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GOG are revamping GOG Galaxy, to help you manage multiple launchers and still no Linux support
22 May 2019 at 10:02 pm UTC Likes: 1

I still think of GOG as "Good Old Games", a sort of honest version of abandonware. Most of the stuff that I have bought from them over the years are modernized copies of DOS and early Windows Games, fixed up to work with DOSbox or Wine. For those sort of games I think that GOG is still very handy. However, for any modern game I want a Steam key, as with having several hundred Steam games, I have to use Steam anyway, and I don't want another similar game management system from GOG cluttering up my PC. Obviously with old games you rarely get updates, so for these games I have no expectation of automated update support.

Axis & Allies Online from Beamdog now actually has a Steam page and some screenshots
13 March 2019 at 10:30 pm UTC

I still have the Axis and Allies based game "Triple A" on my Linux gaming PC. It is a free Java game, so runs native under Linux. I have only played it single player and that was some time ago, but I think it is multiplayer. The Triple A web page is at:
So what makes the Beamdogs version better than the current free Java version?

Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy! HD, a revival of the classic freeware adventure game is coming to Linux
3 March 2019 at 3:43 pm UTC

I do like this game a lot and have played it through twice under Wine. It is an excellent, but short, graphical adventure game that Wine currently shows in a fixed 640x480 window. I do hope that they fix the problem under wine of taking things out of the inventory. Currently, under Wine I have to drag an item around outside the inventory window for 6 seconds for it to remove the inventory window. I will buy it for a reasonable price (currently it is free for Windows) for native Linux support, better graphics and bug fixes.

The latest OpenRA test build supports more single-player missions and features AI improvements
7 January 2019 at 4:41 pm UTC

Very good news. I still like to occasionally play the single player levels from Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert 2. I did try the single player levels in OpenRA Tiberian Dawn some time ago, and although they were similar to the original game levels, I found them to be much harder. I also missed not having the actor based cut scenes between the games. For me the original cut scenes are so atmospheric of the middle 1990's gaming period. The OpenRA guys have done a wonderful job for multiplayer, but as I often play single player I also want to use the original versions under Wine. Under Wine I use the much more reliable ddraw.dll replacemenet file from CnCNet to avoid graphics lock-up after 10 mins. As EA opened sourced the earlier games, so they are free from CnCNet, but the others I play from my C&C First Decade CD. So I have ended up with both the OpenRA and original Westwood Studios versions on my gaming machines.

SC Controller, the driver and UI for the Steam Controller is being rewritten to be more portable
26 November 2018 at 4:57 pm UTC

Which computer language would I use to write such code really does not matter. I have written specialist USB handling code for Linux and Windows in C and C# respectively, and it was pretty hard to get right. However, I prefer to use languages like Java, Gnome's Vala, Go and Python where practical, and I really like the little Rust coding that I have done. However without knowing the problem area in real detail, I would say that probably the best language for the development is the one that Kozec, who has done it before, chooses. From Liam's text, I assume C for the real-time bit-twiddling and Python for the rest, which sounds sensible to me.

I am not sure when Linux 4.18 will be available with native Steam Controller support, but that must factor in Kozec's decisions.

System76 reveal the Thelio, their new custom-built Linux desktop with three versions
1 November 2018 at 8:18 pm UTC

Don't they look like HiFi loudspeakers, just stick a Wharfedale label on one and put it next to a record deck and you could hide it in plain sight.

I actually like the wood grain styling, but I would like to know more about how open the boot process is and if it allows you to stop or limit the 2 other operating systems, besides the one you want, that Intel and AMD architectures force on you.

The beautifully weird hidden object adventure game My Brother Rabbit is out, it's really sweet
24 September 2018 at 2:27 pm UTC Likes: 1

I have 33 of the Artifex Mundi Linux games and have always found them to be of good technical quality. They obviously do a really good QA test of their products, as other than the occasional American English names for objects (not British names), there are never any problems. This product must use a different engine to their standard HOG series engines, so I am very pleased that they are now using their great talents to do new styles of games. Definitely a buy for me.

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.

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