Minecraft Going Into Beta

December 15th, 2010 by Crusader

Notch, the creator and primary developer of Minecraft, has announced that the game will be going into a beta period on December 20th:

With Beta comes a larger focus on polish and content, and we’ll start early on with adding proper modding support with a stable API, and we’d love all input we can get on this from the modders out there. We’ll also add some kind of non-intrusive narrative to the game to help drive the game experience early on, and to provide some kind of late game goal. There will be a bigger focus on testing and stability as well, with more time between updates.

When the game enters beta, the price will rise to 14.95 Euro.

We will also change the license to remove the line that promises all future versions of the game for free. Please note that this change only affects people who buy the game after December 20, so if you got the game for during alpha, you will still get all future updates for free, despite this change. A promise is a promise.

It’s also noted that gift codes for Minecraft will be available soon, and the next game update will be coming next week prior to beta.

Flash Stuff

December 15th, 2010 by Crusader

I don’t normally link Flash games here, as they’re not really Linux games, they’re not all that portable, Flash isn’t exactly an optimal experience when you can get it running right, etc., but these games are compelling enough I feel they warrant a mention:

  • One Chance, a somber look at what may be humanity’s last days
  • Realm of the Mad God, an online multiplayer RPG that’s fairly easy to pick up and put down at will

Humble Indie Bundle 2!

December 14th, 2010 by Crusader

Wolfire Games has announced the availability of the Humble Indie Bundle 2, where gamers can pay what they want for five games:

Pay-what-you-want for five awesome DRM-free games on Mac, Windows, and Linux: Braid, Machinarium, Osmos, Cortex Command, and Revenge of the Titans.

If you haven’t heard of Revenge of the Titans before, it’s because it is being launched directly into the bundle. Another cool Humble Bundle exclusive is that Braid and Cortex Command are available on Linux for the first time inside of the bundle.

Like last time, you can divide your purchase between the developers and our two favorite charities: the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play Charity. However, new this time is a customizable “Humble Tip” which goes to fund a new company Jeff and myself recently started: Humble Bundle, Inc. We have some humble ideas on how to change digital distribution that we’re going to try out.

Don’t worry though, this should not change anything for Wolfire fans. This is just putting a different label on what we’ve already been doing for some time. It makes it more clear that the core Wolfire team developing Overgrowth is really David and Aubrey, while Jeff and myself will be able to make Humble Bundles even if a Wolfire game is not inside of it. We will still be around helping out though, as we have been during the development of the Humble Indie Bundle 2.

According to the website’s counter, the promotion will only run for another 6+ days, so jump in ASAP!

Heroes of Newerth 2.0

December 14th, 2010 by Crusader

S2 Games have released version 2.0 of Heroes of Newerth, their DoTA-inspired strategy game. Changes include:

  • Team Matchmaking
  • Cosmetic Store
  • New 3v3 Map: Grimm’s Crossing
  • New Casual game mode
  • New interface features
  • A Beta map editor
  • Weather Effects
  • New Item: Spellshards
  • Nemesis designation and Payback
  • New music
  • New console and UI commands
  • Bugfixes

Unigine Contest Winners

December 13th, 2010 by Crusader

Linux game developer Unigine Corp., who are creating the upcoming OilRush, have announced the winners of their Linux game development competition:

Full press release after the jump.

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Dilogus: The Winds of War

December 13th, 2010 by Crusader

Thanks to nod51 for pointing out a new role-playing game, Dilogus: The Winds of War, is being developed for Linux by Digital Arrow, as detailed in this IndieDB post:

What is Dilogus – Winds of War? Just in case you had forgotten, it was previously announced on ModDB as a fantasy total conversion for Crysis. This time however, it’s being produced as a standalone game for both Linux and Windows, featuring a singleplayer/Co-Op multiplayer RPG experience that the player will be able to experience with multiple unique characters.

Caring just as much about the Linux community than any other, we decided to aim for a release on that platform as well, considering some of us are actual Linux users ourselves. We see a bright future for Linux as a gaming platform, and we aim to prove this by releasing a great game for that platform as well!

Tux Games is Back

December 13th, 2010 by Crusader

Online Linux game retailer Tux Games is back online after the HDD failure which also affected Linux Game Publishing and the Linux Game Tome.

Steel Storm Episode II Christmas Special

December 13th, 2010 by Crusader

Holiday update from the Steel Storm crew:

Christmas is right around the corner and Kot-in-Action Creative Artel has prepared a surprise for it’s fans!

Behold the Christmas Holidays Special event:

70% off Steel Storm Episode II which sums up to only $2.95 !!!
And you get to play beta right away!

I, personally, think it’s a great deal :) We would love to see you gunning each other on the CTF battle arenas :D

Media page was updated with the screenshots of the new environment. You gotta check it out.

Wine 1.3.9

December 11th, 2010 by Marv

A new development release of Wine has been announced. This version 1.3.9 has the following changes:

  • Beginnings of support for ActiveX in built-in browser.
  • Icons on Internet shortcut menu entries.
  • Standardization of code implementing COM interfaces.
  • New scheme for auto-generated DLL registrations.
  • OpenCL library wrapper.
  • Translation updates.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.3.9 ]

The Clockwork Man

December 11th, 2010 by Crusader

Thanks to zakk for pointing out that Total Eclipse have released The Clockwork Man and its sequel, The Clockwork Man: The Hidden World for Linux. A hidden object/adventure series, the games are being published online DRM-free in several languages. For the English edition of Clockwork Man 2, there’s a special bundle offering the game, a guide, and the soundtrack.

OilRush Release Update

December 9th, 2010 by Crusader

Linux game developer Unigine Corp., who are creating the upcoming OilRush, have announced they’re pushing back the release date for the naval strategy game:

We’ve got a piece of bad news for today: since we strive to deliver the game of the highest quality and fulfill your expectations, the release of the game is rescheduled to March 2011. The good news is that multi-player game is already wrapped up, and at the moment the work on single player campaign is in full progress. Moreover we have published several more screenshots taken during a classical tower defense mission. Check out our gallery!

Humble Bundle 2; Alpha Vid

December 9th, 2010 by Crusader

Wolfire, developers of the upcoming rabbit fighting game Overgrowth (sequel to the open-sourced Lugaru), have posted a teaser site indicating a second Humble Indie Bundle is in the works. The original bundle promoted several indie Linux games with a “pay what you want” offer; moreover, the source code for several of the games was released in the process.

Also, Wolfire has posted their weekly Overgrowth alpha update, which shows detail map objects, character spawn point saving/loading, ‘B’ key plays test animation (bowing), and a new fort level:

Epiar 0.4.2

December 9th, 2010 by Crusader

Epiar, a space trading sim/RPG similar to Escape Velocity is now at version 0.4.2:

The Epiar project began in late 2001 and was reviewing by this blog, though it is only in late 2009, early 2010 that is has been revived with advanced Lua scripting, OpenGL graphics and much more. Please download our release and give us your feedback as we march onward to a 2011-expected version 1.0 release.

Download: [ ]

TetriCrisis 3 100% CPU

December 9th, 2010 by Crusader

A reader pointed out TetriCrisis 3 100% C.P.U. has been released.

Download: [ ]

M.A.R.S. – A Ridiculous Shooter

December 7th, 2010 by Crusader

A reader pointed out M.A.R.S.:

This is a first attempt to create a game in OpenGL with SFML. It is a game for two players, flying with ships in a two-dimensional space setting, governed by the laws of gravity.


  • awesome 2D-graphics with an unique style
  • a stunning amount of particles
  • single- and multiplayer-support
  • an artificial intelligence using an aggro-system, which reacts differently upon varying situations
  • many impressive weapons
  • several game modes

Download: [ ]

Game List Update

December 6th, 2010 by Crusader

The indefatigable zakk has updated his Linux Gamers’ Game List with some additional titles (I don’t know what they are though – it is a mystery!).

id Job

December 6th, 2010 by Crusader

id Software’s John Carmack tweeted last week about a new job opening at the venerable first-person shooter developer:

id Software is looking for a Build/Archival programmer to work as part of a development team on legendary id game properties like DOOM, QUAKE and Wolfenstein.

The Build/Archival programmer will be responsible for maintaining and updating back catalog titles, which includes providing support for new platforms, implementing solutions for current issues, while maintaining a high quality end user experience.

Open source and Linux programming experience are mentioned as desired skills.

CC Fantasy Portraits

December 6th, 2010 by Crusader

Free Gamer pointed out the Creative Commons Fantasy Portrait Marathon, where Justin Nichols will create thirty Creative Commons-licensed fantasy-themed character portraits for the Open Source Action Role Playing Engine and other free game projects:

Now this is where you come in. I need to raise money to continue my education next semester with the fine people at Concept Art Academy in Pasadena, and I want to complete this portrait set during my holiday break.

Donations can be made at Kickstarter.

LGC on SuperTuxKart

December 6th, 2010 by Crusader

Linux Game Cast has posted a new episode examining Super Tux Cart:

On our seventh episode of L.G.C. we take a look at SuperTuxKart 0.7 release candidate 1. New graphics engine, tracks, player models etc… If you run Ubuntu; Ubuntugamer has a great how-to on installing SuperTuxCartRC1.

LL’s New Game List

December 6th, 2010 by Crusader has a new article delineating several free Linux games; eventually 21 will be listed.

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