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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

Unknown Lamer posted about 5 months ago | from the what's-wrong-with-freeciv dept.

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jrepin (667425) writes "Aspyr Media, in partnership with 2K and Firaxis Games, announced that the critically acclaimed Sid Meier's Civilization V, and all available expansion packs and downloadable content, is now available on Linux for SteamOS. The title includes Steam Play support. This release of Sid Meier's Civilization V on Linux targets SteamOS and features support for Valve's upcoming Steam Controller."

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Happy Wednesday from The Golden Girls (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47211865)

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a cosmonaut.

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend.

Re:Happy Wednesday from The Golden Girls (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47211937)

Thank you for plagiarizing.
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Re:Happy Wednesday from The Golden Girls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47212973)

On the contrary... He changed a word.

Re:Happy Wednesday from The Golden Girls (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 5 months ago | (#47213381)

He attributed his source, so it doesn't matter either way.

It's no longer plagarism at that point.

Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47211921)

Available on regular linux steam client, not just the SteamOS distro. I've already got it running under Ubuntu, runs nice and smooth.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (-1, Offtopic)

jdmuskrat (1463759) | about 5 months ago | (#47212155)

i would have liked to try their games. but not until they learn how to detect fraud in their accounting department. got 3 charges for the same amount from 3 different European countries, probably more if Capital One had not been on top of it. Steam was still trying to bill new charges after the card was canceled. no i will not be doing business with them for a long time. maybe after they grow up into an adult business.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (4, Insightful)

rujasu (3450319) | about 5 months ago | (#47212353)

Fraud in accounting? Sure about that? Sounds like it's more likely your account just got hacked.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47212705)

I don't think he means their account department is committing fraud. I think he means their billing department needs to better detect fraud.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47213459)

I don't think he means their account department is committing fraud. I think he means their billing department needs to better detect fraud.

It's pretty clear he wrote fraud in their accounting department "detect fraud in their accounting department". In English detect X is different than Y detect X. Y is the subject. If he meant the accounting department should detect fraud, he should write that. He wrote "Valve detect fraud in X". "I would have liked to try their games, but I will not until their accounting department learns to detect fraud."

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about 5 months ago | (#47214961)

No, its ambiguous in common usage. It could mean either. I could cite thousands of instances around the web where notable sources use it to mean either.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47213623)

Agreed, the only fraud I'm aware of is the VAC system.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (4, Informative)

tysonedwards (969693) | about 5 months ago | (#47212895)

Do you realize that Valve does do two factor auth, and all it takes is a checkbox to turn on?
Afterwards, attempts to even log in from a new location will require that you be texted or emailed a code which you type in, and can then revoke access at any time.

Sounds like maybe you should make use of some of their security mechanisms, the least of which being simply changing your password.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47212959)

move to america euro fag. we don't have that shit here

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47220045)

i would have liked to try their games. but not until they learn how to detect fraud in their accounting department. got 3 charges for the same amount from 3 different European countries, probably more if Capital One had not been on top of it. Steam was still trying to bill new charges after the card was canceled.
no i will not be doing business with them for a long time. maybe after they grow up into an adult business.

Or maybe use Paypal instead of directly linking your credit card to an account? Paypal requires you to log in each time to confirm a transaction.
Yes, I know Paypal is evil, but I'm fairly certain that giving your cc info to a single company is much safer than giving it to every single e-shop you ever use.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (1)

Yoda222 (943886) | about 5 months ago | (#47220081)

Or uncheck "remember my credit card information" and type it each time that you want to buy something. A standard human brain is usually able to remember the 20-ish digits needed (I assume you already know your address and name)

Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (1)

TrashyMG (2738973) | about 5 months ago | (#47212477)

Yeah I have it running on my Fedora install of Steam and it runs great.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (2)

FreonTrip (694097) | about 5 months ago | (#47212539)

Seconded - I've tried it on Xubuntu 14.04 x64, on an AMD FX-8320 with 24 gigs DDR3-1600 and a Geforce GTX 660 running recent proprietary drivers, and all is running beautifully. It looks like Aspyr's pulled off a lovely, polished port. Yay!

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (2)

DG (989) | about 5 months ago | (#47212671)

Yup.

And as I already had the Windows version, it was free.

Works flawlessly on an HD7870 Ubuntu / Catalyst box. Squee!

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (1)

Manywele (679470) | about 5 months ago | (#47212931)

And it's on sale. Guess I'm not getting much done today.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (1)

Daniel Hoffmann (2902427) | about 5 months ago | (#47213115)

It is available, but it is not supported. People that use Linux should know there is a big difference between the two.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (1)

dkman (863999) | about 5 months ago | (#47214529)

What support did you ever need for Civilization? If you install and it doesn't run is the only time I can think of needing support for a game. If you run into that ask the steam community and ask the linux community, no need to ask the creator/publisher though you probably could ask on the 2k games forums too. The internet does away with a lot of that need.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (1)

Daniel Hoffmann (2902427) | about 5 months ago | (#47215463)

If it is supported you have extra guarantees that it will run right without having to mess around configurations, also if it is supported and it doesn't run for reasons that are not your fault you have the legal basis to request a refund.

Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (1)

dkman (863999) | about 5 months ago | (#47216857)

I've seen a lot of game forums where people had issues. Often the solution is "download the latest video drivers", but sometimes there's there's a config file edit or an exe to run that really just evaluates your system and rebuilds the config file.

Of course in linux the phrase "mess around configurations" is often more involved than that.

It's been a long time since I requested a refund but I remember the whole push for stores not wanting to give a refund for software once it was opened.

I agree that there are legal protections there, however.

On Steam, once a game is purchased it can be installed in any environment (the way it should be). So if you can't run it in Linux you could still run it in Windows. I wonder what kind of ground you have if it doesn't work in the environment of your choosing. I believe that Steam doesn't generally refund, but since I don't buy the $60 games like I used to I'm not too concerned about the $7 dud. It stays in your Steam library and you might get to enjoy it later down the road.

Stand-alone server (2)

BitZtream (692029) | about 5 months ago | (#47211927)

Great ... now can I run a freaking stand alone pit boss server that DOESN'T require logging into my steam account ... effectively making it so my option is to run a server or play the game but unable to actually run a server AND play a game?

A large multiple game of Civ takes weeks at best when you're an adult with jobs, a wife, kids and other bits of the real world, Pitboss is worthless if it still requires being logged into a steam account to use it.

Re:Stand-alone server (2)

BitZtream (692029) | about 5 months ago | (#47211963)

Nevermind, I guess I should have googled before I posted

http://forums.2k.com/showthrea... [2k.com]

Maybe multiplayer is actually doable now!?

Re:Stand-alone server (1)

Ailure (853833) | about 5 months ago | (#47212119)

Unfortunatly it's kinda buggy in some ways after playing it with six-seven people. Crashes and desyncs galore, and regular multiplayer hosting is actually stabler.

It also crashes if it's started without a steam login, but it doesn't care who is logged in (so it can be a alternative account that dosen't have Civ 5). This could be a regression introduced with a patch at some point (it probably tries to do a callback with the steam API and fails).

Re:Stand-alone server (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47219297)

civ 5 has always been wierd multiplayer, it's 10x worse on linux though atm :(

Re:Stand-alone server (2)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 5 months ago | (#47211999)

A large multiple game of Civ takes weeks at best when you're an adult with jobs, a wife, kids and other bits of the real world

That's what Civilization Revolution is for, a streamlined Civilization without the tedious time-sink..a "good parts" version of Civ. (Yes that's a Princess Bride novel reference)

About damn time! (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 5 months ago | (#47211949)

They have a remote install option. So, by the time you get home the thing will be ready and waiting for you.

It is a monstrous download...

Re:About damn time! (1)

FreonTrip (694097) | about 5 months ago | (#47212553)

I think it was around 5 or 6 gigs, which isn't atypical these days. If that's alarming, don't look up the specs for Wolfenstein: The New Order. You'll crack.

Re:About damn time! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47212597)

Only around 9GB for me. 5 and a half minutes download is not so bad. Took me longer to launch it than download it...

Re:About damn time! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47212883)

Yeah, keep loving the table scraps, Linuxboy. I got tired of playing the game three years ago. Onward to bigger and better things instead of waiting for people to finally throw me a few crumbs.
 
It's teyh yeer og Linux!!!!!!

Re:About damn time! (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 5 months ago | (#47213299)

...except the genre equivalent of the 'latest and greatest" already announced a Linux version awhile ago.

We can play with the "scraps" while waiting on that.

Although true classics should never get tiresome.

Re:About damn time! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47215467)

Keep trying to pad your poor little OS from the blows of reality.
 
And SteamOS? It'll last about 18 months... if it ever gets released.

Re:About damn time! (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 5 months ago | (#47217221)

No. You're the one lashing out like a deluded nitwit.

Re:About damn time! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47218013)

LOLZZZ!!!! I'm laughing at you Linux dick smokers. That's what I'm doing. You just keep taking the bait!!! LOLZZZ!!!

Doesn't FreeCiv... (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about 5 months ago | (#47249217)

....adequately fill up all the shortcomings of Civilizations - no matter which one?

Re:About damn time! (1)

Rhys (96510) | about 5 months ago | (#47214341)

Sorry you don't love Civ, but its your loss. I wrapped up a couple rounds of it two weeks ago on windows.

Then again I occasionally go back to Master of Magic or Master of Orion (1 or 2) so YMMV.

Re:About damn time! (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47217519)

Civ V? it stinks. I've played all of them to death, but less then 100 hours in Civ V, mostly during the first month.
Boring, simple, and boring.

Re:About damn time! (1)

kamapuaa (555446) | about 5 months ago | (#47218603)

I prefer Civ 3, I don't like how game companies release unfinished product, but to be fair the game is currently a whole lot better now than it was in the first month, you just need to have the expansion packs. Most people would call it the best Civ yet.

Re:About damn time! (1)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | about 5 months ago | (#47221579)

Then again I occasionally go back to Master of Magic or Master of Orion (1 or 2) so YMMV.

This. I'm still looking for a decent modern version to either of these series. No luck.

Yay DRM (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47212051)

Steam is DRM, I don't care if you like how cheap the games are. Stop supporting this crap.

Re:Yay DRM (2)

jones_supa (887896) | about 5 months ago | (#47212453)

Simple. If you don't want to support DRM, use GOG.com. They are planning to add Linux games this fall [slashdot.org] .

Re:Yay DRM (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 5 months ago | (#47216555)

Even without Linux support a lot of the games they sell are old DOS based games that run just fine on DOSBox or ScummVM.

Re:Yay DRM (2, Insightful)

armanox (826486) | about 5 months ago | (#47212455)

Is Steam stopping me from playing the games I purchased? No? Then I don't really care. Steam doesn't get in my way, and is quite convenient for installing a game on multiple computers (plus I don't have to keep track of disks). Find something worth complaining about.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

jareth-0205 (525594) | about 5 months ago | (#47212527)

Is Steam stopping me from playing the games I purchased? No? Then I don't really care. Steam doesn't get in my way, and is quite convenient for installing a game on multiple computers (plus I don't have to keep track of disks). Find something worth complaining about.

Yes Steam is probably the best, most consumer-friendly DRM distribution system around, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't care at all. Unless you are happy having all your games rendered unplayable if Steam goes offline / Valve goes out of business. In the scale of a year that's unlikely, but in 10? 50? Quite apart from the legitimate short-term disadvantages, I think in 50 years we will look back on this period of time in the same way we view the lack of archiving of television in the mid-20th century, as a massive unnecessary black hole in our cultural history.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47212569)

All but one (heavily multiplayer-centric) of my steam games currently work if steam is in "offline" mode, and most steam linux games run fine without even launching the steam client.

Re:Yay DRM (2)

Wootery (1087023) | about 5 months ago | (#47212689)

I think in 50 years we will look back on this period of time in the same way we view the lack of archiving of television in the mid-20th century, as a massive unnecessary black hole in our cultural history.

I doubt it. Missing recordings cannot be recovered from. DRM can be cracked, generally trivially.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

jareth-0205 (525594) | about 5 months ago | (#47212865)

I doubt it. Missing recordings cannot be recovered from. DRM can be cracked, generally trivially.

I wouldn't be so blase. Perhaps right now, but not always. And just because DRM can be hacked, doesn't mean it has been hacked for the thing that you want. *And* I don't see a widespread failure in Steam DRM, so why would we assume that it can be cracked so trivially?

Re:Yay DRM (3, Funny)

Ziggitz (2637281) | about 5 months ago | (#47213121)

No you're totally right. Today's DRM is impenetrable and will hold strong for a thousand years. And all those content creators I'm sure will maintain the DRM for centuries and both abandon their products and fight piracy of them at the same time.

Re:Yay DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47216261)

"*And* I don't see a widespread failure in Steam DRM"

BWAAHHAAHAHHAHAAAA!~ HAHAHAHA! AHAAA! HAAAAAAAAAAAA!

You basically circumvent it with a .DLL file in the game's install directory that makes the game think Steam okays it to run. That more people DON'T use torrented games shows what's been said all along... you make it more convenient to buy than pirate and that's the choice that will be made. It's a pain in the ass pirating games. Is this version legit? How do I install THIS crack? Why does this version have another crack? Fuck it, I'm not spending three hours figuring this out I'm going to spend the thirty bucks and be done with it.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47217573)

Look harder. I can download many 'Steam Only' games and play wihtout steam becasue they have been cracked. And you don't need to crack the encryption, only have the OS skip the check, or be fed a false positive.
So, a good hex editor and time and you will be good to go.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 5 months ago | (#47215625)

I doubt it. Missing recordings cannot be recovered from. DRM can be cracked, generally trivially.

Which is why more and more of the essential code goes to live on their servers, not your client. Photos, audio and video are "trivial" in the sense that if you capture the output you're done. Applications and games? It's a cat and mouse game but if "always online single player" wins I think DRM does too.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

Wootery (1087023) | about 5 months ago | (#47240657)

Valid point. Dependency on an external service under exclusive control of the publisher does introduce a real risk of eventual 'death'

Re:Yay DRM (1)

BaronAaron (658646) | about 5 months ago | (#47212747)

Nearly every Steam game release is instantly cracked by the pirate community. If you want your games forever, no matter what, just save the crack along with your Steam backups.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

kamapuaa (555446) | about 5 months ago | (#47212917)

Yup, all my Commodore 64 games are stored with their cracks on handy 5.25" disks.

Re:Yay DRM (3, Interesting)

praxis (19962) | about 5 months ago | (#47213507)

Is Steam stopping me from playing the games I purchased? No? Then I don't really care. Steam doesn't get in my way, and is quite convenient for installing a game on multiple computers (plus I don't have to keep track of disks). Find something worth complaining about.

Yes Steam is probably the best, most consumer-friendly DRM distribution system around, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't care at all. Unless you are happy having all your games rendered unplayable if Steam goes offline / Valve goes out of business. In the scale of a year that's unlikely, but in 10? 50? Quite apart from the legitimate short-term disadvantages, I think in 50 years we will look back on this period of time in the same way we view the lack of archiving of television in the mid-20th century, as a massive unnecessary black hole in our cultural history.

Worse, you run the risk of having all your Steam games unplayable if they accuse you of cheating. If they do that, you have no legal recourse. Also, you run the risk of having your EULA for all your games altered. Your option, should you not want the new terms, is to close your Steam account and lose access to all your purchases.

The second one is the deal breaker for me. I do not go an buy something and agree that they can take it away from me whenever they want and I can do nothing about it. That's just a really stupid deal to make. If they don't plan on doing it, then why make you agree to it? That's really scummy.

Re:Yay DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47215405)

Wow, I'm glad I'm in the EU. All those draconian parts of the Steam EULA had text saying something like "this part is limited as specified in section 18" (or 13 or whatever), and then section 18 said something about "in compliance with EU consumer laws, we can't do that" (except in at least five times as many words).

Re:Yay DRM (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47217591)

the second one applies to all games, regardless if they use steam or not.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

praxis (19962) | about 5 months ago | (#47218005)

the second one applies to all games, regardless if they use steam or not.

Claiming all makes this easy to refute: Baldur's Gate. If they were to change to EULA, it would not prevent me playing the game if I were to not accept the changes.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | about 5 months ago | (#47213841)

I think in 50 years we will look back on this period of time in the same way we view the lack of archiving of television in the mid-20th century, as a massive unnecessary black hole in our cultural history.

Speaking as someone who watched TV in the mid-20th century, there wasn't much there that was really worth the trouble of remembering.

And there was quite a bit that suggested making active efforts to forget...

Re:Yay DRM (1)

axl917 (1542205) | about 5 months ago | (#47214929)

Is Steam stopping me from playing the games I purchased? No? Then I don't really care. Steam doesn't get in my way, and is quite convenient for installing a game on multiple computers (plus I don't have to keep track of disks). Find something worth complaining about.

Yes Steam is probably the best, most consumer-friendly DRM distribution system around, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't care at all. Unless you are happy having all your games rendered unplayable if Steam goes offline / Valve goes out of business. In the scale of a year that's unlikely, but in 10? 50? Quite apart from the legitimate short-term disadvantages, I think in 50 years we will look back on this period of time in the same way we view the lack of archiving of television in the mid-20th century, as a massive unnecessary black hole in our cultural history.

In 50 years, I highly doubt you'd wish to come down from whatever advanced technology we will have to play games on x86 architecture, any more than I have a desire to dust off my Atari VCS and play pong.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

jareth-0205 (525594) | about 5 months ago | (#47217211)

I quite like pong. It's a good party game. And we still watch old films... games are at a stage now that we can consider them legitimate, lasting pieces of entertainment, I have no doubt that they are starting to solidify. Tetris is 30 years old, it's still fun.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47217607)

and you can get 'pong' pretty much everywhere. Same with 'Tetris'

Re:Yay DRM (2)

jareth-0205 (525594) | about 5 months ago | (#47217839)

and you can get 'pong' pretty much everywhere. Same with 'Tetris'

*Sigh*. Yes. Simple games that are easy to replicate. My point is that old games are still wanted, and in demand. Obviously I have no 30 year old games with complicated mechanics and huge numbers of art assets to use as examples, but in 30 years we will have those and no amount of technology is going to make those things easily replicatable.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47217565)

A) Steam as taken that into account and can remove DRM if they go out of business
B) Every one of those games is available via some sort of download mechanism. I won't bat an eye at downloading a game I already purchased.
C) Many of the games today require steam in order to install. So if you have those disks, but Steam is shut down, it won't exactly do you any good. On the other hand, if I have downloaded it, and Valve turns off the steam DRM I'll be able to play.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

jareth-0205 (525594) | about 5 months ago | (#47217825)

And I'm glad they've thought about this. Though how much we can believe that will happen in the carcrash that is typical for a collapsing business, it's harder to say. How will they distribute the updates if all the assets are seized? Who will do the work necessary on their back catalogue of 1000s if the employees aren't paid and have left?

Re:Yay DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47221457)

How will they distribute the updates if all the assets are seized? Who will do the work necessary on their back catalogue of 1000s if the employees aren't paid and have left?

Rather than updating all the games, it might be enough to only update the Steam client so that it can work in offline mode indefinitely. Although all the games obviously have to be already downloaded when the shutdown happens, which can be a problem. On the other hand, it is not unlikely that the service would not just disappear if there are enough people still using it, but rather it would be bought by another company.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

HeckRuler (1369601) | about 5 months ago | (#47212857)

Is Steam stopping me from playing the games I purchased? No?

YES it bloody well HAS stopped me from playing the games I purchased.
Specifically on roadtrips. It's finally someone else's turn to drive, I whip out the laptop to do something. I go to launch a game I haven't played in a while and GUESS WHAT?

No internet connection means no launching.

I hear they're getting better about this. And Valve and Steam are probably the best, least intrusive, most palpitate form on DRM currently out there. And there's some value with being able to download your game library on whatever computer. And they're setting up a system to allow family to borrow games. And their push for Linux is good for the industry. All good stuff.

But don't pretend that the DRM found in steam is painless and doesn't get in people's way. If you're always online, then sure, it probably works great for you.

Re:Yay DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47217631)

"No internet connection means no launching."
I play my Steam games while on a road trip with no internet connection.
So, either I am a magic djini, or you are too stupid to figure something trivial out.
Since I am still at work, and not floating around the Caribbean I'm going to guess I am not actually a Djini.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

Ingo Ruhnke (3575189) | about 5 months ago | (#47228409)

You have to have a game installed and launched at least once before you can play it in Offline mode. Meaning you can't play your backuped games until you have Internet again. There also was the issue that you couldn't play games that are in the mid of a patching, but I think Steam fixed that a few month ago with their changes to the way downloading works.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

Daniel Hoffmann (2902427) | about 5 months ago | (#47213269)

Steam distributes and sells non-DRM protected games. Steam is not DRM, steam is a service that sells games like GoG, but unlike GoG it supports DRM-protected games and provides its own not so invasive DRM for companies that don't want to use other, more intrusive, DRM alternatives. If steam did not provide this kind of DRM more companies would want to push their own, broken DRM (like ubisoft does with uplay).

Really, this isn't much different than Firefox support DRM video. Who knows, maybe in a few decades there will be no more DRM protected media, but until then Steam is the most sane option that we have available.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

praxis (19962) | about 5 months ago | (#47213539)

Steam is DRM. If I launch game A on machine A, then attempt to launch game B on machine B, can I? Last I tried, I couldn't.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

Daniel Hoffmann (2902427) | about 5 months ago | (#47213725)

You can launch a non-DRM protected steam game from outside steam on as many machines as you have it installed.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

praxis (19962) | about 5 months ago | (#47214813)

That's nice. Can I do that without Steam running? I want to protect against the case of them changing the EULA terms and I disagree to the changes and don't want to just close my account and lose access to these games. Like, can I basically use Steam to download my game, delete Steam and keep my games working?

Re:Yay DRM (2)

Daniel Hoffmann (2902427) | about 5 months ago | (#47215409)

I believe you can, as long as the game does not use the steam DRM or its own DRM that depends on steam being running. If the game uses steamworks for some kind of feature either that specific feature will not work, the game will crash when you try to use it, or the game will crash when you try to launch it.

A quick google search yielded these two lists of games that can be bought on steam and played without it:
http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/T... [pcgamingwiki.com]
http://steam.wikia.com/wiki/Li... [wikia.com]

Re:Yay DRM (1)

praxis (19962) | about 5 months ago | (#47215709)

That's helpful. Thank you.

Re:Yay DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47219309)

Almost all of them are games that can't have steam integration in some way(released before steam) or merely put onto steam after it was already released elsewhere and put out in a way they couldn't modify to use steam as DRM. Reign in your happiness unfortunately.

Re:Yay DRM (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 5 months ago | (#47216537)

Steam is a digital software store which mostly sells games. If they come with DRM or not depends on the wishes of the game studios who put the game there to begin with.

Yeah they do have their own DRM scheme but they don't force game studios to use it.

It is about time! (1)

Zitchas (713512) | about 5 months ago | (#47212075)

Awesome! (1)

JamesRing (1789222) | about 5 months ago | (#47212401)

Oh this is great, one more game I can play without rebooting into Windows. Now I need to cut out from work early to play. :)

Re:Awesome! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47212937)

Yeah! Party like it's 2010!!! Woohoo!!!
 
While you're waiting for it to download maybe you can beg some other company to put out its nearly four year old games on Linux too?
LOLXXXXZZZZ!!!!!

Re: Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47212997)

If a game is good I don't care how old it is.

Re:Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47214421)

brave new world expansion hit earlier this year. More like playing a 3 month old game. I kind of hope Civ Beyond earth gets on linux quickly as well.

Possible Resolution for Sound Issues (5, Informative)

00Monkey (264977) | about 5 months ago | (#47213211)

Several Linux users are reporting audio issues. The initial movies play audio properly but then the sound of the game is pretty bad. Running Ubuntu 14.04 x64, I was able to resolve all sound issues by doing the following:

1. Typed: sudo nano /etc/pulse/daemon.conf
2. Found and changed the following parameters:
A. default-fragments = 5
B. default-fragment-size-msec = 2
3. Saved file (Ctrl + O), Exited (Ctrl + X)
4. Typed: pulseaudio -k
5. Launched Civ 5, no audio issues now.

I've posted the same on the Steam forums.

Re:Possible Resolution for Sound Issues (1)

jcarr (20735) | about 5 months ago | (#47220067)

I'm having some sort of video corruption (audio is fine for me). It seems to be related to whenever there is a full motion video playing. It causes black boxes to cover up the various menus, etc. My only option is to restart the game. I'm running x64 mint. Maybe it's some sort of mesa bug. I've set every video option to the lowest settings, but it still happens. The intro video does not play and I have to hit ESC to go by it (it just stays on the blue Steam screen) I hear the audio play from the video. Anyone else see this?

Re:Possible Resolution for Sound Issues (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47222787)

The solution is to /not/ use pulseaudio. Audio is inherently a realtime task, at least the low level bits belong in the kernel.

Demo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47214023)

Is there a demo available? I'd love to try it before buying to see if my laptop is able to run it properly.

Works Great! (1)

musicon (724240) | about 5 months ago | (#47214137)

I saw the announcement yesterday afternoon, and found it listed already in my available games (since I had previously purchased it for Windows, under WINE).

It works wonderfully under Linux: it's faster, uses less resources, and doesn't crash nearly as often as it did under WINE.

I'm extremely happy, as this was one of the few reasons I still have a WINE install in place.

This is great news. (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about 5 months ago | (#47214593)

So now I can spend another 3700 hours on the game on lightweight hardware. w00t!

Alternative Headline (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47217683)

Aspyr Media inflicts Civ V on Linux users!

When asked for commit, the CEO simple said:"MUAAAHahahahha".

Re:Alternative Headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47218019)

Yip, keep buying up the bargain bin games. They don't give a fuck. They just want your cash.

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