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Oxygen Not Included just got a major update & a new animated short
16 June 2018 at 6:23 pm UTC

For the record...

KLei does have a permanent 20% discount for anyone that has ever bought one of their titles before. This is why people are seeing 40% off while logged into steam. This discount exists even when they are not having a publisher wide sale.

Even some of their old releases qualify for this loyalty discount. I was able to get Oxygen not included for 40% off during a sale they had back in November. 20% for the sale at the time and 20% off because I had Shank 1/2 in my library from an old humble bundle.

Looks like Harebrained Schemes are working on the Linux build of BATTLETECH now
12 June 2018 at 4:02 pm UTC

One other problem with missing day-1 linux compatibility is WINE.

While WINE is a great technical achievement, it does mean that Linux users will buy it as a windows game only skewing the numbers.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition major update out & Darkness Over Daggerford expansion is out
1 June 2018 at 10:20 pm UTC

While I already bought NWN:EE, now all the DLC is also on sale... so time to stock up on a few premium modules.

OFC, I have barely played NWN since I bought it when it was officially released, but that is because I have been playing Icewind Dale EE that I recently bought on sale during GOG's wishlist sale for $4(US)..

You can now pre-order the Linux-powered Atari VCS games console, a lot more details revealed
31 May 2018 at 2:41 pm UTC

Yes, it is underpowered. However, the primary purpose of this console is emulation. Emulating a 40 year old console.

You are talking about an era when the 6502 microprocessor was king. It was an 8bit processor running at 1mHz and could at most address 64k of RAM. (Note: 64k of RAM, not M, not G, less than 1 millionth of a modern processor.) The 6502 was in some old arcade cabinets, the Apple II, Commodore Pet, Commodore Vic20 a few Atari home computers, and some others. Some variants were around too, like the 6510 in the hugely popular Commodore 64 or the 8502 (which could run at 2mhz) in the commodore 128. The point is that this wimp of a processor (by modern standards) ran many popular computers(including Atari computers) and arcade machines until the very early 90's. I forget what was in it, but the Atari 2600, did not have a 6502, but something significantly weaker. (History lesson: The relatively powerful IBM PC was using the 8088 and 8086 processors from Intel back then; they never used the 6502 series and variants) Ok, I did a little research/verification... the Atari 2600/VCS was using a 6507 chip. It was a wimpy version of the 6502 that could only address 8k of RAM total.

Twenty years ago, I was using Stella, an Atari 2600/VCS emulator. (I was using it on OS/2... 20 years ago, I only just started using linux, but was unhappy with windows even earlier.) This was a few years before processors hit the 1ghz mark, and the games ran fine and stutter free even on a mere 100mHz processor. (with idle clock time to spare as well.)

Why did I write all this history (other than to prove that I am an old fart?...) Simple... For the purpose of emulating Atari games... (whether they plan to emulate the old console, computer, or arcade games,) Even a modern day low-end processor will have a lot more power than what is actually necessary. While it will not play the most recent CPU or GPU limited linux titles, it can play a significant amount of older linux titles and still be more than able to tackle the main task of Atari emulation.

One other thing... the 32gb of eMMC... while slow and limiting is also fine for the purpose of Atari emulation. The 6507 limited memory to 8k... many original atari cartridges had a max of 4k ROM (though later some cartridges used some tricks to double that, but only a limited number of later cartridges due to the expense of memory chips back then.) Assuming you can use all the memory... that means about 8 million cartridge games can fit on the flash ram. Even the 64k RAM limit of the full 6502 processor can fit 500,000 ROM images on the memory card. Having used Stella... many of the old Atari 2600 classics only used 2k ROMs, let alone the normal limit of 4k. (admittedly, for linux titles, you will probably need to expand with a SD card or external drive.)

So, yes, it is underpowered by modern standards. However, it is far more beefy than necessary in order to provide the function of emulating old Atari games. One other thing... look at that thing... and its size... I don't even see a fan on the pictures. Its tiny and small and obviously not meant to replace a full fledged computer with a high-end processor and/or a dedicated GPU. Even if you could fit all that in the tiny form factor, there is not a snowballs chance in hell that it would not overheat with high end gear.

The Humble Monthly Bundle just added two great Linux games
25 May 2018 at 7:30 pm UTC

I had paused mine already this month thanks to Destiny 2.

I'm really not interested in Cook, Serve, Delicious... but maybe Pillars of Earth is worth it.

HOWEVER, it is too late to unpause and get this monthly. Today is the auto-payment date.

From: https://support.humblebundle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000303608-Humble-Monthly-How-to-Pause-
QuoteIf you paused and successfully skipped the current monthly, but change your mind you now need to manually purchase the monthly through the checkout page! Please do this before that monthly is released on the first Friday of the month.

So if you want the two linux games, you must pay separately for this month if you paused it already.

Steam's Spring Cleaning Event has multiple Linux titles to play for free for a limited time
25 May 2018 at 2:18 pm UTC Likes: 1

Eike
stretch611Anyone know how long you need to play in order to qualify for the trophies?

Starting up the game is enough, I did several this morning.

Thanks... I played Osmos for a short 2 minutes... nothing happened.

I reloaded the page with the trophies and only then did it show up.

Reminder: Update your PC info for the next round of statistics updates
25 May 2018 at 2:15 pm UTC Likes: 2

Any reason why we need to update every month?

I know I rarely get a new computer or significant upgrade more than once a year. We can always manually update at any time... maybe once a quarter is a good reminder?

Steam's Spring Cleaning Event has multiple Linux titles to play for free for a limited time
25 May 2018 at 2:12 pm UTC

Anyone know how long you need to play in order to qualify for the trophies?

Humble Store is having a huge Spring Sale, thousands of games going for cheap
10 May 2018 at 9:06 pm UTC Likes: 1

I have too many games... I couldn't really find much on sale that I like/want that I don't already have. (while I know others that have more, I'm close to 350 games on steam alone...)

I do reccommend these two though if you don't already have them...

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/puppy-games-ultrabundle

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dungeon-warfare

The Humble War Gamez Bundle has a few Linux games for you
8 May 2018 at 11:54 pm UTC Likes: 2

If you do get the bundle, don't forget that you can now choose how much you can give to each developer independently by clicking the arrows on the line in front of the sliders.

You can therefore only support the linux devs... However, if you plan on playing the other games through WINE, I would leave them a token amount anyway. (I haven't used WINE in years except for 1 title, but that is your choice.)

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