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Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the war-games-of-course dept.

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skade88 writes "Everyone knows content is king. Many of us use Windows or OS X at home instead of Linux because the games we love just are not available on Linux. With Steam moving forward for a Linux launch, I would like to hear from the Slashdot community on this topic. What are the game(s) you cannot live without? If they were available in Linux would you be happy to run Linux instead of Windows or OS X?"

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Sound subsystem fragmentation (0, Offtopic)

JonySuede (1908576) | about a year ago | (#42034981)

the sound subsystem fragmentation is what keeping Linux from being an obvious target for game publisher.

Re:Sound subsystem fragmentation (5, Informative)

Unknown Lamer (78415) | about a year ago | (#42035033)

What sound system fragmentation? There's ALSA and there's ... ALSA.

Even if you're stuck using pulseaudio, nowadays you just use ALSA and it magically routes through PA. And then most games are going to be using SDL (Valve did kind of hire one of the libsdl guys), it hides all of that anyway.

Re:Sound subsystem fragmentation (-1, Offtopic)

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) | about a year ago | (#42035181)

There was an ALEX 7000 in The Bionic Woman, and he was homicidal too. He invented foam parties too I think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEz7MHGMTqY [youtube.com]

Re:Sound subsystem fragmentation (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#42035493)

I don't have a problem where VGs keep me from using linux, because I wouldn't touch it anyway. Inb4 "your android phone is a variant of linux" I have an iphone syke!

Re:Sound subsystem fragmentation (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035271)

What sound system fragmentation? There's ALSA and there's ... ALSA.

Even if you're stuck using pulseaudio, nowadays you just use ALSA and it magically routes through PA. And then most games are going to be using SDL (Valve did kind of hire one of the libsdl guys), it hides all of that anyway.

The number of moving parts in Linux's audio stack is just plain inexcusable. OSS, ALSA, dmix, esd, arts, pulseaudio, jack, nas. On top of that you have libraries that that can talk to one or many of these systems: libaio, libasound, phonon, gstreamer. And why have KDE and Gnome for the past 10 years not been able to agree on how to play sound, or configure sound? Linux is about choice right? What if I choose something other than KDE or Gnome? do I lose? Is my only choice to have someone earfuck me so hard that I go deaf and I don't have to worry about it anymore? Maybe what they meant to say is Linux is only ready for my grandma, because she can't hear anything anyway?

And don't tell me "it works now!" Because it doesn't. I just tried it.

Re:Sound subsystem fragmentation (2)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year ago | (#42035497)

The only part that a came programmer would have to deal with is ALSA. Alternatively, they could use the sound API of their choice. The fact that they chose differently than someone else wouldn't impact a thing.

Game developers are already taking care of business in this area. Your trolling is irrelevant as are your "anececdotes".

Re:Sound subsystem fragmentation (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035267)

Yeah this doesn't exist anymore. As others have said, the ALSA PCM plugin layer is flexible enough to allow pure ALSA programs to work while PulseAudio is running. Even for older games which only support OSS (which often isn't available out of the box in Linux) can be supported with alsa-oss which provides a simple wrapper around the program to redirect OSS sound to ALSA.

Re:Sound subsystem fragmentation (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035395)

Nonsense. What do you even mean? Who programs directly to the sound subsystem?

Using OpenAL goes a long way when it comes to support on Linux. We've managed to port our game to Linux with zero problems with sound. OpenAL is a requirement that Win, Mac, iOS, Android etc also support so this part of the porting process is bare minimum.

Video on the other hand, is a real bitch on Linux. Frameworks like Qt rely on platform specific backends (phonon) and there is no de facto standard of a video player on Linux, let alone that the phonon plugin is installed.

Setting aside technical issues, the real reason why Linux is not a target for game publishers, is that there is no market. People can rage all they want, but no...at the moment there is no market, at all. Kudos for Valve's efforts, but Linux adoption is non-existent, especially among gamers. Indie games might have a shot at Linux, but sadly it seems more of a donation driven effort to bring games to linux than a market demand.


Re:Sound subsystem fragmentation (0)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year ago | (#42035397)

Mindlessly repeating some Troll talking point doesn't address the question.

API churn never stopped Windows. Just ask any actual game developer.

Guild Wars 2 (5, Interesting)

mynis01 (2448882) | about a year ago | (#42034995)

I would love to be able to play GW2 on Linux, since it constitutes 99+% of the gaming that I do these days. Mass Effect 3 would be cool too, but I don't really play it much anymore. I'm looking forward to playing native versions of Portal and Left 4 Dead on Linux soon.

Re:Guild Wars 2 (1)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year ago | (#42035501)

^ This an only this. Is there another game worth wasting quality time on, compared to this star in the crown jewels of online (in fact, any) gaming...?

This is a loaded question (4, Insightful)

dremspider (562073) | about a year ago | (#42034999)

The real question should be... what games do you want now, and in the future. Just getting all games to work that I want now doesn't really help me when Awesome cool game 15 comes out and I really want it. This is coming from a person who has been using Linux for years.

Re:This is a loaded question (5, Insightful)

DarksideCoatiMundi (2777343) | about a year ago | (#42035193)

Half Life 3. If that came out on just Linux I would switch to Linux and never look back. And if they brought a new release of Alpha Centauri to it too, the honey pot would just grow that much sweeter.

Re:This is a loaded question (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | about a year ago | (#42035467)

You can be all Valve's games going forward will be cross platform. Both of their active engine versions (2007/2009-2011) are in beta on Linux right now.

Of course the status of their current "Source 2" or whatever engine is unknown. But even if it's not available at game launch I bet they will quickly port it thanks to their experience porting the older engine.

Re:This is a loaded question (3, Interesting)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year ago | (#42035481)

I agree. I've been able to get a lot of Windows games to run under Wine however it's always a PITA! There is Crossover but it still has it's issues as well. Frankly if they could get Halo or Borderlands to work well under Android, it wouldn't be much of a leap to get it on a Linux Distro.

None. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035003)

None at all.

Re:None. (5, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#42035149)

By a curious coincidence, none at all is exactly how much suspicion the ape-descendant Arthur Dent had that one of his closest friends was not descended from an ape, but was in fact from a small planet in the vicinity of Betelgeuse and not from Guildford as he usually claimed.

Games! oh, and work. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035005)

I use Windows for two reasons:


They run it at work, and I get paid to support it.

If they ran linux at work, I'd support that.

Games are a windows thing, and my primary hobby, so....yea. ALL the games!

Pretty much all of them (5, Insightful)

MrEricSir (398214) | about a year ago | (#42035011)

Aside from a couple of great indie games, the majority of the games I've enjoyed in the past few months are not available for Linux.

The opposite question would have a much shorter answer.

Re:Pretty much all of them (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035201)

The question wasn't "which games are not available on Linux." The question was which games would need to be available for Linux in order for you to switch to Linux.

Re:Pretty much all of them (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035355)

The answer is the same. The primary use of my PC at home is for playing games - I have over 200 games in my Steam library, and maybe a dozen of them work on Linux.

none (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035017)

I use Linux as my desktop OS, and I use a console for gaming.

Re:none (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#42035275)

So what do you use when you want to play a game that is from a small developer or otherwise unavailable on a console? Or has it been your experience that worthwhile PC-exclusive games are either ported to Linux or working in Wine?

Re:none (1)

vlm (69642) | about a year ago | (#42035385)

Or has it been your experience that worthwhile PC-exclusive games are either ported to Linux

Hmm... aside from the obvious disagreement, just listing some great indie or indie-ish games: "Lunar Flight" "xplane" "pretty much everything from spiderweb software" "pretty much everything from matrixgames" none ported to linux.

The last truly multiplatform games I can think of are the infocom text adventures, which at one point in the 80s ran on pretty much anything with a screen and keyboard...

Angrybirds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035019)

Enough Said.

Re:Angrybirds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035177)

check out that bluestack android emulator thing... ! angry birds!!!

Shall I list the reasons again? (4, Informative)

ALeader71 (687693) | about a year ago | (#42035021)

Drivers, installed base, drivers, familiar windows interface, drivers, most users can barely power their machine on much less install linux, drivers, forget installing linux software...see comment before the last comment, drivers, lack of vendor support, and drivers.

Oh did I mention drivers?

Re:Shall I list the reasons again? (5, Interesting)

NoEvidenZ (807374) | about a year ago | (#42035305)

I can't deny that Linux would confuse a great number of users from Windows and Mac, but it has come a long way in recent years in terms of both usability and driver support. The only issue here is vendor support, and we can't forget that video games are driving the industry. nVidia doesn't keep making more powerful graphics cards so Microsoft Word will look better and run faster, they do it because the games and gamers want more power. If one big game developer made a game for Linux, drivers would be developed alongside the game and the industry would soon follow.

Re:Shall I list the reasons again? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035331)

The question wasn't "are you personally missing drivers for Linux", "do you feel that normal people could install Linux", or "is it important for all operating systems to have the familiar Windows interface". The question was which games would need to be available for Linux in order for you to switch to Linux. Or, if you prefer, if the games you need were available for Linux, would you run Linux instead of Mac OS X or Windows.

Microsoft Office (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035025)

To be honest - Microsoft Office. Most of the people I communicate with use MsOffice products, and yes, I have heard of OpenOffice and LibreOffice, however, their cross-compatibility is not perfect. This is a no-go - when I send a customer an important document - I have to be sure everything is looking good / professional and that the other side has no issues with what I sent them. When I receive a document from a client - I have to be sure I get exactly what the customer sent. Sometime PDF is not a valid solution. LibreOffice does not promise it to me, yet (in my current opinion).

Re:Microsoft Office (4, Interesting)

ninja59 (1029474) | about a year ago | (#42035311)

I have found the opposite to be true. For a long time my new windows boxes at work were producing .docx files my clients could not open. This problem seems to have gone away, but I have occasional formatting problems going from windows office machine 1 to windows office machine 2. It is almost always a margins problem, I don't really know why. It might be something intrinsic to résumés.
The only superiority that I personally have found in Office is in Power Point, and, again this is my personal opinion, Power Point presentations should be illegal. They might just be the pretties, most inefficient way to present real information.
With the exception of large spread sheets, PDF is always the way to go. You can open them in browsers now a days and if I want it presented in a very specific way, I usually don't want anyone to edit it along the way.

Re:Microsoft Office (3, Informative)

MightyYar (622222) | about a year ago | (#42035377)

Word is not a good format for exchanging documents that need to look the same between computers. Word formatting changes between versions and, worse, between default printers (depending on settings). Powerpoint is OK most of the time, provided you have the correct fonts and are running the same version. The entire Office suite gives you no way to easily tell what version the file originated with, or even if it came from a Mac or PC. These details make a big difference in layout.

Point is, you should probably be insisting on PDFs for "important documents".

Re:Microsoft Office (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#42035463)

you should probably be insisting on PDFs for "important documents".

Then what format should one use for "important documents" that are intended to be editable?

Re:Microsoft Office (2)

theskipper (461997) | about a year ago | (#42035379)


If you're trying to save the cost of an Office license, then that's a different story.

No kids, no games. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035035)

I don't have any kids (yet), who else would've use my computer for gaming?

None (3, Interesting)

yotto (590067) | about a year ago | (#42035037)

I play a little (read: a lot of) Minecraft, which is available on Linux. The reason I started playing it in fact is because it was for Linux and that's all I had. I've also started accruing a library of games from Steam that I tend to not play, including a few games that I play online with friends. I suppose those games would keep me from switching back to Linux, all other things being equal.

But in all honesty, I haven't switched back to Linux since Windows 7 came out because I don't mind using Windows 7. If it sucked, I'd be on Linux and no game could pull me back. But, much to the chagrin of many, Windows 7 is a pretty good OS and I have no problem using it even though I almost never play really serious games on my computer.

right now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035041)

dishonored, xcom, torchlight and chessbase

Re:right now? (2)

IVI4573R (614125) | about a year ago | (#42035319)

Torchlight had a Linux version in the last Humble Indie Bundle. Not sure if you can get the Linux installer for it elsewhere, though.

I would be happy to run Linux if all games do (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035045)

Games are the one thing that still ties me to Windows as opposed to having a choice. Yeah, some games run on OSX/Linux, but not the vast majority.

At this time Natural Selection II is holding my interest.

Re:I would be happy to run Linux if all games do (1)

nion (19898) | about a year ago | (#42035345)

Same here. It's not any specific game, it's pretty much *any* game. If I want to run Deus Covert Ops VI: Metal Edition on release day, chances are I'd have to boot to windows. I have linux partitions on all of my systems and run linux everywhere I can (media server, xbmc, etc) but when it comes down to which partition to boot into - Windows usually wins simply on the off-chance that I might want to play a game and don't feel like rebooting every time that happens.

Can't Game (3, Insightful)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#42035047)

No attention span. I pick up a box in the store, feel the hours sucked vampirically from my body into the box. I put the box down.
Disclaimer: it's really all the fault of Sid Meier's Civilization series.

Re:Can't Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035237)

I know that feel, bro.

lets see (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035053)


i kid i kid.

i really enjoyed playing xevil. anyone remember lokigames? seems like most of the vocal /. community these days is not even remotely oldschool.. mad nubage

Re:lets see (1)

AwesomeMcgee (2437070) | about a year ago | (#42035413)

You know this actually brings up a really good curiosity; what the hell ever happened to Loki Games? They just disappeared from the face of the earth near from what I can tell... I'm really curious where they went to..

Games are why I have a PS3 (4, Insightful)

buddhaunderthetree (318870) | about a year ago | (#42035063)

I'm really done with computer gaming. Now if you want to talk about how Netflix keeps me from using Linux, I'll be glad to talk.

Re:Games are why I have a PS3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035453)

I'm really done with computer gaming. Now if you want to talk about how Netflix keeps me from using Linux, I'll be glad to talk.

Have fun playing RTS on your PS3 ;)

What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035065)

I have been a avid World Of Warcraft player for some time, i think that would be one of the top games not available in Linux. Other games I'm playing now include Battlefield 3, and COD.

Re:What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035171)

WOW has had solid wine emulation for ages. Also, WOW sucks.

Before the WINEing starts.. (4, Insightful)

ihaveamo (989662) | about a year ago | (#42035069)

Hell, I like to make things run on WINE, that's a game in itself!, but untill Joe Sixpack can drop in DVD / Download-and-play-with-one-click, LINUX gaming will struggle. (Remember even WINDOWS gaming is too hard for a lot of people, with DX updates, various runtimes, licensing, etc,etc .. thus, IMHO, console sales)

Have cygwin (2)

Snotnose (212196) | about a year ago | (#42035079)

My last 2 computers had the obligatory Linux partition on the HDD, yet I never loaded Linux on either. Why? Cygwin. I can work in a *nix environment and game in a Windows environment.

So even though I first used Unix in '84, Linux in '94, and have written a handful of Linux device drivers, I don't see the need to run Linux at home.

None (5, Interesting)

connor4312 (2608277) | about a year ago | (#42035081)

The only reason Windows still lurks in my computer is Photoshop. True, GIMP is good, but it just doesn't measure up in terms of features or speed of workflow.

Kind of a silly question.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035089)

I say this is a silly question because it's not only about games I am playing now, it's also about games that will be playable in the future.. If the games are limited, for a gamer it doesn't seem worth it. I don't know many gamers who only play one game with the exception of those who stick to one MMORPG or something. I would switch if all steam games worked and there wasn't some crazy wait time after release for windows. And yes, it's because I'm too cheap to buy windows.

Final Cut Pro (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035097)

deal with it, nerd.

Dual Boot! (1)

neverwhere9 (2597405) | about a year ago | (#42035105)

How come people dying for games don't just run Linux and their Windows OS of choice on dual boot? I use Ubuntu for most things and Windows 7 for Dungeons and Dragons Online.

Re:Dual Boot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035357)

Simple. It should just go. I have been trying like hell to make XBMC work for me with passthrough audio on linux so I can stop using illegal versions of windows, but it simply wont work with what is currently available. If i install windows again, it just goes. I like a challenge, but I don't like losing battles. Having larger companies work for things like this (please step up Valve) makes the future of Linux as a gaming platform viable.

Background tasks close (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#42035381)

How come people dying for games don't just run Linux and their Windows OS of choice on dual boot?

Having to disconnect from instant messaging. Losing all your open web browser windows. Music stops playing.

Re:Background tasks close (2)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year ago | (#42035469)

Not everyone believes that their PC should turn into a Wii any time they want to play a game. See my previous rants regarding the complaints directed at Linux fullscreen support.

Most games aren't that good enough to overcome the bother of dealing with Windows assuming that they don't have a lot of bother of their own. DRM in Windows games probably drives a lot of console sales.

The latest releases (1)

azbot (544794) | about a year ago | (#42035107)

This is still a problem on OSX even. It's depressing seeing all the cool new games on steam and not being able to play them.

Re:The latest releases (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#42035191)

Hopefully, the release of Steam on Linux and maybe even a Valve/Steam console will also help to have games on OS X (being that they both have a Unix core, OpenGL graphics, etc).

Games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035127)

KShisen, and KMahjongg. Oh, wait. You mean actually USE linux?

The future ones, of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035151)

The ones that are going to come out that I want to play on day one and do not want to have to futz around with compatibility issues on.

The next one I want to play. (1)

Zimluura (2543412) | about a year ago | (#42035157)

Though with all the nasty DRM, lately (and unfortunately) I've been gaming on consoles.

iRacing (1)

_Shorty-dammit (555739) | about a year ago | (#42035161)

iRacing is practically all I have time for, as it eats a LOT of time. But even if that didn't exist, practically every other game that exists is for Windows anyways. I'm fine sticking with Windows until every single game is available for Linux.

Well soon my problems will be gone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035217)

I've basically been waiting for steam. All the games I own are on steam now (thanks to introversion providing me a lovely steam key after they switched stores). Anything else I play is already Linux compatible (minecraft)

EVE Online works for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035219)

EVE Online works rather well with Linux on WINE, though I have had to switch back to Windows to use specific portions of it that aren't related to the core gameplay. Otherwise, with the Steam Linux beta out, and with the Linux Humble Indie Bundle titles, I'm rather set with Linux as a gaming platform.

X.org and sound (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035245)

I don't play games anymore, but with Linux, I always hated dealing with X.org. In Windows it is easy to change monitor resolution on the fly, or add a few extra monitors. Then there is also bad sound support, and Flash can be troublesome.

Diablo3, Borderlands2, League of Legends (2)

Whatah1 (2651417) | about a year ago | (#42035257)

I like having the option to play new games or whatever games I stumble upon.

I do not know "what games I cannot live without" but in the last few months I have been playing:

League of Legends
Cockatrice (free online magic the gathering program)

And I have FTL and XCOM Enemy Unkonwn installed and ready to check out when I have free time.

Halo4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035295)

But that M$ game doesn't run on M$ Windows either.

Games list (2)

ThePeices (635180) | about a year ago | (#42035303)

Instead of complaining about this and that, ill do as the summary asks and actually list the games I currently cant do without:

  - EVE Online
  - Most of the DCS series ( A-10 Warthog, Black Shark )
  - MS Flight Sim X
  - Civilization V
  - PKR

The unreleased games around the corner (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035327)

It's not that there's any current game out there that's keeping my Windows partition around. It's knowing that the next AAA title I want to play with my friends isn't likely to support Linux. A lot of them are flashes in the pan, especially if multiplayer is a big component, and I'd like to play those with my friends around release day when WINE support isn't too hot.

I want to know that Borderlands 3 is going to have Linux support right out of the gate so I can have a release day LAN party. And hidden gems like Section 8 too- the multiplayer community dwindled pretty quickly.

Drivers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035329)

Pretty much anything with 3D acceleration, the open source drivers are horribly slow compared to Catalyst and thanks ATI for dropping my video card in the legacy pile where it still flies like a champ in Win 7 and 8.

Driver rant aside, nothing really jumps to mind, plays better in Windows, never mind a bunch of software that won't run under Wine that I must use.

Visual Studio (1)

LukeWebber (117950) | about a year ago | (#42035339)

Try and beat my high score of $1,100 in a day.

Re:Visual Studio (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035403)

Actually, I agree that this would be awesome! Probably be better then that crap called Windows 8

Final Fantasy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035351)

Final Fantasy.

All of them (1)

egr (932620) | about a year ago | (#42035371)

I like games. New and old. Small and big. I am a consistent Linux user, but I almost never use Linux for gaming. My home desktop is Windows, that got most computing power of all my machines and is used mainly for gaming. If I need to work on something I fire up Linux (or whatever I need) in VM (thankfully VMWare supports multiple monitors quite well, and graphic support just keeps getting better and better) and do all my work from there.

In the office I've got the opposite situation. My main workstation is Linux and I run Windows in VM when I am programming something Windows specific.

All of my laptops run Linux, since I've always considered gaming on a laptop to be a torture. Small time-killing games are Ok, but any serious gaming is terrible.

Most of the games that I am waiting for are Windows only (new Hitman, new Bioshock, new GTA) and I do not expect them to support Linux any time soon. However I try to support developers who develop games for Linux by buying them, but this is mostly small indie games.

Bottom line is as long as there are Windows-only games I want to play, there will be Windows on my system, and it is not going anywhere. If there is a game I must have on some other platform, it is likely that I will get that platform. I have couple xBoxes 360 and PS3. I have bought PS3 because only of one game (it actually collects dust since then). I do not have Wii though, and have no plans on getting one since the games just never seemed appealing to me, and I am not of Nintendo grown population. All my friends had consoles, my family had computer in my childhood.

According to Steam... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035373)

According to Steam, the games I have spent the most time on in the while are (with the caveat that I play old games xkcd.com/606 style, and therefore will play the new versions when I get around to upgrading);

Fallout 3
Civ 4
Half-Life 2
Far Cry 2
Portal 2
Doom 3
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Quake 4

I would also play copious amounts of DCS: Black Shark, if I wasn't also trying to have a career, stay fit and chase girls.

Oh, and Gratuitous Space Battles - but that works natively under Linux already. Yay!

Arcanum (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035415)

It is buggy as all hell even on Windows, but for me it is one of the all time greats and I miss being able to play it.

Already using Linux instead of Windows or OS X (3, Interesting)

Philotomy (1635267) | about a year ago | (#42035427)

I'm already running Linux instead of Windows or OS X, so I guess my answer is "none of them." Games aren't very high on my software priority list. That said, I'd probably buy some titles, if they were available on Linux.

I rarely game (-1, Offtopic)

CyberSnyder (8122) | about a year ago | (#42035429)

As silly as it sounds, "putty" made Windows bearable for most admin tasks as I rarely need X Windows. It's probably been 10 years since I had a true linux desktop. Now if I want to run linux on my laptop, it's done as a vm which makes driver issues much easier. And I can run Netflix on the host OSX. IMHO, the only reason to run linux on a desktop/laptop is to get some life out of old hardware.

AMD Drivers suck (1)

watermark (913726) | about a year ago | (#42035441)

I'd switch to linux with Valve's steam engine porting over, but... The closed source AMD graphics driver is fast-ish, but crazy glitchy. The opensource radeon driver runs really well, but isn't nearly fast enough. I'll be pleasantly surprised if Valve games work at all under AMD cards.

I can't switch until AMD figures their drivers out, the radeon driver gets MUCH better, or I switch to an Nvidia.

Unreal 4 (1)

mastermind7373 (1932626) | about a year ago | (#42035483)

This engine is now sporting the best real-time lighting tech available, as well as one of the most usable programming, mapping, and scripting systems to date. A single person can build a AAA quality game. And I doubt Epic is currently targeting OpenGL and Linux. :(

I realize this isn't a game, but it will be the basis for a multitude of future games.

no thanks Steam DRM (0)

frovingslosh (582462) | about a year ago | (#42035507)

The game I stick with Windows for is Unreal 2004, which I still play several times a week with a small group of friends. But the more important answer is that, while I've used Steam for some demos and freebies and an old copy of HalfLife that I was forced to use with Steam when I reinstalled it, I'll never buy a product with Steam DRM built in, so it really doesn't matter to me what games they support. I prefer to own the things I buy, not have use of them as long as some one else thinks is long enough. With so many businesses that have failed and so many people complaining (even here) about having lost something that they thought they had bought because of DRM, I'm amazed that so many supposedly knowledgeable people are still being suckered into the scam of DRM.

all of them.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035511)

almost no good games (for me) are for linux...
but the main reason is i need unity3d to work, so windows and mac no linux :(

Currently? (5, Interesting)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | about a year ago | (#42035513)

Xcom 2012, Civ 5, Elemental Fallen Enchantress, Fallout New Vegas, Battlefield 3, and Medieval 2 Total War. Those are the games I've installed and play as the mood strikes me. However they aren't the only ones, I have a list of other games I own but haven't the time to play yet. More or less I want all of the games. I love games, and I own a ton.

Games aren't the only things though, I'd also need Cakewalk Sonar (and affiliated plugins), or something very much like it, Native Instruments Kontakt and EastWest Play.

I'd also need support for my hardware, some of which is a bit esoteric (like a MCU Pro).

If I had a good DAW, good VIs, and all the games, I suppose I could consider switching. Of course I'd still need to be sold on a reason as to why, since personally I find Linux more frustrating to use.

However it isn't as simple as one or two games. I want all of the games I have, and all the new ones that spark my fancy.

Starcraft 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035529)

Although I haven't tried it in wine, as the catalyst video drivers hate Linux on HD7000 series it seems. That said, I think it's working atm, I just had to downgrade kernel, install a beta driver. I don't think I've got rid of the watermark yet though. It's just easier to use Windows... and ssh into the other Linux box.

The political games (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42035533)

The political games that some FOSS advocates keep playing is what keeps me from running Linux. I'll stick to FreeBSD for now.

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