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EA's experimental Halcyon game engine has Vulkan and Linux support
31 October 2018 at 6:39 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedjeUltima IX was delayed and the engine redone like 3 or 4 times, it has almost as bad a development history as Duke Nuke'em Forever.
Yeah, I remember that the first screenshots I saw seemed fully 3d, but still had the classic top-down perspective. The final product looked nothing like that.

Quoting: slaapliedjeIt was though one of the early 3D accelerated titles (so early it originally only worked with software rendering or 3Dfx, and Direct3D was added in a later patch.) I thought the game was amazing, but yeah there were parts where the story was just missing the things they wanted to do, but ran out of time.
Proud owner of a Voodoo2 card back then; though I think I already had it before UIX came out.

Quoting: slaapliedjeHa, I recently watched a video about UO.
By Garriott himself, no less :-). I really liked how that man pushed boundaries back then, and I did have some hopes that perhaps the nth iteration of Shroud of the Avatar would again reach the level of Ultima 7. Alas, I don't think that's coming to pass any more.

The RPG Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues has gone free to play
31 October 2018 at 6:19 pm UTC Likes: 1

I've been tempted twice to buy this. The first time when it was on Kickstarter and the second time a few weeks ago when they sold off excess physical copies at a "discount". They still were like $115 (with shipping across the pond included), but given the digital version was $40 at that time and did neither contain access to episode 2 (whatever that entails), nor -- more importantly -- a highly collectible cloth map, it sounded like an okay deal. A quick visit to their forum, however, convinced me otherwise: offline single player, the only mode I would have any interest of playing, still looked more like an afterthought and didn't seem overly compelling. And the writing was already on the wall, with rumours of Richard Garriott jumping ship, low player numbers of the online game, etc. . My gut feeling then and now is that SotA doesn't have a future.

Which is sort of sad. I have the highest respect for Richard Garriott, not in the least because Ultima 7 is still my most favourite computer game of all time (which in turn makes Exult my most favourite open source project of all time). But what he and his team proposed for SotA from the beginning simply seemed too good to be true. I've backed a few Kickstarters against better judgement, and got bitten, but this trap I managed to avoid.

EA's experimental Halcyon game engine has Vulkan and Linux support
30 October 2018 at 5:50 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedjeI actually quite liked IX, but you could tell where the story fell flat.
I think both VIII and IX were rushed out the door way before they were ready for release. So definitely EA to blame. As a result, VIII feels like they cut most of the content, just to get it done, while IX was decent enough, but with a terrible story.

Quoting: slaapliedjeDidn't Richard Garriott leave after 7 though?
From what I remember, Origin Systems was acquired by EA after the release of Ultima 7. Garriott didn't leave until they shut down Origin. Sometime after Ultima IX. I'm pretty sure he was involved with all the Ultimas.

Quoting: slaapliedjeUltima Online 2 being cancelled was the biggest EA travesty and I kind haven't really bought many games from them since then. Somehow UO is still going strong, but I recently tried it in Linux with Wine and it failed hard.
I'm not into online games, so can't really comment on anything going on with UO. But I'm glad I didn't put any money into Shroud of the Avatar when it was on Kickstarter. Though at least that one runs natively on Linux.

City builder 'Kingdoms and Castles' updated with Wolves, Witches and more
29 October 2018 at 7:21 pm UTC

That one has been on my wishlist for quite some time. But with so many games running natively or with wine these days, my backlog grows longer and longer ... which is a good thing, I guess :).

EA's experimental Halcyon game engine has Vulkan and Linux support
29 October 2018 at 7:17 pm UTC

Quoting: slaapliedjeSome of the EA games for the Atari 8bit / c64 were some of the best around. If only they still published the Ultima games...

After ruining Ultima VIII and IX before shutting down Origin Systems?! ... no thank you!

It's not quite coincidence that a pair of villains in Ultima VII went by the names Elizabeth and Abraham. Or that the evil artefacts resembled a cube, sphere and tetrahedron.

The final EA game I bought has been Dragon Age: Origins, and that only grudgingly because of the online activation and day 1 DLC. I've got a list of companies I don't buy from, and EA is one of them.

For The King's free '(un)cooperative' Gold Rush update is out
29 October 2018 at 7:02 pm UTC Likes: 1

Still waiting for the Linux version to hit GOG. Most likely in vain ...

A writer for Forbes has been talking about the positives of switching to Linux
4 September 2018 at 5:10 pm UTC Likes: 9

In my circles, a lot of people are fed up with Windows, but they always cite gaming or other applications as keeping them from switching. So it's nice to see articles like that.

Personally, I've converted my mother to Linux a couple years back. (Not quite selfless, as it cut back on the computer support quite a bit). Last time I visited, I upgraded her laptop to Ubuntu 18.04 (from 16.04), switching to Gnome in the process, and I was a bit concerned that those changes would cause her some discomfort. Last time I rang her up, I asked how it went with the new system, and she says it's the best upgrade she has ever had (she really likes the Night Light mode).

My take is that for everyone doing simple tasks (web, mail, simple office stuff, photos), Linux has been ready for the job for ages. The problem is, most of those people aren't able to install an OS of any kind, so unless they have a friendly soul to help them (or they can buy hardware with Linux pre-installed), they will always be stuck with Windows.

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption from the Quest for Glory creators is now out with Linux support
11 July 2018 at 5:53 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: ArehandoroStill waiting for my backer key from GOG, hopefully it’s sorted soon and I can give it a go.
Seems I got lucky then. Had it yesterday shortly before midnight. You can imagine that getting up and going to work was really painful this morning.

Quoting: SalvatosI'm getting all kinds of mixed signals from that trailer, but most of them aren't positive, and it doesn't look like a half-a-million-dollar project compared to others I've seen launch with less than 100K.
Then you'd better avert your eyes during the intro movie. Once in the game proper, the graphics are okay and it feels pretty polished to me, though. I've got to play some more before being able to give an informed opinion, but so far I like what I'm seeing. No bad choice if you're into narrative games. And obvious bonus points for being DRM free and for 1st day Linux support.

The Humble Daedalic Bundle 2018 is a good deal for Linux gamers
5 June 2018 at 8:38 pm UTC

Quoting: hummer010That's a great bundle ... if I didn't already own every single Linux game in it!

Apparently, I really like Daedalic :)
I used to, when they still made P&C adventures. Oh well, I like them for their continued Linux support and some of the stuff they publish these days is decent too. From the list above I got the Deponia games (of course!) and Caravan. I hear that Shadow Tactics is really excellent, just not my cup of tea. I like it laid back and relaxed ...

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is now available, a few thoughts
9 May 2018 at 9:11 pm UTC

Didn't mean to get it at release, but ran across a boxed copy in store last Saturday. Bit of a let-down, though: cool cardboard box, but nothing inside except for 3 install discs. Also, while the discs claim to be PC/Mac/Linux hybrid DVDs, I didn't find any Linux binary on them whatsoever. So had to download from Steam and wait for official release day.

Nice touch that it allowed importing my saved game from part 1, while still being able to change my character choice I'd made back then (it had been pretty bad, all things considered). Played a few hours yesterday and today, and just had my first crash to desktop. Hoping there's an autosave not too long ago. So much for playing games right after release ...

What I've been seeing so far isn't bad, however. Perhaps a trifle too much emphasis on eye-candy, and I'm wondering if fully voicing all dialogue might have compromised the amount of information NPCs are able to give, but I guess these are concessions to be made to today's audiences.

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