadly not fleshed out. I'm probably not going to play this in a while and hope that they will work on this some more.

  • Particle Fleet: Emergence - being a HUGE fan of Creeper World III I just had to play this. What should I say - played through the campaign in one day... probably not going to play it again since while it is not a bad game it is just so much less than Creeper World 3.

Jon Shafer's At the Gates, the indie strategy game from the designer of Civilization 5 is out
29 January 2019 at 10:46 am UTC Likes: 2

I bought the game since I really liked Civ5 and am a 4X fan anyways. It surprises me that they actually released it already - it does not feel finished. Especially the UI feels uncomfortable with a lot of unnecessary clicks (e.g. you have one window with some selection open and want to click on the next thing in your work queue and you can't because the game wants you to first close the window you have open even though it's just information... ).

While there are a lot of new concepts with the different tribes that you use and develop for specific tasks but a lot of the possibilities make the game more complicated than than more complex or deep. I felt the need to restart a lot in the beginning since it proved to be difficult to see the connections between things even though there is a relatively good pop up help system in place...

I hope they update that one... a lot - it shows potential. I didn't expect it to be on the same level as a Civ game but I hoped it would show that the person who designed both was the same one. Maybe he's just too used to having the workforce...

Aspyr Media are getting a little help from Intel for the long-delayed Linux patch to Civilization VI
18 October 2018 at 12:05 pm UTC Likes: 1

GuestHowewer It's sad to see people attacking them for delaying the patch because cross platform multiplayer can be extremely complicated in some situations and they just want to make sure the patch meets their QA standards.
We're not talking about just delaying a patch, we're talking about a feature that is missing for way longer than a year and a patch that makes everything worse since it breaks most of what little in terms of multiplayer we already had. You can't tell me that QA is the reason for that. And you can't tell me either that multiplayer is so complex that somebody who is calling porting their job can't figure that out in more than a year. I should know - we do lots of networking (with much more real time data than a little game produces on the handful of possible systems involved) among different OSes and our customers would lynch us if we'd break that for a month, let alone more than a year.

I think that you are being too apologetic and that yes, there is a valid reason for people to speak up in a civilized way.

Aspyr Media are getting a little help from Intel for the long-delayed Linux patch to Civilization VI
18 October 2018 at 10:32 am UTC

LibertyPaulMI can't help feeling the criticism of Aspyr is somewhat undeserved here.
Hi Paul, while I am very grateful to them for actually bringing Civ VI to linux and I am basically ok with their code quality (although I can make it leak and grow the process way past 20GB until the reaper comes for it) and Civ V still crashes on exit every third time or so) I think that we can start to be unhappy about their performance if they fail to provide one of the main features of such a game (multiplayer with the majority of other players) after a year or so... if they then proceed to take away our ability to go into multiplayer games with more than half of the remaining players previously available (the mac users) then excuse me if I start to strongly disagree with you and I think that criticism is necessary. You can't just always take everything because you're a minority and I spent my money on that game and its extension, so yes, I would like to make them aware of the fact that while it is ok to take your time and provide good results, that also has its limits.

We've teamed up with GOG for another fantastic giveaway: Surviving Mars & Iconoclasts
17 June 2018 at 12:27 pm UTC Likes: 1

I would love to suvive Mars!

Ubuntu /ʊˈbʊntʊ/, noun, South African
-> meaning: I cannot configure Debian


Ok, real one:

Conversation on a chat:

- Hey, you're cute! What's your address?
- No, dummy, I mean your local address!
- Haha, nerd! Your physical address!!!
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What Linux games are you looking forward to this year? Here's my top picks
1 June 2018 at 10:00 pm UTC Likes: 1

Still got way more games than I can play in the next three years but I'm still looking forward to these:

- Battletech
- Phoenix Point
- Iron Harvest
- Still hoping for a linux version of Frostpunk

Humble Indie Bundle 19 adds in Action Henk and JYDGE if you pay more than the average
4 April 2018 at 8:18 am UTC Likes: 1

gojulAction Henk does not start for me (crash after loading screen).

Debian AMD64 / KDE
NVidia blob 384.111
Hah! I have found your problem! The same language string also always crashed my brain in school ;)

The bundle is great - first time in a long time that all the games are Linux and really interesting titles! There are several games in this bundle that would be worth buying the bundle for alone.