With the numerous Linux graphics driver/hardware benchmarks done at Phoronix each week, one of the frequent requests is to use more popular Linux game titles available via Steam than the current selection of Linux game tests and OpenGL tech demos.
The first monthly alpha update to 2015 is now available for the open-source, Daemon-powered Unvanquished first person shooter.
This year was huge for Linux gamers with titles like Civilization: Beyond Earth, Metro Redux, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive seeing native Linux game releases. There were also new milestones reached for SteamOS, Linux drivers for better handling OpenGL games, etc. Here's a look at the most popular Linux gaming 2014 milestones along with a call for feedback for what you view as most significant to Linux gaming this year.
Minetest 0.4.11 was released today as the latest version of this popular open-source game alternative to the extremely popular Minecraft game.
Making it out in time for some holiday open-source gaming is OpenMW, the open-source engine re-implementation of Elderscrolls III: Morrowind.
PlaneShift 0.6.3 has been released in time for Christmas for those pure open-source gamers wishing to engage with this community-based, open-source massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG).
There's been talk about Xonotic 1.0 plans going back years, but in reality, Xonotic 0.7 has been the current stable release for the past year and a half while Xonotic 0.8 is slowly coming together as the next version.
Thursday marked the Linux release of Civilization: Beyond Earth. While benchmarking games on Steam is less than ideal, I've managed to get CivBE worked into shape so that it can be used for automated Linux performance testing.
As expected after the announcement earlier this week, the highly anticipated Civilization: Beyond Earth game is now officially available for Linux and SteamOS.
A new SuperTuxKart beta premiered today after one year of work and lands their new graphics engine that leverages OpenGL 3.1 for rendering. I've now had some hands on time with this open-source GL3 game with some initial thoughts.
Supertuxkart 0.8.2 is now in beta. While v0.8.2 might not sound like a huge milestone from the numbers, it actually is. This Supertuxkart beta lands their new graphics engine that relies upon OpenGL 3.1+ for rendering.
Civilization: Beyond Earth will see its native Linux port released this Thursday by Aspyr Media.
Steam changes in recent days indicate that Final Fantasy XIII-2 may very well be on its way to Linux.
Nearly one year after writing about a new game engine to be open-sourced and its code premiering in February, Godot 1.0 was announced today as the first stable release of this game engine.
It seems that a good number of Linux users who despise systemd as an init manager have a lot of time on their hands... From making websites bashing systemd, forking distributions over their position of using systemd, personal attacks against systemd developers, to writing page after page of forum comments about negative points of systemd. There's now even an anti-systemd game.
Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux launched for Linux yesterday at long last. The Metro Redux titles utilize OpenGL 4.x on Linux and I'm pleased to say they're in (mostly) good shape for automated benchmarking so that we'll be able to run some Phoronix Test Suite sanctioned performance tests of the Metro Redux games on Linux with varying GPUs and drivers.
For Linux gamers that are fans of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, the Linux port of the game could arrive as soon as next week.
Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux have finally surfaced for Linux gamers.
The latest update out to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive this week aims to lower the system memory usage for OS X and Linux systems.
As some more good Linux news today, Empire: Total War has officially launched on Steam for Linux gamers.
The last monthly alpha release is out for the year of the popular Unvanquished open-source first person shooter game.
Canonical developers have been successful in getting Valve's popular Dota 2 battle arena game running natively under Mir once modifying the necessary libraries. Well, it's been possible since this summer, but they seem to be re-promoting the accomplishment.
As a follow up to yesterday's Phoronix article about BioShock Infinite looking like its headed to Linux, it's now been confirmed by 2K Games.
While there's been signs for months that within Valve's Dota 2 game that it's transitioning from the Source Engine to Source Engine 2, it looks like Valve's next-generation game engine will be fully utilized within this multiplayer online battle arena game in 2015.
Besides today's exciting news for Linux gamers that it looks like BioShock Infinite is being ported to Linux, there's also several other interesting Steam game updates indicating Linux porting activity.
Earlier this week I wrote about Aspyr Media running into severe issues with the AMD and Intel Linux GPU drivers in terms of bad rendering with the Civilization: Beyond Earth game they've been porting to Linux. The good news is that Intel and AMD are now involved and working to get these issues resolved.
The BioShock Infinite first person shooter game released last year for Windows and was trailed by an OS X port looks like it is being ported to Linux.
While many Linux gamers are waiting for Civilization: Beyond Earth to premiere for Linux, if you're an ATI/AMD or Intel Linux graphics driver user you might be out of luck.
The November 2014 survey results are now out from the Steam Survey that show the current Linux gaming market-share.
The Kickstarter-funded GCW Zero open-source gaming handheld console is finally starting to see more games out there for those that backed the device last year.
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