Transport Fever 2 released on schedule and for #linux. I’ll be in my bunk 😁
One of the things about #Linux 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 #linuxgaming 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 #swapfile to my rescue:
fallocate -l 16G /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.
Uh oh, Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Definitive Edition is out for Mac and Linux:
I’ll be in my bunk 😀
Now THAT is a lilo screen!
I admit it’s an old #bootplash. I used to reboot on LAN parties just to show off. Bonus points if you guess it’s year 😉
(Boot progress bar was mapped to the health bar)
Feral Interactive have finally confirmed the Linux release date for Shadow of the Tomb Raider after announcing it for Linux back in November last year.
…and wishlisted. That looks entertaining 😀
From the creator of Fran Bow and sharing the same world comes another slightly strange adventure with Little Misfortune, out today with Linux support.
Boxtron (or steam-dos) (https://github.com/dreamer/boxtron) allows to play old DOS games from Steam with one click.
Steam Play compatibility tool to run DOS games using native Linux DOSBox – dreamer/boxtron
Did you know that you can play hundrets of games nowadays? Not just Windows through Proton – no. I’m talking about native games.
Disclaimer: Many of the snippets were contributed by me. mdiluz did the fantastic job of wrapping everything up.
…and then Valve dropped their Proton bomb
So.. computer games for small children.. that be Portal. Portal 2 to be specific. My kids started to demand me playing Portal 2 on the Steam Link in the living room. That game with the mean computer. Can’t argue with that ;-P
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.