Calling Arma 3 Linux Gamers
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 20 September 2015 at 09:48 AM EDT. 10 Comments
If you are a player of the new Arma 3 Linux port or just interested in this open-world military game in general, your help is requested.

Arma 3 for Linux was released at the end of August although Bohemia Interactive isn't yet ready to commit to permanent Linux support for this game in beta on Linux. However, there seems to be a lot of people interested in this game for Linux.

One of those interested in this game is Phoronix Forums contributor Qaridarium. He's into the game so much that he bought me the $60 USD game in hopes of running a lot of Linux graphics card and driver tests using it... I've thus spent a bit of time digging into it but so far haven't made too much progress although it appears it has the necessary fundamentals for carrying out automated benchmarks.

Arma 3 does have an autotest option for specifying a series of test missions to run for FPS measurement, etc. In seeing it referenced elsewhere, it looks like Arma 3 supports the necessary command-line parameters for being able to do some nice benchmarking with the game.

Sadly, however, there doesn't appear to be any default missions for benchmarking, etc. With not being familiar with this game at all, it'd just be a random test of missions and randomly picking other options with not having the time to play the game or do much in the way of experimenting. Thus I'm looking for any feedback or suggestions from those interested in Arma 3. Ideally for any recommendations about specific test missions to use or even if you're able to come up with a nice autotest CFG file that you would recommend. In searching Arma 3 under Windows, I haven't seen any all ready-to-go stock package for Arma 3 benchmarking. Thus if you want to see some Arma 3 Linux benchmarks, consider helping out.

Qaridarium also has a spare Arma 3 key on Steam he's willing to give out to any European Linux graphics driver developer wishing to work on improving the Mesa/Gallium3D support for this game.
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