Phoronix: Two PC Action Games Being Ported To Linux
It has been nearly four months since Unreal Tournament 3 first shipped for the PC, while the Linux client is still missing in action due to software legal issues. At the same time, Linux Game Publishing is running late on delivering their Linux ports of both Bandits: Phoenix Rising and X3: Reunion. Over the past couple of quarters it's definitely been an unpleasant time for the Linux commercial gaming scene, but this week there is good news coming out of Finland and that is two games -- both relatively new to the marketplace -- being ported to Linux.
Looks like I'll have to get the game: I'm Finnish and a Linux user. I also like the idea of indicating to the game companies that if they make Linux ports, it's actually worth the finance and the time, because people will actually buy the game more.
Furthermore, free operating systems (namely Linux) aren't spreading very fast because kids can't play games on them. Of course, if all the people switched to Linux first, then all game companies would release their games for that platform. Users would make the decision first, and as a result, software houses would adapt to that. But people don't have that kind of faith; they would prefer to see all games and software available on Linux FIRST. And of course, usually software isn't ported to Linux because nobody uses it. This may be a bit cynical, but people as users aren't themselves really capable of switching to a free OS, but the software companies could make it happen by providing multi-platform software first. I see this game porting project as a small step in the advancement of a free OS as well.
Also, when I get the game, it'll be interesting to see how well it works on my Hardy box that has a Radeon and fglrx.
I just noticed something interesting while I was updating my Sins of a Solar Empire. Apparently you can also download this game using Stardock Central's Totalgaming.net. It does not seem likely that they would port over this application. However, it shows that they are willing to use other means of digital distribution.
Still it would seem very likely that steam is being ported to Linux, for this and perhaps other games. After all, why would they port Steam for one game?