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Wine 3.4 released with more Vulkan support
18 March 2018 at 3:07 am UTC

LeopardBut seeing so many people have it , dev would simply say : You already bought it , sale is done. Why should i bother with it and put effort for supporting it?

Because supported version is still better than unsupported one. That's self explanatory.

The impact of Wine and dxvk won't be less ports, but hopefully more ports that will use them, instead of closed wrappers from Feral and the like. I don't think it will have any additional impact on native ports which were always more expensive to make. Native ports will come from engines that gain Linux support (which is happening anyway).

jensWhile wine (and dxvk) are technically astonishing I do share the anxiousness that we, the Linux community, are shooting ourselves in the foot when trying to compete with the few companies that are earning money with games on Linux..

And you are wrong, the progress is very welcome, since it actually makes porting (wrapper style one at least) a lot easier for developers. Feral and Co. can adapt to this shift in the technology. They can as well compare their wrappers to Wine and dxvk, and if the later are better (and I see no reason why they can't become such), they can just use them, instead of reinventing the wheel. That's the power of FOSS.

There is always value in expertise itself. Studios can of course find experts in house, but some could prefer to hire external contractors to do the work. And why should it make any difference to them whether such contractors (like Feral) use Wine+dxvk or their own closed wrapper? As long as they get a good result - that's exactly what they needed.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire delayed until May
15 March 2018 at 12:17 am UTC Likes: 9

I don't mind the delay. Obsidian are professionals.

Slime Rancher's big Mochi's Megabucks update is out, fixes Linux blackscreen issues
14 March 2018 at 12:44 pm UTC

Thanks for pinging developers about the GOG build.

Slime Rancher is another Unity game to have black screen problems on Linux, here's a temp fix
14 March 2018 at 3:02 am UTC

CheesenessToday's Slime Rancher update resolves this issue.

Is it coming out on GOG too? The last update there was in 29th November 2017.

KING Art may be doing a Kickstarter for RTS 'Iron Harvest', they're asking for feedback
13 March 2018 at 1:20 pm UTC

QuoteWe released most of our games for Linux and Mac. Nevertheless, at this point, we do not want to promise something we might not be able to deliver. On the technology side, Iron Harvest is much more complex than our other games, for example because of the multiplayer features. Therefore, we are going to evaluate Linux/Mac versions as soon as we take a look at the consoles.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition release date announced for March 27th, day-1 Linux support
11 March 2018 at 4:23 am UTC

It's good that they are handling that lack of LFS issue.

Khronos Group has released Vulkan API version 1.1 today, new NVIDIA beta driver & AMD driver available
8 March 2018 at 5:14 pm UTC

TheRiddickPerhaps, but no matter how much you scream murder, DRM is here to stay unfortunately.

Same as other crooked practices in general. It doesn't mean we should give them a free pass. You paying for it, is essentially an endorsement.

Khronos Group has released Vulkan API version 1.1 today, new NVIDIA beta driver & AMD driver available
8 March 2018 at 1:52 pm UTC

TheRiddickSoftware DRM still minimises potential software sale loses

That's the point, it doesn't minimize anything of the sort. It's a hostile feature aimed at those who are paying already, and has zero effect on those who don't.

TheRiddickI know there are some real bad examples of DRM implementation

DRM is bad by definition, not by implementation. There are just levels of bad, from evil to very evil

Khronos Group has released Vulkan API version 1.1 today, new NVIDIA beta driver & AMD driver available
8 March 2018 at 1:56 am UTC Likes: 4

mirvThere may be legitimate security and privacy requirements for some applications.

The difference between DRM and security can be subtle at the first glance, but it's essential. DRM aims to take away control from the user, so in essence it's a user hostile feature. Security aims to protect the user, and should be controlled by the user (completely opposite idea from DRM).

Not sure how it translates here into Vulkan usage, but it would depend on the way it's used. If it will be used to create inaccessible data for users in their own system (HDCP like lunacy) - that would be evil. If user will have control over it - it won't.

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