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According to a Stadia developer, streamers should be paying publishers and it backfired
23 October 2020 at 12:02 pm UTC Likes: 18

Wait, what? That Phoenix Point that dropped Linux because it "requires a large amount of specialised graphics programming" is now coming to Stadia? I'm guessing they still won't release for Linux. This makes me even more salty!

Microsoft Edge comes to Linux in October as a preview
22 September 2020 at 4:04 pm UTC Likes: 19

Quite remarkable really. My Microsoft stance has definitely been softening recently - but I must remain vigilant - it's probably all a ruse. This is the 'Embrace' stage right?

Anyway, happy Firefox user here.

Valve developer shows off Gamescope for Linux at XDC 2020
17 September 2020 at 3:06 pm UTC Likes: 1

I love that Valve is doing this stuff, but it bothers me that I don't know their motivation!

The Humble Better Futures Bundle is up for more budget gaming
15 September 2020 at 10:10 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: marcin1509What to do with games I have in my library? Can I sell it to anybody or gave it away? I don't need them, but maybe somebody who wants to buy them will be happy to have that in their library...
You can give them away on the forums here (it's been done by others), but don't just dump the keys as bots will probably get them.
You can give them away at
You can sell them in the GroupBuys Steam group.

Bear in mind, Humble has been clamping down on this behaviour (but mostly serial traders), so safest to give keys (non-traceable) rather than Humble giftlinks.

AntiMicroX, fork of the popular keyboard to gamepad mapping app has a new release
10 September 2020 at 10:00 pm UTC

I love posts like this! I've never heard of this tool, or the original. I'm completely hopeless in games that force WASD (I've never understood why that combination is so popular).

Kalypso Media delays Spacebase Startopia until Spring 2021
10 September 2020 at 9:54 pm UTC

Happy to wait for a better quality game. I think a lot of games enter EA too early then struggle to recover from the negative reviews.

Come win a key for the upcoming fantasy city-builder Songs of Syx
10 September 2020 at 9:51 pm UTC

Interested in this one, count me in please.

Cult classic Beneath a Steel Sky is finally available free on Steam
29 July 2020 at 2:58 pm UTC Likes: 1

I excitedly bought Beyond* on release but wanted to replay Beneath* first, which I have on GoG, but it's so much more likely to happen now it's on Steam. Thanks for saving me from messing around with the config.

The charity bundle hits over $4 million and now over 1,500 items inside
11 June 2020 at 4:17 pm UTC Likes: 6

Quoting: morbiusI like my Steam library because it gives me sense of real ownership. The games are easy to install, remove, share with family, they will be there when I decide to give some of them another spin 10, 20 years from now. I just don't get the same from others.

I find this an odd sentiment because it is almost exactly opposite of how I feel. Games on itch (and GoG) are guaranteed DRM-free. So I can download them now, back them up and be confident they will still work in 10 - 20 years (assuming I can recreate the environment they need). This to me is what real ownership is.

However, most games on Steam require Steam servers to be running for them to start. Who's to say Steam will be around in 10 - 20 years? So even if you can back them up, it's moot if you can't play them in the future.

This bundle has left me feeling a bit guilty though. I bought it because I was interested in trying Overland and Death&Taxes, but probably would not have bought them for myself. But now two games high on my (Steam) wishlist - Code 7 and Helium Rain - have been added, which I would have happily paid (more) for. Will buy in next Steam sale (only 2 weeks now).

Stadia Pro will soon drop down to one free month
20 May 2020 at 7:05 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: sub
Quoting: randyl
Quoting: subIs there a free to try option?
Yes, it's free for 2 months right now. Soon it will drop back down to 1 month. The link is in the article.

That's my question. I have to check the terms of service.
I'm not looking for a contract that runs, let's say,
12 months and they just offer me the first two for "free".

That's not what I would consider "free to try". :)

You pay monthly and can cancel anytime - it's what I did with the original Pro offer. I've had 4 free months of Pro (re-subbing for the 2nd offer), and have yet to pay. And after that you can use the 'free' tier indefinitely.

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