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    Quote Originally Posted by yoshi314 View Post
    there are lots of frameworks and opensource 3d engines for linux. go ahead and pick one. some of them are even crossplatform.

    single focused effort is just so not-linux. linux is all about diversity. there are almost always a couple of software solutions for a certain problem, be it kernel, libc, editor, desktop, graphics system, or something else. they compete with each other, and at some time they gain a following and eventually set a standard.

    that's just so wrong, i won't even bother with a response.

    rewriting a game from DirectX into other platform independent solution is no easy task. it's an expensive undertaking.

    since the linux gamers community is small, it just does not pay off. besides you have to maintain two codebases if you port a game from directx to ... someting else that also does not pay off.

    if you write it to use something crossplatform from the very beginning - that's a different story.

    as for that crossplatform game development package - ever been to http://www.ogre3d.org/ ? there ARE commercial games developed on top of this tool. it has at least an opengl and directx backend.

    let's start with better graphics drivers first. the rest is mostly ready. this one problem is mainly out of the reach of the community. for now.

    i wish people who think linux is/should be a 1:1 windows clone would "just pack up and leave". i hate that. why does everyone expect linux to become a windows clone?

    i'd like to see some proof of that "doing nothing". and doing "more harm than good".

    Linux is trying to get into the mainstream. just when it catches up, new problems arise. mostly in the form of closed source drm-ish solutions, which are supposed to help certain vendor gain more market share. that's pretty unfair, don't you agree?
    Yeah pack up and leave how dare you expect to play something current in Linux! If you want to game go to the "true" Gaming OS, XP or Vista right? I mean thats what you are saying, Linux cant do what Windows can and it shouldn't even try. Wow, people actually are looking to Linux because they want something better and we have people slamming them for being honest about wanting to do the things they could do in the other os.

    Why cant Linux play games, real games, current games?

    Oh by the way consoles suck. I look forward to a FPS that will allow me to play against Console users. That would be a hoot.

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    Yeah pack up and leave how dare you expect to play something current in Linux! If you want to game go to the "true" Gaming OS, XP or Vista right? I mean thats what you are saying, Linux cant do what Windows can and it shouldn't even try. Wow, people actually are looking to Linux because they want something better and we have people slamming them for being honest about wanting to do the things they could do in the other os.
    It's a heated debate. I would argue that even if I am a Linux native user and a hardcore gamer, that I would never make a compromise regardless. Since I know that it would never cure the real problem, only fix the symptom.

    Oh by the way consoles suck. I look forward to a FPS that will allow me to play against Console users. That would be a hoot.
    Same with racing games. Imagine a day when we get to play a racing game that doesn't slow down in FPS due to more gfx popping up in certain parts of map. I believe Linux is the key, as we don't have to worry about virus checkers or any evilware running in the background that we don't want running in the first place. Just PC with an OS and Games. The way it should have always been.


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    I mean thats what you are saying, Linux cant do what Windows can and it shouldn't even try.
    that actually goes both ways. both os's have things that each other can't do. at least yet. the difference is - linux will eventually learn to do it. windows won't.

    Wow, people actually are looking to Linux because they want something better and we have people slamming them for being honest about wanting to do the things they could do in the other os.
    if you mean me - i just got annoyed by those "i'm going back to windows" threats. if you can't live without windows - use windows.

    And if the Linux community isn't interested in this, I wish they would just pack up and go home.
    that is one annoying response (from initial post). from my point of view it means "if linux has no games - it has to roll over and die. people should avoid it. there is no place in the world for such system."

    i got carried away, i know. i apologize. it's just that i'm living in a neighborhood full of annoying-gamer-boy mentality people who can't fix a single problem with their computer.

    gamers (mostly) say that linux sucks because it has no games. well, i don't think that linux community is to be held responsible for that - what did we do wrong? after all we're the people who use linux, promote it, help with advocating its strengths. and the gamers usually don't do any of that. they come in, look for games, and yell "i'm gonna go back to windows if i don't see xyz game on linux". is that our fault?

    it's the people that decide stick with linux against all odds that make the difference to the software developers. not the ones that will go to linux "when it has more games". because the game developer will think "if i don't make a linux port - they won't consider going for linux, and start demanding linux ports for more of my games". simple as that.

    of course the gamers prefer to go around throwing the blame on everyone but themselves. they always do. if they just sit and wait until "linux has more games" - that won't happen. because they won't do anything to help.

    that was a bit offensive and rude, but i had no better idea how to put it into words. it's just annoying - i use linux everyday. i help people with their problems, i convinced more than 50 people to use various linux distributions (and they didn't go back to windows). i report bugs in software, i help with translations of opensource apps.

    and after all that i'm being told to "pack up and leave" because i can't make big companies release newest games for liunx. i'm doing my best as a member of community (hopefully).

    oh well. i got carried away again. feel free to disregard that.

    I look forward to a FPS that will allow me to play against Console users.
    a couple of months and a couple of opensource fps games will be eventually ported to ps3, running on linux.
    even if ps3 does not provide hardware acceleration for linux systems, the software emulation of mesa library is extremely fast (yellow dog linux devs claimed that Cell-optimized mesa library got about 80 times faster, which is simply impressive [ http://ps3.qj.net/GDC-2007-Terra-Sof...g/49/aid/86065 ] )

    as for that "i'm going back to windows attitude" - that sums it up pretty well :
    http://www.pthree.org/2007/04/04/im-...ck-to-windows/
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    Quote Originally Posted by yoshi314 View Post
    rewriting a game from DirectX into other platform independent solution is no easy task. it's an expensive undertaking.
    In reality, it's not the work to move the rendering, sound, networking, and input device interface code over to something other than DirectX- that's all pretty straightforward as they've typically abstracted it all anyhow and while it's not 1:1 from OpenGL/OpenAL/SDL to DirectX, it's close enough that it's not as bad as one would think. What's time consuming/expensive is when you rely on "clever" crap that VC++ allows you to do to "save time" (Which in reality, for most cases, ended up wasting more time and effort than you thought it saved you- and made the damn game unstable in some odd ways at the very least...)- the DirectX stuff doesn't usually take all that long for LGP to get re-worked. It's all the quirks brought about by insisting on using all the "nice" features of C++ or twisted tricks that only VC++ allows (like altering string or other constants as if they were variables...) that end up making it an expensive proposition in the first place.

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    Default I agree

    I like linux, except for gaming. I am in IT and have a few certs mostly microsoft and Comp. I just hate windows and would LOVE to make a total switch to Linux. It is so frustrating to be stuck in a Microsoft world because of games. To play the upcoming game crysis you Have to Have Vista to get all the graphics goodies. This sucks major. I JUST PRAY that one day all the Linux users and devs and companies will in some way unite towards the common goal of at least making these gaming companies take notice that we are more than a few. Could the day ever come when a game like crysis would come out with a native Linux client and on the same say as the windows release...

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    Wink FYI

    single focused effort is just so not-linux. linux is all about a hundred crappy ways rather than one polished. there are almost always a couple hundred of software solutions for a certain problem, be it kernel, libc, editor, desktop, graphics system, or something else. they compete with each other, and at some time they gain a following and eventually set a small following so no one is using the same tools.



    rewriting a game from DirectX into other platform independent solution is no easy task. it's an expensive undertaking and why do it since it is hard right?


    i wish people who think linux is/should be a windows alternative would "just pack up and leave". i hate that. why does everyone expect linux to become a windows alternative?


    linux is trying to think it is getting into the mainstream. just when it catches up, new problems arise and we have to cry boo hoo. After we are done crying we can start coming up with stuff to blame mostly in the form of closed source drm-ish solutions, which are supposed to help certain vendors gain more market share. That's pretty unfair, why would a business want to gain more market share! don't you agree?

    Just kidding, kinda
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    I agree about linux being an alternative to windows. Linux is a replacement and the gaming front is an untapped market with a few of us trying to set standards.

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    Default Finally a believer!

    Halleluiah!! Finally someone making sense... I wish more people would think that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ap90033 View Post
    Halleluiah!! Finally someone making sense... I wish more people would think that way.
    Trust me, he's not the only one. There are those of us who aren't as vocal, or eloquent, though.

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    I agree about linux being an alternative to windows.
    "alternative" - yes. "clone" - NO.

    linux is all about a hundred crappy ways rather than one polished.
    diversity leads to competition. when one solution gets better, it quickly gains more interest and developers.

    it's better this way, because it's a "survival of the fittest" kind of software selection. the more competition - the better.

    the most adaptative (good codebase) and innovative (good solutions) and most robust (decent developer team) projects survive it. community is left with a handful of projects that are most fit for the task. and they get the most attention and eventually get decently polished.

    it also works in proprietary world. competition is GOOD, because it kills monopoly.

    think about it - how would windows look today if it didn't feel the competition closing in on it? how would linux look if it didn't have to constantly fight for its market share?

    i doubt xp/ new nt versions would be so popular if it weren't for microsoft feeling threatened by linux or similar operating systems and making an effort to do actually do something better that winME (although they felt overly confident when they did vista .... too bad ) :]

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