Linux Stories October 21, 2015

Freebies: Game of Thrones for Xbox One, PS4, Android, others + Batman Adventures eBook + Cotton Candy + More!

Today, Telltale Games is offering Game of Thrones – Episodes 1: Iron from Ice for free (Reg. $5+) across all platforms. If you were paying attention this morning during our games/apps roundup you would have grabbed it for iOS. It is also available at this discounted price on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Android via the Amazon store.

Linux Stories July 22, 2015

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II is now available for Mac w/ launch day pricing: $7 (Reg. $10)

Aspyr, known for its work porting popular PC titles to OS X, has now officially announced the availability of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords for Mac and Linux. The remake/port is currently live at a special launch discount of $6.99 (Reg. $10) via GameAgent (Steam) and the Mac App Store.

While it released nearly 10 years ago on PC and Xbox, KOTOR 2, as it is commonly referred to as, looks like it will pack in some new updates and enhancements. On top of improved visuals to support native resolutions and widescreen (it was originally a 4:3 title), we are getting controller support and achievements. Aspire also notes that these additional features are coming to PC users as well. Anyone familiar with the original will know there are three different Jedi classes to choose from, 10 character parties, and dynamic player choices that effect the game’s overall story.

More on the story:

Five years after the events from the award winning Star Wars® Knights of the Old Republic™, the Sith Lords have hunted the Jedi to the edge of extinction and are on the verge of crushing the Old Republic. With the Jedi Order in ruin, the Republic’s only hope is a lone Jedi struggling to reconnect with the Force. As this Jedi, you will be faced with the galaxy’s most dire decision: Follow the light side or succumb to the dark…

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Linux Stories March 30, 2015

Play Super Mario 64 in beautiful HD for free in your browser

Update (3/31 2:35pm): It appears as though the folks over at Nintendo weren’t too happy about the HD remake. Links to access Super Mario 64 HD are all shutdown at this point.

Many of us still remember the release of the now iconic Super Mario 64 back in the mid 90’s. Since then the game has garnered a massive following and is widely considered to be one of the most influential video games of all time. Even though the game holds up quite well after so many years, those N64 graphics don’t look as pretty as they used to. So developer Erik Roystan Ross decided to take it upon himself to recreate the beloved game’s first level in full HD using the Unity game engine.

While not a complete replica of the original, it is certainly much prettier and will be very familiar to fans of the game. It is complete with many of the enemies and obstacles from the original, and best of all, you can play for free right now on your Mac, PC or Linux machine (with gamepad support). It is also available right in the browser if you have the free Unity player installed. While there were previously some server overload issues, Ross’ blog states that new hosting has been provided.

Be sure to check out our ongoing Nintendo deals as well. We currently have some deeply discounted amiibo figures and rarely discounted 3DS titles still live from over the weekend.

More notes/technical stuff from the developer:

Demonstration project for the Super Character Controller, a recreation of Super Mario 64’s first level, Bob-Omb Battlefield. Everything is just as you remember, except some really minor stuff that nobody cared about like red coins or the Wing Cap or the Big Bob-omb. Replacing them are crowd pleasers like giant springs and coin blocks.

Gamepad support is available, so if you have one make sure to open the controls menu to set it up (keyboard controls are default). I’ve tested it with the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and DualShock 3 and 4. If any of these do not work, please post a comment below describing your situation. Likewise, if you use a gamepad that I did not list and it did work, please mention it so I can add it to the list.

Linux Stories February 2, 2015

The big news of the morning comes way of the Raspberry Pi foundation, which has announced its latest generation microcomputer. Starting today, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will be available for purchase at the same $35 price point that we’ve come to expect. The big jump in performance will open a whole new world of computing for hobbyist, hackers and educators.

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Linux Stories January 10, 2014

expiredWD 2TB My Book USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive for Mac: $79 shipped

Amazon has the Western Digital MyBook for Mac 2TB USB 3.0 desktop hard drive for $79.00 shipped. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this model which can also easily be formatted for Windows or Linux. The Time Machine compatible hard drive gets 4 star reviews and comes boxed with encryption software and a 3 year warranty.

You just saved $60 – get yourself a couple Belkin SurgePlus 6-Outlet Wall Mount Surge Protector with Dual 2.1A USB Ports for $16/ea

Linux Stories September 25, 2013

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Earlier this week Valve made the first of three big announcements being teased on its website with the introduction of SteamOS: a Linux-based, open and freely licensable operating system that will run any number of devices and deliver the Steam experience in the living room. Today the company announced the second part of the puzzle with the launch of a hardware beta program for “Steam Machines” that will run the operating system:

Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS.

Valve has designed a “high-performance prototype” and it will ship 300 of the boxes to Steam users for free in order to test the platform:

While these products are still in development, we need your help. As always, we believe the best way to ensure that the right products are getting made is to let people try them out and then make changes as we go. We have designed a high-performance prototype that’s optimized for gaming, for the living room, and for Steam. Of course, it’s also completely upgradable and open.

The company is accepting sign-ups for the beta program until October 25. Here’s how to apply: expand full story

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