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Ballistic Overkill is one Unity title that may see an update with Vulkan
1 April 2017 at 5:47 pm UTC Likes: 3

EikeThese Linnux suxors are just to cheap for a real os...!
Windows 10 was free. ;)

If you had an earlier version of Windows, maybe. That’s still not free of charge for people looking for an OS for their OS-less hardware, nor free-as-in-freedom. ;-)

Ballistic Overkill is one Unity title that may see an update with Vulkan
1 April 2017 at 11:39 am UTC Likes: 15

Strange. I come to the Gaming on Windows 10 site to read some proper Win10 and Xbox Live content, hopefully with modern cutting-edge technologies like DX12, and what I see is articles about some Vulkan in Unity games on Linux. Shite.

Editorial: On paying for Linux games when you already have a Windows version
15 March 2017 at 11:29 am UTC Likes: 2

I fully agree with your post. But I have some related thoughts on what I’d like the gaming world to look like, which would probably change the picture a bit – but the world, unfortunately, isn’t the way I’d like it to be, so it’s pretty much meaningless thoughts, nevertheless I’ll share them ;-).

I’d like to live in a world where commercial games sell the content (story and art) while the game logic is opensource and works with the assets on every supported platform of your choosing, but that’s utopian and even hardly technically possible (as some of the game’s art is coded in game’s logic, shaders, etc.).

So in the era of closed gaming consoles I can live with pay-for-platform model, although, again I’d like to think about ecosystem such as Steam as a platform, and not about underlying Linux, Windows, macOS, nor about underlying x86, x86-64, arm, nVidia, ATI, …, hardware. In this model I’d buy a game for one single platform, but that platform would be Steam – and I’d be able to play it on any computer with Steam, or Xbox Live – and I’d be able to play on any modern enough Xbox console or a Windows PC, etc.

But that’s also hard because of technical reasons – operating systems and hardware platforms of those ecosystem-platforms vary and games need to be ported, tested and later supported. So more often the underlying OS or hardware is considered platform than the ecosystem-platform.

And, à propos, some argue that they agree for their PC game to be bound to the platform – PC – but they want to be able to play the game on that same hardware no matter what operating system there is – Linux, Windows, macOS – because it is the same box with the same metal in it, and not a console. Well, using this argumentation, one should also demand console games to work just the same on every PC, as the modern consoles are PCs with a different OS and libraries. They have the same GPUs you can buy for your PC, the same CPUs, similar motherboards, etc., only their drivers, input devices, OS and user interface differ.

An explanation of what Mesa is and what graphics cards use it
7 March 2017 at 11:05 am UTC Likes: 3

liamdaweDo you really need to be so pedantic? You know what I meant.
I didn’t at first – my initial thought after reading this sentence was “11 % of Linux gamers? That sounds like about a half of AMD users. Cannot be true, has to be much less.” Only after I checked the stats myself, I understood you indeed mean AMD Linux gamers, not all of them.

An explanation of what Mesa is and what graphics cards use it
7 March 2017 at 10:33 am UTC Likes: 1

QuoteOur own statistics have users telling us that only around 11% of Linux gamers use the proprietary AMD driver.
Not true.

According to your own statistics only 11.44 % of AMD Linux users use proprietary drivers. And as only 21.25 % Linux gamers use AMD GPUs, it is only 2.43 % of Linux gamers that use AMD proprietary drivers. ;-)

Torment: Tides of Numenera released for Linux with day-1 support
28 February 2017 at 10:21 am UTC Likes: 1

Well, 10 thousand years would be enough to forget current technology (and yet have it somehow usable). One million years would be good too. But one billion years is 1/4 of the current lifetime of the Solar System. It’s 1/3 of the time there’s been life in it. It is five thousand times as long as humans have existed on Earth (first homo sapiens showed up on Earth ca. 200,000 years ago). It is not unreasonable to believe humans won’t be on Earth in a billion years, and if some intelligent species is here, it will be totally different kind of animal than we are, because evolution. But in a billion years the Earth might just be inhabitable or might not exist at all as well.

Security: You might want to change passwords on sites that use Cloudflare
24 February 2017 at 2:43 pm UTC

More technical info about the incident (what kind of data leaked, what numbers, how and why, and how the issue was resolved and in which timeframe) can also be seen on the Google’s Project Zero issue about it.

Seems there is a chance it hasn’t been exploited yet, but as the data leaked to web crawlers, people do have leaked data cached (and may not even realize it yet), and that cached data may be used later.

SuperTuxKart is trying to get on Steam, be sure to give it a vote
24 February 2017 at 11:15 am UTC Likes: 1

I’ve already voted yesterday.

It’s a very fun game, especially with the ‘football’ game mode (though certainly it’s not Rocket League. Yet. ;-)), and multicontroller support with splitscreen. The networking multiplayer is in my opinion the only major feature lacking. The graphics also is pretty decent and not really worse than some (especially older) AAA kart games.

I don’t understand why people criticize it so much on the net, as in 2017 it is really enjoyable open-source game. One of the best probably, along Battle for Wesnoth, 0AD, The Dark Mod and a couple of others.

Ballistic Overkill adds voice commands, Polish language and more
17 February 2017 at 12:55 pm UTC Likes: 1

liamdaweGood point, but in future we do have the spelling and grammar corrections feature for a reason

Fair point, I honestly missed it, saw just now, when you pointed out it exists. My bad.

Ballistic Overkill adds voice commands, Polish language and more
17 February 2017 at 11:41 am UTC

I know you just copy-pasted their changelog, so it’s rather their fault, not yours, but anyway – It’s Polish language, not “Polish” language. You know, it doesn’t pretend to be Polish while not really being, nor is it a title that needs quotation marks. Like, you know, English language, and not “English” one. ;-)

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