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Personally, I wish Valve would port DOD (Day of Defeat) to Linux. But seeing as they never ported any of their products to Linux before, I don't think they will. Yes, I know you can run it with Cedega, but still. . . I'd rather run it native.
I think all New games should be made to work with linux, Such as ut2004 which may not be officially suported, but works just fine. I would be happy if the manufactures started to port over any games, It may never happen but if it did it may help to undo microsofts hold on the world, My biggest hessitation to changing over to linux fully is the ability to play games natively.
I will like that Sims 2 and Civilzation 3 are ported to Linux, this are games in which I can spend lots of time as with Linux. Games should be sold for many platforms, I see that Blizzard makes this (WOW is sold in a single box for Mac/Windows, why not ad Linux to that equation )
How about some motorsport games, Moto GP, F1 that type of thing.
We're all here to encourage development of Linux and I guess make it more mainstream to appeal as a real alternative to Microsoft. My feeling is that Linux will need to capture the games market imagination - I look forward to some on-line Linux gaming!
Distribution: Ubuntu, maintain a Vector Linux install
I'm sorry if this is too off topic for some of you.
Some of you may have realized that, if companies start making Linux versions of their games, then Linux just might become more popular, and therefore, they will be more pressed to have ports of all of their games. That will be just that much more work for them.
That's probably one of the reasons that there arent a lot of game ports.
no company in their right mind would even consider back tracking threw their games archives to make a few users happy!
Besides there being too many linux distros without a common ground to stand on, and the confusion generated by the diferent ways to "install" a game, and the usual inexperience of the users trying to "install" their games, the simple fact of the support system would out weight the profit from the eventual sales!
It is a much more realistic attempt to consider trying to get the source ported, by the game turning abandon-ware, than to believe that the gamming Consortiums will ever consider making any games to linux...
As long as there is no common ground to stand on, the gamming industry will get more negative pressure than benefits for their trouble!
For this to even be a remote possibility there needs to be a way for the support teams easiest answer to be it's not our problem and be done with it, or the question being answered by non-funded individuals, like an online forum or a mailing list!
Don't get me the wrong way! If a linux distro made me turn away from windows as much as i trully wish them to do it would most likely be for it's desktop functions, the most important of which would definitivly be the game support and the easy "install" system!
I've even considered BSD and Apple, but no matter how much i hate it, for me to get my head out of my ass and walk threw the OS swamp around it would be for another version of windows!
Think about it! Consoles are getting more games than pc's because it's make it and forget it!
A few years ago i heard a report about consoles killing computer games, they were right! In 10 years consoles will outweigh the computer gamming industry, or will have killed it!
Linux is just less market, less money, and more trouble! If there was a way for an encrypted game file to run the game from source directly with no hassle to the makers, you'd have more games! As long as the illusion of no loss of money and the illusion of making it is there, you have whatever you want to buy!
Originally posted by kojo_chaos
[B It is a much more realistic attempt to consider trying to get the source ported, by the game turning abandon-ware, than to believe that the gamming Consortiums will ever consider making any games to linux... [/B]
You can't be serious. . . if that's true, then why do we have RTCW for Linux and DOOM 3 for Linux?
I can see what you're saying about the old, unknown games, but for the stuff that's pretty new and still played, like the Half-Life mods, that would be worth porting - even though HL is a few years old - because it would keep their customers happy and make them more likely to buy their products in the future. Also, extending to Linux and other systems would increase their number of customers and possibly extend the life of the product by allowing them to play and create their own mods.
Also, the companies could still make you buy the product - like id Software does. You still have to have the original files - and, therefore, you still need to have purchased the original CDs - just there's a patch you can download to run the game.
Not only that, but most abandonware is NOT made open-source. And if it isn't open-source, it's still illegal, even if it is abandonware - it might be old, but it's still that company's trademark, so if they don't make it freeware or open-source, it's illegal to download.