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Humble Indie Bundle #3 At Nearly $1M USD

Humble Indie Bundle #3 just launched last week Tuesday and in its first day it grossed more than $100,000 USD and before even starting the weekend it raked in more than $650k USD. Now on Monday evening, this collection of multi-platform DRM-free games where you "pay what you want" is approaching the million dollar mark.

1 August 2011 - One Million Dollars - 4 Comments
Heroes of Newerth Goes Free-To-Play

For those that missed it, S2 Games has made their Heroes of Newerth title go free-to-play. No longer does it cost $30 USD to buy the game, but it's free, which is S2's attempt to expand the game's user-base.

1 August 2011 - No Cost - 12 Comments
Humble Bundle Still Selling Strong - Crosses $650k

The latest Humble Indie Bundle is still selling strong. On its first day of sales, more than $100k USD was generated by Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux gamers for this set of indie titles. Two days have passed and now the Humble Indie Bundle #3 has raked in more than $650,000 USD. With still twelve days left to this sale whereby you pay what you want for the set of five DRM-free multi-platform games, it will surely be yet another bundle to generate more than one million dollars in revenue.

28 July 2011 - Plus Giveaway - 11 Comments
Unigine Engine Support For OS X Becomes Official

Unigine Corp announced yesterday that their Apple iOS and Mac OS X ports of the Unigine Engine are now official and available to clients. Additionally, they have released a new Unigine OilRush video trailer.

28 July 2011 - And For Apple iOS - Add A Comment
The Desura Linux Game Client Is Soon To Be Ready

It looks like we could just be weeks away from seeing the official release of the Desura Linux game client, a game distribution client similar to Valve's Steam. Posted to the Desura blog is a rather lengthy update about the current status of the native Linux client.

27 July 2011 - Almost Done - 4 Comments
Latest Bundle Already Pulls $100k; Here's A Contest

The latest Humble Indie Bundle whereby Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux gamers can pay what they want for a collection of cross-platform, DRM-free games is off to a tremendous start. This latest bundle just went live around three hours ago, but it's already pulled in more than $100,000 USD.

26 July 2011 - Humble Indie Bundle #3 - 17 Comments
Another Humble Indie Bundle Just Launched

Another Humble Indie Bundle just launched. This is yet another collection of multi-platform games where you simply pay what you want for the set of Windows / Linux / Mac OS X games and all of them are free of any DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions. As usual, this Humble Indie Bundle sale will just be going on for two weeks.

26 July 2011 - Physics Games - 10 Comments
Double-Precision "Huge Worlds" In Unigine

Unigine Corp released an OilRush game update before the end of last week, but the developers from their Russian studio continue to be hard at work at improving the core engine itself for them and their clients. The latest revision of the Unigine Engine now supports huge worlds with a double-precision coordinate system.

25 July 2011 - New Support - Add A Comment
Unigine OilRush Game Receives More Enhancements

There's still no revised release plans from Unigine Corp on when they plan to officially release their OilRush cross-platform game (the last official update was this "summer" but acknowledged to me delays were likely), but they did put out a new beta version. OilRush v0.72 brings a number of new enhancements to better this inaugural title developed by the Russian company.

24 July 2011 - OilRush v0.72 - 1 Comment
Linux 3.1 Kernel Gains A Wiimote HID Driver

For those with a Wiimote controller for Nintendo's Wii console, it's long been possible to use this Bluetooth-based motion controller with Linux when installing external packages. Just pulled into the Linux 3.1 kernel, however, is a Wiimote HID driver.

23 July 2011 - Mainline - 6 Comments
XL Engine For Games Is Being Brought To Linux

The XL Engine, a game engine designed to run enhanced remakes/ports of classic game titles, is being ported to Linux. Not only does this run ports of classic games, but at the same time there's visual improvements, this cross-platform capabilities, greater support for mods, and other reported benefits.

22 July 2011 - Game Port - 11 Comments
OnLive Is Hiring More Engineers For Linux Client

OnLive, the cloud gaming platform where games are rendered and stored on servers, already has Windows and Mac OS X clients, but a Linux client is in the works. Back in March there was a job posting by OnLive where one of the responsibilities dealt with feature design and development for multiple platforms, including Linux. There's also been other signs of OnLive for Linux in the works. The latest sign is a new job posting yesterday for the Linux client.

19 July 2011 - OnLive Platform - 14 Comments
The Launch Titles For The Gameolith Linux Store

At the beginning of the month I mentioned a new online gaming store would be launching. This online store, Gameolith, unlike Steam and Desura would be specifically Linux-focused. There was a delay in the store launching by a week, but today they have announced their launch titles available from this platform. Sadly, however, it's nothing to cause excitement.

12 July 2011 - Nothing Exciting - 29 Comments
0 A.D. Alpha 6 Fortuna Presents Some Summer Fun

Wolfire Games has announced the release of 0 A.D. Alpha 6 Fortuna, as their latest development version of this ancient warfare game that's long been in development. This latest open-source update has lots of terrain texture updates and other new game assets for your summer fighting pleasure.

11 July 2011 - New Release - 3 Comments
XreaL Is Still Around, But Without Any Release

XreaL, the heavily modified Quake 3 game engine that its developer says is the most advanced open-source game engine, is still in-development even without an official release for this project that's been around for years.

11 July 2011 - Still In Development - 5 Comments
A New Linux Game Store Is Launching Next Week

While there isn't an over-abundance of quality native games right now for the small Linux gaming market, it looks like a new web-based Linux game store is launching next week. It's called Gameolith, but will it be anything special?

1 July 2011 - Hmm? - 8 Comments
Unigine OilRush Needs More Time To Drill

The official release date for Unigine's OilRush real-time strategy game has been June or July of this year in the midst of summer. Recently though we've been reporting that it's looking like the release date may slip for this visually-intense game with a native Linux client. After talking with Unigine Corp, it looks like a delay will be inevitable.

26 June 2011 - Development Delay - 15 Comments
Unigine Is Still Tapping The Well For OilRush

Unigine Corp has released an update to their premiere game, OilRush. In time for any pre-order customers wishing to try out this latest development release over the weekend, OilRush v0.66 is now available.

17 June 2011 - Coming Soon - 12 Comments
More Details On The Desura Linux Client

A number of days ago we showed the first screenshot of Desura running natively on Linux. Now there's more details about the state of the Linux implementation of this Steam-like client for digital games distribution.

8 June 2011 - Moves Along - 16 Comments
Any Linux News From The E3 2011 Gaming Expo?

E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is officially kicking off today in Los Angeles and will be running through Thursday. This, along with the Game Developers Conference, is one of the key times of the year for the electronic gaming industry. A number of game studios will be announcing new titles and other great announcements, but will there be anything Linux related?

7 June 2011 - E3 Gaming Expo - 3 Comments
Unigine Engine Receives Major Feature Update

Not only are Unigine Corp developers in Russia busy finishing up the OilRush game, they're still working to advance the Unigine Engine for their needs and those of their licensees. Unigine has announced some new work on the engine, which includes a Qt plug-in that supports nearly all of the widgets, sub-surface scattering support, and many other enhancements.

3 June 2011 - Qt, New Graphics, Etc. - 5 Comments
REMINDER: Free Unigine OilRush Giveaway Contest

This is just a reminder that until next week Monday we are running a giveaway of a few copies of Unigine's forthcoming OilRush game, which features a native Linux client as well as support for Windows and Mac OS X. This contest is in celebration of Phoronix turning seven years old on Sunday.

2 June 2011 - Reminder - Add A Comment
Free Giveaway Of Unigine's New Linux Game Continues

Last week we launched another Unigine OilRush giveaway contest whereby we're giving away copies of this forthcoming real-time strategy that has native support for Mac OS X / Windows / Linux with its impressive graphics renderer. This contest is in celebration of the seventh birthday of Phoronix later in the week. There's still time to participate if you want to win a free copy of this very interesting and shiny Linux game.

30 May 2011 - REMINDER - 8 Comments
The First Image Of Desura Running On Linux

As pointed out in our forums, the first screenshot of Desura running on Linux has emerged. Desura is a digital distribution service that's similar to Valve's Steam service, but at this point is primarily used by indie game developers and game mods.

28 May 2011 - The Steam-Like System - 15 Comments
CONTEST: Giving Away Unigine's New Real Time Strategy Game

Many Windows gamers and computer enthusiasts are familiar with Unigine's very impressive technology demos (i.e. Unigine Tropics and Unigine Heaven as the first DirectX 11 benchmark), but it seems not too many are familiar Unigine OilRush. This is the first game coming out of this studio and it's an oil-focused real-time strategy with support for Windows / Linux / Mac OS X / PlayStation 3 and we're giving away a few more copies of this computer game.

26 May 2011 - Unigine OilRush - Add A Comment
Unigine OilRush Moves A Bit Further Along

Unigine Corp has released an update today to their first in-house game, OilRush, for those that have pre-ordered this real-time strategy. The Unigine OilRush 0.63 build improves the AI, improves system performance, introduces new maps, adds in new environments and visual effects, among other changes and additions.

24 May 2011 - Still Not Ready - 17 Comments
0 A.D. Receives New Shader-Based Renderer Mode

For those not doing any work this weekend, Wildfire Games has released 0 A.D. Alpha 5 Edetania. This fifth alpha to the game that's long been in development and then only open-sourced in 2009 has quite a lot of improvements, including a new shader-based graphics renderer.

22 May 2011 - 0 A.D. Alpha 5 Released - 4 Comments

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