Originally posted by iceman47
Winex seems to go the right way imho.
The more people that support winex, the more games we can play.
I can't begin to describe how much I disagree with this statement.
Winex actually makes the problem worse. Games run under
winex only make the problem worse by hiding the number of
Linux gamers from game developers. If the developers don't have
to invest in another platform when it's being done (however
poorly) by a different company, then they won't -- the windows
version of the game is enough, since that's what winex gamers
buy. There will always be compatibility issues that cause the
latest, greatest games not to run under winex. There will always
be games that never run under winex. There will always be
games that run poorly under winex.
Until game developers have a monetary reason to develop for
linux, we will be stuck with second rate "solutions" like winex.
Unfortunately, those "solutions" only make the problem worse by
masking the number of linux gamers by forcing those gamers to
buy the windows version of a game.
What we need are some forward looking companies to develop
for linux, even though they'll lose money
in the short term.
It will pay off in the long term since they'll have a few years head
start on dealing with development issues for linux. What we also
need are add-on card manufacturers (video, audio) to write
drivers for linux at the same time as for windows. We get into a
chicken-egg situation because without games, there is little
incentive for drivers to be written, but without drivers, there is
little incentive for games. A couple of companies are starting to
see the light, but it is moving rather slowly (another victim of this
crappy economy and the fear of R&D).