Open gaming roundup for July 25 - August 1, 2015

Razer acquires OUYA, Steam security breach, and more open gaming news

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Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Razer and OUYA, security vulnerabilities on Steam, and more.

Open gaming roundup for July 25 - August 1, 2015

Razer acquires OUYA

On Monday, Razer publicly announced the acquisition of OUYA. The company will take over OUYA's software and development teams, to "bolster its own Android-powered set-top box." Razer wants to move OUYA's userbase, games, controllers, and accounts to its own platform and hardware. To do so, it will also rebrand the OUYA store to 'Cortex for Forge TV'. More news on this topic can be read on Mashable and TechCrunch.

Steam account vulnerability

Valve's Steam platform suffered a security vulnerability last week. From July 21 to July 25, it was possible to use the account recovery process to hack someone's account. Valve has since fixed this bug, stating actual passwords were not exposed. To better protect your account, you can activate Steam Guard, with two-factor authentication.

The Battle for Wesnoth needs you

Twelve years ago, David White started an open source project to create the game, The Battle for Wesnoth. The project is understaffed, and has an aging codebase, so they need your help! The project is looking for C++ and Python programmers, as well as, WML coders. If you want to get involved, check out wesnoth.org.

Pick of the week: Games for coding

Play an RPG game to learn coding and programming skills with CodeCombat. And, if you want to take it to the next level, play Codewars. Both games are licensed as open source, and you can find out more in this detailed report by Horst Jens on Opensource.com.

New games out for Linux

Victor Vran

The demon hunting RPG, Victor Vran by Haemimont Games, as Linux Games News writes, "features four player online co-op gameplay, a class-less gear-based character progression system, dozens of secrets, over 400 different challenges and dynamic difficulty personalization." It's available for Linux, Steam, and several other platforms.

"Victor Vran is the isometric action-RPG where your skill is just as essential as your character build and gear. Experience intense combat action: dodge, jump and unleash powerful skills to finish off your enemies!"

Zotrix

Do you like classic arcade space shooters? Well, here's Zotrix! A strategy space RPG, just released for Linux, with classic and new features that is ready for the current generation of gaming. Find it on Steam.

"Zotrix is a modern take on the classic arcade shooter. The game introduces resource trading economy and system of upgrades between number of space stations bringing the classic experience into modern generation. Aliens are attacking and Solar Division Command needs You!"

Kyn

Tangrin and Versus Evil announced the release of Kyn, an action RPG game. It is available on platforms such as Steam and GoG.com. Linux Games News reached out to Tangrin who said the Linux version can be expected soon.

"In a world where Viking mythology collides with magic, explore the world of KYN in a fast paced role playing strategy game that combines party based combat with exploration and progression."

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Robin Muilwijk - Former Opensource.com and Open Organization moderator/ambassador.