Posts Tagged 'gaming'

Play Linux Alpha 3 Now Available

Softpedia has recently put up an article about their new software, Play Linux. Play Linux is intended to supply necessary drivers, wine, winetricks, Play on Linux, Play Linux Kosmos and other software to make gaming life easier.

Play Linux is based on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, Trusty Tahr, but does not use Unity.  The developers “adopted Cinnamon, which is a bit lighter and more friendly towards people who previously used a Windows system.”

Play Linux Alpha 3 is now available for download. The standard warning applies – do not use it on production machines.

Steam Summer Sale

Steam is having its big summer sale until July 22, 2013.  This is a humongous sale with daily and flash deals, as well as other sale prices. Flash sales are the best if you can catch them.  The sale also extends to Steam for Linux.  The prices are out of this world!  Excellent indie games FTL and SPAZ (Space Pirates and Zombies) are available for $2.49 and $1.99, respectively.  I’m sure you will find something you like, if you are into gaming at all.  🙂

SteamLinuxSale

Saucy Salamander Release Schedule

The release schedule for Ubuntu 13.10, Saucy Salamander, is posted at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SaucySalamander/ReleaseSchedule.  Canonical is still staying with a final beta/ final release schedule for Ubuntu, with optional alphas and betas for the other flavors (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc.).

Here is the schedule:

June 27             Alpha 1 (Opt-in flavors)

August 15          Ubuntu 12.04.3 (the third release of the LTS version)

September 5     Beta 1 (Opt-in flavors)

September 26   Final Beta

October 10        Release Candidate

October 17        Final Release

I do not feel ready yet to switch to Saucy Salamander.  I may reconsider my view sometime around September 5, when the snapshots are less likely to break.  I have been using the Humble Bundle Steam keys to download many games via Steam for Linux.  As much as this prepares me to have my machine hosed due to the way Steam games can be re-downloaded, it has also been a lot of work.

Happy Ubuntu-ing!

Humble Weekly Sale

This week’s Humble Weekly Sale includes four games from Blendo Games.

Pay what you want and get Atom Zombie Smasher (Windows, Mac, and Linux), Flotilla (Windows), and Air Forte (Windows, Mac, and Linux). If you pay more than the average, you will get Thirty Flights of Loving (Windows and Mac). Three of the games come with soundtracks. You can also get Steam keys for the games with a purchase of $1 or more. If you pay over the average, you can get a Steam key for Thirty Flights of Loving.

Steam for Linux Official Release with Celebration Sale

Steam for Linux is now officially released.  It is available in the Ubuntu Software Center for versions 12.10, 12.04, 11.04 and 10.04:

Steam for Linux in Ubuntu Software Center

Steam for Linux now in Ubuntu Software Center

To celebrate, Valve has launched a Steam for Linux Celebration Sale, where you can save between 50 percent and 80 percent:

Steam for Linux Celebration Sale

Steam for Linux Celebration Sale

A complete list of the games available as part of this sale is at http://store.steampowered.com/sale/linux_release/.  The sale will end on February 21 at 10:00 am PST.

Humble Indie Bundle 7 Is Out

Humble Indie Bundle 7 has just been released.  You can pay what you want for The Binding of Isaac (and its DLC, Wrath of the Lamb), Closure, Shank 2, Snapshot, and the documentary feature film Indie Game: The Movie.  If you choose to pay more than the average, you’ll also get Legend of Grimrock and Dungeon Defenders (with a lot of DLC). This bundle also comes with many soundtracks in lossless (FLAC) and MP3.

These games (and the film) are DRM-free and ready to play on Linux as well as Windows and Mac. They can optionally be redeemed on Steam if you purchase them for $1 or more. Linux users can also redeem select titles from the Ubuntu Software Center.

I did not write about the last Humble Bundle – the Humble THQ Bundle – because it was Windows-only.  If THQ actually considers releasing their games on Linux, it will all be worthwhile.

One last note – if the Humble Bundle people follow past practice, more games will be included within the next few days.


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