Football Manager Shows More Linux GPU Driver Bugs
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming on 21 October 2013 at 11:13 AM EDT. 24 Comments
Football Manager 2014 went into beta last week on Steam for Linux. While it shouldn't be too surprising to the Phoronix-reading Linux graphics enthusiasts, the new non-FPS game has illustrated new Linux graphics driver bugs.

Back in May we wrote about Sega bringing Football Manager to Linux and as of last week it's been out in beta form for penguin football fans. Football Manager 2014 is the latest football management simulation game in the popular FM game franchise. Football Manager is still in beta form for all platforms yet is already one of the most popular games on Steam.

Phoronix reader José Suárez wrote in to share some of his Linux driver experiences with Football Manager 2014. Suárez noted, "the game runs great but currently there are some drivers' problems when displaying the 3D soccer match (as per the developers' notes). It seems that it is affecting mainly certain Catalyst versions (no surprise here)."

The Phoronix fan additionally stated, "I'm just beginning to hate catalyst even though I just use it in a dual boot kubuntu system only to play certain games which still do not run on radeonsi) and the mesa drivers. I have opened two bug reports (R600g and RadeonSI) in order to see if those bugs get ironed out. Since the game is mostly about managing the team/club (so you spend most of the time in the game menus) and there is an alternative 2D match view, that problem is not that important, but it would be great if it were fixed."

On a related note, the Linux developer behind the recent port of Painkiller: Hell & Damnation for Linux came out a few days ago to recommend using the open-source drivers or NVIDIA's proprietary driver when playing that Unreal Engine 3 title, due to Linux graphics driver issues mostly with AMD Catalyst and other certain configurations.

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