Linux Game Cast 529: Hickory Deckory Dock

No more reservations for Steam Decks, Deck Docks are out, open-source Vulkan drivers for NVIDIA, boomer-shooter Apotheosis X hits 1.0, and why Rust will not support EAC on Linux.

Special thanks to:
Basil1x (twitch resub)
DsngJoe (inc patreon pledge)


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Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
01:15 Pedro fins a bug in NWN: EE
02:46 Jordan powered interview questions
04:11 Moving the LGC webzone
STEAM LINUX NEWS
08:36 No more Deck reservations
13:16 $90 Deck docks
16:41 Deck boot videos
STEAM NEW GAMES
19:16 Quaver
STEAM GAME UPDATES
21:21 RUST EAC and Proton support
NEWS
35:07 Intel ARC 770 and 750 reviews
45:02 Open-source NVIDIA Vulkan drivers
50:12 Apotheosis X 1.0
REVIEW
53:47 Isonzo
EMAILS
01:07:12 Cashews
01:09:37 Overpriced docks


Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

No More Reservations

  • That deck assembly line was neat to see.
  • Expected ship date is 1-2 weeks.
  • That’s good news. We weren’t expecting this until sometime this year
  • They are saying that if demand really spikes they might have to go back to reservations
  • They also claim in the video that the number of reservations has actually been increasing the whole time.
  • So that’s impressive.
  • Also, they have Yuzu on one of the screenshots.
  • People on Twitter have been losing their shit.


Deck Dock

  • $90 is not bad at all.
  • Still not a fan of the charging wire.
  • It is a wee pricy for a usb 3 dock. Not by much though. Having both DP and HDMI is nice though
  • Compared to the Dell WD* series of docks, $90 is damn cheap.


Video Deck

  • Someone please make their deck boot up with the spinning Bill Nye head
  • If only plymouth were that easy *hint hint*
  • They did the big beta round-up as well, so now you have everything from the previous betas available in Stable.
  • The 5GHz bug is back, and disabling Wi-Fi power management in the dev menu still solves it.

Steam: New Games

Quaver

  • It’s an open source rhythm game
  • I don’t know what the genre is called but I have seen arcade cabinets for it
  • No link to GitHub/gitlab in the steam description

Steam: Game Updates

Rust Proton update

  • Can’t add EAC to proton for a good reason.
  • They are worried about that little startup Epic not having the resources to support another game.
  • All of you naysayers claiming Facepunch studios thinks their customers are a bunch of glue stick munching troglodytes that will believe anything need to STFU.
  • That’s cute, he thinks people are going to buy a steam deck just to play rust on the toilet
  • Linux support is hard. Just ask FatShark
  • “Enabling proton support would mean we’re asking the EAC team to provide support for a whole other platform, which we fear would reduce their ability to support Windows – our main platform. We don’t know whether we should enable one platform at the disadvantage of another.”
    • I didn’t think these people could disappoint me in their stupidity any further than they already had, but here we are.

News:

ARC reviews

  • That’s about what we were thinking.
  • Requires ReBAR.
    • I was looking at what an A350 costs a few weeks ago and noticed that. It’s an ARC requirement even for the “I need a video out, any video out” option.
  • I think the MSI beta BIOS for X399 has bars.
  • The 770 trades blows with the 3060 and the 6600XT
  • With the 750 being more along the non-XT 6600.
  • If you don’t need the AV1 encoding, the AMD cards are cheaper and more cohesive in their performance.
  • Still not a bad deal for Intel, though.
  • Not as long as NVidia keeps the 3060 price as they have.
    • $369.48 vs $349.
    • Watch Nvidia drop the MSRP $40 on Wednesday.
    • More like £380/£390 over here.
  • I was all ”fk it, I’m buying one next week” until I remembered the AMD announcement.
  • AMD is not going to be releasing cards that compete with the low-end of Nvidia’s last gen while using considerably more power.
  • Then again, with some driver fixes the 770 could be the budget Vulkan card for Linux gaming.
  • It’s not all doom and gloom. Hopefully this is a positive signal for the business wonks at Intel. I’d really like to see what battlemage and celestial can do considering this is already the old shit
  • We knew drivers were going to be an issue. AMD and NVIDIA have had years to sort this stuff out and perfectly handling every old game out there is a next to impossible task
  • Speaking of, these are windows numbers. Linux digits are gonna be a bit of wait and see
  • Vulkan performance is really all we care about cuz that’s what’s driving our DirectXes and at least in windows land it seems to be decent


NVK – Open Sauce Nvidia Vulkan Driver

  • Traditionally the nouveau drivers were something you hoped worked just enough to install the binary blob.
  • They are reverse engineered and it’s amazing they could manage even that.
  • The landscape has changed over the last few years.
  • The introduction of GSP firmware, open-source kernel drivers, and headers for 3D compute have made new things possible.
  • Yeah, it’s an ideal time to reboot the nouveau driver stack.
  • And it’s early days, real early.
  • Like, don’t bother reporting bugs yet early.
  • While progress has been good we are about 20% of the way there.
  • You can play with it at home by pulling the branch nvk/main branch from the nouveau/mesa project, building it, and giving it a try.
  • Dealing with OpenGL in the future means rewriting gallium or using Zink for OpenGL.
  • Yay! This means old NVidia GPUs might actually have some Vulkan support.
  • Assuming anyone cares enough for the open source kmods to be updated to support the old ones.
  • *cough* Nvidia ION *cough*
  • These drivers target Turing+ so don’t expect new life out of old hardware just yet or at all.
  • I wonder if Valve is going to throw some cash at this. Maybe get some nvidia ACO going in the not too distant future
  • There’s still a ton of work to be done at the userspace level as well, and a lot of the nouveau stuff isn’t going to cut it
  • I really do hope that this stuff gets backported to Pascal. The 1080TI isn’t gonna be mainline supported forever


Apotheosis X

  • Oh! Boomer shooter!
  • I hadn’t heard of Marathon for a long time.
  • I think it made the news when they re-released Marathon 2 on the XBLA.
  • Doesn’t look quite as impressive as a conversion mod for an old engine like Selaco does for GZDoom, but that looks good!
  • Too bad it doesn’t play very well.
  • The mouse view auto-centers as you move by default, that’s bad.
  • Getting Alephone compiled on Nobara 36 took far longer to figure out than the ./configure would imply.
  • Solid pass.

CHAIRQUISITION:
– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Isonzo
Webzone: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1556790/Isonzo/
Devel: M2H, BlackMill Games
Engine: Unity
Price: £24.99 / $29.99 / $33.99

Wazzat: Ferocious Alpine warfare will test your tactical skills in this authentic WW1 FPS. Battle among the scenic peaks, rugged valleys and idyllic towns of northern Italy. The Great War on the Italian Front is brought to life and elevated to unexpected heights!

Mandatory Disclosure: Devs sent us keys



Venn:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • On the 1920X with the 3060 it manages to eke out 70+ with everything on 11.
  • This is at 1080p because the 3060 is a 1080p card.
  • This gets you Skyrim level graphics and yes, I’m talking OG Skyrim.
  • That’s a BIG step up when compared to other sim shooters.
  • As far as sound, well, the pews go pew.
  • Keebs & mouse for the controls.

Fun?

  • That’s a nice little tutorial video that does fk and all for teaching me about the game.
  • I was thinking I messed something up but nope, that’s it.
  • Jumped right in and died a lot.
  • That’s what you do in these games because a small segment of the population really enjoys it.
  • You feed the meat grinder and the team that feeds it less wins.
  • I Played it with Jordan for a bit and it was slightly less monotonous.
  • Still the same mechanic of throwing bodies at the problem but we could chat.
  • Trying to find your teammate is full-metal where’s waldo.
  • Not because of the chaos of war or anything of that sort, it’s because their name only pops up if you are directly in front of them.
  • Found a glitchy hidey hole and murdered the bot swarms when they spawned.
  • There might be some really fun underlying mechanic and gameplay to be had but the game never bothered explaining any of that and I’m not taking the time to uncover it
  • Meat grinder simulator 2022.


Jordan:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • Launches OOTB
  • Performance is pretty good, holds [email protected]
  • The controls are the same as all of the other WWI games created by these guys
  • It’s a very pretty game. A lot of work was clearly put into the maps and there is a ton of minor detailing in the houses
  • There’s music in the menu, but the game soundtracks European men screaming and bullets. But not in the fun Rammstein way

Fun?

  • So I was very lukewarm on Tannenberg
  • I’m not the biggest fan of simulationism in games, I like the power fantasy
  • Like it’s predecessors, Isonzo leans heavily on trying to recreate every little detail and as far as technical work done it’s the best these guys have cranked out
  • But if you ask me if I had fun playing this game, I would say “No”
  • I’m not a fan of crawl crawl die rinse repeat for an hour until the match is over
  • The combat feels like shit, the guns are all horribly innaccurate and you can’t take two steps without getting deaded by some dude you thought was on your team for a split second. Which I guess is pretty much the authentic WWI experience
  • If this is your jam and you want more from these guys, it’s probably worth your 30 bucks


Pedro:

Launch/Looks/Sounds/Control

  • Launches out of the box
  • FerPS on Medium (what it defaults to) at 2560×1440 go anywhere between 60 and 130 FerPS.
  • Lowering the resolution to 1080p locks it at 144 for the most part, on some maps, but that looks a little blurry in fullscreen.
  • And you will need as high a resolution and as big a screen as possible, more on that later.
  • Honestly, the game looks amazing.
  • The cliffs maps especially with the fort one specifically sticking out in my mind.
  • The guns sound… well accurate. WW1 guns didn’t sound particularly powerful because they weren’t.

Fun?

  • This is easy, did you like Tannenberg?
  • This is an improved version of that, which manages to use more of my GPU than RAM this time around.
  • I kid, but it really does look amazing.
  • It was frustrating at first when I couldn’t see any enemies and I just died out of the blue, because I was going all “Ah, this is so pretty – Dead!”
  • Then I learned that looking at the pretty scenery is bad and I should get accustomed to go prone immediately, and get real acquainted with the iron sights.
  • It’s a solid continuation of the series and if you’ve liked it until now, you’re gonna like this one even more.
  • I want a peaceful exploration mode so that I can look at the pretty maps without getting ganked the moment the feathers on my cap go slightly above cover.

Verdict:

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Jordan:
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