Category Archives: Steam

GamingOnLinux – Steam Dev Days Highlights

How To – Installing Black Mesa in Crossover Games / CXoffice

Sometimes, workarounds for playing native Windows games on Linux can be dodgy.  Some will play well on plain WINE implementation, other times, helper software, such as Crossover, Wine-Tricks, or PlayOnLinux get you to the finish line with a feasible amount of frustration.  One such game is Black Mesa, a modification on the original Half Life title, consisting of a set of modifications to the Source SDK 2007 base engine.  So how do you install the title?  Read on for more! Read the rest of this entry

Under The Hood – New Steam Machine Buyers Guide

There will be an ongoing Steam machine buyers guide located under the resources section of the top menu navigation of the site.  I will also place a small link in the featured workarounds article.  Over time I hope to keep this moving as hardware develops and changes.  The formatting is a bit rought right now, but I will tidy it up over time.

The Linux Cauldron Steam machine Buyer’s Guide


SteamOS – Changing the Default Audio Device

Finally sat down to iron out a few audio quirks in my SteamOS audio setup.  Previously I had explored my sound issues on SteamOS and successfully got that ironed out.  However, some games seem to use not the audio setup from the “steam” profile, which launches the custom compositor and Steam itself, but the desktop users audio configuration.  Oddly enough, it is only a select few titles.  The solution?  Configure the default HDMI device under pulse.  Read on for more Read the rest of this entry

Move Over Gas Guzzlers, Give Me Steam – A SteamOS Editorial

Over the past several months, and especially the past few weeks, my experiences in Steam on Linux have grown exponentially.  To cap this off, as well as give my opinion on Pros and Cons of the current Beta experience, I decided to write an editorial about my experiences thus far.  In no way am I an authoritative voice on the subject, but an avid Linux power user, as well as an I.T. Professional in my day to day work.  I hope you find this meaningful and insightful.  Once SteamOS moves out of Beta, a follow-up editorial will likely follow. Read the rest of this entry

Coin Op: Intrusion 2 For Linux (Steam Platform)

Came across Intrusion 2 as a steam download last week, and I have been meaning to play it.  So tonight I sat down and played a few levels.  If Contra and Bionic Commanda married and had a Linux child, this would be it.  It is that good.  I never had so much fun playing a Linux indie game, much less most indie games for steam in a while.  I really enjoyed it that much.  Maybe you won’t like it, maybe you will.

“Intrusion 2 is an action platformer set in a sci-fi environment on a reserve planet occupied by a hostile military corporation conducting forbidden weapon research. Intrusion 2 is inspired by classic 16bit era sidescrollers and focuses on classic fast-paced action combined with modern physics and animation.”   I mean come on…you can ride a FRIGGEN wolf! While you shoot at EVIL BAD GUYS.  Like a Boss.


The game is on steam right now for 9.99 USD.  If you purchased it elsewhere, chances are you can add the game code to steam, and keep your save games in the “cloud” (Again, I hate that word!).

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