LinuxGameCast Weekly 294: Hurt Me Daddy

Steam Machines live! Full Metal Furies comes to Linux, Rocket League enables tournaments and Feral updates their cryptic arse-radar. Then Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition faces the CAHIRQASITION! All this, plus your hate mail.

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Steam News:

RIP Hardware

  • Considering Links have been on fire sale this comes as no surprise.
  • VALVe killed the Steam machines about three days after they announced them.
  • However…

Tits, calm them

  • So, to paraphrase Pierre Loup-Garou
    • “Everybody relax. First Vulkan, then the bitches”
    • Street Fighter V is going to be epic!
  • But here we have it. Steam machines are dead, steamOS is what valve is going to support and deliver stuff on.\
  • People, start spooling up the booga booga drive. We have Worm Sign! Or at least mention of “initiatives in the pipe”.
  • They were never removed from the store.
  • A quick check would have noped all the hype and concern.
  • At the end of the day VALVe is working on shite that we can’t even begin to fathom.
    • Granted, it could be exceptionally useless / stupid shite.
  • They’re not gone but they’re certainly not going anywhere either.


By the numbers

  • PUBG skews the entire year’s worth of numbers.
  • $20 games lead, if their name isn’t PUBG.
  • 293 million players SteamSpy could track.

Heathen checker

  • Some of the games it lists as not supporting Linux do.
  • There’s a submit a correction button for just that instance.
  • On initial inspection of the URI, I was half convinced this would rate your heatheness on a scale of 1-4 chairs

Rocket Tournaments

  • …so it begins.
  • They’re actually mentioning SteamOS fixes!
    • Granted, the two they mention also affected Mac, but that’s certainly welcome.
  • Introduced High CPU usage and slowness in the menu for some people.

Rocket WWEague®

  • I was hoping for some dedicated PVP shit
  • Or at least a suplex city map

Führer Further Beseiged

  • They added a ctf mode to single player
  • LAN super nice in the era of of online only mp

Welcome to Albion

  • I thought it was Albion the MMO, finally come to Steam…


  • Grimdark Metroidvania where you roll around instead of jump
  • Don’t have word on a release date or price
  • The look, I likes it but i’ve been Slain by pretty + shite gameplay more than once.
  • It’s Limbo meets Salt & Sanctuary, from the description.

Biggest multiplayer challenge ever seen

  • I for one approve of mounting artillery on VW Busses
  • OMG this thing has a hard stutter every two seconds no matter what.
  • No graphic options minus High and Low.
  • Unity matchmaking system of random.
  • Babbys first Unity game.
  • Whatever did happen to Scraps since they shit on Linux from on High?

Build and… sell?

  • So….a store within a store?
    • Pretty much!

Full Furry

  • Played a little bit of this recently with roommate.
  • Hipster Pixel Castle Crashers
  • Heeey! Another game from Cellar Door Games.
  • Rogue Legacy was a long time ago!


Linux Game Jam 2018

  • Brick Stimulator + Chuck Tingle audio book soundtrack.
  • I used to look forward to game jams to see the awesome new stuff developers would come up with or how they’d work around the theme to deliver a short, but damn interesting experience.
  • Nowadays you don’t see a whole lot of that.
  • The slight bending of the theme is still present but it’s used mostly as an excuse for the dev to make whatever they wanted, with only a slight nod towards the theme.

FNA 18.04

  • Actually giving people an idea why their FNA game won’t work with the Linux is a pretty handy tool not just for developers!

Dolphins need love 2

  • The android controller addition is actually a neat little idea
  • Lots of neat stuff, but Ctrl-F linux finds nothing
    • Which is a good thing IMO. Linux is now humdrum to these folks
  • Per-game .ini settings on Android without having to either fire up another app to change it or plugging it in to your PC is a big plus!
  • Proper OSD scaling if you have a stupidly high res phone/tablet.

RIP MAC gaming

  • If these new chips are going to be beefy arm processors, even with their decent x86 emulation, yeah, you’re basically asking devs to support an entirely new architecture.
  • That’s a big ask. But people accepted metal, up until they figured out how to vulkanize it
    • Maybe it’ll finally be the catalyst that makes ARM laptops a more accepted thing
    • We’ve seen apple make some strange decisions in the past that later catalyzed into stuff we take for granted now (Touchscreen phones, flash, etc)
  • MS took a ARM Dorito built from a mobile phone and shoved it into a lappy formfactor.
  • Apple will at least build some custom kit.
  • I have no doubt Apple will make the OS and hardware work together.
  • It’s the third party support I don’t really see.
  • If people couldn’t be assed with even the modicum amount of support for Windows RT or anything else on ARM, outside of Android and iOS, I don’t know how this will fly in 2020.
  • Maybe ARM will have overtaken x86 by then and I’m just talking bollocks from the past.

Feral radar making sense?

  • Clicked on the moving dots and they actually showed games.
  • Well, some. Apparently that skank Robert Johnson isn’t dead yet
  • Life is strange is now coming out before ROTT?
    • ROTT announced Tuesday, 13th February, 2018
    • LIS announced Wednesday, 14th March, 2018
  • June 21st is still a long way away, apparently!

CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want


CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition
Webzone: Neverwinter_Nights_Enhanced_Edition
Devel: Bioware/Beamdog
Engine: Aurora
Price: 19.99 USD

Wazzat: Return to the Forgotten Realms in this bestselling Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Combines all the content of Neverwinter Nights Diamond Edition with all-new enhanced features. Includes 100+ hours of award-winning adventures and the tools to create your own!

Mandatory Disclosure: They sent us keys.

Makes with the working


  • New, fkn, rule: If I have to touch a *.ini in 2018 automatic -2 Chairs.
  • If molesting said *.ini file does not sort the issue -1 Chair.
  • Your menus don’t work, Brad.
  • I have tried windowed, fullscreen, borderless, 1080p, 720p, 2160p.
  • Cursor is out of alignment and straight-up nopes when trying to create a character.
  • Got it to work with 2160p fullscreen borderless MINUS UI scaling.
    • 27 minutes of constant futzing only to get in an unplayable state.
    • Yes, 27 minutes and I have yet to play the game.
  • Hangs on cloud sync when you force-close because you kinda have to force-close when the menus don’t FKN work.
  • Started on the wrong DAC but after all the other bullsh*t it hardly seem worth mentioning.
  • And before any of you playing the home game say a FSM damned word; everything I pointed out reads like a preflight checklist from the Steam review page.


  • Fix the mouse thing by doing setting Enable HardwareMouse=1
  • Oh yes, thar be out of the box issues. Bad Beamdog!
  • Also crashes when trying to load games from the Shadow bonus campaign
  • …Yeah, this is not a final product that should have made it to production
  • When Lutris gives you a better out of the box experience then your for $20 steam game, rethink the choices you made.


  • Fullscreen doesn’t work on Linux.
  • You can work around it by enabling borderless maximised in the .ini file.
  • Cloudsaves cause launch issues.


Shiny / Sounds



  • Just like 2003 Used to make


  • Considering the game came out in 2002 (2003 on Linux) it looks very blocky.
  • Its one saving grace are the awesome community mods which improved graphics a lot.
  • That and the improved engine is being tailored specifically to allow mods both old and new to work.
  • The big aesthetic yes for me is the Jeremy Soule audio.
  • The Hordes of the Underdark campaign, besides being the best in my opinion, also had the best music.
  • Can’t give it a full score since they still haven’t made anti-aliasing work and the Depth of Field crap they implemented makes everything look blurry.





  • TOEE still remains the high point of D&D PC game controls.
  • NWN’s are serviceable


  • You can have the typical skycam, overhead follow camera or “free” camera.
  • Heavy air quotes around the free bit since it’s still locked to your character.
  • You can play the whole game with just the mouse but they will let you control most of everything with the keyboard.
  • Mouse is only necessary when dealing with what, in 2018, can only be described as an old ass looking UI.
  • Though you can mod that too.





  • The second I hit the character creation screen, I had a big ol’ flashback to sitting at my desk, a dozen 3.5 source books splayed out in front of me trying to pick out feats and prestige classes
  • Man, I really don’t miss playing D&D from that era\
  • It’s neverwinter nights. It’s a perfectly fun RPG based in a semi-familiar fantasy world
  • But for whatever reason, playing it again didn’t really pull me in the same way that kotor did
  • You actually get a good amount of game for your money. You get all of the expansions, plus a bunch of additional content from the platinum edition. Kingmaker was actually a pretty fun side campaign (which is what I replayed for this review)
  • The technical issues though. Hot damn
  • Strider straight up did a better job of this with Lutris than Beamdog did. Sure it lacks the nice online bits that steam does, cloud saves just don’t work.

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRAsteoid? Asterisk? Clara?

  • Neverwinter Nights is my all time favorite Linux game.
  • I’m hoping the Enhanced Edition will live up to its name but it’s hard to ignore the technical issues at play, here.
  • From defaulting to that broken ass scaling system, to failing at fullscreen and anti-aliasing, horrible depth of field, and general brokenness in even something like the Steam Cloud saves.
  • I have no doubt in my mind Beamdog will fix their shit.
  • But boy does it make it hard to recommend this version.
  • The thing I like so much about Neverwinter Nights is the multiplayer.
  • Having spent several years of my life playing in quite a few servers, I’m glad Beamdog fixed the server browser and made it even easier to join your friends through Steam.
  • But, those single player campaigns are very much there and they’re charging £3 for the premium modules.
  • Oh and £2 for a freakin’ portrait pack! >.>


Final –CHAIR

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