LinuxGameCast Weekly 328: KDE Is Spelled XFCE

Intel confirms Linux support for their upcoming discrete GPU, Artifact is released to mixed reviews, Basemark GPU 1.1 goes poof and a remake of the Odyssey game engine in JavaScript.


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Colour key: Venn Jordan Empty

Steam: News

Don’t go

  • Valve is trying to stop AAA developers from jumping ship and creating their own service.
  • Indie devs are not happy about this.
  • You can now share your metics.
  • Some GDPR BS.
  • Valve’s standard 30% cut that they take now scales down with total earnings.
  • 75%/25% @ 10M and to 80%/20% when a game makes over $50M
  • Will this be enough to stop dev / publishers from leaving and making their own fiefdoms?
  • Will this push indies to try alternatives like selling direct or using a more limited platform like



  • Lots of input and compositor fixes
  • If you have asyc_reprojection enabled and are an AMD user, you get saved a crash
  • No fixes for proton yet. That’ll be the new thing to ctrl-f for
  • You can VR Proton?
  • VR on linux update in the new year

Steam: Game Updates

Charlie murder update

  • Flibit’s update thread of doom
  • Two updates have shown up since our dainty jaunt
  • Apparently the game is on that day’s FNA master now. Maybe it’ll fix some of the stuff we were seeing
  • Apparently Charlie Murder doesn’t like when you have too many mouse buttons
  • We got this update the day after our live stream, just like the last time.



  • Popcorn.gif
  • OK, now the dev’s done lost all of the goodwill they might have garnered. What a shame
  • Just a follow up on last week’s story.
  • Just a reminder: you don’t own anything on Steam

Steam: New Games


  • And the verdict is… mixed.
  • Vukan only.
  • In a world where Hearthstone is free to “play” this is going to eat all the dicks.
  • Asking the real questions
  • Released on time.
  • Congratulations Valve, you finally dood it
  • Most of the review complaints seem to be about the need to pay for cards.
  • I wonder if we’ll see some later revisions that let you earn cards without paying
  • Fucks given: 0


Throw the

  • Hey, they have a demo.
  • That eats poop while launch hanging at “Importing game controller configs”
  • Works for me
  • No controller available for proper testing


Vulkan beta update

  • Good luck!
  • I tried the 415 update from earlier this week and it noped all things DXVK.
  • Based on the beta from last week
  • If you’ve got yourself a turing card, you get some funky new proprietary extensions
  • Nvidia catches up with RADV, tessellation feedback for available


Blue Linux

  • NVIDIA needs competition, HARD.
  • They mention the Linux love will continue with their discrete GPUs.
  • “love”
  • “We should also mention that Ari underscored that Linux gaming will be a focus for Intel as well.”
    • That’s an interesting statement. What could that mean?
    • Please write a good vulkan driver, plz k thx
  • Reading through the article, Senor Rauch basically says nothing beyond the fact that it is a thing that will exist in 2020


Oh Hi Basemark 1.1

  • It runs the benchmark and hangs at the end.
  • A force-close of the window will allow you to see the results.
  • The linux download link seemed to disappear
    • Nope, still on the page linked in the notes.
      • I riposte with our pre-show discussion
  • I’ll stick to Talos



  • Hitman, Tomb Raider, or total WAR?
  • Some think it’s the goddamn Batman some people believe the earth is round, also.
  • Feral, it’s you friend, Old Man Venn, we need to talk.
  • In the past your radar was a marketing gimmick used to generate buzz about upcoming titles.
  • Personally I found it annoying but ultimately harmless.
  • Hell, nobody can argue its effectiveness, we’re talking about it right meow.
  • But as we close out 2018 heed, my, words.
  • Whatever the game may be it better…
    • 1. Be something that has Garbage Proton ratings.
    • 2. Seriously, it better not run well with Proton.
  • I say this because I don’t want you to miss out on sales.
  • We need to know what to wait on so you can get our wet, stinky, cash.
  • No longer is the barrier to entry having to install PlayonLinux, WINE, Lutris, nay!
  • It’s clicking the Play button, and seeing how things shake out.
  • Same as any other game.
  • Maybe Feral should start working on Proton instead of the game engines…



  • …Yeah, it’s a PBEM strategy game
  • There’s a TCL based gui if you’re into that
  • Apparently it’s based on another game called Olympia
  • Woah, this is niche.
  • Atlantis website is dead, Yahoo group is dead…
  • Anti-aftershowzen bait



  • Lots of little things needed to get bigger things working
  • The project seems to be chugging along at it’s own pace. Most games won’t be playable for some time, what with the scripting engine incomplete
  • Hacking around the middleware must be a nightmare too.



  • So yeah, you can’t use assets from the unreal store in linux cuz there’s no way of importing them
  • This seems like a rather significant oversight.
  • I guess with epic leaving linux support primarily to the community means they don’t expect people to want to give them money for stuff?
  • EPIC does not care about Linux but they do care about money.
  • Put them in a hard position.
  • They gave the guy his money back, apologized, and are working to make it “more clear” that you can’t download the assets on Linux
  • Fuckin jerks


Hate yourself? (RTheren)

  • A remake of the Odyssey Game Engine that powered KotOR I & II written in JavaScript.
  • Things like displaying Ingame Menus, Models, Sound, and Scripting are all somewhat working.
  • BRO, Y U NO WASM?!?1?
  • At least is Electron wrapped for extra efficiency

– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Full Throttle Remastered
Webzone: Full Throttle Remastered
Devel: Double Fine Productions, Shiny Shoe
Engine: ????
Price: ‎$14.99
Wazzat: Originally released by LucasArts in 1995, Full Throttle is a classic graphic adventure game from industry legend Tim Schafer, telling the story of Ben Throttle; butt-kicking leader of biker gang the Polecats


Does It Launch

  • No issues.

Performance @ 1080

  • Holds a solid 60 @ 2160.


  • Two options for old school and new sauce.
  • Two options for full and 720p windowed.


  • Point & Click and pray during the combat sections.


Does It Launch

  • Yes

Performance @ 1080

  • Holds 60 @ “maximized” uhd.
  • Also runs at 60 on the laptop. Cutscenes are 48fps tho


  • Like Wonderboy, you can swap between the old and new graphics
  • Audio switches from stereo to mono too


  • Was almost tempted to ding it a chair, as in windowed mode sometimes the context menu doesn’t show up until you’re right over the exact pixel
  • Bike segements can EABOD


Does It Launch

  • Yes, Steam and Lutris

Performance @ 1080

  • < 60 ferps is even possible?


  • Great GDC talk by Oliver (


  • The context wheel was a great innovation at the time
  • The comedic potential for the tongue (mouth) icon is limitless

QA Score:


Fun section:


  • Venn:
    • It was 1995, I still had a DOS partition… and most importantly a copy of Full Throttle.
    • It was not my first adventure game, that honour belonged to Phantasmagoria.
    • However it featured animation in place of cringe inducing FMV.
    • It was also quite simple (even for the time) and hella linear.
    • I don’t remember much from my initial playthrough but recall it being entertaining.
    • FF 25 years and here we are again, 8 core CPU, 3D graphics and more RAM than my PC had HDD space at the time.
    • Out of the box it’s your standard Double Fine remaster.
    • New graphics, restored sound and sometimes a commentary track.
    • Full Throttle Remastered sports all three and best I can tell they didn’t dick with the gameplay, as is tradition.
    • So what am I looking for, entertainment, fun, nostalgia?
    • Let’s go with entertainment since that’s what it delivered and I’m immune to nostalgia.
    • Hey, it delivered, even with the hella obtuse puzzles and the ass eating combat segments.
    • I cocked around for almost two hours and only had to ask the internet how to puzzle twice.
    • Now was that trip worth $14.99?
    • Yes and no.
    • Yes for being able to revisit a classic and switch between the original and new hotness.
    • Yes for including commentary so I learned about design decisions.
    • No for not fixing the FSM damn awful combat because that’s where I tapped out.
  • Jordan
    • I never played full throttle back in the 90’s
    • I had a friend who was obsessed with it and told me all about it
    • Now that I’ve got a chance to play it, it’s just another point and click adventure to me
    • Sure, I dig the soundtrack, and the remastered FMVs look good, although a little south parky at times
    • My one issue with the game is that while it’s not hard to figure out what you need to do given the tools you have, it can be hard to find the exact thing to click on
    • 2 examples stand out
      • Siphoning gas. I knew I had to do it, but for the life of me couldn’t seem to click on the area that was the gas cap. IT would just show as the hover car
      • Finding whasserface in the dumpster. I knew that area existed, but for whatever reason the game wouldn’t give me the area transition arrow until I fullscreened and moused over the precise pixel
    • But yeah, I’m with Venn. The bike combat in this can eat shit. That too is where I noped out after about 8 tries
  • Empty
    • Probably my favorite adventure game of all time (sorry Space Quest)
    • It suffers from being a 90s adventure game, despite the pretty new coat of paint
    • If you don’t like adventure puzzles, this game is easier than most, but sometimes it still requires that “adventure game logic”
    • The voice acting and music are 100% on point
    • Gravelly voiced Ben
    • Mark “Cocknocker” Hamill as the deliciously evil Ripburger

Fun Score:


Hate Mail:



  • Both Jordan and Pedro have the new APU goodness that eats ass when it’s not busy crashing.
  • Testing things on something so new would defeat the point, no?
  • We all have last-gen GPU’s and my Maxwell is last-last gen.

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