Open gaming roundup for September 12 - 18, 2015

New Steam controller, Sherlock Holmes on ScummVM, and more open gaming news

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Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at ScummVM for Sherlock Holmes games, a demo of the Steam controller at Pax Prime, info on the Soomla startup for mobile game developers, and more.

Open gaming roundup for September 12 - 18, 2015

PAX Prime 2015: Steam Controller

At PAX Prime, Robin Walker from Valve talked about the new Steam controller. Get more details and a short demo in the video below. The controller is to be released November 10.

It's elementary, my dear Watson

ScummVM announced support for both games of The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes. What is ScummVM? ScummVM, which is release under GPL, is based on the original utility SCUMM, which was used to create the LucasArts adventure games. The official announcement states that both games, with help from Electronic Arts, are now playable on this platform.

Sherlock Holmes, greatest detective of all times, has a pair of puzzling cases to solve. Firstly, a gruesome murder outside a theatre. Police are clueless. Could it be the work of the notorious killer, Jack the Ripper? Then, in his second case, his brother Mycroft is nearly killed in an explosion. In this case, you'll play initially as Watson, who tries to snap Sherlock out of his despair.

Soomla wants to help mobile game developers

On Techinasia, Osman Husain profiles the startup Soomla.

Soomla is an open-source startup that’s trying to help game developers monetize more efficiently.

With freemium models, which means games are free to download, publishers rely on in-app purchases to monetize their games. Soomla is to build a virtual economy for game developers, helping them ascertain the features to monetize.

One of the things the startup promoted from day one was a commitment to open source philosophy. We want to expose all our technology, at least the parts we can afford to expose, and make it publicly available on GitHub.

New games out for Linux

Cross of the Dutchman

Triangle Studios has released Cross of the Dutchman, an action adventure game. It is also available for Linux on Steam.

Cross of the Dutchman is an action adventure game based on the true story of the folk legend 'Pier Gerlofs Donia'. The story takes place in medieval Western Europe, in the province of Frisia, near the turn of the 16th century.

Linux Game News also covers the release: "...you play as Pier, the farmer who turned into the commander of a Frisian army, an example for all people who were oppressed by the Saxon invaders. While leading the rebellion you will get to meet and befriend historical characters and let them join your cause for freedom!"

Air Brawl, Steam early access

Air Brawl is currently on early access, but is expected in fall 2015. It's a fast paced multiplayer dogfighting game, developed in Unity for Linux. Linux Game News covers this upcoming release in more detail.

"Air Brawl provides interesting and creative ways for the player to destroy their enemies. The multiplayer can host up to 14 players at once, so it this is all out high flying skillset and mayhem.

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