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Rise of the Tomb Raider announced for Linux, port from Feral Interactive
13 February 2018 at 8:08 pm UTC

Excellent news. However, am I the only person who does not understand how the clue "O VAIN ILLUSION OF GLORY AND GRANDEUR" refers to "Rise of the Tomb Raider"?

I can play all of the old tomb raider games on Linux using Wine, except I can't get GoG Tomb Raider III to start at all (tried several versions of Wine and all the WineHQ tips). Anybody have any work around for Ubuntu 16.04 (actually Mint 18.3 and NVidia)? Does it play well under VirtualBox or similar?

AMD's first Ryzen Desktop APUs with Vega graphics are now available
12 February 2018 at 11:17 pm UTC

I have been reading some of the early reviews of these 2 new AMD APUs, and I am very happy that AMD has come out with such great technology at a such a keen price. I think this will be good for Linux gaming, as this gives a strong system for playing the majority of Linux game titles at a relatively low-cost, but not the typical AAA performance hogging games that are not ported to Linux. Also, I think many people will not be enthusiastic when building a low-cost gaming machine to then buy a copy of Windows 10, particularly at its future higher price.

Valve has boosted their Linux ranks by hiring another developer to work on open source graphics
8 February 2018 at 9:21 pm UTC

I am hoping that with the work that Valve and others are putting into the AMD graphics drivers, then basic AMD Ryzen 5 2400g APU based boxes, like the new one from Zotac, would be 'good enough' Linux gaming platforms. However, I suspect that it will also need modern action games to support Vulkan to get around 60 fps at medium quality. If these boxes can be priced at say $300, then with their advantage of also being a good Linux PC, they could be very competitive to current consoles in the market. The Ryzen APUs are out in a week, so will soon see.

Some thoughts on The Lion’s Song, a narrative-rich adventure
4 February 2018 at 3:25 pm UTC

Having played through part of episode 1, it plays very well and the simple graphics and sound effects are just right for such a game. It reminds me of "The 39 Steps" game's flow and feel. I think that I will probably buy the non-free episodes later. I am assuming that you do not need to play each episode in sequence, so I may buy episode 3 first.

Voxel Tycoon, a new strategy game about transportation, building factories, and mining will come to Linux
29 January 2018 at 11:57 am UTC

I play OpenTTD quite regularly and Factorio occasionally, but even after looking at the company's web site I don't understand what is new or better that they are bringing to their game.

A look at some great Linux & SteamOS racing games available in 2017
21 September 2017 at 6:40 pm UTC

OfficerHonkenGooseIt's such a shame that only Logitech wheels work properly on Linux (with FFB etc). After all the logitech hardware i've had in the past died *just* after the warranty expired (2 or 3 mice, multiple joysticks/pads), there is no way I'd stump up for one of their (now overpriced) wheels.
I have a Thrustmaster, and there is no support for Linux at all, which (along with Rfactor 2) confines me to Windows for my racing fix.

For those who don't mind a bit of Wine, rFactor 1 works absolutely perfectly, with better performance than Windows on some machines.

I use the cheap Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience steering wheel and pedals on my Linux gaming computer (Ubuntu 16.04 based Mint) and it works well with Dirt Rally, Grid Autosport and EuroTrucker 2. I don't know if the more expensive Thrustmaster steering wheels work as well with Linux. The Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience steering wheel and pedals was about 50 UKP when I bought it a few years ago.

A bunch of Feral Interactive Linux ports may be broken on Arch and others, here's a possible workaround
11 September 2017 at 2:02 pm UTC Likes: 2

I am pleased that you are back on Ubuntu (I assume 16.04) for your main machine. I want to be able to read your game reviews and assume that I will get similar playability and reliability on my 3 older Linux Mint 18 gaming desktops. I have nothing against other Linux distributions, but as I said when you first moved to Antergos, I did not feel that it reviews using Antergos would be as useful as reviews using Ubuntu to the majority of your readership.

OpenRCT2, the open source RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 game engine has another update
19 July 2017 at 3:02 pm UTC

Currently I can see the "RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Triple Thrill Pack" icon on my desktop, as I bought it in a sale a couple of months ago, after seeing Liam's earlier article about OpenRCT2. I have forgotten how long ago ago I last played it properly, but it must be close to 20 years ago. I have played it a couple of times since buying it, but I struggle remembering how to do basic things, like getting the on-off ride platforms in the right place. So far I have been running it under Wine with no problems and enjoying it. Could someone who has played it under both OpenRCT2 and Wine, please say what are the advantages/disadvantages of running it under OpenRCT2 as compared with Wine.

Become a psychiatrist in 'The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker' as it's coming to Linux
30 June 2017 at 1:58 pm UTC

I love Full Motion Video games, but those I have are older Windows games that I play under Wine (like the Zork games and the Command and Conquer games). I expect this was a lot easier to make, as I assume it does not use green-screen techniques. As a game it looks a lot of fun, but I am not sure of its replay appeal, unless it has multiple endings.

Stardock CEO asking to see interest in Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation on Linux with Vulkan
27 May 2017 at 9:54 pm UTC

I would like to buy this game on Linux. I still play the old Command and Conquer series frequently under Wine, but I would like a new big strategy game that is a little different. I have a GTX1050 TI, but don't have a particularly fast CPU, so would very much appreciate a Vulkan graphics mode.

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