SteamLUG Cast

Nordic Penguins edited by robertoszek

Season 02, Episode 10

ValiantCheese DerRidda Nemoder
Special Guests
Leszek Godlewski


Game developer and Linux porter Leszek Godlewski of Nordic Games joins us to chat about porting Painkiller Hell & Damnation and Deadfall Adventures, working with Unreal Engine 3, and what the future may hold. Afterward, Cheese, DerRidda and Nemoder go on to discuss recent SteamLUG community happenings, new game releases and more!

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Cheese introduces
Nemoder [source]
Special guest Leszek Godlewski

Our Gaming

DerRidda has been playing Dota 2, Hammerwatch, Nekro and Broken Sword
Nemoder has been playing Nuclear Dawn, Frozen Synapse and Factorio
Leszek has been playing Battlefield 4 (plus the game he has been working on)
Cheese has been playing Guns of Icarus Online, Battleblock Theater, Spelunky and Kentucky Route Zero Act III
Kentucky Route Zero runs well on Linux, but has had Unity freezing issues for some players [source]

Chat With Special Guest Leszek Godlewski From Nordic Games

Unannounced Linux related work at Nordic Games [source]
The Farm 51 [source]
Painkiller Hell & Damnation [source]
Deadfall Adventures [source]
Contracted to work on Linux ports after leaving
Game development lecturing
Leszek’s LinkedIn profile [source]
Response from Linux gamers to Painkiller H&D was ‘Overwhelmingly positive.’
Outstanding issues with Painkiller H&D
What vintage UE3 does Painkiller H&D use?
Support from Epic and/or other UE3 Linux porters
Ryan C. Gordon
Dungeon Defenders [source]
Ryan’s initial unreleased UE3 port [source]
Surprises and hurdles in porting UE3 titles
Valgrind [source]
APITrace [source]
Thoughts on community comments that porting Unreal Engine 3 is easy
Digital Dragons 2013, Linux As A Gaming Platform, Ideology Aside [source] (errata [source])
‘The relative engineering cost of a Linux port is low’
Unreal Engine 3 shader system is ‘totally unfit for use with OpenGL’
Digital Dragons 2014, One Year Of Porting [source]
‘Hey, Ryan Gordon ported Dungeon Defenders and it didn’t have those problems.’
Future work at Nordic Games
Grimlore Games [source]
‘The very fact that Nordic Games decided to hire me, I think it really speaks for their intent for publishing games for Linux’
Thoughts on publishers’ role in Linux porting in the future
Ethan Lee
GOG are recruiting Linux oriented developers [source] [source]
Battlefield 4 [source]
AMD Mantle [source]
Telltale’s The Walking Dead [source]
Linux is ‘on the radar’ for Telltale [source]
Sam & Max [source]
Tales of Monkey Island [source]
Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People [source]
Steam Dev Days [source]
Doubts about Mantle
Thoughts on OpenGL vs Direct3D 12
‘Aikidō development’
Turning your Steam Machine into a devkit [source]
Building for Linux, the smart way [source]
Steam Dev Days atmosphere
‘I kind of am afraid that SteamOS will become to Linux gaming what Android is to Linux mobile phones’

SteamLUG Community Stuff

Past Events:
Post-cast Dota 2 [source]
Nuclear Dawn Release Celebration [source]
Frozen Synapse [source]
Counter Strike: Source [source]
Upcoming Events:
Post-cast Left 4 Dead 2 [source]
Team Fortress 2 [source]
Sanctum 2 beta, possibly falling back to Fistful of Frags [source]
Gear Up [source]

Other Community Stuff

Cheese wrote a first impressions article on Crypt of The NecroDancer [source]
Devs undecided on pre-release availability [source]
Details of NecroDancer giveaways are being disseminated via their newsletter [source]
NecroDancer themed dance mats [source]
SteamLUG Fistful of Frags thanks to Spacepope [source]
The SteamLUG IRC bot has !time and !seen commands and relays new game announcements thanks to Norbert [source]
Cheese wrote preview of The Fall with some thoughts on what it’s like to be a crowdfunding backer projects [source]
Release has been rescheduled for May 30th since recording
Corben attended LinuxTag and has written a summary in the forums [source]
Factorio sales increase [source]

Steam/Valve News

Steam Hadware and Software Survey stats don’t show significant platform shifts [source]
Big shift towards Ubuntu 14.04 within Linux numbers
Steam client updates [source] [source]
Source SDK Update [source]
Dota 2 International 4 American Qualifiers have begun [source]
Compendium offers rewards [source]
Rich Geldreich’s OpenGL blog posts
The Truth on OpenGL Driver Quality [source]
Things That Drive Me Nuts About OpenGL [source]

General Gaming News

Community developers have beaten internal porting efforts to get initial UE4 editor Linux support [source]
Kentucky Route Zero Act III is out [source]
Large Assault Android Cactus update [source]
Correction: Team Liquid were runners up in the Dota 2 TI4 qualifiers [source]
Killing Floor 2 for Linux has been confirmed [source]
Port being done by Terry Hendrix II [source]
Krautscape now has Linux support on Steam Early Access [source]
Stanley Parable Announcer Pack for Dota 2 [source]
Tesla Effect launches, Linux client to come soon [source]
Don’t Starve Together [source]
Humble Weekly Bundle Platforming [source]
Humble Daily Bundle
Re-Bundle 8 [source]
Deep Silver Rebundle [source]
Other Space Bundle [source]
Banner Saga Bundle [source]
Steam releases
Fistful of Frags [source] (Smokin’ Guns [source])
BattleBlock Theater [source]
Hack ’n’ Slash [source]
Paragon [source] (mentioned in s02e07)
Elite [source]
X3 [source]
May 14th Greenlight Batch (37 our of 75 with signs of Linux support) [source]
NAEV [source]
Zero-K [source]
Dogfight Elite [source]
The Maker’s Eden [source]
Unpossible [source] (Proun [source])
Whitewash [source] (GOL article [source])

Crowdfunding News

SUPERHOT [source]
Linux prototype [source]
SUPERHOT’s 7DFPS profile [source]


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