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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @10:08AM (#47211921)

    Available on regular linux steam client, not just the SteamOS distro. I've already got it running under Ubuntu, runs nice and smooth.

    • Yeah I have it running on my Fedora install of Steam and it runs great.
    • by FreonTrip (694097)
      Seconded - I've tried it on Xubuntu 14.04 x64, on an AMD FX-8320 with 24 gigs DDR3-1600 and a Geforce GTX 660 running recent proprietary drivers, and all is running beautifully. It looks like Aspyr's pulled off a lovely, polished port. Yay!
    • by DG (989)

      Yup.

      And as I already had the Windows version, it was free.

      Works flawlessly on an HD7870 Ubuntu / Catalyst box. Squee!

    • by Manywele (679470)
      And it's on sale. Guess I'm not getting much done today.
    • It is available, but it is not supported. People that use Linux should know there is a big difference between the two.

      • by dkman (863999)
        What support did you ever need for Civilization? If you install and it doesn't run is the only time I can think of needing support for a game. If you run into that ask the steam community and ask the linux community, no need to ask the creator/publisher though you probably could ask on the 2k games forums too. The internet does away with a lot of that need.
        • If it is supported you have extra guarantees that it will run right without having to mess around configurations, also if it is supported and it doesn't run for reasons that are not your fault you have the legal basis to request a refund.

          • by dkman (863999)
            I've seen a lot of game forums where people had issues. Often the solution is "download the latest video drivers", but sometimes there's there's a config file edit or an exe to run that really just evaluates your system and rebuilds the config file.

            Of course in linux the phrase "mess around configurations" is often more involved than that.

            It's been a long time since I requested a refund but I remember the whole push for stores not wanting to give a refund for software once it was opened.

            I agree that t
  • by BitZtream (692029) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @10:09AM (#47211927)

    Great ... now can I run a freaking stand alone pit boss server that DOESN'T require logging into my steam account ... effectively making it so my option is to run a server or play the game but unable to actually run a server AND play a game?

    A large multiple game of Civ takes weeks at best when you're an adult with jobs, a wife, kids and other bits of the real world, Pitboss is worthless if it still requires being logged into a steam account to use it.

    • by BitZtream (692029)

      Nevermind, I guess I should have googled before I posted

      http://forums.2k.com/showthrea... [2k.com]

      Maybe multiplayer is actually doable now!?

      • by Ailure (853833)

        Unfortunatly it's kinda buggy in some ways after playing it with six-seven people. Crashes and desyncs galore, and regular multiplayer hosting is actually stabler.

        It also crashes if it's started without a steam login, but it doesn't care who is logged in (so it can be a alternative account that dosen't have Civ 5). This could be a regression introduced with a patch at some point (it probably tries to do a callback with the steam API and fails).

    • A large multiple game of Civ takes weeks at best when you're an adult with jobs, a wife, kids and other bits of the real world

      That's what Civilization Revolution is for, a streamlined Civilization without the tedious time-sink..a "good parts" version of Civ. (Yes that's a Princess Bride novel reference)

  • They have a remote install option. So, by the time you get home the thing will be ready and waiting for you.

    It is a monstrous download...

    • by FreonTrip (694097)
      I think it was around 5 or 6 gigs, which isn't atypical these days. If that's alarming, don't look up the specs for Wolfenstein: The New Order. You'll crack.
  • Well, my biggest time waster is now on Linux, without having to fiddle with WINE or anything. I guess I can now relegate this commercial OS to a seldom used secondary partition. Woot!

    Also:

    http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/06/10/sid-meiers-civilization-v-now-available-for-steamos-and-linux/?ns_campaign=article-feed&ns_mchannel=ref&ns_source=steam&ns_linkname=0&ns_fee=0 [pcgamer.com]

    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/06/11/civilization-5-linux/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ [rockpapershotgun.com]

  • Oh this is great, one more game I can play without rebooting into Windows. Now I need to cut out from work early to play. :)
  • by 00Monkey (264977) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @12:21PM (#47213211) Homepage

    Several Linux users are reporting audio issues. The initial movies play audio properly but then the sound of the game is pretty bad. Running Ubuntu 14.04 x64, I was able to resolve all sound issues by doing the following:

    1. Typed: sudo nano /etc/pulse/daemon.conf
    2. Found and changed the following parameters:
    A. default-fragments = 5
    B. default-fragment-size-msec = 2
    3. Saved file (Ctrl + O), Exited (Ctrl + X)
    4. Typed: pulseaudio -k
    5. Launched Civ 5, no audio issues now.

    I've posted the same on the Steam forums.

    • by jcarr (20735)

      I'm having some sort of video corruption (audio is fine for me). It seems to be related to whenever there is a full motion video playing. It causes black boxes to cover up the various menus, etc. My only option is to restart the game. I'm running x64 mint. Maybe it's some sort of mesa bug. I've set every video option to the lowest settings, but it still happens. The intro video does not play and I have to hit ESC to go by it (it just stays on the blue Steam screen) I hear the audio play from the video. Anyo

  • I saw the announcement yesterday afternoon, and found it listed already in my available games (since I had previously purchased it for Windows, under WINE).

    It works wonderfully under Linux: it's faster, uses less resources, and doesn't crash nearly as often as it did under WINE.

    I'm extremely happy, as this was one of the few reasons I still have a WINE install in place.

  • So now I can spend another 3700 hours on the game on lightweight hardware. w00t!

  • Aspyr Media inflicts Civ V on Linux users!

    When asked for commit, the CEO simple said:"MUAAAHahahahha".

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