Linux Game Cast https://linuxgamecast.com Linux gaming news, reviews, capture and whatever else we come up with. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:43:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 Meet The Freemans pt.5 https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/meet-the-freemans-pt-5/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:39:02 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11699 post thumbnail

Join Pedro, Old Man Venn™, and a gang of Freemans as they attempt to complete HL-2 in cooperative mode.

This week we battle a bridge.

Streamed live: 12/12/17
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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ChairQAsition: Valley https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/chairqasition-valley/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:05:46 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11694 post thumbnail

Your intrepid heroes test Valley on three Linux powered boxes of business. Did it pass? Let’s find out.

Game: Valley
Webzone: Valley
Devel: Blue Isle Studios
Engine: Unity
Price: £14.99 / US$19.99 / CA$21.99

Wazzat: Explore the vast and beautiful world of Valley using the power of the L.E.A.F. suit: a fierce exoskeleton that grants exceptional speed and agility along with the phenomenal ability to manipulate the life and death of all living things.


CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Makes with the working

Venn – CHAIRCHAIR

  • Thar be spite crashes.
  • These happen during level transitions and it bit me twice, HARD.
  • I say hard since there is no real save system so it starts you all the way back at the beginning of the previous zone.
  • Refuses to launch if Vivaldi or Chromium are running.
  • 60/70 @ 1080
  • Mid 30’s @ 2160

Jordan –  CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Thar be inopportune spite crashes
  • Twice after finishing a level, which made me go back and redo it cuz it didn’t finish saving
  • That’s a quick way to get jordan to nope

Pedro – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The only thing that didn’t make with the working for me was the subtitles.
  • It’d show the first line and then be stuck there until the audio-tape was over.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • I like games that prove that Unity can be both performant and pretty.
  • Valley does these things in spades.
  • Both indoor and outdoor areas are wicked smooth.
  • All the environments are coherent.
  • I do wish the main baddies were something, different?
  • They didn’t seem to fit the world.
  • Music is totes outstanding and caught me off guard.
  • You don’t normally get that from an indie game.
  • Voice acting was passable+ in the sense they didn’t go with the lowest bidder.

Jordan – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Oh, it’s very pretty
  • Look what happens when you don’t use stock unity assets!
  • The soundtrack sounds like a Jethro Tull fever dream

Pedro – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It looks very pretty and the music is frickin’ spot on!
  • During the running on the electrified rails sequence, that music alone turned it from just being a bit where you run down a corridor to “OMG!!1! Run faster! Jump! Run fast again! Weeeeeeeeee!”
  • I was smiling like a lunatic throughout the whole thing.
  • Damn was a good set piece!

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Tried to play it with the Steamy controlla since it seemed like a nice fit.
  • Unfortunately there was some jank with camera movement.
  • Keyboard and gerbil posed no problems.

Jordan – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Sometimes you get a little too into it and end up overshooting the fuck out of your jumps
  • Really my only gripe with it. Can’t quite tell where you’re gonna land

Pedro – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s a first person running/platforming game.
  • Why you’d want to play this with a controller, I don’t know.
  • While physics defying jumps may have made me ding this a chair in other games, in this game it fits.
  • And this game made me wish I could have more controls than casual jog or superhuman sprint for movement.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


FUN?

Venn – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • That was a little shorter than expected but for $5.00 it was an enjoyable romp.
  • If I had paid the iron price ($19.99) I would have been a bit miffed.
  • Storytelling and world building is clearly something these motherfu*ckers know how to do.
  • I honestly thought they were going to pull a gotcha right up until I jumped out of the final tube.
  • I was all “they want me to think the game is over, but it’s not really over”
  • …the game was over.
  • I Venned my way through it in 4 hours.

Jordan – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • 21 Wet, Sticky Maplebucks is a bit of a big ask for this jolly little jaunt
  • The game itself is actually pretty shallow, essentially being 3d straight line platformer
  • That said, it’s execution is spot on
  • The story is actually pretty decent too, all things considered. Sort of a whodunit
  • I usually prefer emergent narratives, but credit where credit is due
  • Crashes added another hour onto the gameplay, and there are hidden goodies you can go collect

Pedro – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The only reason I can’t give it 4 chairs for the fun is because it’s short.
  • Criminally short!
  • I was having fun! I was having a lot of fun and the game ended.
  • It took my fun away from me.
  • In all seriousness, this is a game with very simple but refined mechanics.
  • They took movement, something you take for granted in all videogames and they improved it.
  • They quadrupled down on exploring exactly what it is that can make videogame movement compelling and built a short experience around it.
  • And they frickin’ nailed it!
  • I can safely say I never had so much fun running and jumping down a corridor for 5 minutes like I did in Valley.
  • This I would say is the perfect example of aesthetics and narrative being used solely to further the mechanics… or mechanic, since they really only had the one.
  • But goddamn, they did it well!
  • If it had come out this year, it’d be a contender for Linux game of the year 2017.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Final –CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

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LinuxGameCast Weekly 277: Scream Bloody Doritos https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/linuxgamecast-weekly-277-scream-bloody-doritos/ Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:54:09 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11684 post thumbnail

Medieval destruction sandbox Besiege adds multiplayer! Steam enables platform-specific wishlisting, PPSSPP 1.5 brings the Vulkan and SOMA gets a “Safe Mode.” Then Valley faces the ChairQAsition. All this plus your hate mail.

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Steam News:

Curator connect
https://partner.steamgames.com/doc/features/curators
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6856357-Linux-Gamecast-Weekly/

  • They do let you send multiple copies to curators. That was surprising.
    • Is there a place to put some BIG HONKING TEXT about key requirements?
  • Still we’ve already been sent 3 games, and only 1 copy of each.
  • We also have some stats on our “influence” to drive game page views. No sales numbers.
  • We need to make sure to include a link to our Steam curator page in any and all emails sent to devel from now on.

Valve makes games?
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/12/valve-announces-the-return-of-portal-via-bridge-constructor/

  • Hopefully this’ll be a little more than bridge constructor with portals.
  • Otherwise it’s gonna be a pretty hard sell.
  • That trailer does not make a bit of FSM damned sense.

Steam off the Bitcoin
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/12/steam-drops-bitcoin-payment-option-citing-fees-and-volatility/

  • Honestly, I think VALVe was jelly about another party getting a cut.
  • Granted, transaction fees are getting a wee out of control.
    • Also the power requirements are approaching ZPM level
  • I would expect other stores to consider doing the same.
  • Somehow, this is good for Bitcoin.

A Linux Wish
http://steamcommunity.com/games/221410/announcements/detail/1475356649450732547

  • If you don’t already have SteamOS+Linux set as a filter now is the time.
  • It will let developers know you not only want the game, but you want it on the Linux.
  • I’d be interested to see what the actual statistics provided to devs would be.
  • The steam hardware survey doesn’t really represent an accurate snapshot of linux usage
  • This is also good targeted data for game devs
  • I’d like to propose a little exercise, not just to our audience but to the Linux gaming community in general:
    • Set your preferences to Linux+SteamOS only (which you should already have done).
    • Go and wishlist all the games you want to see come out on Linux.
    • Then let’s wait and see what what kind of impact this actually makes.
      • I have a sneaking suspicion this’ll just result in these games getting bought for some folks by do gooder friendos
  • The cynic in me says it won’t have any but I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong on this one.

Real, shit just got it
http://store.steampowered.com/news/?appids=346010

  • Guess I need to unpack Tipsy Danger.
  • I hope they realize that it’s make-or-break time for this title.
  • This will get picked up and go a bit viral on the Tubes and Twitch but if they think it will buy them another few years in Early Access they are sadly mistaken.

Darkest DLC
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-12-05-darkest-dungeons-next-dlc-expansion-is-the-farm-themed-the-color-of-madness

  • Oh no, here we go again!
  • More lovecraftian goodness, new quest types and new gear
  • Looks like if I ever pick up a switch it’ll be a $300 DD and Pokemon machine

Safe SOMA
https://linuxgameconsortium.com/linux-gaming-news/soma-sci-fi-horror-game-launches-safe-mode-ubuntu-linux-games-60799/

  • Well the Workshop MOD has been around for over a year.
  • You thought SOMA was already boring?
  • Yeah, take out the boogie monsters.
  • To be fair, the monsters don’t really contribute much to the gameplay. Just stuff you have to avoid and really more of a nuisance
    • ^
  • I’m with Jordan on the on the whole monster nuisance thing.
  • It was, ironically, Frictional’s own fear of stepping out of their comfort zone which saw SOMA getting monsters in the first place.
  • I still remember the bit in the “vertical boat” with the monsters with glowy heads.
  • And those are not fond memories.

Poly exists Early Access
http://store.steampowered.com/app/368180/Polyball/

  • Apparently you just need an ubuntu live CD, a stick of RAM and a flash drive to run it
  • Finally, a classic ball rolling game.
  • None of that new-wave ball rolling bullsh*t the kids are on about these days.
  • It’s multiplayer so there could be a bit of rage platrolling hidden in there.

Gilf /w friends
http://store.steampowered.com/news/externalpost/steam_community_announcements/2152021858910947928

  • Fuck this shit
  • Fuck your level editor
  • Fuck your lighting and fuck your christmas!

Vulkan tweaks
http://steamcommunity.com/games/564310/announcements/detail/1471978589213349287

  • Didn’t notice any difference in the BFE benchmark.
  • Would be nice if they fixed the vulkan herky-jerk on the last level.
  • WOnder if it also fixed some of the vulkan freezes they had in some of the underground levels
  • All I can say though is that we got one more level of Serious Cwang, I’m curious if we can Vulkan our way through it

Corpse party
http://steamcommunity.com/games/CorpseParty/announcements/detail/1453964190589469266

  • Apparently this is a remake/re-imagining of a popular-ish RPG maker game
  • They did a Clue, with different content in the 3DS and PSP versions
  • I played this on the PSP.
  • It was a part of a bunch of games I rented off the local video store after I installed custom firmware on it.

Bad Blood
https://dyinglightgame.com/badblood/

  • Dying light was a bit of alright.
  • PVP could be fun but feels like they want some of the PUBG action.

Empires Of Growth
http://store.steampowered.com/app/463530/Empires_of_the_Undergrowth/

  • Do you want ants? This is how you get ants!
  • You can also apparently steal ant DNA and become the antzerg!

PArk bound
http://store.steampowered.com/app/611830/Park_Bound/

  • Human Fall Flat MMO.
  • Can’t be worse than the last few aftershow bait games that have come out, right?

Yarrrr (beta)
http://steamcommunity.com/games/418180/announcements/detail/1456215673739868228

  • So a prettier windward.
  • It has a kraken.
  • It does look like a more graphically comprehensive Windward from the description.

Open world full of sand and boxes
http://store.steampowered.com/app/655780/Project_5_Sightseer/

  • I’m all for random explorey games with little else to do.
  • But the resource acquisition has to not be a complete grindfest.
  • I think the game that’s done that the best for me was actually Planet Explorers
  • If this can give me some of that, I say bring it!
  • I still won’t play it until it’s out of Early Access, though.

Patreon News

If you’re going to hate on Patreon make sure it’s for the right reason.
https://subfictional.com/my-theory-patreon-doesnt-want-to-be-a-money-services-business/

Looks like we’re going to convert to monthly ??
https://patreon.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115005631963

Option #2? (downside, no reward tiers)
https://liberapay.com/LinuxGameCast/

Paypal?
PayPal transactions cost a flat 35c + 2.9%. So same deal.

Hats?
https://hatreon.net/linuxgamecast/

https://twitter.com/FoldableHuman/status/939030624974774272

https://subfictional.com/my-theory-patreon-doesnt-want-to-be-a-money-services-business/


News

Mesa 17.3.0
https://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/mesa-dev/2017-December/179662.html

  • Native s3tc without the need for the extra lib
  • More OpenGL 4.6 support for the opensauce drivers.
  • And OpenGL 2.1 support for the Vivante GPU in some Rockchip SOCs.
  • R600 is getting a little bit of love, with some GLES extensions

V
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12135/nvidia-announces-nvidia-titan-Vennvideo-card-gv100-for-3000-dollars

  • That’s a bit much even for enthusiast.
  • Yeah, this seems to be the midpoint between the consumer shit and the Telsa compute cards
  • It’s basically a consumer level Tesla card.
  • Bandwidth has been neutered at only 653 GB/sec due to the 3,072 bit Memory Bus Width compared to 900 GB/sec of the Tesla V100.
  • “poor man’s” Tesla V100 built for AI.
  • The tradeoff is that overall clock speed is higher on the Titan

GOG Tweet
https://twitter.com/linuxvangog

  • UNIX team?
  • Neither Linux or OSX is based on UNIX.
    • Technically OSX is, what with it being Darwin, which is Freebsd
      • BSD was a variant of the original AT&T Unix.
  • So, is he in charge of the actual ports or the WINE “ports”?

PPSSPP 1.5 Vulkan
https://ppsspp.org/

  • I think that does it.
  • All major emulators on Linux now support the Vulkan.
    • But what about gfceu, zsnes and gens? I NEED VULKAN PIXELS!
    • Some of those had Glide rendered in the past.
  • It works and the Vulkan bits make it so you can play with a higher resolution scaling without as big a performance impact as OpenGL had.

Lupis FAQ
https://lutris.net/faq

  • People seem to like the overwatch TLDR at the bottom
  • Somebody got tired of answering the same questions over and over.

OpenMW
https://openmw.org/2017/openmw-0-43-0-released/

  • No shadows of morrowind yet
  • There’s a whole whack of AI improvements in this release, plus the usual milieu of bug fixes

Nxengine-evo
https://github.com/isage/nxengine-evo

  • This is a somewhat upgraded/refactored version of nxengine
  • Cave Story /w SDL2 goodness.
  • Good on you for listing specific libraries and not just “apt-get blah blah blah”
    • Make everyone else hunt for a change

CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Valley
Webzone: http://store.steampowered.com/app/378610/Valley/
Devel: Blue Isle Studios
Engine: Unity
Price: £14.99 / US$19.99 / CA$21.99

Wazzat: Explore the vast and beautiful world of Valley using the power of the L.E.A.F. suit: a fierce exoskeleton that grants exceptional speed and agility along with the phenomenal ability to manipulate the life and death of all living things.


Makes with the working

Venn – CHAIRCHAIR

  • Thar be spite crashes.
  • These happen during level transitions and it bit me twice, HARD.
  • I say hard since there is no real save system so it starts you all the way back at the beginning of the previous zone.
  • Refuses to launch if Vivaldi or Chromium are running.
  • 60/70 @ 1080
  • Mid 30’s @ 2160

Jordan –  CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Thar be inopportune spite crashes
  • Twice after finishing a level, which made me go back and redo it cuz it didn’t finish saving
  • That’s a quick way to get jordan to nope

Pedro – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The only thing that didn’t make with the working for me was the subtitles.
  • It’d show the first line and then be stuck there until the audio-tape was over.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • I like games that prove that Unity can be both performant and pretty.
  • Valley does these things in spades.
  • Both indoor and outdoor areas are wicked smooth.
  • All the environments are coherent.
  • I do wish the main baddies were something, different?
  • They didn’t seem to fit the world.
  • Music is totes outstanding and caught me off guard.
  • You don’t normally get that from an indie game.
  • Voice acting was passable+ in the sense they didn’t go with the lowest bidder.

Jordan – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Oh, it’s very pretty
  • Look what happens when you don’t use stock unity assets!
  • The soundtrack sounds like a Jethro Tull fever dream

Pedro – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It looks very pretty and the music is frickin’ spot on!
  • During the running on the electrified rails sequence, that music alone turned it from just being a bit where you run down a corridor to “OMG!!1! Run faster! Jump! Run fast again! Weeeeeeeeee!”
  • I was smiling like a lunatic throughout the whole thing.
  • Damn was a good set piece!

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Tried to play it with the Steamy controlla since it seemed like a nice fit.
  • Unfortunately there was some jank with camera movement.
  • Keyboard and gerbil posed no problems.

Jordan – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Sometimes you get a little too into it and end up overshooting the fuck out of your jumps
  • Really my only gripe with it. Can’t quite tell where you’re gonna land

Pedro – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s a first person running/platforming game.
  • Why you’d want to play this with a controller, I don’t know.
  • While physics defying jumps may have made me ding this a chair in other games, in this game it fits.
  • And this game made me wish I could have more controls than casual jog or superhuman sprint for movement.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


FUN?

Venn – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • That was a little shorter than expected but for $5.00 it was an enjoyable romp.
  • If I had paid the iron price ($19.99) I would have been a bit miffed.
  • Storytelling and world building is clearly something these motherfu*ckers know how to do.
  • I honestly thought they were going to pull a gotcha right up until I jumped out of the final tube.
  • I was all “they want me to think the game is over, but it’s not really over”
  • …the game was over.
  • I Venned my way through it in 4 hours.

Jordan – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • 21 Wet, Sticky Maplebucks is a bit of a big ask for this jolly little jaunt
  • The game itself is actually pretty shallow, essentially being 3d straight line platformer
  • That said, it’s execution is spot on
  • The story is actually pretty decent too, all things considered. Sort of a whodunit
  • I usually prefer emergent narratives, but credit where credit is due
  • Crashes added another hour onto the gameplay, and there are hidden goodies you can go collect

Pedro – CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The only reason I can’t give it 4 chairs for the fun is because it’s short.
  • Criminally short!
  • I was having fun! I was having a lot of fun and the game ended.
  • It took my fun away from me.
  • In all seriousness, this is a game with very simple but refined mechanics.
  • They took movement, something you take for granted in all videogames and they improved it.
  • They quadrupled down on exploring exactly what it is that can make videogame movement compelling and built a short experience around it.
  • And they frickin’ nailed it!
  • I can safely say I never had so much fun running and jumping down a corridor for 5 minutes like I did in Valley.
  • This I would say is the perfect example of aesthetics and narrative being used solely to further the mechanics… or mechanic, since they really only had the one.
  • But goddamn, they did it well!
  • If it had come out this year, it’d be a contender for Linux game of the year 2017.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Final –CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Hate Mail:

Helloween giveaway
https://www.patreon.com/posts/linuxgamecast-my-14996419?cid=8692127

  • Seems legit, enjoy your copy of Layers of Doors.

Consoles
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?XQu9nhn

  • Yeah, welcome to console lyfe
    • That said, once PokeSwitch comes out, I’m gonna cave and buy one
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ChairQAsition: The Silver Case https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/chairqasition-the-silver-case/ Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:07:46 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11680 post thumbnail

Your intrepid heroes test The Silver Case on three Linux powered boxes of business. Did it pass? Come find out.

Game: The Silver Case
Webzone: The_Silver_Case
Devel: GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
Engine: Unity
Price: £14.99 / US$ 19.99 / CA$ 21.99

Wazzat: The Silver Case – the debut title from world-renowned developer SUDA51 has been fully remastered and localized to English for the first time ever!

Mandatory Disclosure: The Devs sent keys.


CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Makes with the working

V-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The remaster was developed using the Unity 5 game engine
  • The main problem with the port was that the original source code had been lost, so the audio data needed to be extracted from the PlayStation disc version.

J-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • SWEET MOTHER OF LOUD

P-CHAIR

  • The game is downright unplayable in non-english locales
  • If you don’t add LC_ALL=C %command% to the advanced launch options the graphics are pitch black, you can’t load a game and you can’t progress at all.
  • This is <current year argument>
  • This kind of shit was bad enough when it first happened when Unity games started coming out, it’s even worse now.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

V-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Remaster?
  • I went back and watched some PS1 gameplay and I think a better definition would be “mildly enhanced”
  • Delicious polygons
  • That said, I like the background music.

J-CHAIRCHAIR

  • I mean, “HD” remaster in this case just means that all the art assets are HD, which means fewer pixels
  • Otherwise, it kind of reminds me of some Strider-esque neue wave cinema
  • Which, you know, could work for the genre of the game, but the dialogue is super bad
  • Protip: Alternating mental cast members Bill Cosby, Snaggletooth and Frank’n’Furter make this a much more entertaining read

P-CHAIR

  • I almost wish the locale bug made it so I couldn’t hear the sound effects because goddamn, that typing noise is so annoying and loud.
  • Graphics look like something out of the PS1 era.
  • And seeing as this came out in 1999, it probably was.
  • And even then, on the i5 6200U laptop it runs at 10FerPS
  • So it’s horribly unoptimized, on top of just looking like shit.

Total-CHAIR


Control

V-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Oh sweet mother of flaming nope.
  • You get a bonus soda for attempting a point-and-click in the PS1 era.
  • You also get smashed in the face-organ with a Chair for keeping that bullsh*t in place.
  • You knew the control scheme was nightmare-fuel back in 1999.
  • Yes, you added a WASD option but getting to it is the problem.
  • Hell, I’ve counted three references to how the controls “might seem confusing” in the game proper.
  • Keyboard is somehow worse.

J-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Very much an early 3d console point and click game ported to PC
  • And yeah, the control scheme is a wee fucked up
  • You do get used to it though. The trick is to just not use a mouse when playing the point and click sections

P-CHAIRCHAIR

  • The controls work.
  • This seems to be the sole thing which did before forcing all locales to C, system-wide.
  • They’re still bad, though.
  • It does the Myst thing of letting you spin in place and move to another square on the map.
  • Not impressed.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


FUN

V-CHAIR

  • This is about as much of a “game” as Gone Home: You’re Drunk.
  • It’s a visual novel / walking simulator mixed with the occasional puzzle.
  • The criminal thing is the hot mess of what they claim to be a game interface.
  • I lasted a little over an hour before giving up.

J-CHAIR

  • #bigdickchinchilla
  • This was always supposed to be an experimental game
  • When you have time, resource and budget constraints, sometimes the answer to your problems is to go way the hell out there
  • I never really played any of SUDA51’s other games, so I don’t really have a sense of what makes his sauce super special
  • It does some visually interesting things, which again ties back to the limitations, but it doesn’t really make up for the main deficiency
  • Since this is a text game though, the experience is defined by the text of the game. And hoo boy
  • I get the sense that the dialogue is supposed to be people talking normally, but hot damn. There are some points when people start repeating shit that I thought the game was glitching out
  • I also still have no idea who any of these people talking are

P-CHAIR

  • I think I found my most hated game of 2017.
  • I thought nothing could top spaceBOUND in the “making me violently ill with anger” category, this year.
  • I was wrong.
  • This is the kind of game I hate the most.
  • The mechanics are there solely to make you work for SUDA51’s masturbatory stiffy over his storytelling.
  • The graphics barely even register, since all of the important bits are just glorified JPEGs which get smeared on screen to indicate something is happening.
  • There’s so much text on screen at any point I felt like I’d be better off with audiobook version of this game.
  • If you want to experience this game like I did, the best way would be to watch a let’s play of the original Myst on youtube (without fullscreening) which was recorded in 240×160, mute the audio, have someone tap along on an old digital typewriter right next to your ears and focus on the text below the video.
  • Are you bored yet?

Total-CHAIR


Final –CHAIR

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We Suck At: Darkest Dungeon (Finland Edition) https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/we-suck-at-darkest-dungeon-finland-edition/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:28:03 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11675 post thumbnail

J-babby returns for another hemoglobin-infused adventure in the Crimson Court. Watch in amazement as he snatches defeat from the jaws of victory!

Streamed live: 08/31/17
Schedule: https://linuxgamecast.com/schedule/

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Darkest Dungeon®: The Crimson Court is the first expansion for the award-winning grim and gothic RPG by Red Hook Studios. Crimson Court is a parallel campaign experienced alongside the main Darkest Dungeon content that will provide you with new challenges and variation at every difficulty level.

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Discussion: Patreon’s New Service Fee https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/discussion-patreons-new-service-fee/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:12:32 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11672 post thumbnail

TL;DW 
We’re changing our Patreon from per-creation to monthly?

Patreon is making some changes that quite frankly benefit us but could have a negative impact on you.

We don’t want everyone getting hit with the new service fee 4 times a month so we’re going to convert (at least that’s the plan right now) our Patreon from per-creation to monthly.
The reward tiers will be adjusted accordingly.

You should notice no changes, unless you do, because we cocked something up.

We will be holding a live QA session this Saturday during the Preshowzen.

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Meet The Freemans pt.4 https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/meet-the-freemans-pt-4/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:57:55 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11667 post thumbnail

Join Pedro, Old Man Venn™, and a gang of Freemans as they attempt to complete HL-2 in cooperative mode.

This week everything goes off the rails with brutal efficiency.

Streamed live: 12/05/17
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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LWDW: Goodbye Linux Journal https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/lwdw-goodbye-linux-journal/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:22:26 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11658 post thumbnail

Linux Journal reaches EOL, System76 disables Intel’s Management Engine, Edge comes to Android and TeamViewer 13 goes native. All this plus your emails.

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News

RIP Linux Journal
http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/linux-journal-ceases-publication

  • It’s sad to see a non-clickbait publication go out of existence.
  • I think they relied on some type of subscription model.
  • You can grab the archive for 25 bucks
  • This sorta speaks to a larger issue of quality journalism dying.  The sad fact is that nobody wants to pay for news.   They’d rather get ads and clickbait
  • I honestly can’t remember what the last thing it was I read on Linux Journal.
  • I’m almost positive it was a story we talked about on this very show but I can’t remember.

 

Mozilla release their voice nuggets
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/11/29/announcing-the-initial-release-of-mozillas-open-source-speech-recognition-model-and-voice-dataset/

  • has an accuracy approaching what humans can perceive when listening to the same recordings
  • the world’s second largest publicly available voice dataset
  • pre-built packages for Python, NodeJS and a command-line binary
  • 400,000 recordings, representing 500 hours of speech.
  • Once again, mozilla is attempting to play the smart long game
  • Making it opens source and available will allow a lot of clever people to get a huge jump start on voice recognition enabled apps.
  • They’re still accepting english contributions and will be opening up other languages in 2018
  • Around 6% error rate in word recognition for something that’s only just started, that’s not bad.

 

When even Google fails
https://fossbytes.com/tldr-pages-linux-man-pages-alternative/

  • a collection of simplified and community-driven man pages.
  • Cliff notes for man pages.
  • If you have access to a terminal you have access to Lynx, thus Google.
  • I see nodejs as a dependency and I run
  • I think this is an attempt at addressing a very real issue though.   Man documentation is not that well organized and incredibly variable in quality
  • There really should be a larger mandate to include more practical examples in man pages
  • This would’ve made RTFM less painful to deal with in 2005.

 

Yeah they will
https://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/Existing-AM4-Motherboards-Will-Support-Upcoming-Raven-Ridge-Desktop-APUs-BIOS-Upda

  • I thought the VGA port on the back of my B350 was just for show.
    • Sometimes they cram a GPU on the chipset too
  • Still waiting on those ryzen APU laptops.   Gonna yank me one of them
  • In the meantime, in Intel land, you need different sockets (and therefore motherboards) to use processors of the same generation.

 

System 76 does the right thing
http://blog.system76.com/post/168050597573/system76-me-firmware-updates-plan

  • Know thy audience.
  • DELL is also making this option available.
  • I wonder if other companies will take up a similar tack
    • Also wonder if they’ll be providing an option to nix the amd PSP as well in newer ryzen based systems
    • Other companies have started to do this. Dell being the most prominent.

 

Will you install it?
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/30/microsofts-edge-browser-is-now-available-for-android-and-ios/

  • $3.50 says MS will have Edge on Linux by the end of 2018.
  • Anyone want to take that Pepsi challenge?
  • I think it’ll start making it’s way onto consumer android phones soon as a default browser.
    • Thanks patent extortion

 

I made a thing
https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/l-g-c-how-to-rename-pulseaudio-devices/

  • One person may find this usefull in the future and they will be ecstatic.
  • This is 100% a YU no built into pavucontrol.
  • This is a poorly documented feature.

 

Swag 17.12
https://swagarch.github.io/#about

  • Arch for people who don’t want to read good?
  • Naturally there is an ARCH distro called Swag.

 

Remember remember
https://github.com/yauhen-l/remember-last-position-totem-plugin

  • It’s a neat little plugin, but let’s be real.  Nobody uses totem.    They just install VLC, which has this already.
  • I use totem for previewing our videos and taking screenshots.
  • Willing to bet a lot of people use it because built in.
  • I tend to watch most of my Linux *.iso’s through Plex because it does this across all devices.

 

Plasma Mobile [tech] Preview on QEMU/KVM container of business (Steve0)
http://blog.bshah.in/2017/11/23/emulate-plasma-mobile/

  • Get a headstart on developing your mobile enabled KDE apps
  • Could be useful if a KDE phone ever came to fruition

 

No good will come of this
https://www.contextis.com/blog/dont-feed-them-after-midnight-reverse-engineering-the-furby-connect

  • Apparently the new furbies are part of the internet of shit!
  • So when can we hack them to just play black sabbath?

 

European Parliament has approved budget for VLC bug bounty program
https://hackerone.com/vlc

  • I’m team all gubments should only use open source so, good.
    • ^
  • Lower bounties are sub 750, but a top tier critical bug could net you 2000 euro.   Pretty sweet
  • I’m glad more and more companies are adopting a bug bounty programme.
  • Looking at you, Apple.

 

Teamviewer native
https://community.teamviewer.com/t5/Linux/Update-TeamViewer-13/td-p/24537

  • Never used it but if it’s native (non electron) I would be interested in giving a look.
  • They’ve ditched wine and gone full QT
  • There’s outgoing remote control support for wayland, but you gotta be running X if you want to take over a system
  • Kids, if you ever think that it’s a good idea to install Ubuntu on your parents’ computers, make sure you get intimately familiar with this app
    • Or you set tigervnc up and forward port whatever you set it to on the router.
  • Which actually brings the biggest selling point teamviewer’s ever had. No need to forward any ports.
  • But it’s also the reason when their central servers got hacked, everyone was at risk because even if you were not actively using it, it would still broadcast the connection code and pin to the server.
  • They changed that behavior but I trust it even less now.
  • And as I say this: https://thehackernews.com/2017/12/teamviewer-hacking-tool.html?m=1

Slice of Pi

ICU
https://hackaday.com/2017/11/29/rage-against-the-dying-of-the-light-with-a-raspi-night-vision-camera/

  • DIY sex tapes
    • The footage totally does have that “One night in Paris” look to it.

 

Cliiiiick
https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/30/google-diy-ai-camera-kit-raspberry-pi/

  • Comes with a Intel Movidius MA2450 IPU and software to drive it that can recognize either faces, up to 1000 objects, or differentiate between people and animals
  • Could potentially be combined with the former story for additional shenanigans

 

Vivaldi Pi
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/12/vivaldi-browser-arm-raspberry-pi

  • Is the Pi 3 usable with a GUI?\
    • Is it usable with webkit and a GUI is the real question
  • I remember setting up X on the Pi 1 and had a yeah, no moment.

Feedback

Boxes
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?tdarNZ1

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We Suck At: Valley (SPOILERS) https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/we-suck-at-valley-spoilers/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:52:55 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11648 While recording some test footage Old Man Venn™ accidentally beat the game. Don’t watch unless you enjoy spoilers.

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Explore the vast and beautiful world of Valley using the power of the L.E.A.F. suit: a fierce exoskeleton that grants exceptional speed and agility along with the phenomenal ability to manipulate the life and death of all living things.

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LinuxGameCast Weekly 276: Romancing The Cat https://linuxgamecast.com/2017/12/linuxgamecast-weekly-276-yolo-booting/ Sun, 03 Dec 2017 18:00:10 +0000 https://linuxgamecast.com/?p=11636 post thumbnail

PC gaming is dead! NVIDIA springs a leak, RPCS3 goes AAA, and Steam has Ryzen. Then The Silver Case faces the ChairQAsition. All this plus your hate mail.

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Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam News:

Input|
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SteamClientBeta#announcements/detail/1465223015955198603

  • Launcher mode. AKA that thing that already worked under linux more or less

PC gaming is dead
https://www.pcgamesn.com/steam/steam-17-million-concurrent

  • So, china?
  • Definitely China and PUBG.

VR still a thing
https://venturebeat.com/2017/11/27/vr-headsets-pass-1-million-shipments-for-the-first-time-in-a-single-quarter/

  • One million headsets, this means PSVR, VIVE and Occulus combined
  • Looks like windows gamers are picking the rift just cuz it’s cheaper
    • Makes sense, it’s not like you are going to continue using it after the novelty wears off.

Steamy RYZEN
https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/7g4ju6/actual_marketshare_of_ryzen_in_the_steam_hardware/dqgespg/

  • Also remember that the CPU only recently came out.
  • It’s not like people were chomping at the bit to trash their systems and buy some newsauce
  • Also China. Because China
  • That is a nice linear progression, but in September the FX CPUs were still leading.
  • I was a part of that in September.
  • Almost 1% and it’s not even Doctor WHO day.
  • AMD made multi-core cheap and performant.
  • It also lit a fire under Intel’s arse-organ.
  • I think it was the Star Citizen critters that are starting to test builds on Thread Ripper.

GG Glest
http://steamcommunity.com/app/578870/discussions/0/1489992713689154244/

  • Got the wet-stinky they needed and took it down to Chinatown.
  • There are far worse dollar bin games on steam. Give these guys some support

Rusty
http://store.steampowered.com/news/externalpost/steam_community_announcements/2152021858897811044

  • This critter still runs like arse even on the RYZEN box of business.
  • Fixed weird satchel behavior
    • The polite way of saying ballsack issues

Skybox
http://steamcommunity.com/games/distance/announcements/detail/1458467616509347615

  • Optimized CPU performance and memory usage throughout the game because it ran so poorly to begin with.
  • Improved car explosion visual effect.
  • And a new skybox system.
    • If y’all motherfu*kers are reworking the skybox you need to admit that it’s ready for release.
  • This does read like a post launch patch.

Hawt
http://store.steampowered.com/app/674930/Boyfriend_Dungeon

  • Something tells me Fighter from 8 bit theater would b e all over this game
  • This might actually get me interested in a dating sim, if the dungeon crawling is compelling enough
  • “Date your weapons” – I’m sold!
  • I’m with Jordan on my enjoyment of this game being very much attached to the actual dungeoneering.

Dominions 5
http://store.steampowered.com/app/722060/Dominions_5__Warriors_of_the_Faith/

  • Have you ever felt other 4Xs weren’t really scratching your hardcore strategy itch?
  • Enter the Dominion series.
  • Do you want thousands of different units, each with their own stats? Hundreds of resources? Tens of management “mini-games” with different impacts on your game?
  • This is it.
  • Dominions 4 was already a massive monster of mechanical complexity, 5 just cranks that up even higher.
  • Just don’t expect Civ level graphics, though.

Black Mirror
http://store.steampowered.com/app/581300/Black_Mirror/

  • Ctrl + F pig 🙁
  • Oh yay, another spoopy point and click game
  • This looks like it might be UE4 though

Drawful2
http://store.steampowered.com/app/442070/Drawful_2/
https://steamdb.info/app/442070/depots/

  • Seems like they are going to Linux their entire library.
  • Pictionary for horrible people
  • I’d like to see a bit more than a depot, though! Just sayin’…
  • Even if this is a hot WINE mess someone will end up gifting it to us.

Mobile game reloaded
http://store.steampowered.com/app/667600/Sky_Force_Reloaded/

  • Tell you this right now.
  • If you had added online multiplayer I would have just picked up three copies.
  • But you didn’t, Brad.
  • You brought it to Steam! Steamworks makes network multiplayer that much more easy.
  • Just do it!

News:

NVIDIA memory
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/7gm21i/nvidia_vram_bug_affecting_the_380_driver_branch/

  • Apparently this bug was introduced late in the 378 cycle and has to do with memory allocation of textures
  • There is a bug in the nvidia memory manager that they’re expecting to have fixed in 390
    • They will have a workaround for it in 390, but according to Arthur Huillet, they have no fucking clue what’s causing it.
  • Turns out, this exacerbates the 3.5GB VRAM issue in the 970s.
  • Unless you’re strider, at which point you’re now saying: “I have a 970 and don’t see any of this.”
  • Switch between the latest 38*.** version and the old long lived branch while keeping an eye on the VRAM usage and come back to me.
  • I didn’t see any significant performance drops but with Mad Max between the current version and 375, the latest version of the driver uses almost a third more VRAM on the 1080.

Zoom zoom
https://www.humblebundle.com/games/codemasters-racing-2017

  • Stuff I have and a VP port I don’t want.
  • Chances are you already have DiRT Rally at this point, if not maybe pick it up from the $15 level.

Try try again
https://www.gog.com/wishlist/galaxy/release_the_gog_galaxy_client_for_linux

  • Keep trying guys. Remember, if you hold your breath long enough too, CDPR will also port Witcher 3 to linux
  • How about they get some stuff like incremental updates working first
  • We have a generation that thinks online petitions accomplish FK and or ALL.
  • Might happen! Just like Carmageddon Reincarnation could still come out on Linux.

Controlla
https://hothardware.com/news/ataribox-joystick-breaks-cover

  • It’s got a Home and Back button.
  • $3.50 says it’s only running Linux if you consider Android Linux.
  • Looks nice. Shame it’ll be ditched for the handy dandy 360 controller.

Dwarven Linux
https://www.reddit.com/r/dwarffortress/comments/7g3afe/linux_release_is_up/

  • “I played the 64 bit version from the VM and generated a world fine.”
    • Quality assurance ladies and gents!
    • To be fair, it is dwarf fortress.
    • You can literally run it in your terminal with ncurses.

Shells
https://itsfoss.com/gameshell-console/

  • They have about 5 times their asking price
  • Basically a tinkerable gameboy kit for kids. And adults with free time and disposable income

AAA PS3
https://rpcs3.net/blog/2017/12/01/rpcs3-begins-to-emulate-several-awaited-aaa-exclusives/

  • That’s some Last of Us progress. Still won’t go in-game, though.
  • More demon souls and dark souls 2 progress as well
    • Demon Souls doesn’t have online services anymore, so you’re on your own

CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: The Silver Case
Webzone: The_Silver_Case
Devel: GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
Engine: Unity
Price: £14.99 / US$ 19.99 / CA$ 21.99

Wazzat: The Silver Case – the debut title from world-renowned developer SUDA51 has been fully remastered and localized to English for the first time ever!

Mandatory Disclosure: The Devs sent keys.


Makes with the working

V-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The remaster was developed using the Unity 5 game engine
  • The main problem with the port was that the original source code had been lost, so the audio data needed to be extracted from the PlayStation disc version.

J-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • SWEET MOTHER OF LOUD

P-CHAIR

  • The game is downright unplayable in non-english locales
  • If you don’t add LC_ALL=C %command% to the advanced launch options the graphics are pitch black, you can’t load a game and you can’t progress at all.
  • This is <current year argument>
  • This kind of shit was bad enough when it first happened when Unity games started coming out, it’s even worse now.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

V-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Remaster?
  • I went back and watched some PS1 gameplay and I think a better definition would be “mildly enhanced”
  • Delicious polygons
  • That said, I like the background music.

J-CHAIRCHAIR

  • I mean, “HD” remaster in this case just means that all the art assets are HD, which means fewer pixels
  • Otherwise, it kind of reminds me of some Strider-esque neue wave cinema
  • Which, you know, could work for the genre of the game, but the dialogue is super bad
  • Protip: Alternating mental cast members Bill Cosby, Snaggletooth and Frank’n’Furter make this a much more entertaining read

P-CHAIR

  • I almost wish the locale bug made it so I couldn’t hear the sound effects because goddamn, that typing noise is so annoying and loud.
  • Graphics look like something out of the PS1 era.
  • And seeing as this came out in 1999, it probably was.
  • And even then, on the i5 6200U laptop it runs at 10FerPS
  • So it’s horribly unoptimized, on top of just looking like shit.

Total-CHAIR


Control

V-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Oh sweet mother of flaming nope.
  • You get a bonus soda for attempting a point-and-click in the PS1 era.
  • You also get smashed in the face-organ with a Chair for keeping that bullsh*t in place.
  • You knew the control scheme was nightmare-fuel back in 1999.
  • Yes, you added a WASD option but getting to it is the problem.
  • Hell, I’ve counted three references to how the controls “might seem confusing” in the game proper.
  • Keyboard is somehow worse.

J-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Very much an early 3d console point and click game ported to PC
  • And yeah, the control scheme is a wee fucked up
  • You do get used to it though. The trick is to just not use a mouse when playing the point and click sections

P-CHAIRCHAIR

  • The controls work.
  • This seems to be the sole thing which did before forcing all locales to C, system-wide.
  • They’re still bad, though.
  • It does the Myst thing of letting you spin in place and move to another square on the map.
  • Not impressed.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


FUN

V-CHAIR

  • This is about as much of a “game” as Gone Home: You’re Drunk.
  • It’s a visual novel / walking simulator mixed with the occasional puzzle.
  • The criminal thing is the hot mess of what they claim to be a game interface.
  • I lasted a little over an hour before giving up.

J-CHAIR

  • #bigdickchinchilla
  • This was always supposed to be an experimental game
  • When you have time, resource and budget constraints, sometimes the answer to your problems is to go way the hell out there
  • I never really played any of SUDA51’s other games, so I don’t really have a sense of what makes his sauce super special
  • It does some visually interesting things, which again ties back to the limitations, but it doesn’t really make up for the main deficiency
  • Since this is a text game though, the experience is defined by the text of the game. And hoo boy
  • I get the sense that the dialogue is supposed to be people talking normally, but hot damn. There are some points when people start repeating shit that I thought the game was glitching out
  • I also still have no idea who any of these people talking are

P-CHAIR

  • I think I found my most hated game of 2017.
  • I thought nothing could top spaceBOUND in the “making me violently ill with anger” category, this year.
  • I was wrong.
  • This is the kind of game I hate the most.
  • The mechanics are there solely to make you work for SUDA51’s masturbatory stiffy over his storytelling.
  • The graphics barely even register, since all of the important bits are just glorified JPEGs which get smeared on screen to indicate something is happening.
  • There’s so much text on screen at any point I felt like I’d be better off with audiobook version of this game.
  • If you want to experience this game like I did, the best way would be to watch a let’s play of the original Myst on youtube (without fullscreening) which was recorded in 240×160, mute the audio, have someone tap along on an old digital typewriter right next to your ears and focus on the text below the video.
  • Are you bored yet?

Total-CHAIR


Final –CHAIR


Hate Mail:

B.i.g.
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?up39CCn

Bottles
https://linuxgamecast.com/bradley/?LNXsT6m

  • I’m team used 750Ti.
  • That phenom is going to give you an issue with the lack of SSSE3 and SSE4
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