LinuxGameCast Weekly EP78 — A Linux Crysis

Coming up on Linux GameCast Weekly: A serious Linux Crysis! Valve makes with the source, something about archery, and alpha all the things! Then we throw the chairs at Little Racers STREET. All this, plus your hate mail.


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Colour key – Venn Jordan Pedro 

Steam News :

Steam Dev days are now on Youtube

  • Background noise for most of my workweek

  • Icculus’ talks were very good primers for devs who want to start making or porting games for linux

    • Now all we need is a talk on how to FINISH porting/developing a game.


    • Real shame they don’t use it for testing their own fucking drivers!

    • Oh would you look at that, they’re using a 5800 series calculator card to run the testing.<sarcasm>I wonder why they’re not using their flagship R9 cards?</sarcasm>

    • I’d also love to see them try that on an Ogre 3D based benchmark with fglrx.


Valve released source code for Steamworks VR API

  • It fills me with quite a bit of happy to see valve honouring their commitment to open source

    • Yip!

  • As for the code itself, I’m curious what will come of it, although I’m guessing it won’t be much.


Crytek SDK

  • If this is not a mistake listing it all but confirms Cry on Linux.

    • Eventually


Probably Archery

  • QWOP(ably) Archery

  • Greenlight ladies and gents



  • Early access AND hipster pixel graphics.

  • is there really a need for another King Arthur’s Gold?

  • Crafty-platformy-roguelike?   Could go either way, but I want a full version.


Grimind now available on Steam

  • Limbo without all the lovely child murdering simulation

  • Really needs controller support

    • ^

    • Yip


Godot Engine is open source

  • Well, at long last we are no longer Waiting for Godot *rimshot*

  • This is a neat little engine

  • 64-bit builds but hey, source.


Upvoid Alpha registration

  • Sooo Minecraft /w a high res texture pack?

    • pretty much


Monster Madness Alpha Registration

  • Unreal Engine 3 MMO

  • Comes packed as a deb, requires some libraries juju for the launcher to even start.

  • Doesn’t work with the open sauce drivers, or the 304 Nvidia Linux drivers.

    • Meaning I have fuck all idea of how it actually performs.

  • Runs without issue but it’s a bit meh.

  • It reeks of freemium. Granted, it’s not …yet


Unity all the things

  • Didn’t know the Source port was so busted.

  • What I’m reading is “we didn’t use SDL and had our wallets raped by middleware licensing fees”.

  • Though I’m curious to see how Unity, in its unoptimized mess, will affect the game’s performance.


– Nooope
– Not sure if want
– Check it out
– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Little Racers STREET


Devel: Milkstone Studios

Engine: Quasar (XNA/Monogame)

Price: $7.99/€5.99

Wazzat: “Little Racers STREET fuses the fun-oriented simplicity of top-down racing games with the excitement of street racing, and the results couldn’t be better! Experience thrilling high speed races, and drift like never before along more than 200 different events.”

Makes with the working


  • QA! Do you do it!??



  • Works currently, but dinging it a chair for the people who bought the game before the review


  • Out of the box on the calculator

  • Also out of the box on my old desktop PC with Xubuntu 12.04


Shiny / Sounds


  • There is nothing visually impressive about this game.

  • Looks like a stretched out mess @ 1080p


  • This game is visually and aurally unremarkable


  • Micromachines 2014

  • Considering the last Micromachines game I played was on my Gameboy Color, this looks amazing!

  • Bonus points for having a lot of different camera angles!




  • The one thing that worked without issue…

  • I’m just fucking /w ya!

  • The always on handbrake bug is not completely squished.

  • Granted, it’s better than last week.



  • Ps2 DualShock worked out of the box

  • Didn’t see a reason to use anything else




  • Guys, this is why you should ship a working product

  • By the time it was in a semi-working state I was tired of futzing /w it.


  • Racing games aren’t usually my thing

  • However, beating Venn in multiplayer while he glitched out makes me happy, so 1.5 chairs

  • Love bus


  • Could use a bit more variety in terms of race modes.

  • Made me throw my controller in frustration three times in the first two hours.

    • But, in the words of Yahtzee Croshaw, “angry gets shit done!”


Final –

Hate Mail:


  • Devs keep repeating this “Its easier to pirate on linux” bullshit, and its completely unfounded.    Please tell me how it is easier on linux than on windows?

  • Also, its called QA, although given the quality of the latest batch of linux game releases on steam it might be a foreign concept to some of you developers

  • <- Watch it kiddies.   its good for you

  • “I’m a competent developer,…” No you’re clearly not.

  • Ubuntu is a stable OS, as long as you don’t fiddle with it too much. So if you think you need to fiddle with Ubuntu to make it stable, you’re doing something wrong.

  • Oh piracy is easier? Download an old Linux game from the pirate bay, like say Neverwinter Nights and try to play it. My money says it won’t work out of the box.

  • Piracy is not a matter of stealing, it’s a matter of quality (whether or not people can play the game). If a game is riddled with draconian DRM or was compiled with turbo out-of-date libs people are going to go find an alternative that just works.

  • In comes Steam, whose games (most of them) work out of the box.

  • In comes, which ensures most WINE games will work out of the box.

  • When it comes to Linux, legit digital distribution platforms provide a better experience than piracy ever did.


Crystal Catacombs

  • From the creators of the terribad Ravensword: Shadowlands, comes Venn’s new favorite game. Riddled with his favorite hipster pixel graphics and 2D platforming, metroidvania business.

  • Ha ha yeah, no.

  • Xbox controller doesn’t work.   MAKE WITH THE FIXING

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