Valve Index orders have reopened! Proton 5.0.4 fixes the GD Batman, Minigalaxy gets a pause button, and RIP GOG Downloader. Then Black Mesa faces, the CHAIRQASITION! All this, plus your hate mail!
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05:25 Index orders reopen
08:30 Proton fixes Batman
10:55 Steam Labs patchnotes
12:55 Neverwinter Nights Dev build
16:05 Cobra Horse
17:40 Black Mesa co-op
21:15 Shameless self promotion
25:05 Drauger OS
28:40 Oculus Rift Linux support
31:20 RIP GOG Downloader
42:00 CHAIRQASITION: Black Mesa
56:01 Hate Mail
Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro
- Comes with a free copy of Alyx
- If you already own an index, you also get Alyx for free. I guess they really want people with VR headsets to try it
- Granted, Alyx will make people buy an Index who would have never entertained the idea.
- But how many of them are out there?
- Gaddamn Batman works now.
- The hook is available now and crouching won’t crash the game anymore.
- Runs like poo but, yeah.
- And it’s clear that it runs like poop for others.
- Some fixes to the origin launcher to get it working. Now you too can play star wars dark souls
- The one Linux using co-worker I know of tells me Monster Hunter is now playable on High graphical settings.
- Well, they’re clearly still working on older steamlabs stuff
- The big one is that games now have their own news hubs
- Also filthy tab openers like myself get better support. Yes valve! Embrace the disease!
Steam: Game Updates
- Having finished the 3 original campaigns on the previous development patch, I am very glad to see these fixes.
- Especially the metamagic and the “No preparations left”!
- Alphabetically sorting spells is also nice for…you know…finding spells
- A new character, two new levels and four new ways to murder your friends!
- Skateboarding snek is best snek
- Apparently they also got the hug of death. Good for them. More people should play this game
Steam: New Games
- Requires you to maybe set up a port forward
- I wonder if any of this will go to synergy
- One can hope.
- This is going to be hella broke but might be fun for a goof.
- So it’s a desktop operating system that is to be used only for gaming?
- SteamOS tried that approach and, despite being even more laser focused, it failed.
- I can see the point of SteamOS, I’m one of the few apparently.
- Heck, find me anything better than Fedora and I’ll run it on the Steambox.
- This… this doesn’t seem to be it.
- Because the one for GOG Galaxy worked, right?
- I mean, facebook isn’t ridiculously anti-linux so it miiiiiiiiight work?
- I’m not holding my breath though
- Still not sold on the VR thing.
- Now for sure that galaxy client is coming to linux. Right? Right?
- Good thing lutris still works. Or I guess you could use the next thing
- The downloader was only good for getting games with multiple files in one go.
- Considering how most of the games I have on GOG fit in a CD, I’m not terribly worried
- Not to defend GOG or anything but 6 years is plenty of fair warning.
- The new version lets you cancel and pause/resume downloads now!
- They also have a babby overlay that lets you show FPS stats
- If you’re into hyperbolic geometry, this game is for you
- What interests me is the difficulty scaling. Each of the levels has a bunch of treasures you’re supposed to collect. The more you collect, the harder the game gets.
- There’s a free version, but the paid version gets updated more frequently and will get new levels
- The way the map moves, it fucks with my eyes
- Don’t wanna prefix commands to use mangohud? This is a gui that has you covered
- I mean, not that it’s particularly difficult, but people seem to like clicky solutions
- Linux needs more GUIs
- Learning by example is best learning.
- This could help you get your platform on in GODOT.
Game: Black Mesa 1.0
Devel: Crowbar Collective
Price: £14.99 / $19.99 / $21.99
Wazzat: Relive Half-Life in this fan-made re-imagining.
- Works, all of it.
- 1080p, 2160p, on 11, well over 60.
- Proton is equally performant.
- The only catch being the OBS OpenGL capture issue.
- It goes all blink-o-tron 9K like Portal 2.
- Welp, for the first time in a decade it’s safe to save your game.
- At least I hope, seriously, that nonsense better be over and done with.
- Have I ever mentioned that I’ve never played the OG Half-life, this week?
- That’s important to know since I had no idea what I was in for, not even a little.
- All I knew was that it involved a science human with a wicked goatee, armed with a crowbar, facing off against some particularly hostile seafood.
- But that’s enough about my sex life, let’s focus on the game.
- It’s HL-1 abridged with sparkly cowboy boots and a lacquered hairdo.
- Everything needed to attract a modern audience and people desperate to relive the good bad old days of PC gaming, minus the bad parts …ish.
- But at the end of the day it plays like a FPS from 1998…. With a HD texture pack and pretty lights.
- Not to take anything away from the work that has been done, but that’s what Black Mesa is.
- A MOD from 2012 that’s got a little out of hand.
- I like the level and puzzle design and the challenging enemy AI, FK that AI, in a good way.
- Hell, I’m on a road to Xen because I want to see what 5 years of work on a level looks like.
- It better look like a milkshake.
- If you never played the original but enjoyed HL-2 this is worth your moneybits.
- It’s paced about the same, and will keep you engaged.
- WHAR proper Synergy MOD.
- It seems to be equally performant at 1080P and UHD from a ferps perspective
- UHD seems to have some herky jerk though, likely some frame timing issues as it seems to be proced by mouse movement
- Also, the flashlight in some of the tight corridors don’t work too great sometimes
- Controls like a half life should
- It half life
- It a prettier looking half life with an updated engine, but it’s still fundamentally half life
- It does seem like they’re taking the opportunity to massage out a few level idiosyncrasies from the original
- It’s otherwise pretty faithful from what I’ve seen. All the crap I remember from my playthrough of it millions of years ago still seems to hold water
- It’s a good way to experience half life for the first time if you haven’t played it for whatever reason
- It’s good fun, but I’m not expecting to be surprised at least until you hit Xen, because they did re architect a bunch of it
- I’m kinda hoping they do opposing force and blue shift. And of course the inevitable, potentially synergy fueled insane multiplayer.
- Think about it: What if gordon freeman was replaced by a dozen interns
- It launched
- It remembered my control settings
- I did notice some performance issues at 2560×1440.
- For the most part, even with everything on 11 it held way above 200FerPS, almost hitting the 300FerPS cap of the Source engine.
- There was one level, the one in Office Complex with the office filled with water and electricity, where at one point it came down to the 30s.
- There was also a floating green circle, probably a light source, that was shining through solid walls.
- There’s an aliasing bug that makes certain textures look bright red where they were supposed to be transparent around the edges of models.
- It’s a bit rough in points but it does work and, glitches aside, looks very nice.
- The game said the last time I had played it was in November 2017.
- Then it still ended just as you jump into Xen.
- Playing it again and playing what is effectively a reimagining of the first Half-Life, it’s pretty fun.
- I did notice that they made some of the levels smaller.
- And I’m absolutely, 100% in agreement with that!
- On a Rail was a chore to get through at the best of times and the first few levels in Unforeseen Consequences did drag out a little too long.
- They changed the pacing and there is a lot less downtime now
- The purists will hate it, but I very much enjoyed the new non-stop set piece to set piece pace.
- It has the same “very hard to put down” quality like Half-Life 2.
- It is buggy, but I did very much enjoy my time with it.
- Including the times when I stopped to put some of the pickups on the physics objects and watched them go crazy.