Hello, open gaming fans! In this week’s edition, we take a look at Superpowers goes open source, Oculus Rift VR headset support for Linux, Interesting talks at upcoming GDC conference, and more.
Open gaming roundup for January 9 – 15, 2016
Pick of the week: Superpowers goes open source!
Superpowers is an extensible, collaborative HTML5 2D+3D video game creator. With Superpowers, you can make games for almost all these major platforms: Linux, OS X, Windows, Android, and iOS. And, Superpowers was recently open sourced, so if you want to take it for a spin, download it here.
Oculus Rift VR to support Linux (again)
Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the most talked about consumer electronics today. Oculus had once supported Linux but that is believed to have been dropped sometime ago. But last month the founder tweeted this. Though there is not specific time frame mentioned, it’s a step in the right direction.
@janoc200 Linux support is on the roadmap post-launch, Mac support is on the roadmap post-decent Apple hardware release, whenever that is.
— Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) December 8, 2015
Upcoming talks at The Game Developers Conference
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is a professionals-only game industry event, an this year’s promises some very interesting sessions. For example, there is a talk from AMD about lessons learned while developing Vulkan titles. Vulkan is a relatively new API for game development, based on open standards. With industry leaders like AMD providing information on Vulkan, it is sure to get more adoption in the future. Check out the complete GDC schedule here.
New games out for Linux
Medieval II: Total War
The good thing is that this game is no way near as complicated as some of the others, and that keeps my simpleton brain very happy. The tutorial is quite short and to the point, and sets you up nice and easy for the battles to come..