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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?

Tetrobot and Co. Released

October 15th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Tetrobot and co

SwingSwingSubmarine, the developer behind Blocks That Matter has released their follow-up puzzler, Tetrobot & Co:

Tetrobot is the world’s most popular and reliable robot, but he’s not perfect. That’s why I, Maya, have built him a microscopic little brother, Psychobot.

Help me guide Psy through Tetrobot’s cogs and circuits: by swallowing blocks of matter and spitting them out, we can repair anything. Learn how pipes, lasers, fans and other electronic devices work, learn how to alter the chemical properties of slime, and collect all the memory blocks that you find on the way.

The owners of damaged Tetrobots all around the world rely on us because we are the only people who can repair their precious robots.

If you purchase Tetrobot & Co. this week you’ll also receive a copy of Blocks that Matter on Steam.

Tetrobot & Co. on Steam.

Spacebase DF-9 Launches Alpha

October 15th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Spacebase df9

Can we agree that everything is better when you prefix it with “Space?”

Space Kitchen sounds like a way cooler place than just your regular terrestrial Kitchen.

SpaceDouble Fine spaceagrees with me and has spacereleased a spacealpha spaceversion of their spacespin on the base-building concept from Dwarf Fortress. You’ll note that Dwarf Fortress is an ASCII dwarf base building game. This spacegame is called Spacebase DF-9 and is considerably more spacey.

Rock Paper Shotgun has an interview with spacebase spacedeveloper Space JP SpaceLebreton.

Here’s a tutorial video for Spacebase DF-9:

That video is made with the first alpha release which you can purchase directly from Double Fine or on Steam at a reduced price if you’ve purchased other Double Fine games. Either way you get to play it on Steam. 

Escape Goat Released

October 9th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Escape goat

If you’ve ever wondered what goats daydream about, this platformer released today on Steam from Magical Time Bean will let you know all about goat dreams in over 50 puzzling rooms. Escape Goat also includes a level editor so you can share your baaa-listic goat dreams with your friends.

Escape Goat on Steam.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! Released

October 8th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Cook serve delicious

Are you disappointed with your 10-7 startup job? Do you want to return to the days when your parents made you work to have access to your trust fund? Maybe you’re already working in fast food and wish your work days would never end. Look no further, Cook, Serve, Delicious from Vertigo Gaming has been released. I’d encourage you to check out the late Ryan Davis playing it in this quick look from Giant Bomb.

Cook, Serve, Delicious on Steam.

Bionic Dues Released

October 8th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Bionic duesRoguelike-like Bionic Dues has been released from Arcen Games. It’s their first Linux release and it has customizable bots called Exos that you take into turn-based battle against a robot rebellion. This post is up so late because I was busy causing robots pain in a roguelike fashion. If you’d like robots to eat your homework, too, then I mechanically recommend Bionic Dues.

Please submit your robot-based puns in the comments below.

Bionic Dues on Steam.

Valve Releases Steam Machine Specifications

October 4th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Steam MachinesFollowing Valve’s announcement of third party Steam Machines, Valve’s Greg Coomer has released details into the Steam Universe community group about what their 300 prototypes will have inside.

GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660
CPU: some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

It’s notable that all of the GPUs are nvidia, Valve will release the CAD files for the case itself so that anyone can build their own, and that Coomer also specifies that Steam Machines from other vendors can vary wildly in specifications from these.

If you’re interested in receiving one of these Valve prototypes before other manufacturers start producing commercially available units next year you’ll need to follow the instructions in our previous post on the subject.

Coomer’s post to the group ends with a note that more information regarding the Steam Controller will be coming shortly.

Game Dev Tycoon Linux Update Issued for Steam Users

October 1st, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Game dev tycoon

As predicted by Crusader way back in May, Linux support has finally hit the Steam version of Game Dev Tycoon. My flight simulator/midnight movie watching game is now in development. If you bought it through the developer’s website, you should have already received a Steam key along with your digital download.

In celebration of this update, the developers of Game Dev Tycoon are hocking it at 20% off on Steam until October 8th. Solid.

Game Dev Tycoon on Steam.

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos Released

September 30th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Dysfunctional systems

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos, a visual novel by Dischan has been released. In which you play Winter Harrison, a mediator who travels between worlds to resolve issues. Sounds like a QA Engineer.

If you’re not sure about it, the same developer has a visual novel available called Juniper’s Knot that you can try for free to get a look into this style of gameplay and writing.

Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos on Steam.

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief Released

September 30th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Raven legacy of a master thief

Chapter-based adventure game, The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief has unlocked all three chapters on Steam. The game’s story depicts both the criminal and the law so you can steal and catch a criminal.

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief on Steam.

Planetary Annihilation in Beta

September 28th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Planetary annihilation

Want to colonize an asteroid, and then smash it into your foes? Planetary Annihilation, available in beta now, from developer Uber Entertainment features just that in addition to other RTS elements in the style of Total Annihilation. Which is coincidentally what some of the development worked on before.

It’s important to note that the game’s early access comes at a price, you’ll be paying more now than if you wait for the finished product when it is expected to be released this December. They’re also pretty serious about this being a beta, large portions of the game are still in heavy development.

You can pre-order Planetary Annihilation from the developer’s store if you’d rather pay less and play when the game’s fully-baked. Either way, you’ll get the game’s pre-order bonuses.

Planetary Annihilation on Steam.

Rogue Legacy Coming to Linux

September 27th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Rogue legacy

Rogue Legacy‘s developer, Cellar Door Games, let Shacknews know that they’re bringing their popular roguelike metroidvania with a generational twist to Linux. If that was too many adjectives for you, here’s a gameplay video from Giant Bomb:

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.

Steam Controller Announced

September 27th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Steam controller

That there is the third announcement from Valve this week regarding their intentions for the living room. It’s called the Steam Controller and it sports two track pads with haptic feedback and a touch screen that are supposed to enable people to play games that were previously too complicated for a controller like strategy and other cursor driven games.

The Steam Controller has 16 configurable buttons which can be shared through the configuration tool. In this way you’ll be able to load configurations created for any game. When the game developer doesn’t support the controller directly it will pretend to be a mouse and keyboard.

You can try to get your hands on an early prototype version of the controller by following the same process outlined in the Steam Machines announcement from Wednesday. Valve will get into specifics about all of their announcements this week through their Steam Universe community group.

Good luck in getting into the 300 person beta and don’t forget to join the official Linuxgames.com Steam Group!

Steam Machines Announced

September 25th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Steam machines

Following Monday’s announcement of Steam OS, Valve has announced Steam Machines, their hardware prototype for next year’s SteamOS hardware platform.

The announcement page lists all of the details, but starting today you can attempt to win access to one of 300 prototype Steam Machines that Valve is developing to test out SteamOS in the real world. Valve has offered no details on what that hardware will consist of, simply a list of steps for testers to apply for access:

  1. Join the Steam Universe community group.
  2. Agree to the legalese.
  3. Have 10 friends on Steam. Join the LinuxGames.com Steam Group!
  4. Make your Steam Community profile public.
  5. Play a game with a gamepad that you’ve launched from Steam’s big picture mode.

You can track your progress through this on the quest page. You’ve got until October 25th to complete every step if you want to win a Steam Machine from Valve itself. Hardware will ship Steam OS in 2014 from other vendors.

We’ve still got one more announcement coming up on Friday according to the countdown site, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to date with Valve’s happenings.

Dolphin Nintendo GameCube and Wii Emulator Releases Version 4.0

September 24th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Dolphin emulator

The Dolphin Emulator for GameCube and Wii games has been updated to version 4.0. This emulator project supports upscaling the games to higher resolutions, networked multiplayer, and more. This version features these major changes:

  • Beta support for the Wii official online multiplayer.
  • Alpha support for ARM/Android
  • New AX DSP HLE emulation code. This means better and more accurate sound emulation.

Additionally, the Dolphin emulator now supports the Wii Balance Board peripheral, new optimizations on Linux, a new OpenAL sound backend. a rewritten OpenGL renderer, and more. Read the full list of changes here.

Download Dolphin 4.0

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.

Doorways Released

September 21st, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Doorways

Saibot Studios has released Doorways on Steam. I hope you’re ready to get scared, because it is another horror adventure game. This time it’s episodic and has the voice of Alexander from Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Chapters 1 and 2 are currently available, it looks like you get access to all of the chapters as they become available.

Doorways is an episodic survival horror game, featuring a complex story and deep atmosphere. Each chapter will challenge you with its fast-paced gameplay and breathtaking visuals and sounds, so prepare to immerse yourself in a terrifying psychological experience.

You’re playing as Thomas Foster, a special agent who must track down four psychopaths. Who are this people? What is this place and how did you get here?

These are just some of the questions that you must answer during your journey…

Doorways on Steam.