One of the things about I love most is it’s flexibility. This may astonish some but I am gaming on my Linux system for approximately 15 years by now. Situation for improved a lot lately but it was always possible to keep myself distracted 😉

So one of the games I just love to play is XCOM (UFO series). I don’t think I skipped any part and Terror From The Deep will always have a special place in my heart. Anyway, when XCOM was relaunched and eventually ported to Linux by Feral Interactive in 2014 I thought I couldn’t have been happier. Firaxis Games topped this in 2016 with XCOM2 and Feral Interactive once more got the job for the port.

Sadly with all the expansion sets it takes quite a toll on the required hardware. Huge fan of all sliders on maximum and see how it goes and while my box can mostly keep up I notice that I run out of RAM towards the end of the game fast and my machine starts swapping. I’ve 16GB RAM and this game eats it away like children their candy.

I’ve got additional 4GB of swap installed on slow spinning rust disks (legacy) so I notice the moment it starts swapping like hitting a wall. After another frustrated restart of the game I paused for a moment. I don’t know why this games needs so much RAM and frankly I don’t even care. Maybe I’m spoiled nowadays since stuff tends to “just work”.

So I decided to throw more power at it but RAM is expensive and I usually have enough of it for my daily work (or other games). I did get a decent SSD (Solid State Disk) recently tho so it’s to my rescue:

swapoff -a
fallocate -l 16G /games/swapfile
mkswap /games/swapfile
swapon /games/swapfile

…and that’s it. I stopped my previous slow swap partition(s), created a new swapfile of 16GB size on my SSD, formatted it as swap partition and activated it. Now I tabbed back into my game and enjoyed the rest of the evening. Let it swap. The SSD can keep up with it. Not minding a few more seconds during loading screens 😀 I’m considerung to add the activation sequence to my “gaming mode” script.

…and wishlisted. That looks entertaining 😀

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/the-delightfully-weird-adventure-little-misfortune-has-released.15039

The delightfully weird adventure Little Misfortune has released by Liam DaweLiam Dawe (GamingOnLinux)

From the creator of Fran Bow and sharing the same world comes another slightly strange adventure with Little Misfortune, out today with Linux support.

Did you know that you can play hundrets of games nowadays? Not just Windows through Proton – no. I’m talking about native games.

https://medium.com/@mdiluz/so-i-was-making-a-montage-full-of-native-linux-games-92ce12b21631

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U8bLArlRXw

Disclaimer: Many of the snippets were contributed by me. mdiluz did the fantastic job of wrapping everything up.

So I was making a montage full of native Linux games by Marc Di LuzioMarc Di Luzio (Medium)
…and then Valve dropped their Proton bomb

Playing The Witcher 3 on Linux. So much progress since my first play through 2 yrs ago when I hardly managed 25fps with many tweaks. Game is beautiful af and runs smooth on highest settings nowadays. This penguin is really happy. Attached images show GOG version run via Steam Play aka Proton.

Gestern wurde es mal wieder sehr spät und wie so oft kam das Thema auf Computerspiele. Aus irgend einem Grund kamen wir auf Dungeon Keeper. Ich rede vom ersten Teil. Das war ein 16Bit DOS Spiel aus dem Jahre 1997 von Bullfrog. Falls sich noch jemand erinnert. Ich habe also in meiner Spieleschatzkiste gegraben und tatsächlich die originale ziemlich lädierte und zerkratze CD zu Tage gefördert. Und das schöne: Lief mit “dosemu” auf Anhieb und ohne Murren mit Ton, Sprachausgabe, Maus und “3D”. Oder was man damals halt so unter 3D kannte. Zum Spiel selbst: Herrlich, witzig, böse, innovativ. Allein das Introvideo war preisverdächtig. Unglaublich, was hier aus einem DOS rausgekitzelt wurde. Und das Beste: Dank grafischer Ausgabe über SDL seitens Dosemu ist eine stufenlose Fensterskalierung möglich. So kann ich es auf meinem reinen 64bit Linux auf einem modernen Monitor, der diese niedrigen Auflösungen nicht mehr kann, noch einmal mit mir genehmer Größe und Verpixelung spielen.