Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Feb 2013 20:21 UTC
Games "Valve today announced the release of its Steam for Linux client. In celebration of the release, over 50 Linux titles are now 50-75% off until Thursday, February 21st at 10 AM PST. The Steam client is now available to download for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. Ubuntu is the most popular distribution of Linux used by millions of people globally and known for its well-designed, easy-to-use customer experience." The beginning of the Steambox. We're on the cusp of a sea change in the gaming world.
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robojerk
Member since:
2006-01-10

I'm very cautiously optimistic about this. They might get a lot of indie developers on board making Linux games, but the AAA title houses, I can see them standing on the side lines for long while to not upset their partners at Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, etc.

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

These days "AAA" is losing its meaning. The lines between indie and "AAA" are becoming more blurry.

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sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

I wish it was true.

While indies have made really good strides (Bastion was my favorite game of 2012 for example), AAA content requires millions of dollars for development.

Until we can somehow generate content (graphics, levels, audio, music, etc) with a much smaller budget there will still be a market for AAA releases.

I'm not saying AAA is particularly better (most of the time it's opposite), but they sell well. It's like the big Hollywood blockbusters, vs independent films.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

These days "AAA" is losing its meaning. The lines between indie and "AAA" are becoming more blurry.


Hardly. I don't like 99% of Indie-games that are being released, they rely way, WAY too much on a single trick to try to make the game look innovative or cool. Or they go for the pixelated look to hide the fact that they just do not have the resources to make anything more impressive graphically. AAA-games, on the other hand, are given millions in budgets to work with and actually create the resources needed.

Don't get me wrong, it's great that there are good venues for Indie-devs to release their games under and all that, I just cannot agree with your assessment.

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