Linked by David Adams on Thu 24th Jun 2010 16:21 UTC, submitted by Michael
Games Born out of the demise of Loki Software in 2001 was Linux Game Publishing, but now a decade later the fate of LGP is not looking good for the company that has ported about two dozen game titles to Linux.
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RE: Linux isn't a Desktop OS...
by ssokolow on Thu 24th Jun 2010 17:32 UTC in reply to "Linux isn't a Desktop OS..."
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2010-01-21

I don't even know where to start. Just about every point you made has been proven false already.

Hardware lag generally isn't a significant issue for hardware other than video cards and if you're using an nVidia video card with the binary driver, not for them either.

There's plenty of evidence that the return on investment for Linux (and Mac) porting is quite high. (Unless your developers are idiots who wouldn't know proper game engine architecture if it bit them on the knows)

Even with those point, Linux users do pay for good games and, when we do, as the Humble Indie Bundle showed, we tend to pay more than our windows-using counterparts.

As for "no other games", that really depends on how you define games. Little arcade things? Plenty of open-source ones, some pretty good. Big 3D shooters? Oh look, Valve is porting Steam and the Source engine and ID Software has been releasing Linux ports of their shooters for ages. Classics? There are plenty of re-implemented engines waiting for the resources on your legally purchased game disc.

As for dual boot, virtualization, and Wine, have you actually used them? There are plenty of people like my brother who would happily buy Linux versions if it meant they didn't have to dual-boot or nag me to figure out how to make Wine play them without screwing up. (Not to mention people like me who specifically buy hardware WITHOUT an OEM license either to save money or because we don't want to line Microsoft's pockets)

The problem with games for Linux is that it's not really economical yet (chicken-and-egg problem) to have the porting studio be a separate company with all the overhead that implies.

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