Sacred / Linux
OMG. So it's finally coming to Linux on x86. Well, though that's nice it's also very late.
My NDA doesn't forbid me (I hope) to tell that I was one of the closed Betatesters in Germany for Sacred. So on one hand I appreciate that it's going to have a native port for Linux finally but on the other hand I've seen enough of that game in all the time of intensive betatesting.
Since it took off some remains from LMK which was intended to be kind of a Realms of Arkania (DSA/TDE The Dark Eye German Fantasy P&P RPG) like release I was happy to see the remains of LMK brought to life finally after LMK had such an unfortunate death.
But it was way too action like for me as a roleplayer, way too much hack and slay a la Diablo. Anyway. A lot of people liked it and I still had my share of fun too even though it wasn't perfectly my taste.
But the general problem I see is that firms like LGP or Loki (r.i.p.) do a lot of portation work but always with titles that are years old. Y'know the W32 version of these games is 3-4 years old and available on "Grabbeltisch" (cheapo table with mixed stuff thrown in in the supermarkets "each items 10E") for about 10E / 12-15 US$. So all those people being short on money (e.g. most pupils, students, but probably main group of gamers?) who have a dual boot system or are using WINE or Cedega will probably have problems spending full price for a native port when they either already played the game on W32 or have the mentioned solutions and can use the W32-chapo-re-release for 10 E.
I wish that portation release would be in similar time like the "official" W32 releases by the main company. (see many independent games or most id soft stuff, releasing W32, MacOS, Linux versions at about same time)
And a Digital Restriction management would be really, really awful. I guess Linux/free OS users are even more susceptible and sensitive to DRM than the average Windows gamer. And most of them I hear complaining about DRM keeping them from playing their PAID and fully licensed games.
So DRM is a big no-go and no-buy for me and I really rarely make exceptions.
Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!