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Ataribox available for pre-orders this week

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Ataribox is a Linux based box that brings gaming to the living room. So pre-orders are coming, this week.
Since Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers. This is an open invitation to take part in their interactive entertainment.

Since this a return by Atari to create its own hardware. in a broad eco-system of accessories and content. We introduced you to the Ataribox almost three months back, available for pre-order on December 14th, 2017.

Hidden Folks hidden object adventure on Steam

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Since I have yet to dive into any Hidden Folks gaming. I have to mention that I overlooked the hand-drawn, #hiddenobject, interactive, miniature landscapes. So while the release took place back on Steam in February #2017 for Linux, Mac and Windows PC’s #gaming. The games ratings are well within perspective. Since players have to unfurl tent flaps, cut through bushes, slam doors, and poke some crocodiles. Using a strip of targets showing the player what to look for. Which means you can even tap a target for a hint. And find enough to unlock the next gaming area.

Hidden Folks Features:

  • 17+ hand-drawn areas
  • 155+ targets to find
  • 1100+ mouth-originated sound effects
  • 250+ unique interactions
  • 3 color modes: normal, sepia, and night mode
  • 1 Steam Cloud
  • 5 Achievements
  • 8 Steam Trading Cards
  • 22 languages (translated by the community)

So the reason for this news post is to announce the Factory Update. Which is available right now via Steam. Since this update comes with 3 new areas. One small area to get the hang of the new theme, one MASSIVE area – the Factory itself. While one puzzle area finishes the game.

Therefore there are 19,475 sprites, 3400 interactive objects, 921 characters, 540 sounds, and 28 targets. Hence the Factory is by far the most complicated area the dev team have ever made. Since you might have caught the making-of posts of the Factory. Available in the Steam product updates, and takes place over the past few days.

Hidden Folks Factor Update:

  • 8 new languages: Arabic, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Czech, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
  • Many small iterations to targets and clues of previous areas.
  • Improved a lot of the sound mixing throughout the game.
  • Massive performance optimisations!
    … and more! Check out the changelog on the forums.

Since Hidden Folks Get it for Linux, Mac and Windows via Steam. Which is now on sale with a 25% discount until for a few more hours. Which turned out to be an epic release for 2017.

LiquidSky introduces free Ultra Performance PC gaming on Linux

liquidsky introduces free ultra Performance pc gaming on linux

LiquidSky — a first of its kind Gaming-as-a-Service (GaaS) #platform. While unique this solves the biggest hurdles previous #cloudgaming platforms faced in 2013. Such as high latency, high cost, limited scalability and a finite catalogue of supported games.

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Since holding its inaugural CES keynote on January 6th, 2017 in Las Vegas. LiquidSky announced a number of new services, new products and significant enhancements. Since their already industry-leading platform makes it possible to play any PC title. While this can be an indie game to AAA blockbuster — on Android, Mac, Linux and even low-spec Windows devices. LiquidSky will gain significant new functionality and features. Including an all-new free-to-play model. Since this effectively introduces high-end PC gaming at no cost to gamers worldwide beginning March 2017.

Best desktop applications for Linux gaming available today

best desktop applications for Linux gaming available today

So maybe you have a new desktop or #gaming laptop for Christmas? Probably coming with a new installation of Windows, but you want to #install your favourite Linux distro. Hence the new lightning fast hardware is lacking some must-have #applications upon install. So we have included the best desktop applications for linux gaming. Some of these are obvious, things like like Steam and Google Chrome.

Since there are plenty of other everyday programs that deserve to be on your system. We are going to give a brief overview of the programs we suggest as the best desktop applications for linux gaming. Then we will throw in a couple more of our go-to apps.

Here are the best desktop applications for linux gaming

Web browsers

Google Chrome – The obvious choice, but Firefox already comes with most every distro.

Slimjet – Hence, if you are looking for something more secure. Maybe not the ultimate but better security to browse the internet with some very apt features. You can check out for yourself here. And we suggest running the browser in Private Browsing mode.

Vivaldi – Now, if you are someone who likes watching livestreams and gameplay videos. Vivaldi is where it’s at. The hardware acceleration and overall performance is definitely ideal. Which you can download here.

Messaging

Skype – As much as we hate to admit it, Skype improves the user experience. We should probably have it to chat with your parents, significant other or fellow gamers. The Skype of Linux Alpha is still the better choice. Unless you want to go old school, then the old classic version is still there.

Compression

7-Zip – Zip or unzip anything you throw at it. Free and lightweight and it’ll never bug you to pay for it. Just install the “p7zip” or “p7zip-full” in your package manager.

Media

VLC – VLC can play anything and is a reliable all-around media player. We have another media player recommendation below, too.

Spotify – (Optional) If you’re a subscriber, might as well grab the desktop app for Linux (Debian package).

Online storage

Dropbox – You most likely have a Dropbox account for quickly moving files between systems. Grab it here.

Image Editing

GIMP – Since this the runner-up to Photoshop. GIMP is still a great free tool for editing and image modification. Which should already be available in your package manager.

Gaming

Steam – Get your game on. We already know what it is and how it works. So needless to say, this will be one of the first few apps to install on Linux.

Itch – So if you are a deep into the Indie scene or just keen to creative new titles. Then it will be a good ideal to install the Itch.io installer for Linux.

Discord

Discord has become a go-to chat client over this past year, with a very solid Linux test build. Making it easy to join channels with a quick invite link and chat, via desktop application or a web client. Plus it is completely free, hosted on remote servers instead of your own PC. Since it keeps getting better social integrations and other features every month. The Linux Game Consortium channel is another cool place to hang out.

f.lux

So the applet makes your screen look orange and weird. But stick with f.lux for a few days. Then you will wonder how you stare at the eye-searing LCD without it. The application does help prevent headaches and improves your quality of sleep. Which really is true. f.lux automatically color tints your monitor as the sun sets to mimic natural lighting. Hence this kicks in towards the end of the work day. Therefore warming the typical LCD white-blue to be much easier on the eyes.

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Black Mesa a first-look at the Linux port and PC gameplay video

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Black Mesa

INTRO

Half Life is a cornerstone of PC gaming.  When it was released back in 1998 it broke sales records, was critically acclaimed, and revolutionised the FPS action genre.  Half Life 2 continued that legacy and the rest is glorious history.

Fast forward to today and Half Life 2 has aged well enough that you can still play and enjoy it without the graphics being so mind numbingly ancient it makes you want to poke your eyes out. The same can’t be said about Half Life 1 though.

Steam VR Vive showing signs of Linux support

Steam VR Vive showing signs of Linux support at dev days

Looking at that hefty stack of #Steam Controller‘s, it makes a person wonder just how much native support is going to be available at #DevDays?

Apparently further details of Linux and VR support have been cropping up on Twitter. Steam Dev Days has been kind to native support this week. As part of its annual effort to educate developers about PC gaming and Steam VR platforms.

Valve outlined that developers have published more than 10,000 titles on Steam for Windows, PC, Linux, and Mac over the past 10 years. A milestone, seeing only a little over 2,600 of those titles are available on Linux.

Steam VR support was brought to the gaming community just six months ago with the launch of the HTC Vive. And now Valve points out that developers have already published over 600 VR experiences via Steam. This also includes those using OpenVR.

However it seems there have been dev’s keen to make the VR transition to Linux, according to a couple of recent tweets:

It looks like Steam VR is being shown off for Linux via AltspaceVR:

A new Vive Controller is in the mix as well:

Valve’s two-day event features speakers from third parties and Valve, discussing local and long-term expansions for Steam. The new VR peripheral prototypes will available for demonstration and design collaboration for attendees.

Some of the featured content includes “VR content”, “Vulkan graphics”, “steam controler”, “building Unity games for Linux/SteamOS” and “the future of VR and PC games”.

The adoption of SteamVR Tracking does continue, there are over 300 licensees planning to incorporate the technology for entertainment VR, automotive, televisions, and toys. Many of these products will ship in 2017.

To learn more about what is happening in Steam Dev Days, check out the official website. Details right now seem viable, but we will keep on top of the Dev Days progress as more content is revealed.

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Brushwood Buddies: a puzzle game about crafting coming to Linux, Mac and Windows PC

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Brushwood Buddies an unusual puzzle #game about combining items and exploring #crafting #recipes in a lovely atmosphere and with the help of a bunch of adorable creatures. Journey through forests, grasslands and villages and craft, hunt, brew and trade your way through the Brushwood Lands in both the campaign and in additional challenge modes. The game comes with modding capabilities, which enable the creation of puzzles by the community with self-made items, recipes and visuals.

Features

  • Relaxing yet challenging crafting puzzles in campaign mode with gameplay variations added along the way
  • Challenge modes for experienced players with leaderboards and medals
  • Modding for the creation of own puzzles with items and recipes, shareable with other players
  • Unusual visual design and lovely atmosphere

Brushwood Buddies was developed by Steven Colling, a solo game developer from Germany. Expecting to make a small game to get additional funding would be fair, rather than selling hopes and wishes via Early Access, Pre-Ordering or Kickstarter, voila Brushwood Buddies.

Basics:

  • Platforms: Linux and Windows (DRM-free)
  • Release Date: February 17th, 2016… 18th in Europe
  • Stores: Steam, itch.io and IndieGameStand
  • Price: $2.99/2.99€/£1.99

Brushwood Buddies is based on an entry for the game jam Ludum Dare and was developed during November 2015 in the hopes of raising additional funding. The game’s development and publishing was a (crazy and exhausting) solo journey for Steven Colling over the last months. Developed in the hopes to gain fruther funding for Orcish Inn, the orc tavern simulation game, which is currently in a free pre-alpha with more than 30,000 downloads for Windows PC.

System Requirements

  • OS: tested with Ubuntu 12.10 32-bit, SteamOS/Debian 64-bit and Arch) glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit
  • Processor: Dual Core CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support
  • Storage: 200 MB available space

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AMD Embraces Open Source with GPUOpen initiative

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AMD has #announced their GPUOpen initiative #today. Moving further towards open-source in both #gaming and with computing. An expansion of their industry focus with all the tools necessary to successfully support individual needs, excluding the need for a static black-box solution that could end up inefficient.

GPUOpen, explicitly involves gaming and is a complete, easily accessible repository for all the effects, their SDK’s, associated libraries and other tools. The entire source code is accessible and able to be modified, called the GPUOpen Portal.

AMD is using MIT’s open source license where everything can be used without restriction. Meaning that assets can be improved upon and sold for profit, should you so choose to do so. A rather open and bold move on AMD’s part.

Linux support from AMD has certainly not been the most successful, with drivers in rather poor shape. Even Steam Machines show that their drivers are not on par with their Windows counterparts, with lower performance. As Linux increases the adoption rate among the curious and those that need such a platform for their business ventures.
GPUOpen introduces a change in attitude and direction with Linux driver development. Currently there is an open-source Radeon Driver and a closed-source Catalyst driver, with the Catalyst based driver having the best overall performance for any application to make use of the architecture, over and above than displaying the desktop. Both options were actually quite bad for gaming performance and even trying to get some HPC applications to run requires an exercise in patience. Quite honestly, this should not be.

Read the full GPUOpen coverage at wccftech.

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The Kindred procedural voxel city builder survival coming to Linux, Mac and Windows PC

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The Kindred is a city #builder survival game set in a #procedural #voxel world. Start with only the bare essentials and a group of people known as the Kin. Explore and discover resources, plants and animals to start your village. Survive through the harsh winters, diseases, sweltering heat, starvation and other challenges.

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  • Construct your world block by block in any way you like. Start with a small village and then expand to create housing, skyscrapers, farms and transport networks to the meet the needs of your people.
  • Research and unlock technologies as you explore. Discover and harvest resources to study and learn ways to enhance your town as you design, craft and build a new way of life for your people.
  • Power your cities with wind turbines, coal power plants and other ways both green and dangerous. Design efficient electrical infrastructure to keep your grid online.
  • Use Trucks, Trains and other vehicles to move resources and people over large distances. Design transport networks to automate supply chain.
  • Reproduction. What world would be complete without a way to populate it…

Nkidu have been developing The Kindred since January 2012, not the team have switched to Unity, so the title will be available for Linux, while theam is currently hard on the Alpha. Plus the development team are avid supporters of our beloved open-source operating system:

That is correct, we are developing the game in Unity. Unity makes multi-platform support trivial and we are definitely releasing both a Linux and Mac version in addition to Windows. We love Linux, and run Centos and Debian servers in our office. We also have Arch and Ubuntu machines for game testing.

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Steam for Linux games now top over 1600 titles released

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November 10th is just around the corner and the Steam Machines will #officially be released, powered by Valve’s Debian-based SteamOS. Having been just over three years since Valve made a significant #investment into #opensource, both in graphics and other aspects of Linux, Valve developers are significantly pushing SDL2. Plus a great deal more interest has been generated in mainstream Linux gaming, tons of games are available now, along with development in the creation of the Vulkan graphics API.
Clearing a path for game engines such as Unity, having played a big hand into the development side of native gaming, with Unreal Engine 4 coming up slowly and CryEngine now just starting enter the market.

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This week marks another milestone in Linux gaming, with the game count crossing that 1,600 threshold. The Steam Store now offers 1,606 Linux-native titles. A solid figure for such a short period of time. And there are a ton of new titles still in development.

What has been your favourite moment or game release over the past three years with Steam on Linux?

The release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Terraria, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and the recent Insurgency were a big deal for Linux Game News.

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GRIP hardcore combat racer now on Kickstarter for Linux, Mac and Windows PC

Caged Element has launched it Kickstarter for GRIP for Linux, Mac and Windows PC, which is billed as a #spiritualsuccessor to the beloved PS1 #Rollcage series. The Kickstarter campaign has a goal of $657,000 CAD (~$500,000 USD). If the goal is met, which it looks like it will be, GRIP will release in late 2016 or early 2017.

This will be a new IP for a new generation with a fast-paced hardcore combat racer, bristling with heavy weapons and packing ferocious speed, making the game really intense. While harnessing the awesome potential of Epic’s Unreal Engine 4, GRIP will take you back to your nostalgic past, while simultaneously propelling you into the future.

During races you will pick up various weapons, including missiles, machine guns, lasers, mines, and more, as well as various armor/gear that has both offensive and defensive benefits. While vehicles will be completely customizable, from the body armor to the paint job.

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GRIP will also feature music from the following artists: Technical Itch, Sol Invicto, Dom & Roland, Skynet, Xtigma, Rex Mundai, No Cure For Life, Orge Sound, and Kevin Greenlee.

There are currently about 280 spots left the GRIP early bird tier, which goes for $21 CAD (~$16 USD). The regular tier goes for $26 CAD (~$20 USD) which includes a digital copy of GRIP for PC or PS4 and a digital art book. So make sure to pledge as soon as you can to get in on the action.

For more details, check out the GRIP official website and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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Iconoclasts action-adventure platformer now on Greenlight for Linux, Mac and Windows PC

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Iconoclasts is an actionadventure #platformer that has been around since early 2013, after #developer Joakim “Konjak” Sandberg #released a new build for the year’s Independent Games Festival, but with no launch date. As time has gone on, 2016 is looking to be the window of opportunity. Now Iconoclasts has gone up on Steam Greenlight with a release date listed.

There is a new “character trailer” below, which does not explain the full game, but looks really impressive.

“Robin is a mechanic, just like her father.
She likes nothing more than to help people keep their machines in order. There’s just one minor problem: She’s unauthorized.
That makes her an abomination in the eyes of One Concern, the militaristic governing religion attempting to maintain power over Robin’s home world.
After instigating a series of unfortunate events in her home town, Robin must venture into a beautiful, hostile and frequently odd world.”

Features

  • Gorgeous action-adventure platformer with exhilarating boss battles and a touch of Metroidvania
  • A vast, intricately realized world bursting with secrets, densely packed with ideas
  • Studiously paced and balanced action, exploration and puzzles
  • Engrossing story about faith, individuality, choices and their consequences
  • Game, art, music and story by Joakim “Konjak” Sandberg, lovingly ported for crossplatform by Bifrost Entertainment

A playable alpha version of Iconoclasts is available for Windows PC from 2012, while this should not be representative of the final product, it is definitely a free playable build.

For more information on Iconoclasts, check out the official website and follow the project on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. And do vote for the project on Greenlight.

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2D sandbox survival adventure Terraria now in Open Beta for Linux and Mac

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Terraria the 2D #action, survival and #crafting #game lets players build, explore, and fight in a huge world is now in Open Beta. And the response from the community has been impressive so far, given this is one of the most played games on Steam. Despite being originally released  in 2011.

“In the World of Terraria, the choice is yours!
Blending elements of classic action games with the freedom of sandbox-style creativity, Terraria is a unique gaming experience where both the journey and the destination are completely in the player’s control. The Terraria adventure is truly as unique as the players themselves! ”

Features:

  • Sandbox Play
  • Randomly generated worlds
  • Free Content Updates

How to active the Terraria Open Beta

To get into the Open Beta, simply right-click on Terraria in your library, select Properties, then click the Betas tab, selecting the “mac-and_linux-open-beta” in the drop-down, with a  249 MB download.

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The details of the upcoming Linux and Mac available were issued by the developers on Twitter. And the Open Beta is available now.

System Requirements

  • Processor: 1.6 Ghz
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 200MB
  • Video Card: 128mb Video Memory

If you do not own Terraria, the title is available for under $10 on Steam. And follow Terraria on Twitter and Facebook for further updates.

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Project Ascension launcher arises out of Paid Mod controversy on Steam

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A few gaming fans have taken to Reddit, both developers and PC gamers launched Project Ascension, a new #opensource #gaming #client. The concept behind the launcher is for games bought and downloaded anywhere, Steam, Origin, even games downloaded direct from indie developer websites or DVD’s.

We all know Steam is a popular online gaming platform enabling its users to install and update their games across multiple computers. Not to mention a friends list, social networking, in-game chat/voice, the ability to modify items or features in a game (known as “mods”) and share them. And Steam has 125 million active users and over 4,500 games available for purchase, with over 1000 of those games for Linux. A service that completely altered the state of PC gaming, using your account to register retail or digital purchases, allowing users to download and re-download those paid purchases as they choose. Holds a staggering 75% of all the games being bought and downloaded online. That’s huge.

On the downside, Steam has digital rights management (DRM), where the software is set to protect against game piracy by allowing users to only install games through the client. Handy for AAA and indie developers to sell their works through Steam or even it’s rival Origin, keeping content protected.

Now the decisicion to create an open source game launcher rose out of the recent controversy of Steam’s paid mod initiative. Where Valve announced it would allow paid mods priced by their creators, so users could download a specific items or features for a game by having to pay roughly $0.30 to $7 (and upwards for others).
Meaning those users who downloaded mods could end up paying out quite a lot of money. So the community took to complaining on Reddit, with some concerns about mod integrity and being subject to licenseing and/or DRM restrictions. Then Valve removed the paid mod market on April 27.

Reddit user ComradePutinCCCP1917 decided to do something about it, announcing his open source game launcher that works on every PC operating system, “As a C++ / C# developer, an idea came to my mind: What if we create our own platform?”

This new plan allows users to buy games from their online stores, activate the games, then use the Project Ascension game launcher to play them. This would allow mod makers to develop content for any game and use a client that’s free to download launch their favourite titles.

ComradePutinCCCP1917 posted: “I know there are a lot of other platforms, launchers, and widgets to “sort out” our games in libraries, but Steam was the s**t.

Within the last 48 hours alone, Project Ascension sub-Reddit was created, developers are discussing code, and graphic designers are working on user interface designs.  The sub-Reddit is certainly getting attention, but gamers are used to buying games through Steam or Origin. Having a comprehensive backup system for all platforms would be a solid asset.

So there are many sides to the various aspects of using an open source client. However as Linux gamers, we are used to the many facets of open source and the code being under scrutiny. Protecting against root kits and other malicious content getting into the code base. Now with Project Ascension coming into view, thoughts are varied. Seeing a whole new perspective for singleplayer games with mods, but deterring gaming for multiplayer games which can prove destructive.

What are your thoughts about Project Ascension? Do you feel this will be an asset or the demise for gaming, and why?

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