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Wine 4.0 was released today, bringing a ton of enhancements and bug fixes to make playing games on Linux even better. Most notably:

  • Vulkan support.

  • Direct3D 12 support.

  • Game controllers support.

Some of this was already possible using extra utilities to get vulkan going. DXVK would translate DirectX calls to Vulkan. But now it's native to Wine itself.

This is after months of progress in other areas of Linux gaming. Tools like Lutris have matured quite a bit, to help you get the precise Wine setup you need to run specific games, and Steam's Proton (a distribution of Wine) is getting better and better, with more successes than failures in getting Windows games running on Linux from the reports I've seen.

Wine 4.0, once it has gone through some rounds of testing, will most likely show up in Proton soon and make the process even smoother.

It seems like every week there's new major news about advancements in translating Windows native games to run better and better in Linux. I've been planning to jump in and test things out myself "once it calms down a bit" but it doesn't seem like that's going to happen as the technology is rapidly changing.

You heard it here first, folks: 2019 IS THE YEAR OF THE LINUX DESKTOP!

Check out the full patch notes for 4.0 here:

In this episode, we review the best Mega Man game on the NES Classic, Mega Man 2! In Mega Man 2, the Blue Bomber learned most of the tricks that would carry him through TONS more games spanning multiple series.

In the next few NES Classic reviews, we're playing the Super Mario games and we want you to play it too, and let us know what you think. We'll share your thoughts in the episode. Come on it's time to go do the Mario!
Your votes have been cast, and now it's time to reveal the winners!

Best AAA Game: TIE between Red Dead Redemption 2 and Spider-Man
2018 saw many great games, and many of our nominees were worthy of this award, but these two inched out past the competition.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a masterpiece, an experience that anyone who's into cinematic, character driven games should not miss. The follow-up to the original Red Dead Redemption (2010) improves upon its predecessor in basically every way imaginable.

Spider-Man is an open-world game with a much tighter focus than RDR2, but adds another dimension (literally). Insomniac took the superhero game formula that Rocksteady used for the Arkham series and refined it to match our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Runners up: a three-way tie (!!) among Fallout 76, God of War, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Best Indie Game: Celeste
This indie title took the world by storm with its difficult platforming that takes you on a journey up Celeste Mountain. Celeste got its start as a browser game (which you can play here: and got way more than a fresh coat of paint for its big release.

Runners Up: a five-way tie (!!!!!) among Dead Cells, Graveyard Keeper, Into the Breach, Jurassic World Evolution, and Subnautica.

Best Ongoing Game: Terraria
What can be said about Terraria that we haven't already said. If you've been on this site for long you know how much we love this game. It *is* still in ongoing development, and even though it didn't get an update in 2018, the news and spoilers about the next patch kept us captivated.

Runner Up: No Man's Sky

Best DLC/Update: No Man's Sky: NEXT
Hello Games had a bit of a rough launch with No Man's Sky, but they didn't retreat from it, they doubled down and fixed things. 2018's release of the NEXT update added a slew of new features and depth, and added the much sought after multiplayer.

Runners Up: Jurassic World Evolution: The Secrets of Dr. Wu, and Stardew Valley's Multiplayer update.

Best Mobile Game: Egg Inc.
There weren't many votes in this category, but Egg Inc. received them all. This heavily addictive incremental idler by Auxbrain has quite a following, and with good reason. It was released a few years back but Auxbrain keeps things interesting with contracts (added on Easter of 2018, fittingly) and occasionally update the game with new farm upgrades to buy into and new eggs to research. It nails the gameplay loop to keep you feeling rewarded while not giving everything to you too soon, and it's just bizarre enough to be interesting. I'm literally stopping this post every now and then when I see a drone fly by out of the corner of my eye and when I'm done with it I'm going to prestige and work my way back up over a few minutes. I've been at this for months folks.

So what do you think about the winners? Did your favorite games make the cut?
2018 is over, so you know what that means: it's time to pick our favorite 2018 games! Your nominations are in (along with some other games that were huge in 2018) and now it's time to vote!

You'll have through January 14 to cast your votes, and we will announce the winners on January 15.

Best AAA Game

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

  • Fallout 76

  • God of War

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Spider-Man

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Vote here:

Best Indie Game

  • Celeste

  • Dead Cells

  • Graveyard Keeper

  • Into the Breach

  • Jurassic World Evolution

  • Revenge of the Bird King

  • Subnautica

Vote here:

Best Ongoing Game

  • Fortnite

  • Minecraft

  • No Man's Sky

  • Overwatch

  • Terraria

  • Stardew Valley

Vote here:

Best DLC/Update

  • Ark Survival Evolved: Extinction

  • Jurassic World Evolution: The Secrets of Dr. Wu

  • No Man's Sky: NEXT

  • Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps

  • Stardew Valley Multiplayer Update

Vote here:

Best Mobile Game (includes Ongoing games)
Since we only had two nominations in this category and one wasn't released this year, I called a last minute audible to expand this to include new and ongoing games for the mobile category.

  • Alto's Odyssey

  • Egg Inc.

  • Hearthstone

  • Fortnite Mobile

  • PUBG Mobile

Vote here:

Go forth and pick your favorites, then check back on January 8 to see how your picks fared!

In this Cheerful Ghostradamus episode we’re going to tap into our future telling abilities and make predictions about everything coming in 2019 in gaming! In addition to your hosts' humble predictions, we share some predictions from Will Ball and Greg Woodruff, two awesome users on Cheerful Ghost, as well as the folks from BrothersForgeGaming and Game Dev's Quest.

Bonus, if you start listening to this episode at 11:17:32 PM, the end credits theme will kick in right at midnight. Ring in the New Year with Cheerful Ghost Radio!


Game Dev’s Quest:

Auld Lang Syne:

Pour yourself some eggnog, cozy up by the fire, and join us for the Cheerful Ghost Radio 2018 Holiday Special! We talk about some recent news that Blizzard is scaling back Heroes of the Storm, chat about what we've been playing over the past month, and discuss some of our favorite games to play and films to watch around the holidays.

Links and notes about topics we discuss this episode:

Unforeseen Consequences: A Half-Life Documentary:

The Future of Diablo:

Heroes of the Storm:

Macaulay Culkin shows up in a bunch of awesome YouTube :

Music credits:

Blizzard 12 Days of Christmas:

Life Day Song:

Still Alive Christmas Remix:

Boston Pops Sleigh Ride:

Marvel dropped trailers for Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame in the same week, and our heads exploded in anticipation. RIP Jon, Tim, and Travis. But we were prepared for this: our hosts have been replaced by Life Model Decoys.

Captain Marvel Trailer:
​​Infinity War Endgame Trailer:
It’s that time again, folks! We are gearing up for our Game of the Year awards, and we need your nominations!

Please listen closely, as our menu options have changed. We have changed up the categories a bit this year, so please read those carefully.

Then drop your nominations in the comments below, and we will compile them into polls for final voting.

  • Best AAA Game: This category is for the Call of Duties and the Fallouts, the big games with big publisher backing.

  • Best Indie Game: The games that go their own way, sometimes self-published.

  • Best DLC/Expansion/Update: Any addition to a game that had a very positive effect, from something as simple as an update or horse armor, to big expansions.

  • Best Ongoing Game: This category is for the games that didn’t release in 2018 but continue to receive content. MMOs, games like Minecraft and No Man’s Sky, etc.

  • Best Mobile Game: Self-explanatory. These are the games you play on your phone.

The nominations will close December 31st, and we will open up the polls for voting on the 1st.

The folks at Obsidian, the original creators of Fallout and the developers of Fallout: New Vegas (which they're keen to point out in the trailer, for good reason) have a new game coming next year that looks like everything good about Fallout, but in space!

PC Gamer has a good breakdown of what they know. They say it looks like Fallout meets Bioshock meets Firefly and that's a pretty apt comparison.

The big thing for me is the focus on player choice, which I feel Obsidian does very well.

In addition to the trailer, Game Informer has a brief gameplay video that shows the game and makes me want to play it even more. It feels like a modern take on more classic First-Person RPGs:

Let me say that I adored Fallout 4, but it looks like a lot of the choices in this game were direct responses to criticism Fallout 4 received.

You can see PC Gamer's coverage here:

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