Gratuitous Space Battles

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Gratuitous Space Battles
Gratuitous Space Battles cover
Developers
Positech Games
macOS (OS X) Red Marble Games
Linux Edward Rudd
Release dates
Windows November 4, 2009
OS X August 4, 2010
Linux December 13, 2011
Gratuitous Battles
Gratuitous Space Battles 2009
Gratuitous Tank Battles 2012
Gratuitous Space Battles 2 2015

General information

Official Website
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website The Windows and OS X versions are sold separately
Steam
None of the versions provide everything and there is a price disparity between the same versions.
Online gameplay requires an activation code.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Outcasts
The Tribe
The Order
The Swarm
The Nomads
Galactic Conquest
The Parasites

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\GratuitousSpaceBattles
OS X
Linux ~/.positech/GSB

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\GratuitousSpaceBattles
OS X
Linux ~/.positech/GSB
This game does not support the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
The game runs at 60+ in the main menu and other menu screens, but once in the game it is locked to 56
120+ FPS
The game runs at 120+ in the main menu and other menu screens, but once in the game it is locked to 56

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
No speech.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
2 Can only play against others via challenge maps.
"Can only play against others via challenge maps." is not in the list of possible values (Co-op, Versus) for this property.

Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues fixed[edit]

DLC on Linux[edit]

The DLC for this game can only be bought via Steam or as a part of the collector's edition from the website. Because of this, the DLC is not officially sold on Linux, but it can be used with the Linux version after being bought on Steam.[1]

Convert Steam DLC content[citation needed]
  1. Buy DLC via Steam
  2. Install DLC via Steam, either under Windows or via Wine
  3. Copy the relevant folders
    1. Folder in the installation folder (e.g. "GSB/nomads GSB/campaign")
    2. "data/install/DLC_RELATED" into "GSB/data/install/DLC_RELATED"
    3. "data/packages/DLC_RELATED" into "GSB/data/packages/DLC_RELATED"
  4. Convert all .dds files to .png

Notes

This can be done with the use of ImageMagick. To automate this process further the following command may be used (NO WARRANTY):
for x in `find . -name "*.dds"`; do convert $x `dirname $x`/`basename $x .dds`.png; done
Some users have noted that some backgrounds appear white, when using the DLC, but this can be further fixed by converting the .bmp files[citation needed]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Whilst in battle, the game would, approximately every 3 minutes, drop from the regular (on an average machine, I do not know the specs of it) FPS of ~60, to < 10 FPS. It would go back to the regular FPS about 5 minutes later, and then repeat this cycle. Cause unknown, fix unknown.

System requirements[edit]

Requires at least 1024x768
Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 62 MB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.5
Processor (CPU) 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 62 MB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Kernel 2.6
Processor (CPU) 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 62 MB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM

References

  1. Guide on forums