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Verdun is yet another Unity title with broken fullscreen on Linux, here's a quick fix
11 August 2017 at 9:50 pm UTC Likes: 5

Unity should really get 1 Q&A employee to do at least some rudimentary testing on Linux. Some of the bugs that slip through really make me wonder if they test at all. It seems to me that they use the devs as beta testers.

Steam Direct, the self-publishing system on Steam will cost developers $100, Curators getting an update too
2 June 2017 at 7:51 pm UTC Likes: 2

Nyamiou100$ for you is not much, but for some people, especially in poor countries, is a lot.
If $100 is too much for someone, then I think they should take care of that problem first before trying to get their game onto steam. I personally think $500-$1000 would be a much better as it's more of an investment; one that asset flippers and fake developers are less likely to take.

There are some genre like visual novels, point&click and humoristic games that have low investment and wouldn't take the risk of publishing on Steam if it means an additional $1000 investment.

stanWhat we want is good games, not games made only by rich people.

Well said.
Just wait and see Steam get flooded with crappy games, unless they have some other deterrents planned. They're basically throwing open the floodgates.

Haemimont Games & Paradox announce 'Surviving Mars', a management strategy game
14 May 2017 at 7:34 am UTC

This should be fun if utterly unrealistic. Seems like it will be Tropico on Mars
stanHaemimont Games are the developers of the Tropico series and Victor Vran.
I’m afraid I won’t enjoy it much if it is similar to Paradox games or Tropico 5.

I skipped on Victor Vran because I am not too eager to play games that force me to play a male character, at least not unless premade female characters become just as normal.
Oh common, this isn't the 90s, female characters are quite common in games these days. Maybe it's not a 50/50 split but there are certainly a lot of games out there.

Earthlock: Festival of Magic has a public opt-in Linux test build, no longer requiring an invite
13 October 2016 at 6:33 pm UTC

richipStill not sure how to access the Alpha. Do I need to purchase the game before being able to try? I see the password above. Just don't know where to apply it.
Yes, you have to own the game on Steam

AMD Zen looks like it will release at CES in January 2017
11 October 2016 at 10:20 pm UTC

LukeNukemThe last AMD CPU I had was a Bulldozer hexacore. It wasn't bad, but the power draw was insane! Constant 180w, all the time, I don't think it had power stepping or anything. Pretty stark contrast to the Intel i3 6100 I have now, with 20ish or less watt draw at idle, to 55ish at load. This plus the GTX950 gives me pretty good FPS in games while being low on power use.

If AMD get anywhere close to this, I may consider switching since they are typically more Linux friendly (in some ways).
They're actually aiming to compete with Intel's HEDT platform, so i doubt there will be any 2-core CPUs before the Zen based Raven Ridge APUs. These will be expensive, powerful CPUs similar to Intel's i7 6900K, but possibly with slightly better power consumption if that 95W TDP is accurate(Though using TDP as a measure for power consumption is not ideal tbh). Btw, Buldozer definitely has power stepping. If it was running at full speed all the time, something was up with your system. Bulldozer wiki page PowerNow/Cool N Quiet is the downclocking feature.

Earthlock: Festival of Magic has a public opt-in Linux test build, no longer requiring an invite
11 October 2016 at 7:29 pm UTC

Hmm, they didn't announce this on the Kickstarter updates. Thanks for the heads up.
Well it launches for me on a R9 380 using Mesa-git on Arch 64bit. Haven't really tested it beyond starting a game and walking out of the the first room, so keep that in mind.

In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor is releasing on 5th of July
21 June 2016 at 9:18 pm UTC Likes: 4

The game looks like it could be good for a few minutes of fun, but i can't see this having any lasting appeal.
Also, despite what the Jurassic Park movie would like you to believe Velociraptors were actually about as large as a chicken. The dinosaur depicted in the film is actually a Deinonychus(Which means Terrible Claw in Greek btw). Tbh Velociraptor does sound cooler in English.

AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver for Linux released with Vulkan support for Dota 2
22 May 2016 at 12:59 pm UTC

z3ntuWell I have a HD7970 in my tower at home, so hopefully they will support that card in the future (I mostly use my laptop (Nvidia) right now).
I think it's likely such an old card will need to use the open source driver.
It's GCN 1.0 so it's not yet supported, but should eventually be. The OSS amdgpu support for 1.0 was merged only a few days ago, anyway. Besides the driver is still in beta and they only provide packages for a single Ubuntu release. All that should get fixed in time for the official release. Hopefully sooner than later

Ubuntu 16.04 dropping the AMD Catalyst/fglrx driver
10 March 2016 at 8:45 pm UTC

KimyrielleHandling graphics drivers in Linux is still an absolute pain and is probably THE single biggest obstacle for the average user to get a Linux based system ready for halfway serious gaming. Both AMD but also NVidia have to get their act together eventually and release something that installs with one click, you in Windows. Right now we're a far cry from that. And no, NVidia isn't much better. Optimus. 'nuff said.
You mean one click like this? Driver installation is a big issue on any platform. That's why on Windows there are tools like DDU for example. That said, the situation on Linux could definitely be much better. I expect once AMD releases their userland OpenGL driver it will simplify installation quite a bit. With this announcement from Canonical in mind I'd guess the new driver will be released very soon.

Looks like Evolve might still come to Linux & SteamOS
20 February 2016 at 8:58 pm UTC Likes: 1

TheBossSkins, skins people. It doesn't affect gameplay in ANY way. How can people even remotely get annoyed by that?
It's not just skins. Hunters and monsters are available as DLC, too and they definitely impact the gameplay.

And it's no wonder that people get upset about DLC if you're looking at the prices [30 €/$ for the base game -> 80 €/$ including the important DLCs…]

I was replying directly to Scaines comment on the skins.

As for DLC characters, so what? It's not like they have an advantage, it's all fairly balanced gameplay wise.

Would you rather they split the community with map packs?
How bout they actually release all the content with the base game for their 60€ price? Add some basic mod support and you'll have a much better chance at success. Most successful MP games have followed that path in the past. These guys tried to milk the crap out of the hype they managed to generate and it backfired on them. I'm glad it did. We need less garbage DLC

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