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MonoGame plan to create a non-profit foundation to support development
22 September 2023 at 6:56 am UTC

Quoting: ElectricPrismThe name Mono hasn't aged well, I could imagine CoronaGame wouldnt be too popular either. Corona Beer sales probably aren't too hot either.

I'll beat the dead horse a little too -- stigmatized names like Gimp are going to sound offputting to donors. This isn't hard.

I wish them well with their efforts to transform and safeguard their ethos and values.
Hmm... What's wrong with 'mono'?

Proton 8.0-4 is now in testing with a Release Candidate
21 September 2023 at 10:48 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Craggles086Any games out there that people are getting impatient for Valve to find a fix for??
Getting better reliability in badly coded JRPGs would be nice. Some of them, like the Neptunia series can be really rough to get to run properly with cutscenes, music, gamepad and proper frame rates.

GNOME 45 released with dynamic workspace indicator, camera indicator and much more
21 September 2023 at 10:28 am UTC

Now if only they could stop being stubborn and admit removing sub-pixel rendering was a bad idea for the vast majority of users.

Proton Experimental improves Baldur's Gate 3 launcher, Unreal Engine 4 bugs on Intel GPUs
12 August 2023 at 1:31 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Mershl
Quoting: JarmerDo you know a command to skip the launcher but ensure that vulkan is chosen as the renderer? Every time I play the game I have to remember to select vulkan in the larian launcher because it defaults to dx every single time.

As Steam game launch parameter: eval $( echo gamemoderun mangohud "%command%" | sed "s/Launcher\/LariLauncher.exe'.*/bin\/bg3.exe'/" )

remove gamemoderun / mangohud as you see fit. replace bg3.exe with bg3_dx11.exe to start DX11 instead.

Oh, I never realised you could do that to modify what gets launched!

Today I learned something nice. Thanks, mate!

Classic LucasArts games emulator DREAMM adds early Linux support
26 June 2023 at 6:49 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Eike
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Purple Library GuyGames that aren't open source are normal, and there are various reasons that isn't likely to change unless our whole economic system changes. Game engines that aren't open source . . . I kind of hope gradually become eclipsed by ones that are. But emulator things for making old games work that aren't open source are . . . problematic IMO. Especially when there's just one guy doing it. He loses interest or gets hit by a bus and then it just quietly rots because nobody can ever update it again, and so much for preserving the game. Not a basket I'd want to be putting my eggs in.
Amusingly, even if something is open source, if someone doesn't maintain the code, it'll stop working. Xkobo is an example, the C source is out there, but modern gcc doesn't like it too much. It's still built for NetBSD 9.0 though!

Yes, but if anybody is interested enough, they can take over.

It is rarely that easy though. It is the beautiful lie about open-source we tell ourselves to sleep well at night, but when a project grows to the point slaapliedje is talking about people have already moved on.

Past a certain point there is so much work involved that you are better off paying an expert to do it for you anyway, like GOG or the man, the legend: Ethan Lee (@flibitijibibo).

10 years ago Steam released for Linux
15 February 2023 at 8:15 pm UTC

Quoting: mr-victory
Quoting: shorberglaunch date driver bugs
Isn't this still a thing with AMD for GPU launches and both AMD and Nvidia for new games?


Perhaps next generation will have that sorted. Or the one after that. Surely the one after that will have games work the day they are released on standard hardware!

Have plenty of free time? Check out the new Double Fine documentary
15 February 2023 at 8:07 am UTC

Quoting: GBGamesI should probably get around to playing Psychonauts.

I'm looking forward to watching this docuseries. I've seen some behind-the-scenes videos that are so distilled and compressed that it barely shared anything at all, but this looks like it will be a much more intimate look at the people behind the game.

Not sure how well the gameplay holds up after all these years, for me nostalgia probably makes up for a lot of shortcomings, but the humor and charm is top-notch if you like that style!

10 years ago Steam released for Linux
15 February 2023 at 7:58 am UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: mr-victoryAs I read the comments, a few things make me feel weird:
1. Most of you are Linux users for a long time, while I use Linux since 2020 and play on it since 2022.
2. Despite only recently starting gaming, it was nowhere near an OOB Just Works experience. I dealt with forcing games to use Nvidia GPU, any Vulkan application freezing due to a driver bug, Apex Legends stuttering even with GPL and mod problems with HOI4. I even patched Proton (only a week ago!) so Paradox Launcher would well behave.
3. In 2 Steam accounts around only 5 games were purchased in total (and only 1 pirate game which I can't acquire in a different way) while everyone else here has hundreds if not thousands.

Welcome! Glad to have you amongst us!

Regarding 2, yeah things are relative for us old-timers, our lives were so miserable back when that things like nVidia driver bugs and the occasional launcher misbehaving makes us feel like OOB experience. (especially when one remembers that was the case on windows as well back in the early to mid 00's)

There is still much improvement to be made and if a newer generation never have to learn about DLL-hell or launch date driver bugs, then that would be just swell!

10 years ago Steam released for Linux
15 February 2023 at 7:53 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: KohlyKohlI still remember seeing Quake in a game store in 1999.

Before Steam it was very difficult to get games running under Wine. I remember breaking my system many times, especially in the early 2000s, trying to compile the right libraries and still not being able to get most games working right.

Cedega existed to try and make it easier to run Games (and software but that was an even worse experience) and even that only worked slightly better than manually trying to get games working.

In the end, I mostly just played Blizzard games because those were the ones that worked mostly out of the box with Wine.

It is really impressive today that I can play just about any game I want without having to do anything to make it work under Linux.

Yeah, those were the days alright. Some games like City of Heroes though ran better under Wine in Linux than on Windows for me. When I discovered that I would always reboot into Linux before starting a session of crime fighting.

There is this strange sense of nostalgia and adventure whenever a game requires fiddling with Wine to function these days. Digging through stack dumps and logs, hours spent digging through forums and Microsoft documentation... Ok, it wasn't great. But it was educational!

Valve are still fixing up Left 4 Dead 2, over 10 years after release
13 September 2022 at 4:20 pm UTC

Quoting: sarmadSomehow Valve's games continue to be popular. L4D, Counter Strike, Portal, Team Fortress, Dota. For some reason people don't seem to get bored of these games.

Kinda like fast food, I guess?

It isn't the most exciting food around but it is comforting and you know what you get.

Also helps that the games are very just-pick-up-and-play™. You can just fire it up, play a couple of hours and get the full experience immediately. We played a lot of L4D on a whim like that back in the day.