LinuxGameCast Weekly 317: Giant Enemy Crabs

Proton learns new tricks! The Culling returns in free-to-play form, NVIDIA speeds up Vulkan and Blizzard bans Linux players… again.


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Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

Sexy Steam

  • As a wise man once said “if we can kill our enemies but we can’t jack them off, how are we better than them?”
  • It really does seem like enforcement of these rules are based on whatever reviewers you get and how much publicity you can generate or ride
  • As it stands, you’ll need to opt out to the adult content filter in order to see some pee go into vee
  • Eh, I don’t think anyone will be able to manufacture anything resembling outrage over this.
  • Unless you have a hatred-boner for poorly drawn (and equaly poorly written) weeb shite.


Proton tricks

  • Twas only a matter of time.
  • Makes it easier than futzing with the environment variables
  • Makes it easier for people to start bitching about Proton not working because they jacked something up.
    • Seriously.
    • Valve was right to try and fix shit in the core product instead of offering a zillion workarounds


Pedros Playbox

  • The turducken of console game machines.
  • The next film in the series will be shoving that inside a betamax player.

Steam: Game Updates

Tuk Tuk 2 out of beta

  • Ickybutts did it you guys!
  • Apparently there are some repo issues on launch
  • I hope Nightdive can get some more contracts for older IPs and brings them to the linuxes.


Forsaken Vulkan

  • While neat, this is the equivalent of giving XBill a Vulkan render.
  • I’m all for old games getting the Vulkan nerve pinch, but there better be more new games coming out with it.
  • Long term it’s probably better than an openGL port


Free Culling

  • After the Culling 2 ate dog poop they killed it and went back to part one.
  • Then they made it F2P.
  • Crates (and premium items) can also be purchased with tokens that cost real cash, though they will also appear in crates occasionally.
  • Opened at some bizzare moon resolution but knocked it down to 1080 and it’s holding 60 on high.
  • Probably going to be playing a bit of it this Friday on the FUBAR.

Steam: New Games

Expensive enemies

  • Damn this is some good looking “pixel” art
  • 33CAD is very expensive for a gradius clone, no matter how pretty
  • It has a demo so it has that going for it.
  • The cursor menu control is JACKED /w the Steam controller.
  • Reminds me of Hellfire for the Mega Drive.
  • Those boss fights look awesome sauce!



  • Fedora 28 as the recommended OS? I approve
  • Sorta cell shaded speed running racing game.
  • Not my cup of tea, but there are a ton of obsessive compulsive sorts this’ll appeal to
  • Kudos to the Dev for shootin’ some keys down our way.


FPV Drone racing

  • Looks like it could easily turn into a one way ticket to barfsville
    • Says the guy who recoils in terror from motion blur.


Live Long and Drive

  • Get your hot, piping fresh vulkan 1.1 drivers
  • Two new extensions added
  • Just a little PSA for those of you on the Ubuntu sauce, they have a PPA.
  • The latest 396.54.05 Vulkan Beta driver contains significant performance improvements in GPU-bound scenarios.
  • Got an extra 5/7 ferps in DOOM.


Vulkan memory

  • The world’s first graphics API with a formal memory model!
  • Like umbrellas, I’m not entirely sure how it works but shall reap the benefits regardless.


DXVK 0.72

  • Crash fixes for arkham knight. Hey, at least now you can finally play it on linux
  • There are now settings to force or disable Anisotropy, Vsync, tesselation and backbuffering


WINE maintenance

  • Maintenance update to the 3.0 stable version of WINE.
  • It’s the usual backport of bug fixes.


Overwatch ban

  • Another instance of Blizzard banning people using WINE, DXVK specifically in this case.
  • It’s amazing how the community is all too happy to drop the torches and pitchforks and drop their pants to let Blizzard sodomize them again.
  • It was bad when they did this with Diablo 3 and it’s only worse now, being a repeat offense, and them doing the exact same BS.
  • At least it didn’t take them a year to remove the ban like they did with Diablo 3.
  • If you’re a Linux user, you may want to stop giving Actiblizzion money!
  • Yeah, I have seen some of you out there complaining that dude is a freelance writer and he’s only writing about Linux because clicks.
  • To which I shall respond GOOD.
  • Means to an end.
  • Blizzard gives negative fks when people complain about bans on reddit or blogs.
  • Double so when those complaints rhyme with Linux and or WINE.
  • However, Blizzard has to address some shite if it shows up on
  • Don’t matter how it got there.
  • Means to an end.


GameHub Trove support

  • “Totally not lutris you guys” gets humble support
  • You can now pull games directly from your humble trove, which is handy I guess

– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: DOOM 2016
Webzone: DOOM
Devel: id Software
Engine: id Tech 6 + Proton
Price: £14.99 / US$19.99 / CA$24.99

Wazzat: DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat – whether you’re obliterating demon hordes through the depths of Hell in the single-player campaign, or competing against your friends in numerous multiplayer modes.

Pass | Fail 


Does It Launch

  • Alt+Tab, I dare ya.
  • I double dare ya.
  • I’ve had two spite crashes in six hours of play and they were, abrupt.

Performance @ 1080

  • If you told me the target for 1080 High was 130 I would believe it.
  • Out of morbid curiosity is does a whopping 45 @ 2160 on High.


  • Not a single glitch wich is impressive considering the DXVK moon magic taking place under the hood.


  • Tight and responsive WASD.
  • Gets extra praise since WINE games always feel a bit… off.


Does It Launch

  • The alt tab thing is real
  • Also after about an hour the game just ate shit and froze. Hasn’t happened since

Performance @ 1080

  • I switched it to Vulkan right away and I maintained a solid 105@UHD for the entire ttime.
  • That vulkan performance
  • I don’t want to play this at not UHD


  • It’s doom


  • I wasd. Doomguy moves
  • I mouse, doomguy looks
  • I click, doomguy shoots


Does It Launch

  • On first launch it said it couldn’t find default.cfg
  • After reading the forums, you need to use the Steam Runtime for it to work.
  • Enabled the Runtime, FATAL ERROR: Loading unverified resource
  • Verify the game files, another 7.9GB download on top of the 59.5GB it took originally.
  • Then Steam kept failing to apply the changes, so I had to uninstall the game and let it redownload overnight.
  • For a supposedly whitelisted game, this is a shitshow.

Performance @ 1080

  • With everything on Ultra, minus motion blur because fuck motion blur, it holds 120-200 FerPS
  • At 4k with the same settings it seems to hover between 90 and 130.


  • I’ve seen some god awful motion blur but never one which has two different levels for Low, Medium and High in two separate parts of the menu.
  • It’s also so bad it was making my eyes hurt.
  • Off is where it is and where it should be.


  • Yeah, no. This was fine

QA Score



  • Venn:
    • FSM damn this game is addictive.
    • Six hours of squeeeeee for $9.
    • Press F to pay respects.
    • I even like the minigames.
    • It’s DOOM, not some flashlight booga booga jump-scare bullsh*t but DOOM.
    • Only turned to 14.
    • It’s got enough story to keep me interested and the glory kills are a nice touch.
    • It does take a moment to recalibrate when you are getting swarmed.
    • I had to switch my brain meats into Q3 Arena mode for that business.
    • It has a basic skill-tree and weapons upgrade system and speaking of weapons.
    • Yeah, all your old favourites are back and the game does a nice job of doling them out.
    • Getting the BFG took a minute because I am not a clever man.
    • The chainsaw has been reduced to a FK IT button that turns baddies into a weapon and ammo pinata.
    • Music is a modern take on the classic riffs and kicks in at the appropriate time.
    • At the end of the day (take that shot) DOOM 2016 is one thing, a FKN blast.
    • P.S. Shield guys can eat a bag of dicks, twice.
  • Jordan
    • I always joke about needing more shooters on linux. But if we can get some like this natively, please bring them on
    • Let’s be real here, everyone already sucked this game’s dick last year, and it’s well deserved
    • Proton aside, the performance using Vulkan is terrific
    • The game is just fun. It’s an exceptionally well done and polished shooter
    • Murdering stuff is fun, beating shit to death with your bare mits is fun and even doing a fred durst impression with the chain saw is fun
  • Pedro
    • After the shitshow which was getting it to run and the absolutely horrendous shitstain that was motion blur, I was about ready to give this game several new assholes for me to proceed to have sex with.
    • But after 30 minutes of uninterrupted shooting and maiming, I found myself sitting on the edge of my chair, face glued to the screen and grinning like a lunatic.
    • Wasn’t a big fan of the downtime between the high paced shooty bits, but then again pacing is important.
    • Those bits of downtime are there to help you enjoy the shooty bits even more.
    • Though, the shooting itself feels kinda pointless when your mighty fist of spine bendiness seems to be the most effective weapon at your disposal.
    • It reminded me a little of how effective the kick was in the original release of Dead Island and in Dark Messiah of Might and Magic.
    • But goddamn it’s fun!

Fun Score:


Hate Mail:


  • Damn shame, that.
  • Even the people who were white knighting are starting to turn.

Proton Heresy

  • It was even worse, because they discontinued the linux port for ticket to ride.
  • If you had it, you had it, but they’re not updating it no mo.

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