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Move over Steam Link, there's a Raspberry Pi app in town now
3 December 2018 at 10:01 pm UTC Likes: 3

pb"Since Valve are seemingly discontinuing their own Steam Link device, along with Steam Link applications for mobile devices"

Hm, did I miss something? The app seems to be alive, with the last update just three days ago?
Don't take antihistamines and write articles kids, you don't make sense. Fixed.
So, what you are saying is that hallucinogens are much better.

Valve have adjusted their revenue share for bigger titles on Steam
2 December 2018 at 1:51 am UTC

ShmerlValve should have put Linux version release as a requirement for such discounts. It would incentivize big developers (who have money) to make Linux versions. Win win for everyone.

I doubt that,,, It would probably make them create their own distribution platform and/or drop Steam completely.

Do you honestly think that Ubisoft or Bethesda would start writing linux games? They have crunched the numbers and even though they can probably support Linux profitably, (and have the money to do so), they still refuse to do it. Ultimatums annoy people more than they coerce them to work together; even if it is better for them in the long run.

Sadly, I think that this would be bad for Valve. And while I only mentioned Ubisoft and Bethesda, I think many other companies would also take this the wrong way.

Valve have adjusted their revenue share for bigger titles on Steam
1 December 2018 at 6:20 pm UTC Likes: 4

This seems to be a good move on Valve's part. In addition to the discounted rate being used to keep the bigger developers from leaving steam for their own store, it may also be a way to keep them from becoming a windows store exclusive as well. Lets face it, most sales are on windows, and why pay to support and ship out patches to two different stores if they both cost the same... and one in particular does not need the end user to ever download a software package to use the store.

And yes, the small developers have to pay more. While I strive for fairness, the fact is that support costs per sale go down as the sales go up. While bandwidth costs increase proportionate to the number of sales, other things such as initial setup, review, even accounting costs stay relatively flat regardless of whether one copy is sold or 1000.

While $10 million in sales is quite a lofty goal, it is far from impossible. Ludeon Studios has done it with Rimworld, and Wube has done it with Factorio; both are indie developers with just a single title that went on to sell over 1 million copies.

The Steam Autumn Sale is live, with some epic deals going
22 November 2018 at 4:43 pm UTC

I think I am getting Zombo Buster Rising for less than $1(US)
And probably Kingdom Rush Frontiers for $5(US) Kingdom Rush is also that cheap, but I own it already.

Maybe Melty's Quest at 30% off due to the recommendations here.

I am on the fence about Pathfinder: Kingdoms due to the amount of bugs reported... But I would get that on Humble Bundle if I decide to get it. It is only 15% off there, but with a monthly sub discount and cash back towards my next purchase, it ends up a few dollars cheaper there.

I may get Graveyard Keeper at GOG (30% off) which is the same discount as Steam.

Finally, I may break my rule about native only and get Railroad Tycoon II Platinum on GOG for $1.75. Only because I have been itching for a good railroad game, and Railway Empire was disappointing to say the least.

Edit: Ooops!!! I said Kingdom Rush Origins (which is not on sale at all) instead of Frontiers.

The Steam Autumn Sale is live, with some epic deals going
22 November 2018 at 11:09 am UTC

Oxygen Not Included is only 25% off. You get an additional 20% off if you already own one of Klei's other titles.

But some are really cheap and worth buying even if you only want to get the 20% discount. However, you can bundle ONI with the Don't Starve collection for only $26(US) including the latest Don't Starve DLC: Hamlet. (and credit for any title you may have.)

Edit: I chose Klei for the best developer category.

The Humble Store Fall Sale is live, some great Linux games going cheap
22 November 2018 at 8:00 am UTC Likes: 1

I now must say goodbye to all my hard earned cash...

Steam, Humble, and GOG all have their full sales on right now.

An BTW.... Liam... Meltys Quest is 30% off... I know you want it after your article.

Steam Link hardware officially walks the plank, there's an app for that
22 November 2018 at 1:21 am UTC

The Steam Link is on sale again. $2.50(US)

You can bundle it with a Steam Controller for only $35.61(US) essentially only $0.62 more than a steam controller alone.

However, I remember the last time I considered getting one, the price of shipping was another $7-10 making it not nearly as good as a price.

And, in my case, I am happy just hooking my gaming laptop up to the TV screen directly, so I would rather spend the money on a new game.

Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion and Gagarin free update have released, working well on Linux
17 November 2018 at 7:33 am UTC Likes: 1

mylkai wonder how they have the ressources to support linux
only a few 100 players

i am not complaining, but every time i see this, i ask myself: why can they do it and big companies dont. or why are games like RUST cancel linux support

Where did you find this 100 players information?
I opened that link and didn't find anything related to the O.S.
Look in the chart on that page. (you must enable javascript if you block it.)
The first chart is the number of players in the last week, the lower chart is the number of players since it was released.

That is total number of players, not broken by OS. Essentially, the last week, before the free weekend, only a few hundred players are playing it at any one time, windows, mac, and linux combined. Obviously, the free weekend has generated a bunch of people trying it. One thing to note is that this is only the number of people playing through steam right now... It does not include people who bought it through GOG or direct from Paradox, and probably does not include people playing it in offline mode.

It does not seem to be a very popular game. You can search for other titles on steam as well.

Other examples: (using the weekly average)
PUBG - 414.7k Rocket League - 32.1k Rimworld - 13.8k Factorio - 6.9k Don't Starve - 5.3k Prison Architech - 2.0k Hollow Knight - 1.9k Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition - 450 Railway Empire - 410 Hunie Pop - 190

With the exception of PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS(used for comparison), all of the titles support native linux (and are in my library.) Except for HuniePop, all of the titles that average less then 1000 have mixed reviews.

While steamdb lists Surviving Mars as 1.4k average users, that is obviously distorted by the free weekend -- before it, user counts were only 309 to no more than 1.1k at any given time.

Of course there can be many factors to these results other than how popular they are including how old they are and how many people like that genre. (I should note that only Factorio is in Early Access, everything else has had a full release.)

Edit: Note to Liam: Above I used the code tag for formatting... In preview, this allowed me to not ignore whitespace and all the numbers lines up. But when posted it started to ignore white space. So you probably have a difference in your stylesheets or a missing PRE tag in HTML.

The Humble Store Fall Sale is live, some great Linux games going cheap
17 November 2018 at 2:53 am UTC Likes: 1

PieOrCakeI notice that the Humble store now shows prices in Australian dollars. I wonder when Steam will?

According to the SteamDB homepage... in 4 1/2 days... when Steam's Autumn sale begins.

Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion and Gagarin free update have released, working well on Linux
16 November 2018 at 3:58 pm UTC Likes: 1

I tried it yesterday due to the free weekend. It was a big download... about 4-5GB.

I was less than impressed and bored with it quite quickly. That surprised me because I am a fan of base builders. But, of course, your mileage may vary.

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