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Post-Holiday Catchup

December 28th, 2013 by Crusader

Nearing the end of 2013, so let’s get to it:

  • Humble Bundle PC and Android 8 has nine titles, all of which support Linux.

Steam Control

December 24th, 2013 by Crusader

YouTube user Trial By Game, the recipient of a beta Steam Machine, has posted several videos demonstrating how the current Steam controller, well, controls titles currently available for the SteamOS Linux distribution:

Additionally, there’s a video demonstrating SteamOS itself:

Continue?9876543210

December 22nd, 2013 by Crusader

Continue?

The Boston Globe has a look at Continue?9876543210, a treatise on the ephemeral electronic existence of a game character:

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.

Trailer below:

The game itself is available in the Humble Store.

Overgrowth on Steam + Sale

December 22nd, 2013 by Crusader

Wolfire’s John Graham notified us that their leporine action title Overgrowth is now on Steam Early Access:

Pre-existing pre-orders can redeem the Steam version on the Overgrowth Humble Store page. Additionally, the game is currently on sale for $24.99 US, so it’s a great time to pick it up!

Dota 2 Open to All (For Play)

December 16th, 2013 by Crusader

Valve’s official Dota 2 blog that the MOBA title has been opened up to the entire Steam user population:

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.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/570/

icculus on the Jumbo Bundle

December 16th, 2013 by Crusader

Public service announcement from Ryan Gordon today regarding the current Humble Jumbo Bundle:

The non-Linux titles in the bundle include:

  • Sanctum 2
  • Magicka
  • Orcs Must Die! GOTY
  • Orcs Must Die! 2

SteamOS Available, Steam Machines Shipping

December 15th, 2013 by Crusader

Valve has made their game-oriented Linux distribution, SteamOS, available for download:

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:

20 Years of DOOM…

December 10th, 2013 by Crusader

Good lord, has it been that long?

To celebrate, Chocolate Doom, which strives to recreate the original experience as much as possible on modern systems, has hit version 2.0.0 – go get it!

Shadowrun Returns Expansion Announced

November 19th, 2013 by Crusader

Harebrained Schemes will be releasing an expansion pack for their recently published tactical turn-based RPG Shadowrun Returns:

BERLIN. The Flux-State: a stable anarchy enforced by an ever-shifting coalition of megacorps, political factions, and savvy power players. A place where almost anything goes and the right connections can be the difference between success and starvation. Dangerous jobs abound and there’s no better place to earn a quick payday – provided you live long enough to spend it. For you and your team of battle-scarred runners, it’s just another day in the Free City of Berlin.

But a new threat is rising, one that could mean untold chaos and devastation. The only clue: whispers of the DRAGONFALL, a long-forgotten event from the earliest days of the Awakened world. As you find yourself drawn into a maze of veiled dangers and strange machinations, you will come face-to-face with a grim spectre of the past… and alter the course of Berlin’s future.

[...]

Shadowrun: Dragonfall will be released January 2014 for Windows, OSX, and Linux and will be free to Backers who will get the same number of Steam keys received for the original game via our Backer website. (Details about getting the DRM-free version will come in a future update.)

Dragonfall will launch at $14.99 and we’ll also release the Shadowrun Campaign Pack on the same day. The campaign pack contains the original game and the Dragonfall expansion in one package for only $24.99. We think it’s a great way to get new players into Shadowrun.

Features include:

  • New Full-Length Campaign
  • New Locale (Berlin)
  • New Weapons, Cyberware, Enemies
  • Save Anywhere
  • New Game Editor Features

Steam Dev Days

November 19th, 2013 by Crusader

Valve Software will be hosting a developer’s conference in January 2014: Steam Dev Days:

Q: What is Steam Dev Days?

A: Steam Dev Days is a two-day game developer’s conference for video game professionals to meet in a relaxed, off the record environment and share their design and industry expertise, participate in roundtable discussions and attend lectures by industry veterans on topics ranging from game economies to VR, Linux/OpenGL, user-generated content and more. Developers will also have direct access to Valve’s Steam Team, and will be given a chance to test-drive and provide feedback on SteamOS, prototype Steam Machines and Steam Controllers.

Among the sessions will be “Getting Started with Linux Game Development” by Ryan “icculus” Gordon, so if you’re interested in developing the next generation of Linux entertainment, consider heading up to Seattle in the new year!

KAG Review

November 19th, 2013 by Crusader

The esteemed Rock, Paper, Shotgun has reviewed King Arthur’s Gold, a 2D multiplayer mine-build-fight-fest:

A typical game of King Arthur’s Gold for you may go like this: Wake up. Chop down a tree. Mine some rocks. Build a tower. Swap class to archer. Fire some arrows. Launch a fire arrow. Burn down a parapet. Smile. Jump off the tower. Grappling hook! Fire a volley of three arrows in quick Legolas-like succession, while still hanging from the walls. Swap class to knight. Get into catapult. Launch yourself from catapult. Weeeee! Hover to the map’s central lake using your shield as a glider. Meet a shark. Ride the shark across the lake. The enemy lines! Slice up an archer. Slice up a knight. Plant a mine outside the enemy’s front door. Escape! Don’t escape. You have been killed by a falling longboat.

Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham

November 19th, 2013 by Crusader

There’s a new expansion pack for Crusader Kings II, Sons of Abraham:

Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham is the fifth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG , focusing on the Abrahamic religions; Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Get your bishops appointed cardinals and tap the might of the Papacy, borrow money from the Knights Templar and send troublesome relatives off to live out their days in a monastery. Sons of Abraham also introduces the Jewish religion and allows you to recreate the Kingdom of Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.

The expansion for Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.

  • Control the Papacy through the College of Cardinals
  • Ask the Pope for money and favors
  • Play as a Jewish lord and restore the kingdom of Israel
  • Interact with the Holy Orders and see their influence grow
  • Pick sides in Islam as a rationalist Mutazili or an opposing Ashari
  • Retire troublesome courtiers to a monastery
  • Go on a pilgrimage to one of the holy places
  • Experience hundreds of new religious events

It’s available from Steeeeam.

Weekend Catchup

November 16th, 2013 by Crusader

Hey hey.

Someday soon I’ll get the hang of this again; in the meantime, here’s things that have caught my eye(s):

Wine 1.7.6

November 11th, 2013 by Marv

A new version of Wine has been announced. Changes in this version include:

  • Rewrite of the BiDi algorithm for full Unicode 6.3 support.
  • Support for Video Mixing Renderer version 7.
  • Better handling of window resizes in the Mac driver.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.7.6 ]

Timothy Zahn’s Parallax Interview @ GOL

October 23rd, 2013 by Crusader

GamingOnLinux has an interview with Abram Jablonski of the Parallax project, a Kickstarter-funded effort to develop a strategy game with the creative guidance of Timothy Zahn (of Star Wars Expanded Universe novel fame).

More Sales!

October 23rd, 2013 by Crusader

Polygon pointed out that both Gone Home and Sir, You Are Being Hunted are on sale until the end of this week on Steam.

Steal all you want when Monaco is on sale!

October 22nd, 2013 by Crusader

Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine, a co-operative multiplayer heist game that looks rad and has glowing reviews, is on sale for 1 of your human days courtesy of Humble Bundle.

Monaco will be available for 60% of the regular purchase price for the remainder of the day.

Married to the Octodad Sequel

October 22nd, 2013 by Crusader

There’s a new gameplay trailer for Octodad: Dadliest Catch, which shows the protagonist having a difficult time preparing for his impending nuptials:

More on the game:

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is the sequel to the splash hit, Octodad! This time, our cephaloprotagonist has gotten himself in a bind between his wife’s mounting mistrust, and a disastrous trip to the local aquarium! Are you dad enough to control the titular octopus father as he strives to hide his nautical nature from his family while keeping his tangled tentacles intact?

Gamasutra on Frictional Games’ Soma

October 21st, 2013 by Crusader

Gamasutra has interviewed the developers at Frictional Games, creators of the Amnesia series, about their recently announced upcoming title Soma:

With Soma, Frictional continues its horror focus almost in spite of itself. “The theme we wanted was ‘probing the depths of the mind,'” says Grip. Presently, the trailer shows a brain being stabbed with actual probes. 

You can find said brain-stabbing trailer below:
 

Monday /dev/random

October 21st, 2013 by Crusader

Welp. Hi there. Things that have caught my eye in the last week or so:

So… whatcha been playin?