Weekly gaming news: December 5 - 11, 2015

New release of Unity 5.3, new games for Linux, and more open gaming news

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Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at the new release of Unity 5.3, high performance gaming machine PINE64, new games for Linux, and more.

Open gaming roundup for December 5 - 11, 2015

Unity 5.3 released, includes OpenGL 4.x

Unity released version 5.3 of its development platform. This new release has lots of new features, but the most exciting one for Linux is a brand new OpenGL 4.x core, replacing the legacy OpenGL 2.1. With this new OpenGL core on board, Unity is ready for some major performance improvements on Linux. Read more about it in an interview with GOL and a Unity developer.

Pick of the week: PINE64, high performance gaming

PINE64 is a high-performance take on the Raspberry Pi. It is an open source platform, able to run Android and Linux, among others, and comes with some impressive specs. It has a Cortex A53 CPU on board, a 2 core Mali400-MP2 GPU, and 1Gb DDR3. What makes this board interesting as a gaming platform is of course its performance capabilities, and its GPU, which has a 4K HDMI output. Also, as it can run Android, so you can load basically any Android based game on it and watch your gameplay on any screen.

 

New games out for Linux

Valhalla Hills

Valhalla Hills, a simulation city builder, has been released for Linux. Developed by Funatics, it's powered by Unreal Engine 4.

Linux Game News: The player has to lead the exiled Viking heroes to the highest peak of a mountain, where a magic portal leads the way to Valhalla. But the Vikings need to do one thing first: survive!

Nuclear Throne

Developer by Luftrausers, the action roquelike Nuclear Throne is out for Linux.

Nuclear Throne is a post-apocalyptic roguelike-like top-down shooter. Not 'the final hope of humanity' post-apocalyptic, but 'humanity is extinct and mutants and monsters now roam the world' post-apocalyptic. Fight your way through the wastelands with powerful weaponry, collecting radiation to mutate some new limbs and abilities. All these things and more you could do if only you were good at this game. Can you reach the Nuclear Throne?

 

 

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