LinuxGameCast Weekly EP155 – George R.R. Tolkien

Steam tries again! NVIDIA experiments with EGL, Unvanquished brings a towel, and Greenlight ignores the rules. Then Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor faces our CHAIRQUISITION! All this, plus your hate mail.

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Abort Retry Fail

  • I can finally add Steam to my ‘cut the fk on at boot’ list.
    • sh -c ‘STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=1 steam -silent’ %U
    • You’re welcome.
  • What’s the over under of this ultimately being a security issue?
    • About tree fiddy.



  • You could hear the screeching from Bellevue all the way out here in Portugal.
  • Most of the links he posted are now gone.
  • Remember kids, VALVe is a money-grubbing corporation like any other. They don’t care about you, they only care about the money you can pay them.
  • They’ll only act if someone with some pull calls them out on their bullshit.
  • Remember when the Euro Truck Simulator guy got tired of waiting for them to fix an exploit in the news section?
    • They banned him but then backpedalled the moment the videogames media picked up on the story.
  • Not saying you should boycott Steam, here. Just telling you so, if you’re getting in bed with the devil at least do your homework first.
    • Hey! I only require people to read the CliffNotes
  • VALVe is not your friend. They only want your money.



  • Scroll up to make hills, scroll down to make valleys.
  • It’s nice to see that all of these game design tools are being made available on linux
  • Now let’s just see some linux game devs use them and put out some games
    • And not just the shitty kind of Unity asset flips that we’ve been getting, either!


This War of Mine: Hipster-pixel edition

  • We’ve seen a couple games like this already that have this x-com base management vibe
    • TWOM certainly, but also that fallout mobile game
  • This kind of game doesn’t speak to me all that well.
  • It’s kinda like War of Mine, mixed in wit the iOS Fallout Shelter and a very Final Fantasy-like combat system.



  • Review from BogThrall: “I ask you, writers of the world over, what about “happy lesbians” vexes you?“
  • Stocking and thong wearing porcelain dolls falling in love with each other…
  • Someone had a lot of free time to work on their fetish!
  • There needs to be a category for steam porn


Girl Power

  • Did you release a game called ‘girl power’ with a picture of a lass on the cover looking sad, clutching her necklace ,,,in a leopard print bikini.
  • Android game where you click on resources to gather them and then wait for the increasingly longer cooldown to run down and rinse-repeat.
  • I fail to see the point of this game outside of the obvious feminist cash-grab they’re desperately attempting to do.
  • Any feminist worthy of that title will see that coming the moment they read the blurb.\


355.06 BETA

  • Installed them Sunday Morning.  no issues so far
    • Did you build it? This is using the new build system.
      • Yarp
    • Seems the new build system is working properly on Korora 21.


Fiji Furry nanos

  • 390X support has been added to the AMDGPU driver.   Still runs like ass though.
  • There’s no power management yet either.
  • Unless you live in the southern hemisphere and/or need a space heater, you may want to hold on to your money. Or just get a GTX 960 which runs on par with the Fury X and only costs $200.


Cores, cores everywhere

  • FFS! Just release something. I want to give you monies.
    • Oh you just wait.  It’ll cost about the same as the equivalent intel with about 75% of the performance
  • Doesn’t seem like these will be consumer grade processors, unfortunately.
  • Which, ironically, is where AMD really needs to get their shit together.


Shite Unity ports too good for ya? Try this!

  • With the introduction of Unity, Unreal, and Godot all I can say is
  • Bad code never bothered me anyways...
  • They’ve really put all of their eggs in this game launcher basket.
  • I’m not really sure this is the way to go.



  • The key point here is that the unvanquished engine can be used as a standalone engine now.   It looks pretty good for an open source game, so I hope some projects can make use of it
  • They’re also ditching SourceForge on accounts of the “fishy business” that’s been happening over the past few months.


\m/ v0.3

  • Still no combat.
  • This update is mostly GUI stuff and the “random” generation bits for level 3.
  • They also fixed a few bugs
  • But at the end of the day, it’s still not “playable”.
  • There’s no cow level either
  • I wonder if they plan on making it compatible with Hellfire



  • Is this for Linux? Cuz it only says Windows.
  • Their steam page has a linux icon.
  • Plus you can build the source

CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want


CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Middle Earf: Shadow of Hordor
Devel: Monolith Productions / Feral Interactive
Engine: (Heavily modified) Lithtech Jupiter Extended
Price: 49.99 all ‘round

Wazzat: Fight through Mordor and uncover the truth of the spirit that compels you, discover the origins of the Rings of Power, build your legend and ultimately confront the evil of Sauron in this new chronicle of Middle-earth.

Makes with the working


  • Alright, it’s playable’ish on ‘high’ but keep in mind I’m throwing a 980-organ at it.
  • Performance is a bit shite compared with the Windows version.
  • Even on low it struggles to maintain 60FERPS @ 1080
  • However, it never had the herky-jerks; instead the whole game slows down.
  • It fails to close the game on occasion.
  • And it will spite crash.


  • After the SSSE4 Patch, everything is working well, although I’m noticing that the performance is less than what others are reporting.   It could be a contributor


  • You can tell the performance is not all there and sometimes the frames dip so low the input lag becomes rather obvious.
  • Going from the high 60’s FerPS down to 30 because a little lightning flashed somewhere off-screen is kind of annoying.


Shiny / Sounds


  • Is it raining outside? Because I checked more than once.
  • Yeah, the atmospheric sound is THAT hella amazeballs and it goes double for the voice acting.
  • The soundtrack ranges from serious sauce to light-hearted fuckery and that’s difficult to pull off.
  • The background noise for several Ratbag scenes almost feels out of place …but it works.
  • How does it look? Even on the lowest settings you will not be disappointed.
  • and on the highest settings, it could very well be the best looking Linux game, in the world.


  • The Cinematics are really good, but you can thank Weta for that
  • I can ID almost all of the voice actors in this game
  • It’s a AAA game,so it certainly has the pedigree
  • Dat Waterphone


  • Top-notch voice acting, although, a few hours in you start hearing repeats.
    • Wait a second, you sound like that Uruk I just killed!
  • This is the only game since Counter Strike: Global Offensive that made me want to play it with the headset.
    • And I learned the Linux version doesn’t support surround sound when the Windows version seems to have surround 5.1.
    • Still, the directional audio is very well done even in stereo and it does an amazing job when it comes to the immersion.
    • The music got a little too loud for my taste at times, but I just kicked it down a few notches and it was good.
  • The graphics look amazing!
  • This is a AAA game on Linux with amaze-balls graphics that doesn’t take place in a post-apocalyptic russian subway tunnel. I like that!
  • The second area, which is by the Great Sea shore, looks very green in contrast with the grey/brown of Undun.
  • All in all, in the Shiny and Sounds it is AAA level and no matter how much love indie people have for their game, this is definitely on a whole new level.




  • Initially I tried this with the old keyboard/gerbil combo of PC glory.
  • After an hour and some learned abilities it was full-metal C-x M-c M-butterfly
  • Is this a typing instructor? Nay!
  • For once I wished for a turbo YOLO gerbil with allthebuttons.
  • In what can only be described as defeat; I picked up the xclone controlla and made /w the button mashing.
  • and for the most part …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………it worked.
  • Sorry, did I mention the input lag? That shite is real, son.
  • I thought P-man was exaggerating but I have been noped (more than once) by pressing the Right Stick and having it respond like so:
  • What am I?
  • A printer? Monitor? Web cam?
  • Oh, that’s right! I’m a controlla!
  • *moves*
  • Spider Talion, spider Talion. Sticks to walls, gets you killed.


  • DS4 Works over blueteeth and USB
  • The prompts switch correctly based on your controller
  • It’s the standard sort of layout for this game
  • The camera get get screwy though, not enough to ding it a chair though
  • The climbing though.   Ugh


  • I had heard people say how this game was better with the controller and, as you’ve heard, Venn seems to agree.
  • I on the other hand, have a 7 button mouse and using the Roccat Tools for Linux and can rebind every single one of them to a keyboard key.
  • 25 hours of play with the keyboard and mouse with no complaints, seems to me like this game is perfectly playable with them.
  • You can rebind keys, adjust mouse sensitivity and the prompts will change accordingly whether you’re using the glorious PC controls or a peasant console controller.




  • I’ve put 12+ hours into this critter.
  • That’s approaching Wang time.  
  • I guess the only game I can remotely compare this to is Skyrim.
  • Remember that OH SHITE BALLS moment you had learning the identity of Paarthurnax?
  • Yeah, this game lacks that.
  • Well, they try with the whole ring reveal but it’s kinda meh.
  • If you loathe stealth games the first hour is a FK mothering chore.
  • 30min in I hit the googs and tried to figure out just what the hell I was doing wrong because I was getting killed to death.
  • Turns out Mr. Ranger pants starts out a bit useless.
  • Seriously, was Talion in the ranger reserves?
  • Because I kinda understand why Hallas didn’t want budget Ranger snogging his daughter.
  • Hell, he was probably just worried about Talions ability to defend his fami…. oh, right.
  • About four hours in, you finally collect enough abilities to have some proper fun and by ‘proper fun’ I mean the ability to curb-stomp some Uruk.
  • Now don’t let that fool you. The game does a proper job of ramping up the difficulty.
  • Just last night (well, this morning) I was a tad overconfident and targeted the wrong FKN war chief and reverted back to OH FK FK FK FK FK RUN RUNNNNN mode.
  • Speaking of that. I have no clue how to take advantage of the Nemesis system.
  • I use it as a check list.
  • Oh, BTW, Mordor has bugs, Brad e.g. captain health glitch.  
  • BUT At the end of the day, it’s a 0s.


  • It’s certainly entertaining
  • It’s also not so easy peasy.  Specially the wargs
  • I’ve screwed up a bunch in the main campaign, so now it’s all trying to recover
  • I’m looking forward to how Batman is going to turn out.
  • Anyone else notice that it doesn’t quit itself?


  • It’s very hard to put it down once you start playing.
  • As far as power fantasy <- show title? fulfilling games go, this one is hands down the best we have for Linux.
  • There are bugs yes, every now and again the physics engine will lock up and when you kill an uruk they’ll just stiffen up and fall like a statue.
  • Also happened more than once when I was climbing a wall, Talion would jump to a ledge that was off-screen at the time (and I’m guessing the surrounding bits hadn’t rendered yet), he’d get stuck in a wall.
    • Thankfully, the game makes it so you can fast travel to one of the Barad Silme so that’s barely an inconvenience.
    • An amusing one at that, too.
  • I’ve dinged chairs to other games for less, yes but this game put in such a good mood, that I’m going to overlook the 10 times the input lag killed me and the times I wound up inside a wall.



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