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Humble Store has a Summer Sale on, here's a look at what's going for Linux
30 August 2018 at 7:43 pm UTC

Of course this sale started 2 days after I paused my Humble Monthly.

But, that just means I need to wait for a few days before I get anything. (so I can get an additional 10% off from the monthly subscription rewards)

OpenRCT2, the re-implementation of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 has another fresh release out
27 August 2018 at 8:52 am UTC

FolspaThis is a really cool project, I've been following them for a while now and they progress quite fast. It's a bummer that some people hinder their effort, a collaborator did an awesome job reworking some aspects of the game, making it more interesting, alas some people said that it was too far fetched from the original game, so it didn't make into the official build.
Hopefully this collaborator can fork the project.

I have played OpenRCT2. It is quite a marvel, it is true to the original and works quite well. It is quite nostalgic and a great way to experience RCT/RCT2 (however, not RCT3, that was horrid IMHO) on a great modern OS like linux and take advantage of new hardware and large screens.

That being said, the graphics are a bit dated (due to being true to form from 20 years ago.) I even found the keyboard commands a bit rough because 20 years ago it used the standard arrow keys for map movement, and the gaming community has generally accepted WASD keys to replace them so someone who is right-handed can keep one hand on the mouse and the other on the keyboard easily. When I played it 20 years ago it was great... Now, I find the controls and other aspects of the game cumbersome.

I still find it fun... but more for nostalgia. It is still worth playing, but the UI/UX is dated due to keeping true to the classic interface.

Valve officially confirm a new version of 'Steam Play' which includes a modified version of Wine
23 August 2018 at 5:32 pm UTC Likes: 2

lucifertdarkI managed to break Proton earlier, after a "quick" reinstall of Proton I can get back to testing games.

Borderlands, works perfectly
All the original Doom games up to Doom3 ROE working perfectly with the usual cfg tweaks for screen resolution
Torchlight, works but crashes if you try to delete save games.
Unreal Gold, working perfectly.

There is actually a linux native version of Torchlight. However, it is only available through Humble Store. (I have it from an old bundle.)

Valve officially confirm a new version of 'Steam Play' which includes a modified version of Wine
22 August 2018 at 8:28 pm UTC Likes: 11

So, is roughly 400 comments in less than 24 hours some type of record for the site?

Valve officially confirm a new version of 'Steam Play' which includes a modified version of Wine
22 August 2018 at 8:36 am UTC Likes: 2

Whitewolfe80The code has not been tampered with no code injection has taken place they havent(sic) re written direct x to get it to work so they shouldnt(sic) have any legal grounds.
Yeah, sure. This didn't stop Oracle® from suing Google® for its Java™ API implementation.
TemplarGRStop with the FUD. Even if they sue they won't get anywhere. WINE infringes on no copyright, plus it has existed for 2 decades, legally they have lost the right to pursue anything now.
Even if a court ultimately rejects all claims, this can take ages and Valve®'s reputation will be tarnished. And, more importantly, the court can forbid any Valve®'s economical activity in the US of America during the process in order to prevent any possible further violations. By the time Microsoft® will be forced to pay reparation it will be useless because Valve® will be bankrupt.
And please, don't shoot the messager. I don't work for Microsoft®; all I want is for people to stop drinking Valve®'s kool-aid. Why are most people assuming Microsoft® won't retaliate? Be it a legal process or constant and rapid API changes in order to break compatibility? All of the previous Microsoft®'s history suggests otherwise.
Really?!? Not Likely.

IANAL... But...

First, on the unlikely chance that Microsoft files suit... Valve's reputation will NOT be tarnished. While companies are afraid of their suppliers being hit with lawsuits, Valve generally is associated with a consumer product. Consumers are more likely to be ignorant of the lawsuit, and even if they know about it they are more than likely to side with Valve because A) Valve supplies them with what they want, and B) Valve is a small company compared to Microsoft and the David vs Goliath complex comes into play with most consumers. There will probably be a few Microsoft loyalists that would be offended, but they are a drop in the bucket.

Second. You are correct, A lawsuit like this will take ages. It will be years before it will ever finish. The earlier reference Oracle lawsuit is still in the courts going through appeals and has been refiled, what, 3 times now by Oracle, and only the latest one has a small monetary damage. SCO vs IBM over linux copyrights started in 2003, lasted for 7 years, and even re-appeared last year. And yes, it can be possible that Microsoft can stop all infringing products from being distributed by Valve; however it is very unlikely. Microsoft would need to have overwhelming evidence that it will win the case before it even begins. This rarely happens, and is even less likely in a case that would be as complex as this one would be. It did not happen in either the Oracle Case or the SCO Linux case.

Third, and I am not sure how this affects the process, but I am sure any possible case would bring it up in court... In 2001, as part of the settlement deal between the US Govt and Microsoft; Microsoft agreed to share its application programming interfaces with third-party companies for five years. Microsoft's obligations under the settlement, as originally drafted, expired on November 12, 2007. However, Microsoft later "agreed to consent to a two-year extension of part of the Final Judgments" dealing with communications protocol licensing, and that if the plaintiffs later wished to extend those aspects of the settlement even as far as 2012, it would not object. In the case of Oracle, infringement was based on the API naming, not the underlying code. Here Microsoft was forced to share its API interface so that same claim is unlikely to work on any APIs published during the settlement compliance period. Though any API created after the settlement was over would probably be treated differently. However, remember, IANAL.

Any Microsoft lawsuit against Valve would require a lot of work with questionable results. And remember, Microsoft is still a de facto monopoly... There is a chance Valve can counter sue on the grounds that Microsoft is using its monopoly power to take over software distribution. Another long shot, but in a case this complex they have just as much of a chance of winning as Microsoft does.

The Humble Spooky Horror Bundle 2018 is live with three Linux games
21 August 2018 at 8:55 pm UTC Likes: 1

Don't forget that you can adjust the sliders on HB to only pay the devs of the linux games.

of course you probably should give the windows devs something if you plan on running wine... but that is your choice.

Railway Empire heads into Canada with The Great Lakes DLC out now
21 August 2018 at 2:34 am UTC

14I might have to get one of these trains games. I have 0. The graphics in this one are purdy.

I'm looking at getting this one too... I'm waiting for it to go on sale; I was unsure about the title during the last steam sale. Right now I am wondering if Humble will have a "end of summer" sale around labor day weekend like they did last year.

NVIDIA are working towards better support for NVIDIA Optimus on Linux
17 August 2018 at 4:58 pm UTC Likes: 1

My gaming laptop is a beast. Yes, it was expensive. Yes it is heavy compared to other laptops. (7lbs/3.2kg + power brick)

My earlier post explained why I need/desire a laptop over a desktop. It essentially lets me bring my laptop to my clients to show them demos. It also allows me to visit relatives and continue to be productive and work while away; as well as feed my gaming addiction while away.

My specs are outlined on my profile (updated today only to change to open source driver now that I am using AMD). And yes, they are higher than specs already mentioned in the comments from this article (both desktop as well as laptop.) And while the specs of my laptop can give me a huge e-peen rating, I really don't care. I buy high end when I get it because it lasts longer and means I do not need to replace it as soon; as long as it handles all my gaming and development needs.

I do not know what my benchmark rating is... I have not installed any benchmark utility on a computer since well before I completely dropped windows over 10 years ago. I know I can have a virtual machine(s) running servers in the background while playing my games at the same time. I care that my computer handles what I throw at it, not whether or not a number derived from a test of implied performance based on bs datapoints is higher than someone else's number. I may be on top now, but my laptop was bought less than one month ago... next year I will not be on top (realistically, next month.) I care that it does what I want it to, not that I paid more than someone I never met over the internet.

Yes, my laptop is classified as gaming/desktop replacement. Yes it is heavier. I don't care that the laptop is heavy... even with the powerbrick it is only about 10lbs/4.5kg. As my handle implies, I am 6'11" (2.11m) tall; what part of that laptop weight seems to be a burden... honestly, even a normal sized wimp shouldn't have a problem carrying that much weight around.

Again, I am a serious gamer. I DON'T GIVE A DAMN HOW OTHER PEOPLE DEFINE THAT. In order, the 3 games I have spent the most time on have been Rimworld, Factorio, and Prison Architect for a total of 3600 hours according to steam. If that isn't proof of gaming addiction, I am not sure what is; not to mention the other games I play. Being a serious gamer doesn't mean that I need to have to play the flavor of the month first person shooter, or require a certain OS/platform. Hell, I can be a serious gamer playing Nethack, Dwarf Fortress, or creeper world... and no one should care whether I get 5900 or 6000 frames per second playing those games; it really doesn't matter.

NVIDIA are working towards better support for NVIDIA Optimus on Linux
16 August 2018 at 7:10 am UTC Likes: 7

debianxfceLaptops are expensive portable toys, no serious gamer uses them. All that I know who had a gaming laptop are using a desktop computer now.

I use my laptop for gaming. I use it for work, and I use it for casual surfing of the internet. Not a big surprise, I am using it to write this comment right now. I do have 3 "Desktop" computers right now as well... Admittedly, the youngest of which is 3 years old, so my current and prior laptop are both more powerful.

The fact is, my laptop works best for me. For work, it means that I can bring it with me to a client's location or even a cafe if we meet for lunch. As a developer, gaming laptops have the power I need to run multiple virtual machines, and a display with the resolution that I like when coding. In addition, the graphics card means I can attached 2 additional displays for 3 total monitors without any problems. I also find that gaming laptops usually have a decent keyboard as well.

When I visit relatives, especially for the holidays, I tend to stay a week or two. (one time I even stayed a full month.) Having a good gaming/work laptop is essential. Without a laptop, I would have to lug a full sized desktop, keyboard, and monitor to my relatives... and then hope they have the space to actually set it up (and seeing how I go during the holidays, space is a premium both in my car trunk and their houses.) Otherwise, I would not be able to do any work or gaming and have to borrow time on their computers when they aren't using them. (resulting in me needing to leave in a day or two, which is inconvenient due to the time and distance it requires to get to my relatives.)

Now, I consider myself a serious gamer... but your idea of serious gamer is obviously different than mine. And before you try to convince me that somehow your definition of serious gamer is the only correct definition, think of all the windows gamers that refuse to think that gaming on linux is even possible, or the console players that refuse to acknowledge PC gaming at all... Any self serving definition of serious gamer is just as wrong as the others regardless of your preferred platform.

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