Steam gets attacked! Star Citizen swaps engines, XCOM 2 supports AMD GPUs, and Lugaru opens all the source.

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Steam Down
http://www.pcgamesn.com/steam-down

  • I’m more perturbed that Steam can be taken down by a bunch of script kiddies.
  • Valve’s improved their security significantly, but it’s not at the forefront of their focus. Which I guess is haberdashery

Space
http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/video-games-website-steam-fined-3-million-for-refusing-refunds-20161223-gthdux.html

  • “Steam must now introduce a compliance program and place an notice in size 14 type on its Australia website informing consumers about their rights.”
    • Nanny state much?
      • I’m all for making people read what the fuck they sign, but 14 point seems excessive when the standard is 11 or 12
  • Like with all things VALVe don’t do shite until they are forced to.

Link protip
https://www.reddit.com/r/Steam/comments/5j15pr/steam_link_has_integrated_steam_controller_dongle/

  • Wyrd 4 lyfe
  • I’m not surprised people didn’t know this.

ArmeOn 3
https://twitter.com/Arma3official/status/811588674387329024
https://dev.arma3.com/ports

  • Good ol VP. Just barely squaking by
  • Remember kids, VP ports = jaaaanky.

Gonna give it to ya
http://www.feralinteractive.com/en/news/717/

  • Now that ubuntu has a stable mesa PPA, y’all AMD graphics users get some out of the box support
  • I tried playing xcom with the steam controller back in the day. Wouldn’t recommend trying with a plain ol xbox controller

Origami Patchwork
http://steamcommunity.com/games/aragami/announcements/detail/528442555317582934

  • Good to see some patching being done on this. We don’t need any more unity abandonware
  • MASKS!
  • I was about to give them shite about releasing DLC but turns out it’s priced to sell.
  • They also added a hard mode.

Children of Orc
http://store.steampowered.com/app/544840/

  • The requirements are a bit odd. If you have an older-than-broadwell-sandybridge CPU, you can’t play this game
  • If you’re on AMD, unless you have one of the last gen APUs or Zen, you’re fucked
    • Nevermind, that’s AVX 2. Just need bulldozer or later. Sorry Empty

Spy games
http://store.steampowered.com/news/externalpost/steam_community_announcements/91593954392966740

  • The video player for Linux is not allowing players to view the intro video and so has been temporarily disabled.
    • So it’s a feature?

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Cry
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/crytek-closes-development-studios-will-refocus-on-its-core-strengths-of-developing-innovative-games/

  • Turns out free-2-play wasn’t the future.
  • Or VR.
  • How about focusing on that Vulkan backend

Enjoy snuu
http://venturebeat.com/2016/12/23/star-citizen-and-squadron-42-are-using-amazons-lumberyard-game-engine/

  • I suppose having ec2 backing your huge ambitious mmo isn’t a terrible idea
  • Still, switching game engines in the middle of development is never really a good idea
  • I wouldn’t exactly call this switching engines.
  • Lumberyard is basically CryEngine /w built-in Twitch integration.
  • Then again, Lumberyard will probably still be around at the end of 2017.
  • And no, no amount of wishing will get this game ported to the Linux so calm, yo, tits.
  • These motherfu*kers have not said a word about delivering a port.

Open Luga
https://osslugaru.gitlab.io/

  • Now it includes the data files.
  • Updated to SDL 2.
  • I really enjoyed lugaru, so I’m glad to see the open sauce version getting some love
  • Y’all got any of that overgrowth though?

Civ update
https://twitter.com/AspyrMedia/status/811622915066228736

  • At this point they are just trolling for cookies.
    • Should I bring up the point that their logo kind of looks like a jewish star?

Super Stonking Great Tits Cars
https://twitter.com/ssg_Games/status/811676041173467136
https://supersmashinggreatgames.com/foreveracers/

  • Pedro was playing this a while ago with the devs and seemed to really like him
  • So if you like his homerian epics at the end of the chairquisition, you might want to check it out

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