LinuxGameCast Weekly EP107 – Erect Nickles

Steam reintroduces transwarp streaming! Pitchford eats bag of penguins, AMD releases a driver that supports a single graphics card, and Linus knows how to save the Linux Desktop. Then The Bridge faces our Chairquisition! All this, plus your hate mail.

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Color key:  Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam News :

VALVE will save the Desktop 10:49

http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2014/debconf14/webm/QA_with_Linus_Torvalds.webm

  • Interesting point.

  • Been screaming this for billions of years ago in the futures past

  • Games drive adoption right? But will a bunch of screeching nancies actually help developm-… Canonical is still a thing, isn’t it?! Nevermind.

 

In-Home Streaming Update – September 3

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/homestream#announcements

  • Halle-freakin’-lujah!

  • Works here but not picking up the controllers

  • Sums it up.   Controls are reasonably responsive, but choppy Distance is choppy

  • Now, let me stream from mah tablet!

  • Streaming from my old desktop PC (Korora 20) to the Calculator (Xubuntu 14.04) I get sound coming through the stream.

    • Not so if I try the other way around!

  • Distance streamed from the Calculator to the desktop PC at 720p is almost playable.

 

ʎɹolƃ pəɹosuəɔun ‘llnɟ sʇı uı ɐılɐɹʇsnɐ uı lɐƃəl ʍou sı 2 pɐəp 4 ʇɟəl

http://www.pcgamer.com/au/2014/09/02/left-4-dead-2-is-now-legal-in-australia-in-its-full-uncensored-glory/

  • At least it hopefully sets a precedent for the future.

  • In other news, Germany reportedly getting Quake 2 next year.

 

Now with twice as much contempt
http://rootgamer.com/11550/game/borderlands-2/borderlands-2-linux

 

Robocraft

http://store.steampowered.com/app/301520

  • Free to win? That’s a new one.

  • So it’s an MMO version of that lego racer-shooter game we covered a while back

    • ^ My first reaction as well!

      • Scraps

 

McDROID+

http://store.steampowered.com/app/252970/

  • Full controller support? My ARSE!

  • Al least it’s listed in the requirements.

  • Texture flickering and a big ass cursor with improper alpha-blending on AMD chips.

 

Brrr

http://www.icewinddale.com/

  • I liked OG icewind dale, and I’m excited to see this announcement, but we’re still waiting on the linux ports for BGEE.   I wouldn’t hold my breath just yet

  • GemRB is a thing that lets you play icewind dale on just about anything.   Just FYI

 

Date Warp

http://store.steampowered.com/app/301380/

  • Oh “WARP” misread that.

  • Really, if you like playing these games send us some hate mail. I’m genuinely curious what the appeal is to playing softcore pr0n novels disguised as games.

  • Poorly drawn softcore porn novels at that.   Geez


News:

 AMD Catalyst™

http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/R9-285-Catalyst-Software.aspx

  • A whole new bag of nope headed straight for Nopesville!

  • You need to back-up an fglrx compliant xorg.conf before installing these drivers.

    • Or at least copy the control file from a previous version (fglrx*/common/etc/ati/control) onto the new version’s install folder.

    • Otherwise it’ll just spit out an error about unsupported hardware.

  • Doesn’t work with xorg 1.16

  • Congratulations AMD, you’ve cocked up yet another driver release.

  • In the meantime, I have Mesa 10.4 running with the Dx9 patches.

  • Also, according to Phoronix, it works out of the box with all AMD products.

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Unreal Engine 4 is now free to use for colleges and universities

https://www.unrealengine.com/education

  • Alright, I completely absolve them for Unreal 3.

  • Yeah, this is pretty awesome.   Using one of the premier next gen engines to teach up and coming game devs about cross platform development and the importance thereof

  • Can we finally bury Unity? Please!?

 

Y U Game?

https://twitter.com/feralgames/status/507176386658721794

  • After 17 years I can’t give it up.

  • Because it beats the ever loving fuck out of booting into windows

  • Knowing what your PC is doing at all times, not having it randomly spawn an svchost.exe that drains 100% of one of your threads, not having to constantly fight against whatever sad attempt at an OS lockdown Microsoft or Apple think of?

  • And mostly because if I do dick around with the OS and it breaks, I know for a fact it’s my fault and can thus fix it. Try doing that in OSX or Windows!

 

The Uglier Stick

http://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/

  • Holy-ass banjos!   These guys really need to pick a colour scheme that doesn’t make me want to gouge my eyes out with a broken Windows CD

  • That’s why we use our super secret mobile app.

  • It looks … cheap? Lazy? What’s the word I’m looking for here?

 

Dolphin Progress Report: August 2014

https://dolphin-emu.org/blog/2014/08/31/dolphin-progress-report-august-2014/

  • 26% cpu emulation performance increase?

  • Apparently they did a lot of work on the JIT compiler to get that increase

  • s5I3oNL.jpg

    • Snorky…talk…man…

  • Can I play Monster Hunter Online with it now? No? Well that’s no fun.

 

Godwin

http://ankaar.com/games/

  • Wouldn’t hurt a fly

  • 6a00d83451b71f69e20120a52fdf41970c-250wi.png

  • Hitler gets shipped to L.A. instead of Brazil.

  • It looks too stupid not to be fun. Haven’t bought it yet because I will probably play the entire thing in one sitting.

  • Also, 1.99

    • 1.99 and you get to play as Hitler? Sounds like a bargain to me!


Scale:
– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: The Bridge

Webzone: http://thebridgeisblackandwhite.com/

Devel: Ty Taylor and Mario Castañeda

Engine: Unity

Price: $/€ 9.99

Wazzat: “The Bridge is a 2D logic puzzle game that forces you to reevaluate your preconceptions of physics and perspective. It is Isaac Newton meets M. C. Escher. Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor while venturing through impossible architectures.”


Makes with the working

V-

  • It lost my progress but that seems fixed in the update.

J-

P-


Total-


Shiny / Sounds

V-

  • My first impression was “This is Braid on a budget”

  • Really, the door chapter selection, rewind mechanic, art style etc…

  • Then I played it for a while and while heavily inspired by braid it branches out into a completely different game.

  • Sounds are meh. I solve puzzles /w Slayer, not mood music.

J-

  • Initially the art style made me groan.   It looks like some pretentious douchebag goth’s sketchbook

  • It eventually grew on me

  • The soundtrack is what stops it from being a 2 chair’er.    I dunno, it just kind of helped me think

P-

  • Braid meets And Yet It Moves with less colors.

  • I like a good soundtrack, this game doesn’t have it.

  • The atmospheric sound effects are good, but the music is sleep inducing.

    • Pair that with the slow gameplay and you’ve got snoozefest 2014!

  • Some of the smaller levels give me a bit of the ol’ motion sickness.


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Control

V-

  • It’s genuinely difficult to FK up a game that really only needs three buttons.

  • ..they didn’t

J-

  • Like Venn said

P-

  • It’s Unity, which means my PS2 Dual Shock didn’t work and they very clearly recommend you play with a controller.

  • If I emulate a 360 controller with xboxdrv I can play it just fine.


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FUN?

V-

  • Remember the first double key level? That’s where I started paying attention.

  • There are several levels that you start /w “oh, I got this” only to find out the devels are all “hold down that B button FKR!”

  • That, and the average playtime is 7 fk mothering hours + a mirror universe.

J-

  • The puzzles are clever and the art style grows on you

  • This might be hipster trash, but it’s quality hipster trash

P-

  • I like the lateral thinking you need to do for the latter chapters. That’s usually the mark of a properly designed puzzle game.

  • Couldn’t play it for more than 20 mins at a time on account of the motion sickness.


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Final

V- If you like challenging physics platformers this will scratch ze itch.

J- I was pleasantly surprised.   YOu’ll definitely get your money’s worth

P- If you’re an avid defender of the whole “Videogames are art!” mantra, this is right up your alley. 9.99 is appropriate for a game that’ll last you around 7-8 hours.


Hate Mail:

 Retail

http://slexy.org/view/s21Fwz0vxg

Howto

http://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/2fjnph/how_do_i_make_sure_that_a_game_ive_bought_from/

  • Quit using Windows?

Shnapy

http://slexy.org/view/s2JwLCgcmk

  • Good find! Must have clicked the wrong button organ when setting it up last. It’s now back at 25% off.

1 Comment
  1. … What’s a science fiction novel got to do with softcore porn? It’s a story. The appeal is reading. There’s no sex in it.

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