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What's that? It's the weekend? It can't be already can it? Yes. It's time for the weekend chat about what we've been playing and what you've been playing.

There's been so many good Linux supported releases lately I've been a bit spoilt for choice including these just in the last week: DemonCrawl, UnderMine, The Battle of Polytopia, LittlewoodMonster Crown, Core Defense and Hellpoint (plus plenty more I've missed).

Recently though, I've been having masses of fun in Orcs Must Die! 3 on Stadia with a co-op partner. Getting to test out all the different trap combinations, it's genuinely good fun. It was fun enough by myself but now with a partner, it's far more amusing especially trying the later difficulties. Good manic entertainment.

As for actual Linux-desktop games, Jupiter Hell sucked me right in once more. Jupiter Hell is the spritual successor to DRL (D**m, the Roguelike) and it's one of the most furious roguelikes I've ever played. While turn-based, it's so streamlined and fluid it feels almost realtime. It's also quite gorgeous in places. Jupiter Hell has evolved quite nicely during Early Access and it's easily worth a look.

I also spoke to the developer of Haque, a rather fantastic glitch fantasy roguelike from 2017. As great as it is, the Steam build had a bug where a file was named "" but the game was looking for "". Linux case-sensitivity strikes again. They mentioned they will fix it as soon as possible.

Additionally: it appears that there's another big CPU security issue, this time not just affecting Intel. According to the paper it should affect Intel, ARM, IBM, and AMD CPUs.

Lastly, NVIDIA put up a new Vulkan Beta Driver 450.56.06 with the sole change listed as new support for the VK_EXT_4444_formats extension that landed with Vulkan API spec 1.2.149 that we reported on here.

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Unless something big / important comes up, we shall see you Monday for another week of Linux news.

Over to you in the comments: what have you been gaming on Linux lately and what are you looking forward to the most across this year?

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a0kami Aug 8, 2020
Almost finished Death Stranding.
Also Star Citizen 3.10 is Live, gonna meet up with the gang, the "Linux Users Group", we're an organisation dedicated to play SC on Linux and help each other.
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Some of us file wine bug reports for regression or build custom wine builds to get the most out of it.
I think by now we're almost a couple hundred total, just a few active though but getting there.

Very interested in playing the Braid anniversary update and Horizon Zero Dawn when it works well with Proton.
scaine Aug 8, 2020
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Humble Choice is surprisingly AAA this month. Lots of Windows only titles, sadly, but here's a breakdown from ProtonDB. I'll be subscribing this month, so I think I'll help with some of these reports when I get a chance.

The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters

Genesis Alpha One
Little Big Workshop
Through the Darkest of Times

Hello Neighbour (but mostly platinum reports, probably just needs more to push it up)
Automachef (but again, mostly platinum, just needs more reports to push it up)
We Were Here Together (wouldn't touch these devs with a bargepole after they dropped native support for their earlier titles)

Wargroove (game is platinum, but needs a launch command --skip-intro, or it crashes on start. Also, this has a useless Linux build, so you have to force Proton, or it crashes on start with or without --skip-intro! Such a shame. I'd have bough this at full price months ago if it supported Linux.)
Call of Cthulu (good reports but only if you install media foundations)
American Fugitive (as above, needs mf-install, then seems to be getting good reports)

A Case of Distrust (3 borked reports, one guy says it works fine...)

As for what I'm playing - well I've been sick the past few days, so not a lot! A little Killing Floor 2 via Proton, but I'm utterly hooked on Core Defence. It's a fantastic old-skool Tower Defence, but with a modern take, and lovely, if simple, graphics. Very, very addictive. Managed my first perfect run, on the fourth attempt. I love the progression in this game - it keeps me coming back for one more try!

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Schattenspiegel Aug 8, 2020
Tabletop Simulator: my totally selfless present to me and my gaming buddy who was rekindling his love for VR lately ;-) Lot's of fun so far.
Botonoski Aug 8, 2020
I've been playing Marble Blast Ultra, seems it had been ported to PC unofficially a few years back and the port's release made such a small splash I wasn't made aware of it until I off-handedly googled Marble Blash in a bout of nostalgic reminiscing. For me it's a game strongly attached to some formative mid-2000s memories. Weirdly I never owned the full game as back then I strongly believed that purchasing a game with no physical cartridge/disk was absurd and wasteful (lol), as a result I played the hell out of the demo. I'm not entirely sure how the demo enthralled me for hours with only 5% of the full game's content, but it managed. I'm glad I waited so long as not only do I get to play the full game at no expense, but also on my favorite platform.
mylka Aug 8, 2020
downloaded 80GB borderlands 3
WorMzy Aug 8, 2020
Mostly Hellpoint, although this week we started fostering kittens, and there's an online music festival I'm watching this weekend, so I've not had much time to play!
FredO Aug 8, 2020
Red Dead Redemption II with Stadia. This game is a truly great experience - loving it!
Boldos Aug 8, 2020
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1) WH40k: Dawn of War GOTY Edition. Older, but still good...
2) CS:GO
3) C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0 – Modern Cross-Platform Development (yes, I know it is a bit dated, but well... )

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Xpander Aug 8, 2020
Borderlands 3, because free weekend. Honestly, i have to say, this game is pretty bad. Runs okaish, looks ok, if blurs and TAA are turned off, but combat is so boring and dull. not enough feedback from guns or hits on the enemy or yourself, feels quite bland. Just cant enjoy it because of that. Lucky that it was free this weekend, so now i know i wont buy this game.

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Alm888 Aug 8, 2020
It is "X4: Foundations" for me again. Now with LibreOffice Calc spreadsheet and "XTools" game resource extraction utility at hand (I wonder, does it count as using WINE for gaming?) to make my own strategy on how to pwn the Galaxy as fast as possible.

I'm reading faction fleet quotas as of right now. Not that impressed by the maximum allowed (and even more so per-sector) Argon battle fleet strength, no wonder The Holy Order basically squashes them like a bugs (they are). :)
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