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What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
24 February 2020 at 2:27 pm UTC

kaimanI kinda wish for a steering wheel and pedals (my old set has long since been trashed), but it seems an excessive investment for just one game, so a gamepad must make do.
Oh, I hear you. I mean, for me it would be F1, Project Cars and Dirt Rally. And I'd probably end up playing them more than I do now. So I'd get a lot of use out of them. But it's still a lot of money to sink into what is, when all's said and done, a toy.

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
24 February 2020 at 2:20 pm UTC

Fallout 4. I dunno. I tend to agree with Shamus Young: it's a decent enough game, but it's not Fallout. I came to the series with F3, but even in that game I could see that Bethesda's take on it doesn't make sense. It's 200 years after the bombs fell. Who are these feckless morons who haven't even cleared away the skeletons from the buildings they're living in? Sheesh. And after the Big Plot Twist (which I won't give away, although you can see it coming a mile off), I kind of lost interest in the main questline. There's certainly plenty of other stuff to busy yourself with though, and I thought Far Harbor was surprisingly good. They should have made that the main game.

I bought South Park: The Stick of Truth over the weekend, on sale. (For the price of a sandwich, as Ross Scott - Freeman's Mind, etc. - puts it. It's a good way of looking at it, I think. ) So far, I'm seeing Costume Quest with fart jokes. Sounds good to me.

And slightly OT, because it's about as far from Linux as it gets, but for some reason I found myself going back to Mirror's Edge, Rez HD, OutRun Online Arcade (offline these days, of course), and Space Giraffe on the XBox 360 yesterday afternoon. I hate to admit it because, well, Microsoft, but that's definitely my favourite console of all time. It just is.

Extreme top-down racing game 'Bloody Rally Show' is out now and it's good
22 February 2020 at 4:23 pm UTC

So, you might say... “Bloody good show”?

I'll get me coat...

Dying Light gets a massive update with a 'Story Mode' plus a free weekend
21 February 2020 at 5:13 pm UTC

dubigrasuI finished it first on PS3 and when it showed up for Linux I played it once again.
XBox360 for me. I think I got it for free in their “Games With Gold” thing (as I said, not really a zombie fan, so it's not something I would have gone out looking for). And yeah, when it came out for Linux it only seemed fair to actually pay for it.

QuoteAs for Dying Light, if you enjoyed DI, you'll love DL.
I can't say I hate what I've seen so far (about two hours in), although I can already see why people who disliked DI prefer it. And, for me at least, that's not necessarily a good thing. But yeah, it's not bad.

QuoteThose "piss poor" ports from VP, Aspyr, Feral and the like, were available for us back then when the alternative options were limited, and when they mattered the most.
There are still a few ported games that don't work in Proton. So we still have a lot to be grateful for.

Big games of Stellaris are going to run a lot smoother in the 2.6.0 update
21 February 2020 at 4:57 pm UTC

KimyrielleIt's not very noticable with smaller cities, but as soon as a city grows large, the game becomes both laggy and unstable. And I am not even talking about the 81 tile mod. Superficially, it seems to be a similar issue as with Stellaris: Too many Cims doing too many things.
Yes, and it's been getting worse over time. I have 80k+ cities that worked (reasonably) well, on a lower-powered machine, four years ago that I can barely even load now.

Dying Light gets a massive update with a 'Story Mode' plus a free weekend
21 February 2020 at 12:07 pm UTC Likes: 2

Nice. I'm one of those weirdos who liked Dead Island (although it's probably telling that it's the only zombie game I ever did like) and thought Dying Light didn't sound as good. But hey, I'll give it a go over the weekend...

Big games of Stellaris are going to run a lot smoother in the 2.6.0 update
21 February 2020 at 12:03 pm UTC

Great work, guys. Now do Cities: Skylines. (Yeah, I know it's not in-house, but surely they could give Collosal Order some tips?)

Vulkan overlay layer 'MangoHud' continues advancing quickly with a big new release
14 February 2020 at 4:49 pm UTC Likes: 1

Liam DaweVulkan only. As I understand, OpenGL is far more difficult to do anything like this.
Yes. I'd love to see something like vkBasalt for OpenGL too, but OpenGL is so mature by now that I imagine if it was easy (or even just “not virtually impossible”), it would already exist.

The Atari VCS team give another update - plus a proper look at the UI
5 February 2020 at 1:01 pm UTC Likes: 3

My feelings about this thing have been up and down like a rollercoaster - sceptical, hopeful, sceptical again - but I have to say... they've done a pretty good job of that. I'm impressed.

I mean, not stunned - it just looks like another console. But it does look like a proper console, not a hacked-together, underpowered, pile of random parts that don't quite work together. Maybe they might just pull this off...

The Linux GOTY Award 2019 is now open for voting
2 February 2020 at 10:13 am UTC

Well, how about that? I do own a 2019 release. I've been playing it for so long in early access, I'd forgotten Planet Nomads was officially released last year. I kind of voted for it by default, though...

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