Open gaming roundup for October 3 - 9, 2015

SteamOS 2.0, emulators on Raspberry Pi, and more open gaming news

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Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at emulators with Raspberry Pi, SteamOS 2.0, new games out for Linux, and more.

Open gaming roundup for October 3 - 9, 2015

Emulators with Raspberry Pi 

While perusing Electronics Weekly, I came across a top 10 Raspberry Pi project article that mentioned the RetroPie Project. The RetroPie Project provides you with software for your Raspberry Pi that comes with a complete list of retro gaming emulators. From Atari to Nintendo, and Commodore 64 to Sega. It's licensed as GPL3 and available on GitHub.

SteamOS 2.0 based on Debian 8.2

Softpedia covers the new 2.0 version of SteamOS. The current version of SteamOS is based on Debian 7; for this version, Valve seems to have made a branch, based on Debian 8.2 Jessie, which has recieved a lot of development activity over the last few weeks. The new Valve FAQ pages are being updated with Steam OS 2.0, so the big question is if we will get this new version on the Steam Machines that are set to release in early November.

Steam Sections coming to at store near you

Linux Game News writes about the announcement from Valve that Steam Sections will be coming to gaming retailers, like GameStop (USA), EB Games (Canada), and GAME UK, this fall. Valve will be showing off its Steam Machines, the Steam Controller, and Steam Link. "This is a great way for gamers to get up close with a Steam Machine, before you buy one."

Pick of the week: Open Data Board Game

If you have an interest in both open data and board games, then the Open Data Boardgame Project is for you! Created by the ODI, this is available on GitHub. You can also check it out on their dedicated project site.

Some people at the Open Data Institute (ODI) are board game enthusiasts, as well as open data enthusiasts. This is an opportunity to combine those two passions into one epic board game.

A random scenario: "Players accumulate 'sets' of data (i.e. crime data, geospatial data, income data). Once they have 4 of a kind, and/or have assembled 'data quality cards - ODI certification?' alongside their datasets, these can be 'released' as open data." Read more on the why and how of this new game on the projects About page.

New games out for Linux

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Frozenbyte is a 3D action platformer, and its update for Time 3: The Artifact of Power now has Linux support. Linux Game News has the full report on this release, including some tips for launching the game on Linux.

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is a platforming game of action, puzzles and adventure, and the sequel to the award winning Trine and Trine 2. Reunite with the familiar heroes - Pontius the Knight, Amadeus the Wizard and Zoya the Thief in an all-new adventure, now for the first time in full 3D!

Prison Architect 1.0

British game developer Introversion Software announced the final release of Prison Architect 1.0. It supports all platforms, including SteamOS + Linux. The game includes a campaign story with five chapters, but also the highly anticipated escape mode where players "will be able to load any prison and attempt to escape from it."

About the author

Robin Muilwijk - Former and Open Organization moderator/ambassador. Robin writes and is active on social media to promote and advocate for open source in our businesses and lives.Follow him on Twitter @i_robin or on LinkedIn.