Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th May 2010 15:07 UTC
Games "Valve Corporation has today rolled out their Steam Mac OS X client to the general public and confirmed something we have been reporting for two years: the Steam content delivery platform and Source Engine are coming to Linux. This news is coming days after we discovered proof in Steam's Mac OS X Client of Linux support and subsequently found more Linux references and even the unreleased Steam Linux client. The day has finally come and Linux gamers around the world have a reason to rejoice, as this is the biggest news for the Linux gaming community that sees very few tier-one titles." This means Linux users can finally enjoy two of the best games in recent years: Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. BOOMER!
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Backport
by Elv13 on Wed 12th May 2010 15:42 UTC
Elv13
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2006-06-12

I hope they will backport their old games to Linux, this press event did not talked about it. One thing for sure, the day of the release, I will buy my copy of The OrangeBox and L4D[1-2]. I cross my fingers!

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RE: Backport
by backdoc on Wed 12th May 2010 17:56 in reply to "Backport"
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2006-01-14

I'm not a gamer. So, I don't really comprehend the significance the Steam engine and what it means to those who wish to play games on Linux. Never the less, your mention of the Orange Box caught my eye.

My kid loves playing TF2 on his PS3. He plays it everyday. The Orange Box is an amazing value. I think the most creative and best games I've ever witnessed is Portal.

Anyway, can you (or someone) tell me more about Orange Box on Linux? My kid has begged for the PC version because it seems to get updates and has weapons he doesn't have. But, I've told him "No" because I don't have Windows at home and I like it that way. This may be good news for him.

The funny side note is that my kid wanted a couple of other games. So, we went to the game store and I spotted the Orange Box. I did use to play some of those games a few years back. I thought he might like them. But, he wasn't interested. So, I just bought it for him anyway. Now, TF2 is the *ONLY* game he plays. And, I've never seen him play games with this much regularity.

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RE[2]: Backport
by backdoc on Wed 12th May 2010 18:37 in reply to "RE: Backport"
backdoc Member since:
2006-01-14

Having gone and RTFA, I see the significance.

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RE[2]: Backport
by analogue on Wed 12th May 2010 19:20 in reply to "RE: Backport"
analogue Member since:
2005-07-16

The Orange Box is TF2, HL2 and Portal.
As all those games will be released on GNU/Linux when Steam and the source engine is ported (a bit later for TF2), you can buy them online and expect your kid to play them under Linux

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RE: Backport
by gregf on Wed 12th May 2010 23:21 in reply to "Backport"
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2006-06-23

Any source based game should "Just Work" when steam comes to Linux.

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RE[2]: Backport
by Elv13 on Thu 13th May 2010 00:27 in reply to "RE: Backport"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

No, Vavle still have to port the game. They use an old version of the source engine. They have to be ported to the newer one and have some code cleanup to work. Look likt they did it with Counter Strike Source (the new version is in beta (Windows only)) right now). They will probably do it some day, but it may take a while. Until that, the orange box seem to work well in Wine.

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