LinuxGameCast Weekly 380: Drama Llama

Steam discontinues the areola controlla! Lutris gets an Epic grant, Quake 2 RTX still runs like poo, and what distros do people game on in 2019? Then Serial Cleaner faces, the CHAIRQASITION!

Special thanks to:

  • Nova King (new patreon)
  • Steve_hussie (used referral link for TV yoink)
  • Dom M (Llllammma sweater)



03:53 Steam Awards & Autumn Sale
08:56 Valve removes 1000 games
11:36 Top Steam releases of October
13:06 Proton 4.11-9
14:36 Proton 4.20 GE-1
18:22 Shameless self promotion
23:39 Lutris v0.5.4
26:49 Lutris Epic Mega Grant
31:18 Quake II RTX update
33:58 WINE 4.0.3
36:18 HestiaNet AI Banhammer
40:08 Top Linux gaming distros
45:17 CHAIRQASITION: Serial Cleaner
55:42 Hate Mail

Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

Autumn Sale

  • Got another Steamy Controlla for FK and or ALL reason.
  • Well, I kinda hope I get one with non tool assisted battery removal.
  • Yes, it’s been discontinued.
  • The wheel of booga booga seems to indicate there is a steam controller 2 on the horizon
    • Dual analog stick and internal battery would be a welcome addition.
  • Couple of nice sales if you’re following our curator page.
  • I have yet to see a game slashed to the point of insta-buy.


Steam cleaning

  • Valve has removed 1016 apps (this includes DLCs) from the Steam store.
  • Seems they were going after devs for abusing steamworks?
  • Apparently a bunch of the games were all being published by the same people and I guess it wasn’t all above board.
  • Apparently a couple of the games were actually well received like Electronic Highways, but it seems most of them were jank
  • Not much word from Valve otherwise


Top Releases of October 2019

  • “Ban your Linux-using ass” was a bestseller
  • Not hard to do when it’s free-to-play
  • Shock and awe, there be linux games on this list
    • Indivisible, tavern simulator (which apparently has a nudity tag) and Pine


Regular Ass-proton

  • No rumbly steering wheels for folks using the thing from the next story
  • Was the 970 reporting 4GB of memory?


GE Proton 4.20

  • Still. No. God. Damn. Batman.
    • I’m pretty sure everyone is trying to pretend it didn’t exist
  • There’s some law wrangling going on in this release. GE isn’t as brave as Strider, so he won’t be shipping microsoft code that he doesn’t own.
  • Also the intention of this project does seem to be upstreaming stuff to Proton for when they get around to rebasing on the latest WINE, so they’re trying to make that as clean as possible
  • You can alt tab again
    • WHich can apparently cause the xfce bar to show up. Even if you don’t have XFCE installed???
  • There goes the whole point of me using this.
    • What does the MF stuff do?
    • DirectX-based, Windows-only, GStreamer
  • I can just add the Media Foundation crap via protontricks, so this is just about having a newer version of WINE.
  • I’m sure VALVe still appreciates someone sticking their necks out for them.


Lutris v0.5.4

  • So, what was the deal with usernames starting with x?
    • Strider really didn’t want xXBongSlayer69Xx using luttris
  • Support for PRIME offloading.
  • Lutris will also pick up your gallium9 installation for your native DX9 goodness
    • At least until D9vk standalone becomes a thing, and considering the guy writing that is currently working on Dix Vix standalone, that’s probably gonna happen


Lutris’s Epic Grant!

  • Strider’s gonna have to pick up the pace now!
  • That’s $25k less to buy excwoosives.
  • I wonder what $25000 of cannabis actually looks like
  • Man, some motherfuc*ers need to get out of their mums basement and learn how the world works.
  • I genuinely saw someone post on Reddit that Lutris should be focused on getting more developers instead of trying to get money.
  • For the end users you need to look at it like this.
  • Epic is spreading the cash in hopes of having solid compatibility with the Epic launcher and Lutris.
  • That benefits everyone. Period.
  • Everyone running an open-source project knows how much freedom 25K in the bank brings.
  • Be happy for Ole Frenchy, not jelly.
  • Okay, you can be a little jelly.


Quake 2 RTX update

  • Still rocking that 40FPS lyfe at 1080.
  • The rendering of glass has been improved, along with the rendering of reflections.
  • Now, there are options to enable dynamic resolution scaling – when dynamic scaling is activated.


WINE 4.0.3

  • Nothing too crazy here, just a maintenance release
  • Cygwin on Wine users rejoice, your dash binary works now!
  • Yeah, this is just an update to the stable version.
  • You’d probably want to be running the development version, if your intention is to get non-steam Windows games running.
  • But if that’s your use case, you may want to give Lutris a try.


HestiaNet AI Banhammer

  • 98.36% accurate according to the dev… Fuck!
  • That figure is based on Overwatch cases, which have already been flagged as suspicious
    • So it’s not gonna pick a cheater up out of the blue
  • Still, this is pretty impressive for a one man hobby project. I suspect Valve’s probably going to be tossing some more cash in his direction on top of the bounty they already paid out


Linux gaming distros

  • Easy to use distros remain popular, news at 11.
  • Ubuntu falls in and out of favor a lot!
  • Fedora rocking the 3.5% Aww yiss
  • A lot of good competitors for ubuntu’s market space have popped up, and they’re not making too many friends with their 32 bit decisions

– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Serial Cleaner
Devel: Draw Distance
Engine: Unity
Price: £11.99 / US$14.99 / CA$16.99 (80% off during the Autumn Sale)

Wazzat: Slip on your flares, grab your shades and hop in your station wagon, it’s time to work… as a mob professional cleaner. A good cleaner never gets caught, so you have to make sure you get in, clean up and get out without leaving a trace of evidence in this stylish award winning 2D action-stealth game.

Mandatory Disclosure: Humble was giving it away


Does It Launch

  • No issues.

Performance @ 1080

  • Solid 60.


  • Groovy.


  • Xclone and PS4.


Does It Launch

  • da

Performance @ 1080

  • 60


  • Dustforce men, all featureless and functional


  • No issues


Does It Launch

  • It do

Performance @ 1080

  • Good thing about Unity games is that they actually make use of the 144Hz of my 1440p monitor.


  • No issues what-so-ever


  • DualShock 4 worked out of the box, with Xbox prompts.

QA Score:


Fun section:


  • Venn:
    • As professionally professional game critic allow me to be the first to say.
    • FK stealth games.
    • Seriously, the only thing remotely resembling a stealth game that I have ever enjoyed was the Middle Earf series.
    • But Venn, focus on the positive, they said.
    • Well, it’s hard not to dig the art-style and soundtrack.
    • Both of those are the business.
    • Runs at a solid 60 ferps in 2160p.
    • Controls work well enough.
    • Oh FFS, I feel like someone asked me to try and come up with some good things about Hilter.
    • No, I’m not comparing Serial Cleaner to one of the worst people of the 20th Century.
    • Only the genre.
    • Stealth games are literally Hilter.
  • Jordan
    • The stealth mechanic here reminds me of Metal Gear 2
    • Enemies have a cone of vision, and can sometimes hear you. Dip and dodge your way through
    • In this case, “through” means some giant fucking levels that you need to haul bodies and speed vacuum blood off of
    • Stealth games aren’t usually my cup of tea, but I gotta say it is kind of a thrill to be right in the dead zone of two or more enemies’ vision cone and somehow you bullshit your way out of it
    • My main problem with the game is how much waiting is involved. That part’s not fun to me, sitting there in omnisicient god mode watching these idiot pigs bumble about their jobs
    • The sound track is pretty good, although some stuff in there sounds a little plagemarizzesque
  • Pedro
    • It’s not often you see a stealth game which doesn’t rely on darkness for everything.
    • In fact, Serial Cleaner is very bright and very colorful.
    • But I’m still rather meh on Stealth games.
    • Thief 2: The Metal Age was the best in my opinion, even if it did rely on darkness a lot.
    • This one is completely different to that and while it is very well done, it doesn’t really tickle my fancy.
    • I did enjoy the light-hearted humor for what is a game about covering up evidence of some very gruesome murders.
    • But I kinda didn’t want to play anymore once I got to the disco level.
    • So, the fun was clearly not there for me.

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