LinuxGameCast Weekly 362: Special Unicorn

A special unicorn has arrived on Linux! GamerOS brings Steam’s Big Picture to Arch, Red Hat talks about gaming, and AMD 5700 XT Linux benchmarks.

04:41 AMD explains market share
07:29 TF2 economy crashes
11:19 GamerOS
14:51 Fantasy Strike launches
17:40 Risk System
19:19 VEmpire
21:36 Shameless self promotion
25:09 Smash Z in the wild
29:12 AMD 5700 XT benchmarks
23:57 Humble Multi Bundle
35:34 Defiant development shutters
38:09 Red Hat on gaming
40:34 Game mode Flatpak
43:00 Actua soccer source code
45:48 CHAITQASITION: Streets of Rouge
57:11 Hate Mail


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Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

AMD explains market share

  • So apparently mystery solved.
  • Cyber cafes count multiple logins on the same system as descrete “systems’ for the hardware survey
  • Valve doesn’t seem interested in fixing this and that’s why you should make your game an epic store exclusive.
  • Still doesn’t explain why I’m the only person with a 2060.
  • That certainly explains why, despite the popularity of Ryzen, Steam Market share isn’t reflecting that.
  • Seeing as most Linux users are usually the only ones who login on their Linux PCs and they don’t share the seat as much with others, I think I can see why our market share isn’t going anywhere either.


TF2 hats off

  • So apparently a glitch in the matrix exists that causes specific l00t boxen to drop items that normally are worth $100USD+ reliably
  • And because rarity correlates to cost, this is fucking up the hat economy
  • The gray market for these items are going nuts too.
  • The moral of the story is don’t put all your eggs in one basket, they could be worth nothing at the drop of a hat
  • The crates believed to be glitched were worth more than the items at one point.
  • What’s going to be interesting is seeing how Valve sorts this one.
  • Looks like they have halted trading for all the items that were dropped but where go from here?



  • Someone’s gonna make their own SteamOS. WIth blackjack. And hookers. And AAAAARCH
  • With Valve pretending SteamOS never happened, I’m okay /w this.
  • Can we make this slightly more distro agnostic?
  • Or maybe add some checks to see if it’s debian or rpm based it pulls the equivalent packages?
  • Maybe in the future even add the option to remove all the superfluous packages?

Steam: Game Updates

Fantasy Strike launched

  • For the love of FSM update those button prompt graphics for different controllers.
  • You can manually set which kind of button prompts you get, which is just a nice general feature
  • They added a boss rush mode with improved (read extra fucky) AI
  • The learn videos in linux now work. woo


Risk System

  • Big thank you to the devs for sending us 3 keys over curator connect!

Steam: New Games


  • We need Venn drinking tomato juice and talking about this game
  • Vampire hapsburgs eh? What do you call a hemopheliac vampire? It’s not a joke, I genuinely want to know


Z in the wild

  • Backers are getting notification emails.
  • It’s fkn loud.
    • Yeah, the switch has a fairly audible fan noise in handheld mode too, but what I heard in the video reminds me of datacenter fans
  • It struggles /w DOOM 2016, on Windows.
  • Yup, thoroughly unimpressive. Kudos on them for actually shipping though. I lost that bet
  • It really does have a Lynxxx vibe going for it.
  • They got a prototype out a youtube person, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.


AMD 5700 XT

  • The old 2060 gets 79.63 in Tombs.
  • As it stands, the only way to get this card working is to use amdgpu-pro, which is not really designed/optimized for gaming in any way
  • I”m inclined to take these benchmarks with a rock of salt, as this isn’t how most people will end up using the card.
  • Also, don’t buy the reference 5700s.
  • Apparently, they’re loud-ass space heaters!


Humble Multi Bundle

  • Barony is the one Linux game in this Bundle
  • If like me you’re gonna buy for Killing Floor 2, make sure you slide all the non-Linux game sliders to 0.
  • Yeah, one Linux port but a gang of this nonsense works /w Proton.
  • Minus Bloodharvest because battlenetplayspy thingy.
  • Not gonna lie, yoniked it for KF2.


Defiant development shutters

  • RIP HOF.
  • They will remain in shell mode to support their existing games.
  • These things happen. Not every game development company will live long enough for EA to buy them out and ruin them.
  • The Hands of Fate games were flawed but they were really nice!
  • I do hope these folks find more opportunities and money to make more games.


Red Hat on gaming

  • Yeah, asking redhat to support gaming is a bit like asking dyson to make a mop. They probably could, but it’s not their core business
  • They do throw some money at gaming related events and causes because many software developers these days are failed game developers.
  • I’m sure they’d love the opportunity to get some money back by helping VALVe or some other game company to support their infrastructure but I can’t see them making a gaming desktop OS.


Game mode Flatpak

  • Flatpak apps can now hit the gamemode service through dbus
    • Speaking of which, a whole whack of dbus refactora
  • They’ve also added an environment variable for you to stick command prefixes like primusrun/optirun or PRIME
  • With stuff like Athenaeum running and installing games from flatpaks, this is a very good thing to see!


Actua soccer

  • According to wikipedia, Actua Soccer was the first all 3d game available on home consoles
  • It’s english premier league soccer. Or the sauce for it anyways.
  • For the purposes of archival, historical interest and research the Actua Soccer Source Code is available to download under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Creative Commons Licence.
  • There’s some exes mixed in there.

– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Streets of Rogue
Devel: Matt Dabrowski
Engine: Unity
Price: £15.49 / US$19.99 / CA$22.79

Wazzat: Streets of Rogue is a rogue-lite about player choice, freedom, and anarchic fun. The game takes inspiration from fast-paced top-down rogue-lites like Binding of Isaac and Nuclear Throne, and adds free-form, experimentation-driven, emergent gameplay elements of RPGs like Deus Ex.


Does It Launch

  • You like 1024×768?
  • Or whatever low-res it defaults to on each and every launch.

Performance @ 1080

  • 60 at 2160.


  • Fluid Hipster-pixel.


  • Xclone.


Does It Launch

  • It does. Sometimes it does give you a bloop of noop though

Performance @ 1080

  • Pixels


  • Also pixels
  • You do get a wee character blind sometimes


  • Wasd + mouse works fine. So does the ps4



Does It Launch

  • The first time it launches in a window and then goes to whatever you set it
  • They figured it out!

Performance @ 1080

  • It performs very well


  • It’s not hipster pixel but it’s not far off.
  • Everything works though


  • You can rebind everything

QA Score:


Fun section:


  • Venn:
    • Welcome back to rouge-lite procedurally-generated hipster-pixel month here at LGC labs.
    • At least this fucker has a sense of humour about it and you know what, that goes a long way.
    • Pick a class, assign attributes, attempt to snek and end up punching your way out of situations.
    • Because half the time RN Jesus doesn’t generate option 2.
    • I rather liked the soundtrack so it has that going for it.
    • It is good for a quick romp and the occasional chuckle but don’t expect much in the way of depth here.
    • No matter the reskin you’re still playing a half-shuffled version of the same level.
    • But it does have online multiplayer so there could be some unintentional hilarity to be found in that.
    • At $19.99 it’s a pass but if you catch it on sale (or in a bundle) pick it up.
    • Yes, for this type of game you can consider that a glowing endorsement.
  • Jordan
    • It genuinely does feel like GTA2 in a tinny little blocky procedurally generated level
    • And venn brings up a very good point, there’s not a lot of variety in the levels
    • The gameplay feels solid enough. There’s a plethora of options for doing your missions. Although you’re kinda stuck with what you have, so sometimes you just gotta cheese the AI
    • Sometimes though, the dumb as rocks AI hampers you, especially when you need to protect or escort folks
    • There’s some RPG mechanics, but they do feel a wee tacked on as part of the gameplay loop
    • I thiink doing this in multiplayer would be fun, but I have an overwhelming suspicion that stealth just gets thrown out the window in MP mode
  • Pedro
    • I like roguelikes and rogue-lites.
    • I’ve sunk a few hours into The Binding of Isaac Rebirth, I sunk even more in Enter the Gungeon.
    • I just don’t feel compelled to come back to this one.
    • Isaac, besides the usual rogue-lite mechanics, complements what you’re doing with just a teeny tiny bit of lore.
    • Just enough to make interesting and give it that grim vibe!
    • This one has you clicking through text boxes for 10 minutes before it lets you in game.
    • By the end of the tutorial I was done.
    • I still played on to see what the gameplay loop feels like, but I didn’t like it.

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