Gratuitous Space Battles

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Gratuitous Space Battles
GRATSPACE-COVER.jpg
Developers
Release dates
Windows
November 4, 2009
OS X
August 4, 2010
Linux
December 13, 2011
Gratuitous Space Battles at WineHQ
Gratuitous Space Battles at Steam Charts
Gratuitous Space Battles at SteamDB
 Gratuitous Space Battles at Wikipedia
Gratuitous Battles
Gratuitous Space Battles 2009
Gratuitous Tank Battles 2012
Gratuitous Space Battles 2 2014

General information

More information Official Website
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums

Availability[edit]

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Developer Website DRM-free The Windows and OS X versions are sold separately
Steam Steamicon.png
Desura Desura.pngDRM-free
Ubuntu Software Centre UbuntuIcon.pngDRM-free
Information None of the versions provide everything and there is a price disparity between the same versions.
Information Online gameplay requires an activation code.
Disadvantage Some of the DLC is only available on Windows.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Unknown Grading incomplete
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Impossible
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible
High frame rate Unknown

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Impossible
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Not applicable
Subtitles Not applicable No speech.
Closed captions Not applicable
Mute on focus lost Impossible

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Not applicable Not applicable

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Online play Native 2 Can only play against others via challenge maps.
Asynchronous multiplayer Native

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].

Fix Convert Steam DLC contentLink

  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:

Information 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
Information Some users have noted that some backgrounds appear white, when using the DLC, but this can be further fixed by converting the .bmp files

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]

Information 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