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More Speculations and Allegations of Valves Half-Life 3

More Speculations and Allegations of Valves Half-Life3

It is almost 10 years since  Half-Life 2 got released and Half Life 3 is yet to be #announced. Fans are growing tired of the wait and many wondered on the game’s #development progress. Despite Valve’s silence on the 3rd instalment title, many leaks have surfaced over the years leading the fans to believe that a #release is imminent.

According to Redditor Slenderauss, Valve is probably constructing the game levels which include adding enemies and scripted sequences. Adding to that, Valve probably discarded the idea for an Episode 3 and did a complete re-writing for Half Life 3.

Another Redditor known as CunningMunki believed that Valve already locked the story for Half Life 3 as well as the key concepts and in-game elements. Like many other Redditors, CunningMunki felt that the long delay was well due to Source 2 development. There is also that high gaming standards set by Valve in creating what probably will be the best PC game ever which caused the delay.

At the moment, nobody other than the game developer knows the development progress. Valve could be quiet on the matter due to the mistakes they’ve made with Half Life 2. The company announced an unachievable release date, released a demo too early and got its source code stolen.

As for when we can expect the game to arrive, 2014 looks like the perfect year for Half Life 3. With a new Source engine, a launching will be perfect with a world class title like Half Life 3.

Reblogged from: sidhtech.com

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Linux' 22th Birthday Is Subtly Commemorated

Linux has certainly accomplished a lot for a 22-year-old. It was 22 years ago this past Sunday that Linus Torvalds announced in a posting to a newsgroup that he was in the process of creating a free operating system. “Just a hobby,” he wrote. He added that it “won’t be big and professional like” the GNU version of Unix.

On the August 25 anniversary this past weekend, Torvalds similarly announced on Google+ a new kernel release for his now extremely popular OS. In a deliberate echo of his historical posting 22 years ago, he professed it was “just a hobby, even if it’s big and professional,” and added that it has been brewing since 1991 and “is still not ready.”

Two Other ‘Birthdays’

Originally developed for Intel x86-based PCs, Torvalds’ “hobby” has now been released for more hardware platforms than any other OS in history. It is dominant on servers, and more than 90 percent of the 500 fastest supercomputers are Linux-based. The Linux kernel is also the basis for operating systems used in phones, tablets, televisions and video game consoles, such as the most popular operating system for smartphones, Google’s Android. Linux distributions also include the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Although August 25 has been highlighted because Torvalds modestly posted the first announcement about what would become one of the most popular pieces of open source software in history, two other “birthdays” are also cited.

On July 3, 1991, Torvalds first posted a newsgroup query for help in finding “a (preferably) machine-readable format of the latest posix rules” to help him with “a project I’m working on”– that project being, of course, Linux. Some Linux-historians consider this a sorta-birthday notice, while others point out that the creator doesn’t actually mention the project he’s working on. Posix, or Portable Operating System Interface, defines the API, command line shells and other interfaces for Unix and other OSs.

Ringing the Bell

August 25 was his first actual posting about what the project was, and, on October 5, 1991, he rang the bell for volunteers for his open source OS.

“Do you pine for the nice days of minix-1.1,” he wrote, “when men were men and wrote their own device drivers?” Without mentioning the golden days of female programmers, he added that, “as I mentioned a month (?) ago, I’m working on a free version of a minix-lookalike for AT-386 computers.” At this point, Linux was at version 0.02, with a “very small” patch available, and he was looking for people to jump in, use and modify his OS. Minix, or “minimal-Unix,” is a Unix-like OS based on a microkernel developed as a teaching tool, and is credited with having inspired the Linux kernel.

Some newborns are awarded with names that they must live down, and Linux could have been one of those if Torvalds’ original moniker had been adopted. The Linux name was created by one Ari Lemke, who obviously based it on the creator’s first name, and was initially used for the subdirectory on nic.funet.fi, at the Finnish University and Research Network, where the source code was made available.

If not for such an act, today we would be referring to the most popular open source OS ever, Freax – “free” plus “freak” plus X as a tribute to its Unix-likeness.

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Valve’s Source SDK 2013 now supports Linux, OS X and Oculus Rift

Valve is keeping its promise of opening up to gamers on Linux. The company recently released the latest of its Source software development kit, Source SDK 2013, which now supports Linux in addition to Windows and Mac OS X. Besides this, Valve has also added support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in this edition of the SDK. Get the SDK here.

The Source SDK can be used to develop new game mods. The support for Linux means game mods can now build and run clients on Linux computers. Before this version, game mods were only supported on Windows despite games being available across platforms. Dedicated servers are now supported on Linux too.

Looks like good days are coming for gamers using Linux

Valve has made a lot of changes in the new SDK, the biggest being the entire source code is now hosted on Github. The company has also changed the license that makes it easier for developers to share their mods and changes to the SDK.

Apart from that, modding tools such as Hammer—used for modelling and level design—will now ship with their respective games, not with the Source SDK. The launcher is also being phased out, and Valve says it will “disappear from your Tools list”. Instead, you will have to navigate to where the tools are stored as batch files and launch them. The SDK launcher is no longer used for this purpose.

Steam’s new delivery service, Steam Pipe, is now supported by the sample mods, and existing mods’ gameinfo.txt can be changed to match the new format to support Steam Pipe support.

As for the Oculus Rift support, you will have to run compatible mods with “-vr” on the command line to enable head tracking and run the mod in stereo on the virtual reality headset. Valve added Oculus Rift support to Team Fortress and Half Life 2 earlier this year.

Reblogged from: tech2.in.com

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Released: Half-Life 2 Beta Debuts on Steam for Linux


Valve has been pushing Linux further by bringing more of their native titles to the platform. The latest and probably one the more anticipated titles has finally made its Linux debut to a long-awaited fan base.

Available now on Steam are both the games and expansion packs for Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and Half-Life 2: Lost Coast. All of these games are coming to you through the Steam Beta Pipe, prior to their full release.

Last week the first Portal games also became playable, but gamers have been reporting varying degrees of success playing it. A lot depends on the hardware inside your PC (Intel GPUs cause problems), with screen tearing being one of the more common issues.

Personally, I have been waiting for Half-Life 2 to make it’s ways to Linux since the early Steam Beta. So launching my Steam for Linux client had me smiling from ear to ear with the new additions.

Amd, not to be entirely overzealous here, but I am also looking forward to Counter-Stike: Global Offensive making its Linux debut. We know it is on the way.

Half-Life 2 is available through Steam, either stand alone for $9.99 (USD) or the Orange Box for $19.99 (USD).

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Free and Open Source Game ‘Red Rogue’ Released for Linux


Red Rogue is a free and open source roguelike game in which you have to descend into the Dungeon of Chaos, retrieve the Amulet of Yendor, kill all who stand in your way and return with your prize.

Check out a gameplay video:

The game is written in Flex and compiled with FlashDevelop. A standalone Linux version (runs in Flash player) can be downloaded from here (you may need to make it executable first).

Reblogged from: ubuntuvibes.com

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