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FMV adventure Dark Nights with Poe and Munro released for Linux
4 April 2021 at 4:15 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: FeistI think I'll give this one a try as well!

FMVs have a bad reputation but I have enjoyed or even loved most of those I've played: Phantasmagoria, Realms of the Haunting, Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within, Under a Killing Moon, Pandora Directive, Overseer and Tesla Effect.

So this is one special sub-genré that I'm very fond of.

Tried Contradicion? Not native (but works great in proton) and worked extremely well for a FMV.

Looks like Narita Boy from Studio Koba will now not be supported on Linux
30 March 2021 at 6:17 pm UTC

Quoting: Vortex_AcheronticI just watched the trailer and noticed the Xbox, PS4 Logos and Switch Logos ... according to their Kickstarter they did not even reached that tier but now dropping Linux support!?

This is shady...

Well to be honest there is where the purchasing power is, which also makes it so strange that games have those as stretch goals.

Valheim hits 6 million sales, gets a small teaser for a big update
20 March 2021 at 5:14 pm UTC

Quoting: Appelsin
Quoting: GoboStatistically they have sold more than one copy for every current citizen of Denmark, one of the regions where vikings originated from. Or more than the whole population of Scandinavia 200 years ago. With one game. By five people.

~1,03 copies for every danske.
~1,11 copies for every nordmann.

(Based on population numbers from wikipedia)

Which means means that if they ever publish which contries bought the game, we'll see that half was sold in Denmark, and the other half sold in Norway. Stands to reason.

And they have sold 153 copies for every citizen living today in the city Iron Gate comes from (Skövde, Sweden) :-)

If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers - probably the best free game you will find today
13 March 2021 at 11:32 pm UTC Likes: 1

That this game is free is almost insulting

Windows 'not an emulator' compatibility tool Wine 6.4 out now
13 March 2021 at 1:44 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: PinguinoCould anyone give me a one-sentence summary on the difference between emulators and translation layers? I've done some searching and I think I got the gist of it (low-level emulators are basically trying to recreate the emulated OS instead of just wrapping individual functions), but I couldn't see much distinction between high-level emulation and a translator.

A one-sentence summary would be quite hard, but basically you have done it yourself. An emulator emulates the entire system, so WINE as an emulator would be emulating bios+cpu+kernel+windows (and a specific version of it), while WINE as a translator only translates as much of the system calls provided by the Windows kernel that applications and games needs in order to run, and the application is executed by Linux and not by any emulated Windows.

WINE the emulator would allow you to say run amd64 applications on your arm/sparc/68k machine while WINE the translator requires you to run on the exact same hardware that the Windows application thinks it runs on.

My take on low-level emulation vs high-level emulation is that low-level emulation would emulate the hardware on a chip basis while high-level emulation would be emulating the hardware on a functional level. I.e most software emulators are high-level (if they have any form of performance) while FPGA emulators (and some very very slow software emulators) are low-level emulators.

Take-Two Interactive hit the DMCA nuke on GTA III and Vice City reverse engineered effort
25 February 2021 at 7:04 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: MordragReally sad to see...
Out of curiosity, if now someone would write specifications based on that code, and another one would write another engine reimplementation based on that specifications, would be it legal ?
Depends on how many lawyers get involved. The thing is, clean lab reverse engineering is perfectly legal. From my understanding of it, if it wasn't the PC as it is today would not exist, as IBM's architecture was open, but their BIOS was not, and it was reverse engineered.
In this day and age though, all that needs to be done is for a company to cry foul (claim DMCA) and the project goes away.
The process that is illegal is if they had someone from tge original project working with them, then it would not be considered 'clean'.
(Not a lawyer, juat remembered it from reading things years ago when people were doing similar things with other games.)

Well it depends, AFAIK the concept of clean room reverse-engineering does not exist in the legal system. Phoenix did it the way they did when they created their version of IBM:s BIOS not to avoid the copyright of the BIOS but that of the IBM Technical Reference Manuals which is what IBM had put a license on.

Linux lands on Mars with Perseverance and Ingenuity
23 February 2021 at 1:43 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Arehandoro
Quoting: EikeThere's no real question Linux already is dominating the world, from the smallest to the largest, from most people's pockets to even Mars.

Except one little village called desktop.

Technically, not the world but our Solar Systtem :D

Honest question: Has there ever been any mention on what kind of OS any of the other probes* had? I assume it was some bespoke system? Or maybe a Unix system? Maybe Windows even? xD

* Not only probes but also the Rover for example.

As others have already hinted at here, NASA have used VxWorks for all of the other rovers, probes and orbiters. Before that they used NASA custom computer systems without any operating system as such.

Take-Two Interactive hit the DMCA nuke on GTA III and Vice City reverse engineered effort
23 February 2021 at 1:29 am UTC

Quoting: EagleDelta
Quoting: LibertyPaulMSaw this one coming. I hope Github doesn't get hate for this like they did with Youtube-dl. Github are not to blame for this, they have no choice but to comply with the awful DMCA

So, that's no actually true. I'll have to dig up the appropriate video, but a particular Business Lawyer clarified the DMCA provisions relating to takedowns. There is no requirement to takedown content from a DMCA request. All that provision does is protect the platform owner from liability on both sides. Basically, it protects hosts from being "caught in the middle" of a copyright dispute and facing a lawsuit from the organization requesting the takedown and from the users affected by the takedown.

But, as can be seen with a recent copyright case between Cox Communications and Sony Music, if a company doesn't actually comply with the DMCA takedown, they lose the immunity to lawsuits.... making them liable for an infringement by their users.

Yes if Github does not comply with every single DMCA takedown they will loose their safe harbour status and will instead be liable for every single thing that their end users upload to Github. So in practice Github have no choice but to comply.

Take-Two Interactive hit the DMCA nuke on GTA III and Vice City reverse engineered effort
22 February 2021 at 4:18 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: mirvIf it was a clean-room implementation there wouldn't be as much of a problem, however this was reverse engineered directly from the binaries it seems. That's a bit more of an issue as far as countries with dmca style laws go.
There was a point in time where reverse engineering was perfectly legal. I'm not sure if it is at this point. But for the most part there has to be some form of being able to read the data files to be able to recreate the game, and the term reverse engineering could technically be pinned to that. Pretty sure they weren't full on creating the engine through such means, were they?

I think the 'brings more sales' argument is shot down by sales, as they'd rather sell you new games instead of people being able to buy cheap old games. Plus with it being opened, they're afraid new content will be created for the old games, again hampering sales of new games.

Basically anti-consumer, pro-company thoughts.

Depends on if there are clauses against reverse engineering in the EULA of the original game since it was declared in [,_Inc.](,_Inc.) that such an EULA override the copyright law that expressly permits reverse engineering. However it has also to be said that Baystate did sell a competing application to Bowers and reverse engineered Bowers application to add new features to their own so that case is not 100% comparable with this situation.

However defending your position in court even if you are 100% sure that you will win is extremely expensive in the US so many smaller entities will not defend themselves even when they are in the right paving the way for big corporations to bully their way through the court system.

Metro Exodus still due on Linux this year, Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition announced
16 February 2021 at 6:26 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: DaiKaiser93
Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: IggiThis is Deep Silver as the publisher. I wouldn't expect them to support anything besides Steam...

They're also the publisher of Wasteland 3 and yet the Linux/macOS versions are on GOG...

The Linux versions for the Saint Rows games and the first 2 Metro games are still missing from GOG.

Yeah I know, it's a pity. But just to say Deep Silver itself isn't the cause. But yeah I'm afraid it will ending like the "Desperados III case".
And if that's the case for Metro Exodus too, seriously... too bad they choose the "wrong" publisher but I won't buy the game.
It's just not right, don't sell your game on a store if you just don't want to support all versions.
It's normal to lack the Linux version on EGS, but not on GOG, there is no excuse.

Well there is an excuse, adding a store is way more than just press a button, and that is for every single update you later do for your game as well.