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Wii U Gamepad Driver For Linux Remains In The Works

While the Nintendo Wii U game console is approaching a decade since launch and has already been discontinued for several years, work towards a mainline Linux kernel driver for properly supporting the Wii U gamepad continues.

19 May 2021 - wiiu-drc - 2 Comments
Daemon Engine 0.52 Beta Continues Advancing The id Tech 3 Open-Source Code In 2021

The Daemon engine that has been in development for many years as part of the Unvanquished open-source game project released their long-awaited 0.52 beta ahead of the game's next beta later in the week. Daemon was originally based on the open-source id Tech 3 game engine but in 2021 continues pushing ahead working on features like WebAssembly support and renderer enhancements.

11 May 2021 - Daemon Engine 0.52 Beta - 5 Comments
Metro Exodus Launches For Linux But Off To Bumpy Start

As scheduled, Metro Exodus saw its native Linux port debut today. This first person shooter from 4A Games launched on Windows and consoles in 2019 while the 4A Engine powered game only debuted today for macOS and Linux. Previously it would work with Steam Play but now there is a native Linux port albeit with some kinks still to work out.

14 April 2021 - Metro Exodus - 38 Comments
Total War: Rome Remastered + Metro Exodus Coming To Linux In April

Besides Valheim, there hasn't been much in the way of native Linux game releases recently to really get excited about with much of the activity these days being through Valve's Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux. But in April there will be at least two high profile native Linux game releases.

25 March 2021 - Native Linux Games - 28 Comments
SDL2 Lands Native PipeWire Support

While SDL2-enabled games/applications can already work on PipeWire-based systems like the forthcoming Fedora Workstation 34 thanks to the PulseAudio compatibility layer, the SDL2 library has merged initial support for interfacing with PipeWire.

2 March 2021 - SDL + PipeWire - 51 Comments
0 A.D. Real -Time Strategy Game Sees First Release In Nearly Three Years

When it comes to original, open-source computer games the 0 A.D. real-time strategy game is among the best. The game has been developed as open-source for more than a decade for this ancient warfare themed game. The prior 0 A.D. Alpha 23 release happened back in May 2018 while now it's finally been succeeded by 0 A.D. Alpha 24.

20 February 2021 - 0 A.D. Alpha 24 - 22 Comments
Updated FUTEX2 Patches Posted For The Linux Kernel With A Focus On Helping Games

It's approaching one year since the proposal of FUTEX2 for addressing shortcomings of the existing FUTEX system call and allowing the semantics to better match that of the Windows behavior, which is of use when running Windows games on Linux via Steam Play's Wine/Proton. In the end the FUTEX2 system call can lead to lower CPU utilization and in turn allowing for greater Linux gaming performance.

15 February 2021 - FUTEX2 - 27 Comments
The Dark Mod 2.09 Released With New OpenGL Rendering Backend

The Dark Mod that began as a total conversion mod for Doom 3 but evolved into a standalone game making use of the open-source id Tech 4 game engine is out with a big update. This is one of the few open-source games making use of the public id Tech 4 code-base and with today's v2.09 update is a large rewrite to its graphics back-end.

15 February 2021 - The Dark Mod 2.09 - 5 Comments
VKD3D-Proton Working On Variable Rate Shading

In addition to VKD3D-Proton working on support for DXR ray-tracing another high profile Direct3D 12 feature being implemented on top of Vulkan is support for variable rate shading.

4 February 2021 - D3D12 Variable Rate Shading - 2 Comments
Unvanquished Open-Source Game Still Pushing Slowly Ahead In 2021

Nearly a decade ago we were intrigued by Unvanquished as one of the most interesting open-source game/engine projects of the time. It was peculiar in going through dozens of alpha releases prior to drying up a few years ago. There hasn't been any major release yet past the prior alpha state but the project is in fact still moving along and issued their first new (point) release of the year as well as rolling out a new online updater.

27 January 2021 - Unvanquished 2021 - 8 Comments

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