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Chess with lasers, Deflection confirmed for release on September 14
20 August 2021 at 11:40 pm UTC

I enjoyed Khet as a kid so I will pick this one up.

Pokémon for adults? Monster Crown to release in full on October 12
6 August 2021 at 7:57 pm UTC

I guess next time I see someone ask "could there every be a Pokemon game where the main character is older/the story isn't geared for 10-year-olds," I can point them to this game.

Linux Mint 20.2 is out now with upgrades from 20 and 20.1 possible
9 July 2021 at 11:34 pm UTC Likes: 1

I upgraded both of my systems yesterday. No technical difficulties upgrading. Cinnamon 5 doesn't have any obvious visual changes from its predecessor (unlike the Cinnamon 3->4 update), which is fine because the desktop is functional as it is. Of the new features, the enhanced search in Nemo is nice, but I have yet to try any of the others. Overall, this is a good incremental upgrade.

Minesweeper inspired game DemonCrawl gets an auto-sweeping online Arena mode
5 July 2021 at 8:27 pm UTC

QuoteDemonCrawl was already unique with the roguelite dungeon-crawling styled placed on top of the classic Minesweeper
I don't think I'd call it unique, since there have been other games with the same idea, such as the 2009 flash game Pitsweeper.

However, DemonCrawl
1)Is a lot more polished than Pitsweeper
2)Works in 2021 without any compatibility layers needed for Flash
3)Is available natively on Linux.

So it's a lot better IMO.

I'm going to try this new mode even though I usually dislike competitive online multiplayer. Thanks for pointing it out!

HyperRogue turns the non-Euclidean roguelike into a VR experience and it's wild
6 June 2021 at 4:07 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: MayeulCOoh, this reminds me of a math project I quite liked a few years ago!

IIRC, the hyperbolic space has a constant curvature. As a result, you can fit a lot more stuff in it without it colliding (well, depending on the curvature, I think it could be less). Mind-bending!

Parallel lines are defined as lines that do not intersect.

In Euclidian space, given one line, there can be only one parallel line that crosses a given point. Not here.

Will check it out on F-Droid. Great games there, between this, unciv and mindustry :)
Edit: the build seems to be 2 years old?
Minor correction: the reason you can "fit more stuff" in hyperbolic space is because it has negative curvature, not because it has constant curvature. Euclidean space also has constant curvature, it's just a curvature of zero.

Stadia confirms Super Animal Royale and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse plus more coming
17 May 2021 at 4:07 pm UTC Likes: 3

Quoting: MohandevirI just hope Google will up their marketing game when Stadia will be officially launched on AndroidTV... Maybe some special promo, among an official launch event, for the occasion?

It may be related to infra-structure growth limitations, but I'm still wondering why they launched Stadia without AndroidTV support... Imo, it's such a natural match. Unless Google thinks Stadia is still in "open beta"? It seems to be the case, for some developers, at least.
I hope their upped-marketing will include clearly telling people "You don't need a subscription to play on Google Stadia. You can sign up for free and buy games individually, just like other non-subscription stores."

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is free on Stadia Pro, Head of Product at Stadia leaves
5 May 2021 at 10:19 am UTC Likes: 3

Quoting: SpykerThe real problem of Stadia is the business model.
Nobody is willing to pay for a service where you need to buy your games anyway (without even possessing a copy of them).
The Stadia pro offert is not as appealing as the Game pass from Microsoft.
But those aren't really comparable, because Stadia doesn't require a subscription, whereas Xbox Game Pass does. With Xbox Game Pass, you can't use it at all without paying a subscription, and you lose access to everything the moment you cancel your subscription. And, the price is the same whether you play one game on the service or 100. With Stadia, you can sign up for free, pay for just the games you want individually, and keep them indefinitely (or unless and until Stadia goes offline, which I think is the real danger of these game streaming services).

I personally find individual purchases a lot more appealing, just because when I've had subscriptions to other entertainment services in the past (like Netflix), I find myself constantly asking "am I using this enough? Should I spent more of my limited free time using this to justify the subscription price?" I find I have an easier time judging whether I want to make a one-time purchase on a game. So for me, Xbox Cloud gaming's "you must subscribe to enter" requirement makes it look less appealing than other ways to game.

That doesn't mean I'm really excited to spend a lot of money on Stadia games, though. Copying a post I made on another website:

I think the most concerning thing about Stadia is that the world's largest ad company has a marketing problem, in which an awful lot of people think Stadia's business model is a lot worse than it actually is.

Some people prefer buying games individually. Some people prefer subscription-entertainment, where they pay one subscription price with a bunch of stuff included. Stadia recognizes that and gives potential customers a choice: you can either pay a subscription and get some games included (but you lose them if you cancel your subscription), Or you can buy games individually and keep them as long as Stadia exists. Yet somehow, a myth has cropped up that Stadia requires customers to both subscribe and pay for games individually: a substantially worse proposition than what Stadia actually offers. It's completely bogus, yet somehow a lot of people believe Stadia's pricing model is a lot worse than it actually is.

Which means Stadia has an advertising problem. If only there was a multi-trillion dollar ad company that could help them! Oh, wait, there is. Google is the one company that ought to be able to turn around any advertising failure. The fact that Stadia has an advertising problem, IMO, means the higher-ups at Google aren't taking it seriously. And that means I'm hesitant to spend much on games on Stadia, because I am concerned it won't stick around long-term.

GNOME 40 is out now with the redesigned Activities Overview
24 March 2021 at 9:58 pm UTC

I'm not going to use Gnome Shell, but I look forward to seeing gtk4 ports of Gnome apps I do use. And Cinnamon eventually too.

EVE Online getting a full browser-based version with EVE Anywhere, will work on Linux
18 March 2021 at 2:07 am UTC

How is this browser-based client implemented? Is it a WASM or WebGL sort of thing, where the actual graphics rendering is done by your computer, or is it a Stadia-style "streaming" thing where the game runs entirely on their servers and you need to receive video from them every frame?

If it's the former, then I will give it a try when it's out of beta. If it's the latter, then I probably won't play it unless I someday move to a country with better internet.