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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 11:47 pm Post subject: World of Warcraft Linux petition to Blizzard Reply with quote
There is a petition online that is aiming to gather 20,000 Linux users willing to buy World of Warcraft and play for full year with a monthly subscription.
The petition is for Blizzard and VUGames to make a Mac OS X-to-Linux port of World of Warcraft. Mac OS X is unix-based which means it is viable to create a Linux-native version of the game as a PC/Mac/Linux hybrid.
Sam Lantinga, ex Loki Games employee who used to port mac games to Linux, and better known as the author of the SDL api is Software Engineer of World of Warcraft. We heard that the engineer of Quake and Doom is also an employee of World of Warcraft. Quake and Doom have a Linux port. Furthermore, a Blizzard Employee just said in their forums at Battle.net that World of Warcraft Server has a Dual-processor and runs on .... Linux OS ^_^
All we need is to gather 20,000 Linux users before we get to send the petition officially. With high numbers is the strength. The port could be viable if there is enough customers. The real reason of the petition, though is that World of Warcraft is seen to be the #1 MMORPG to dethrone Everquest and StarWars Galaxies. Themis Group announced the MMORPG industry would earn $4.3 billion dollars by 2008. The MMORPG at the top of the list supplied was ... World of Warcraft.
The Linux needs this powerful MMORPG as the herald to demonstrate that the Linux platform can be a gaming platform. This way other game companies will see through World of Warcraft that there is a wide range of Linux players. The game industry will thereafter start porting games to Linux as a Marketing target, which will follow with development of new technology and support from hardware companies.
NVidia already supports Linux with a driver. Many other companies will follow. You can sign the petition Here
Make sure it is a real email. We will be emailing back to confirm it is real. Fake emails will disqualify the votes since we need to make sure Blizzard can confirmate each petition is real.
Feel free to spread around anywhere you go about this petition. The goal is to find 20,000 Linux users. Help us help the Linux community.
Originally posted by Gormless Glad for the support. I hope that linux can become a full blown gaming platform within the next few years. We linux users certainly deserve it.
NP. Well, I do hope so as well. In fact, the main reason (and probably the only one....) I have not yet chosen to quit windows for good is due to how ignored linux as a, most likely, capable platform is. I am aware of wine and similar projects but it is usually to much of a pain to get to work (..and usually the games is not running even fair).