Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 22:53 UTC
Games Yesterday Phoronix showed proof of Steam's Linux client existence via its Mac OS X launcher that is currently in closed beta, then this morning they showed further signs of Linux support. Since 2008 it was known that Steam and the Source Engine would come to Linux. As an update, they even pointed out the download link for the Steam Linux binary from their store.
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RE: Really?
by TechGeek on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 00:24 UTC in reply to "Really?"
TechGeek
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2006-01-14

Well, more than .1% of computers run Linux. Many Linux users pay for other software. Many Windows users only use Windows because of the games. If the games are cross platform, what incentive is there to stay with Windows?

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RE[2]: Really?
by Bending Unit on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 05:24 in reply to "RE: Really?"
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2005-07-06

If the games are cross platform, what incentive is there to stay with Windows?

Windows 7.

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RE[3]: Really?
by reduz on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 14:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Really?"
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2006-02-25

I was hoping a more serious answer, but i guess Microsoft deserves credit for creating an OS that can finally attract some fanboys.

Edited 2010-04-23 14:10 UTC

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RE[2]: Really?
by nt_jerkface on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 18:54 in reply to "RE: Really?"
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2009-08-26

Well, more than .1% of computers run Linux. Many Linux users pay for other software. Many Windows users only use Windows because of the games. If the games are cross platform, what incentive is there to stay with Windows?


Have you ever seen the game collection direct2drive has for the Mac? It has some great games but it isn't nearly as large as the library available for Windows, especially for new games. Given that Mac has at least 8x the marketshare of Linux there will be even less incentive for companies to port. At most it will be like the Mac where you have a lot of high selling casual games like The Sims being ported while missing some of the best pc games from recent years like Stalker.

If you want an alternative to Windows gaming then you should get a console. It's not as if Windows gaming is exactly healthy these days with so many games going straight to consoles.

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