Linux Game Cast Weekly 425: Beep Goes Moo

GamerOS 20 enables 32X goodness, Steam censors all the things, DXVK brings Baldur’s Gate 3 to Linux, and Vircadia launches an open-source VR 3D multi-user environment.

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Timestamps:
07:40 Steam censor goes live
11:45 Left 4 Dead 2 drama
14:55 Proton 5.9 GE
19:07 Proton select 2.2.3
22:29 Steam stable client update
24:29 GamerOS 20
27:59 Free Mega Drive classics
31:37 Spell Carts
34:04 Skellboy
37:14 Elteria Adventures
40:33 Shilling & shameless self promotion
45:53 Dolphin progress report
49:23 DXVK 1.7.2
52:33 F Heroes 2
55:03 Robot Racers
57:33 Kestrel Engine
01:00:26 Admincraft
01:02:53 Burning Knight
01:07:03 Metaverse
01:12:09 ChairQAsittion: art of rally
01:27:42 Hate mail


Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

@#[email protected]#[email protected]$

  • Well, chat filtering is out for everyone now, god fucking dammit shit piss
  • It’s opt in by default, but if you want your fuckin’ shitty swears spread all over your taint you can opt out
  • FUCK, SHIT, COCK, ASS, TITTIES, BONER, BITCH, MUFF, PUSSY, CUNT, BUTTHOLE, BARBRA STREISAND!!
  • Fuck, shit, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, piss, tits!
  • You can disable it in the same place you can disable the violence/nudity filters on Steam, which I have… I’d like to see all of that please!

VNN got me kicked

  • Seems the whole thing was disorganized as hell.
  • And hella secret for fk all reason.
  • That did seem like a lot of hype for two whole maps which weren’t even all that big.


Proton-5.9-GE-7-ST

  • Hey, Mafia II DD works if you monkey with windowed / fullscreen a few times.
  • Marvel Avengers kinda works.
  • Still SOL if you want to play SS4 w/native vulkan on nvidia. You can get in with dx12 and dx11 tho. Still flickery as a dead yahoo site
  • There are also some fixes for HZD and a lot of general game fixes


Proton Selection

  • You can now add stl as a compatibility tool and then select it like you would ProtonGE.
  • Still an amazing project and it keeps getting better.

Stable client

  • Beta changes you’ve been avoiding cuz they break your games are now prime time!
  • We’ve covered most of these improvements already.

GamerOS 20

  • SEGA 32X.
  • No luck if you want to use a controller on epic games store games
  • When I get around to upgrading the SSD in the Steambox to a proper NVMe drive, I think I’m just going to load this up.
  • At this point, it has more quality of life features builtin than SteamOS ever even considered.

Steam: Game Updates

Free Sonic

  • Damn thing has a Linux build.
  • Sonic 2 kicked my arse.
  • That menu is MS BOB bad.

Steam: New Games

Spell Karts

  • It’s got a demo and online multiplayer
  • That’s a rather basic demo if I’m being kind.
  • Didn’t know Unity has a vaseline shader until today.
  • So the power ups are just being called magic in this one? Alright…


Skellboy Refractured

  • It have a very Paper Mario thing happening with the “2d” Characters on the 3d backgrounds
  • And a demo, unlike actual paper mario
  • I like the look of it.
  • Might want to skip the two minutes of into if you want people to play the game.


Elteria Adventures

  • We could use more MMOs on linux
  • Why does it look a lot like Fortnite?

News:

Snorky updates

  • I get that keeping the JIT cache small forces the emulation to be more accurate
  • But what if we have plenty of SSD space and RAM and we can actually have the entire game loaded in the cache to speed things up?
  • That Monster Hunter Tri cat resolution sample to show the bloom improvements is jarring.
  • Uh oh freeBSD users.
  • Games are coming to ruin your productivity.


DXVK 1.7.2

  • Awww shit son, BG3 Fixes. Very excited to burn a heretic purchase
    • Fucking Larian!
  • A big DX9 regression was fixed that helps with a number of crashes
  • Apparently AMDVLK has some improper vulkan API usage. AMD proprietary drivers folks!


Fheroes2

  • They’re boasting an entirely rewritten AI
  • Also apparently they’ve cleared a hundred bugs for that release. Very specific. I wonder what didn’t make the cut
  • There’s a new savegame format, so your save won’t be backwards compatible after upgrading

Robot racers

  • So STK with even less textures?
  • It’s Godot, so I suppose that’s a thing.
  • It runs but has the occasional performance hiccup.
  • Cart sliding on glass vibe.


KestrelEngine

  • Having a ScummVM type of engine to support a completely different stack of games is not such a bad idea!
  • If it’s easy enough to grok, I think a lot of those Mac games may finally see “remasters”


Admincraft

  • eMpTy brought up the psDoom comparison.
  • I feel like it’s extremely apt!
  • Instead of Doom it’s Minecraft, and instead of local processes it’s Kubernetes containerised cloud processes.
  • I want QWOPTOP.
  • As someone who manages kubernetes infrastructure: Yes yes and more yes
  • I kinda wish they took it a little bit further so you can do stuff with replica sets and deployments with redstone or some shit


Bruning Knight

  • It started life in Java.
  • Dude released his source if you want to peek under the hood. .
  • I’m really liking this trend of people releasing the sauce for their old games.
  • Especially if they didn’t sell well


Metaverse

  • It’s an in development VR environment similar to VRchat
  • This one aims to have first class linux support, which is nice. Gives linux folks who spent the dukats on a headset one more thing to do with it
  • Alright, who wants to fire this up and see what type of pron dungeon it immediately turned into?
  • These guys inherited a defunct project and don’t really have a business model ATM.

CHAIRQUISITION:
– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: art of rally
Devel: Fun Selektor
Engine: Unity
Price: £19.49 / $24.99 / $28.99

Wazzat: Race in the golden era of rally. Drive iconic cars from the 60s to Group B on challenging stages through stylized environments inspired by real worldwide locations. Will you master the art of rally?

Mandatory Disclosure: They sent us keys



Venn:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • This game is a late entrant in the 2020 HTH does this perform so bad awards.
  • At 1080 / high I was rocking a solid 43 / 50.
  • Had to back this graphical juggernaut down to medium in order to maintain 60+.
  • Xclone worked and did the rumble dance.

Fun?

  • If I was not reviewing this title 8 minutes would be the amount of time spent before tappin that refund button, famn.
  • I can’t help but giggle every time a naturally aspirated 60 era rally car spits and backfires.
  • Pssst! The pow pow comes from ALS (anti-lag systems) on turbos.
  • From the creator of the top down untextured drifting game Absolute Drift comes a… top down untextured drifting game.
  • You may know I’m a huge fan of arcade racers and art of rally should be a bit of alright seeing as how it’s based on moon physics.
  • Alas, I did not find it to make with the entertaining.
  • I felt like I was playing a paint within the lines games if such a thing exists.
  • Admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of rally but I can see how someone could get addicted to the dIrT series.
  • Even if you are not huge into racing there is a car management sub game to be played.
  • This is slide from A to B, get new car, repeat.
  • Speaking of DiRt, that’s $5 less than AOR and it is one of the better performing games on Linux.
  • At the end of the day, thanks for the review copy, AOR seems to have found an audience that really digs it, and good on them.
  • But I found it to be overly shallow and unnecessarily difficult.


Jordan:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • Launches OOTB, holds about [email protected] UHD is another story, it struggles to break 50
  • Controls are fine, I guess.
  • It’s kinda pretty in a minimalist sort of way. I kinda dig the textureless levels
  • The pop in though? That’s worse than the nintendo switch pokemon games

Fun?

  • It.. it’s pretty boring
  • Drive around and look for stuff
  • Sure the scenery is pretty, but that’s kind it
  • Once you get tired, there’s an actual racing mode
  • Which, I dunno. I’m probably gonna say defer to pedro and venn on this.
  • As a person who isn’t a fan of driving games, this doesn’t really do anything to sell me on them


Pedro:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • It launches
  • It barely holds 53 FerPS at 2560×1440 with everything on 11.
    • What’s with Unity titles and crap performance lately?
  • Also, where’s all that performance going?
  • This isn’t exactly a graphical juggernaut.
  • DualShock 4 worked out of the box.
  • And trust me when I say that you do want to use a controller, because the keyboard controls are bad.
  • I play Need for Speed World with the keyboard, I played DiRT Rally with the keyboard, those games are perfectly fine with the keyboard.
  • This ain’t
  • Maybe with a wheel, pedals, and shifter it’d be even better, but at that point I’d be pretty annoyed that there isn’t a cockpit/top of the hood view.

Fun?

  • And I suppose that brings me into the fun
  • Mechanically speaking it does a very good job of presenting you with a challenge to drive cars which go from understeer to oversteer back to understeer.
  • I’ve never driven any of these cars at these kinds of speeds so I’m most certainly talking out of my ass.
  • I did drive a Mini on a dirt road a few times, in my early 20s, and dodged some trees successfully, and I can tell you the “meany” in this game is not accurate to my experience.
  • In fact, all the RWD cars seem to be much easier to get around corners than that FWD one.
  • Which runs contrary to every other videogame which came before it.
  • But I suppose that was a bit of artistic liberty, like locking the camera to the helicopter view and fuck you if you’d like anything else.
  • Why?
  • I could have put in the extra time to learn how to drive properly if I didn’t feel like my immersion was taken away by limiting my camera options to eye in the sky.
  • Again, artistic choice. I’m sure some people love it!
  • I don’t.
  • It’s impressive for what is a one person job, especially if you read into the story of how Fun Selektor went around in his van all over the US to learn about rally, living and developing the game from the back of said van.
  • Great stuff, but it didn’t translate into a game I could give more than a resounding meh to.
  • I do like Freeroam though! I might spend some time driving around in Freeroam.

Verdict:

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