Linux Game Cast 514: McSkyrims

The Steam Summer Sale begins! Intel Arc A380 gaming performance disappoints, FidelityFX Super Resolution 2 is opened-sourced, adding a Portal gun to Half-Life 2, and Minecraft bans players from private servers.

Special thanks to:
rilch: New patreon
systemT: Increased patreon pledge
Mfoxdogg: Cowabunga and Horse


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Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
00:49 Who has Windows?
05:40 Steam summer sale
09:05 Steam Deck walled gardens
11:20 Steam Deck 2
16:10 Steam Tinker Launcher flatpak
18:05 Mist Legacy
19:41 Portal guns in Half-Life 2
21:31 Inscryption comes to Linux
28:11 Intel Arc A380 benchmarks
34:51 AMD FSR 2.0 open-source
37:33 Microsoft global bans for private Minecraft servers
42:58 2009Scape Gielinor
44:53 Review: CRSED FOAD
55:30 Listener feedbac


Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

SALE!!1!

  • And here we are again, looking to spend money.
  • I sorted on SteamDB by 75% and came back empty.
  • There were several games but nothing of note.


Walled garden

  • Valve does wacky things, like not locking you into an operating system.
  • Yeah, turns out letting you do whatever you want to the thing you purchased might just be a good move
  • A large segment of the population really likes when they’re not being arbitrarily limited on what they can do.
  • It’s no different in the gaming space.
  • And I really hope the Deck sets a precedent.


Steam Deck 2

  • Yeah, a Steam Deck 2 APU with Zen 4 and RDNA 3 will happen.
  • We will probably see Deck 2 in two years or so.
  • Then again, this all hinges on how well it sells when widely available.
  • While we don’t know how much money Valve has it’s enough to print custom silicone.
  • It makes sense that valve would want to update newer versions of the deck with newer, more powerful and power efficient silicon
  • What we gotta ask is what’s the expected life span of a given deck model
  • Generally there aren’t huge performance leaps between APU generations, but the OG is gonna start feeling long in the tooth eventually
  • I think the biggest update the Deck could get is Gen4 NVMe and a proper Freesync/VRR screen, and a better/longer lasting battery.
  • Make it OLED just to shut that particular crowd up, too.


Flat Tinks

  • Get that STL in your steamdeck
  • Real handy to have a gui to manage all of your game tuning options on your handheld computer
  • STL on your Steam Deck means you can carry your Skyrim/Fallout mods with Vortex pretty easily.
  • No one tell Nory!

Steam: New Games

Mist Legacy

  • Free MMO.
  • MAC version is still in the works.
  • Guess they wanted to get on Deck.
  • Heroes of Might and Multiplayer Online? HoMMO? No!
  • In all seriousness it does have that Might and Magic 3 vibe to it.

Steam: Game Updates

Muahahaha

  • Now I want crowbars in Portal.
  • Apparently other implementations of this copy some stuff from portal 2 and try to drop it into half life, or try to move half life levels to portal
  • This is a completely ported portal gun from leaked portal 1 source. There are still some issues


Inscryption V1.10

  • I’ve been hoping that this would become a real boy
  • Apparently there were a lot of platform specific bugs. Probably because throughout the game drops clues to puzzles in specific locations on your computer and some other wacky crap
  • Creepy card games! extreme minmaxing! Floppy disks buried in the woods! This game has a lot of stuff I’m super into
  • Plus now Casey’s mod has official support so if you don’t feel like getting stuck in meta card game land, you can keep on playing with leshy
  • Big kudos to Daniel Mullins for sending us keys.

News:

Arc A380 gaming performance

  • That’s about what I would expect from a sub $200 card.
  • It outperforms the 6400 but what doesn’t.
  • Then again, if it has hardware AV1 the little fkr will sell.
    • If it has any hardware encoding ability, it will sell.
  • Seeing that 3050 delta certainly explains why they don’t want to release them yet.
    • Yeah, that one is pretty rough
  • Article seems to pin some hopes on driver optimization being something that can help bridge the significant gap
    • AMD and Nvidia have a significant head start on this


FSR 2.0 source

  • What’s the over under on when this gets implemented in gamescope?
  • FSR1 isn’t going anywhere and might be more useful in specific scenarios soi you can freely support both.
  • Unlike FSR 1.0, 2.x has to be integrated into games.
  • Time to start working on a general TAA implementation which can be introduced at any point, then we could have FSR 2 like we do the first.


Minecraft permaban (dac)

  • Microsoft now has a the ability to ban you from multiplayer games on a per-account level
  • While server admins do have their own tools to manage problem users, microsoft is taking it upon themselves to moderate the entire minecraft community.
  • It’s certainly within their right to do it. Folks paid for a minecraft account and access to the game, not the game itself.
    • Unless they bought the game before Microsoft bought Mojang.
      • Even then, you still needed to log in with a minecraft account
  • If anything, this will make it so someone comes up with a way to break Minecraft away from Microsoft.
  • Because this seems ripe for abuse.
  • We just talked about minetest’s latest release, so if you’re not a minetest hater, consider checking that out. Or the other non shitty one.
    • Or check out Veloren! It’s a great time to be a fan of cube games.
  • Banned players will be able to file for a case review if they feel they have been banned unjustly.
  • Private server owners will also still be able to issue bans that apply to that server alone.
  • So if you get the banhammer you can no longer play online, even on private servers?
  • This kind of thing should be opt-in for servers/realms.
  • Because you know it’s going to be a shitshow of MS proportion.


2009Scape Gielinor

  • My brief flirtation with runescape began and ended in the early aughts
  • I don’t really know what the difference is between 2009 runescape and modern
  • I do know that they added linux instructions for setting up their server

CHAIRQUISITION:
– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Cuisine Royale Second Edition: Fulfillment of All Desires (CRSED: FOAD)

Webzone: https://store.steampowered.com/app/884660/CRSED_FOAD/

Devel: Darkflow Software

Engine: Dagor

Price: Freemium

Wazzat: CRSED: F.O.A.D. – is a brutal MMO last-man-standing shooter with realistic weaponry, elements of lethal mystic forces and incredible superpowers!

Mandatory Disclosure: Is free, innit?



Venn:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • Setting windowed/full is a bit dodgy.
  • You have to restart the game for it to kick in.
  • Occasional texture pop-in / flickering.
  • Damn near holds 60 @ 2160p. 135 @ 1080.
  • Captures mouse in windowed mode, yay!

Fun?

  • After a bit of reading it would appear the much beloved lighthearted battle royale Cuisine Royale was rebranded as CRSED: F.O.A.D.
  • Cuisine Royal was only ever meant to be a joke game.
  • It was released on April Fool’s day in 2018.
  • It’s pay 2 have advantage vs pay 2 win… because those are different.
  • Unless you don’t count high damage melee weapons for $$, different.
  • It is a battle royale with a twist of sorts.
  • You have magic abilities but nothing earth shattering.
  • It’s still 95% loot and shooty pew pew with the occasional snek.
  • I like the map start location mechanic.
  • There were people playing because free and I didn’t have a problem finding a match on a Saturday afternoon. It peaks around 500 players daily.
  • My love for battle royale is directly tied to how long I manage to stay alive each round.
  • I can usually stay alive until it gets below 7 players then I start getting wrecked.
  • Did a satisfactory job holding down the oshitohshit button.
  • The aggressive monetization push would make a mobile app blush.
  • Outside of that, it’s a better love story than Crazy Justice.
  • NGL, had more fun spectating.
  • At $73.42 it’s not a cheap game.


Jordan:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • For some reason it launches across both my monitors
  • It takes an inordinate amount of time to get to an options menu to fix that
  • Also gotta restart the game for those settings to take.
  • Holds [email protected] UHD in a window and [email protected] 1080p
  • Every so often though textures fail to load or something fucks up cuz the console output some error message and shit gets all wiggy, but that generally resolves itself quickly enough. Might get you killed though
  • Also remember that l4d initial server sync herky jerk? that’s there too.
  • Controls are standard. I appreciate all the handedness and view options in game
  • That menu music is some authentic finnish gibberish. The game music is foliage and bullets
  • The levels have this really nice empty wwII battlefield quality to them. I’m into it

Fun?

  • The tutorial has a pan that when you swing it it makes a lightsaber noise. That’s kinda fun
  • Otherwise it seems like a decently competent battle royale
  • There are a bunch of different heroes, passives and active powers you can mix and match to make a play style if you feel like grinding or buying it
  • The big surprise is that for a 2 year old game, there’s actually a fairly active player base
  • The matches tend to be reasonably short, ~30 minutes if you’re good enough to make it to the end
  • But at the end of the day, it’s almost identical to every other battle royale out there. That’s not a bad thing cuz it’s a well done one, but we do have a lot of shooters already on linux.


Pedro:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • It holds 144 at 2560×1440 on the 6700XT with a mix of High and Medium
  • I really hope I get to say that a lot more going forward.
  • Doesn’t lock the cursor to the window in Wayland, Gamescope to the rescue, or keep using X
  • Standard FPS fare with a bit more inventory for weapon mods, if you want to risk getting shot
  • Looks pretty good, except the reflections bug causing the entire lighting to flicker in places.
  • But what surprised me was the main menu music, that’s some epic Finnish singing.
  • Seriously, why can I not buy a flac of that song?

Fun?

  • I never really played enough CSGO: Danger Zone to formulate a basis of comparison
  • But I can say that I like CRSED a lot more
  • The main menu music does a lot to help with that.
  • There are a lot of abilities and character shenanigans outside of the visual stuff.
  • Part of the monetisation allows you to buy levels for the characters, which unlock certain passives.
  • It’s not pay to win because none of those passives help you aim better or hear that asshole sneaking up behind you
  • For the latter, you actually can pick up a Sonar in game which starts beeping in proximity of other people.
  • I really do like CRSED a lot more than Danger Zone, and I think I am going to keep playing it.
  • It’s very easy to get into, all the necessary stuff is fairly intuitive and it slaps the rest on screen.
  • Someone knew what they were doing.
  • Darkflow, Gaijin Distribution, give me that soundtrack, I’ll give you some goddamn money for it!

Verdict:

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  • I went back to check which episode and it (472) was the one where I farted on my dog and gave her pink eye.
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