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Overwatch 2 becomes the worst user-reviewed game on Steam

By Liam Dawe,
While other developers like Larian are riding high with Baldur's Gate 3, it seems Blizzard are not doing so well with the recent Steam release of Overwatch 2 becoming the worst user-reviewed game of all time on Steam.

83 of the top 100 most played Steam games work on Steam Deck

By Liam Dawe,
Taking a look at the most-played games on Steam by player-count, here's how many of them should be playable on Steam Deck and desktop Linux.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer Part 31: The Fear of Loss

By Hamish,
I was trawling through the old web one evening, looking for additional resources on early Linux gaming, when I came across a freeware game I had never heard of before. Little did I know that this was going to be the start of a long and daunting quest; it was really starting to look like Phobia III - Edge Of Humanity had become Linux gaming lost media.

Linux continues hitting above 3% desktop user share on Statcounter

By Liam Dawe,
Another month down and we can see that the Linux desktop user share is continuing to rise and not just on the recent Steam Survey.

Linux overtakes macOS users on Steam thanks to Steam Deck

By Liam Dawe,
Well it finally happened. According to the latest Steam Hardware & Software Survey for July 2023 we can see that Linux users have overtaken macOS.

AI-powered news sites are dumb and Redditors managed to trick them

By Liam Dawe,
This is pretty amusing to see. Nothing really related to Linux / Steam Deck gaming, but more a state of the industry post that I thought you might also find fun. Redditors managed to trick an AI-powered news scraper.

Linux hit over 3% desktop user share according to Statcounter

By Liam Dawe,
Do my eyes deceive me? Apparently not. According to Statcounter, the Linux share on the desktop has actually now passed 3% for the first time.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer Part 30: Imperial Purple

By Hamish,
War! Age of Imperialism was in the first instance a board game, designed by Glenn Drover of Eagle Games. Players assume the role of a colonial empire intent on subjugating the rest of the world. Coverage at the time directed much praise to the game's artificial intelligence, which does make for a canny computer opponent.

STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor had a very rough launch

By Liam Dawe,
Here we go again! Just like The Last of Us Part I (and so many other games recently), another major game released too early. STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor is a hot mess.

If You Like… Slay the Spire

By scaine,
When Slay the Spire launched, back in January 2019, it represented the pinnacle in what became a well recognised genre - Deck Builders. Let’s delve into that genre and see lies beneath the surface.

Report: Steam Deck to pass 3 million sales during 2023

By Liam Dawe,
A new report from Omdia currently doing the rounds is that the Steam Deck from Valve is set to hit 3 million sales during 2023.

Prepare to see a lot more of Epic Online Services, with Epic's new self-publishing

By Liam Dawe,
While the Epic Games Store doesn't support Linux or Steam Deck officially, this industry news is something we should all know about with Epic now opening up self-publishing along with some new rules for their store.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 28: Losing My Marbles

By Hamish,
Marble Blast was first released in 2002, before being updated to Marble Blast Gold in 2003. The demo can be obnoxious, with it showing a begging screen imploring you to buy the full game after completing each and every level. Considering the state of the registered version as it exists now, this can feel more than a bit galling.

Valve doesn't need much to make a Steam Deck 2 a huge success

By Liam Dawe,
With the Steam Deck recently having a first anniversary, no doubt many are thinking on what's next — I certainly am. Valve don't exactly need much to make a Steam Deck 2 a success either.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 27: Lost Souls

By Hamish,
I have mentioned before how I was unable to get Dave Taylor's original port of Doom to work as it was built as an outdated a.out binary rather than ELF. Since then, I stumbled on an article by Jason Heiss that describes how to load the binfmt_aout kernel module to attain a.out binary support, as well as installing packages from earlier Red Hat Linux releases to provide the necessary libraries.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 26: Coming to You Live

By Hamish,
It turns out it was Knoppix 3.4 released in May 2004 that obsessed me as a child, providing me with some of my earliest steps into a larger world. Not only that, but the CD-R disc it was burned on still reads even after all of these years. Considering the volatility of such media, this surprised me.

10 years ago Steam released for Linux

By Liam Dawe,
I'm starting to feel old. I remember a time before Steam for Linux, back in the dark days even before the first set of Humble Indie Bundles, it's truly crazy how far Linux has come overall as a platform for gaming.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 25: Quantum Axcess

By Hamish,
Back when I first played through Quake: The Offering I found that I enjoyed the two mission packs even more than I did the original Quake campaign, and while these were the only official addons sold for Quake, several third party expansions and total conversions exist that also had retail releases. Two of these, Shrak and Malice, were published on CD-ROM in 1997 by Quantum Axcess. 

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 23: Ready, Set, Go!

By Hamish,
If you look at the commercial Linux gaming catalogue at the turn of the millennium, in amongst all of the 3D shooters and strategic simulations being released, one glaring omission seems to have been the lack of any racing games. Loki Software never ported any to Linux, nor did any of the other porting houses. This left a void for the free gaming community to fill.

Building a Retro Linux Gaming Computer - Part 22: Happy Hacking

By Hamish,
Some of my first real experiences of using Linux as a child came through the use of Knoppix, one of the first distributions to popularize the use of Live CDs. This allowed me to explore a wide swath of Linux applications. One of these was a role playing game which I recall I never got to work well, but lingered on in my imagination regardless.
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