Linked by Debjit on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 21:16 UTC
Games A rumor has been going around for about four months now that Valve is coming out with a Linux version of Steam and had a lot of people in the Linux community very excited. However Valve have officially killed the rumor. And it is not what people wants to hear - there is no Linux version of Steam in development.
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RE[4]: Too bad.
by Ford Prefect on Tue 24th Aug 2010 10:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Too bad."
Ford Prefect
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I see that the market is not relevant to the publisher. Almost all linux users who want to play just bite the bullet and boot Windows (which as we all know is just available on any machine).

What is incorrect, however, is the belief that there would be significant technical reasons hindering Linux as a gaming platform. The infamous distro argument is just one of them that is easily understood and sounds convincing by/to outsiders but in fact is not relevant.

I don't need to go into technical details either to prove my point. Just look at id software. They managed to release all their major games without any trouble (they have only one guy responsible for Linux porting in their team). I never heard any complaints about "Quake does not run on Distro XY" or "Quake is unstable", "Quake runs only with lib version XY" or "Don't install Quake after installing another program/lib" anything like that. It is just no issue. It is just not.

Another example would be Ryan Gordon (Icculus), who ported a lot of games including the UT series just by himself, on a contract basis. I also never heard that UT would run on Distro X but fail on Distro Y.


Thing is, there is no technical reason why a game should not satisfy Linux customers as well as it would Windows customers. The windows platform has all its problems in itself for games. Read about the "install latest drivers" comments all over the net.


Still I understand that for a major publisher there is marginal business sense in supporting the Linux platform. It's just not for technical reasons but for how the OS market currently works.

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