Civilization Beyond Earth - Fix for Arch Linux

I love the Civilization series. One of my favourites is Beyond Earth, where luckily a Linux Version exists on Steam. Awesome! 🙂

Unfortunately under Arch Linux this doesn't work out of the box but needs some fixing. First of all you need to run steam-native, instead of steam. For debugging it's the best to run it in a terminal. If you start Civ Beyond Earth and end up with a similar error like

Then you need to install the lib32-intel-tbb lib from the AUR. I had to enable multilib and install gcc-multilib, but then it build and I could finally start Civilization Beyond Earth.

Civilization Beyond Earth - In game (just at the beginning)

Another victory for the good cause! 🙂

Why I think, that SteamOS should become more popular

In a nutshell

  • You can build your own hardware
  • You have the freedom to choose between a high-end gaming PC or a low budget living room console, even cheaper than a PS4
  • Microsoft's UWP is bad for the consumer, since it want's to destroy competitors instead of competing with them
  • Since Vulkan more Games will be available on Linux, this will bring some freedom to the games to chose the operating system that works better for them.

SteamOS is a Linux-based platform for Steam. I think that's a great step forward in order to bring the gaming market closer to the Linux platform than any approach before. And let me explain to you, why this is important.

Advantages of SteamOS

I'm running Linux on a daily basis. And for that I would be more convenient for me to have more native games running in my Linux Steam, than to force me to reboot Windows.

Apart from that, you can build or order your own Steam Machines. They allow you to build your own consoles and media centres based on real PC hardware. They might be more expensive than a PS4 or XBox, but they can be also MUCH MORE powerful in terms of performance. In other words - You gain the freedom to choose the hardware that you want. Wanna go for a complete 4k 60 FPS machine? Go ahead! Or just wanna have a casual machine, even cheaper than a PS4? Also that's possible.

Why Microsoft's UWP is bad

This is not a rant or MS bashing. Microsoft has done a lot of good things and empowers new technologies. But their strategy in building up their own monopole with UWP is bad for the consumers and their partners.

Universal Windows Platform is a new Runtime for Windows, that claims to unify programs for all Windows platforms. Sounds good up to now, but it intrinsically also binds every program to the Windows Store. This is a new form of the Trusted Computing platform, that has failed already several times in the past. So if programs are not "trusted" by the Windows store, you cannot run them. That is bad, since other Platforms, like Steam, then cannot install Games without the "permission" of the Windows Store. That is terrible! You just lost control over your computer.

"The risk here is that, if Microsoft convinces everybody to use UWP, then they phase out Win32 apps. If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows Store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won’t be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library – what they’re trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones."

Tim Sweeney, PC Gamer

I don't like the approach here - It's not that Microsoft brings something new out that just works better. No, they did a major screwup with DirectX 12, where they focused on the Marketing and not on the actual Technology. This is why Vulkan gained so much popularity and may outpower DirectX 12. At least I hope so, because that would be a game-changer in the battle of the operating systems. And the winner in this case is the consumer, because he can chose between two different platforms, what suits him better.

If Microsoft would really bring something totally revolutionary and big on the table, that outperforms all of the competitors the case would be different. But they are not. They are trying to destroy better technologies to bring make their own product shine brighter.

 

Of course, this is just my humble opinion, and I could be wrong.

Fallout 4 Bug: The Nuclear Option

Fallout 4 is amazing.

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Fallout 4 is just .... awesome!

Still, a game with such a huge repertoire of possibilities has some bugs. This post is for all the tormented souls who face the Bug in the main quest "The Nuclear Option"

WARNING: Spoiler ahead! Don't proceed, if you do not really need help

I'm talking about this glitch in the game: After having placed the thermonuclear warhead in the reactor of the Institute, you are supposed to get teleported back to Proctor Ingram, together with Maxon. Unfortunately, the teleportation brings me back to the surface, while the other key-NPC stay in the teleportation room of the Institute.
A hint for a unlucky second teleport would be, that the game loads for a while, comes back and immediately loads a second time, bringing me back to the surface.

A walk-around is the following console command

moveto mq302bos

That brings you to Proctor Ingram and you can continue the quest.

Found in the Steam Community. Thanks!

 

Fallout 4 on wrong Monitor fix

Story

When I play Fallout 4, Windows always bugs me with a dialogue to reduce the screen effects in order to increase the performance.
After some fruitless research I gave up, so that when I want to play something I just have to deal with the internal stupidity of Windows.

The last time, Fallout 4 was not able to recover after being minimized an refocused with the wrong resolution on my secondary monitor. Not so nice.

Since this now happened the second time, it's time to archive the way I can fix this issue:

Fallout 4 launching on the wrong display.

Google is the answer, and a short query immediately points the to the following page, where there are some solution strategies.

Solution

Edit the File Fallout4Custom.ini in the directory "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents\My Games\Fallout4"

Search for the following values and edit them to your needs

[Display]
iLocation X=0
iLocation Y=0

Since i need the game to be on my primary display, iLocation X = 0 and iLocation Y = 0 suits my needs. Otherwise just add or subtract the screen size depending on your screen resolution and screen adjustment.

Have fun!