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Atari VCS RAM upgraded to 8GB and Atari confirm you can put a normal Linux distribution on it
15 July 2018 at 8:49 pm UTC Likes: 6

I think that everyone will have their doubts about whether this "Atari" can actually deliver their console, as it is a big challenge for a small company. There could be fatal slips anywhere along their path to market, we probably won't know if they have a real chance until they get to the pre-sales shipping to reviewers stage. I would like this "Atari" to succeed and to sell millions of their Linux consoles, but I know it is low probability. However, perhaps even if they don't succeed, it will blaze a trial for someone else to later succeed. So I really don't see the point of being negative about their attempt, I cant see how negative comments helps us as a Linux gaming community.

The striking hidden object adventure game 'My Brother Rabbit' to release later this year with Linux support
2 July 2018 at 6:04 pm UTC

I have 28 Artifex Mundi games mostly purchased in sales and bundles. Nearly all of them I have enjoyed playing on Linux and will play them again sometime. However, I do think that they need to produce new games based on a new engine, that supports different types of puzzles/mini-games. As Mrokrii says, the art is always excellent, but the re-use of the same old puzzles is getting rather stale. Hopefully when a functional demo of My Brother Rabbit comes out, we will not be disappointed.

Play It Now - Gunpoint
30 June 2018 at 5:49 pm UTC Likes: 2

Thank you scaine, this is just the type of game that I hoped you would include in your series. It is very unlikely that I would have found this game by accident. I usually don't have trouble with short games, as my exceptional playing skill usually means they last a long time Its now on my list to buy before the end of the steam sale.

OpenSAGE, an early WIP game engine for Command & Conquer: Generals adds Linux support
25 June 2018 at 10:46 am UTC Likes: 2

I still occasionally play C&C Generals using wine and my "C&C - The First Decade" disk in the drive. The highest 2 resolutions are 1152x864 and 1400x1050. I cannot get C&C Generals Zero Hour to work under wine, as it does not recognise my DVD drive. I use wine version 1.6 for all C&C games, as more recent versions crash after 10 mins of playing RA2.

I hope that OpenSage will play the single player campaigns, as I really love the cut-scenes on old C&C games. The other thing that I hope OpenSage will give, is simple asset transfers, as I don't trust a lot of the Windows no-CD hacks.

A small but nice update on Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation and Linux support
19 June 2018 at 11:21 pm UTC Likes: 4

I can see the argument of using Linux as the standard development environment, because most Linux tools and graphics are open source, and so are ported to every possible gaming platform. Particularly Vulkan, SDL2, language compilers and debuggers. Even with 3rd party proprietary tools and libraries, I imagine you will typically avoid lock-in if they are available under Linux.

I used to be a C++ developer in a large company, never on games, but we would always develop on Unix and port our applications to Windows or whatever after. This approach was to some extent done for games in the mid 1990's. I worked in Dallas Texas in the mid 1990s, and my American colleagues had friends at ID Software down the road, so we were given an unofficial Unix version of Doom around the time it was initially released. After working hours, we would often have 6 or more player games of Doom on our office network of SUN SparcStations (expensive Unix development workstations). I was told that the Unix version was there because ID developed the game on Unix, before porting it to DOS and Windows. So it would be ironic if some modern game development moved to Linux.

Game store itch is having a big summer sale
19 June 2018 at 10:25 pm UTC Likes: 3

PatolaYou know, I would really really like to support itch because I think it's THE BEST appstore with its monetization and free policies. But it's very difficult, and these sales clearly show why - I end up swallowing the DRM-infested versions of steam games because their prices are much cheaper (regional prices for Brazil) and their sales much much better. I'll list the case here, for all these games:

Our currency is called "Real". A dollar is currently worth 3.75 reals. A fair approximation of our cost of life is to consider that we earn 1 real for each 1 dollar an US citizen earns. So ideally, a game that costs US$ 20 should cost R$ 20 if the cost of life is considered.

Do not forget that steams sale are starting in less than 48 hours. We'll have a good comparison if the same games get sales pricing.

MidBoss: US$ 14.99 regular price, US$ 6.74 sales price. Regular price in Steam is R$ 27.99, about 7.45 dollars.
Rise To Ruins: US$ 9.99 regular price, US$ 4.99 sales price. Regular price in Steam is R$ 19.99, about 5.33 dollars.
The Signal from Tölva: US$ 19.99 regular price, US$ 9.99 sales price. Regular price in Steam is R$ 36.99, about 9.86 dollars. Cheaper than 50% off on itch!
Haque: US$ 14.99 regular price, US$ 7.49 sales price. Regular price in Steam is R$ 28.99, about 7.73 dollars.
A Hole New World: US$ 9.99 regular price, US$ 4.99 sales price. Regular price in Steam is R$ 19.99, about 5.33 dollars.
All Walls Must Fall: US$ 9.99 regular price, US$ 6.99 sales price. Regular price in Steam is R$ 20.69, about 5.52 dollars.
Mewnbase: not on Steam, so I can't compare.

Maybe you (the reader of this post) don't agree with regional prices - but it is the strategy that works in "developing" countries. Otherwise people have too much of an incentive to pirate copies and don't pay for the games at all. It is very much like eternal sales for some unpriviledged people. And I realize that developers might not sympathize with the pressure to discriminate some buyers with some large discounts, and that this can also be exploited by people who just want to pay less. But this really really really hurts adoption of game distributors / shops here. I wish I could ask itch for fixing that, but I think they are smart enough to recognize the existence of regional prices.

Someone once said that living in a "developing" country like Brazil is live playing life on "hard difficulty". And it seems itch is not very fond of dialing down on this difficulty even a little bit.
I think regional prices are very necessary and a good thing for downloaded games. Extra sales of downloaded games have almost a zero marginal cost to the developer/distributer, so selling at any reasonable price is good as long as there are limited gray imports into other markets. I suspect that something that has a high cost of content like gold bars would be the same price if made in Brazil or the US.

However, it is strange how and when regional pricing is used. I live in the UK, where I guess our average salaries are somewhere around 50% of US average salaries, but we normally pay full US dollar prices for downloaded games. This may be because there would be a huge gray market if UK prices were half the US prices. The same is true with music CDs. I recently imported by post a new music CD by a Scottish band from a Florida outlet, as it was cheaper than buying it from a UK outlet.

I have looked at Itch, but have never found much that matches my interests. I do buy from Humble and GoG, but really love Steam sales.

Croteam are having a big sale to celebrate 25 years
18 June 2018 at 5:23 pm UTC

Kels
Flabb
Ray54My Steam library entry for Serious Sam Fusion now has 3 items: The First Encounter, flat support and BFE. However, when I start Fusion it automatically goes into BFE. I was expecting a menu in Fusion giving me an option of First Encounter or BFE (as I have no separate First Encounter game listed in Linux Steam)?
Have you opened the campaign menu? Fusion chooses the theme of the latest game you have for the menu, so if you have SS3, then it'll always boot with SS3 theme. But in the campaign menu you should see all campaigns that you have access for.

I had the same problem. For a new player it's incredibly non-intuitive, and nothing in the initial menus makes it clear you have to go two levels down in order to choose which game you're playing.

For all the trouble they went to making all those cool and surprisingly exhaustive menus, they seriously dropped the ball there.
Thanks Flabb and Kels for your help on how to find the game menus. Yes, every time I got to the BFE menu I canceled, as I had assumed I had missed the choose game menu. I also needed to play around with graphics and game settings to get the games running reliably under Fusion, as I have an older gaming machine. I have been playing TFE under Fusion quite a bit since installing, and I am loving the game on Linux.

Kels: I agree that putting the game selection 2 levels down in the first listed game's menu tree is a UI design error. Croteam are excellent designers and coders, so I hope that issue will be fixed soon.

Croteam are having a big sale to celebrate 25 years
17 June 2018 at 11:18 pm UTC

Flabb
Ray54Can I assume that Serious Sam Classics: Revolution would give me HD TFE and HD TSE under fusion (even if other parts of Revolution may not work) or do I need to buy HD TFE and TSE separately?
No, Revolution is completely different project from another developer, it won't give access to any Fusion's content. To play SSHD in Fusion, you need to buy HD TFE and TSE on Steam.
My Steam library entry for Serious Sam Fusion now has 3 items: The First Encounter, flat support and BFE. However, when I start Fusion it automatically goes into BFE. I was expecting a menu in Fusion giving me an option of First Encounter or BFE (as I have no separate First Encounter game listed in Linux Steam)?

I have re-installed Fusion, but this only seemed to add an option to allow me to use mods with BFE. I cannot install HD TFE directly under Linux as it is a Window's only game and installing under Wine does not help. So, has anyone else got TFE with BFE using Fusion working under Linux?

Croteam are having a big sale to celebrate 25 years
17 June 2018 at 10:52 am UTC

Flabb
Ray54I find this sale incredibly confusing.

What I currently have is Serious Sam 3 BFE and Serious Sam Fusion 2017 Beta on Steam. I also have a Serious Sam 2 Windows CD (free from a graphics card purchase). What I want, is to get Serious Sam 1 and 2 running under Fusion on Linux Mint. I do not understand how you use fusion and what do I need to buy?
For clarification: Fusion is, basically, a compilation of canonical Serious Sam titles (namely HD TFE, HD TSE, BFE and DLCs for them) running on the latest version of Serious Engine. This compilation is expected to be updated in the very long run - Croteam plan to use it as a testing polygon for all new features of their engine and add new canonical SS games as they release.
To play these games in Fusion, you need to own the respective standalone games on your Steam account. For example, if you want to play HD TSE in Fusion, you need to buy standalone HD TSE, and the same applies to other games. You can't buy Fusion versions directly.
And about SS2 - if you mean the game from 2005, then I've got bad news - it's Windows-only, and Croteam don't plan to add it to Fusion. The reason is - they don't consider this game canon, and also porting it to the newest engine would require too much work. However, they plan to make an alternative sequel for TSE that will be loosely based on original SS2... After they make SS4 and TTP2.

Thank you Flabb for your excellent advice, I now understand that Fusion is not a DLC, but a separately executable hub. Also that the Second Encounter is not the same as SS2. Can I assume that Serious Sam Classics: Revolution would give me HD TFE and HD TSE under fusion (even if other parts of Revolution may not work) or do I need to buy HD TFE and TSE separately?

Croteam are having a big sale to celebrate 25 years
17 June 2018 at 9:20 am UTC

I find this sale incredibly confusing.

What I currently have is Serious Sam 3 BFE and Serious Sam Fusion 2017 Beta on Steam. I also have a Serious Sam 2 Windows CD (free from a graphics card purchase). What I want, is to get Serious Sam 1 and 2 running under Fusion on Linux Mint. I do not understand how you use fusion and what do I need to buy?

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