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A whole bunch of games just got Steam Deck Verified
20 January 2022 at 5:47 pm UTC Likes: 1

Interesting to see Circuit Superstars in that list. I've got my eyes on that, but ProtonDB shows mixed results, so I did not dare buy it so far. Guess I can reconsider during the next sale :-).

Wine 7.0 is officially out now bringing better compatibility
19 January 2022 at 5:20 pm UTC

QuoteNew WoW64 architecture. The team say once the remaining modules are converted to PE, "this will make it possible to run 32-bit applications without installing 32-bit Unix libraries".
That's neat :-). With my old Canon all in one long gone, Wine must be one of the last packages that requires i386 arch to be present. Sure, there's no harm in having the stuff installed, and disk space isn't exactly an issue either, but I'd still be happy to be rid of legacy stuff at some point.

All in all, it's not so much the official release I'm happy to see, but seeing it's finally there, new shiny things will come to wine-devel soon, so yay! \o/

AI Kingdoms arrive for Kingdoms and Castles in a new Beta
17 December 2021 at 5:05 pm UTC Likes: 1

That must be the second big update out after I thought the game to be abandoned. Sometimes I cannot really fathom how those indie devs manage to survive. Unless they do it besides their day job (which would also account for the long time between updates).

GNOME Shell 42 to have better mouse input that will help gaming
9 December 2021 at 5:44 pm UTC Likes: 3

So I'm curious: is this only a GNOME + Wayland issue or is this a general GNOME issue that will be addressed for Wayland only (and not for X11)?

The way the article is written, I'm not sure which of the two it is.

GOG to go through some reorganization after suffering losses
30 November 2021 at 4:17 pm UTC

Quoting: 14$2M is about 10 developers for one year when you think about industry salaries, benefits, equipment, training, etc.
But surely not in Poland?

Quoting: 14Proton games are often click-to-play, whereas the GOG version requires me to fiddle with minigalaxy + Lutris so I can install the game easily and then actually run it
I finally gave in and run Galaxy under Wine. Installing and playing supported Windows games is just two clicks.

Though I wish I would not have to go through a launcher to play a game. So in a way I am glad they did not bring that atrocity to Linux. OTOH, with games getting larger and larger, downloading the whole thing for every update starts getting tiresome.

Anyway, reading all the comments so far, seems there's no insight as to what this will actually mean for the future of GOG. Guess time will tell.

GOG to go through some reorganization after suffering losses
30 November 2021 at 12:42 pm UTC Likes: 2

I find it rather difficult to rack up such a loss from selling digital goods. The apparent need to "focus more on its core business activity" seems to indicate that a lot of effort went into things that are peripheral to the selling of same. This begs the questions what those other activities were, seeing that GOG is already pretty bare-bones as is.

Could this pertain to GOG Galaxy and the associated backend functionality for achievements, cloud-saves and such? Though even that doesn't look like something you could sink $2m and likely more, assuming the actual selling of games is profitable.

Personally, I hope that doesn't mean they'll end up including fewer games in their catalogue. I hardly buy anything outside GOG these days, and it's always a shame if a title I absolutely want to try does not make it to GOG, or only with much delay.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance gets shown off on the Steam Deck
17 November 2021 at 12:10 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: mahagrKingdom Come works very well in Linux, I get 4K (FSR Ultra) / ~60 FPS with almost everything maxed out using RTX 3070 Ti.
Yeah, no doubt it'll run just fine on the Steam Deck. With Wine + DXVK I got 30 FPS on my GTX 950 on medium settings, and it still looked fantastic. Wondering about the controls, though ... I felt it was a game better played with keyboard and mouse. And that's perhaps a general concern ... it's one thing if games run without effort from the developer's side, but perhaps a bit of effort should be spent at least in optimizing the control scheme for the Deck.

Paradox needs a bit more time to finish Crusader Kings III - Royal Court
27 October 2021 at 8:59 pm UTC Likes: 1

If they didn't want me to redeem my Paradox store discount coupon (valid until the end of the year) on the DLC they just could have said so ...

Valve launches Deck Verified, to show off what games will work well on the Steam Deck
18 October 2021 at 9:24 pm UTC Likes: 2

To me this seems a rather bold move on Valve's part, and I'm wondering if that's not going to get them into trouble with developers. Imagine you never ever thought about releasing your game outside a traditional Windows environment and now the #1 distribution platform is telling you: "hey, we have this new handheld device that's running a totally different OS, and we're putting a mark of shame on your game should it not work well on that". I can't really see how this would endear the Deck or Linux to prospective developers.

OTOH, judging by the very small sample size of 1, there seems to be at least some enthusiasm to have a game running on the Deck without zero effort or intent from the developer's side. Not quite sure I like that attitude either.

Cool feature for the players though. I just hope my favorite devs don't get too upset from having a gun put to their head.

Kathy Rain: Director's Cut launches with Linux support on October 26
11 October 2021 at 4:58 pm UTC Likes: 1

Really looking forward to this one (despite not playing the original), but ... "DEATH SEQUENCES" ... !?

Come on! Is it still 1989 or what?