Playing Steam Games on KDE Neon

TL;DR:

If your Steam Client is flickering rapidly on your fresh Linux install:

  • Go to Steam->Settings->Interface->Client Beta Participation -> Steam Beta Update.

If your Steam Client seems to refuse to launch any of your previously installed games (that you probably had installed on separate harddrives when you were running Windows:

  • Steam for Linux does not like NTFS for some reason. Games that I moved to my main drive work perfectly. So I’ll probably just get an extra SSD for my SATA USB adapter, reformat it to something more appropriate, and just play from that.

So after the recent announcement of “Microsoft Recall” for Windows where it captures screencaps of the user’s activity every 3 seconds and feeds that into their machine learning algorithm (which includes looking at adult content, entering payment information for online purchases, online healthcare services, private video calls, or any kind of remote-work you may be doing which could involve PII) I finally went ahead and dropped Windows 10 for KDE Neon.

There’s been some frustrations here and there, but it is working for the most part. Main problem bugging me right now is that the emote picker pops up a separate application and when I choose an emote it gets copied to clipboard instead of added to the textbox I had selected.

I was also having some issues with Steam for a while, but now I’ve got that working (as mentioned in the TLDR section. To repeat myself:

Got it fixed!
For the client flickering: Go to Steam->Settings->Interface->Client Beta Participation -> Steam Beta Update.
For most of my games not launching from my other drives: Steam for Linux does not like NTFS for some reason. Games that I moved to my main drive work perfectly. So I’ll probably just get an extra SSD for my SATA USB adapter, reformat it to something more appropriate, and just play from that.

We Noticed You Are Using Dark Patterns. Please Don’t.

The new “fun” dark pattern I see websites abusing now:

They have the “Continue Without Supporting Us” button specifically stylized on their default theme so that one wouldn’t know it’s there unless they had seen this prompt on other sites before.

It’s not against the law, but it’s sleezy as hell and I see no reason to reward a business for being sleezy. So now Furaffinity goes on my boycott list with Nintendo (for constant anti-fandom shenanigans and emulator developer harassment) and Microsoft (Sending out Hi Fi Rush to die and then nuking the devs when the game turns out to be a surprise hit anyway, buying Activision-Blizzard to effectively do nothing with it, buying Rare to effectively dismantle it, and putting billions of dollars into machine learning for the AI buzzword shenanigans and starting to dismantle their gaming division specifically to fund their machine learning gamble), and a buttload of other “social platforms” that have grown far too big for their own sustainability and scramble with user-hostile behavior out of desperation to stay afloat.

To be fair, I do think it’s wise for a business to pivot and evolve as their needs change. But when those changes are actively user-hostile, socially damaging, or actively against the best interests of humanity in general, I’d rather the business cease being a business on good terms than desperately struggle to stay afloat while poisoning the underpinnings of their cause. (I do not hold living creatures like humans to this same standard, in which case I completely understand and advocate for those creatures doing whatever it is they need to to survive and thrive. In a just world collective interest would prevent most cases of desperate survival tactics from ever being necessary.)

Video Game History Repeats

Microsoft is now in its Sega Saturn age where they’ve managed to burn most of their goodwill despite their successes and having a good hardware offerings but not enough sway with devs to attach people to it.

And no matter how far ahead of the times the Next Version Of Xbox may be, it will- like the Dreamcast before it- probably be the end of Xbox as devs don’t want to take the risk and players resist buying it out of distrust from how the prior platform’s games were handled.

And the Steam Deck is looking mighty convenient and cost effective these days…

Meanwhile Nintendo sics their ninjas on anyone who so much as thinks about emulators, homebrew, fangames, hacks, tournaments, fanart, and literally anything involving their IPs that they do not have complete control over. And they do this even in cases when they know they do not legally have the means to “win” because they know they have enough money to wait out any smaller individual out until they starve out of court funds.

And Sony? I haven’t heard much of Sony lately, they’re probably doing OK.

Selaco

Just played the Selaco demo and it’s impressive AF! I had no idea GZDOOM could even do a fraction of what Selaco is doing with it!

Also I watched the Fallout TV Series. It’s great! And Superbuns. It’s adorable! And replayed through all of Goldeneye! Still holds up great, especially if you have one of a couple certain unofficial ways to play it…

Full Size Art of the Bunnies from Green Rolling Hills

I made a map submission to RAMP 2023 titled Green Rolling Hills And Lots of Nice Bunny Girls But Secretly It’s Still Hell. That had 4 npc characters in it. The only one that has a name is Percy, and I recently drew a new outfit for her. But also here’s the full size versions of the art from that map.

And here’s the new picture of Percy with more clothes that I just drew today

Piracy DECIMATES Funimation and Crunchyroll (and It’s Their Own Fault)

So there’s this logic about Piracy being a service issue more than just a price value evaluation because like, if the service is great people are willing to pay and people want to see things they like continue to thrive and exist and they’re willing to support it.

And sure enough, I make a point to put my money and fanart and support behind things I want to see succeed. But uh, we all know how dysfunctional modern late stage capitalism (read: businesses valuing money and control far more than the people their business is supposedly for) is self-sabotaging by design.

So. Recently I’ve been on a Granblue kick. I started playing Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising and enjoyed it a lot for its lovely aesthetic, great music, exciting gameplay, and much more story content than I expected. then Granblue Fantasy: Relink came out and I gave it a try and it’s super good too for similar reasons! So then I try out the browser based Gacha Granblue Fantasy game as well and it’s got quite a bit of charm, but the official client for it is kinda clunky and there’s no official US app for it either, one just plays in the browser or finds other ways to rig it up. (I ADORE Vikala by the way, I want her in Granblue Rising and Granblue Relink!!!)

So I find out Cygames put out the first few episodes of the Granblue Anime on Youtube, but it’s only the sub. That’s fine, I watch a few episodes and enjoy it, but subbed anime tends to be a harder commitment for me than having a dub that I can listen to while I’m doing other things on the side. And just a couple of hours ago I found out that AniPlex did indeed release a Granblue Fantasy Anime with English Dub! And it’s got all the voices I’ve become familiar with from Rising and Relink! So I try looking up how to watch the dub version.

First result: Funimation. Except it was already in the news recently that Sony (who bought Crunchyroll AND Funimation because the anti-trust laws aren’t really being enforced) will be shutting down Funimation and migrating everyone’s accounts to Crunchroll (and deleting anyone’s Funimation libraries).

So okay, I search again. No point going with Funi if they’re just gonna take my money and run in a few days. The next result unsurprisingly is Crunchyroll. I click on the link and it’s taking me to Season 2. Which is not what I’m looking for, I want the English Dub of Season 1 because I’m new to the anime. I try to use the search feature, but Crunchroll takes me to the login prompt for some reason.

So I log into my old abandoned Crunchyroll account, only to be immediately prompted that I need to choose what to do with my Funimation data: Merge, Overwrite, or Discard. I choose to merge, because while I didn’t use Funimation a lot, I’d prefer not to have all of my money spent on it deleted just so they can charge me for it again later. I search for Granblue and again the only result I’m seeing is Season 2, and specifically only the subtitled version, not the English Dub.

So I back out and search on Google again and get a promising link to Amazon for the anime episodes… or so I thought! Season 1! All the episodes! English! But big text on the screen says “This video is currently unavailable to watch in your location”.

So I’m back at Google, I can’t find any streaming service that I already pay for that has the show, I can’t find a new service to sign up for that will give me the version that I already know exists, I can’t find a new copy of the supposedly existent blurays for sale anywhere and I’m getting to the point where I’m seriously considering digging around Usenet or some other platform to see if I can find the show that I would have paid for in the first place. I click on one of those sketchy Google links. You know the ones.

To my surprise. All of the episodes. 1080p. Multiple subtitle options. English and Japanese dub options for every episode. Multiple different video providers for each episode in case one goes down. Downloadable without DRM making it hard to use on older or uncommon devices. Auto-play, Auto-next, dimming options, intro skipping, outro skipping, and while it has some extremely annoying popup ads that try to clickjack my browser, they only show up the first time I click anywhere on the page per video, then stop getting in the way. A service almost as good as Netflix for the price of one (potentially malware laden) ad per video. I wouldn’t even be surprised if they had an option where I could pay to make these ads ago away. Even if it costed the same as Netflix does right now it’d be a better offer for actually having the darn show I was looking for.

So why would a site like this exist?
1: Because somewhere somebody was like “why do all of these other streaming services suck? I bet I could do it better for cheaper”.

2: Poses an existential threat to the existing status quo of streaming services if they’re convinced they can “win” people’s money by just doing what they were already doing or cracking down harder on people. This is the standard they need to beat, and it’s a standard set by people who do not have even a thousandth of the resources these big companies do. Do better.

3: Money isn’t the point… but it is necessary for survival (at least in our current culture). Since there is no incentive for them to enshittify their platform- consumers can easily go to any of their other similar low/no-upfront-cost competitors if things start getting too much of a pain to deal with- they *have* to take steps to keep the site attractive to visitors and to keep repeat visitors in. Those visitors in turn get those annoying ads or maybe throw in some donations which keep the site running. Not out of an aim for infinite expansion or infinite profit, for subsistence and sustainability. The accountability is baked into the design of the service. There is no “The Algorithm” to blame for shortcomings or unusual behavior. It’s just the society itself. And if a site like this is being operated primarily by just a handful of people, the ad income may well enough be enough to keep them alive and well supported more than the normalized wage-theft infinite grindtype 9-5 busywork job. And probably a lot more satisfying to boot since one doesn’t build a site like this unless they care about the content.

So uh, “nine anime” is cool or something I guess, lol.

BUT SERIOUSLY THOUGH WHY IS IT SO HARD TO JUST PLUNK DOWN 60 USD TO WATCH THE GRANBLUE ANIME WITH ENGLISH DUB THROUGH AN OFFICIALLY APPROVED MEANS


I WILL GIVE YOU THE MONEY JUST GIVE ME THE SHOW, PREFERRABLY AS A DOWNLOAD SO I’M NOT WASTING MY LIMITED LIVING SPACE

THE GRANBLUE GAMES ARE ALREADY EATING MY MONEY SO IT’S NOT LIKE I’M NOT WILLING TO PAY

Potential Stream Layout?

I sorta want to reuse some of the assets from one of my abandoned game ideas to do a new stream layout. Buuuut I’d need to redo how the actual chat overlay works, or use the default browser-based chat to get the text to fit with the rest of the theme, and that’s more effort than I want to put in this weekend.

Also kinda considering moving the chat to be vertically oriented instead and use horizontal character banner art instead, but I’d have to put a bit more thought into what kind of drawing I could make for a horizontal layout if I go that route. idk. Would definitely read easier though.

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