Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Apr 2012 18:23 UTC, submitted by Radio
Games "I am still struck by just how interested Valve is in Linux as a platform; it is certainly beyond my original expectations. This Linux work just is not some half-assed attempt by them to make it look like they are a Linux-friendly organization. Gabe's vision to support, embrace, and promote Linux are amazing, assuming they execute, which looks to be very high probability at this point." Nice scoop from Phoronix. Seems to all tie in quite well with the prospect of a Steambox running Linux.
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Windows 8 app store model undercuts Steam
by skandalfo on Thu 26th Apr 2012 22:04 UTC
skandalfo
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2010-04-07

They have no choice but to try to make Steam independent from Windows. Once Windows 8 ships "bundling" Microsoft's own application store, Windows PC gamers will have a different distribution infrastructure installed by default.

Guess who the publishers will go with, moreover if Microsoft's shop is integrated with the operating system's DRM and supported by a hardware TPM module.

The pity is that I think they're late to this game. It would take way more time bringing PC gamers (and hardware makers) from Windows to Linux than it'll take Microsoft to destroy Steam.

Another lesson for people making their business depend on the Redmond company.

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MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

While I'm sure they see an app store as a threat, Microsoft would have to overcome the antipathy most gamers hold towards their GFWL platform. Steam is more than just distribution; it's palatable DRM, communications, friends lists etc. Microsoft fell on their face with their last competing platform that next to no one uses anymore. Who knows what Windows 8 and beyond will bring of course

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

I'm sorry but have you TRIED GFWL? Its horrible! A total mess! Heck it can't even load the one lousy game I have for it (Bioshock II and i won't make the mistake of not reading the box before purchase again) without kicking me off whatever screen i'm on and back to the title screen!

In the end Valve has pretty much nothing to fear from Windows 8. Having set up a Win 8 CP machine in my shop and letting passersby try it the one thing they can all agree on is how much they HATE Win 8, whereas Steam is frankly a joy to use. Friends lists, chat, the Steam sales, in game screencaps you can share with buds, it is as opposite as opposite can be to what me and my friends have experienced with GFWL which is a badly done XBL clone.

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