Open gaming roundup for November 14 - 21, 2015

Two Steam machines come to market, a review of SteamOS, and more open gaming news

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Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Valve brings open source gaming console, Knight Squad and Hard West games launch, SteamOS performance concerns, and more.

Open gaming roundup for November 14 - 20, 2015

Two Steam machines to market

As you may know, Steam machines are gaming consoles running SteamOS, an operating system based on Debian Linux. SteamOS was released to the community in 2014, and Valve began shipping a few hundred beta-version Steam Machines to select users later that year.

Recently, Valve finally fulfilled its promise to bring the Steam Machine to the mass market by announcing the general availability of two Linux-based gaming consoles, the Alienware Steam Machine and the ZOTAC NEN Steam Machine. They're priced at $449 and $999, respectively. Get more details here.

User review of SteamOS

It's fascinating to see how SteamOS and the community around it has grown quickly. One of those ardent users published his review of the SteamOS, so if you plan to try it out, you might give this a read first.

Pick of the week: Learn VIM while playing a game

VIM is one of the most loved text editors out there. But, beginners sometimes find it difficult to learn. VIM Adventures is a web-based game that lets you learn VIM while you play a simple game. Neat, right? Give it a try.

New games out for Linux

Knight Squad

Knight Squad is now available for Linux (as well as Mac and Windows PC).

Linux games News: Knight Squad, the frantic and medieval-themed party game by Chainsawesome Games for Linux, Mac and Windows PC, out now and ready to pep up your next social gathering with top-down arena madness.

Hard West

Hard West is now available on Steam for Linux (as well as Mac and Windows PC).

Linux games News: A tactical, turn-based western of six-shooters and the supernatural, Hard West is now available on Linux, Mac and Windows PC, including the Collector’s Edition with a digital art book, and a comic book.

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Nitish Tiwari - Nitish is a software developer and open source enthusiast. He loves to read and explore anything open source. In his free time, he likes to read motivational books. He is currently working for Minio - an open source object storage server, compatible with AWS S3 API. You can follow him on twitter @nitisht_.