Linux Game Cast https://linuxgamecast.com Linux gaming news, reviews, capture and whatever else we come up with. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:44:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ChairQAsition: Tangledeep https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/02/chairqasition-tangledeep/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:44:15 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=12109 post thumbnail

Your intrepid heroes provide the quality assurance that should have been done in the first place. Tangledeep faces the ChairQAsition!

Game: Tangledeep
Webzone: Tangledeep
Devel: Impact Gameworks
Engine: Unity
Price: £10.99 / US$14.99 / CA$16.99

Wazzat: Enter the magical world of Tangledeep, a beautifully polished dungeon crawler inspired by classic 16-bit RPGs! Colorful characters, a unique job system, tons of skills, items, and diverse environments with deep, turn-based roguelike gameplay. A different adventure every time you play!

Mandatory Disclosure: Devs sent us key


CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Makes with the working

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Unity scream of NOPE in 2018 =’s automatic -2 Chairs.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Yeah, that launcher is jank.
  • Doesn’t even remember your resolution settings

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIR

  • The launcher remembered the settings I changed.
  • But it’s completely useless.
  • There’s no reason these couldn’t be in-game settings.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s not poorly done but it’s amatue hour pixilated meh.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Final fantasy was released in 1987. Computer graphics have moved on since then
  • Playing this on a 28 inch uhd monitor is not doing this game any favours
  • The sound design is pretty meh. It’s some uematsu-esque piano noodling

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It lets you disable vsync but allows you to keep the FerPS capped at 60, if you want.
  • Which I appreciate since the 1080 has quite a bit of coil whine.
  • The graphics are kinda meh and the music borrows heavily on other dungeon crawler/roguelike games.
  • But it works.
  • I can at least use Tangledeep as an example of a game with charm.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Controls like poo.
  • Even /w the keyboard / gerbil combo.
  • Steam controlla is FKN hopeless.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Doesn’t work with the paired dualshock controller
  • I’m also not a fan of the mapping of qezc. They should do diagonal movement. I shouldn’t have to switch to the numpad to move diagonally reliably

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s a roguelike, you play it one handed.
  • I even set up a profile on my mouse that rebinds most of the keyboard keys it uses.
  • Didn’t bother with the movement since clicking works fine.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


FUN

Venn-CHAIR

  • Oh look, turn based nope.
  • Nothing will make me enjoy this.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • You know what, this isn’t too bad a game
  • You learn to plan ahead. And then shit appears from offscreen. It’s fun
  • This game takes a lot of inspiration from nethack and final fantasy, and it’s not a bad combination
  • I will say though, in this day and age the menu looks a bit crappy
  • The classes are all interesting and play fairly differently, despite the limitations of nethack
  • Still, it’s a game I’ve played dozens of times, and the additions this game brings are merely adequate

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • I haven’t had this much fun with a game we’ve reviewed since Hand of Fate 2.
  • I love roguelikes!
  • This is another one which isn’t actually terrible and it may even take the place of Dungeons of Dredmor for a while, on my rotation.
  • This one takes some elements from other RPGs like taming monsters and turning them into pets, item dungeons to improve an item, and class “switching” (it changes your sprite but you get to keep your previously unlocked skills).
  • It’s hard and will kill you given half a chance but it also has a bank system to store items for other future characters.
  • I genuinely enjoyed my time with it even with the hipster pixel graphics and rather samey environments.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Final –CHAIRCHAIR

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Canada Sucks At: Divinity Original Sin Pt.3 https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/02/canada-sucks-at-divinity-original-sin-pt-3/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:07:35 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=12104 post thumbnail

Sandman and Jordan continue their stroll through a divine realm filled with sin and apologies.

There were no survivors.

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Streamed live: 02/15/18
Schedule: https://linuxgamecast.com/schedule/

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Divinity: Original Sin is a fantasy role-playing video game developed by Larian Studios. The game was partially funded through Kickstarter and is a prequel to Divine Divinity.

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LWDW: Wobbly Vulkan Windows https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/02/lwdw-wobbly-vulkan-windows/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:08:48 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=12096 post thumbnail

Linux invades the Nintendo Switch! Unity gets a low graphics mode, Vulkan comes to KWin and Kdenlive releases a new beta. All this plus your emails.

Special thanks:
Michael G (new router)
Orn (data noddle)
RTheren (co-host impaler)

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Colour key – Venn Pedro


News

Tonight on RAW
http://www.zdnet.com/article/bogus-linux-vulnerability-gets-publicity/

  • “So, maybe there aren’t that many idiotic sysadmins after all.”
    • Pfffft! I still get plenty of contract work.
  • P.S. BOOGA BOOGA!
  • I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed!
  • In order for the “vulnerability” to work, you’d need root access to a shell (ssh or otherwise).
  • That right there should be the first indication that the only vulnerability here is the same that every single system has, user/admin incompetence.

 

It LIVES
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/02/new-unity-desktop-update-now-available

  • Why would god need a starship Unity need a low graphic mode?
  • That is not the DM you should be using if you need a low graphic mode.

 

Desktop Warden
https://github.com/bitwarden/desktop/issues/13

  • Oh look, a desktop app for Bitwarden is available for testing.
  • And it’s Electron nope so it can DIAF.
  • Nope is available as an appimage if you really hate yourself.

 

Can it DOOM?
https://liliputing.com/2018/02/fail0verflow-turns-a-nintendo-switch-into-a-full-fledged-linux-pc.html

  • Don’t make me Switch, please.
  • SDL2 runs on it, KDE runs on it…
  • It’s a Tegra tablet which got Linuxed, Nintendo branding or not.
    • Unlike the shield (no, not that one) people actually bought the Switch en masse.
  • According to earlier reports, they can’t patch it.
  • The problem is in the SoC itself, meaning they’d need to a new hardware revision in order to issue a “patch”.

 

Vulkan compositing (eMpTy)
https://cgit.kde.org/kwin.git/log/?h=fredrik/vulkan

  • effects/wobblywindows: Support VulkanCompositing
  • Looks like a one person effort?
  • Difficulty: having to use KDE.

 

PSA
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/view-image/jpcmhcelnjdmblfmjabdeclccemkghjk
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/view-image/

  • Talk about not realizing how much you use something until it’s gone.

 

Anti squirrel
https://github.com/aniketpanjwani/chomper

  • Neat idea but if you know how to set this up you know how to bypass it with ease.
  • Could be a solid tool for teaching your kids how to bypass security.
  • Chomper filters outgoing requests through a transparent proxy
  • Allows for filtering requests at the URL level

 

Kdenlive Café tonight and beta AppImage
https://kdenlive.org/2018/02/kdenlive-cafe-and-beta-appimage/

  • Kdenlive 18.04 beta AppImage
  • Still has issues with old projects
  • Testers wanted.
  • File > quit causes it to restart.
  • It’s, well… dark.
  • Will report back next week on how well it handled the show.
  • Tried to do the CHAIRQUISITION with it… WOOF.

 


Slice of Pi
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/node-pi-plug/

 

Hello computer
https://www.electromaker.io/project/view/the-pibadge


Feedback

The WALL
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?sj1pZNd
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI00HTJhSMU

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Meet The Freemans pt.15 https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/02/meet-the-freemans-pt-15/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:56:20 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=12091 post thumbnail

Join Pedro and Old Man Venn™ (plus a gang of Freemans) as they attempt to complete HL-2 in cooperative mode. On HARD!

This week we take a magic carpet ride.

Streamed live: 02/20/18
Schedule: https://linuxgamecast.com/schedule/

About:
Synergy is a simple Half-Life 2 Modification (Mod) that enables you to play through the Half-Life 2 series and many other 3rd-party campaigns cooperatively with friends.

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LinuxGameCast Weekly 287: Splashlight https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/02/linuxgamecast-weekly-287-splashlight/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:48:56 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=12078 post thumbnail

Rise of the Tomb Raider is headed to Linux! MSI releases a new Steam Machine, System Shock throws in the towel and Shroud of the Avatar exits Early Access. Then Tangledeep faces the CHAIRQUISITION!

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Ryniker (latest Patreon)

Items from our Wishzone
Michael G (NightHawk router of business)
Orn (Data noodle)

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Steam News:

Upon a star
https://steamcommunity.com/games/593110/announcements/detail/1672394834683262658

  • I like the ability to filter out pre-release/early access games.
  • Now you can wishlist something in Early Access and then only when/if it comes out, it’ll show up on the wishlist.
  • The other handy dandy feature introduced is alerts when things go on sale for a specific percentage. Which is good if you’re a cheap motherfucker like me

Welcome to the machine
https://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/msi/vortex-g25/633201/

  • And here we see the main problem with the steam machine as presented
  • Great specs and a good form factor, but the price, much like the rent, is too damn high
  • Also the fucker is running windows
    • Didn’t Valve say systems had to be running SteamOS to be called Steam Machines?
      • Honey, I don’t think valve gives a flying fuck about what anyone is calling that thing

Good review
https://www.reddit.com/r/Steam/comments/7x5p94/insel_games_ceo_threatened_employees_to_force/
https://steamcommunity.com/games/681860/announcements/detail/1680276769864923201

  • Sketchy shovelware devs gonna sketch
  • Mayhaps you should resort to more legitimate alternative methods for promotion before doing shit that’ll get you blacklisted

Chorded Press Activator
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SteamClientBeta/announcements/detail/1662261735523902150

  • “Added the ability to unique-ify configurations across Xbox and generic controllers. While the actual hardware cannot be differentiated, we treat them as unique controllers based on connection order. So if they elect to use unique configurations, configurations will be applied based on first, second, third, etc. identical controller.”
    • Wow! That took awhile!
  • You can also use your dualshock 4 to stream non-steam shortcuts without having to set it as a Steam Input controller (which changes the button prompts to Xbox/Steam Controller)

No 3
https://gamerant.com/left-4-dead-3-valve-facebook-rumor-fake/

  • Nows a great time to invest in straws, cuz people be grasping for them
  • The moral of the story is never believe anything on the internet. Especially us!
  • Remember the “leaked” L4B3 screenshots from like, two years ago?

Armello Back roll (from TheSyldat)
http://steamcommunity.com/games/290340/announcements/detail/2912011357799318816

  • Apparently the last patch roll out was a little borky
  • People weren’t able to log in, so they’ve done a roll back
  • Having had to do a few in prod myself, I’m happy that they disclosed what happened. Never a fun time when shit goes dark for no reason

Besiege The Bugs
http://steamcommunity.com/games/346010/announcements/detail/1669017134952062998

  • The experimental branch has some new quality of updates including multi block rotation and copypasta
  • The new beta is out as well with some bugfixes

Momodora
http://steamcommunity.com/app/428550/discussions/0/412448792359039170/?ctp=11
http://store.steampowered.com/app/428550

  • I like the Castlevania look.
  • Hopefully the gameplay matches up.

Street Fighter V(alve time)
http://steamcommunity.com/games/310950/announcements/detail/857177755595160250

  • I’m not holding my breath. We’ve got nothing but radio silence until now, and this barely qualifies as an update.

Neverwinter Access
http://steamcommunity.com/games/704450/announcements/detail/2910885457892066292

  • People who got the BETA keys get to keep them.
  • No! Bad! No preordering!

Tomb
http://www.feralinteractive.com/en/games/riseofthetombraider/

  • Another Vulkan title.
  • Another wicked-late title.
  • Spring starts Tuesday, March 20
  • For the love of Fk and ALL don’t “no tux no bux” on the Reddit and forget that we are friends on Steam… you already own the game.

Wobbly spacesuit simulator 2018
http://store.steampowered.com/app/510490/The_Fall_Part_2_Unbound/

  • Hopefully they will have fixed the control issues and learned how to lock the mouse to the game window when not paused.
  • I remember really liking the atmosphere of the first one.

At Sundown demo
http://store.steampowered.com/app/419700/AT_SUNDOWN/

  • So it plays a little like a top down screen cheat
  • You can only see people when they attack or dash
  • Free demo is free
  • What if Invisigun expanded the focus from just the mechanic to different gimmicky characters?

Drop the soap
http://store.steampowered.com/app/461990/The_Prison_Game/

  • 36 minutes deathmatch in a prison city
  • There are periodic events that give either more ai controlled enemies or traps/supply drops
  • Someone also gets a bounty which gives a big score boost to whoever kills them, or that individual if they survive
    • If game theory has taught us anything, the latter will almost never happen as everyone will just gun for the bounty.
    • Good try devs

Oh hells no
http://store.steampowered.com/app/781480/Tech_Support_Error_Unknown

  • Yes, cuz I had to hack stuff to do my old support job.
  • Well, hack as in make bullshit, not exploit and breach
  • Does the game also come with a coupon for hair plugs?
  • Does it have that person who says the printer isn’t working when they’re actually connected to the Guest network rather than the actual internal one?
  • Or the one who says they can’t scan because instead of going to the folder where the scanned files lands, they created a new folder on the desktop and expected them to show up there by magic?

News:

Publisher buys publisher
https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/02/14/thq-nordic-buy-up-saints-row-and-metro/

  • Does that mean we get proper Saints Row ports, now? Please?
    • I thought the same thing, but it’s a pipe dream to expect them to re-port the games
  • Hopefully though this’ll see them being less reliant on VP
  • Also maybe new metro on Linux?
  • Also who the fuck wrote this article? Pedro?

System Stop
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1598858095/system-shock/posts/2115044

  • Welp, I ran this through our De-Bullsh*t-O-Tron 9000 and it spit out the following.
    • We’ve been shopping around for publishers and nobody picked u$ up.”
    • Also, we burned through the Kickstarter money so yeah, we’re tapping the brakes.”
  • Just more proof you shouldn’t be giving videogames money on kickstarter.
  • Please accept my personal assurance that we will be back and stronger than ever.
    • Famous last words
  • Ah scope creep, my old nemesis!
  • How about we take this as a reminder that when operating on a limited budget, it’s important to set realistic and manageable goals.
  • Just because your Kickstarter went gangbusters doesn’t mean you can just start churning out your ideal project. Accomplish what you set out to do and then work on improving it.

Chicken & chainsaw
https://twitter.com/ShamsJorjani/status/963175186953588736

  • #Linux users need to buy more games!
  • Hmm, release more Linux titles?
  • Not until Linux users buy more games!
  • #TideGoesIn #TideGoesOut

Porting the house
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-01-05-the-life-of-a-porting-house

  • It’s a very mac focused article, but there are some insights to be gleaned
  • For example, they only have 12 devs on staff
  • Also looks like our favorite wrappers are running a support only operation. Maybe the THQ Nordic news is a light at the end of the VP tunnel

Early shroud
https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/02/15/shroud-of-the-avatar-leaves-early-access-march-27th/

  • Shroud was always a super ambitious project so the development time didn’t surprise me at all
  • I’m concerned about the content of the game though. Is there enough to support an active player base?
    • That’s not an issue if the player base is in the lower 3 digit area.
  • This game is not baked.
  • Even though it’s been in development for ages, it still feels baren and most of the quests translate to busy work and grind.
  • The only way I found to get a decent set of armor and weapon, without having to indulge in that completely back-asswards crafting system, was to grind the highest level area I could handle and buy it from other players’ little shop NPCs.
  • It’s also impossible to solo most of the dungeons or skirmish areas.
  • And since no one is playing the game, it makes it impossible to do anything that isn’t grinding the same places over and over.
  • I put 92 hours into this game… If I could refund time of life, I would.

CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Tangledeep
Webzone: Tangledeep
Devel: Impact Gameworks
Engine: Unity
Price: £10.99 / US$14.99 / CA$16.99

Wazzat: Enter the magical world of Tangledeep, a beautifully polished dungeon crawler inspired by classic 16-bit RPGs! Colorful characters, a unique job system, tons of skills, items, and diverse environments with deep, turn-based roguelike gameplay. A different adventure every time you play!

Mandatory Disclosure: Devs sent us keys


Makes with the working

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Unity scream of NOPE in 2018 =’s automatic -2 Chairs.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Yeah, that launcher is jank.
  • Doesn’t even remember your resolution settings

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIR

  • The launcher remembered the settings I changed.
  • But it’s completely useless.
  • There’s no reason these couldn’t be in-game settings.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s not poorly done but it’s amatue hour pixilated meh.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Final fantasy was released in 1987. Computer graphics have moved on since then
  • Playing this on a 28 inch uhd monitor is not doing this game any favours
  • The sound design is pretty meh. It’s some uematsu-esque piano noodling

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It lets you disable vsync but allows you to keep the FerPS capped at 60, if you want.
  • Which I appreciate since the 1080 has quite a bit of coil whine.
  • The graphics are kinda meh and the music borrows heavily on other dungeon crawler/roguelike games.
  • But it works.
  • I can at least use Tangledeep as an example of a game with charm.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Controls like poo.
  • Even /w the keyboard / gerbil combo.
  • Steam controlla is FKN hopeless.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Doesn’t work with the paired dualshock controller
  • I’m also not a fan of the mapping of qezc. They should do diagonal movement. I shouldn’t have to switch to the numpad to move diagonally reliably

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s a roguelike, you play it one handed.
  • I even set up a profile on my mouse that rebinds most of the keyboard keys it uses.
  • Didn’t bother with the movement since clicking works fine.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


FUN

Venn-CHAIR

  • Oh look, turn based nope.
  • Nothing will make me enjoy this.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • You know what, this isn’t too bad a game
  • You learn to plan ahead. And then shit appears from offscreen. It’s fun
  • This game takes a lot of inspiration from nethack and final fantasy, and it’s not a bad combination
  • I will say though, in this day and age the menu looks a bit crappy
  • The classes are all interesting and play fairly differently, despite the limitations of nethack
  • Still, it’s a game I’ve played dozens of times, and the additions this game brings are merely adequate

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • I haven’t had this much fun with a game we’ve reviewed since Hand of Fate 2.
  • I love roguelikes!
  • This is another one which isn’t actually terrible and it may even take the place of Dungeons of Dredmor for a while, on my rotation.
  • This one takes some elements from other RPGs like taming monsters and turning them into pets, item dungeons to improve an item, and class “switching” (it changes your sprite but you get to keep your previously unlocked skills).
  • It’s hard and will kill you given half a chance but it also has a bank system to store items for other future characters.
  • I genuinely enjoyed my time with it even with the hipster pixel graphics and rather samey environments.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Final –CHAIRCHAIR


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Canada Sucks At: Divinity Original Sin Pt.2 https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/02/canada-sucks-at-divinity-original-sin-pt-2/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:32:23 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=12072 post thumbnail

Sandman and Jordan take a lovely stroll through a fantasy realm… and apologize.

There were no survivors.

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Streamed live: 02/15/18
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Divinity: Original Sin is a fantasy role-playing video game developed by Larian Studios. The game was partially funded through Kickstarter and is a prequel to Divine Divinity.

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ChairQAsition: PAWARUMI https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/02/chairqasition-pawarumi/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:36:18 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=12067 post thumbnail

Your intrepid heroes provide the quality assurance that should have been done in the first place. PAWARUMI faces the ChairQAsition!

Game: PAWARUMI
Webzone: PAWARUMI
Devel: Manufacture 43
Engine: Unity
Price: £12.99 / US$16.99 / CA$18.99

Wazzat: Pawarumi is a modern shoot’em up set in a retro futuristic sci-fi pre-Columbian universe. You’ll take control of the almighty ship Chukaru and its three unique weapons! Shoot wisely to either do double damage, heal yourself or charge your Super Attack!

 


CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Makes with the working

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Had some issues /w UHD during Early Access but those have been sorted.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Looks good for a shoot em up @ 2160.
  • Hell, for the first few levels ir holds a solid 60.
  • Then it goes to hell in the jungle ant drops to 30.
  • 1080p looks blurry /w a case of the jaaaaags.
  • Overall the game looks quite nice.
  • Detailed backdrops (almost to a fault)
  • No sound, only silence.
  • It’s the only way I can enter my pew state.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The visual style is pretty interesting. I like the astec aesthetic
  • The music isn’t too bad either.
  • Vsync is on by default, killing that and it can hold 60ferps @ UHD with occasional dips to the mid 50s

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Temporal AA works, that was nice to see.
  • It’s less effective that other types of AA but also much easier on resources and doesn’t make everything look blurry like FXAA.
  • The weapons seem to lack some impact.
  • I can see how devastating they are but unleashing the ultimate just looks and sounds so miserably inadequate.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Steamy detection OOTB.
  • Logical layout.
  • No lag here.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Just a nit to pick with the attack colours corresponding with the xbox controller buttons. DOesn’t as easily translate to the dual shock
  • Still works fine though

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Whar mouse controls?
  • Not saying you had to bind everything to the mouse. Not everyone has a 10 button mouse…
  • But at least letting you move with the mouse wouldn’t have gone amiss.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


FUN

Venn-CHAIR

  • Sweet hell that was wicked-short.
  • 80min at the speed of cocking about.
  • Yeah, not $16.99 well spent.
  • Easy: Boring
  • Normal: Kinda fun
  • Hard: FK you hard no fun.
  • I really want a 3rd person view ala FoxStar.
  • It’s a short shooter that really doesn’t bring anything new to the table.
  • They did a good job with the game but that price is too damn high for something you can accidentally beat.
  • If it goes 90% off give it a look.

Jordan-CHAIR

  • Sorry Pawarumi, you’re just not my game
  • Suck at schmups, and one needs to be super compelling to make me want to play it for more than an hour
  • And super compelling this isn’t
  • It’s pretty looking,

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIR

  • I didn’t hate it!
  • It’s not stupidly hard like shmups nowadays feel like they have to be.
  • Even with all the colours and everything else on screen I never really lost track of my ship.
  • That said, it hasn’t really done much to change my mind about shmups
  • Demon Star still holds a special place in the derelict unused wastes of my brain.
  • I don’t know if it’s the lack of impact to shooting or getting shot, the feel like that of piss hitting grass from the ultimate weapon, apparently the fact that it’s pretty short.
  • I couldn’t be arsed to try and get to the end because it just didn’t grab me.

Total-CHAIR


Final –CHAIRCHAIR

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LWDW: Git The Trend https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/02/lwdw-git-the-trend/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:36:05 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=12057 post thumbnail

VLC 3.0 has arrived! Razer snubs Linux, KDE Slimbook receives a hardware refresh and 1080p Netflix is now a thing. All this plus your emails.

Special thanks:
Ryniker (new)
Sharon (new)
Zoey (new)
Jack (new)
Eric (new)
Todd (new)
RTheren (upped)
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News

VLC 3.0
https://venturebeat.com/2018/02/09/vlc-3-0-arrives-for-windows-macos-linux-android-ios-android-tv-apple-tv-and-chrome-os/

  • 4K video decoding at something faster than the speed of smell is a welcome addition.
  • Experimental wayland support.
  • Support for the Samsung Dex dockable devices.

 

About time
https://github.com/truedread/netflix-1080p

  • Wow, that’s about two years too late for me.
  • Chromecast and Fire sticks are now my thing.
  • Mind you, it works.
  • Netflix locking down 1080p playback on Linux unless it sees it as ChromeOS.
  • You have to be really petty to pull something like that!
    • Remember kids, it’s the studios that make these artard rules.

 

Git the trend
https://github.com/blog/2499-open-source-project-trends-for-2018

  • And the trending stuff was… drum roll, please… Electron framework apps.
  • Sorry, “cross platform development”.
  • Well, there is also a rise in machine learning so with some luck the singularity will realize Electron is a cancer and do something to stop it… or find Sara connor.

 

Speeking off Elektron
https://www.reddit.com/r/discordapp/comments/7wanme/spellcheck_on_the_canary_version/

  • Oh sweet mother of FSM hurry up and enable this.
  • Also, Canary #TIL.
  • Seriously, I did not realize how dependant I was on Mr. Red Squiggly Line until Discord became a thing.

 

Default snaps
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2018-February/040126.html

  • Long as I’m free not to use them.
  • I like the Snap but it needs quite a bit more time in the oven.
  • Have snaps finally stopped spawning a retarded lowercase folder in $HOME?
  • Cuz I’m going to keep all the snap*.services disabled until it doesn’t.

 

USB in 2018
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/linux/its-2018-and-you-can-still-p0wn-your-linux-box-by-plugging-in-a-usb-stick/

  • You guys and gals really done goofed on that one KDE.
  • I knew the sliding notification thingy was busted because sometimes it would scale the icons to 512×512 when I plugged a USB flash drive in, I didn’t know it was this bad.
  • 5.12.0 LTS and 5.8.9 LTS now properly sanitize the name field of the flash drive regardless of where you’re mounting it from.

 

Apt-file
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/7wuj26/yil_theres_a_tool_called_aptfile_that_helps_you/

  • TIL indeed.
  • Just use auto-apt.
  • It picks up on most dependencies.

 

Slim KDE II
http://kde.slimbook.es/

  • Y’all got any of that, Ryzen?
  • Power button is still in the worst place.
  • Keyboard looks pretty similar, as whole actually.
  • It’s about 1K for a usable (8GB RAM) config.
  • CPU refresh, DDR4 memory, and better wifi.
  • Oh, and a clicky touchpad.

 

Cutting edge
https://blogs.gnome.org/hughsie/2018/02/11/razer-doesnt-care-about-linux/

  • If your gerbil requires special drivers you have made questionable life choices.
  • <reee>
  • How is this news?
  • I have a mouse which while it doesn’t need special drivers, it certainly gains a lot more functionality with them.
  • Roccat themselves have never officially supported Linux, they gave Stefan all the hardware so he could try and figure out how to reverse engineer a driver on his own.
    • Eventually he just burnt out.
  • This isn’t burning out, this is throwing your toys out of the pram and stomping your widdle baby feet, saying “Razer was mean to me”.
  • So, this guy learned a life lesson.
  • Don’t believe anything said by a soulless corporation, nay!
  • Judge them by what they do.

 

Branding
https://github.com/jasperla/openbsd-wip/issues/86

  • That’s one way to sort the issue.
  • People deliberately doing their own thing and claiming ignorance on the license for the software they’re distributing can be infuriating.
  • But the moment you lash out against one of those projects, everyone else is going to think twice about including your stuff in their repos.
  • If that’s your intention, kudos! If not… your project will fall into oblivion.
  • Openbsd-wip: This tree is to be used to maintain and eventually migrate ports into the official OpenBSD ports tree.
  • “You must comply with the directive or you must disable official branding for your builds.”
    • *removes project*
  • That, ladies and gents is 100% a “I don’t have time for this” move.

Slice of Pi

Knock knock
https://www.electromaker.io/project/view/the-ultimate-smart-door-lock-security-system
https://hackaday.com/2018/02/13/particle-introduces-new-hardware-adds-mesh-support/


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Meet The Freemans pt.14 https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/02/meet-the-freemans-pt-14/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 02:40:44 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=12052 post thumbnail

Join Pedro and Old Man Venn™ (plus a gang of Freemans) as they attempt to complete HL-2 in cooperative mode. On HARD!

This week we meet the G-man.

Streamed live: 02/13/18
Schedule: https://linuxgamecast.com/schedule/

About:
Synergy is a simple Half-Life 2 Modification (Mod) that enables you to play through the Half-Life 2 series and many other 3rd-party campaigns cooperatively with friends.

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LinuxGameCast Weekly 286: Shmup the Shmup Up https://linuxgamecast.com/2018/02/linuxgamecast-weekly-286-shmup-the-shmup-up/ Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:55:59 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=12044 post thumbnail

Rust exits Early Access! GOG talks Linux, GOTDOT gets Steamy and did you know GTA III has an open source engine re-implementation? Then PAWARUMI faces the CHAIRQUISITION!

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Steam News:

0.41%
http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/

  • Some reported growth after the pubgening
    • PUBChina don’t care for mother Linux.
  • Yeah, simplified Chinese is 50%
  • 17.10 adoption is up 0.6%
  • 12GB of RAM has increased over a full percent while 8GB is down 4%.

Chilling effect
https://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/JoshGe/20180205/314314/Steam_Winter_Sale

  • Exposure is great if it doesn’t come at the detriment of actual sales.
  • Being featured on the front page during a sale gives you a lot of exposure
  • But people die of exposure.
  • So in the case of Cogmind, there were a lot more people hovering over the game but only 0.22% of those who did actually bought the game, compared to 3.18% from before the Sale.
  • I don’t know about you, but I don’t really look at the front page of Steam. After years of it being filled with shovelware and asset flips, I learned to just go the Linux page and sort by newest release.
    • So you only see the Linux shoveassflips.
  • Like most people I actively avoid the front page of Steam.

Open VALVe
https://twitter.com/Plagman2/status/961470023041626112

  • Bet, would have lost it.
  • Is 2018 going to be the year AMD gets all usable and stuff on the Linux?
    • One can only hope
  • Good to see more work being done on RadV. It seems to be the little driver that could
    • A driver developed from the ground up by the community instead of AMD?
    • As someone who was stuck on fglrx for a long long time, I’m all up for the community effort!

True GabeN
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12407/amd-valve-introduce-trueaudio-next-support-for-steam-audio

  • Valve is working with AMD to enhance the steam VR audio API
  • It’ll move a lot of the binaural and echo stuff to the GPU, which makes sense as it’s doing a bunch of those same calculations for the 3d shit
  • Maybe that’s why they hired that mesa dev. Sorry, my foil hat just fell off.
  • How about some of that but for non-VR games?
  • I can’t help but feel like VR has run out of steam, pun intended, if this is all the news coming out of it.

Godot goes steamy 3.0
http://store.steampowered.com/news/?appids=404790

  • Every so often I keep forgetting that people use steam to manage non-game software
  • Still needs some of that Vulkan.
  • Good way to keep things up to date.
  • Nice to see that everything is completely free.
  • brand new rendering engine
  • C# 7.0
  • Bullet 3D physics

Roll a new level
http://steamcommunity.com/games/456670/announcements/detail/1666764701474734022

  • Seems interesting but I do not have the smart to figure it out.
  • I really wish more devs would make high quality content creation tools for their games and release them
  • It really does extend the life of the game and can bring in a ton of new players
  • I’m curious to see what kind of wacky shit the community will come up with. Maybe dungeons you can’t roll your way out of
  • Game modding tools, think Neverwinter Nights, Elder Scrolls, etc., are a very good way to make games relevant for years after their release.

Conarium to Linux
http://steamcommunity.com/games/313780/announcements/detail/1675771900757464665

  • Another horror adventure game
  • This one’s UE4. Do we think it’ll vulkan?
  • This game has an irrational hatred for 4:3. Lovecraft thought it was a resolution for miscreants and undesirables
  • Slapping “lovecraftian” around a game’s description usually gets me to give it a second look.
  • If this is more Amnesia and less Darkwood, I’m all for that!

French Tesla
http://store.steampowered.com/news/?appids=636100

  • http://www.atomic-robo.com/atomicrobo/v3ch1-cover
    • This is basically the plot to Atomic Robo and the Shadow Beyond Time
  • Twin stick shooter about Nicola Tesla and Howard P. Lovecraft…
  • WAT?!
  • That said, kudos to the devs for sending us some keys.
  • There will certainly be chairs thrown in this game’s general direction, at some point

Rocketpatch
http://steamcommunity.com/games/252950/announcements/detail/1675772534375704030

  • Pretty sure they’re just leaving the linux branch alone from now on
  • So… At what point do we just say fuck it and throw chairs at it?

Rust is out
https://rust.facepunch.com/blog/devblog-197/

  • It runs, like arse.
  • Tapping 20 on high @ 1080p.
  • It has always run terribad.
  • Remember, it released from Early Access and into Alpha…
  • Which means development will go from a weekly release of new versions to monthly
    • You misspelled screeching halt.
  • Also, dat price.

Earthlings Attack
http://store.steampowered.com/app/621930/Attack_of_the_Earthlings/

  • So reverse Starship Troopers
  • Oh, hey ProZD does a Cave Johnson in this. Neat

Needs VR
http://store.steampowered.com/app/681280/Descenders/?newsId=37076

  • That… doesn’t look horrible!

News:

RPCS3 January 2018 Progress
https://rpcs3.net/blog/2018/02/07/progress-report-january-2018/

  • Nothing particularly interesting in the new supported games department
  • THey do have support for multiple controller profiles though, which is neat cuz now you can have two people playing off the same keyboard. Why? For extra fuckery!
  • Apparently the Nvidia OpenGL driver has some problems with index offsets in heap buffers. THeir fix results in some significant openGL performance improvements
    • Does this mean Demon’s Souls is playable on Linux now?
    • I was getting some really bad framerate rubber banding last time I tried.

GOG
https://boilingsteam.com/linuxvangog-talks-about-gogs-stance-on-linux/

  • Galaxy is in the “big picture”, meaning don’t hold your breath.
  • One thing I do like about the process they describe is that they don’t try to introduce workarounds and encourage devs to fix the issues upstream
  • So as we’ve suspected, CDPR and GOG are colocated, but Siloed. Doesn’t bode well for their first party games
  • I will continue to use GOG to buy old games for the data files when a FLOSS engine shows up for game X.
  • Until they poop out a client Steam gets all my monies because I am DONE /w having a “games” folder.
  • “While currently GOG isn’t developing the Linux client, it still remains in the big picture and is planned to be done eventually. We are not working on it at right now and it won’t happen anytime soon.”
    • Gotcha, Steam’s stranglehold on Linux game clients continues unchecked.
  • He also dodged the question of why games take longer to release on GOG if they have more than just the Windows version, by shifting the narrative to the fact that Linux still has such a small adoption in the desktop market.

Fishy engine
https://github.com/VectorWolf/RawSalmonEngine

  • We’ve talked about tiled a few times on the show
  • This project aims to create an 2D engine similar to the infinity engine and ended as a functional tiled map viewer that you can use to make games
  • Apparently their game involves anthropomorphic cats. I’m just gonna leave it at that…
  • One of the listed dependencies is touch a salmon, they conveniently forgot to mention the bear you’re likely to find when attempting to do so.
  • And not the sexy kind of bear, either.

OpenSC2K
https://github.com/rage8885/OpenSC2K

  • Jesus fucking christ this is a nodejs project. This shit is for webapps, not everything else!
    • I…I may have had to deal with some dumb-ass node nonsense at work
  • Are you so hooked on SimCity 2k that you need to be able to play it anywhere and everywhere?

Good luck /w that
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/report-google-considering-a-game-streaming-service-console-hardware/

  • OnLive take what, 3?
  • I don’t see this taking off with things like UE4 in the browser being a thing.
  • Going by Google’s previous efforts, shit’s gonna be region locked so bad only the US will be able to use it.
    • Don’t forget the part where they abandon it after a year.
  • Game streaming will become a thing (and will eventually be the majority) but it won’t work as a subscription and wont take off until steam rolls it out.

Lintendo Switch
http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/02/hackers_get_linux_running_on_switch_and_claim_nintendo_cant_patch_the_exploit

  • Perhaps it’s some remote jtag thing exposed by tegra that these guys are taking advantage of.
  • Whatever it is, we’ll have to wait for the release to see

Open GTA 3
http://openrw.org/

  • Didn’t know this was a thing.
  • Compiles under Linux and lets you buy the Rock Humble for $1 Heretic free.

CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: PAWARUMI

Webzone: PAWARUMI

Devel: Manufacture 43

Engine: Unity

Price: £12.99 / US$16.99 / CA$18.99

Wazzat: Pawarumi is a modern shoot’em up set in a retro futuristic sci-fi pre-Columbian universe. You’ll take control of the almighty ship Chukaru and its three unique weapons! Shoot wisely to either do double damage, heal yourself or charge your Super Attack!

Mandatory Disclosure:


Makes with the working

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Had some issues /w UHD during Early Access but those have been sorted.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Looks good for a shoot em up @ 2160.
  • Hell, for the first few levels ir holds a solid 60.
  • Then it goes to hell in the jungle ant drops to 30.
  • 1080p looks blurry /w a case of the jaaaaags.
  • Overall the game looks quite nice.
  • Detailed backdrops (almost to a fault)
  • No sound, only silence.
  • It’s the only way I can enter my pew state.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The visual style is pretty interesting. I like the astec aesthetic
  • The music isn’t too bad either.
  • Vsync is on by default, killing that and it can hold 60ferps @ UHD with occasional dips to the mid 50s

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Temporal AA works, that was nice to see.
  • It’s less effective that other types of AA but also much easier on resources and doesn’t make everything look blurry like FXAA.
  • The weapons seem to lack some impact.
  • I can see how devastating they are but unleashing the ultimate just looks and sounds so miserably inadequate.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Steamy detection OOTB.
  • Logical layout.
  • No lag here.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Just a nit to pick with the attack colours corresponding with the xbox controller buttons. DOesn’t as easily translate to the dual shock
  • Still works fine though

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Whar mouse controls?
  • Not saying you had to bind everything to the mouse. Not everyone has a 10 button mouse…
  • But at least letting you move with the mouse wouldn’t have gone amiss.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


FUN

Venn-CHAIR

  • Sweet hell that was wicked-short.
  • 80min at the speed of cocking about.
  • Yeah, not $16.99 well spent.
  • Easy: Boring
  • Normal: Kinda fun
  • Hard: FK you hard no fun.
  • I really want a 3rd person view ala FoxStar.
  • It’s a short shooter that really doesn’t bring anything new to the table.
  • They did a good job with the game but that price is too damn high for something you can accidentally beat.
  • If it goes 90% off give it a look.

Jordan-CHAIR

  • Sorry Pawarumi, you’re just not my game
  • Suck at schmups, and one needs to be super compelling to make me want to play it for more than an hour
  • And super compelling this isn’t
  • It’s pretty looking,

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIR

  • I didn’t hate it!
  • It’s not stupidly hard like shmups nowadays feel like they have to be.
  • Even with all the colours and everything else on screen I never really lost track of my ship.
  • That said, it hasn’t really done much to change my mind about shmups
  • Demon Star still holds a special place in the derelict unused wastes of my brain.
  • I don’t know if it’s the lack of impact to shooting or getting shot, the feel like that of piss hitting grass from the ultimate weapon, apparently the fact that it’s pretty short.
  • I couldn’t be arsed to try and get to the end because it just didn’t grab me.

Total-CHAIR


Final –CHAIRCHAIR


Hate Mail:

Controlla
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?xeop4vF

  • Honestly, in terms of compatibility your best bet is still the good ol’ vanilla 360 controlla.
  • Agreed, Xclone gets shite done but I have been using the Steam controlla for the last few months without issue.
  • If you want compatibility without having to rely on Steam or other third party tools, the Xbox 360/Logitech F310/F710 controllers would be my suggestion.
  • If all the games you’re playing are on Steam, I’d lob the Steam Controller in as well.

RSS
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?w6pg8uC

  • Included this for two raisins
    • There is at least one person using SailfishOS
    • IVO filed a bug report /w the podcatcher devel instead of expecting us to somehow fix it.
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