Proton gets players banned, Humble drops two Linux filled Bundles, AMD kills 32-bit drivers and we discuss the OBS Box.
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Linux gaming mayhem & madness with a side of news, reviews, and whatever the Hell-Elks™ we come up with.
Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro
- Delaying a beta so close to release doesn’t bode well. It means the testing and patching done in the beta is going to be super rushed
- However this is valve time so don’t be surprised if we don’t see the full game until december 2020
- How is this a surprise?
- Episode 3 has now been delayed for over 10 years.
- Now australians can spend obscene amounts of money on software in their native currency
- I wonder if the automated region pricing stuff we covered last week will have any impact on prices in Aussiland
- It’s a way for VALVe to keep a tighter leash on developers trying to stray too far from the “Buying power” stat.
- It’s several years too late but it’s certainly a good thing.
- There isn’t much in the patent application other than it’s for “Computer hardware; computer networking hardware; computer peripherals; computer hardware and computer software for the reproduction, processing and streaming of audio, video, data, text and multimedia content”
- The reddit thread is speculating that it’s a performance index for machines (valve presents the windows experience score), possibly for a new wave of steam machines?
- Spin that wheel of booga booga
- Streaming game console (or service) in partnership /w Googs, calling it.
- They’re pushing out a streaming thing and an updated controller, is my guess.
- Behold the dangers of early adoption.
- *Laughs in Diablo*
- But whose fault is it really? Denuvo! Cuz Fuck DRM
- Although, to be fair it wasn’t on the whitelist. We knew ahead of time anticheat stuff will be fucky
- Now will Namcai-Bando allow people’s shit to get unlocked, or is it too bad so sad
- Anti-cheat systems don’t see WINE as a good thing, the calls intercepts it does and the translation of those calls runs afoul of what most of those system were designed to recognize.
- Now it lies with Namcai to undo this and hopefully stop it from happening in the future.
- Otherwise, this new market of Steamy Proton goodness that VALVe handed to them on a platter isn’t going to last very long
- It was a Proton bug.
- Uh… Yay?
- I guess if you like porny visual novels or asset flips this will be a great sale.
- Here’s hoping SW 2 gets cheap for multiplayer’s sake
Steam: Game Updates
- They’re bumping co-op from two to four players
- What would be better is IF YOU COULD PLAY IT ONLINE WITH YOUR FRIENDS CUZ EVERYONE IN CANADA IS DEAAAAAAAD
- I would not be able to tell the difference.
- We’ve seen a similar thing with vanilla WoW. Some people like playing games as originally presented
- Aaaaand it’s gone
- Their twitter has a single post with a URL which redirects to an “Account Suspended” website.
- There’s shady, then there’s whatever the hell is going on here.
- Investigative grame journalist Old Man Venn to the rescue.
Steam: New Games
- Bing, bang.
- I think i’ve seen some really bad porn done with those CG models
- House Party at the doctor’s?
- The goddamn batman, MAD MAX and Hordor are on the menu.
- I’m confused. Why is a disney game on the list?
- AKA Yooka-Laylee at a price I’m willing to pay Bundle.
- Grabbing the full throttle remaster along with it isn’t that shabby a deal
- With this and Linux distros dropping 32bit left and right, people with older machines are going to have a hell of a time.
- I mean, Mesa still has your back
- Strider doesn’t want you running lutris as root
- Proton itself is now blacklisted from showing up as an app
- Does it automatically scan your system during setup and show available games?
- Can I get it as a Snap, Appimage, or Flatpack?
- Not surprising since their Linux person noped.
- Guess we’ll never know what happens after trine 3 episode one.
- We Trine Again in Proton?
- Better support for 32bit .NET means older .NET 2.0 games should run in a 64bit prefix now.
- Yeah, I’m not sure paying the NUC tax for a dedicated streaming box is worth it.
- Though I do see the appeal of having something specifically for this purpose with support from Intel or whomever else rebadges it.
- The idea of “Device as a service” makes my organs itch
- Still, a cheap and optimized for task streambox isn’t an awful idea.
- It even lets you stream portal 2!
- An interesting riff on this idea might be to integrate it into routers themselves
- Cheap and NUM dwell not well in the same abode.
- It could be an interesting turn-key solution for console gamers.
Game: Farm Together
Devel: Milkstone Studios
|Price: £15.49 / US$19.99 / CA$22.79
Wazzat: Grow your own farm all by yourself, or cooperate with your friends in this unique, relaxing farming experience!
Mandatory Disclosure: Milkstone sent us keys
Does It Launch
- Yes, minus the cesure.
Performance @ 1080
- 60 @ 1080.
- Mobile +
- Key + gerbil.
Does It Launch
- Aformentioned -force-glcore42 -force-clamped CLI options required to make it work
Performance @ 1080
- At first it was a little chuggy, I was petrified
- But then it smoothed out
- I mean, it has them
- Props to the little farmer dude for keeping their back flat while lifting things though
- Picks up the dual shock, got xbox prompts though
Does It Launch
- It launches into a seizuretastic, blurry screen.
- In order to get it to work you need to set a few launch flags:
-screen-fullscreen 1 -screen-width 3840 -screen-height 2160 -force-glcore42 -force-clamped
- Adjust the resolution to match your own
Performance @ 1080
- At 1080 it peaks at 120-ish ferPS and holds over 100.
- At 3840×2160 the FerPS count is about half with dips to 40.
- AA, Depth of Field and Motion Blur are the “advanced options” and to Milkstone’s credit they work properly.
- I still disabled motion blur because it looks like absolute ass, still.
- Even on the lowest point of the sensitivity slider the mouse is still a little too fast for my liking.
- That said, you don’t need pin point accuracy for Farm together so it’s passable.
- Hurry up and wait simulator.
- I lack the FK out of whatever it is that causes people to get sucked into these games.
- Farmville, Candy Crush and the like.
- And that’s why I’m unable to recommend Farm Together sine it’s “that game”
- I gave it the business but at the end of the day it’s the same formula.
- Do work, make money, buy useless shite to show off to your friends… TO REAL!
- Nothing made me take a step back, strip neekid and prance about screeching eureka! Now I get it!
- On the flipside it’s a well done work, make money, buy useless shite to show off to your friends simulator.
- Man, I’m farming the shit out of some lettuce
- Like, I got that level 6 lettuce life
- It took me a couple minutes, but I finally narrowed down the feeling I get playing this game:
- Having unread texts or emails piss me off. I always read them ASAP so that stupid glowy alert in the browser or on my phone go away
- This game is the exact feeling of this
- I managed to put an hour and 45 into it, and at no point did I feel anything resembling
- I felt Like I was farming shit. Props to this game for the verisimilitude, but it’s not my thing at all
- This game really benefits from a desire to come back to it at some point, which I lack.
- When I said this game had the potential to be 3D farmville, I had only played a little bit.
- After getting sucked in for 2 hours and feeling like it had only been 30 minutes, I can say for a fact that they accomplished their mission.
- That is, if their mission was to create a completely mindless time vampire to keep you collecting virtual eggplants.
- This game has charm pouring out of all its visual assets and animations.
- I don’t really care that it has multiplayer but I can say for a fact that that will bring a lot more people who wouldn’t have ever given it a chance otherwise.
- This could have been just another cynical cash grab game but I’m glad they put the extra effort in.
- Might be a hard sell at over £15 but, if Farmville had you spending a lot more time on Facebook than you otherwise would have back in the day, you’re going to like this one too.