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3D RTS Game 'Planetary Annihilation' Coming to Linux [Inspired by Total Annihilation]

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 08:50 AM PDT

Wow. Another Linux game made by a big game studio.

This time a 3D RTS game Planetary Annihilation by Uber Entertainment, with a team of renowned developers who worked on games like Total Annihilation, Command & Conquer and Supreme Commander.

Planetary Annihilation brings Real-Time Strategy to a new generation of gamers in a way they've never been seen before: Total Annihilation-inspired gameplay on a planetary scale.

The game is on Kickstarter and they have raised $350K in just 2 days, with 28 days left to reach the target of $900K.

In an update just few minutes back, they confirmed Linux support. Head over to Kickstarter for more info, the game is expected to be released in Jul 2013.

Gabe Newell: Steam Linux Beta Coming Soon

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 08:14 AM PDT

Earlier today we reported that once again Gabe Newell bashed Windows 8 saying people will rage quit after using it.

Now, in a detailed interview with GT.TV, he revealed that Steam Linux beta is coming soon. He also added that if a company wants to put Steam on a console with Windows or Linux as base, it would be great and he has no problems with it.

Check out the video, in first 5 minutes he talks about Steam Linux Beta:

Bitcasa Offers You Infinite Cloud Storage

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 07:49 AM PDT

Bitcasa is a new cloud service that integrates infinite storage, sync, backup and share into your desktop and across all your devices.

When you add any folder to Bitcasa using the Add tab in the Bitcasa Desktop Client, you can choose one of the following options depending on how you want Bitcasa to handle it:

Infinite - Your folder never fills up - regardless of what you put in it. It appears on your computer just like a normal folder and Bitcasa instantly streams it's contents to your device as you use it. You might want to make your personal videos Infinite as they take up a lot of space and you probably don't access them very frequently. As long as you're online, they will be available to watch with an Infinite folder.

Sync - Your folder is copied to every device whenever you make changes. It will be available even when you are offline. You might want to Sync your personal documents so you always have the latest copy of your resume handy! With a Sync folder it'll be available on or offline, whenever you need it.

Backup - Your folder stays on your current computer and is backed up to Bitcasa for safe-keeping. Any changes to make to the folder are automatically propogated to Bitcasa as well. You might want to use a Backup folder for your saved games. You'll have quick access to it on your gaming computer, even if your Internet goes down, but if your computer fails or you replace it, all your saved games can be retrieved from Bitcasa.

A Linux client was introduced couple of months back (as of now 64bit only). I tested it, its working well although it is alpha software.

Some Screenshots:

Bitcasa is currently in beta phase and you can manage as much data using Bitcasa as you want. However, they plan to charge $10 a month once it goes stable. It is not clear if they will provide a limited free storage quota like Dropbox and Ubuntu One.

Gabe Newell: Users will Rage Quit Computing After Using Windows 8

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 01:17 AM PDT

Gabe Newell has once again trashed Windows 8 saying users will probably 'rage quit' computing after using Windows 8.

He further says that he may be wrong and Microsoft may make money out of it but most of the users will hate it. Check out video by GT.TV:

On a related note, RPS published an article speculating on chances of a Linux based SteamOS. They cited following reasons for it: 
  • Gabe Newell's dislike for Windows 8
  • Steam's recent announcement to sell non-gaming software
  • Valve's love for Linux and Steam Linux client announcement
  • They could easily base it on popular distribution like Ubuntu
RPS also wrote about possible difficulties in making SteamOS:
  • Valve getting some flak for making something closed-source integral to an operating system
  • Graphic Drivers
Now let me speculate on Linux based Steam console.

Valve revealed its plan for Big Picture Mode last year in a press release. Big Picture mode, will allow gamers to hook up their computer to television.

In a GTTV episode few hours back, he announced that Big Picture Mode will be in beta soon. Geoff Keighley, host of GTTV saw a demo of it and he says that its quite impressive. Valve has also filed a patent for a controller with interchangeable parts that will include keyboard and mouse as well.

So, now they have a technology that will enable gamers to enjoy library of Steam games on big television screens and they are working on a controller specially designed for television interaction. For a console, these two are basic requirements. They already have the games, all they need is a box.