A Constructed Reality Expression
07.13.2012 by potato
Using Linux on my desktop as my primary OS, doesn't leave me much opportunity to play games like I could if I were using a MS Windows OS. Though I would like to make a mention for Desura, which has a Linux client available and several games for the Linux platform. I have a Desura account and was able to test during the beta phase. At that time, I had very few issues with the client or the couple of free games available. Those minor issues were easy fixes, and were resolved in updates shortly after reporting them. I was very impressed with the responsiveness and quality of the Desura project and hope they do very well.
However, I'd like to focus this post on Steam and Valve. For a long time many have wanted a Linux client from Steam and for various reasons there has not yet been a client. I don't want to go into those reasons, that also is not the focus here. Valve has announced that they will be releasing a client for Linux and also will be porting over their Source engine.
Thank you, Valve. I am very happy to hear this news. I once posted in the Steam forums, that until there was a Linux client available, I would not buy a game through Steam and I would not recommend Steam for games to others.
Now, I do understand that Valve has very little control over which platform the publishers develop their games for. However, the distribution client is a different issue. As we can see, Desura was able to build a cross platform client supporting those games which are available. Though more importantly, opening a market to publishers.
To say thank you to Valve, when they do release the Linux client and port the Source engine, if that means that TF2 will be available, I will show my support financially and buy into TF2. I enjoy playing that game, and my boys are old enough to be fun to play with also. I would really like for us all to be able to play on a good modern and safer OS.
I hope Perfect World is watching Valve and Steam and that they also find good reason to release a port for Linux. As I also enjoy Champions Online, even more than TF2, I would buy into that game also, to show my support.
As it is now, I don't play many games and do not play very often. I would like to play more, but the inconvenience of closing everything out and rebooting is a bother, and many times I just stay running Linux. After all I do have more productive things to do that are also as much fun, and I wouldn't be thinking about wanting to spend money.Top