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Valve has banned tens of thousands of Dota 2 accounts as they tweak their smurf detection
12 February 2020 at 9:54 pm UTC Likes: 4

Can't think of a single valid reason to create a smurf account that doesn't reflect poorly on the person doing it. So this is great news.

I ditched DOTA2 after about 5 hours because of the 'community'. I wish Valve the best of luck, but they have a steep hill to climb with that title. And I don't think CS:GO is much better...

Some games should only be played at LAN parties or in closed groups of close friends...

Proton 5.0 for Steam Play released - it's a huge update (updated)
8 February 2020 at 12:41 pm UTC

Well, Mafia now runs. This wasn't working with Proton 4 for me, although I notice a few folk appear to have gotten it to work. I've only created a profile so far, haven't started the game proper, but the intro and rendered opening room work fine. Looking forward to giving this a go!

Proton 5.0 for Steam Play released - it's a huge update (updated)
8 February 2020 at 12:36 pm UTC Likes: 2

I have trouble with installing Proton 5. Proton 5 isn't visible in my flatpaked Steam installation. I go to library, select tools and only older Proton is present.

Just go into Steam Play in Settings - choose "Proton 5.0-1" from the drop down. It looks like the latest client doesn't have the concept of installing "tools" any more. You can still choose tools from your library, but I can't see a way to install them now.

Edit: Steam will restart when you do this and next game you launch will start the download of Proton 5 in your download manager.

February's Humble Choice is up with a new bunch of good looking games
8 February 2020 at 12:30 pm UTC

Big pause from me. Only Eliza stood out for me, with possibly The Hex as a curiosity in second place. Pretty disappointing overall, especially for a Linux-only gamer, even with Steam Play.

February's Humble Choice is up with a new bunch of good looking games
7 February 2020 at 8:50 pm UTC Likes: 1


Had to do the shocked Smilie to see that you meant D: OS2, which is Divinity: Original Sin 2, I think.

Please Follow is another short and very tense psychological horror
7 February 2020 at 3:27 pm UTC Likes: 1

I know it's $2, but with my cynical hat on... that's 1m 40s of trailer that left me none-the-wiser about what this game is like. It's a point-n-click? Or maybe 3D? It's not giving off a huge 2D side-scroller vibe...

Meh. If a trailer doesn't give me any sense what I'll be doing in the game, I rarely care enough to dig deeper. That because (remember that I'm wearing my cynical hat) it's probably because gameplay looks bad.

Even with Liam's recommendation for Please, I think I'll give this a pass.

Lotus Reverie - a Visual Novel with a slice of turn-based strategy and a game of survival
7 February 2020 at 2:36 pm UTC Likes: 1

Well, the tulpa reference in the video definitely led me down a rabbit hole. Now I'm googling solipsism. What a fun way to spend a Friday...!

The Linux GOTY Award 2019 is now open for voting
7 February 2020 at 2:17 pm UTC

DedaleI regret i haven't thought of nominating The Eternal Castle in the best OST categories.

I haven't played/heard of this, but from the trailer on Steam, that's a magic shout...

Somewhat James Cameron'y with that heavy bass and futuristic riffing. I likey.

Impressive space sandbox 'Avorion' leaving Early Access on March 9
7 February 2020 at 2:14 pm UTC Likes: 1

If this is even vaguely "Reassembly in 3D" then not only am I buying it, I'm buying it for my whole family and we're playing it to death.

I'm not saying I have high hopes. But I'm stupidly optimistic...

The Atari VCS team give another update - plus a proper look at the UI
7 February 2020 at 8:42 am UTC

Purple Library Guy
dannielloNetflix in browser means that quality of picture will not be good - 720p max. Officially only Microsoft browsers are allowed to play in 1080p/4K quality. There is external addon to enable 1080p in Firefox, but from legal point of view it is "hack" so definitely it cannot be integrated in commercial product like Atari VCS.
Really?! Son of a bitch. And our legal system just lets that be the case.
Kind of weird, because I have 4k monitors and I am pretty sure I would notice the difference with 1080p vs 720p on them an Netflix looks fine in firefox on Linux. Granted there is the occasional crap look because my ISP isn't the best.
I have also been able to play Disney+ in Linux with Firefox, so do not have to use the shitpile that is Chrome for that. So I am happy.

I'm in the same boat - I sit about a foot and a half away from my Predator 4K and I use it to watch Netflix on Firefox without a hint that there's anything wrong with the picture. I'd love to see a blind test against a sizable sampling of people to see if they could actually tell the difference between 720p and 1080p, even on hidef screens that should make that "difference" even clearer.

Conversely, my Amazon Fire TV keeps offering to play the UHD versions of Bosch, even though my living room has an aging Panasonic 1080p plasma panel! What a waste of bandwidth that would be! Two or three of the season 5 episodes didn't even offer HD - I was forced to use the 4K stream!

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