LinuxGameCast Weekly 369: Poutine Inside

World of Warcraft Classic cuts off Linux users, Lutris prepares for Flatpak, Steam adds some Epic terms to their Distribution agreement, and Blasphemous gives us an update on their Linux port. Then Slipstream faces, the CHAIRQASITION!


Timestamps:
04:01 Game giveaway
04:45 Steam Store Algorithms
07:14 Epic terms for the Steam store
10:11 Everspace defends Early Access
13:23 SteamVR 1.7
14:57 Proton 4.11-4
16:15 Starve Together Salty Dog beta
17:59 Blasphemous Linux update
19:48 Krita comes to Steam
22:18 Age of Grit
24:18 Shameless self promotion
27:51 WoW Classic blocks Linux users
31:56 Mumble 1.3.0
33:34 Lutris Flatpaks
36:52 RPCS3 July update
39:57 Roll your own cloud gaming
42:23 CHAIRQASITION: Slipstream
52:22 Hate Mail


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Steam: News

Steam Store Algorithms

  • I for one look forward to seeing how this will be exploited.
  • Games being popular no longer feature as prominently in people’s suggestions…
  • I can’t help but feel like developers and publishers aren’t going to be too happy about that!
  • This is the automated solution to the indie visibility problem. Like most machine learning solutions, we’re going to have to wait and see if it actually works as intended

 

Epic terms

  • This boils down to “You’re not using Steam to plug your shite”
  • The only dick swinging move would be for Epic to cover legal fees.
    • I almost kind of want to see that
  • Exclusivity is only good for developers if their games suck
  • Now it’s a matter of waiting to see who the first dev/publisher to run afoul of this will be.

 

Everspace on Epic

  • Turns out that having actual features to leverage the community is useful if you’re going to be doing the early access model
  • You lose out on the money guarantee but since Epic is cherry-picking the games they offer excwusivity deals and those are often the ones that would make that money anyway, you get to keep the good will of the people who bought the previous one.

 

Steam VR performance

  • That Mr Meesecks Body horror. Jeez
  • Some fun hacky path switching stuff involving occulus
  • I’m curious if the performance issues are all Proton focused or if they’re trying to actually make native VR under linux a thing

 

Proton 4.11-4

  • Some sweet sweet bluetooth fixes.
  • I’m always down for a better DualShock 4 experience!
  • Linux using Farming Simulator fans rejoice!

Steam: Game Updates

Getting Wood

  • You might remember this critter from both times Foxy and I streamed Don’t Starve Together. This is the dude who is a beaver tha hungers for wood
    • It’s not a euphemism, but it 100% should be
  • He’s got two more transformations for you. You trigger them by eating monster gu ts
    • One of them is a moose

 

Really Soon”

  • Blasphemous supposedly still coming to Linux
  • But like most kickstarters, it didn’t drop on release.
  • This is the kind of shit that keeps turning people off of kickstarting games.
  • I want to play it, I want to play oh so bad!
  • But they’re not getting my monies until they deliver on their promise.

Steam: New Games

Krita

  • Digital painting simulator 2019.
  • That is a very nice price!
  • Might detract the elitist bullshit artists, but that is a very nice price for something as fully featured as Krita.
  • You forget that steam sells actual software sometimes

 

Age of Grit

  • A CRPG in the veins of Might & Magic but with airships in the old west.

News:

Wow classic

  • In the wake of last week’s DDOS, Actiblizzion took some…countermeasures
  • They started dropping packets that used the linux default TTL value
    • Fortunately, honey linux don’t give a fuck and does give you full access to the network stack, so switching the TTL to the windows value seems to mitigate it
    • Also Ipv6 for those who have access to it.
  • I would have done the exact same thing.
  • This was about stopping an attack, not sticking it to teh Linux users.
  • Blizzard once again shafting the WINE users for “other reasons”.
  • I still haven’t bought Diablo 3 because they lied to people’s faces when they claimed the bans were not happening because of WINE.

 

Mumble 1.3.0

  • Individual user volume adjustment is a nice feature. Hopefully it works a wee better than discord’s
  • Improved banhammer
  • Push to talk can optionally be toggled by something not buried in a menu
    • That’s finally a thing, neat!
  • Also appimages!

 

Lutris 0.5.3

  • D9VK is now a configurable option
  • Lots of bug fixes and a new logo
    • Not the logo it should have though. Needs more sunglasses and pew pew
    • Or human teeth
  • Looks like they are preparing for a Flatpak release.

 

RPCS 3 (RTheren)

  • They’ve made some progress in finding a method to have games run at higher frame rates without modifying the game itself in the form of adjustable vblank and the ability to change what time means
  • Demon’s Souls at 60FerPS at UHD… Hmmmmmmmmm

 

Web based cloud gaming

  • Deploy your own Stadia for emulators!

CHAIRQUISITION:
– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Slipstream
Devel: ansdor
Engine: libGDX (Java in an appimage)
Price: £7.19 / US$9.99 / CA$11.49

Wazzat: Arcade-style racing game inspired by the spirit of the early 90s, with drifting mechanics and exotic tracks.

Mandatory Disclosure: Dev sent us keys



Venn:

Does It Launch

  • It always launches in the left monitor, the one in portrait.
  • Have to unbiggen it, drag to center display, and rebiggen it.

Performance @ 1080

  • 60 @ 2160.

Graphics

  • Don’t touch any of the CRT or pixel effects.

Control

  • Works with the Xclone.


Jordan:

Does It Launch

  • Yah, it definitely likes that leftmost monitor
  • Also that DS4 controller issue

Performance @ 1080

  • Yerop

Graphics

  • The extra smooth animations kind of clash with the pixel look

Control

  • Pedro will talk about how to get the ds4 working
  • Afterwards it blurks


Pedro:

Does It Launch

  • It do

Performance @ 1080

  • Locked at 60

Graphics

  • Retrotastic

Control

  • Had to force enable the virtual controller thing in Steam for it to pick up my DS4 properly.
  • Steam controller works ootb.

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Fun section:

Fun?:

  • Venn:
    • Is it just me or does something look off with the pixel car and the relatively high-res tracks followed by the pixel skymap?
    • You can make everything hella-pixel (or CRT) but the screen becomes nope soup with a quickness.
    • As for the game itself, it’s Cruising USA on a pixel budget.
    • That’s not a bad thing but you have to keep in mind games during the era Slipstream is trying to emulate had one purpose, eating quarters.
    • Dick AI and, unfortunately, hella repetitiveness.
    • Not to say it’s unenjoyable, nay, Slipstream is perfectly fine for a pick me up and drift only to get dicked over at the end by another stupid monkey truck session.
    • What I’m getting at is that it’s a bit repetitive and I found myself playing it in 10 minute chunks.
    • After getting the drifting locked down it kinda turned into a SCHMUP on wheels.
    • It dies have a few racing modes and the option for local coop.
    • Not bad, not great, but if you’re into retro racers $9.99 is a fair price for what it delivers.
  • Jordan
    • So apparently the name of the game is ABD
    • Always be drifting
    • I can’t really comment on the versimiltude of the handling, but I’m pretty sure physics doesn’t work like that?
    • Anyways, it’s a car racist game. Apparently there’s a story mode. I’m assuming a love story between a man and his vehicle
  • Pedro
    • Drift or lose, the game.
    • It’s a bit infuriating when there’s random traffic vehicles that have that nasty habit of swerving towards you.
    • Also, no matter how they do it, if an AI car hits you, you’re the one that slows down.
    • I get it, in old games the CPU cheated by dicking you over at every possible chance.
    • But it’s still just as annoying in 2019 as it was in 1992.
    • I did very much enjoy the racing when I wasn’t crashing into traffic
    • And even the retro graphics feel appropriate for this one.

Fun Score:

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