Linux Game Cast 448: Harked Real Hard

Valve is working on wireless VR! Neverwinter Nights gets fractional scaling, speedy shaders for Mesa, and a clean-room reimplementation of Half-Life: Deathmatch. Then Can’t Drive This faces the ChairQAsition.


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Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
03:13 Fast shaders for AMD
05:43 Wireless Steam headset
08:43 Clean-room Half-Life Deathmatch
12:03 NWN:EE Beta 8193.21
14:18 Robocraft server melt
15:28 Dead Age 2
19:18 Derelict Void
21:28 Neurodeck
24:53 Deserted
28:23 Shameless self promotion
33:33 GODOT RC
35:18 WINE 6.4
38:08 Heroic 1.5.6
39:53 Pixel match switcher
43:18 Lunar lander
44:53 Review: Can’t drive this
57:58 Hate mail


Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

Speedy shaders

  • Small speedy shaders incoming.
  • It requires a really recent version of Mese.
  • One thing I noticed is that Shader Compiles have gotten much faster on Nvidia.
  • Even when you first launch a game it’s usually done in less than a minute.
  • Yeah, unless you’re tracking Mesa-git, you don’t get to have faster shaders.
  • Shame they couldn’t get it into the 24 release. Hopefully they do a point release soon


Wireless toaster

  • Needs a cup holder.
  • My brief romp though VR land has impressed upon me the need for a wireless solutions
  • Hopefully they can drive the weight and cost down
  • Wireless and eye tracking modules would be interesting.
  • I have been severely disappointed in the lack of VR injury related videos.
  • This could fix that.


Free HL

  • “It’s designed to work with the content from the CD version of the game. Currently I do not aim to support the Steam version.”
    • I’d have to ask my little brother to create an ISO of the Half-Life CD and then download it off the internet.
    • Might as well just rent out a copy from the local video store at that point.
  • A lot of folks still have fond memories of the pre 1.6 HL days, which is the version currently on steam
  • I guess if Valve ain’t gonna release HL 3 someone’s gonna get cracking on it…eventually
  • I’m guessing the source was leaked at some point or does this guy really like typing clen-room?
  • Does it only rock the Synder cut ratio?

Steam: Game Updates

NWN:EE Beta 8193.21

  • Fractional scaling for the UI
  • Improved new options menu
  • A featured content section to highlight good mods you have installed when starting a new game.
  • Water improvement looks very good.
  • Some path-finding updates.
    • Which, if you were watching the stream on Tuesday, didn’t fix a damn thing.


Robocraft Down

  • The latest post says they’ve now got it working internally
  • Should be back up in a few days.
  • Give Freejam Games some credit, they have daily backups.

Steam: New Games

Dead Age 2

  • One of the first games we ever pooped all over is back with a sequel
  • They moved to a newer darkest dungeon inspired combat system instead of the redneck final fantasy from the first game
    • Speaking of, they have a sphere grid now
  • A new faction system and some supposedly better designed narrative
  • If they want to throw us some keys, I’ll be very curious to see if there’s any improvement over the first.


Derelict Void

  • Don’t know if the strategy here is what I’m after.
  • I’d love one of these but as a first person or third person game.
  • There’s Void Bastards but that game is a little too reliant on RNG and dicking you over.
  • Basically, I want 0x10C like Notch originally first envisioned.
  • Seems very much like a hyper-modern Oregon trail
  • Apparently it’s very, very hard and very rng based
  • Best take I can get is to fly around, pick up people, build factories, die.


Neurodeck

  • People in the reviews don’t feel like the mechanics and presentation gel particularly well with the subject matter.
    • Something, something, ludo-donkey disco-baubles.
  • I do like me some deckbuilding rogueliteness, so I’m curious.
  • Takes about 2.5 hours to cut through it.
  • Action points AND stamina AND drawing power.
  • People like the art.


Deserted

  • That looks like it could be my jam.
  • What if another world was hyper light drifter

News:

GODOT RC

  • Lots of stuff coming down the pope in 3.2.4
  • The RC doesn’t have anything special, just bug fixes leading up to the final release.
  • Not Linux related but they added support for the M1.
  • Implemented a –no-window mode for Linux.
  • Prevent audio corruption in the ALSA driver.


WINE 6.4

  • Serious Sam 4, Horizon Zero Dawn and a few others will now start on vanilla wine thanks to implementation of VK_OBJECT_TYPE_SURFACE_KHR
  • Added support for the DTLS protocol and improved theming.
  • Fixed Vulkan sunlight with Witcher 3.


Heroic 1.5.6

  • Offline mode is a new feature.
  • Why did it ever require that?
  • Not eating shit when starting up without an internet connection is a plus
  • That WINE grabbing solution from anywhere in the system seems like the developer Lutris’ed some of Lutris’ own features.

Pixel Insanity

  • Throwing this in since they sent in a pull request to OBS.
  • The pull request is massive and it’s going to require some poking time.
  • No standalone plugin is available but they do maintain a fork of OBS if you want to play the home game.
  • So does this open the door for a full choreographed Steamy news segment.
  • Automagically hiding elements or switching scenes when it detects a certain pattern on screen is interesting
  • If for nothing else than seeing people fight it when it inevitably misreads something and hell breaks loose.
  • The level of absolute fkry this unlocks is interesting.
  • Load and hide UI elements based on what’s on the scene at that time.


Lunar Lander

  • A lunar lander with a twist?
  • Hey at least the Itch page has a screenshot, kinda.
  • Friend and Patreon Katana_Steel is learning how to Godot.
  • It crashes, and then the game crashes.
    • Fall, smack, crash.
    • Same on Debian.

CHAIRQUISITION:
– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Can’t Drive This
Webzone: https://store.steampowered.com/app/466980/Cant_Drive_This/
Devel: Pixel Maniacs
Engine: Unity
Price: £15.49 / $19.99 / $22.79

Wazzat: Race your monster truck WHILE your friend builds the road. Go too slow, and you’ll EXPLODE! And yes, it’s as chaotic as it sounds – especially in four player split-screen.

Mandatory Disclosure: Devs sent us keys



Venn:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • On a technical level everything works OOTB.
  • Full / win modes work and controller pick up as well.
  • 140 @ UHD and capping around 500 @ 1080 using openGL.
  • No audio video glitches.

Fun?

  • This is a great proof of concept and I’m kinda excited to see what they come up with before leaving Early Acce…. Oh. Oh no.
  • Since the developers are going to be watching this I want to give a little shout out to the person (or persons) on the team who said this wasn’t ready, you were right.
  • And if that person doesn’t exist, ya need to hire them.
  • Playing Lone Racer in forever alone mode is a nonstarter since you’re required to build and drive the track, defeating the “fun” mechanic.
  • The other two modes basically tell you to not even fk with them in single player.
  • So you’re going to need some friends to get the most out of this and that’s going to be a challenge.
  • Pedro and I did a test last night, Friday, release day, prime time… and I sat in matchmaking until Pedro searched for another player.
  • While I can’t speak to how much fun you can extract from a 3+ player experience; 2 players scrapes the bottom of the barrel in 30 minutes.
  • We were doing our best to find something to keep us going but after a few rounds of Lone Racer and Drone we had seen it all.
  • In the future if they can get rid of the dog shite split screen co-op for online, add a preview block like Tetris for the tiles plus additional non endless runner modes it might be worth a revisit?
  • As it stands right now, na.
  • You had five years to make a game from this (I’m including 2019 when no updates were made) and you evenpulled the plugas a joke, but it kinda wasn’t.
  • Hope the FFF got their money’s worth.


Jordan:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • Gnome really thinks this game is about to eat shit. Every time I launch it, gnome gives me the force quit option
  • Runs like butt @ UHD on the 5700xT, knocking it down to 1080P improves things, and you’re really not gaining much by running things @UHD anyways
  • Nvidia OpenGL is definitely a better experience at UHD
  • Works with the Dualshock and Switch pro, but them mappings are all wrong. Have fun explaining that to a 10 year old
  • Sounds are okay

Fun?

  • I guess one of the stealth benefits of domestic life is now I have ready access to player 2 and 3 for couch co-op.
  • And the co-op levels are fun enough. Build the track for other people to either race on or capture flags
  • It wears out its welcome pretty quickly though, and we tried a couple rotation schemes for who gets to build vs who gets to drive
  • And honestly, if you’re building, the best bet is to spam blocks. Cuz you gotta keep moving if you’re driving. Take to long and you a splode
  • Oh boy, the driving is super fucky.
  • They do have a vs capture the flag, but that requires four players
  • The single player is pretty garbo though. Time limit to capture the flags and you gotta switch between building and driving. Nowhere near as fun as the multiplayer
  • So what you have here is something that might be fun as a party game that gets rotated out after a couple of rounds
  • That’ll shit achievements out at you, if that’s your jam
  • I’d say wait for a sale

Pedro:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • It launches out of the box.
  • It mostly holds [email protected]×1440
  • The graphics all seem to work, including the vision obscuring clouds.
  • It does make some noise, as well.
  • Controllers work, the DualSense still needs SteamInput to be properly mapped.
  • But I mostly played with the keyboard for the driving and the mouse for the building

Fun?

  • It is fun but it does get a bit repetitive.
  • And the repetitiousness is made worse by the two game modes currently available.
  • There’s supposed to be a third one about capturing a 3000lbs concrete egg but when Venn and I were playing on stream on Friday, it wasn’t available.
  • Forever alone mode is a bit frustrating.
  • This is one of those games that does require multiplayer to be enjoyable but even then we run into the lack of variety.
  • SinglePlayer could have had a mode where the AI builds the track as it goes, or a track is generated from a seed and you just have to try it.
  • Or even the reverse, you build a track to get the AI driver as far as possible.
  • But all of my suggestions really do boil down to: it needs more.
  • More modes for both single and multiplayer, maybe even different car types to make you be extra careful when driving.
  • It needs more, because as it stands… It’ll only grab people for a few minutes and then they hit the refund button.

Verdict:

Venn:
Jordan:
Pedro:


Hate Mail:

Coop

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