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Broken Age: Act 2 Review

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Way back in early 2014 I reviewed Act 1 of Double Fine Productions's quirky and colourful adventure, Broken Age. Somewhere along the line I assume I was either hit in the head or started living under a rock (perhaps both), because it wasn't until very recently that I got to playing Act 2. I gave…

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Sync your Fitbit on Linux with Galileo

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If you have a Fitbit fitness device and wish to sync your device using the wireless dongle on your Linux machine, the good news is it is possible with the Bluetooth-based Fitbit devices, thanks to a small Python utility called Galileo. Note: you will need a bit of terminal-foo, but to be honest, I…

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OpenMW 0.40 - Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind on Linux

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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is one of my personal favourite games of all time. Years ago I would have happily run the game in Linux, but the only real way to do so was through WINE. Thanks to OpenMW, a totally rewritten and open source engine for Morrowind, it is now very much possible to have…

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Aveyond 4: Shadow of the Mist Linux Game Review

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Times have been better, for Boyle Wolfbane. He and his unfortunate but loyal minions, along with his most faithful minion and pet, Fang, tried taking over the world like all of the best and most powerful dark lords do. Emphasis on 'tried', because Boyle failed. Miserably. Aveyond 4: Shadow of the…

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Scripting a DNA sequence viewer

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SANITY WARNING: Please don't read this article unless you're a compulsive shell scripter, like me. Seriously. There are some excellent FOSS sequence viewers in the distro repositories, with great GUIs and lots of features. Why would you want to build a less capable viewer that only works in a…

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Netflix on Firefox for Linux

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If you're a Firefox user and you're a little fed up with going to Google Chrome every time in order to watch Netflix on your Linux machine, the good news is since Firefox 49 landed, HTML5 DRM (through the Google Widevine CDM (Content Decryption Manager) plugin) is now supported. Services that use…

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Hunting gremlin characters

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When cleaning UTF-8 text files I sometimes come across invisible characters that I call 'gremlins'. These aren't the usual non-printing characters, like whitespace and (horizontal) tab, which are non-printing characters I expect to find in the plain text files I work with. Gremlins are weird things…

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Teach your Grandmother to write scripts

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It says here that people 65 and older have poorer vision, poorer dexterity and poorer memory than people 21-55 years old. Sounds right to me. My wife and I are 70, and there's no smartphone in our house because we can't read a smartphone screen easily and an on-screen keyboard is way too small for…

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Miaou Moon - Linux Game Impressions

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Miaou Moon is an unusual platformer styled game. On the one hand, it's an almost hypnotic and patient adventure through space as you let yourself bounce around through low gravity while conserving energy. On the other hand, you'll suddenly find yourself using cleverly timed thrusts to avoid a…

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Finding unmatched braces (brackets)

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Recently I was checking for unmatched braces in a big text file with nearly half a million lines (300+ MB). Was there a closing brace for every opening brace? The text file was called 'beetle' and was actually a tab-separated table with each line divided into 77 fields. What I wanted to do was find…

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Strategy game 'Cossacks 3' will have a Linux beta on Friday and I have a key for one lucky person

Tags: Steam, Strategy Even though it was supposed to be delayed until April, GSC Game World have announced that there will be a public beta of the…

HEVN, a first-person sci-fi adventure game should have Linux support

Tags: Indie Game, Unity3D, AdventureHEVN [Official Site] was pointed out by GOL follower micha and after taking a look I was impressed, so I spoke to…

Game engine 'Construct 3' is now in open beta, check out my example game

Tags: Toolkit, BetaConstruct 3 [Official Site] is a game engine that requires little to no programming knowledge as it relies on stringing events…

Oxenfree is a clever, narrative driven supernatural thriller you should check out, my review

Tags: Adventure, Steam, Indie Game, GOG, ReviewI finally set aside some time to play the supernatural thriller Oxenfree [Steam, GOG,Official Site]…

Meganoid, a challenging platformer with roguelike elements releases soon with Linux support

Tags: Action, Coming Soon, Indie Game, Itch.io, Platformer, Roguelike, SteamThe latest game from Orangepixel, Meganoid [Official Site, itch.io,…

RUNNING WITH RIFLES has a major update and a DLC announcement

Tags: RUNNING WITH RIFLES [Steam, Official Site] is the rather excellent top-down shooter with RPG elements that has Linux support. A major patch was…

Blazing Chrome, a classic co-op run ‘n gun plans Linux support

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SC Controller, the stand-alone Steam Controller driver and UI has an important bug-fix release

Tags: AppsI've been using a lot of SC Controller [github] to play games with my Steam Controller outside of Steam, but it did have a major issue. I…

Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition officially announced with Linux support

Tags: Coming Soon, RPG, Steam, GOGAs expected, Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition [Official Site, GOG, Steam] has now been announced with a…

Unreal Tournament updated, weapon animations overhauled and AI improvements

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Sumoman, the hilarious UNIGINE-powered puzzle platformer with physics is now out on Linux

Tags: Steam, Puzzle, Platformer, Review, VideoSumoman [Steam] is a brand new and rather hilarious puzzle platformer powered by the UNIGINE engine. It…

Hollow Knight, the fantastic looking action adventure game has a Linux build being tested

Tags: Action, Coming Soon, Platformer, SteamHollow Knight [Official Site], an incredibly stylish action and adventure game recently launched for…

To no surprise the Cossacks 3 Linux version has been delayed once again

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Snoost, a new cloud gaming service has opened with Linux support, uses Steam's in-home streaming

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Day of Infamy is an absolutely brutal first-person shooter you need to play

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