LinuxGameCast Weekly 329: Condescending Cookie

The Steam Link is dead! NVIDIA teases the TITAN of terror, Counter Strike gets a Danger Royale, and Epic hires the guy behind Steam Spy.


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Steam: News

Pi Link

  • The Link lives on in spirit.
  • I’m honestly surprised this didn’t happen sooner
  • I know why they did it but grr… a deb? Really?
    • Going out on a limb here but isn’t like 99% of the Pi install base running *.deb?
      • Yeah, but I worked hard on those RPMs dammit!
        • And ended up accidentally naming it something terrible!
          • That they ended up sticking with
  • This is a great move!
  • There are a lot of people with Pis driving DIY smart TVs, so it’s just a matter of plugging a controller in or pairing with the blueteeth.

 

12%

  • And so it motherfu*king begins.
  • Explains Steam’s new progressive revenue scheme.
  • The store will launch with a hand-curated set of games on PC and Mac, then it will open up more broadly to other games and to Android and other open platforms throughout 2019.“
    • Speculate!
    • Given Epic’s complete and utter lack of fucks regarding linux, I’m not holding my breath
    • ^
  • Also, is Epic going to offer functionality like proton?
  • Probably not so we as linux gamers won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
  • Yeah… Proton, Steam Cloud Saves, in-home streaming, family sharing.
  • There’s a lot to Steam these third parties forget to mention.
  • Though, bring on the competition!
  • I want to see VALVe actually have to give a damn for once this decade.

 

Plot thickens

  • Now that’s all kinds of interesting.
  • Building a store?
  • Hire the guy who was more attentive to the the Steam Store than Steam.
  • Might as well.
  • It’s not like VALVe was doing anything to the questionable value Steam Spy added.
  • I got a feeling Valve not courting (and acquiring) the Steam Spy guy will be looked at like Nintendo not sealing the deal with Sony way back when.
  • “Several years” might explain why Valve hasn’t scooped him up. Epic was giving him more money
  • I don’t really buy the “oops, tee hee” take. Epic was smart to have a guy paying attention to the analytics of their competition
    • The student studies strategy, the master studies logistics, etc
    • Notice how the article calls out that the epic store isn’t going to give competition the same benefit of the doubt

 

Whitelist

  • I made this for myself.
  • Deal with it.
  • As someone who was looking for a complete compiled list when they released the second batch, I can see its usefulness.

Steam: Game Updates

Xmas Cars

  • Oh god. You get two points per ball touch per second. I don’t want or need this information
  • Tournament creators may not be able to spectate matches
    • Sucks if you want to broadcast a tournament
  • Batmobile is no longer the longest car in the game.
    • Pay2win bro!
  • Now all the “plank” cars share the hitbox.

 

Damsel Linux

  • “Engine update” means they clicked export, cuz unity
  • There’s also a couple of accessibility updates, including leveraging rumble for color matching puzzles and a more lysdexic friendly font

 

GO

  • Takes a minute to load, don’t it.
  • It’s still a better lovestory than CRAZY JUSTICE.
  • It’s a bit crashy for me.
  • Setting setting.mem_level to 0 in ~/.local/share/Steam/userdata/<userID>/730/local/cfg/video.txt stopped the crashing altogether.
  • Three random updates thus far.
  • Unplug Xbox controller =’s working game.

Steam: New Games

Herty Gerty

  • Enter the gungeon with destructible environments
  • And here’s the kicker. They added multiplayer. But not online multiplayer
    • Devs. Y u do dis?
  • Starward Rogue but with different sprites?

 

Dirt 4.0

  • …meh.
  • Has a Gold rating on ProtonDB.
  • It works just fine with Proton… VALVe! We need that goddamn button!
  • Feral’s lifeblood now spells it’s DOOM!
  • The contracts they hammered out with other publishers didn’t take proton into account!

News:

TITAN Terror

  • Can it do 1440 @ 60 w RTX on?
  • Because it better do 1440 @ 60 w RTX on.
  • So… the Titan V is still what you want if you want the most powerful sub $5k GPU?
  • These are not for gaming.

 

Open physics

  • Perhaps one day someone will hack it to work on non-nvidia gpu hardware
  • They called out self driving cars, which is the new thing Nvidia is all about
  • Either way, this will either be strip mined for parts or will become more standard because of the name recognition
  • Again, less than 70 games have used PhysX in the last 12 years.
  • I will like to see the ramifications of this.
  • Gaming or not, I want to see if anyone else will put this to use or if people just cherry pick little bits for other stuff.

 

3080

  • I’ll stand by the old adage of if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Hoo boy, them model names.
    • Makes sense, it’s not like the XP series days.
  • A 7nm Navi 10 part @ 150W TDP seems like a solid product that has my interest.
  • A no 6-pin 75W 3060 has the attention of OEMs.
    • And people on older systems looking for an upgrade.
    • Look at how good the X50 models have been for nvidia. AMD wants them a piece
  • If that 3080 can deliver on those claims, AMD has at least a chance at competing.
  • Which is more than they’ve had for a long time.
  • The real $3080 question is whether or not they’ll catch fire

 

Unepic

  • As much as it pains me to admit it, I have to agree with Strider
  • This was the only game epic was working on that had anything resembling linux support, and it’s dead.
  • EPIC STOOOOOORE!
  • Yeah, the Linux version has always ran like junk and last two times I tried it got nothing but a white screen when in-map.
  • Why bother with UT when you have Fortnite?

 

Team 17 Bundle

  • Everything has linux support, which is kinda nice
  • Worms games have a tendency to not work on a distro by distro basis
  • If you’re a fan of the escapists, you get a whole bunch of DLC for it at the over average tier
  • That’s a lot of DLC.

 

Ser Jaime Lannister Bundle

  • If you want some goblin multiplayer stealth without burning a Heretic purcache.
  • Don’t know if I love or hate the goblin game.
  • Couple of Linux titles as well.
  • The force unleashed has a silver rating on protonDB and was a pretty fun game if all you wanna do is be a badass sith lord for a few hours
  • King of Fighters 13 is also included and works really well!
  • Metal Slug works after a couple of assertion errors you can ignore.

 

No escape

  • Hardcore of the hardcore, netbsd users relinking binaries to use netbsd compiled FNA to play fna games
    • Not gonna work without BSD fmod tho
  • They got a graphical installer working
  • This is only about getting the installer to work.
  • Would be interesting to see how the game would perform, but that wasn’t tested here.

 

Carmageddon

  • Will they at least tell us the Linux port will never happen?
  • I need some closure on that.
  • Can Stainless get the boot, please?
  • They made a game so bad Proton can’t help it.

 

Hedge 0.9.25

  • RIP rubber duck

CHAIRQUISITION:
– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Yooka-Laylee
Webzone: https://store.steampowered.com/app/360830/YookaLaylee/
Devel: Playtonic Games
Engine: Unity
Price: £34.99 / US$39.99 / CA$44.99

Wazzat: Yooka-Laylee is an all-new open-world platformer from genre veterans Playtonic! Explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet an unforgettable cast of characters and horde a vault-load of collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka and Laylee embark on an epic adventure to thwart corporate creep Capital B!



Venn:

Does It Launch

  • You like windowed mode?
  • Cause it launches in windowed mode no matter what.
  • Have to fiddle with the screen resolution in-game to make it pop fullscreen.
  • Every, singe, time.

Performance @ 1080

  • It manages to hold 60 @ 1080, just.

Graphics

  • I looks a lot better than I was expecting.
  • Nice and bright with all the 3D models looking straight out of the 90’s.
  • Even has a dancing save icon.

Control

  • Quitting is an option.
  • Seriously, quit is in the options menu.
  • Even with the camera on manual it’s still a dick.
  • When it comes to controls I won’t say floaty as FK but I will say floaty as FK’s second nephew.
  • You can legitimately blame the controls for getting you killed to death.
  • Sometimes the controls and camera do a tag-team and it’s DIAF city.


Jordan:

Does It Launch

  • Yup, although all of a sudden disabling vsync makes it really like my leftmost monitor

Performance @ 1080

  • Holds 60 @ UHD

Graphics

  • I mean, they’re pretty simple, but they get the job done
  • Everything is colourful

Control

  • OOTB with the dualshock 4 controller

Pedro:

Does It Launch

  • It launches if you don’t exit the game in windowed mode.
  • If you do, then I hope your GPU isn’t a GTX1080 with a max resolution of 32767×32767
  • Because the game will do its goddamndest to render at that resolution and fail miserably

Performance @ 1080

  • 60 FerPS at 1080 and 2160

Graphics

  • Pretty and cell shaded
  • Sounds get annoying after a bit
  • And fuck that “voice acting”

Control

  • The 8bitdo NES controller works ootb
  • No rebindable controls in 2018 loses you another chair.

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Fun section:

Fun?:

  • Venn:
    • I’ve never not cared about something so hard in my life.
    • Now don’t confuse that with hate, or even mild anger.
    • It’s more of an extreme indifference if anything.
    • By the time Banjo-Kazooie rolled out I had bought a Voodoo 1 and separated myself from the filthy console peasants.
    • So what can i say?
    • You run around and collect things to expand things that let you collect more things.
    • The game.
    • The worlds are mostly empty and the baddies are effectively the same providing more of an annoyance vs any real challenge.
    • The puzzles are sometimes complicated, mainly due to being not so well designed.
    • So coming from a zero nostalgia point of view you have a rather primitive collectathon with a paper thin story, slippery controls that does little more than remind me of what games did wrong.
    • And if you say differently it’s because one of two things
      • 1.Yooka-Laylee reminds you of a different time from the long long ago and good on it for being able to do that and you’re willing to overlook some of the shortcomings.
      • 2. You still trying to justify paying $30 for the privilege.
  • Jordan
    • Its fucking banjo kazooie with the serial numbers filed off
    • That’s not necessarily a bad thing
    • It’s your bog standard 3d platformer. Run around, collect things, do some puzzles, n unlock powerups, do more puzzles, unlock more puzzles, rinse repeat
    • There’s certainly a bunch of stuff to do
    • The camera can EABOD sometimes, especially when you’re trying to line up a jump
    • It’s a perfectly serviceable game, even if I had to mute the voice audio because it sounds like everyone is having super disappointing sex
    • It’s a competently done platformer
    • But it’s not $45 good
  • Pedro
    • Didn’t have an N64 or knew anyone with one.
    • I have 0 nostalgia for this one.
    • That said, it’s a game about collecting things just so you can unlock other areas to – you guessed it – collect more things.
    • Back in the day, that was enough.
    • Nowadays, the sole reward for doing one thing being more of that thing seems a bit meh.
    • I would say this is a good game for a proto-human but after My Brother Rabbit and the Gardens Between, and how much those games did with much less, that argument seems a lot less poignant
    • But hey! If you got it in that Bundle a while back, it was the perfect amount of money.

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