SteamLUG Cast

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Season 02, Episode 15

ValiantCheese johndrinkwater DerRidda
Special Guests
Edwin Smith (feralgames)


Production manager Edwin Smith from Feral Interactive, a well‐known Mac porting house, joins the SteamLUG Cast to converse about their first Linux port XCOM. We then move onto the topics of the last fortnight.

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Shownotes written by DerRidda


Cheese introduces himself and…
and special guest Edwin Smith
Is everyone busy?
Let’s hope so!

Our Gaming

John has been playing Dota 2, Skulls of the Shogun, XCOM, LYNE and Things™
DerRidda has been playing Dota 2, NEO Scavenger, Half‐Life: Blue Shift
Cheese has been playing Guns of Icarus Online, Crypt of the NecroDancer, TF2, Civ V, Hand of Fate, XCOM. Testing The Fall, The Maker’s Eden, The Journey Down Chapter 2 and an unannounced title
Edwin was not too busy to play XCOM, Football Manager, in development titles like Shogun 2, Half‐Life, LEGO games
Aren’t LEGO games lovely?

Interview with Edwin

Who are Feral and what do you do?
Does porting to Linux benefit the Mac side of things?
Did porting to Linux meet your expectations and how did the heterogeneous nature of Linux affect you?
Did the Steam‐Runtime help?
How was the feedback from the Linux community?
Is the Linux community’s level of vocality different from the Mac community?
Does Linux make you a nerd or do nerds gravitate towards Linux?
What does your testing environment look like?
Do you change your testing hardware in order to reproduce issues?
Has this kind of thorough testing become rare in the industry?
How do you approach your licensees about porting to Linux/ do they approach you?
Is demand by Linux users going to influence which games are going to be ported in the future?
(How) do external porting houses interact with upstream developers?
How do you handle support requests that are platform specific and those that are platform independent?
What were the stand‐out issues you encountered with your first Linux port?
What about X11 and case sensitive file systems?
Any information about future updates/patches?
Are we likely to see new Linux ports from within you existing Mac catalog or completely new ones?
If you could license and port any title you want, which one would it be?
Swordfischer wants a first person shooter and DerRidda agrees.
Linux gamers are gamers.
Edwin answers a question about Deus Ex from the mumble chat.
John: We were chatting about Deus Ex (1), Loki’s defunct port, and it being an early Unreal build.
What was the experience of moving your development environment to Linux like?
Do you expect OS X and Linux to drift apart more in the future (Clang vs GCC)?
XCOM, Y U no push‐to‐talk?
Send feedback about issues like that to Feral!
Is there anything that you would like to ask of the community?
Have you read soeb’s PCGW port report on XCOM? [source]
Everybody is excited about new games on Linux!
XCOM RNG can be a bit of a pain.
Do you use internal or external testers?
Edwin answers Tele42 chat question about the age of the testers.
Interview conclusion
Cheese’s closing comments

SteamLUG Community Stuff

Past Events:
Skulls of the Shogun [source]
Left 4 Dead 2 [source]
Civ V [source]
TF2 [source]
Regular Guns of Icarus Events
Upcoming Events:
Post‐cast XCOM [source]
Worms Reloaded [source]
Steel Storm [source]
August events TBD
Random thoughts on Dota 2 The International 4
Other Community Stuff
steamlug‐bot updates thanks to Norbert [source]
Notifications for Humble promotions, imgur links and tweet ids – we forgot to mention this in s02e13, plus checking [source]
SteamDB open letter to Valve about security + response [source] John and Swordfischer signed it.
Cheese did a short interview with Frozenbyte about Trine and Linux [source]
John has been creating and uploading videos of the previous casts onto YouTube!
Season 1 playlist [source]

Steam/Valve News

Steam client updates [source] [source]
Browser update
Games can be applied to multiple categories, this makes John very happy
Launching games from SteamVR now works properly
Music beta is now available in desktop mode
New Steam Controller look [source]
Animated GIF showing possible screen behind blur [source]
Saxxies are on again [source]
Cheese forgot to tell you about our Portal 2 mapping competition coming up!

Tech News

Unity devs hunting for game pad profiles to supplement Unity 5 input changes [source]
Unity 5 will be supporting SDL style mappings. It will also be supporting SDL_GAMECONTROLLERCONFIG
Unreal 4.3 [source]
Open Broadcaster Software are looking for feedback from Linux users who’ve been building it from source [source] [source]
Nemoder hops in to tell us about his experience with OBS on Linux with soothing music in the background
Valve hunting for a Software Engineer for the SteamOS team [source]
SCUMMVM has had a new update, highlights below [source]
Added support for Chivalry is Not Dead, Return to Ringworld, The Neverhood, Mortville Manor, Voyeur.
Added support for Steam versions of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Loom and The Dig.

General Gaming News now supports Linux [source]
Gaming on Linux did a short interview [source]
But no The Witcher 2
Whining about Wine
Worms: Clan Wars appears on SteamDB again [source]
…as does Torchlight and Torchlight 2 Linux related activity on SteamDB [source] [source]
Terraria is very likely being ported [source]
Starbound devs reflect on early access experiences and ‘1.0’ tagging [source]
Follow up: [source]
DerRidda goes into full rant mode, sorry :(
BANG BANG BANG! is released [source]
Light is now available (previously mentioned is s01e10. Cancelled Kickstarter campaign, now published by Team 17) [source]
Crypt of the NecroDancer due for Steam Early Access release on 30th July [source]
Orbital Gear beta Linux builds soon [source]
Frozen Endzone is now ‘Frozen Cortex’ and has a new trailer + Linux beta [source]
GOL interview with Aspyr [source]
Linux Game Awards’ Project Of The Month goes to Unvanquished [source]
Guns of Icarus Online is going to become an MLG game [source]
The Maker’s Eden planned for release on 31st July
Native Prince of Persia 1 based on Apple ][ source release (thanks to Norbert for the heads up on this - he also runs !) [source]
The Journey Down chapter 2 is available for pre-order (coming 25th August). [source]
50% of pre-order revenue will got to help the construction of a Mavuno Project girl’s school in Tanzania in partnership with Engineers Without Borders [source]
Humble Weekly Bundle: Plug In Digital has 2 Linux games, Finding Teddy and Kill The Bad Guy (+more coming) [source]


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