LinuxGameCast Weekly 349: Frodeo

Epic challenges Valve to a price match guarantee! Ashes of the Singularity teases a Linux port, NVIDIA updates Vulkan, and we chat with Alan Pope about Snapping Lutris. Then SuperTuxKart 1.0 faces, the CHAIRQASITION!

Special thanks to:
OhDung (new patreon)
Sean (new patreon)

03:45 Steams talk at GDC
05:36 Epic challenges Steam
08:10 Ashes of the Singularity coming to Linux
10:46 Forager
12:18 Maos Legacy
14:10 Streampad
16:20 Gunslugs
18:36 Shameless self promotion
21:54 Nvidia Vulkan update
23:42 Nvidia 430.09 drivers
25:15 GTX 1650 lacks Turing NVENC
28:03 GDP Win powered by AMD Ryzen
30:44 Epix Store on Linux with Lutris
32:40 Maze95
34:06 Gameboy Studio
36:28 Alan Pope & Lutris interview
39:24 CHAIRQASITION: SuperTuxKart 1.0
51:21 Hate Mail


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Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

Steam talk at GDC

  • Summer is when the library redesign beta will be popping up, I look forward to breaking it!
  • It was a presentation of “Look at all we’re giving you for that 30% split!”
  • Not that it matters to some people, since all they care about is having parity in the split when not offering any of the other features.


Steamy Epic Split

  • I want to see Valve call his bluff, because it’s a damn bluff.
  • Yeah no they won’t
  • Bold claim there, Cotton!
  • Thing is, buying exclusivity on top of taking such a low cut is not sustainable and everyone knows that.
    • Oh, I’m sure as expenses mount we’ll start seeing them start to take a larger cut. It’s inevitable

Steam: Game Updates

Ashes of the Singularity

  • It’s great to see a Windows benchmark come to Linux!
  • Having a mainstream benchmark pushing for better drivers is a good thing.
  • I don’t get what they’re talking about when they mention damage and area of effect, is there anyone out there genuinely PLAYING Ashes of the Singularity?
    • The benchmark has some kind of interactive mode, I think.
      • Apparently you can do a multiplayer benchmark too
  • Hopefully Ashes adding supporting linux will help increase the quality of their vulkan code.
  • However, this is just a promise. Show me dem elfs and so’s

Steam: New Games


  • This one is getting a lot of good buzz.
  • Cutesy Minecraft?
  • More like a cutesy don’t starve


Maos Legacy

  • Not available in _____.
  • These folks have poor out a number of other communist alternate history choose your own adventure games
  • I’m kind of reminded of crusader king’s, although I’m not sure if the goofiness level compares



  • A little curious how this works with Linux.
  • It’s a soundboard bit of software
  • No custom hotkeys just yet, so it’s a bit limited in that functionality.



  • If Gunslugs 1 and 2 were basically just Metal Slug, this one introduces some much needed variety into the mix.
  • Roguelike elements are usually a pretty good way to get me interested in a game I previously didn’t care much.
  • The art style gives me a bit of a broforce vibe


Linux 418.52.05

  • VK_NV_ray_tracing is now available on the following non-RTX GPUs:
    • Pascal: TITAN Xp, TITAN X, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
    • Volta: TITAN V
    • Turing: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, GeForce GTX 1660
  • WHAR RayQukeII!
  • The developer driver is based on the long lived branch, 418 for now.
  • This is the driver you want if you want to play with the latest Vulkan stuff.
  • It’s also the driver to run if you want the RTX functionality on a 1**0 series card.
  • It sucks for you if you’re buying a 1650 for a development machine.
  • Yet another reason, but spoilers



  • It landed in the Buntu PPA in under a week, nice!
  • New short-lived branch to introduce support for the 1650.
    • More on that after the jump.
  • They’re fixing some PRIME configuration issues as well. Seriously, if you’re still on bumblebee cuz you have an optimus laptop, consider using PRIME. It’s much better


1650 NVENC

  • And with that you nixed any desire for this little video encoder underpowered graphics card.
  • And thus Nory gets a 1050Ti.
  • Not entirely unexpected, but disappointing nonetheless
    • Nvidia could have shipped a metric fuck ton of units if they included that silicon
  • Considering how well the RX 570 is performing compared to this, it’d be a great alternative.
  • If the used ones out there weren’t mined to hell and back.
  • If you can find one of the 4GB versions, brand new, at MSRP, there’s no discussion.



  • Does it come with a carry-case for the batteries?
  • And a heat shield.
  • I like how they mention the schmach like it’s an actual thing


Epic on Lutris

  • Mind you, a bunch of the games in said store don’t run yet
  • Sweeny indicated that lutris should apply for some grant money. Still probably cheaper for them then actually supporting Linux
  • The creator of Lutris has stated if he had to pick between Valve and Epic, he choo choo chooses Epic.
  • Oh, man! You’re in for a world of fun now, Strider.
  • I’d totally apply for the grant.
  • Now it just needs to run the games.



  • Play the screensaver
  • Be the screensaver
  • Homeboy just wanted to learn about software rendering
  • It has an AI mode that run through the maze like the screensaver did.


Gameboy ROM maker

  • RPG maker that can output GB compatible ROMs
  • I found my ol’ brick GB in a box while I was consolidating things for the move.
  • Drag&Drop development
  • Create your pokeyman ripoffs easily, so Nintendo can hit the C&D button on you.

– Nooope

– Not sure if want to

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Super Tux Kart 1.0
Engine: Custom (Irrlicht/Antartica)|
Price: N/A

Wazzat: SuperTuxKart is a 3D open-source arcade racer with a variety characters, tracks, and modes to play. Our aim is to create a game that is more fun than realistic, and provide an enjoyable experience for all ages.


Does It Launch

  • Everything worked OOTB.
  • It cannot spawn a Pulse sink when Jack is running.
  • Not dinging it a Chair but y’all might want to look into that.

Performance @ 1080

  • Runs great if you build it from source.
  • Was having some frame-pacing issues when using the binary.


  • Looks good enough.


  • Worked with the Xclone and things could be rebound.
  • However.
  • If the wireless cuts off you have to restart the game for it to redetect.


Does It Launch

  • Yes

Performance @ 1080

  • Cranking everything up to 11 on the APU got me about 30FPS@1080
  • The 1080TI laughs at their puny karts


  • I mean, it looks like super tux kart


  • Everything seems to wokr OOTB


Does It Launch

  • Built from sauce on Solus, since the repo doesn’t have 1.0 yet.
  • Only needed libopenglrecorder-devel.

Performance @ 1080

  • If you push the graphics all the way up, Intel iGPs can only muster around 20 FerPS
  • 111 seems to be as high as it’ll go.


  • Motion blur is necessary if you want to have the fancy depth of field effect.
  • It looks alright, but not so much in a recording.


  • Keyboard works
  • Dual Shock 4 works
  • You can rebind everything

QA Score:


Fun section:


  • Venn:
    • I’ve been playing this game for 11 years and have enjoyed it for the last 8 months or so.
    • Let’s face it, single player is boring and everyone wants whatever drugs you lot were on when that brainstorming session took place.
    • Still haven’t figured that fever dream of an intro out.
    • It’s a cart racer with a gang of tracks and players to fill them.
    • A couple of modes like soccer and demo derby exist if you’re not into going round in circles.
    • If you are playing with friends prepare to have a good time.
    • But like I said earlier, single player can be a bit of a slog followed by a rage quit after the AI goes into hella dick mode at the end of the last lap.
    • #hockeystick
    • But it’s free, looks good, and is more entertaining than a lot of paid racing games.
  • Jordan
    • Almost everthing from the last review of STK applies to this one
    • Except now you can play with folks online, and it’s actually very well done
    • And being able to play with your friends is it’s true saving grace. Otherwise it;d be just be that one competently done open source kart game
    • I can appreciate throwing in some rocket league, but goddamn these are not the same games. BLUH
  • Pedro
    • Honestly, this has turned into a very nice party game.
    • The single player is still a bit meh and the AI cheats like a motherfucker.
    • They rubberband to you like crazy,
    • On expert it’s almost impossible for me to be in first place for more than a couple of seconds
    • I’ll be hit by three cupcakes and a basketball the moment I start getting anywhere close to the leader.
    • The physics are still a bit stilted but at least the camera no longer stays directly behind your kart, so that jolting around is gone.
    • For the life of me, in the standard maps, I still don’t see the point of drifting
    • The multiplayer is the big one here.
    • Rocket Karts is a bit meh but it’s different, and that diversity is awesome to see in what was the first game most people played on Linux.
    • And without the cheating AI, multiplayer racing is pretty fun.
    • They still need to do something about those name tags.

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