So I can't really say if this is since a serious sam update or since an intel driver update (I use X.org from git master, xf86-video-intel from git master and mesa from git master) but for a while serious sam doesn't start for me at all, on stable and on the betas. I have completely deleted the local game content with steam and reinstalled it and it does not help.
I can't really see where it fails, as there are no debug symbols whatsoever. Can you get a debug binary, when promising to delete it right after testing and not giving it to anyone? :)
$ LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib32:$(pwd):~/Steam/ubuntu12_32/ gdb ./Sam3 -q
Reading symbols from /home/user/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/Sam3...(no debugging symbols found)...done.
Starting program: /home/user/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/Sam3
warning: Could not load shared library symbols for linux-gate.so.1.
Do you need "set solib-search-path" or "set sysroot"?
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
Using host libthread_db library "/usr/lib/libthread_db.so.1".
WRN: CPU Power saving is enabled and performance governor is not used.
INF: GameEnv API: Steam
Setting breakpad minidump AppID = 41070
Steam_SetMinidumpSteamID: Caching Steam ID: 76561197968267003 [API loaded no]
INF: Encoded user ID = 3b2a828d:1c020d06
[New Thread 0xf618ab40 (LWP 30258)]
INF: * Desktop settings...
INF: Color depth: 32-bit
INF: Desktop resolution: 1920 x 1080
INF: Fullscreen on primary display
WRN: [OpenGL] Unable to determine VRAM size... assuming 512 MB.
Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x00000000 in ?? ()
#0 0x00000000 in ?? ()
#1 0x08f04d32 in ?? ()
#2 0x08f06fee in ?? ()
#3 0x08ef4208 in ?? ()
#4 0x08a717b2 in ?? ()
#5 0x083897c1 in ?? ()
#6 0x083991ba in ?? ()
#7 0x0839a8db in ?? ()
#8 0x089f4116 in ?? ()
#9 0x08d71db8 in ?? ()
#10 0x08d721e8 in ?? ()
#11 0x0804f4db in ?? ()
#12 0xf7dcc825 in __libc_start_main () from /usr/lib32/libc.so.6
#13 0x08388e95 in ?? ()
Speed: 2201 Mhz
8 logical processors
4 physical processors
Operating System Version:
"Arch Linux" (64 bit)
Kernel Name: Linux
Kernel Version: 3.9.0-1-mainline
X Server Vendor: The X.Org Foundation
X Server Release: 11399902
X Window Manager: KWin
Steam Runtime Version: steam-runtime-release-i386_2013-02-22
Driver: Intel Open Source Technology Center Mesa DRI Intel(R) Ivybridge Mobile
Driver Version: 3.0 Mesa 9.2-devel (git-0b6e72f)
Desktop Color Depth: 24 bits per pixel
Monitor Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Number of Monitors: 2
Number of Logical Video Cards: 2
Primary Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Desktop Resolution: 3840 x 1080
Primary Display Size: 18,78" x 10,55" (21,54" diag)
47,7cm x 26,8cm (54,7cm diag)
Primary VRAM Not Detected