Epic acquires Rocket League! Valve Index sells out, CS:GO Danger Zone gets a new map, and Electronic Arts joins the Kronos Group.
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Sean (new patreon)
05:24 Valve Index goes on sale
08:19 1 billion Steam users
09:45 Moving Steam libraries
12:36 Rocket League 1.62
13:39 Epic acquires Psyonix
18:48 New map for Danger Zone
20:36 Assault Android Cactus+
24:59 Last Epoch
27:11 Fell Seal
28:58 Shameless self promotion
32:10 EA joins Kronos Group
34:58 World of Goo
37:32 DXVK 1.1.1
40:07 Wolfire Games on itch
41:48 irrlamb 1.0.0
43:37 CHAIRQASITION: Among the Sleep
57:34 Hate Mail
Linux gaming mayhem & madness with a side of news, reviews, and whatever the Hell-Elks™ we come up with.
Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro
- No VR for canada. It’s already too real up here
- 1K seems about right for the amount of kit on offer.
- It’s already sold out the initial batch.
- Would do them some good to make the VR test-o-tron work /w Linux.
- That’s still prohibitively expensive.
- If VR is your thing I could see dropping 1K.
- This must include all accounts created since the beginning of ever.
- How many of those are smurf accounts too?
- Well, you have to spend $5 these days.
- Yeah, VALVe said in 2018 that they had around 90 million active users.
- Script for an annoyingly manual process that for whatever reason steam doesn’t implement properly
- There was that issue of it deleting your entire $HOME, I think that has been the major issue around that.
- Honestly, I wish Steam would just update the install directory if it detects you’ve moved a game which had been previously installed somewhere else.
- Dedicated Steamy drive #lifehack.
Steam: Game Updates
- This page foreshadows the next bit of news
- But honestly, who cares about the game update at this point?
- Worth giving a mention while we’re on the topic
- Guess it will be moving to UE4 shortly.
- Now this is the part of the announcement that should have you worried.
- “The PC version of Rocket League will come to the Epic Games store in late 2019. In the meantime, it will continue to be available for purchase on Steam; thereafter it will continue to be supported on Steam for all existing purchasers.”
- Competition ™
- Now, watch them make if F2P.
- This will be a shitshow of Epic proportions for Psyonix if they do pull it from Steam.
- Before they were saying that rocket league would be available for purchase only from the epic store in the future. Now they seem to be backtracking a little bit by saying “we haven’t actually announced that we’re removing it from sale on steam afterwards”
- This rightfully has linux users concerned. If it does become an epic exclusive, you can pretty much kiss new linux players goodbye as Epic provides no facility to purchase or play games under linux.
- Piggybacking on strider’s work notwithstanding
- Ayyy, we get a new map
- Might be something worth taking a look at during the Aftershowzen.
- Aww, no more floating fish!
- Long live the Switch!
- All of these Indies, which found new life in that console, all seem to be getting new content.
- I approve!
- Raising the price is a bold move
- In principle I have no issues with it, but PC gamers have a complex relationship with developers and price.
- It’s on switch so they had to raise the price.
- Seriously, that’s something Nintendoes.
- Autoaim is a nice touch.
- Online multi would be a welcome addition.
Steam: New Games
- What’s wrong with your face physics?
- Those system specs don’t inspire much confidence in the attention paid to Mac or Linux.
- It screams of a “Just click export” kind of job
- SIngle player Path of Exile, complete with sphere grid
- Most of the issues revolve around the fact that they’re charging 30 bucks for a skeleton of a game
- You’d think with Vikings Wolves of Midgar coming out to this kind of reception back in 2017, new devs would know better than to just push out something like this.
- Sandy clued me into this one a few months ago.
- I’ve been eagerly waiting for this to get out of early access
- Basically, Squenix knows TRPG fans want a new final fantasy tactics, and refused to deliver
- These folks made their own with blackjack and hookers
- The headline makes my skin crawl, but it probably isn’t that bad
- It’s not like EA will force linux support for vulkan to disappear. They just want to have a say in what the standard can do
- Maybe get their hands on a bit of that stadia action while they’re at it
- Maybe if we gather the dargon ballz we can now wish for EA to support linux.
- I sill wouldn’t buy any of their games.
- EA, sports, multiplayer, massive (potential) playerbase.
- Hell, Spock’s mentally challenged nephew Spork could logic this one out.
- EA sees also a new market with the same people backing it as Android did.
- There’s a whole new way to make another ton of money.
- Part of Humble Bundle 1.
- Gets a much needed update, including features like:
- not being 4:3
- Having textures that can scale
- Keeping the save file and config file in the same folder
- Another perfect example of the Switch breathing new life to these games!
- Take 2, the update.
- Fixed the hella flicker BS with NeiR Automatata.
- You can now set per executable settings in the global configuration file if you don’t want to hunt down full paths every time you wanna make a change
- Everyone dun grabbed their copy of AC:U when Notre Dame burned down, so they have some fixes for that
- You want to be running the latest Vulkan stuff if you’re playing UE4 games with this version.
- I guess it’s nice that they’re available on itch
- Although at this point if you don’t own Lugaru or Overgrowth I’m not sure why you’d bother
- Ah, Receiver!
- I wanted to play that game, but when I did they didn’t let me rebind any of the controls and some of those defaults are absolutely stupid
- Talk about blast from the past, wow.
- 16 new levels.
- Replaced Bullet physics.
- Adding an online multiplayer function would be nuts.
Game: Among The Sleep
Devel: Krillbite Studio
Price: £10.99 (around 15 on average)
Wazzat: Among the Sleep is a first person horror adventure, in which you play a two year old child. After waking up in the middle of the night to mysterious sounds, you start exploring the dark looking for comfort.
Mandatory Disclosure: That link is a partner link!
Does It Launch
- Clean OOTB.
Performance @ 1080
- 60 @ 1080.
- It looks like an indie title made with Unity.
- With horrific mother.
- Played with the Xclone and no issues.
- Logically mapped.
Does It Launch
Performance @ 1080
- Holds 75 @UHD
- Mommy is a horrifying homunculus
- But it’s standardy unityness nothing too wrong with it
- DS4 worked out of the box
- Movable stuff being on a parallel track is a little awkward
Does It Launch
- chmod +x that shit! – If you got it from Humble, from what I thought we were doing.
- Works right OOTB on Steam.
Performance @ 1080
- I remember having trouble maintaining 30 FPS on the calculator with this one.
- Nowadays I have to keep VSync on to stop the 1080 from coil-whining its way into an early grave.
- Barring a few instances of the “monster” clipping through the scenery in some places, it’s fine
- If mommy is on the way down the uncanny valley, Teddy landed face first at the bottom.
- But the non-Enhanced edition has issues with the mouse sensitivity.
- Ladies and gentlemen of the Chairqasition allow me to posit an idea.
- Babby strafing!
- Seriously all (and I mean all) I was thinking about ws how good a deathmatch map this house would make.
- Spoiler, I rather dislike children and whenever ooky spooky was going down I pointed that little fkr right at it and stomped the petrol.
- It was all for naught, you quickly realize this is atmospheric horror.
- Admiditally the beginning with the blood closet had my attention, hard, but that was just a tease.
- Yeah, I wanted shite to get dark, real dark, like probably couldn’t sell the game on Steam dark (if such a thing is possible these days) but the best Among The sleep could muster was “go solve some puzzles while we make some racket in the background”
- This brings us back to babby strafing.
- Krillbite Studio has a golden opportunity to create one of the best arena shooters of all time.
- Become the Bear and ride your War Babby into glorious victory.
- Yeah, I don’t have kids.
- Child Endagerment: The video game
- Yeah, I’m win Venn. This game didn’t go dark enough for me
- I don’t fucking trust a word out of your mouth you ursine bastard!
- The entire time I’m thinking this baby is in no real danger from anything
- In fact, I didn’t think there was a game over state until swamp mommy picked me up
- The twisted child perspective thing is a neat angle though and I can appreciate them milking it for some spooky vibes
- The gameplay itself is just kinda meh
- Walk around, push pull drag. Hug the bear when it gets dark so you can see where youre going
- After Baba, these ‘puzzles’ aren’t anything. At all.
- If I had to complain, the way you make progress is a bit… meh.
- The story is great but the only way to progress it is to basically do busywork finding bits to unlock the way forward.
- They’re not puzzles, they’re not challenging half the time, they’re just busywork.
- It feels a bit padded.
- But nowhere near as much as say Layers of Doors.
- The story here is the big one.
- There’s some talking in the first half but when Teddy is, quite literally, ripped away from you there’s no more talking and it shows just how much environmental storytelling there is.
- Mommy is a drinker and when our toddler protagonist goes meandering about in the middle of the night, she’s not too happy.
- Admittedly, the game gave me some of the feels the first time I finished it and you see drunk mom holding on to Teddy and you take it away from her to promptly run outside to… dad?
- That was good storytelling!
- The atmosphere is perfect, it just doesn’t get full marks because of the padded busywork.