Using WINE as a crutch for things that're new is sending a wrong message.
Each and every time you buy a Windows title, you're telling the people that're making the games and publishing them that you use Windows and you want MORE Windows titles. Like an oroboros, we're forever devouring ourselves with this stuff.
Last edited by Svartalf; 05-01-2009 at 08:35 AM.
Because if you put it on your box you say it works "for sure" ( unless there are unforeseen consequences... which is another problem to begin with ). Wine though never has a "works for sure" since it's constantly changing and all the time alpha-ware. They would face legal troubles putting such a statement on their box so they don't. Wine has been, is and always will be "at your own risk" so no sane developer is going to advertise it works using Wine.
Actions speak louder then words. For example look at prey, it ran just fine under Linux with wine but they pushed a client anyways. ID knows that opengl apps prolly work very well under linux with wine but have traditionally released clients anyways. World of goo windows works great on linux but we see a world of goo client now don't we?
You are wrong. it DOES send a message. What counts is NOT that you play it under Linux using Wine what counts is that you BOUGHT a Windows copy. The numbers the distributors see is the number of sold copies for a given system. In that case it's only Windows. So if you buy it and run it under Wine it counts in there book as a sold Windows unit and not as a sold Linux unit. Therefore the marketing concludes: "Windows rocks, Linux sucks!". You really want to tell them THAT?
if we look at this we can see that for this particular game linux holds a higher share then xbox, ps3 and mac combined. Somone alert the pinheads.Which version of ETQW for you?
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In each of your examples, WINE being present had no impact either way. Plans were plans and you are not privy to what those would be as a consumer in most cases. Caster's coming to Linux. It works perfectly fine in WINE, but Mike Smith was more interested in an official version of it along with a Pandora version of the same- as much because WINE only works on X86 stuff. How do I know that one? I'm the guy he tapped to make that port happen.
However, when I tell you there've been ports that've been killed because WINE was "good enough", I am not kidding. I've insider knowledge of those sorts of things. It HAS hurt things as much as it's helped things- and in a manner I've indicated.