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Our top Linux picks released in 2018, the GamingOnLinux editor awards
1 January 2019 at 8:44 am UTC

slaapliedjeOh, I think it is actually D&D Online (is that still around?) that was supposed to be 4th edition. I actually recently got back into playing Neverwinter Online simply because they added Ravenloft to it! But you have to play through all the other crap first, so I haven't really been playing it more...

Really wish they'd release either more Ravenloft based games, or even Spelljammer, those are still my favorite two D&D settings (mainly because they're such a departure from the typical murder hobos.)

I think in the year 2019, I'm going to have to try to spend more time in VR Hopefully I can get Elite working so I don't have to reboot!
Yes, D&D online is still a thing. I have never played it, but according to SteamDB, there seems to be about 300-400 players online at any given moment. (Of course, like Neverwinter Online, Steam users are probably only a small portion of the entire game as both of these existed standalone before getting on Steam.)

I never played D&D Online. The only reason why I played Neverwinter Online is because the group I play D&D with all joined and they researched ahead of time and showed me a website on how to get it to work with PlayOnLinux.

Our top Linux picks released in 2018, the GamingOnLinux editor awards
31 December 2018 at 10:20 pm UTC Likes: 3

It seems like everything that I have been playing is Early Access and not released yet, or older than this year.

Early Access: Oxygen Not Included, Factorio, and my friend wants me to start playing 7 days to die. (Still under 1 hour in 7 days to die now) My guess is none of the 3 will release in 2019 either.

I have played a lot of Rimworld, which actually did release this year. However, most of my playtime was before release. (Over 1000 hours, compared to under 50 since release.)

I did just buy Kingdom Rush Origins, and Island Invasion. Both of which are 2018 releases, but I have not invested much time in either yet. (Both are also Tower Defense games, Kingdom Rush Origins is well polished, Island Invasion is rough around the edges.)

I also have both Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition (bought it when released) and Pathfinder Kingmaker(bought during the Autumn sale last month.) Though I haven't played much of either, I will though, I remember playing the heck out of the original Neverwinter Nights. My interest is still in the game, but I'm spending too much time in other games... As for Pathfinder, It seems that whenever I am about to start it, a notice of a huge bugfix comes out and I'd rather wait for the fix. (I noticed the 1.2 patch being announced a day or two ago as I was about to start it up.)

For the record, yes, Neverwinter Nights is/was D&D 3(or 3.5), Pathfinder was based on 3.5 as well. As for Neverwinter Online (MMO) that really has no basis in actual D&D rules. NWO was the only game I have played on WINE in the last few years since it came out... and I have been clean and sober away from MMO's for 2 years now after Neverwinter Online. (It really burned me on MMOs.) Oddly, D&D version 3/3.5 was the only one that I only played on a computer, not pen and paper. I have played Basic, AD&D (v1), AD&D v2, D&D 4, and D&D 5 with friends. I still play once a month with friends.

As for older titles that I bought this year and have been playing... Don't Starve, Sky Force Reloaded, ...

Ok, I wrote a book and don't want to go on forever. But one other title I would like to mention is Liam's favorite that he won't admit... Meltys Quest. I did actually get it and play it after Liam's recommendation. WOW, that was more graphic than I expected. I restored the castle in game, and actually went and put a Steam trading card badge for Meltys Quest on my profile. But, I am sure Liam will be happy to hear that the developer is in the process of making another title. Perhaps Liam can reach out to the developer and get us some pre-release keys.

41 of Steam's most played games in 2018 are supported on Linux
28 December 2018 at 4:36 pm UTC Likes: 3

Purple Library GuyMinor pet peeve . . . none of the games literally flew off the digital shelves. You're thinking of games that figuratively flew off the digital shelves.

Maybe they literally teleported off the digital shelves straight to the computers.

41 of Steam's most played games in 2018 are supported on Linux
28 December 2018 at 1:57 am UTC Likes: 2

Actually, competition for Steam would alter the most played stats.

For example if people "leave" for Epic/Fortnite... As mentioned they will not leave Steam and their library that they invested in. However, there would be fewer people "playing" on Steam as they spend their time elsewhere. Assuming that it is windows people leaving for the new store (which works if the competition doesn't support linux) linux users would have a slightly greater percentage of the "playing" stats.

However, the stat I would most like to see is what percentage of sales linux makes up for games that support linux. I saw a comment the other day about a dev that saw 11% of his sales attributed to linux. I do not expect that much from everyone, but I would expect greater than the 1% of hardware share than the overall on steam. After all, fewer titles, linux users have fewer options on where to spend their money.

It would be nice if devs realize that supporting linux didn't just get them 1% of sales, but actually a little more.

Some thoughts on Linux gaming in 2018, an end of year review
25 December 2018 at 3:44 pm UTC Likes: 1

I agree with tuubi... WINE/Proton is not the answer. (and WINE Is Not an Emulator; but that is a bit off topic.)

To me, WINE is a tool to allow people to migrate to linux and not lose their entire game library. As great a technological achievement that WINE is, you will eventually get burned if you expect it to work with everything you want that runs on windows. Even if the app is working according to WINE's AppDB (or similar for Proton) that is no guarantee for it to work all the time. The big game publishers love WINE... They sell you their product and than don't even have to go through the facade of support... If you use WINE they will not support you at all, and they already have your money.

As for old games running on native linux. While this is a problem, I expect that eventually it will be solved with a flatpak type solution. Where a game is installed with all the libraries that it calls even if they are older libraries. This can also solve the multi-distro problem with flatpaks providing a compatibility layer of libraries.

Some thoughts on Linux gaming in 2018, an end of year review
21 December 2018 at 5:11 am UTC

SalvatosThey may not be as prestigious, but there's something to be said for being a good ecosystem for the low- and mid-range productions. Those companies often have less shitty practices than AAA studios when it comes to DRM or data collection, if only because they don't have the means to implement them or the clout to get away with them, and as such are more in line with FLOSS philosophies even if they don't go as far as open sourcing their games. Honestly, even if EA or Ubisoft did make Linux versions of their games, I wouldn't want to put on the shackles that come with them, and I'm no Stallman.

Well said. (The whole post but especially the quoted.)

There are plenty of titles coming out... It seems that steam adds 1000 native titles every year since it came to linux. What this means is that there are enough to satisfy practically every gamer regardless of their preferred genre. (Of course it means that there is plenty of crap to wade through as well, but that is a huge problem on other platforms as well.)

That being said, even with few AAA titles. there are plenty of great games out there native on linux. Many great indie games are out there if you bother to look (and that is what this site helps with in the multiple articles,) and there are quite a few publishers that tend to support linux as well with multiple titles... like Klei, Kalypso, and Paradox, among others.

The Steam Winter Sale is now live, prepare your wallet
21 December 2018 at 4:18 am UTC Likes: 3

LeopardSteam Sale is a dissappointment generally. There are so less discounts on games that i'm interested.

I REALLY wanted a discount on RimWorld
Game is so expensive right now and publisher is so greedy not even giving a 10 or 20%.

Same for Factorio.

You missed the lower prices on both by about 3 or 4 months.

Rimworld was $30(US) before release and is now $35.
Factorio was $20(US) a few months ago, then announced an increase about a month prior to becoming $30.
Both companies have long explained that they do not plan to go on sale. (and many complaint threads have been in each games respective forums every few months.)

The only way I know how to get a discount on either is to sign up for a month of "Humble Monthly" to get 10% back on either or both... But, the cost of Humble Monthly is twice as much as what you would save; so it is only worthwhile if you want the titles the month you sign up.

That being said, IMHO, both games are worth the price even if there is no discount. They are both half the cost of a so-called AAA title. Both games are also from small indie developers that have shown that they plan to continue supporting the title as well... A lot better than huge corporations that fail to care anything at all about their customers after the game is bought.

Finally, despite what the developers have said, both will go on sale eventually. However not until the people buying the game goes into a significant decline; but with the popularity of both (each with over 1 million copies sold) it may be a long wait. (Its a simple rule of marketing... when people are no longer buying what you are selling, lower the price.)

The Steam Winter Sale is now live, prepare your wallet
20 December 2018 at 9:25 pm UTC Likes: 2

Steam is also having its "Game of the Year" awards.

There are a few linux related titles, Not much from what I am playing, but Klei (who supports native linux on many of its releases) made it to the finals, as well as Factorio for "Most fun with a machine" category.(which I highly recommend).

Some thoughts on Linux gaming in 2018, an end of year review
19 December 2018 at 4:39 pm UTC Likes: 6

In regards to the Epic Store...

If the company isn't willing to port Fortnite, which is a huge cash cow, what makes you think they will embrace linux in their store?

And this is a game that has been ported to Android.

In addition, Fortnite appears to be the title that will force people into their store through its exclusivity... You want to play it, get it only through our store client. You can't force the store on people that can't play the game.

The Linux version of Civilization VI has been updated with cross-platform multiplayer support
11 December 2018 at 4:39 am UTC

Now that the 2nd expansion is on its way, will Civ VI start being good?

I remember playing the early DOS game... World Generation took so long that you had to listen to Leonard Nimoy recite the intro(iirc) until your computer finally completed map generation. (ok, I did a little research and the original was not voiced by Nimoy... Nimoy voiced Civ IV)

Civilization II was a great upgrade.

I was less than impressed with Civilization III, but I still played it to no end.

Civ IV was great... and it only got better with its expansions.

When Civ V came out, I didn't buy it because I was linux only at the time. I did not get it until after it was eventually ported and on Steam (for linux ofc.) I noticed it and the expansions during the my first winter sale on Steam and bought it immediately, only to play it for over 750 hours (according to steam.)

As for Civ VI... I wanted it for a while... I was not willing to buy it for windows and Aspyr took its time to port it. By the time it was out for linux, the reviews were lackluster at best. I was on the fence for a long time actually, having it in my cart during sales and removing it the last minute. I ended up getting it through the humble monthly (which I had a subscription, not just a one-off pickup.)

When I finally played it... I never got bored of a Civ title so quickly before... even now, it sits in my library with only 39 hours of playing time... less time than any other Civ; and to be honest less time than I put into the others in the first week (and most likely the first weekend for all 5 priors) even though I have had Civ VI for 11 months now.

It has been mentioned to me that Civilization is best after all the major DLC is released. While I liked Civ IV, I agreed that the DLC made great improvements to the game. As for Civ V, some people said it wasn't that great until the DLC either, but I didn't know as I waited until it was all out and I got it in one package for linux.

So, does anyone know, if the new DLC makes the game more enjoyable?

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