At GDC 2014 we got a chance to try Influent, a language learning game, which was recently released on Steam. Here’s the developer’s description:
Inspired by Dreamcast titles of old (namely Shenmue and Toy Commander) Influent immerses players in a fully interactive 3D environment where the names for absolutely every object in the game can be gleaned with a single click! In fact, even more information can be learned with a double-click! Every door, drawer, and cabinet can be opened with a right-click here and a right-click there, revealing more and more things to be learned! Packed to the brim with hundreds of native audio pronunciations (painstakingly recorded specifically for this game), Influent offers players a unique opportunity to enjoy learning both vocabulary and pronunciation in the language of their choice.
With 10 languages currently available for download, Influent combines the joys of playing a video game with the language learning process, resulting in real-life rewards and achievements that will remain with players for the rest of their lives.
Influent supports Spanish, German, Korean, Latin, French, English, Swedish, Bulgarian, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.
Influent is available now on Steam for $10 per language.
Magical Time Bean’s puzzle platformer Escape Goat 2 has been released, and bills itself as “The only indie game in 2014 not inspired by Dark Souls, with no roguelike elements or procedural content.”
Seems about right for setting yourself apart in today’s game hellscape.
You can buy it at a one-dollar discount from a tenner for the next few days from the game’s homepage here.
Mighty Rabbit Studios has released Breach & Clear. It’s a little bit like Frozen Synapse, and a little bit like Rainbow Six. Which is good, because we never got the latter on Linux.
You can get Breach & Clear on Steam for $9.74 until March 28th, when it goes up to $14.99.
Vlambeer’s sweet brand of trausers, Luftrausers, has been released. The game is a 2D arcade dogfighter and started life as a flash game that you can still play at this link. Since the flash game, Vlambeer has gone and added 125 combinations of guns, bodies, and engines for your plane to utilize on 100 different missions. How many of your digital dollars is it? Just 9 while the launch sale is in effect. After which the price jumps a dollar.
The official site also offers an incredible value in the form of the “Air Raid Pack” which nets you a DRM-free copy of the game and 100 Steam keys at the substantially discounted price of $749.99. A 25.03% discount. Wow.
We just wanted to announce that, after much deliberation, we’ve decided that one of the next steps for us is to support Linux. Now, we’re not ready to launch Linux games on GOG.com just yet. We’ve only been working on bringing these Linux games to our service for a few months, and there’s lots more to go, but we wanted to let you know what’s going to be coming this fall to a digital distributor near you.
As far as distributions go, Ubuntu and Mint are specifically mentioned.
Valve has an update for everyone following their Steam Controller and Steam Machine progress:
These prototypes incorporate much of the testing feedback we have received so far and the changes that were announced at Steam Dev Days.
Even though our limited internal play testing has been going really well, we’re excited to get some feedback from our customers on these latest changes.
For those of you able to attend GDC next week, please drop by our booth, as there will be some demo stations set up with the latest prototypes for play testing and feedback gathering. For those of you not able to attend GDC, for now we wanted to at least share a photo of the latest design changes
Follow the link for the latest full-frontal of the updated Steam Controller.
Frankfurt am Main (Germany), March 11, 2014 – Independent videogame developer and publisher Crytek has outlined details of what it will be showing attendees when this year’s GDC conference gets underway in San Francisco. During the expo, which takes from March 19-21, Crytek will give visitors a look at the evolution of its game-changing CRYENGINE software, as well as inviting them to go hands-on with free-to-play shooter Warface and brand new mobile title, The Collectables.
During presentations and hands-on demos at Crytek’s GDC booth, attendees can see for the first time ever full native Linux support in the new CRYENGINE. The CRYENGINE all-in-one game engine is also updated with the innovative features used to recreate the stunning Roman Empire seen in Ryse – including the brand new Physically Based Shading render pipeline, which uses real-world physics simulation to create amazingly realistic lighting and materials in CRYENGINE games.
There will also be games on offer, with the latest version of free online FPS Warface available to play. With intense new Tower Raid and Capture modes just launched, players can see how far Crytek’s self-published shooter has come in the last year as they team up with fellow GDC visitors to take out the enemy. Also playable will be The Collectables, an upcoming military strategy game for iOS and Android that transports Crytek’s trademark action onto the small screen.
Crytek staff will also be sharing their expertise in a series of talks during GDC. From discussing narrative driven games to the rendering technology in Ryse, a total of five presentations from Crytek employees will be taking place as part of GDC’s session series. All the talks will be held in the Center’s West Hall. Read more details at the official Crytek Blog.
To see the latest iteration of CRYENGINE in full flow and try your hand at Warface and The Collectables, visit booth #802 in the Moscone Center’s South Hall when GDC kicks off next week.
Andrew Henderson’s BeagleSNES Superlative Nintendo emulator appliance has been updated to version 0.5. Here is what has changed:
- Support for a new display target that uses the 320×240 LCD3 cape by Circuitco.
- Support for ACRUX, DragonRise, GreenAsia/Pantherlord, I-Force, Sony PS3, X-Box, and ZeroPlus controllers.
- Moved all ROMs, SRAM saved games, and configuration files to a VFAT partition for easy mounting/access on non-Linux systems.
- Changed to an XML format for the game selection GUI configuration file.
You can get source, pre-built images ready to place onto an SD card in your BeagleBone Black or XM from BeagleSNES.org
All customers of Deadfall Adventures should now have access to the Linux depot. This is not a beta version since we need especially feedback on a wide variety of hardware configurations.
We are actively monitoring feedback and will provide if possible regular updates.
The announcement also delineates current known issues; be sure to send in reports so that the build can be iterated on!
Nearing the end of 2013, so let’s get to it:
- CaveExpress is a physics-based 2D platformer:
- Humble Bundle PC and Android 8 has nine titles, all of which support Linux.
Right off the bat, the game, which is presented in a blocky, “Minecraft”-ish visual style (the characters are basically just collections of rectangles and squares; things are pretty, in an intentionally pixelated way), tells you explicitly how you should approach it. Plunked down in some sort of refuge for soon-to-be-deleted game characters, you are told that all is lost. This is presented not as an entirely bad thing, but rather as a chance for peace, for an escape from the endless cascade of wants that hobble and paralyze you.
The game itself is available in the Humble Store.
For the past several months, access to Dota 2 has been granted through a queue system that gated entry into the community. We’ve used this system to gradually increase the size of our playerbase, as we ramped up our infrastructure and improved the experience for new players. As we have recently completed a set of server management upgrades as well as released a huge number of enhancements to the new user experience, we’re going to remove all restrictions to playing Dota 2.
I am actively working on one of the games in the @Humble Jumbo Bundle. Mac and Linux people should buy the bundle before it ends today.
— Ryan C. Gordon (@icculus) December 16, 2013
The non-Linux titles in the bundle include:
- Sanctum 2
- Orcs Must Die! GOTY
- Orcs Must Die! 2
SteamOS Beta is the first public release of our Linux-based operating system. The base system draws from Debian 7, code named Debian Wheezy. Our work builds on top of the solid Debian core and optimizes it for a living room experience. Most of all, it is an open Linux platform that leaves you in full control. You can take charge of your system and install new software or content that you want.
No surprises there, but still good to see.
Additionally, Steam Machines have shipped to beta testers; here’s an requisite unboxing video: