LinuxGameCast Weekly 405: TWID

Microsoft threatens to bring DX12 to Linux! Serious Sam 4 pulls the penguin, EA open-sources Command & Conquer, and Denuvo Anti-Cheat promises to be Linux compatible going forward. Then Golf with Friends faces, the CHAIRQASITION!

Special thanks to:
Foxy (back at Exec)
LucidLynx (new)
Darkwing (sea monster)
MikeG (Spock Mount)
Aldius (Skyrimjob Enhanced & Neir Weebomata)
Aldius (Sundered: Enhanced Edition)



04:39 Top Steam releases of April
07:32 Artifact invites
09:48 Denuvo Proton promise
12:48 Golf with Friends 1.0
14:28 ShellShock 1.0
16:18 Serious Sam 4 pulls Linux support
20:58 Crumbling World
23:38 Shameless self promotion
28:56 AMD Radion Rays
32:56 Command & Conquer opened sourced
35:15 Jazz2 critical updates
38:02 Open Joystick EOL
40:32 DirectX 12 on Linux
46:12 CHAIRQASITION: Golf with your Friends
54:25 Hate mail

Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

Top of the charts

  • Hey look, Iratus.
  • Blush blush is the only other linux game on the list
  • Streets of Rage 4 gets half a shout out for at least QAing with proton


Artifact beta invites

  • Sinking ship; meet bucket
  • You get signed up for the lottery if you’ve already purchased artifact back when it came out. No trying to sneak in for you
  • I got an invite. I suppose I should do the Opt-In thing.


Easy anti-proton

  • I wonder if Valve has anything to do with this.
    • Very likely.
  • They say this will be fixed upstream moving forward. Having Denuvo natively support proton gives me some mixed feelings though
  • Much like people in the thread I’m wondering, is this a work around that when it detects Proton it doesn’t check for the kernel driver or are they making a working proton replacement for the kernel driver?
  • I’m not a fan of the nonsense but at least it won’t get in the way of playing the damn games.

Steam: Game Updates

Escapist Golf 1.0

  • Another perma Early Access title reaches 1.0.
  • You can once again turn your ball into a glowing orb!
  • Games modes with golf.
  • It looks fun, NLG.
  • Once early access and the launch sale is done, they’re bumping the price up by $5
  • We’re running out of whipping boys.
  • Should be the last one for 2020.


Tanks 1.0

  • LOL JK!
  • Cayenne weapon tier, finally!
  • Seeing ally targeting is actually pretty handy. Learn from your team’s failures!
  • Seriously, all the Early Access games we could possibly mock for being permanently stuck in criticism limbo are “releasing”


Serious Sam 4

  • What the hell is the goal of this post?
  • You had SteamOS + Linux listed and you yoinked it when preorders started.
  • Thanks for being vague and spooling up the internet speculation drive.
  • Croteam has been pretty good in the past about Linux ports, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for now. FOR NOW.
  • They’re still probably using Vulkan for their graphics stack so it’ll likely run fine in proton, but still
  • They might just have to do some additional testing on the Microsoft Wayland compositor.
  • That post didn’t really fill me with confidence.

Steam: New Games

Crumbling World

  • All you need to run it is linux in your heart
  • It’s a stylistic action RPG in the vein of your diablos and torchlights
  • Apparently there are five levels with five stages. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it could be
  • No online multiplayer though. Hack and slashers are more fun with friends IMO


AMD open closed open source

  • Member kids, AMD didn’t open-source their stack out kindness.
  • They did it because they were broke broke and needed some help.
  • Not so broke any more.
  • I wonder if whatever hardware/software partners they had went: “if the Ray tracing thing is going to be open sauce, we’re not supporting you!”
  • There’s some theorizing in the comments about the directX portion of the library being part of the issue as well


EA open-source

  • Did EA just do a good?
  • Like, they got the open-source game devs in on it.
  • I think more than likely they’re just pulling an AMD. They know you still need to buy the game to play the OSS version.
    • ^
  • They also know that the engine reimplementation shifts maintenance from them to openRA project. That said, You can 1000% do the right thing for the wrong reasons


Jazz 2 (RTheren)

  • Fixed When grabbing the full life restore carrot, Spaz says “Yummy!”
    • Totally not a euphemism for something
  • Suck it Ice Cream Sandwich, you don’t get support no mo
  • Otherwise, it’s just mostly gameplay fixes.
  • Quite a few of the issues present when I did my stream have now been fixed.


RIP Open Joysticks

  • The Mateus touch strikes again.
    • Stan Bush nods knowingly
  • The source is and has been fully open though, so if someone really wants to fork it they can.
  • As much as I want to deny the rumors started on this very show, almost 7 years ago, that I’m the Summer Glau of Linux… The mounting evidence is starting to make me believe it

  • So what is this and what isn’t this?
  • The WSL now has a driver that allows exposing of a GPU device to the subsystem. This lets microsoft start working on a headless DX12 implementation for linux
  • It seems to be targeted more at GPGPU stuff at the moment, although based on the compositor news, it looks like they are likely going to move towards more traditional graphics processing stuff
  • It also seems like MS has been cautiously eying the progress of stuff like Dixvix and VKD3D and are concerned that they’re about to get their lunch ate.
    • We are still exploring how best to support Vulkan in WSL and will share more details in the future.
  • It also looks like MS is continuing their move to position windows as the platform to develop the stuff that you’ll run on linux
  • Are we actually gonna see a proper linux DX12 implementation running on linux for general consumption that games can target? Maybe. We’ve seen it done via third party for D3D9 on mesa forever ago.
  • It’s the plumbing for MS Linux desktop ™ .

– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Golf With Your Mates
Devel: Blacklight Interactive
Engine: Unity
Price: £6.99 / U$9.99 / C$11.49

Wazzat: Why have friends if not to play Golf… With Your Friends! Nothing is out of bounds as you take on courses filled with fast paced, exciting, simultaneous mini golf for up to 12 players!



  • Holds a solid 60 @ 1080 on high, even on Worms.
  • Keyboard + gerbil and xclone work OOTB.
  • The occasional graphical glitch with openGL but Proton Vulkan combo is seamless.


  • It’s a fkabout game using put put as the delivery method.
  • A mixture of skill, RNG, and jetpacks determine who puts the ball in its home.
  • Playing in forever alone mode is good for killing a little bit of time.
  • Or it can be used to practice for the real fun, multiplayer.
  • This is a party game and should be treated as such.
  • Half of the fun comes from watching the screwups of your teammates.
  • Yeah, it keeps score but more often than not you’ll be happy with the participation trophy from finishing.
  • At the end of the day it’s well done.
  • They managed to iron out most of the unintended jank and add back just enough for it to still work.
  • And the latest levels from Worms and Escapist are a nice step up in quality.
  • It’s $10, get it.



  • You don’t have to force OpenGL anymore, but the selection window for that spawns behind the “launching game” window in steam
  • It holds a solid 60 @ UHD. Although it’ll eat poo for a few seconds every so often
  • Click and drag. That’s how you control the ball


  • I hate golf in pretty much every form, pretty much to the level of violence, so needless to say, the few times I played it in early access, it did nothing to win me over.
  • So in light of this game’s 1.0, I decided to take a chance and try it out again
  • It plays pretty much like every other minigolf or pool game I’ve played
  • After about 9 holes on the default first map, I realized “yup, I still hate it”
  • Then I realized, I should probably try the escapists map too
  • And after 6 more holes, I still hated it
  • So congrats on the 1.0 Blacklight. You worked hard and got it out of early access. Fuck this game and fuck you guys!



  • On the Friday stream it mostly held 144FerPS at 2560×1440.
  • There was just one level where it ate all the poop.
  • Moving the camera around causes entire lightmaps to just vanish.
  • There’s a bunch of z-fighting with textures in some maps.
  • I do like the little HUD icon for the flag when you start a map.
  • And I like the arrow a ways away from the ball which gives you a better idea of where it will go.


  • It’s pure multiplayer madness and every modifier is designed specifically to get on Jordan’s nerves.
  • Playing it with rando’s on the interwebs does this game a bit of a disservice and, let’s be honest, this was meant for people to all get together in voice chat and have at.
  • And in that respect, the technical shortcomings actually help with the general sense of … well, nonsense.
  • The performance dips were not appreciated and I could certainly do without those, but having people riff on just how broken the lightmaps and camera are is very funny.
  • I don’t really play mini golf IRL at all, so I can’t comment on the accuracy of the simulation, but I can say the base mechanics are sound enough that you can actually get through a complete course.



Hate Mail:


  • I didn’t know what it was so I activated it. Already had Codevein but looks like Steam activated it again?

Leave Your Reply