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Jupiter Hell 0.9.7 'Expanse' is out, full release planned for August 5
23 February 2021 at 12:32 pm UTC

I never had any luck with the Vulkan API, it just crushed for me. I will try it again with the new version and report the bug if the game is still crashing for me. It's the only game with Vulkan that I have issue with, which is strange.

Total War: WARHAMMER III announced and confirmed for Linux by Feral Interactive
4 February 2021 at 1:23 pm UTC

Quoting: mirv
Quoting: Liam DaweUpdate: Feral Press replied to our question about cross-platform online support, as traditionally their ports are locked for Linux/macOS and Windows by itself. Here's what they said:

QuoteWe do not have anything to announce in regards to the support of the cross-platform multiplayer.

Should the situation change, we will make an announcement on our official site and social media channels.

I would be very surprised if Creative changed anything to allow it. It's almost certainly a choice of their middleware or some compiler option, and they wouldn't be in any hurry to make engine changes if they can avoid it. Shitty situation, but not surprising.

Zilch that Feral can do on the matter unfortunately.

This could be probably easily fixed by creating a option to have dedicated server. This issue is because of different timing of some Windows/Linux kernel commands, which results in lost of synchronization between clients. If you have one server synchronizing the clients you can get rid of this issue. But the dedicated servers are not that common now except for competitive multiplayer games.

But as you saying this is a choice of Creative Assembly not something Feral could do.

Total War: WARHAMMER III announced and confirmed for Linux by Feral Interactive
4 February 2021 at 1:18 pm UTC Likes: 1

I was glad to see that Steam page already mentions Linux. It's a happy world to live in. :-)

Total War: WARHAMMER III announced and confirmed for Linux by Feral Interactive
3 February 2021 at 3:32 pm UTC Likes: 2

This is something that just made my day, I spent plenty of hours on both previous games and was eager for the third one. I just hope they will polish all the issues they had in previous two, especially the diplomacy from Three Kingdoms would be nice to see here.

Saber Interactive / Embracer Group acquire Aspyr Media, Gearbox
3 February 2021 at 11:32 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: JahimselfAre they buying them to better kill them?

It wouldn't be the first time the company was bought to just kill the competition.

Steamworks gets Denuvo Anti-Cheat, here's what Irdeto say about Linux support
1 February 2021 at 5:07 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedjeYeah, I separate DLC with full blown expansions. Like Crusader Kings II is a good example, they had shit loads of DLC, with a few expansions. Sure they are called DLC, but they really are expansion packs for the game. Like a new civilizarion or sound tracks are DLC. When you are adding continents and new rules, etc it is an expansion.
The worse offense is when they sell you the data on the physical disk but you have to pay extra to unlock it...

I must say I really like the DLC for Total War: Warhammer, most of them are adding new playable races with new mechanics.

As you said the worst are the ones that are just unlocking the content you already have. EA could be probably a good example of this, you pay full price for the game and most of the things are still behind paywall, when you start playing.

Valve abusing the market power of Steam on game pricing according to a lawsuit
1 February 2021 at 2:27 pm UTC

Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: Zlopez
Quoting: MohandevirReally not sure about this one... Nothing forces them to sell on Steam, anyway.

I disagree with this. If you want to hit a bigger audience you need to be on Steam, because it's a #1 platform for most of PC gamers.

Also the EPIC has it's own flaws, like exclusive titles or forcing the devs to drop Linux support for the games if they want to publish on EPIC. (Phoenix Point as an example or their own Unreal Tournament)

I'm using Steam because of what is Valve doing for the Linux community, but there are plenty of things I don't like about the Steam, like vendor lock-in or some of the ethical problems like this one. Next time I will look for something, I will first check the GOG, with minigalaxy it's really easy to manage your games now.

How is this en ethical problem? They don't dictate prices.

They are saying that you can't have different prices on different platforms. So they actually dictate the price you need to have elsewhere. So if you have a game on Steam and GOG and there is GOG sale going on, you need to lower price on Steam too.

Valve abusing the market power of Steam on game pricing according to a lawsuit
1 February 2021 at 2:13 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: MohandevirReally not sure about this one... Nothing forces them to sell on Steam, anyway.

I disagree with this. If you want to hit a bigger audience you need to be on Steam, because it's a #1 platform for most of PC gamers.

Also the EPIC has it's own flaws, like exclusive titles or forcing the devs to drop Linux support for the games if they want to publish on EPIC. (Phoenix Point as an example or their own Unreal Tournament)

I'm using Steam because of what is Valve doing for the Linux community, but there are plenty of things I don't like about the Steam, like vendor lock-in or some of the ethical problems like this one. Next time I will look for something, I will first check the GOG, with minigalaxy it's really easy to manage your games now.

Steamworks gets Denuvo Anti-Cheat, here's what Irdeto say about Linux support
1 February 2021 at 12:17 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedjeThis is why it's almost a breath of fresh air for me to just play games on an Amiga or Atari ST. That and to be able to just double click on an icon or put in a (sometimes virtual) floppy disk and have it load up the game. No DLC, no pay to win, Just the game to play!

I'm now playing Blood Bowl 2 and it could be played without creating an online account, but the game is just missing some of the functionality. But I can't agree with the DLC part, we had them in the 90's there were just called datadiscs and added plenty of new functionalities. What is shame, that the DLC often lets you pay for only cosmetic things or something that should have been in the original game from beginning.

And the worst DLCs are those that are just dividing the online community, like DLC with multiplayer maps, which are not playable for others.

As you said the games should be just fun to play and not only for making money. I have some favorites developers in this case, which are creating games that are fun to play and you don't need to pay additional money to enjoy them. Some of them are even updating the games years after release. :-) You just don't see them creating any AAA titles.

Valve and others fined by the European Commission for 'geo-blocking' (updated)
25 January 2021 at 5:14 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: TheSHEEEP
Quoting: Arten
Quoting: TheSHEEEP
Quoting: ArtenSo, you propouse use regulation (forcing valve enable regional pricing) for deal with consequences of another regulation?
You are shifting the blame here.
The consequences of not allowing region blocking should not be that there is only one EU region. Imagine if that was the case for other goods - EU would have imploded the moment that happened.
That this was the result is entirely Valve's fault - they could have, and easily so, only removed the region locking without also removing different EU regions (remember, they had those, even if only three).
They did not do that out of good old corporate greed - capitalistic entities will always strive to maximize profit, no matter the negative consequences. Which a state (or in this case, the EU) exists to regulate in order to benefit its citizens. It's called social capitalism and is working fairly well in most European countries.
It requires regulations, believe it or not.

Now, what can the EU do here?
Abolish its own principles because one fringe entity (in the grand scheme of things, when talking about the entire EU, Valve doesn't amount to anything) chose to be greedy about implementing laws?
I'd hope not - if they did that, it would show that just about anyone could strongarm the EU into backpedaling.
Force Valve to not f*ck over its customers? That would be optimal but as I said, I have no clue if there is legal ground to enforce regional pricing.
Or just do nothing and accept being blamed for another's fault? Unfortunately the most likely scenario here, there are bigger tasks to tackle right now for the EU than Valve.

Quoting: ArtenAnother regulation only do situaction worst in another place!
Not the one that I proposed, at least not for customers.
As I wrote before, regional pricing has not lead to price increases so far - just look at Russian games that aren't region locked, there is no price increase on the scale some seem to be afraid of.
Assuming that this would somehow be different for the EU is just fear mongering without a base in reality.

It would lead to Valve and publishers earning less money per purchase in lower income regions - while also leading to a lot more purchases in these regions. I'm not even sure it would lead to a net loss. I could very well imagine lots of people from lower income regions purchasing a lot more after such a change.

Besides, seriously, what is the worst that could happen?
We already ARE in the worst case for most Steam customers in the EU! Everyone's paying the highest price. Having regional prices again would mean an improvement for pretty much everyone.
Even in the (highly unlikely) case that those regional prices would be rising - they'd still be lower for most than they are now.

I'm not shifting blame. I identified true criminal in this case and it is EU. Whole EU is just regulatory hell which make hell from living in here. Idea of duty free trade is good, but EU evolved into mutch closer to totalitarian organisation. Ok, not china level yet, but wait couple years.
EU is evil organisation to begin with.
Which negative consequences have maximizing profit in this case? That rich germans with houshold income mote then 2* greater then for example czech houshold income can't buy games on third party regional sites and use it? Without this barier, germans can maximize their profit at the expense of citizens of poorer nations. So local third party stores need choose higher prices.

In this case, Valve is purely victim of EU oppression and regulatory hell.
So, some games are using regional lock in russia. Is logical to assume one who change price are the one which move price.
I was going to actually reply in detail and dismantle every single non-argument in that load of poorly veiled anti-EU propaganda.
But I think that would be waste of time and instead I'm going to abbreviate it all with:

Careful, your mouth is foaming.

I for one think that EU is really good thing, it really helped the countries in it to have better living conditions. There are plenty of things about EU that are not nice or just pure bureaucracy, but it really helping as a whole.

It just needs time to find out what is working and what is not. Remember it's here for just few decades.

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