Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at news from Steam, open source engine ChilliSource, new Linux games, and more!
Open gaming roundup
Week of January 17 - 23, 2015
Steam: a bug, and streaming live
This week Steam saw a bug on their client for Linux. The bug has the potential to wipe all personal files if triggered when you move the Steam home directory. "Due to a script bug, an empty setting gets passed into an rm -rf command that erases files in a given directory," including all subdirectories in /home. ReadWrite, Linux Game News, and others covered the news. Valve evaluated the bug and added additional checks to prevent the bug from happening. If you do run into problems, Valve asks that you report it to email@example.com, but they have since released an update.
In other Steam news, Valve has released a broadcasting feature that allows you to stream your games to the world, that is, if you are on Windows. Mac and Linux users can watch streams, but not broadcast... yet.
ChilliSource open source engine
Tag Games, known for their development for the BBC, Ubisoft, and more, is getting into mobile games. It has developed ChilliSource, an open source engine targeting cross-platform game development on iOS, Android, Kindle, and Windows.
ChilliSource is a cross platform, game development engine made by developers for developers. Created to provide a free, open source alternative to developing games with third party providers.
Aspyr Media betting on Valve’s SteamOS
I wrote about the future of Steam Machines last week. Although we still wait for these machines, there are companies behind the success of SteamOS, like Aspyr Media, a company with a focus on porting games to other platforms like Mac and Linux. Now, we see them making a long bet on SteamOS and Steam Machines. According to their sales manager, Michael Blair, they are good at small platform development, as they think, the Steam Machine will be. And they are close to breaking even. Aspyr's recent Linux ports include Borderland 2 and Civilization V.
Freaking Meatbags coming to Linux
WildFactor, makers of the real-time strategy game Freaking Meatbags, published an update to its game introducing a ton of new features. The good news is, that it's coming to Steam on February 4th.
Freaking Meatbags throws you into a futuristic world where robots have jobs, cephalopods aren’t confined to a single dimension, and humans pretty much just stand around talking to themselves. —Source: linuxgaenews.com.
Sakura Angels on Steam for Linux
Sakura Angels has been published on Steam for Linux. This game, by winged Cloud, is a successor to Sakura Spirit an "angelic love comedy."
Two girls, blessed with magical powers, are faced with the task of saving the lonely protagonist from the clutches of a mysterious witch and ancient evil, sealed away long ago by his ancestors.
Action platformer Ronin coming to Linux
A new game Ronin has been revealed by Developer Digital. Ronin is a turn-based action platformer, and is coming to Linux later this year.
Ronin is stylish a turn-based action platformer following the exploits of a vengeful heroine determined to strike down five prominent figures of a powerful corporation.