Valve has released Steam’s In-Home Streaming to everyone. This feature for Steam lets you stream the video and audio output of a game from a Windows host PC to Linux client (and other operating systems) while transferring the input from the client to the host. This allows for you to play games that haven’t been ported yet if you’ve still got a machine running Windows that is powerful enough to stream the game, or to set up a machine attached to your TV that streams from your desktop.
Word is that Linux will be added as a host soon. There’s a support article with more details and a community group to discuss the feature. Notably, most of the announcements are written, and the software was presumably also developed, by former Loki Software employee, Sam Lantinga.
The Super Hot Team are turning their puzzling Unity prototype FPS into a full game and are seeking community funding for doing so. You may recall their prototype for the 7 day FPS competition where time (and bullets) only moved when the player moved. Maybe not, though, since this is the first time the game will be available for Linux. Currently, the Super Hot funding project has surpassed the original ($100,000) goal.
PC Gamer’s Wes Fenlon got to spend some time at Tripwire Interactive’s Atlanta, George office and in addition to lots of gory details regarding Killing Floor 2, Wes also has an interview with Tripwire president John Gibson. In the interview Gibson has a lot of strong language regarding Linux:
In general, for gaming, I think [Linux] will become like Windows is now. I think every game’s going to be on Linux eventually, so almost every game will be on SteamOS. Microsoft’s done their best to kill gaming on PC for as long as I can remember. Having an OS that’s actually not trying to kill gaming, I think that’s going to be very good for games. I think it’ll just grow.
Epic’s Steve Polge announced details today regarding the next iteration of Unreal Tournment on the Unreal Engine twitch channel and in a follow-up blog post. Most notably, this is the first time in a decade that Unreal Tournament will support Linux. The game is to be developed by not only Epic, but also the community of Unreal Engine developers and Unreal Tournament fans on a wiki and forum.
Though source code for the next Unreal Tournament appears to be limited to those that pay $19/month to Epic, this version of Unreal Tournament will be free. Not in the sense of paying for bullets and time-limited upgrades but actually free. Epic’s plan for earning money on the game is to take a cut of user-generated content:
We’ll eventually create a marketplace where developers, modders, artists and gamers can give away, buy and sell mods and content. Earnings from the marketplace will be split between the mod/content developer, and Epic. That’s how we plan to pay for the game.
The blog post goes on to offer a link to the older UT releases on Steam, without the Linux ports. Lame.
The basic idea is that you control that most fearsome of jungle predators, the sloth, in its beautiful, nigh-poetic journey to, I don’t know, climb shit or whatever. However, I spotted some wonderfully bizarre moments in its trailer, like an astronaut sloth and a boss fight against the Balrog from Lord of the Rings.
I’ve been trying to think of something better than “YOU SLOTH NOT PASS” for the past 5 minutes and it’s not coming, so there you are. You’re welcome.
We believe that freedom of choice for players is important, we also believe that a good game should be played by everyone, everywhere. And this is a reason why Star Conflict can be run on all three major operating systems – Windows, Mac Os and Linux.
The two-man, twelve-year, donation-funded indie project weaves together procedurally generated geography, civilizations and histories to create a rich fantasy world. It simulates its characters – standard fare like dwarves, elves, goblins, etc. – down to the most minute detail, and when all its systems combine, the results are often hilarious, occasionally tragic, and always surprising.
It’s also blissfully easy to play. The game is free to download and easy to install, the UI comes with a detailed and handy help system, and there’s a community wiki full of guides – not that you’ll need them. I started from scratch last night and was having fun immediately. Let me tell you about my experience.
I’ve been meaning to take another pass at it, so this might end up being the impetus I needed.
it’s been a long time since we saw any good Linux news from Epic Megagegegames, which is why this is especially good to hear. Epic’s Mike Fricker updated the world with news of Unreal Engine 4’s support for Linux:
Folks have been asking about our early Linux efforts and support for Valve’s SteamOS and Steam Machines. We have good news for you! The 4.1 source code has initial support for running and packaging games for Linux and SteamOS. We love Linux!
This is the same Unreal Engine that recently became u-u-ultra cheap, you can get the whole thing to develop your own megagame for the low price of $19/month at this link.
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.
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.
GOG.com, who make older PC titles available DRM-free, has announced in a blog post that they will be supporting Linux later this year:
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.