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Games On AMD FOSS Drivers 2
10 June 2014 at 10:26 pm UTC

Just did some unscientific testing by playing a little Doom 3, Brütal Legend, Amnesia, and Trine 2 and did not see any huge differences; Doom 3 and Trine 2 might have been a little more responsive, but as it was being done just by feel my impressions do not account for much.

I have been keeping my eye out for a new card, but unless I spy a bargain I am perfectly content to stay with my current one for the moment.

Games On AMD FOSS Drivers 2
10 June 2014 at 9:50 pm UTC

I suppose these improvements are mostly limited to radeonsi and not r600g?

Not that I am complaining mind; it is getting to the point with my Radeon HD 4670 that it is the hardware and not the driver performance that is slowing me down on some newer titles. The card is from 2008 after all, and has already given me almost four years solid service.

Alienware's Steam Machine Fully Announced, They Aren't Using SteamOS
10 June 2014 at 4:13 pm UTC Likes: 1

All of this talk of what would happen if Steam Machines fail reminds me of a conversation my mother had with her mother about what she would have done if the Cuban Missile Crisis had turned out differently and resulted in a nuclear war and socioeconomic collapse. My grandmother commented that they would just go back to how they lived during the Great Depression, something which at the time was easily in living memory.

The main advantage we have now as compared to the Loki Linux gaming boom is that we have a much more diverse ecosystem now than we did then - we are not dependant on a single vendor or a single distributor, despite the rush by some to put all of their eggs in Valve's basket. For me the turn-around for Linux gaming again really was in 2010 with the arrival of the Humble Indie Bundle and the initial flood of independent interest; indeed, I have been playing an almost continual catch up with my ever growing gaming library since at least 2011, long before Valve arrived.

For this reason I myself am not overly concerned by any of this, as I have tapped myself into a stronger diverse well not tied as heavily into consumer trends and myopic AAA interest. It just goes to show that we do need to remember where we came from, and that there still is a need to be ready to fallback to old stalwarts if/when things do go wrong.

Daedalus, A Top Down Action Game For Linux Currently In Beta, Plus Some Thoughts
9 June 2014 at 5:09 pm UTC Likes: 1

Looks very much like Shadowgrounds only more strictly top-down and less isometric.

Neon Struct Stealth Game Coming To Linux From The Developers Of Eldritch
9 June 2014 at 5:07 pm UTC Likes: 1

Looks interesting, it could be the Indie Deus Ex.

But damn, I really do need to buy Eldritch!

Valve Are Funding A Big Change To Mesa, Should Improve Linux Graphical Performance
9 June 2014 at 5:04 pm UTC

Another AMD FUD thread which is off topic and was mostly based on ignorance of the fact that AMD actually does provide support for their FOSS driver (and have been doing so since acquiring ATI in 2007) and even have plans to greater utilize its potential.

As for this move by Valve, I of course do applaud it and feel no shame in doing so. I criticize them heavily on the DRM front and anything else I object to them doing, but I am perfectly content to praise them when they do something praiseworthy. That being said, this is not charity as building up the Linux graphics infrastructure is something Valve needs to make SteamOS successful, which is a perfectly valid reason for contributing but is not different than Red Hat or anyone other vendor funding FOSS graphic development for their own purposes.

And as someone who has been using my current dedicated Radeon HD 4670 with the FOSS drivers since 2011 with great success, I must say my luck must be pretty damn good then.

Looks Like LIMBO Is Now Being Ported Natively To Linux Thanks To Icculus
6 June 2014 at 7:28 pm UTC

Quoting: scaineYoung punk! From your profile, I think I'm older than you! Haha!

Oh, I am sure you are, which is why I love saying it. ^_^

It is not the acknowledgement or even the complaints about the problems that bother me, but the patent lack of respect that was expressed by some of the posters here. Because really, everyone involved should know better, and at least recognize some of his contributions a bit more.

Looks Like LIMBO Is Now Being Ported Natively To Linux Thanks To Icculus
6 June 2014 at 7:01 pm UTC Likes: 1

These young punk kids complaining about icculus is actually rather insulting given the fact that HE MADE LINUX GAMING! Without him there would be no Valve, no Humble, no Indies, nothing. Zip. Zero. Period! Learn some history before slagging the man off, and actually go beyond your own little myopic existences and see the world around you.

And has already been said, it is really up to the developers themselves to keep engaging his services. For instance, he has been keeping his ports of Postal and Postal 2 updated for over a decade since RWS actually cares about their customers, including Linux and Mac users, and keeps bringing him in to port over updates. The over burdened comment may in fact be true however, especially since updating the Postal 2 port should be another thing on his list at the moment.

As for LIMBO, if this is indeed true and a native version appears in my Humble Library I might just take some time out of my life to play it.

Major Trine Update Should Be Released In The Next Few Months
5 June 2014 at 3:36 pm UTC

Quoting: aLI liked more trine 2 than trine... Anyway, whats this news about? i thought i had already played both on linux... did i play one of them on windows?

Eh, they both have their advantages:

And yes, both of the Trine games and all of Frozenbyte's catalogue are on Linux already. This is just a new port made mostly so Frozenbyte can release it on Steam.