Open gaming roundup for July 19 - 25, 2015

Unreal Engine release, Laby, jMonkeyEngine, and more open gaming news

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Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Unreal Engine release, Laby, jMonkeyEngine, new Linux games, and the Pick of the Week!

Open gaming roundup for July 19 - 25, 2015

Unreal Engine 4.8.2 released

Unreal Engine 4.8 releases a new version for maintenance that fixes over 30 issues. Looking at the changelog, a lot of those fixes involve crashreports, making the engine much more stable. Read the full details on this release at Softpedia.

Unreal Engine is a cross-platform game engine by Epic that runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. It can be downloaded from the Unreal Engine website.

jMonkeyEngine + OpenVR

On Road to VR, veteran game developer by the name of Phr00t writes about his favorite 3D engine, jMonkeyEngine, a free and open source 3D engine. "A match made in heaven: VR gaming, with any supported headset, on any operating system. Software and hardware could compete and grow with no artificial borders." He used a combination of his favorite engine and OpenVR to make a recent breakthrough: "smooth, accurate and fast Oculus Rift support." Clearly, his goal of open and free development becoming a reality.

Laby, a Wichita State LUG game

Games aren't always just for fun, in some cases they're used teach others. Wichita State University's Linux User Group has a free game called Laby to introduce kids to Linux. The goal of the game is to use commands to guide an ant out of a labyrinth. Brian Kiralyfalvi, one of the kids, said "it was as much fun as the computer games he plays at home. It’s kind of like a Rubik’s Cube where you keep on trying to solve it."

Pick of the week: Nixie Pixel's Linux gaming story

The "pick of the week" is a new addition to the gaming roundup. Inspired by Joshua Holm, my fellow Communitiy Moderator who wrote the gaming news last week while I was on holiday, I checked some of Nixie Pixels video's.

My pick this week is related to the series My Linux Story on and video by Nixie Pixel. Enjoy!

New games out for Linux

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic II out on Linux

Ten years after the the game was originally released, KOTOR 2 is released for Linux and Mac, including a patch for Steam. This new release by Aspyr Media includes 37 achievements, controller support, native widescreen resolution support, and more.

"The Sith Lords have all but eradicated the Jedi Knights in the galaxy, except for one, and that is you. As you take on the role of the last remaining Jedi Knight, struggling to connect with the Force, you will decide whether to follow the light side or embrace the dark and determine the fate of the galaxy in the process."

Image credit: Aspyr Media

Monstrum horror releases for Linux and Mac

Team Junkfish has announced the Mac and Linux version of Monstrum, a survival horror labyrinth. Exciting part of the announcement is that they expect to have news soon about the Oculus Rift version.

"Monstrum takes the traditional survival horror formula and remixes it completely with procedurally generated levels, permadeath, and AI driven predators, ensuring that nowhere on its derelict cargo ship is ever truly safe."


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.