LinuxGameCast Weekly 421: Keyboard Skittles!

The extermination bot services brings a little chaotic good to TF2, Fall Guys enables Easy Anti Cheat, 3DO DOOM gets remastered for Linux, and Radeon RX 6000 benchmarks begin to leak. Then Chronicon faces, the ChairQAsition.


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Timestamps:
05:15 Steam client beta updates containers
08:15 SteamDB adds top sellers list
09:26 CS:GO and cheating scandal
11:45 TF2 bot extermination service
14:25 Fall guys get EAC
16:15 Chronicon
17:14 There Is a Way
19:04 Faerie Solitaire Dire
21:00 Human Diaspora
23:10 Fury Unleashed
24:30 Apple sues Epic
29:00 Shameless self promotion
31:00 3080 benchmarks leaked
34:57 RX 6000 benchmarks
37:37 antimicrox
40:46 Phoenix DOOM
42:46 Beyond All Reason alpha
45:26 OpenRGB 0.4
48:21 ChairQAsition:Chronicon
01:00:44 Hate mail


Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

Client beta updoot

  • More updates and fixes for scout, steam’s container based runtime
  • A lot of this is behind the scenes stuff. I’m curious if we’re ever going to see an end result
  • You can edit your review if for some gods forsaken reason you ever change your mind
  • Could you fix the co-op category from expanding every, damn, time, I install a game?

Steam top sellers

  • Crusader Kings 3 takes 4 out of the top 10 best selling games for week 36

CS Cheating

  • I mean, Brazil’s not doing too good on those covid protocols, so yeah, maybe having your money makers avoid getting sick and potentially dying is the smrt move
  • If people found ways to cheat AT the arena, what do you think would happen if these things were to happen from home?

Steam: Game Updates

TF2 Bots

  • Nothing wrong with a little chaotic good.
  • Fighting fire with fire is probably not a bad idea at this point.
  • Granted, this will throw a grenade into Valves AI cheat detection.

Fallen Guys

  • EAC wrecking another online game.
  • But that wine support is totally coming you guys. Tim promised

Steam: New Games

Chronicon

  • 18.04 or get bent
    • More on that at 11.
  • Guys. Please stop it with the couch co-op.
  • Chairs will be flying in its direction, stick around!

There Is a Way

  • 39 + 1 endings. I wonder if there’s a hidden 40 – 1st ending
  • It’s an adventure/puzzle game with an interesting hook. The puzzles you do and how you do them affect the ending
  • THe puzzles seem to be a weird bunch of number dot puzzles?
  • Either way it seems ambitious
  • Taking the Stanley Parable concept and making it a more traditional video game is an interesting idea.
  • The action takes place in the scenery of San Francisco and Oakland.

Faerie Solitaire Dire

  • So this isn’t regular solitaire? It’s like a slightly different ruleset?
    • It is for you to discover the mechanics of Dire.
  • Whar faerie free cell?
  • Beware the grey, indomitable fog!
  • Sill no clue how to play solitaire.

Human Diaspora

  • Apparently this is done on OpenGLES 3.0 for both the windows and linux version.
    • It’s a bold choice Cotton
  • Looks like it could be an okay shooter
  • Could be very interesting, but I’mma wait for that Early Access to run its course.
  • It has some interesting looking environments, I’ll give it that.
  • No need for a graphics card.

Fury Unleashed (demo)

  • Demo is only available for a limited time. Cuz that’s how demos should work
  • Still waiting on the online multiplayer

Epic Watch

IMA sue U back

  • I mean, they did breach the contract.
  • I’m still not cool with them going after Apple and pretending the console makers are the slightest bit different.
  • They all make their own hardware and software.
  • Again, ya’ll fkd up going after Apple.
  • If the court hadn’t upheld the injunction to stop Apple from nuking the engine entirely, Apple would have probably already put the kibosh on Epic’s little stunt.
  • Apple owning Apple’s stuff is dystopian.
  • Epic owning Fortnite’s stuff is fine and dandy.

News:

Powerful 3080

  • Got to see them 3070 digits.
  • If the CUDA jump is that mental it would be hard to pass, 8GB or not.
  • Come on AMD, something that’ll force NVidia to drive those prices down.
    • Me thinks AMD has already had to lower their prices for the Navi 2.
  • At times like these I’m super glad google translate is okay at german to english
  • But yeah, a 2X performance jump in cuda makes this a super attractive card to people doing production or GPGPU
  • To nobody’s surprise, openCL performance is junk but nobody’s dropping $$$ on Nvidia for openCL
  • Kids, keep dumping your 2080Ti’s on eBay.
  • Got to drive that price down just a wee more.
  • BTW PNY is fire-selling the 1080Ti for,and I’m not joking, about tree fiddy.

RDNA 2

  • Strider should be making the traditional “is this linux hardware cast” comment right about meow.
  • Guessing that’s Navi 22, not 21.
  • It’s as fast as a stock RTX 2080 Ti.

I hate Micro X

  • They have a new release out that has both flatpaks and appimages
  • This is another program for mapping keys to xbox controller buttons. Handy if you have a spare one laying about
  • OG AntiMicro hasn’t seen an update in over 4 years, so here’s someone else trying to keep it relevant.

3DOOM

  • Enhanced 3DO DOOM goodness.
  • I guess some folks are really attached to the 3do version of it?

BAR Alpha

  • Looks like a quality FOSS game
  • Large scale RTS with an emphasis on AI directed units seems like it could be interesting
  • According to them, it’s a spiritual relative of Total Annihilation
  • That looks very good from the screenshots.
  • I’m not touching it but it does look very nice, indeed.

Blinky 0.4

  • Improvements to the ASRock RGB controller means I can probably get the SteamBox to go full rainbow puke on me without having to plug in a keyboard and do it in the BIOS.

CHAIRQUISITION:
– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Chronicon
Devel: Subworld
Engine: Gamemaker Studio 2
Price: £10.99 / $13.99 / $15.49
Wazzat: Use the magical device known as the Chronicon to travel into the souls and memories of fallen heroes to re-live their grand tales! Epic adventures full of loot and monsters await!

Mandatory Disclosure: Big thanks to Subworld games for the keys on Curator Connect



Venn:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • This game is only guaranteed to work on Ubuntu 18.04LTS.
  • I find this an odd choice with 20.04LTS being out.
  • Let’s give it a spin on Debian 10.5.
  • Hey! It launches in a little window!
  • Welp, setting it to fullscreen knackeres the input.
  • Can’t get past the menu now because there is no way to select anything with the keyboard.
  • Does not detect gamepads so there goes opton B for getting past the main menu.
  • Breaks Steam overlay, impressive.

Fun?

  • Since they were kind enough to send us copies I did something I otherwise would not have done.
  • Slapped in the head with a little Proton 5.0 and low and behold everything works.
  • Even my controllers.
  • The menu is unreadable at UHD and that’s saying something since my monitor is 43”.
  • You click on things and they die.
  • Made it to the first legit big-bad boss skeleton and he teleported into a corner so I stood there for a full minute just clicking on him until he ded.
  • BTW, I don’t know if it’s intended behaviour but moving whilst booping is not an option?
  • It’s not my bag and as Pedro pointed out it’s a legit technical shite show.


Jordan:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • It does launch
  • Says it detects no controllers. Which I guess is fine if you’re playing single player cuz you’re just going to be spamming left and right click
  • For a pixel game, everything is daaaark
  • And tiny
  • Way to hide all of the font scaling options at the bottom of the menu
  • It does have some good sound design though

Fun?

  • It diablo. Real pixelly, hard to read on a UHD monitor diablo, but diablo nonetheless
  • It’s substantially easier than diablo, at least on normal, especially once you have something that does splash damage
  • Then it’s just click, click away
  • Honestly, the gameplay doesn’t feel too bad, it just gets a little boring for me. Diablo had story and characters and reasons to keep me interested, this game doesn’t
  • Also unlike diablo this one don’t have any sort of working online multiplayer
  • Nay, the steam overlay does not work, and therefore even if you wanted to you can’t use remote play
  • Also I’m pretty sure local MP is a no go, what with it not detecting any controllers steam input or no

Pedro:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • This game is a technical shitshow!
  • If I start it with the dualshock turned on it crashes.
  • If I turn on or plug in the dualshock while it’s running, it crashes.
  • Go ahead and google Gamemaker Studio controller crash, it’s not just Linux
  • It starts in a window, for good reason.
  • If you enable Fullscreen, you need to push F11 to undo it otherwise goodbye mouse input.
  • No overlay!
  • It holds some magnificent 60FPS, because Gamemaker lies and doesn’t actually sync to the vblank
  • Had to use the nvidia API visual indicator, because MangoHud wanted nothing to do with it.
  • The text in the UI flickers in and out of focus.
  • The mouse movement option is off by default, despite this being a Diablo clone.
  • And it’s off for a very good reason too, it doesn’t work properly!
  • You’ll even get stuck on nothing and won’t attack enemies because the engine doesn’t register you let go of the button and clicked again.
  • Its one saving grace, the music.
  • Damn that’s some good music!

Fun?

  • Fuck!
  • Yes! It is pretty damn fun.
  • I get to live my Diablo power fantasy all over again and it’s just as much of a time vampire.
  • If I had to complain about something I didn’t find fun in the gameplay itself, it’s the loot shower and how easy Chronicon is overall.
  • It also shits achievements like it had 3 litres of coffee beforehand.
  • I can absolutely see how a game this janky on a technical level gets an Overwhelmingly Positive score on Steam.
  • It’s all in the gameplay and that gameplay is pretty damn fun!

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