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oskar 12-26-2012 05:41 AM

Steam open beta and christmas sale! [capitalism celebration thread]
How isn't everyone going crazy over this already?
Steam is in open beta! It has a linux tab and a little tux icon for every game that supports linux, which are quite a few already, and they're all on sale! D:

Amnesia*: I really didn't think this would scare me. It scared me!
Serious Sam** - BIG title! A bit old, but still a big title.
Killing Floor - currently christmas themed zombi shooter
All three are under $10 right now.
World of goo is $2.5! - compared to $20 in the Ubuntu store!
Team Fortress (free)- which means the Half Life engine is ported! D8
Which means every single Valve game is coming soon, including Dota2!
Tons of indie games:
Introversion complete pack goes for $5 right now, which is a collection of awesome indie RTS games. If you didn't get a chance to get the humble bundle, you can get all of them off steam right now for less.

*There's a tiny bug where you have to launch it from the command line or else it crashes, so keep that in mind, but this should be fixed really soon.
**There are some performance issues with the stable version, however there is a beta available that offers some improvements, and it sounds like they are actively working on fixing it. In the steam game library right-click serious sam, go to properties go to the beta tab and opt in to public-beta. The game will update automatically after that.

resetreset 12-27-2012 12:56 AM

This IS good news, especially Half Life, though I don't play modern video games. Microsoft is about to be BURIED! :)

What's Dota2 btw?

ALso, what exactly IS Steam?

H_TeXMeX_H 12-27-2012 08:05 AM

As long as they have the arbitration clause in their EULA I will have nothing to do with them, and yes I will post about it in ever thread that praises Valve and Steam.

Communism is defined by the lack of choice, Capitalism by not only the abundance of choice but by not accepting anything less.

I say this because you allude to FLOSS being Communist, no it is M$ that is Communist by being a monopoly, and the system that harbors it cannot be considered Capitalist because it allows for a monopoly which is very much anti-Capitalist.

oskar 12-27-2012 08:12 AM

I have no idea what any of that means or how it's supposed to affect me, so I'm all good! Party goes on!


Originally Posted by resetreset (Post 4857498)
ALso, what exactly IS Steam?

Pretty much the biggest online game store/community. Been around since HL2. I mostly like it for the community. You have all the guys you ever added through co-op games in your friends list, you see what they're playing and you can join their games with one click. They bring the games to the front that people actually want to play and not just the ones the publishers want to sell. I think it's a great platform.

They are going to release their own console based on Ubuntu, running Steam games (which will be huge)... so that's what all that porting is all about. They figured it would be cheaper to port than to buy a license.
Valve is not just any game designer. If they decide to fully support linux with all their releases, this is amazing news.

DavidMcCann 12-27-2012 12:30 PM

It won't affect me, but it's still good news. There's another post in this forum about Amazon restricting access to music for Linux users: an interesting contrast. It's nice to see a business that realises that being helpful, even to a minority of customers, is never bad for your reputation, and a good reputation is essential to a good business.

oskar 03-15-2013 09:37 AM

Gabe Newell (Steam owner) called their involvement with linux a "get out of jail free card". I guess what he means by that is that in the unlikely event that microsoft collapses into itself like a dying star, they can still sell their games on desktop computers.

So far it looks like it is much more than this. In the past couple of months the number of commercial games available for linux has exploded. There are about a dozen new titles on steam for linux about every week. I expect this to go up exponentially until the steambox launch later this year.
We might just catch up with mac users this month, and I've heard rumors that linux already out-sells mac. Given that steam is already selling software outside of games, this could be good news for you even if you're not interested in playing games at all.

cynwulf 03-15-2013 09:57 AM

Removed as requested by the OP.

dugan 03-15-2013 11:33 AM


Originally Posted by caravel (Post 4912258)
If you want a gaming system, who not just run windows? You're paying for proprietary software, you're accepting DRM, etc - so what's the difference...?

I don't just run Windows, and it's not always convenient to reboot into Windows if you're running Linux as a host.

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