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Fanatical has a big strategy game sale on with some good Linux games cheap
14 July 2018 at 12:25 am UTC

bakgwailoPerformance. Also, being an house port, you would think CA would have solved cross platform multiplayer, but, nope. To be fair, the performance on Windows was/is also garbage, but, the Linux/OSX ports are even worse. Its disappointing as it really is a good/great game otherwise.
You know, I wish I could understand this lack of cross-platform multiplayer. I reckon there are different network libraries for each system, but the packages themselves are regular IP packages, what difficulty might arise in crafting exactly the same packages (even if using different libraries) between platforms so they can communicate? A linux browser can connect to a windows web server and vice versa because the network layer is platform-agnostic. Why can't it happen in certain games?

Floating points arithmetrics differ between platforms and sometimes even between compilers. That is the current problem with Civ 6. If Devs are not aware of this problem at start and are not prepared to handle it from the beginning, you are probably doomed. The Banished dev had a nice blogpost about it.

Fanatical has a big strategy game sale on with some good Linux games cheap
14 July 2018 at 12:23 am UTC

PatolaGreat! I bought the USD 1.99 strategy bundle. It has Space Hulk Ascension and Grand Ages Medieval, which I have been planning to buy.
Thanks for mentioning that. I've been thinking about GAM myself, but probably wouldn't have looked at the bundle otherwise.

I have bought into GAM on release...

don't. GAM sucks. The core didn't sucked THAT much and could be significantly improved if devs continued to work on it and released some patches and DLCs to improve it. But it got serious backslash, mainly because it was wrongly marketed as an empire building game, which it wasn't really. So devs/publisher cut their loses and balked out.

An interview with the CEO of Gaijin, developer of War Thunder, about supporting Linux and working with the Vulkan API
27 June 2018 at 10:43 am UTC

War Thunder is great. Runs nicely on Linux, although it has some bugs (I have to play in windowed mode, it has not standard behaviour of repeated key). Still, flying planes is fun. And I am looking towards ships.

Satellite Reign is currently free in the Humble Store, lots of Linux games on sale across different stores
19 April 2018 at 8:20 pm UTC

Really? I would say that it is not so good. It has a good potential, but the potential was not utilized sufficiently.

Drilling wells and selling oil, some thoughts on Turmoil and its DLC
11 April 2018 at 8:18 pm UTC

I am very disappointed in this game. I can't even run it and devs completely ignore it.

BATTLETECH has a new trailer about life as a mercenary
16 March 2018 at 4:09 am UTC Likes: 1

I don't think you can consider them as three separate games, I don't think they are even presented like that. Even wiki has a single page for them. They are on level of expansion pack I would say.

QuoteI can't remember any Linux related misbehaviour
I was backer of BT. Was I informed that there would be no beta for linux? Nope. That Linux will be after release? In very bad tone.

BATTLETECH has a new trailer about life as a mercenary
16 March 2018 at 3:11 am UTC Likes: 1

HBS have kept their promise with Shadowrun, which was promised post-launch (if I remember correctly) and arrived as promised. But they didn't make ANY other game on Tux. And they promised a beta for BT on linux, which was not delivered, then linux at launch, which wasn't delivered either. It is not that HBS have a good history of Tux support. In fact, this is supposed to be their second linux release. And they already shows behaviour common to other "not so good" companies (like... total lack of communication about it)

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire delayed until May
15 March 2018 at 3:01 am UTC

stretch611I think that I have to dust off the first one and play it. It looks good. (I got the first through a Humble Monthly and never played it.)

If you like Baldur's Gate or Icewind Dale you are in for a treat indeed.

BG and ID are already significantly different game. In BG (at least 1), freedom of movement and exploration is a big thing, ID is mainly combat focused with a little to do otherwise. This is despite they are games build on the same engine.

PoE has different engine and while this by itself won't make it significantly different, it is significantly different from design perspective, meaning that some design decision significantly influenced properties of the system, such as inability to gain experience outside of quests, monster abilities and similar things, which has dominant impact on how the game can be played.

The outcome is that BG, ID and PoE are all significantly different game and if you liked one, it doesn't mean that you will like the other.

Example: BG has closer to Fallout or Arcanum than to ID or PoE. ID is closer to various hack & slash games, such as Temple of Elemental Evil, which was mostly dungeoncrawl (or so I believe) lacking open world. And PoE is relatively linear with significantly prescribed way how you can play it, which is very limiting.

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