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    EU Voice is the official ActivityPub microblogging platform of the EU institutions, bodies and agencies (EUIs).

    Mathias Poujol-Rost ✅ · Sunday, 1 May - 14:12 edit

The official Mastodon instance! With EU Video (a #peertube instance), it is part of an alternative social media pilot program proposed, and provided by the European Data Protection Supervisor (#EDPS). The pilot program contributes to the European Union’s #strategy for data and digital #sovereignty that aims to foster Europe’s independence in the digital world.

Press release (PDF) : https://edps.europa.eu/press-publications/press-news/press-releases/2022/edps-launches-pilot-phase-two-social-media_en

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    EU Voice is the official ActivityPub microblogging platform of the EU institutions, bodies and agencies (EUIs). Together with EU Video, it is part of an alternative social media pilot program proposed, and provided by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

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    Ford reorg prioritizes EVs, keeps fossil fuel vehicles as “engines of cash”

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 2 March - 21:17

Promotional image of electric crossover vehicle.

Enlarge / Ford Mustang Mach-E GT. (credit: Ford )

Ford announced today that it will be splitting its electric and fossil fuel vehicle business into two separate divisions. The announcement has investors rallying to the stock but leaves plenty of questions unanswered about the future of the 118-year-old company.

The reorganization caps weeks of speculation that the automaker might split into two separate companies. Ford has said that its future lies in electric vehicles, but for now, the vast majority of its profits come from fossil fuel cars and trucks.

“We are going all in, creating separate but complementary businesses that give us start-up speed and unbridled innovation in Ford Model e together with Ford Blue’s industrial know-how, volume and iconic brands like Bronco, that start-ups can only dream about,” Ford CEO Jim Farley said in a statement.

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    Remnants of the Precursors is a modern take on Master of Orion out now

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 5 January, 2022 - 11:54 · 1 minute

Developed as a modern reincarnation of the original Master of Orion, the free and open source Remnants of the Precursors is officially out now. It's been in development for somewhere around 6 years, with the big 1.0 landing on December 25.

Master of Orion is an absolute classic, and the sequel is one of the games that firmly cemented my absolute love of video games so seeing the genre live on in such a way is awesome. According to the developer "ROTP takes that original award-winning formula and adds high quality artwork, writing, graphical design and AI development to recreate the authentic experience of the original game. There is arguably more quality artwork and writing in ROTP than in almost any space 4X game currently on the market".

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The developer further mentioned that "Each of the ten races has personalized dialogue that aligns with their racial tendencies to bring them to life in a way not possible in MOO1. Which race you choose to play really makes a difference in your tactics, and knowing who your neighbors are and what they care about is an important part of playing well." — and also that — "The technology tree is variable each game and has a real effect on how you design your ships. You can't research every tech, so you will often need to resort to diplomacy, espionage or even war to acquire technologies you desire. Ship combat is turn-based, allowing you to directly command your fleet against the enemy or some of the dangerous space monsters. There is no "blob vs blob" ship combat in ROTP".

Sounds like a huge amount of effort and attention to detail went into this.

Available free / pay what you want from itch.io and the source is up on GitHub . There's a few different licenses depending on the code / artwork but it's looking good.

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    Send help as I have discovered Bloons TD 6

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 5 January, 2022 - 10:21 · 2 minutes

Stepping slightly out of my comfort zone recently to try something different, I picked up a copy of Bloons TD 6 and I think I now may need help to tear myself away from it. Note: played with Steam Play Proton .

I'm a huge fan of strategy games but I usually go for the more base-building RTS types, with Tower Defense not something I go for often. Based on how it looks, Bloons TD 6 is a game I would say you could easily pass up and not think anything of it. I honestly thought it looked a bit, dare I say it, overly childish. Oh how I was wrong. Bloons TD 6 is a monster of a game but family friendly for sure.

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Bloons TD 6 is, in a word, fantastic. It's not a new game, released originally back in December 2018 and so I'm a bit late to the game on this one but gosh it's good. Who would have thought that Monkeys popping balloons would make for a good Tower Defense game? I didn't, obviously. However, I can't be the only one who enjoys the simple pleasure of popping balloons in real life? Bloons TD 6 offers that in the hundreds and thousands of wow it sure is satisfying watching hundreds of balloons float around getting popped.

Not only can you blast through hundreds of hours by yourself but you can bring a friend too - or a few, as it has 4 player co-op. So I did and cross-platform multiplayer works exceptionally well even between a Linux machine running it through Proton and someone else on Windows (tested both joining / hosting). Simply beautiful.

There is only a small learning curve to Bloons TD 6 too, mainly requiring you to pay attention to the types of balloons coming and keeping an eye on the wave number, to be ready for special Bloons that appear on later waves that you need a few special upgraded Monkeys to overcome.

The only part I'm not keen on are the micro-transactions. However, you can get everything simply by paying and it's not even remotely difficult to unlock things (which you do constantly) so it has a reasonable balance there overall.

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If you enjoy Tower Defense games, go grab it. Bloons TD 6 might possibly be one of the best TD games ever made. Steam reviews back it up too with well over 100,000 user reviews and an Overwhelmingly Positive rating, so you really don't need to just take my word for it. Constant updates too that add new features, new Monkeys, new maps and more.

The developer was also quite responsive when an issue appeared with Proton, submitting their own bug report to Valve that ended up getting fixed.

Available to buy on Steam .

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    Fast-paced strategic action in Sky Fleet is out now

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 20 December, 2021 - 13:59

Melding together elements of a fast-paced action game with the tactics of a tower defence game, Sky Fleet is officially out now. Taking place in the clouds, you speed around various floating islands as you battle for supremacy while also grabbing some resources.

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"Sky Fleet takes solid classic tower defense strategy with friends into the clouds,” said Dan Phillips, Founder, Enno Games. “Adapt and experience the co-op mode with anyone in the world who thinks they can outplay you. Suit up and make your buddy put his airship where their mouth is!"

It's a solid entry into the competitive strategy market that's absolutely worth a look if you're a fan of real-time strategy games. Having direct control over one main upgradable unit is a nice touch, that does help to keep it feeling very different from any traditional RTS or tower defence game. It plays out much more like a top-down shooter, with a few strategy elements to keep your mind ticking constantly.

Available to buy on Steam .

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    Goblinz Studio to bring even more turn-based goodies with Sandwalkers

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 20 December, 2021 - 10:36 · 1 minute

Sandwalkers is a roguelike turn-based exploration game from Goblinz Studio, who've developed and published a number of games now like Legend of Keepers, Sigma Theory, As Far As The Eye, Neurodeck and more.

Due out in 2022, it sees you build up a team and guide a caravan across an ever-changing landscape full oh dangers. Check out their latest teaser that was shown off during Gamescom which we missed@

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"Every decade, the Mka tribe sends caravans of adventurers into the Phithi, the meteorological chaos that keeps the Uwando tribes isolated from each other and makes life outside the refuges almost impossible.

Their mission: to establish diplomatic and trade relations, to explore and reclaim the lands left to the mercy of monsters and pirates, and, most importantly, to plant a new tree city that can become a refuge for the Mka and their allies. Regardless of the success or failure of their mission, the caravans must send the memories they have gained back to the capital, using the crystospheres carried by traveling beetles."

Game Features:

  • Guide a caravan of adventurers through ever-changing landscapes.
  • Fight and survive in the face of acid rain, sandstorms and heat waves.
  • Tame hostile creatures, rescue refugees, seek allies for mutual aid, or follow the blood path and loot everything you can.
  • Seek rich arable soil to plant a new tree city for your people.
  • Progress by passing on your knowledge to a new caravan.
  • Repair the broken climate, and put an end to centuries of wandering.
  • Make choices that will affect your future expeditions.
  • Each character has a different job that greatly influences the gameplay. It's up to you to explore mythical ruins as an Archeologist, or track down huge beasts as a Hunter.
  • Don't underestimate the weather! It influences the movements of the characters and the outcomes of confrontations.

You can follow it on Steam .

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    AI Kingdoms arrive for Kingdoms and Castles in a new Beta

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 17 December, 2021 - 16:45 · 1 minute

The massive AI Kingdoms update for Kingdoms and Castles has finally hit Open Beta for anyone who owns it, so you can now see what the developer has been working on for quite some time.

Kingdoms and Castles is a city-building simulation game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet to a sprawling city and imposing castle. It has gradually grown from quite a small and relaxed game into a much bigger city-builder / RTS hybrid, although you can still pretty much play how you want and AI Kingdoms are optional to add in.

Here's some highlights of what's in the current Beta:

  • AI Kingdoms you can add when starting a new game
  • Talk, trade, or fight with these AI kingdoms
  • Hall of Diplomacy where you can make diplomats used to interact with the AI Kingdoms
  • Fog of war system
  • Siege Workshop which builds Catapults
  • New harder 'Survive 250' game mode
  • Theatre and Jousting Arena
  • Transport carts
  • Minimap
  • Ability to set maximum workers per job category
  • Lots of other various improvements

I managed to set aside some time and play through the Beta today and it's looking absolutely fantastic. Kingdoms and Castles was already a wonderful game but now it just has so much more depth to it, giving you a great many more hours of building - without making it too complicated.

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For the Beta, it's currently Steam-only until it's finished and then it will be up as a normal update for other stores. If you wish to try it on Steam simply right click the game and go to Properties, hit the Beta tab and select "next-version-preview".

You can find Kingdoms and Castles on Steam , GOG and itch.io .

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    Get a look at the Total War: WARHAMMER III campaign map and more battles

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 17 December, 2021 - 13:42

Creative Assembly continue rolling out more teaser videos of the upcoming Total War: WARHAMMER III, which will be ported to Linux by Feral Interactive.

Just recently CA put up a video finally giving us a proper look at the campaign map. Going over many different biomes you can expect to move armies through and perhaps conquer. It sure does look pretty and might have one of the best looking campaign maps of any similar strategy game. Check it out below:

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It's releasing in February 2022, with Linux support continuing from porter Feral Interactive. We still don't know if their native build will offer cross-platform multiplayer, as Feral still did not reply to our email on it. There's still a few months to go yet, so perhaps they will surprise us.

As a reminder: if you do pre-order (or buy in the first week after release) you will get access to an additional free Race Pack for Total War: WARHAMMER III with the Ogre Kingdoms.

Available to pre-order on Humble Store and Steam .

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