LinuxGameCast Weekly EP186 – Tentacles Are Expensive

Croteam opens the Sam! Game Jolt releases a native client, Vendetta returns to Steam, and Double Fine delays the Tentacle. Then Hitman GO: Definitive Edition faces the CHAIRQUISITION! All this, plus your hate mail!

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Steam News:

Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Controlla updates

  • Now with NVEC goodness for streaming.
  • The big picture overlay from desktop launch is nice too, because now you can reconfigure your controller in game if there is some other settings you would prefer
  • You can now use your steam controller alongside other controllers, which is kind of nice if you have a zillion of them, like myself
  • Overlay support for Vulkan games, which kills the performance on the Linuxes.

Welp, it’s out now

  • Remember that list I never saw from last week?
  • Elite Dangerous would be the only one I’d be interested in.  Shame that’s  never coming to linux
  • Although I would want to try the Adventure Time one whilst on mushrooms
  • Thunderbird? That’s a poor name choice, right there!

Bigger picture

  • Now you can play regular games while getting face-fkd by a toaster.
  • Not to mention the added weight.

Mobile AUTH

  • If you don’t already have a Google Voice number use this to get the confirmation.
  • I dunno, it seems like a bit of overkill, but if you need to trade your cards or  your hats, it’ll do in a pinch
  • I like how the argument has changed from “I don’t have a smartphone” to “That’s too much work!11!”
    • It’s also coming from the same kind of people that say they’ll switch to Linux when game X comes out.
    • The comfort zone is a fickle mistress!


  • Bring back teh OAuth?
    • I mean…yeah.   As long as your steam keys are just text, people can take them and do whatever they want with them
    • Binding them to a user account is really the only option, and even then it can be a stopgap
  • Seems the real issue is people buying keys with stolen credit cards.
  • Is the industry done blaming piracy for all their problems?

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

  • At least they didn’t try to change the store listing again.   Valve may have caught on to that tricksy business.
  • It still tickles me that they’re still charging 60 for it.   Gotta recoup those dev costs somehow
  • Now the publisher is “TopWare Interactive, ACE” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    • ACE is owned by the CEO of TopWare.
    • Guess they’re setting up a net in the off chance someone tries to claim those IPs.
  • We don’t know why it was originally pulled (we’re talking page deleted) from the Steam store.

Speaking of TopWare


There it is

  • I guess you pick this up if you don’t already have a 750Ti?
    • And only then
    • But then you have to wonder, assuming it will launch at around $160-170 like the regular 950, does the extra $40-50 justify the performance gain?
    • Personally, I think at that point you’re better off investing a few €$£ extra and going for the 960.
    • At $200, the GTX 960 is probably the best compromise for price-performance at this point.
    • The 750ti still curbs everything on [price/performance]/Watts ratio.
  • Still, 75W on a PCIe port is the hard limit! It literally can’t push more than that.
  • What happens when the card needs more power for cooling and it’s already drawing all 75W? Does it throttle itself, á lá Fury Nano?
  • One of the big plusses for me about the 750 TI was the fact that it had a low profile model.  Pretty sure that won’t float with this boy
  • I still maintain the 950 was a misstep on Nvidia’s part.   They really should have focused on the 750 form factor

Goold Old Security

  • It’s a good start GOG, but I’ll do you one better
    • Two factor for every log in, integration with Yubikey or Google Authenticator.    “Every once in a while” doesn’t cut it
  • Also, Re: HTTPS? It’s about time.
    • ^

Something …is missing

  • Has DF abandoned the Penguin?
  • To be fair, there’s no Mac either.   I’m willing to give DF the benefit of the doubt.   They’ve been good to us so far, so that buys them a little patience
  • “$1.60 OFF ANY FUTURE PURCHASE. You get bonus store credit (our Fair Price Package) to offset the regional pricing.”
    • I thought one of the points of GOG was that there WASN’T regional pricing.
    • “Here you go! Have some store credit to offset the fact we’ve bent over for whatever greedy developer/publisher that will even consider putting their games on our Store instead of just Steam.”


  • Croteam…guys…stop making me want to fly to croatia to kill you on the mouth
  • Mind you, this is just the windows code, but I’m sure we’ll see an Vulkan/linux version in short order
  • SS:TSE  is honestly one of my favourite games, so I’m just unreasonably excited by this
  • Croteam:  Doing it right since 2002

Desura 2?

  • Had to break out the chmod +x
  • I’m having Desura flashbacks #triggered
  • Tried one WebGL game worked
  • The native DL game (hack something) never launched.
  • It is Open Sauce
  • Why don’t they get in touch with the folks and make this their “official” client?

Evol Online – Aurora1 Released

  • Neat idea.  An open source MMO that users can contribute to

ScummVM 1.8.0 “Lost with Sherlock”

  • Now /w Raspberry Pi goodness.
  • They’re supporting 10 new games as well, including two Zorks
  • They also have platform specific emulation now

CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want


CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Hitman GO: Definitive Edition
Devel: Square Enix Montreal
Engine: Unity
Price: 7.99

Wazzat: Hitman GO is a simple to play, but difficult to master turn-based strategy game set in a stunning interpretation of the Hitman universe.

Mandatory US Disclosure: They sent us keys

Makes with the working


  • Sound, music, VSync.
  • Yeah, welcome to the config menu, Neo.
  • I’ve seen some lazy ports but that’s just… damn.
  • Granted you can disable sound/music but WHAR sliders?
  • No options for resolution and more importantly, windowed mode.
  • Ya loosin a chair for that.



  • Saying it has an options menu is a stretch!
  • But, to be fair, it runs great even on the Steam Box.
  • It came out for Android in 2014, but good on Square Enix on releasing it for the Linuxes at the same time they brought it to the consoles.


Shiny / Sounds


  • It’s a mobile port so don’t expect much.
  • The “playas” are nondescript plastic things only distinguished by their jacket colour.
  • The dioramas are well done albeit a little flat.
  • What I’m saying is this, it looks alright… for a iPhone game, on a 28’ display, at UHD.
  • Sound? FK sound! I never once thought to put on my headset.


  • I mean, for a digital board game it looks about as good as it’s going to
  • Not deserving of four chairs, but it does do what it sets out to


  • It’s a sliding block puzzle with a Hitman theme.
  • The graphics are heavily stylized but all that means is the game will hold up for a long long time.
  • The music… Well, when that lady starts singing Ave Maria with a really annoying pitch my ears just want to coil in on themselves.




  • Grab a controlla and sit back.
  • 99% of the time the D-pad works flawlessly.
  • 1% of the time it will miss register the input and send you flying right into nopesville.
  • You can adjust the overhead view from faux isometric to overhead.
  • Unfortunately you can only temporally pan the camera about 30 degrees at any time.  


  • Click and drag and click some more!


  • A Unity game with proper controller support, well I’ll be!




  • Lads, I think this is the first mobile port (with possible exception of Sky Force Anniversary) that did not completely suck donkey testicles
  • This critter starts off hella simple but gradually ramps up to “Oh, FK this level!”
  • First there are trap-doors, then jackets, and now sniper rifles.
  • Admittedly I’m only on the third boxen but it’s genuinely using my brain-organ.
  • And if we’re being honest, I really didn’t want to like this game.
  • Turns out… I did.
  • That said this has exactly FK and ALL to do with the Hitman franchise.

J-CHAIRCHAIRAsteoid? Asterisk? Clara?

  • It’s a single player board game.   Angry birds hitman edition
  • I mean, it’s alright, but it’s not really my thing.
  • When it comes to turn based movement games, I prefer mine in the flavour of Xcom or Shadowrun Returns
  • As far as android ports go, it’s not horrible, but it’s not fantastic either.  I give it a meh


  • It’s an Android game through and through.
  • You can get through missions anywhere between 30 seconds and 10 minutes.
  • It’s well done and the only reason I can’t give it 4 chairs for the fun is because the desktop/Steam Machine medium doesn’t lend itself well to this kind of game.
  • If I’m slouched on the couch or sitting in this admittedly very expensive chair, I want a proper engaging experience.
  • Hitman GO is much better when you’re sitting on the toilet with your tablet.
    • Especially if you had a lot of fiber in the last few days and it may take you a good few minutes to get it all out.
  • Every time I started the game, 10 minutes later I would have finished a few missions and I was satisfied with it and decided, since I was sprawled on the couch, might as well play some GRID Autosport or The Binding of Isaac.
  • Also, I’m not sure $8 is the right price point for an Android game… Oh wait, this is a Square Enix game. Nevermind!


Final –CHAIRCHAIRAsteoid? Asterisk? Clara?

Hate Mail:


  • But we’ve already played our 2016 Walking Simulator.
  • I did send them an email about it but they never got back to me.
  • But you’re right, we tend to prioritize games when developers/publishers send us keys.
  • I have no objections to reviewing it, but as mentioned earlier, it would help if they’ve made with the keys
  • The biggest thing I have against it is that it’s a “story” vs. a proper game e.g. Layers of Fear.

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