Annoyances with Game Stores

Jan 29, 2019
I’ve occasionally complained on my livestreams about the state of the various online game stores that are out there and how they all carry annoying caveats that make it sometimes tricky to try and figure out where to get your games. However, a recent article on GOL made me decide to write down some of these thoughts of mine here on my blog. I am of course writing as a Linux customer exclusively, so I won’t be taking into consideration services like Uplay or Origin or Blizzard’s Battle. Read more ...

Proton and Linux ports and 'no Tux no Bux'

Jan 2, 2019
Note: When I refer to “native Linux gaming” in this post I mean officially supported Linux ports. I am a very staunch supporter of native Linux gaming and have been for years now. Like other people, in the earlier days of my Linux gaming experiences I too relied on Wine and even bought some games to play in Wine, but since the explosion of new releases that arrived to the platform with the launch of Steam for Linux, I grew to rely on Wine less and less and eventually stopped buying games to play on Wine, since I noticed that people like Feral Interactive, one of the biggest porting houses that make native ports for our platform, are negatively affected when people buy games before their ports are released. Read more ...

Artifact's CCG Lootboxes

Dec 6, 2018
Valve released their own collectible/trading card game Artifact somewhat recently to a moderate community backlash due to the game’s cost and additional in-game booster packs, which the player can buy to gain additional cards. The lootbox mechanic wasn’t exactly a surprise, considering the kind of game we are talking about, but due to AAA publishers pushing lootbox monetization into every video game imaginable, they don’t exactly have a fantastic reputation among gamers, as many see them as psychological manipulation and borderline gambling. Read more ...