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Timelines: Assault on America Released

September 27th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Timelines

Strategy First and developer Four Flash have released their latest RTS Timelines: Assault on America. A Red Dawn scenario where the United States of America has assassinated Adolf Hitler and Germany and Japan have turned to attack the US. The game also features 4-player co-op in addition to your other cross-platform multiplayer game types.

Surprisingly, the developers website only lists two names as having worked on the game.

Timelines Assault on America on Steam

Ryan Gordon Interviewed by Gamasutra

September 27th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Gamasutra icculus interview 2013

Ryan “icculus” Gordon has been bringing a lot of games to Linux, and Kris Graft from Gamasutra interviewed him recently about his work and about Valve’s announcements this week:

For you personally, do you expect to gain more porting business with Steam’s announcements?

Oh yes. Definitely. But really, this ramped up as soon as the Steam Client for Linux was announced, and it never really slowed down.

SteamOS Announced

September 23rd, 2013 by TimeDoctor

SteamOS

This week Valve is making three announcements regarding their plans for expanding their plans for the living room. The first of which is SteamOS. A freely available Linux-based Operating System that Valve are advertising as having improved graphics and audio performance, as well as decreased input latency. 

Valve specifically mentions that more AAA games are being ported natively to SteamOS and presumably will be available for any Linux install of Steam. For games that aren’t available natively on Linux, Steam will soon be able to stream them from Windows and Mac personal computers.

The new OS will also bring three other new features in addition to game streaming: Music, movie and TV services; Family sharing for sharing your library of games; and Family Options to hide games from your kids.

SteamOS will be released “soon” with the intent that we can put it on our own computers and businesses will be able to release their own SteamOS gaming PCs.

Valve still has two more announcements to make, the countdown site currently has two more days to go so we’ll know more on Wednesday.

Humble Indie Bundle 9 Launched

September 11th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

humble indie bundle 9

Like sand through the hourglass, for two weeks we’ve got another Humble Indie Bundle. It’s the pay-what-you-want, but more than $1 to get Steam keys, with some percentage or all of it going to charity for a bundle of:

  • Trine 2: Complete Story
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • Eets Munchies Beta
  • Brutal Legend

If you pay more than the average price you’ll also get:

  • FTL: Faster Than Light
  • Fez

This time the Humble Bundle folks are already advertising that more games will be added to the bundle, because they always do that one week into it. You’ll have to pay more than the average price to get access to those as well.

Fez, FTL, and Mark of the Ninja are great games. Don’t look up any hints if play Fez. That game is too awesome to spoil.

Humble Indie Bundle 9

MirrorMoon EP Released

September 4th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

MIrrorMoon EP

Mysterious adventure and mystery game, MirrorMoon EP has just been released on Steam. Here’s what the developer has to say about it:

These space travels begin on a red planet and its unique moon and extend across galaxies.
The single player part of MirrorMoon EP blends adventure and exploration with navigation-based puzzle solving. The multiplayer of MirrorMoon EP lets players share Galaxy Maps with other players: the first explorers to land on a planet will be able to name its Star System and that name will be forever bound to the star for any other fellow traveler who encounters it.

Each Galaxy consists of a thousand Systems: it will be possible to fully discover the mysteries of MirrorMoon EP only while collaborating with other players.
Through the apparently indecipherable cockpit of an unknown spacecraft, players will be able to locate and travel to mysterious planets. Each planet has artifacts, buildings, and puzzles on its surface, hidden in astonishing low-poly sceneries.

Sounds awesome. Watch the launch trailer.

MirrorMoon EP on Steam

John Carmack leaves id Software for Oculus

August 7th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

John Carmack wearing a rift

id software lost company president Todd Hollenshead earlier this year, and just after the most recent QuakeCon legendary developer John Carmack has announced his departure. The blog for Oculus, the company behind the popular Oculus Rift VR headset, has this quote from Carmack:

I have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming – the intensity of the first person experience, LAN and internet play, game mods, and so on. Duct taping a strap and hot gluing sensors onto Palmer’s early prototype Rift and writing the code to drive it ranks right up there. Now is a special time. I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message. It’s certainly not there yet. There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don’t even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It’s going to be awesome!

id’s twitter says that Carmack isn’t leaving, but it seems unlikely that a full-time job as Oculus’ CTO will provide Carmack with much time to work on id games.

Carmack is largely responsible for the free software releases of id software’s source code and their push for Linux support. Though the latter has been waning since Linux code slave Timothée Besset’s departure from the company in 2012.

DOTA 2 Released

July 19th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

DOTA 2 released!

After a seemingly infinite beta test, Valve’s MOBA, DOTA 2 was released for Windows recently and now we’ve got our Linux version. DOTA 2, and MOBAs in general, are a spin-off of the real time strategy genre, in which two teams of five heroes compete to destroy the opposing team’s base.

DOTA 2 is actually super competitive and I’ve found it to be hugely unfriendly to new players so you might want to play some bot matches before going online. There are some really good guides out there as well, one which was recommended to me after getting my ass kicked recently was Purge Gamers’ “Welcome to Dota, you Suck.

 

Dota 2 on Steam.

LindenLab Giving a Second Life to Desura

July 10th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Indie game download store, Desura, just got taken off the circuit by Linden Lab. They’re the developer behind fursona simulator Second Life. Linden’s press release makes it clear that they’ve acquired the team behind Desura, but what isn’t clear yet is what this means for the future of the digital distribution platform. Thanks to GoL for the heads-up.

Here’s the details:

SAN FRANCISCO – July 10, 2013 – Linden Lab, the makers of shared creative spaces including Second Life, Patterns, Creatorverse, Versu, and dio, today announced that it has acquired Desura, a digital distribution service for PC gamers. The service will continue uninterrupted for current customers and the team and technology become a part of Linden Lab.

Desura puts the best games, mods, and downloadable content from developers at gamers’ fingertips, ready to buy and play. The free Desura application can serve and patch games, mods, and add-ons directly for customers around the world. Developers and publishers can share news, images, videos, and other content through their profiles, while every member of the Desura community can post comments, submit reviews, and upload screenshots from their own playing experiences. Desura also demystifies user-made mods and add-ons for games by making them as easy to find and install or update as professional titles.

“Desura’s talented team, thriving business, and impressive technology are a great fit for Linden Lab,” said Rod Humble, CEO of Linden Lab. “This acquisition gives us a global platform for serving creative developers of all kinds, and we’re looking forward to growing both Desura’s global community of gamers and its fantastic portfolio of thousands of games, mods, and other content. Our aim is to invest and support the Desura team in making it the most open and developer-friendly platform in the world.”

Left 4 Dead 2 Out of Beta with Free Weekend and Sale

July 4th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Zombies Rejoice!

Our long national nightmare has ended as Valve updated their Left 4 Dead blog with news of co-op Zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2′s general availability for Linux:

The Extended Mutation System, Linux support, and other features and fixes are moving to Left 4 Dead 2 proper. Thanks to everyone who helped test all the changes in the Beta Build. You can find a complete list of the change notes here.

Linux
The Linux conversion is ready for primetime so we are opening it up to more people and releasing it officially on Steam. This will let us get feedback on more builds and distros.

The game itself is available at 75% off this weekend ($4.99 ‘merican) , and you can play it for free until Sunday at 1PM Pacific time.

Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam

Valve updates Source SDK with Linux Support

June 27th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Source Engine website screenshot

Source, the game engine developed by Valve, just got an update to its software development kit to support Linux:

We have released an update to the Source SDK, bringing support for Mac OS X and Linux to mod developers and exposing the ability for virtual reality support in your mod. The biggest change with this update is that we are using github to host the source code. You will find the code here. This Source SDK 2013 release also includes a new license that can be found here. This new license allows mod authors to share their changes to the SDK more easily.

The other change with the Source SDK is that now Hammer and the other mod tools ship with their respective games instead of as part of the SDK Launcher. The launcher itself is being phased out, so it will disappear from your Tools list. You can find information about how to run the tools from the games here.

The source for this new SDK release includes the latest code for all the included games, and has many new features:
• The games now build and run clients on Windows, OSX, and Linux. Dedicated servers are supported on Windows and Linux.
• Steam Pipe (the new Steam content delivery system) is supported by the sample mods. Existing mods can change their gameinfo.txt to match the new format and gain Steam Pipe support.
• Support for Virtual Reality via the Oculus Rift has been added to the SDK. Running a compatible mod with -vr on the command line will run the mod in stereo and enable head tracking on the Rift.

You can find instructions on getting started with the new Source SDK 2013 on the Valve Developer Community wiki.

A large number of modifications use the Source engine already.

Fuse ZX Spectrum Emulator 1.1.1

June 3rd, 2013 by zub

Versions 1.1.1 and 1.1.0 of Fuse, the Free Unix (ZX) Spectrum Emulator, have been released. Highlights of these releases include:

  • Emulation of the Spectranet, SpeccyBoot, SpecDrum and DISCiPLE interfaces
  • Support for reading PZX and POK files
  • Recording of movies to FMF files
  • GTK+ 3 compatability

Version 1.1.1 fixes a number of small issues with the 1.1.0 release.

Versions 1.0.0 and 0.10.0 have also been released since the last announcement on LinuxGames.

Highlights of 1.0.0 included:

  • Opus Discovery disk interface emulation
  • Support for more copy protected +3 disks
  • NTSC Spectrum support

Highlights of 0.10.0 included:

  • Much improved µPD765 (+3 disk) emulation
  • Tape loading acceleration
  • Automatic saves while RZX recording
  • Improved widget UI (for SDL, Xlib, etc.)

Download: [ sourceforge.net ]

This post was submitted by zub.

Rise of the Heavy Gears (and UE4 Support)

May 28th, 2013 by Crusader

Resurrecting a series not unfamiliar to Linux gamers, Heavy Gear Assault promises both singleplayer and free-to-play multiplayer action for backers.

The developers, Stompy Bot Productions, also had this message in a recent blog update:

As one of the first games being developed with Linux support in mind, utilizing Unreal Engine 4, we plan to back port our work back to Epic for future Linux support. Our team plans to provide recent versions of our source code updates to Epic so the Linux Gaming community can benefit through our efforts. This way our revisions can be used by future developers of UE4 to also support Linux. We hope our Linux backers on Kickstarter will appreciate all the consideration we’ve put into our Linux build.

The post also mentions that they’re looking for Linux testers (resume required), so shoot them a note if you have the background and interest!

The Most Dangerous Cheerio

May 26th, 2013 by Crusader

Big Robot, an independent developer founded by Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s Jim Rossignol, is currently working on Sir, You Are Being Hunted, a first-person survival game with a unique premise:

Yes, Big Robot is going to make a game featuring robots. It’s called Sir, You Are Being Hunted, and it taps into a rich seam of tweed-loving British science fiction to conjure a sinister reality where artificial gentlemen hunt humans for sport.
[...]
Hunted is set in a recognisably British landscape. Its inhabitants are a mockery of the aristocratic country gent and his ecosystem. Robots that ape tea-drinking, poachers that lurk in reed-beds, and red-eyed hounds that patrol the moor: these are the things you will be dealing with as you fight for survival. The game gathers up elements of my favourite things: exploration, AI interaction, survival, robots, hot drinks, and blends them into a rich pixelly pulp. (A “British indie S.T.A.L.K.E.R.” might have been something we said in the design meetings…)

The developers recently posted a gameplay preview set in a mountain biome:

and you can pre-order via the Humble Store here.

OpenXcom 0.9

May 22nd, 2013 by Crusader

OpenXcom, the effort to create an open-source clone of the original UFO: Enemy Unknown / X-COM: UFO Defense, is now fully playable with the release of version 0.9! You’ll still need the assets from the original game, but those are easy to come by since it’s available on Steam.

OpenXcom

Download: [ openxcom.org ]

Anomaly 2 Released

May 15th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Anomaly 2 Screenshot

Anomaly Warzone Earth‘s reverse-tower defense gameplay tasked players with moving their units safely through a barrage of defense towers. Anomaly 2, just released on Steam expands the gameplay with online tower defense vs tower offense multiplayer and other new features.

Anomaly 2 is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Anomaly Warzone Earth. Maintaining the core elements of the original, Anomaly 2 adds new features to the single-player campaign and finally puts your skills to a test in a completely unique experience: the dynamic tower defense vs. tower offense multiplayer mode!

In the years following the invasion of Earth in 2018, the planet is overrun by alien machines. Humankind is on the verge of extinction. Banded together in huge convoys, they search the frozen tundra for food and supplies. Since the war, the roles have been reversed: now our species seems to be the Anomaly on a machine-controlled planet. Your convoy, Commander, is called Yukon.

Anomaly 2 takes the RTS tower-offense concept from Anomaly Warzone Earth to a new level. The core elements of the original – tactical planning and the on-field Commander to support troops in combat – are spiced up by a number of important new features.

Defend yourself.

Torque2D Android & Linux port on Kickstarter

April 15th, 2013 by Crusader

Thanks to flammybe for letting us know Max Gaming is running a Kickstarter to port the Torque2D engine to Android and Linux.

Torque 2D is an extremely powerful, flexible, and fast open source engine dedicated to 2D game development. The MIT licensed version of Torque 2D is now available on GitHub.

Since the MIT licensing in february 2013, he community has been tirelessly adding new stuff and bugfixes. With Windows, MacOS and iOS versions available, this engine clearly needed some penguin and robot support :-)

If you want to see this extremely capable and polished game engine on Linux, please consider joining the kickstarter campaign and make it happen.

The Linux Game Tome to Shut Down April 13th

April 2nd, 2013 by TimeDoctor

The Linux Game Tome

Bad news:

Hi folks, The Linux Game Tome will shut down on April 13. Those of us who have maintained happypenguin.org over the years now lack both the time and the ambition to do what is necessary to keep the site afloat. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed the spam clogging the forums, the lack of updates and the increasing brokenness of the site. The code driving this site, written by a novice web developer in 1999, is sorely out of date. It’s time to put it out of its misery.

If the community misses this resource, I urge it to build The Linux Game Tome v3.0. If such an effort ever came to fruition and publicly pledged to remain free and not for profit, I would be delighted to transfer ownership of the happypenguin.org domain. Sometime soon, I’ll make available a dump of the Game Tome games database (minus user information) that anyone may use for any purpose they’d like, including building a successor site. Before you ask: no, you may not have a copy of the site code. It is not fit for human consumption. Even as a reference, it can only corrupt.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the site over the years, either as moderators, contributors or benefactors.

bobz

Humble Bundle 5 adds 3, equals 9

March 12th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

 

Humble Bundle with Android 5

The latest Humble Bundle, Humble Bundle with Android 5, has added three games to their collection of DRM free hits available for Linux bringing the total to nine games.

  • Crayon Physics Deluxe
  • Splice
  • Sword & Sworcery EP

Purchasers also get their soundtracks, which is a huge plus when you’ve got a great one in Sword & Sworcery.

If you’ve previously bought this Humble Bundle these games are already available to you through the download page in your receipt e-mail or their app if you’re using Android.

If you haven’t bought it yet you’ll need to pay more than the average price (currently $6.67) in this mostly pay-what-you-will bundled collection of games to get the latest additions.

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero on Steam

March 7th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

CounterStrike Condition Zero

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, the expansion to the original Counter-Strike, was recently made available for Linux on Steam:

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (CS:CZ) is now available for Linux players via Steam. CS:CZ is the fifth Valve title to be released for Linux and, with its release, pushes the total number of Linux games available on Steam to 80.

Launched just three weeks ago, the Steam for Linux client is available for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. More Valve titles are heading to Linux in the coming weeks and months.

Condition Zero is significant due it being the first time you were able to play Counter-Strike in Single Player versus AI competition. I enjoy it because the AI is a little bit easier to kill than the teenagers who can kick my ass and then tea-bag my corpse.

FreeOrion 0.4.2

March 5th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

We haven’t posted about FreeOrion since 0.3.8 … in 2008!

I found out about this update via the FreeGamer blog where they’ve also noted this great video tutorial:

There are a few more in that series, you should check them all out.

Here are the big changes in 0.4.2:

  • Very much improved, non-cheating AI. Sometimes experienced 4X players loose.
  • Many GUI enhancements and shortcuts.
  • Galactopedia expanded with game mechanics articles and many cross-links.
  • Batch production of ships now possible.
  • Improved sitrep notifications
  • Reworked stealth and detection
  • Almost everything has been enhanced, reworked, and better balanced.

The developer’s notes for this version mention that although the game is still missing some features it has “…reached the point where most 4X players will get enjoyment out of it.”

Ooh I can’t wait to conquer!

Download: [ FreeOrion 0.4.2 ]