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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RE[6]: Hmm
by Best on Sun 20th May 2007 02:45 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Hmm"
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Selling specially boxed 'linux' versions of the game was a mistake. But making the game available for Linux obviously worked out, because Doom 3, and Quake 4 also recieved support for linux.

If a company is going to use linux for a dedicated server, its actually pretty trivial to offer a client, especially if the game is OpenGL based.

Its really a catch 22, serious gamers don't use linux because nobody releases games for linux, and nobody releases games for linux because there aren't any serious gamers who use linux exclusively. So the fair number of casual gamers like myself who use linux either snatch the few bones the PC gaming industry does throw our way, or we just spend our cash on console games instead.

Edited 2007-05-20 02:58

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RE[7]: Hmm
by sbergman27 on Sun 20th May 2007 03:07 in reply to "RE[6]: Hmm"
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But making the game available for Linux obviously worked out, because Doom 3, and Quake 4 also recieved support for linux.

False. Doom3 and Quake4 did not receive support. Unsupported binaries were released by Id.

Id is a cool company. They write their games to be multiplatform, and have done so since the days of the original Doom back in the early 90s.

An Id employee released a binary for the original Doom games, explicitly because doing so was "cool". And Id has gone to the trouble of porting Quake 1 and all of their games since then to Linux and making explicitly *unsupported* binaries available. Because it was cool.

Here is a list of Id games "officially unsupported":

Doom 1
Doom 2
Ultimate Doom
glquake (officially unsupported even under Windows)
Hexen 2
Heretic 2
Quake3 (now unsupported)
Return To Castle Wolfenstein

All the games through Quake3, and including the earlier Wolfenstein 3D, have had the code to their engines released as Open Source.

But John Carmack himself has come out, post-Q3a, and stated very explicitly how dismal the Linux gaming scene is from a business standpoint.

One can hardly accuse him of not understanding the situation or the potential. It is equally hard to make a case that he was just lying to make Linux look bad.

Edited 2007-05-20 03:12

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RE[8]: Hmm
by Phloptical on Mon 21st May 2007 04:01 in reply to "RE[7]: Hmm"
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Well, when there's a million and one distros out there, can you hardly blame them for not wanting to spend money on staffing tech support across 3 shifts? And what kind of proper linux user whines about not having a customer-support structure? What is this? IBM? Linux desktops are supposed to be for the techies, the guys who drool about compiling kernels in their wettest of dreams, not for the paper-cert toting AD jockeys that pay Microsoft's protection money to see why the KB666 hotfix obliterated their SQL database.

Let's not even address the equally dismal video driver scene (until most recently, that is). Again, the chipset manufacturers are mostly to blame on that front. Given that uber-clusterf**k, I hardly blame iD for going, "Ok boys, here's the code.....have fun, and don't say we didn't warn ya." How can you support something, when you haven't got a clue to what the half-shod 3D driver that's been shoehorned into the system is doing to the hardware? Linux is not a business model, and any attempts to rein it into one is pointless. OSS (mainly, GNU Linux, or whatever you call it) is true communism flying in the face of corporate capitalism. The models don't apply.

Maybe there is a way to staff competent people to support the 31 flavors of Linux out there. Until then, as with everything else, the best support (most competent of people) still can be found at (the search, not the company)

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