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Factorio 0.16 is out with artillery, cliffs, more high-res graphics and more
16 December 2017 at 6:51 pm UTC

I would like to point out that the trailers of the game were created with the older graphics. (I think they are the current low-res mode.)

Many of the graphic changes over time has been laid out in their Friday Fun Facts (the weekly dev update.) So here are a few links of those changes (most links have before and after.)

Edit: Found this one too: Terrain and Logo

The Linux-powered Ataribox pre-order launch has been 'officially paused'
15 December 2017 at 11:17 pm UTC

tonRSorry people. I have some doubts about this Ataribox. The best way for Atari to show they’re serious is porting and optimizing some of their modern games such as RollerCoaster Tycoon or Test Drive Unlimited 2 (Test Drive series now owned by BigBen Interactive) to Linux first.

Let’s hope it will be success. Right now, just wait and see.

The probable problem is most likely funding. If they do not have the funds to bring the Ataribox to market now, they will not have the funds to enhance a game to prove they are serious.

If they want people to have interest in the Ataribox, they need to finalize the specifications and send it to manufacturing. They need to communicate the details to the mass market, get a prototype running and show actual usage of the prototype. Right now, a youtube (or other media) video showing off the system and UI would go a long way to getting back people's interest. Have it run some of the games that will be included in the base system would only help.

Optimizing their more recent software titles for the system will go a long way, but useless if they are not at a point that they can show them off.

As for Roller Coaster Tycoon, if you like it and have one of the original two games, I suggest you get OpenRCT2 to play them on modern hardware and on linux.

The Linux-powered Ataribox pre-order launch has been 'officially paused'
14 December 2017 at 9:15 pm UTC

This console had great potential. It wan't for the "newest gen console only" people or the AAA crowd. It was obviously geared for the "let me enjoy a quick game after dinner" crowd. It had potential to sell to many people including casual gamers... especially casual gamers.

It also appeals to the nostalgia crowd, even the people that never had the old Atari 2600. The Atari 2600 crowd is essentially 45+ years of age (give or take a few years.) Its huge and people remember those old games. Even though they are quite archaic now, nostalgia makes buyers out of people. Even those younger than 40, would be affected. Some may have had an old Atari around, but even those that didn't would have heard of it. Even they would be potential buyers.

The market is there.

This would have been a huge boon to linux if it works. (assuming it can still happen.) If this console gets released and goes critical mass, that would be a flood of potential linux gamers entering the market. Why we all have our reasons for using linux and why we prefer it, but, we all know, huge numbers (for better or worse) is what would bring more major publishers to the linux platform.

That being said, in prior articles here on GoL, we have mentioned how lacking the information on this console has been. There have been snippets and previews here and there, but no real facts. This has been troubling. When creating a project of this size and magnitude, you need to have plans and get specifications to manufacturers months in advance of release. The lack of specifics makes me question how far along they really are.

As much as I hope this project gets by its troubles and rises to its potential, my pragmatic side thinks it will be vaporware. I hope to be proven wrong.

Factorio 0.16 is out with artillery, cliffs, more high-res graphics and more
14 December 2017 at 8:31 pm UTC Likes: 1

I bought Factorio a year ago when it was shortly after 0.14 was released. It was release quality then, and as mentioned, better than most "released" games, even at that point.

Since then, they have updated some content, but mostly have improved graphics and optimized code. I have a fairly high end machine and I notice a difference. There are people on the forums noticing a 25-50% speed difference. All these speed increases while adding content and graphical overhead at the same time. Pretty remarkable.

This blog post contains the latest development road map. It hasn't been updated since July, but it does say what to expect and also the historical overview of the last few major updates. As I mentioned, content changes have been made, but they really have been adding the spit and polish to the game. 0.14 was a big network release, 0.15 added nukes, but had a major map rewrite. 0.16 added artillery towers and artillery train cars, but the underlying map/resource generation was vastly improved as well as many code optimizations. 0.17 has a major gui rewrite planned and a new mod portal, but currently no addition content planned. As I said, the game is pretty much done, but they are improving things before release. Even though it is mostly improvements... I still stand by the fact that it is currently (and was a year ago) better than the majority of "released" games.

They also are very good at interacting with their customers... something that many devs find difficult to do. Every week they provide a snippet of what they are currently working on and ask for community feedback. They have done this 220 weeks in a row now without missing a single friday. Pretty impressive.

If you like builder type games... Pick this one up... It is worth far more than the $20 they are asking for. Do not let the Early Access moniker fool you; the game is worthy of release for some time, its good to see the developer continue to improve it.

And yes, I am addicted... Just over 1 year... 880 hours. (I wish I had a life /s )

EDIT: I have a simplistic factorio review on steam.
Also, for those that are interested, the devs have not participated in and have no plans to discount factorio during any sales. There is no reason to wait for a sale, or you will be disappointed.

The GOG winter sale is on, you can grab Grim Fandango Remastered for free
12 December 2017 at 10:50 pm UTC

I would just like to point out that you should not pad your cart and buy more just to get Master of Orion... I bought that game and it had a set of developers even less responsive than the idiots at places like EA. They actually did well with voice acting, too bad they didn't get any developers that could program. Here is my old Steam review. (I'll give you a hint, I gave it a thumbs down.) Master of Orion is the absolute worse experience I ever had with a game on Linux/Steam.

That being said... Free game (Grim Fandango), games on sale, factorio is going to 0.16 this week and started selling official t-shirts, and the newcomer (to linux), Oxygen Not Included, is also getting a content update this week.

Sounds like a good week, all in all... except for any hope of personal productivity outside games.

The Linux-powered Ataribox will be available to pre-order on December 14th
11 December 2017 at 4:39 pm UTC Likes: 1

Everything about this console has been hyped up. Yes t runs linux... yes it looks cool, but where is any substantial information. The fact that they are looking for pre-orders without any technical specs makes it sound like a money grab to me.

Does it have a kodi install? or steam support? what titles come with the emulator? These are just the minimum that anyone should know before ordering. Without answering this minimal set of questions makes it sound like vaporware, or that it won't live up to even a minimal level of hype. Anyone buying before these three questions are answered will surely get screwed.

Anyone that has any technical knowledge would like some actual specs on top of that. After all, they want to know how well the console will actually perform the job it claims to do.

You don't need much to run kodi... I have it running in 1080p resolution on a 10 year old AMD sempron 140 with only 2GB of RAM. It actually works well despite being one of the last single core processors..

Atari 2600 emulation can probably done with ease on a old generation phone. It predates the first IBM computer by 5-10 years... Stella (Atari emulator) has been around for over 20 years now and I do not think computing resources was ever a problem for it. A current gen processor could probably run a dozen iterations at the same time.

However, Steam support is the big issue that needs horsepower;if the system specs aren't up to the challenge, only the bare minimal set of games will work well. Even without steam. If they go with their own store, the will be a lack of native linux titles if they skimp on the processor or GPU.

All hype and no substance does not bode well if this has any chance of success.

Edit: typos

Pizza Connection 3 has a new trailer and a release date, looks delicious
7 December 2017 at 1:12 am UTC Likes: 1

Don't get me wrong... there is nothing wrong with a good cheese (plain) pizza. I would argue that the true test of whether or not a pizzeria makes good pizza is to taste their plain pie.

But, if you add toppings, you must add meat... Pepperoni, Sausage, Meatball, Ham. You can get away with some veggie toppings like onions, extra garlic, or jalapenos... BUT, you must add some meat first.

Of course we have veggie pies here... Its just that people who have working taste buds don't eat them. If you are a vegan, order a salad; don't ruin a pizza, it never did anything bad to you

Steam now has a form of platform-specific wishlisting, to help developers see demand
7 December 2017 at 12:57 am UTC Likes: 6

g000hThere is one BIG problem with this though. Not all Linux gamers are going to want to set their Account Preferences to only show Linux/SteamOS games in Search Results. I like to see all the games on Steam, and not just the Linux ones - even though I might favour the purchase of Linux games 99% of the time, there will be a tiny bit of interest in games available on other platforms.

So, the whole point of "this will show how keen Linux gamers are on our game" is completely lost. It only shows the really hardcore Linux players, who have deliberately made this setting active.

Personally I hope the developers realise how flawed this statistic actually is!!!

Not only that, but by setting this preference to show only linux games, you only see linux games. I've had it set for a while and with a few exceptions your store page only shows linux titles, your discovery queue only shows linux titles, and your recommendations are linux titles.

Essentially, if you are only seeing linux titles, how much time are you going to spend searching directly for windows titles to wishlist... Unless they plan on removing the ability to only show linux games... which would be quite annoying.

Personally, their logic in doing this must be flawed. (IMO) It turns the preference and the wishlist into a kitchen sink... the more it does the less well it does everything. They should have added a separate function.

The idea of a wishlist on shopping sites is to let friends know what you want to encourage buying gifts. Or for a person to use to remind them of things they like for later purchase. How happy will customers be if someone buys you a gift off your wishlist only to realize that you will not play it because it doesn't exist on your platform?

Pizza Connection 3 has a new trailer and a release date, looks delicious
6 December 2017 at 10:58 pm UTC Likes: 2

I'm not sure if I could ever play this game. Making vegan pizzas is sacrilegious. This game is an afront to all sensibilities if you have to make veggie pies.

Parkitect, the theme park building game has officially entered Beta with a new update
3 December 2017 at 9:32 am UTC

I just noticed in the dev post... The price of Parkitect went up to $20. (I think it was only $18 before.)

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