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Posts tagged “Linux”

Still A Steal: Monaco Gets Huge Free Halloween Update

Delightful co-op heister Monaco is getting in the holiday spirit... of Christmas, for Halloween. The Jim-approved wonder has stolen from the, I guess, someone to give bounteous gifts to the poor/you, resulting in an update that will knock your socks off (or your entire Halloween costume, if you're going as gigantic sock). For one, there are zombies, because there are always zombies, but also the…

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Spelunking Fun: Pixeljunk Shooter Comes To PC

What happens when you pour water over lava? You get steam. I think when Q-Games' Pixeljunk Shooter came out for the PS3 in 2009, where the player manipulates the levels using molten rock, water, and a magnetic fluid that I'm going to call "Polly", they were dropping a hint that it would eventually end-up on Steam. I told no-one of this supposition, but now I…

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Feature: Haptically Ever After

Indies On SteamOS, Pt 2: Linux, The Controller

Valve? Making its own OS for living rooms? Madness. Pure, coldly calculated and entirely premeditated madness. But SteamOS' success is far from guaranteed, and it's got some serious hurdles to overcome before it can establish a New World Order. Last time around, I gathered developers of games like Project Eternity, Gone Home, Mark of the Ninja, The Banner Saga, and Race The Sun to discuss…

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Nvidia Working With Valve, Linux Community For SteamOS

Nvidia's history of Linux support has been - to put it very, very lightly - rocky at best, but apparently that's all about to change. The hardware manufacturer is now throwing its considerable weight behind both SteamOS and Linux as a whole, even going so far as to promise it'll release documentation on its GPUs to the Linux community so as to help ease compatibility…

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After GLaDOS: Valve Releasing SteamOS

As the internet held its breath and the countdown reached zero, speculation in the RPS chatroom reached fever pitch. And after the announcement was made, John bellowed, "I PREDICTED THAT!". He did, you know. Valve are releasing an operating system, SteamOS and this is what we know. As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the…

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Valve’s Steam Box Still Happening, Showing Next Week

To hear Valve tell it, the mega-developer's Seattle lair is a boundless, endlessly blossoming field of creativity - not some rigidly structured hive of hirings and firings. People clamber into the top secret treehouse, and then they affix themselves to whatever project strikes their fancy, or so the story goes. But it's a bit tougher to bite those claims hook, (company) line, and sinker when…

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Sale-ebrate Good Times: Steam Linux Goes Live

In recent years, Valve hasn't proven too terribly consistent when it comes to, well, anything (cases in point: the recent ire-inducing layoffs, allegedly being a videogame company), but it can lay claim to one spotless record: Steam sales. If there's an occasion, you can bet crazy Newell's game, productivity software, wearable computing, and probably soon-to-be used car emporium will be on the spot to wheel…

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Wizards Of OS: Steam Linux Beta For All

The Valve shudders as gears lock into position, a thin jet of Steam erupts from the machine, scalding a penguin's bum. My latest collection of poetry inspired by climate change, the guffaw-inducingly titled Global Warning, is out in February. In other news, Valve have made the Steam For Linux beta available for everyone. Development news is found on the community site and the beta now…

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THQ Consider Picking Up A Penguin

This is admittedly a bit of an "ooh a thing may be happening sort of at an unknown point in the possible future", but I'm frankly quite fascinated by the moves THQ are making as they battle to fend off moneypocalypse. The Humble THQ Bundle was divisive, what with it not involving the DRM-free indie games that Humble has become synonymous with, but one thing…

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Nvidia Double GeForce Performance For Linux Drivers

With the announcement of Steam's expansion to the Linux platform, lots of aspects have been highlighted as possibly significant. It could be a strike against Microsoft and their desktop-unfriendly Windows 8. It could be a movement away from closed source systems. It could be a strike against DRM. Or it could be the infestation of GNU/Linux with DRM. But one thing you don't see often…

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Penguindows Alternative: Steam For Linux Beta Kicks Off

By way of careful study and hundreds of hours of naturalistic observation, I've ascertained that some PC gamers actually don't like Windows 8 all that much. Which - in retrospect - seems like a pretty tremendous waste of my time, because it was punch-me-in-the-eyeball obvious all along. But while everyone else becomes vocally enraged, outraged, and other directions of rage, Valve's actually trying to do something…

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Feature: The Linux Effect

The Problems We Had With Windows Gaming On Linux

RPS chum James Carey has been losing himself in the land of Linux, and looking at the highs and lows of using a gaming OS that is not Windows. You can read part one of his adventures with getting the operating set up and running just here. This latest article looks at some of the problems he encountered. James is a veteran gamer, but -…

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Feature: The Linux Effect

How Easy Is It To Play Windows Games On Linux?

For the next few weeks, RPS chum James Carey will investigate games on that other PC platform, Linux. He's dabbled in Linux before, but is exploring this from the perspective of a veteran PC gamer trying gaming seriously on the platform for the first time. With Windows 8 causing PC prophets to forecast doom in the lands of PC gaming, with its philosophy of freedom…

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I Suspect Gabe Newell May Not Be A Fan Of Windows 8

Like the headline says, I have something of a conspiracy theory going here. Let's review the evidence: 1) Valve has never released an official threequel. This, clearly, is because that would put it one step closer to the number eight. 2) I have never seen Windows 8 and Gabe Newell in the same room together. (This could also mean that Gabe Newell is Windows 8.) 3)…

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Blizzard Rejects Linux-Ban Claims, Blames Cheating

A few readers emailed us claiming they had been banned from Diablo III while playing on Linux. The complaints about this were being voiced in a lengthy forum thread on the official forums, too. Blizzard replied to us, and on the forums, claiming that people were only being banned for cheating, not for simply playing Diablo III on the open operating system: "Playing the game…

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Pengrin: Steam Coming To Linux At Last

The chaps at Phoronix have confirmation from Valve that the developer are working on a Linux version of their platform-bestriding distribution system, and are even hiring new Linux developers. Phoronix have apparently spoken directly to Mr Newell, who was quite keen on the open-source platform. They report: "His level of Linux interest and commitment was incredible while his negativity for Windows 8 and the future…

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Not The Next Call Of Duty: KillDeathYeah

KillFunYeah, three words made one, the first of which makes me a bit nervous, the second of which I'm all for and the third I imagine being said with a slight shrug in between sips of coffee. As a name, it's not the sort I'd want to yell out loud, that is until developers Arctic Anteater add at least two exclamation marks on the end.…

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