Linux Game Cast 540: It’s Full of Toasters!

Intel breaks up the graphics group, Atari halts VCS production, GE-Proton gets hairy, Steam Deck OS 3.4 tears things up, and Pedro plays with an Alpakka.


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00:00 Intro
00:59 XFCE 4.18
02:01 Sheep
02:49 Wrecktangle livestream
04:27 Inbox 900
07:15 Alpakka
07:42 Steam OS 3.4
13:38 GE Proton 7-43
16:31 Steam tinker launcher is still alive
19:02 Psychosis
21:25 Corpse Box Racers
22:56 Panda Punch
25:14 TMNT Shredder’s Revenge updates
32:52 Intel splits GPU group
40:23 RIP Atari VCS
43:24 Simula Vr progress update
46:51 The Force Engine 1.0
49:51 WINE on Wayland 2022
52:03 Princess Ruby
01:02:52 Budget GPU?
01:07:38 Fade 2 black

Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam: News

Deck OS 3.4(.2)

  • This is one of them big ones, any changes you made to the rootfs are going to be nuked!
  • The performance improvements VALVe have been doing for the desktop version of the new big picture mode seem to have helped the Deck as well.
  • Navigation is a lot smoother now.
  • New KDE, new touchscreen gestures
  • You can now disable all kinds of compositing and just deal with the tearing for the sake of lower input latency.
  • More fan fixes
  • The DualShock 4 and DualSense touchpads no longer wiggle the mouse cursor when Steam is running.
  • And hopefully you won’t be left in silence since the echo-cancellation sink seemed to always take priority.


  • Real time beard physics no longer crash the game.
  • Now you can have crash free Pantene pro v Geralt.
  • The hairwork glitch was amusing if it didn’t crash.
  • Maybe fall guys will be stable one day.
  • Ass is creed Vikings works with some fuckery.
  • Added launcher skip (again) for baldur’s gate 3.

Stinker Launcher 12

  • SteamOS users gotta upgrade to steamos 3.4 if you want to install modorganizer 2. I f you already have it installed you have no problems though
  • It’s a giant ass-release
  • Steam deck integration amd better gamescope support
  • Better UI options you name it

Steam: New Games


  • Additional Notes: Linux build is experimental and might not work correctly.
    • Caveat emptor
  • That red thing got chunked in the trailer
  • Gives some doom 3 vibes but the price is right

Corpse Box Racers

  • What do you think of when I say bodies and cardboard boxes?
  • That’s right, racing.
  • Tournament mode holds 96 levels, including the campaign levels.
  • The thing, it’s missing the thing.
  • Seriously, how can you expect people to recommend a multiplayer game when you don’t give people a good way to play it with people

Panda Punch

  • Big thank you to the devs for sending us keys.
  • It is very much what it says on the tin
  • You play as a panda and you punch stuff
  • Folks looking to punch pandas should look elsewhere. Probably Tekken
  • Bionic punchpand-o.
  • Test it on a hot dog first, just saying.

Steam: Game Updates

TMNT arcade mode (foxy)

  • A whole mess of game customization options to improve/ruin your turtles experience
  • Rejoining games now works properly
  • VCR o vision
  • Better ds5 support



  • This is how they killed off Larrabee back in the day.
  • Intel says its consumer GPU teams are now fully engaged in getting Battlemage finished and released.
  • I can see a future where they end up shipping Battlemage and having it compete against high-end 30 series cards.
  • Then they close the consumer division.
  • The low & midrange market is there for the taking so who knows.
  • It’d be nice if the prices matched the performance, because the very few A380s which show up on eBay are still stupid expensive.
  • It’s kinda up in the air at the moment.
  • I 100% believe that if Intel sticks with it we could have a legitimate player 3 in a few years
  • But if they get sheepish and pull the plug then we can definitely look forward to a future of $600 RTX 6060


  • Yeah, I was a bit surprised that it was still in production.
  • I still want one of them for tinkering.
  • Stupid low power Ryzen APU board can make for some interesting projects.
  • Huh, you could actually buy them.
  • You can pick up the VCS all-i bundle for $299.

Head Toaster update

  • Taking their time and doing it right.
  • The camera boards have been sent off to the PCB fab.
  • New display samples from Sharp have arrived along with some slightly upgraded lenses.
  • Having a laptop’s worth of hardware built-in will probably help with the portability.
  • The battery needs to be on a belt clip.
    • Ankle clip.

TheForceEngine 1.0

  • There’s the .sln file again.
  • I look forward to the clever Linuxy peeps finally porting it to a more penguin friendly build system.
  • Gotta add quick saves for maximum scummage
  • There’s already a MR for initial linux build support
  • I want a working engine reimplementation for Outlaws, the original game is all kinds of b0rked on Linux the moment you open the Options menu.

Wine on Wayland 2022 update

  • Cross process rendering is now working which now means that stuff like chrome just works
  • They’re also splitting it into the windows pe and Unix portion as prep work for getting upstreamed
  • I wonder how close we are to this just being shipped and enabled in vanilla wine cuz that would be a huge knife in the chest of X

– Nooope
– Not sure if want
– Check it out
– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: Princess Ruby
Devel: Creative Distractions
Engine: Unity
Price: £5.89 / $6.99 / $8.99

Wazzat: Princess Ruby is a 2D Platformer aimed at young children. Play as a princess and run, jump and sometimes ride a unicorn through each level. Dress up how you want, change your hairstyle and the colors of your costume.

Mandatory Disclosure: Dev sent us keys on Curator Connect



  • The Linux build has some issues on Nvidia.
  • Like only running at fullscreen without bonus launch glyphs.
  • The 3060 can manage 24fps at 2160p so it was a bit cinematic.
  • 1080p windowed bumped this up to 60.
  • Smashed that Proton button and the 3060 was able to keep this graphical juggernaut at 60 @ 2160p no problem.
  • Cloud saves, son.
  • Xbox 1sx1 controller worked out of the box.
  • B button =’s back in a menu, fix this.


  • I played until I was able to ride on the WAR unicorn.
  • It’s a bit OP.
  • This took about 30 minutes but I was speed running to keep myself amused.
  • Princess Ruby is serviceable as a platformer.
  • You jump on things and they die.
  • You bump into things you lose health.
  • You fall into things and you lose health and a wee bit of progress.
  • Level design is varied and the F&F7 glass smashing got a chuckle out of me.
  • The platforming challenges scaled appropriately.
  • At the end of the levels you are awarded new outfits.
  • It has everything you would expect from a game that was made for a kid.
  • Because it was.



  • Launches OOTB
  • No windowed mode and it won’t remember your resolution settings
    • It does respect -screen-fullscreen 0 -screen-height 1080 -screen-width 1920 but it won’t see your existing save file
  • Controller works out of the box
  • Graphics are stock unity but it gets the point across.
  • There is only one music track.


  • It’s a perfectly innocuous platformer
  • I’d say it sits squarely in between sonic the hedgehog and mario
  • And yeah, the platforming is solid enough. It’s pretty forgiving with some of the jumps, but it’s aimed at young children
  • It does have a co-op mode. I don’t think i’m gonna rag on it too much for not having online multiplayer
  • And yeah, this will probably buy you about 30-45 minutes of quiet which may very well be worth the asking price



  • Launches out of the box
  • Holds 144 at 2560×1440 on the desktop
  • Holds 60 at 1280×800 on the Deck.
  • I’m pretty sure I’ve heard those background tracks before.
  • The princess is somewhere on the way down the Uncanny Valley
  • The little smile she does when the level ends is equal parts creepy and inadvertently hilarious.
  • Controllers work, I played all of my in-game time with the Alpakka except for the 3 or 4 minutes I fired up on the Deck to see if it worked.


  • I’m not the target audience.
  • In fact, if you go to the Steam page for Princess Ruby, you can see the Dev and the target audience.
  • Compound that with the fact that I’m done with platformers for the sake of platforming, and I think you can guess the amount of chairs it’s gonna walk away with.
  • I will say though, I have seen and played many platformers built on Unity which were made by groups of people which didn’t play anywhere near as well as Princess Ruby
  • On a technical level, you get full marks!
  • The controls are tight, the character only moves when you tell her to and it doesn’t really hold your hand much.
  • It is fairly easy even on Hard, but it doesn’t take control away from the player for the sake of explaining the new mechanics as they become relevant.
  • There was the occasional weirdness with the jump pads, but I’ve seen that happen in AAA video games so you know. Fair enough!



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Fade to

  • I went back and listened to it. I’m pretty sure I just said five dudes
  • Now I want five soups though

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