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Valve may be adding support for using compatibility tools for playing games on different operating systems
15 August 2018 at 8:29 am UTC Likes: 6

Heresy, I tell you.

QuoteIf few people buy the game, it's expensive - they will not port it.
If many people buy the game, it's profitable - they will port it.

If many people buy the game, they already got your money. No further action required. The only good thing that can come from this is more people switching to Linux, but even then if they are perfectly happy with the compatibility layer (they won't be) it does not encourage any further porting efforts.

EXAPUNKS from Zachtronics is now out in Early Access
10 August 2018 at 11:59 am UTC Likes: 1

GoboIt's got cut scenes and no harsh restrictions on lines of code per module, while the language is a bit more complex than TIS-100. So it's somewhere in between Opus Magnum, TIS-100 and Shenzen I/O.

Also: it is amazing how fast Zachtronics is shaping the programming puzzles into new interesting forms. They carved their niche and rule supreme.

Assuming that I have no programming skills. Do you think TIS-100 or Shenzen I/O or Exapunks is hard to play?
The concepts are fairly easy to learn and at least with TIS-100 the architecture of the machine is so foreign, I think you will not have a massive skill gap between someone who knows programming and someone coming in with no prior experience.

Overall from what I've seen (I've only played TIS-100, no hands-on experience with Shenzen or Exapunks) I think if you just read the manual, and read it well, you should be good to go. Rest is mostly about putting your brain to work and looking up some references from said manuals.

The rather engrossing roguelike 'Caves of Qud' is now on GOG & itch
11 July 2018 at 8:08 am UTC Likes: 2

Quotebrutally difficult and deaths are permanent

That doesn't sound like fun. Where's the joy in playing a massively huge randomly generated world full of fascinating stuff if you die within 5 minutes (by worm)?

The fun is in those moments when you are desperately struggling to save yourself from a tricky situation. And although there is a lot of dying at the very start of the game, over time you do become more skilled and consistently start getting further and further. I've played the game for 23 hours and I don't recall a single death being that unfair and my deaths have largely been because I've misjudged an enemy or forgotten to use an item that could have saved me.

GamingOnLinux is officially 9 years old this week
2 July 2018 at 10:23 am UTC Likes: 3

ageresThe very first news is dated April, 1 2010 ( GOL was empty for 9 months?
GOL ran on a different domain initially and I think was built on some kind of forum software. Presumably the articles written during that time did not survive the move to the new version of GOL which Liam wrote himself.

Shockolate is a new cross-platform source port of System Shock 1
13 June 2018 at 9:28 am UTC Likes: 6

I built it quickly and got it to work. Keep in mind that the game wants the System Shock Enhanced Edition files to function. I loaded it up with Classic edition files and that just yielded some segfaults. So, to play you need to download the Enhanced Edition, innoextract the Windows installer and copy the app/res folder to where-ever you built Shockolate. Still seems a bit crashy and on Arch at least there isn't any sound (didn't build my own SDL2 stuff) but it renders pretty smoothly at least.

You can now pre-order the Linux-powered Atari VCS games console, a lot more details revealed
30 May 2018 at 6:42 pm UTC

sarmadAnyone knows how powerful is this R7 GPU? I wish they revealed more details.
Those Bristol Ridge R7s are about as fast or a bit faster than an Intel HD Graphics 620. Basically, it'll play 2D titles without issues and run some older 3D titles acceptably. You don't want to run any modern AAA Linux ports on them though.

Valve seem to be tightening their rules on games with sexual content
19 May 2018 at 9:01 am UTC Likes: 2

XpanderI don't really get it. its all wrong way imo. Violence seems to be fine, blood, gore, killing.
then some nudity is so bad. If i had children, i think violence would be much much worse than some soft nudity.

but meh we are living in a weird world i guess.
Sex has been involved in all deaths that have happened. Violence has only been involved in some deaths that have happened. Therefore sex is more dangerous than violence and should thus be kept out of sight and out of mind as much as possible.

(The joke is that sex is required for people to exist and therefore for there to be death there has to have been sex.)

The Witcher 3 didn't come to Linux likely as a result of the user-backlash from The Witcher 2
1 May 2018 at 10:15 am UTC Likes: 1

kneekooOn the other hand, the loud "truckers" don't represent everyone, so there's no valid reason for a game developer/publisher to make the entire community suffer. It's definitely not fair towards the whole lot of good people who are civilized and grateful for whatever lands in the GNU/Linux world. That's why deciding to withdraw from making a Linux build based on negative feedback is not professional, because it's a shortsighted decision

It's called "Signal to noise ratio". There was far more hatred than praise, even after we fixed all the problems. Even 3 years on I saw people blasting the port saying how poor it was, even though the problems they were quoting had long been fixed.

Ultimately the damage is now done. It is very unlikely CDPR will change their minds at this point.
It also really helped that you have been instigating that negativity ever since the launch of TW2. At times you have practically been begging on IRC for someone to fall for a flamebait so that you can keep assuring yourself that you are truly the victim in this. Your initial TW2 port was bad and instead of working towards fixing your tarnished reputation you have been pointing again and again back to the bad port you released and how the community wronged you so. You have since made ports that people considered of good quality but instead of turning the focus towards those good ports and getting on with it you must always fall back to TW2. To put it bluntly, move the fuck on.

Mr. Friendly is a new nonviolent Doom mod where you help the monsters recover
24 April 2018 at 12:47 pm UTC Likes: 4

So, now you *CAN* befriend the demons.

Hollow Knight: Lifeblood is out as another free update and it's looking good
20 April 2018 at 12:49 pm UTC Likes: 1

EhvisSamsai, you will play this on stream tonight, right?
I don't even own a copy of Hollow Knight anymore. I completely wiped it off my Steam library.

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