Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th May 2007 20:23 UTC
Games We usually don't report on games, but I would like to make an exception today. Blizzard Entertainment has announced the sequel to what many see as the best realtime strategy game ever made: they announced StarCraft II. The original StarCraft, released in 1998, tops many best-games-of-all-times lists, and has sold over 9 million copies worldwide; it is still one of the most popular online games, despite its age. In fact, in South Korea, StarCraft matches are even broadcast on TV.
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by Best on Sat 19th May 2007 23:06 UTC
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2005-07-09

As much as I'd like to see a linux native version, I've got my doubts that we'll actually see one. Even though Linux has practically the same market penetration that Apple did in the mid-90s when StarCraft was released, Blizzard doesn't seem to be in a hurry to support Linux like they did Macs.

World of Warcraft, even though it has supposedly been ported to linux, perhaps even having a linux-native client available from day 1 according to some rumors, has never been made available for linux. Blizzard might be all for it, but I think the problem in this case lies not with the development company but with the accountants of the parent company not wanting to support a platform they know nothing about.

Its really too bad that game companies don't support linux. Of the circle of friends I played with back when the original starcraft was released, only one still uses windows and only one uses a mac, and even then its only his laptop and not his main machine. Its not that we don't still play games and aren't willing to spend $50 on a new game, there just simply are so rarely any games for us to buy, and so we buy consoles and console games.

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RE: Linux...
by MiliTux on Sat 19th May 2007 23:42 in reply to "Linux..."
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2007-05-16


World of Warcraft, even though it has supposedly been ported to linux, perhaps even having a linux-native client available from day 1 according to some rumors, has never been made available for linux. Blizzard might be all for it, but I think the problem in this case lies not with the development company but with the accountants of the parent company not wanting to support a platform they know nothing about.


I don't buy those rumours. There was the World of Warcraft Linux petition, which had thousands of users pledging to buy the game and a subscription if they ported it to Linux.

If they had a port from day 1 it would have been free money. I signed the pledge, and would have bought it (I bought Doom3 as soon as the Linux port became available). I try and let my wallet speak. Granted, it's not a very loud voice, and the windows gamers who severely outnumber me make sure of that, but at least I know I'm standing up for what I believe in.

It's in my best interests to not have a Linux port anyway I guess. Gaming is not real life, and I really should be going something constructive instead. ;)

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RE[2]: Linux...
by l3mr on Sun 20th May 2007 12:36 in reply to "RE: Linux..."
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2007-05-01

Yeah, but even thousands of users are not really a lot when you have 6 million subscribers.

And, seriously, supporting a non-open-source game on linux is a lot more of an effort than on more standardised platforms like Mac or Windows.

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RE[2]: Linux...
by dagw on Sun 20th May 2007 16:05 in reply to "RE: Linux..."
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2005-07-06

There was the World of Warcraft Linux petition, which had thousands of users pledging to buy the game and a subscription if they ported it to Linux.

How many of those thousands broke down and bought the windows version (possibly running it under wine) when the Linux version didn't show up? The problem, as it where, is that there are very few linux users who are interested in buying games and don't have access to a windows machine. And many of them when faced between the choice of the windows version or no version will chose the windows version. So there really is even less incentive to port to linux than it might seen.

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