Cube 2: Sauerbraten 2013 “Collect Edition” FPS Game Update Brings New Maps And Game Modes

Ater two years and a half, a new Cube 2 Sauerbraten version has been released: 2013-01-04 “Collect Edition”, which brings new maps, new game modes: “collect”, “insta collect”, and “efficiency collect” and other interesting changes.

Cube 2 Sauerbraten 2013-01-04
Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a first-person shooter that runs on Linux, Windows and mac OSX which features both single-player and multi-player game modes (LAN, local, online play).

New features / changes in the latest Cube 2: Sauerbraten 2013-01-04 “Collect Edition”:
added “collect”, “insta collect”, and “efficiency collect” game modes;many new maps;new weapon sounds;added support for directional sunlight for lightmaps;added support for up to 4 types of water, lava, and glass materials;now uses GLSL as the default rendering path when available;added auto-update and auto-sort options to the server browser;added snow particles;many other changes.A complete list of changes in the latest Cube 2: Sauerbraten can be found HERE.

Below you can watch the latest Cube 2: Sauerbraten “Collect Edition” in action:

(direct video link)

Download Cube 2: Sauerbraten (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX).

Cube 2 Sauerbraten 2013-01-04 screenshot
Note for Ubuntu users: to be able to run the game, install the following dependencies:sudo apt-get install libsdl-mixer1.2 libsdl-image1.2
Then, download and extract the game and simply run the “sauerbraten_unix” executable script inside the game folder (I’ve tested it on Ubuntu 12.10 64bit).

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Cube 2: Sauerbraten 2013 `Collect Edition` FPS Game Update Brings New Maps And Game Modes

Ater two years and a half, a new Cube 2 Sauerbraten version has been released: 2013-01-04 “Collect Edition”, which brings new maps, new game modes: “collect”, “insta collect”, and “efficiency collect” and other interesting changes.

Cube 2 Sauerbraten 2013-01-04
Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a first-person shooter that runs on Linux, Windows and mac OSX which features both single-player and multi-player game modes (LAN, local, online play).

New features / changes in the latest Cube 2: Sauerbraten 2013-01-04 “Collect Edition”:
added “collect”, “insta collect”, and “efficiency collect” game modes;many new maps;new weapon sounds;added support for directional sunlight for lightmaps;added support for up to 4 types of water, lava, and glass materials;now uses GLSL as the default rendering path when available;added auto-update and auto-sort options to the server browser;added snow particles;many other changes.A complete list of changes in the latest Cube 2: Sauerbraten can be found HERE.

Below you can watch the latest Cube 2: Sauerbraten “Collect Edition” in action:

(direct video link)

Download Cube 2: Sauerbraten (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX).

Cube 2 Sauerbraten 2013-01-04 screenshot
Note for Ubuntu users: to be able to run the game, install the following dependencies:sudo apt-get install libsdl-mixer1.2 libsdl-image1.2
Then, download and extract the game and simply run the “sauerbraten_unix” executable script inside the game folder (I’ve tested it on Ubuntu 12.10 64bit).

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Steam For Linux Now Available To All Users

Steam for Linux screenshotValve has just announced that Steam for Linux (beta) is now available to all Steam users, just in time for the Steam Winter sale which starts today:
The Steam for Linux beta client is now available to all Steam users, so if you’ve been patiently waiting for an invitation to join us, consider yourself officially invited!

With a growing catalog of Linux-supported games, an active Steam for Linux community group, and a new GitHub bug reporting repository, the timing’s right to jump in and share your feedback.
If you’ve already downloaded and installed Steam for Linux beta, you should redownload and install the latest deb available on its website, because Steam now has its own Ubuntu repository that’s going to be used for updates. Well, at least in theory, because as soon as I’ve installed the new deb and launched Steam, it started to download an update through the client.
Supported games include Serious Sam 3: BFE, Team Fortress 2, Killing Floor and others. For a list of games supported by Steam for Linux, see THIS page.

Steam for Linux Ubuntu window borders
In other Steam-related news, a recent Steam client update brought Joystick hotplug and multi-monitor support. Oh, and the Steam Skin Manager about which we’ve written a few days ago, has added an option to use native window borders for Steam (screenshot above).

Download Steam for Linux

Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint, etc.: Download Steam for Linux beta (deb). The deb is for 32bit but it works on 64bit because Ubuntu supports multi-arch.

The Steam download page should automatically detect your OS and offer a deb file for download but in case that doesn’t work properly, here’s a direct Steam deb download link.
If you can’t install Steam using Ubuntu Software Center, place the Steam deb file in your home directory, open a terminal and copy/paste the following command:sudo dpkg -i steam_latest.deb
The GPG key for the Steam Ubuntu repository isn’t added when installing the deb package, so you might get an error like the one below when running an update:
W: GPG error: http://repo.steampowered.com precise InRelease: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY F24AEA9FB05498B7
To fix this, run the following commands in a terminal:
sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys F24AEA9FB05498B7
sudo apt-get update
Also see the getting started with Steam instructions @ Ubuntu wiki.

If you get a dependency error when trying to install the Steam deb in Debian, try THIS.

While Steam is officially supported only on Ubuntu, it can be installed in other Linux distributions such as Arch Linux, Fedora, Fuduntu, Gentoo and others:
– Arch Linux: Steam is available in AUR.

– Fuduntu: install Steam using: “beesu yum install steam”.

– Gentoo: instructions for installing Steam, HERE.

– openSUSE, Fedora and Mandriva users can grab Steam rpm (there are also Fedora packages) from HERE.

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Free Cross-Platform RTS Game 0 A.D. Alpha 12 Available For Download

0 AD alpha 120 A.D, one of the best free, open source real-time strategy (RTS) games, has reached the alpha 12.
For those not familiar with 0 A.D., this is a historical war and economy game that works on Linux, Windows and Mac OSX. It features great graphics and sound and it has both single-player and multi-player functionality (multi-player uses peer-to-peer networking, without a central server and there’s no matchmaking service yet).

0 A.D. alpha 12 “Loucetios” has been released with interesting new features such as diplomacy, packing siege engines, heroes, new match setup options, improved graphics and user interface and more.
Changes in 0 A.D. alpha 12 “Loucetios”:
Diplomacy: you can determine if other human players are your allies, enemies or neutral and change this any time you wantHeroes are back, each player can have only 1 living heroNew match setup options: you can select the population cap and amount of resources used when starting a new gameFive new random maps have been addedFormation order queueing: you can give units several tasks to carry out in orderPacking siege engines: certain siege engines need to be in a “packed” state to be moved from place to place, and in a stationary “unpacked” state to be able to fire. Moving a siege engine between these states is called “packing” and “unpacking”Unit training hotkeysImproved water renderingPost-processing manager: enable features such as distance fog, bloom and moreNew song: “Calm Before the Storm”More!
0 Ad alpha 12 distance fogDistance fog
As usual, the 0 A.D. developers have released a video, demoing the new features available in the latest 0 A.D. alpha:

(direct video link)
And speaking of 0 A.D., the game has reached the second round in the Indie of the Year 2012 awards – if you like 0 A.D. vote for it HERE (under Upcoming games of 2012 > Real Time Strategy).
The voting continues until the end of the world (December 21st) 🙂

Install 0 A.D. game in Ubuntu
0 A.D. alpha 12
Ubuntu users can use the official 0 A.D PPA to install the latest 0 A.D. alpha – copy and paste the following commands in a terminal to install it:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install 0ad
Download 0 A.D. for Linux, Windows or Mac OSX.

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Fun Racing Game SuperTuxKart Hits 0.8 Release

SuperTuxKart 0.8SuperTuxKart (STK), a free, Mario Kart-like arcade racing game available for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX, has been updated to version 0.8.
The game is very fun, featuring mascots such as Tux, Mozilla, Pidgin, Gimp (Wilber), and others, with more installable via addons (see the Addons menu inside the game) and it can be played with up to 4 friends on a single computer, racing each other or against the computer.
SuperTuxKart 0.8 has been released recently, and unfortunately it doesn’t add network multiplayer support, but there are some important new features and changes in this release:Story mode and new challenge setImproved AISkidding and better collision physicsReverse modeNew green valley trackNew Blackhill Mansion trackUpdated XR591 trackUpdated Fort Magma trackUpdated Jungle trackUpdated Sand trackNew musicUpdated menus

Here are a few more SuperTuxKart 0.8 screenshots:

SuprTuxKart 0.8 screenshot
SuperTuxKart 0.8 screenshot
SuperTuxKart screenshot
SuperTuxKart 0.8 screenshots
SuperTuxKart 0.8 screenshots

In the video below you can watch the latest SuperTuxKart 0.8 in action:

(direct video link)

Download SuperTuxKart
Download SuperTuxKart for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX.

Note for Ubuntu users: there’s no SuperTuxKart 0.8 PPA yet (0.8 failed to build in the STK official PPA) and the download page only offers 64bit binaries for now so if you’re on 32bit, the only way to play the latest version is to compile it. At least for now.

Thanks to Dietmar for the tip! Release info via Supertuxkart blog

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Use Nvidia Experimental 310 Drivers With Bumblebee

The Bumblebee PPA has been updated today, and the packages now allow the latest “nvidia-experimental-310” drivers to be used with Bumblebee.
Nvidia GeForce driver 310 is said to “double the performance and dramatically reduce game loading times for those gaming” and it can be installed from the “updates” Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 repository. Below you’ll find instructions on how to configure Bumblebee to work with nvidia-experimental-310 driver.
Nvidia Optimus is a technology used to increases battery life by switching between two graphics adapters (a low-performance integrated Intel graphics adapter and a high-performance one by Nvidia) within a computer system. Optimus GPU switching is officially only supported on Windows, but it’s also unofficially available on Linux thanks to the Bumblebee project.

How to configure Bumblebee to work with nvidia-experimental-310 driver
Bumblebee nvidia experimental 310
1. Install Bumblebee if you haven’t already.

2. Install the Nvidia GeForce driver 310.14 experimental driver:
sudo apt-get install nvidia-experimental-310 nvidia-settings-experimental-310
3. Configure Bumblebee to use nvidia-experimental-310.

Open “/etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf” as root with a text editor:
gksu gedit /etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf
And change the following:

– on line 22, make sure “Driver=” is set to “nvidia”, like this:
Driver=nvidia

– change the “KernelDriver=” (on line 47) to “nvidia-experimental-310”, like this:
KernelDriver=nvidia-experimental-310

– change “LibraryPath=” (on line 51) to “/usr/lib/nvidia-experimental-310:/usr/lib32/nvidia-experimental-310”, so it looks like this:
LibraryPath=/usr/lib/nvidia-experimental-310:/usr/lib32/nvidia-experimental-310

– change the “XorgModulePath=” (line 54) to “XorgModulePath=/usr/lib/nvidia-experimental-310/xorg,/usr/lib/xorg/modules” so it looks like this:
XorgModulePath=/usr/lib/nvidia-experimental-310/xorg,/usr/lib/xorg/modules

4. Restart Bumblebee, logout.

Restart the bumblebeed daemon using the following command:
sudo service bumblebeed restart
Then log out and log back in and try it out:
optirun glxspheres
If it doesn’t work, try to restart your system.

Note: if you’re using Primus, you’ll have to edit the /usr/bin/primusrun script to use “nvidia-experimental-310” instead of “nvidia-current”.

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Team Fortress 2 Available On Linux For Non-Beta Steam Accounts

Team Fortress 2, a free to play first-person shooter (FPS) multiplayer game, is now available for everyone using the Linux Steam client, and not just those who have received a beta invitation, so non-beta users shouldn’t see the “server is too busy” error when trying to download the game any more.
Team Fortress 2 Ubuntu
team fortress 2 Ubuntu
It seems this is a mistake from Valve, which fixed a bug that prevented Ubuntu Developer Summit participants from playing Team Fortress 2 and in the process, somehow the game ended up as being available for everyone. This might mean that Team Fortress 2 won’t be available after Valve fixes the glitch, but considering they haven’t fixed the bug that allows non-beta accounts to use Steam for Linux, they might allow this as well.

Team Fortress 2 game Ubuntu Steam

To play Team Fortress 2 in Linux without a Steam for Linux beta account, firstly install Steam for Linux, then launch Steam, search for Team Fortress 2, click the “Play game” button and then wait for the download to complete – it will take a while since 12 GB of data needs to be downloaded.

Tip for those who have TF2 installed on Windows: you can copy the .gcf files from the Windows installation to ~/Steam/SteamApps/ and rename each word to start with a capital letter (e.g.: “Team Fortress 2 Client Content.gcf”) to speed things up – only a few MB of data will need to be downloaded once you do this.
Note: in my test, the Team Fortress 2 download seemed stuck at 99%, but I was able to launch the game anyway and although it took a while to launch it for the first time, it worked just fine. After that, the Steam for Linux client displays the game as being installed successfully.

via linuxgamecast.com, http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410 and reddit

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Team Fortress 2 Available On Linux For Non-Beta Steam Accounts

Team Fortress 2, a free to play first-person shooter (FPS) multiplayer game, is now available for everyone using the Linux Steam client, and not just those who have received a beta invitation, so non-beta users shouldn’t see the “server is too busy” error when trying to download the game any more.
Team Fortress 2 Ubuntu
team fortress 2 Ubuntu
It seems this is a mistake from Valve, which fixed a bug that prevented Ubuntu Developer Summit participants from playing Team Fortress 2 and in the process, somehow the game ended up as being available for everyone. This might mean that Team Fortress 2 won’t be available after Valve fixes the glitch, but considering they haven’t fixed the bug that allows non-beta accounts to use Steam for Linux, they might allow this as well.

Team Fortress 2 game Ubuntu Steam

To play Team Fortress 2 in Linux without a Steam for Linux beta account, firstly install Steam for Linux, then launch Steam, search for Team Fortress 2, click the “Play game” button and then wait for the download to complete – it will take a while since 12 GB of data needs to be downloaded.

Tip for those who have TF2 installed on Windows: you can copy the .gcf files from the Windows installation to ~/Steam/SteamApps/ and rename each word to start with a capital letter (e.g.: “Team Fortress 2 Client Content.gcf”) to speed things up – only a few MB of data will need to be downloaded once you do this.
Note: in my test, the Team Fortress 2 download seemed stuck at 99%, but I was able to launch the game anyway and although it took a while to launch it for the first time, it worked just fine. After that, the Steam for Linux client displays the game as being installed successfully.

Oh, and remember that Steam is currently in beta, so things might break, you might get bad performance or the game might not work at all for you.

via linuxgamecast.com, http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410 and reddit

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Steam For Linux: Download The First Ubuntu-Like Skin

WebUpd8 reader Martin Kozub has created an Ubuntu-like skin for the new Linux Steam client which includes the Ubuntu font, default Ubuntu colors and Ubuntu (Humanity) back and forward icons.
Martin says his skin is incomplete, but, as you can see below, it looks great already:
steam ubuntu skin
Here’s how Steam for Linux looks like by default:

steam linux

How to install the Ubuntu-like skin for Steam
To use this Ubuntu-ish Steam for Linux skin, download it from HERE and extract it into the Steam “skins” folder (you should have a Steam folder in your home directory).
To apply the theme, open the registy.vdf file, which you’ll find in the same Steam installation folder, with a text editor and add the following line under HKCU > Software > Valve > Steam:“SkinV4”

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