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Old 11-10-2013, 04:32 PM   #16
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I understand many like to play the latest and greatest but if you are not a hardcore gamers gog.com is a great option to pick up some older titles that work as well on wine as they do natively on Windows.

I like to watch the sales and grab titles when they are like $3 bucks. At that price if it entertains me for more than hour or two its a win. If I can't make it work I am not out much; that has not happened yet because I check first at winehq in the app db, but if it does no big.
 
Old 11-10-2013, 05:57 PM   #17
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Regarding Steam usage statistics: I think Valve is mostly interested in who has the Steam client installed for testing it. They know for sure, there will be no mass migration to the Linux desktop for actually playing games. Their porting effort targets the SteamBox with SteamOS and having native Linux games on your Linux desktop is a nice side effect of that.
Actually, they measure a lot about computers used to play games. I believe they measure what platform you play a game on by which platform got the most hours of playtime the first day you played it.
 
Old 11-10-2013, 08:13 PM   #18
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Steams data is not measured automatically, once a month they prompt random users to participate in a survey.
 
Old 11-10-2013, 08:39 PM   #19
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The Playstation 4 already uses a variant of FreeBSD 9 with an x86_64 architecture...
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:34 PM   #20
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Speaking of the Steam surveys, they seem to only pop up when I'm using Steam in Windows for some reason. A couple of days ago, I fired up Steam in Linux, closed it, fired up Steam in Wine, and had the survey pop up.
 
Old 11-12-2013, 04:49 AM   #21
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I just did a major computer upgrade. I thought: "What games can I play to enjoy it?" Then I looked at the "Linux Games" list in Steam and was very disappointed. The only recent Triple-A game was Metro: Last Night (which I will not play next because I haven't played Metro 2033 yet). Worst of all, Portal 2 is not out for Linux yet!

Therefore, I will be running Slackware as a VirtualBox guest on top of Windows for the next little while. That will get me the entertainment I want from Windows and the productivity I want from Linux.

I might switch to a dual-boot setup some time down the road.
That's kind of what I'm doing for the last couple of months. I hadn't tried anything Windows since XP. I installed Windows 7. Impressions so far:

- The desktop experience is superior to anything Linux has to offer right now IMO (and based on _my_ experience). It just makes me sad. No screen tearing (unlike in Xfce, or lately, KDE), no "Oops something went wrong!", reasonable configuration options (no huge empty grey windows like in GNOME, no ridiculous "configure in what time of the day the window's drop shadow should change it's direction like in KDE), no glitches.

- The file manager doesn't support tabs. In 2013. Really?

- Apart from some sparse cases, fonts with Slackware/Infinality look better than in Windows.

- Most of the games I've tested so far run better on Windows. I can play Half-Life 2 with all video settings at max without breaking a sweat. Though I think Linux will get there eventually. Maybe surpass Windows in the future, who knows?

- Looooots of games. I've got about 20 games in my steam's wishlist. 1 of them has a Linux port (Metro: Last Light). YMMV but I've never had the awesome experience with Wine others are describing.

- I don't like Windows. I miss my Linux, the command line, the transparency. Using VirtualBox is not the same.

Maybe when I overdoze on gaming, I'll switch back to Linux full-time. Or get a second SSD and just dual boot.

PS1. Congrats on your harware upgrade :-)
PS2. Metro 2033 is what I've been playing for the last couple of days. I like it so far. Great atmosphere.
PS3. I tried Windows 8 too. What were they smoking?

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Old 11-12-2013, 07:35 AM   #22
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- Most of the games I've tested so far run better on Windows. I can play Half-Life 2 with all video settings at max without breaking a sweat. Though I think Linux will get there eventually. Maybe surpass Windows in the future, who knows?
I don't have HL2 for Linux, but I do have Portal and Left 4 Dead 2, both run maxed out on my machine without problems, using the free radeon driver. In general, Valve found the Source engine (on which all these games are based) to be faster on Linux than on Windows.
Other than that, you are right regarding games, many of them run better on Windows, some don't work correctly with Wine at all. I would love to play Torchlight 2 on Linux, sadly they have only a Linux port for the first one and Wine can't handle it correctly.
 
Old 11-12-2013, 09:29 AM   #23
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I would love to play Torchlight 2 on Linux, sadly they have only a Linux port for the first one and Wine can't handle it correctly.
I haven't tried it myself, but my impression is that the current version of Wine (1.7.6, not 1.6) does play Torchlight 2 correctly?
 
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:40 AM   #24
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There are other games than DOTA2?... hmm... must research this further...

Good games or just junk?
 
Old 11-12-2013, 11:19 AM   #25
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I haven't tried it myself, but my impression is that the current version of Wine (1.7.6, not 1.6) does play Torchlight 2 correctly?
Haven't tried it for a while, but it seems that it is Platinum rated since Wine 1.7.2, so I definitely will give it a try again.
 
Old 11-12-2013, 01:37 PM   #26
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Seriously?

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Yes, it runs Orbis OS which is Sony's modified FreeBSD 9.0.
 
Old 11-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #27
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I haven't tried it myself, but my impression is that the current version of Wine (1.7.6, not 1.6) does play Torchlight 2 correctly?
Yep, works fine with 1.7.6., with some very minor glitches (which may be caused be the free driver), but enjoyable. Thanks for the tip.
 
  


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