sabato 23 giugno 2012

Wine 1.5.7 released


The Wine development release 1.5.7 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - New version of the Gecko engine based on Firefox 13.
  - Dynamic device support with UDisks2.
  - More stream classes implemented in the C++ runtime.
  - Support for metadata in TIFF files.
  - Fleshed out WBEM implementation.
  - Improved support for printer paper sizes.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.7.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.7.tar.bz2

For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.7

domenica 17 giugno 2012

Screenshot of the week #11

"A hole in the brain" - Max Payne 3 - 1920x1080 - High details

sabato 16 giugno 2012

Wine 1.4.1 released


The Wine maintenance release 1.4.1 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Translation updates.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.4.1.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.4/wine-1.4.1.tar.bz2

For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.4.1

sabato 9 giugno 2012

Wine 1.5.6 released


The Wine development release 1.5.6 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Automatic installation of the Mono add-on package.
  - Control panel applet for joysticks.
  - Device bitmap rendering now done through the DIB engine.
  - Support for video rendering through DirectX (VMR-9).
  - First steps towards a D3D shader compiler.
  - Build fixes for DragonFly BSD.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

  http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.5.6.tar.bz2
  http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/1.5/wine-1.5.6.tar.bz2

For the complete list of bug fixes follow this link:

http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.5.6

venerdì 8 giugno 2012

Update: added 3 games to The Humble Indie Bundle V

http://www.humblebundle.com

Yes, you got it! Other 3 great games have been added to The Humble Indie Bundle V!
IMHO, this makes this bundle the best bundle ever created, because now, if you beat the average price (about $8), you have 8 games!!!
And we're talking about some of the best indie games of all time! But let's take a look at the new 3 games added yesterday:

- Braid: does this game need an introduction? It's simply one of the most beautiful puzzle platform games of all time!



- Lone Survivor: a psychological survival adventure created by the one-man studio, Superflat Games!



- Super Meat Boy: again, a game which doesn't need an introduction. You'll surely recognize the game when you'll see the video!



You know, each time a new bundle comes out, i say the catchphrase "don't be stupid and be quick".
Well, this time, and i'm serious, with a few dollars (or euros), you will get 8 awesome games, and i assure you that they are worth it. Come on, don't be stupid. Don't be a fool. Be quick!

martedì 5 giugno 2012

Let's Play: Metro 2033




Oh yeah! After months of "Let's Play" inactivity (due to sickness and university), here i am again to tell you how to play a great game which now is only $10 on Steam, an awesome FPS with incredible graphics and deep plot. Ladies and gentlemen... Metro 2033!

A superhard choice!

Let's say that either Crossover XI and PlayOnLinux work the same, the only difference is a little performance difference. Let's take a look!

Metro 2033 on GameTree Linux:

Oh come on, this program has never been updated for years, you can't even think about running this game on GameTree Linux.

Metro 2033 on Crossover XI (11.0.3 version):

Well, Crossover is being updated frequently, and it is now based on Wine 1.4, so i can tell you that Steam works perfectly. Installing the game from Steam means only to download over 7 GB and some runtime packages (which Steam downloads by itself). Of course it doesn't even need a noDVD crack. So i should say it works perfect. No way. Unfortunately, Metro 2033 is a great game, but it needs a big hardware, and the lack of compatibility of some Windows libraries makes the game very slow at high details. Also, remember that on Linux (it doesn't care if you use Crossover or Wine), Directx 11 are not supported, so you can only play the game with Directx 9. Anyway, at low details, you can play the game and enjoy it. So:

- Installs perfectly.
- It doesn't need any noDVD crack.
- Low performances.

Metro 2033 on PlayOnLinux (1.5.5 wine version):

Same as Crossover XI, but there's a little FPS boost (a couple of frames, nothing more). So:

- Installs perfectly.
- It doesn't need any noDVD crack.
- Low performances (slightly better than Crossover XI).

Talking about performances...

First of all, my hardware:

agp_aperture_size: 256
cpu: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
cpu_ghz: 0.80
distro: Ubuntu 12.04 precise
kernel: 3.2.0-25-generic
machine_bitness: 64
memory: 3953
soundcard: HDA ATI SB at 0xfbcf4000 irq 16
soundcard_driver: ALSA Version 1.0.24
videocard_direct: True
videocard_driver_version: 4.2.0 NVIDIA 295.53
videocard_manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
videocard_ram: 1024
videocard_type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
x_version: X.Org X Server 1.11.3

I already said that PlayOnLinux (1.5.5 wine version) gives a little FPS boost. Let's take a look at the graphs:





As you can see, even on Windows i have "only" 27 FPS (average) at very high details. That means the game is heavy. If you want to play the game, i suggest you to choose Wine/PlayOnLinux.

Conclusion: use PlayOnLinux.

Installation



The process depends on your speed connection. For me (600 KB/s), it took me about 3 hours.
At the end of the installation process, and when clicking on "play" Steam will download some other runtime packages (other 2 or 3 minutes).

Running


Sorry if the video stutters, but the game is pretty heavy and it ran while FFMpeg was recording, so there was a FPS drop.



That's all. Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you got some problems or if you just wanna ask me a question. I will always answer you!

sabato 2 giugno 2012

The Humble Indie Bundle V

http://www.humblebundle.com

Boys and girls, grandfathers and grandmothers, sons and daughters, the brand new Humble Indie Bundle is here!!!!



And many people says that this one is the best of all!
As always, pay what you want for 4 of the greatest indie games of all time, get all the soundtracks, and if you pay more than the average price (now 7,80$) you get another fantastic game!
With more than 1$ you can also redeem all those games on Steam!!
Let's take a look at the 5 games contained into the bundle:

- Amnesia: The Dark Descent: a Survival Horror masterpiece from Frictional Games!



- Psychonauts: acclaimed action-platformer from Tim Schafer's Double Fine team!



- Limbo: captivating puzzle platformer game with great graphics!



- Superbrothers: Swords & Sworcery EP: solve puzzles and combat challenges!



...And, as i said before, if you pay more than the average price, you get also:

- Bastion: Action-RPG with awesome graphics and deep plot!



What are you waiting for? You still have more than 12 days! Don't waste your time playing expensive crappy games, play awesome indie games for a very little price! Don't be stupid and be quick!!!!!