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Steam Now Has Over 700 Linux Games, What A Milestone!

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I remember the days of old when "Linux has no games!" was a common argument against using it. Now with developers flocking to put Linux versions of games up on Steam we are seeing over 700!

Steam's official count currently at the time of writing lists it at 702 games, but SteamDB however only lists 676 as actually working. SteamDB is updated manually though as people test the games, so if you see one you know that works that isn't listed as such then feel free to pop an update to them using github, instructions below:
QuoteGames are marked as working by humans on GitHub by creating a pull request.
Don't want to use git? Come to #steamdb or #steamlug channel on freenode IRC, and tell us about it.


This number will keep on rising as Linux becomes a force to be reckoned with, and as more bigger developers get porting ready for Valve's highly anticipated Steam Machines.

What have been some of your favourite releases lately? I'm a bit hooked on loot hunting in Borderlands 2 personally.

I think it's time for some cake.

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dubigrasu 3 Oct, 2014
Quoting: a4360825Please stop circle-jerking!!! There is cca. 15-20 good quality ports (B2,Civ5,x-com,valve-games...) and all other is garbage, all Unity3D and C#/Mono/XNA/Flash based games are pure 5hit. Im Linux user for 10+ years and I never saw Linux community choosing quantity over quality. Where is your spine Linux users? Will you buy my biological 5hit if I stamp Tux logo and write Linux supported all over it?? Write articles about incompetent developers, poor performance and stability of ports, about games that only work on specific distribution/version-of-distribution, about no OGL4 development even if Windows version is using D3D11 etc. So there is NO 700 games, there is 20 games MAX depending on your standards, and Linux gamers obviously have lowest standard of all gamers.
I just marked your post with Like so that I can Unlike it immediately after.
YesThatJake 3 Oct, 2014
Perfect timing. My Windows 8.1 machine is in the shop and the only things I really find myself missing are the games I normally play. I'll have to dig around Steam this weekend.
EKRboi 3 Oct, 2014
WOW a4360825, I know I can be a bit b*tchy/opinionated at times but you take the cake brother. I get what you are saying, as I don't play too many "indie games" myself, but there are many who really enjoy them. There is a lot of crap that gets passed by steams greenlight for sure.. but your #'s are a bit off. I also have my issues with Unity games, but it's getting better. From my understanding it's "cheap" and easy to use and almost does all the cross platform stuff for you, so it's what makes a lot of sense for many smaller devs. I think that UE4 is going to change that when it's really linux ready, so only time will tell.

Native games I have installed right now:

1.) Amnesia: The Dark Descent
2.) Borderlands 2
3.) CS:GO
4.) Deadfall Adventures
4.) Doorways chapter 1&2
5.) DOTA 2
6,7,8.) Half-life 2 + EP1 + EP2
9.) Kerbal Space Program
10.) Left 4 Dead 2
11.) Metro: Last Light
12.) Portal 2
13.) Trine 2
14.) Tropico 5
15.) The Witcher 2
16.) Duke Nukem 3d + high res pack (native eduke32)
17.) Wasteland 2
18.) Doom3BFG (rbdoom)
19.) X-Plane 10
20.) Torchlight
21.) Forced
22,23.) X3:TC & X3:AP
24,25,26.) Penumbra Collection (Overture, Black Plague, Requiem)
27.) Interstellar Marines

Games that show up in my steam list that are not installed:

1.) Arma Tactics
2.) Borderlands: TPS (i know, its not out yet, but it will be!)
3.) CS:Source
4.) Dead Island (again, I know, not out yet, but soon)
5.) Half-Life: Source
6.) Portal
7.) Sanctum 2
8.) Serious Same: BFE
9.) Civilization V
10.) XCOM: Enemy Unknown

So I've listed 37 and I consider all of them to be good games, otherwise why would I have bought them? And I am a gamer who tends to stick to pretty big titles. And ALL of the ones I currently have installed I play on 3 monitors @ 5760x1080 with the exception of DOTA2, because it's purposefully setup in a way to make using multi monitors unbearable because it would unbalance the game, but it does technically work. If I have learned one thing since switching to linux as my main gaming platform it's that there ARE good games out there that have near AAA caliber that just don't have the media/press the big players have. I now own quite a few that I would probably had never given the time of day until I really went looking for linux games.

PLUS, I have about another 170 games from steam and Origin that are not linux native that I have been going through and testing. I have found that a vast majority of them play just fine with wine, and those too I play using all 3 monitors. So of my over 200 owned game I'm fairly confident in saying that at least 85% of those are completely playable in linux either natively or via wine. It's mainly the DX10/11 only games and a few dx9 games that just refuse to work in wine. It really is a good time to be a linux gamer bro, open your eyes a bit.

EDIT* Off topic, but did anyone else notice that there is now a Mac depot for Metro:LL Redux? I was under the impression that wasn't happening
AsavarTzeth 3 Oct, 2014
I know English is not the easiest language to everyone. But could people please learn how to use paragraphs and also try to follow common good practices when writing comments, such as proof reading and trying to keep it short (as much info in as little text as possible).

This really is not something that is exclusive to English, but generally is a rule in most/all? languages of the world. I especially know this can be hard when some jerk unintelligent jerk starts ranting. So, no offence meant, just pointing it out.

Not pointing to anyone specific. Just thought I would mention it, in case some might be reminded by it. You will only need to look at Liam's comments to find a great example.
EKRboi 3 Oct, 2014
Quoting: AsavarTzethI know English is not the easiest language to everyone. But could people please learn how to use paragraphs and also try to follow common good practices when writing comments, such as proof reading and trying to keep it short (as much info in as little text as possible).

This really is not something that is exclusive to English, but generally is a rule in most/all? languages of the world. I especially know this can be hard when some jerk unintelligent jerk starts ranting. So, no offence meant, just pointing it out.

You will only need to look at Liam's comments to find a great example.

LOL, good luck with that one. No offense, but are you new to the internets? I know that I am guilty of long posts at times, I prefer to make my thoughts clear and I tend to not leave much "open to interpretation". In a virtual world full or idiots and trolls it really does help. If you don't leave a target for them, they can't really go full retard on you without making themselves look like idiots. I'm not talking about simple disagreement either, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I agree it would be fantastic if everyone did as you say, but it's just not going to happen. So why waste your time posting about it?
Purple Library Guy 3 Oct, 2014
700, huh. By the time they release Steam Machines they'll be able to talk about a 1000-game library, which may not be huge by Windows PC standards, but certainly blows most new-release consoles out of the water.
AsavarTzeth 3 Oct, 2014
Quoting: EKRboiLOL, good luck with that one. No offense, but are you new to the internets? I know that I am guilty of long posts at times, I prefer to make my thoughts clear and I tend to not leave much "open to interpretation". In a virtual world full or idiots and trolls it really does help. If you don't leave a target for them, they can't really go full retard on you without making themselves look like idiots. I'm not talking about simple disagreement either, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I agree it would be fantastic if everyone did as you say, but it's just not going to happen. So why waste your time posting about it?

No I am obviously not new to the Internet.

I would like to start with saying when I started writing I did not notice there was a second page (I often miss this for some reason/topic for new design?). In fact, even now I would not include yours, it was formatted well enough. If something needs to be long, so be it.

I think you would find we have much in common when it comes to long posts LOL. I'm just saying one should at least try (again not you, or even most).

I do partly agree with you on leaving a target. Unfortunately I tend to at least partly mess up my own comments thus kind of hurting myself in the same way. But I guess I will learn with time :)
EKRboi 3 Oct, 2014
Yea, I didn't think you were talking about me, our posts basically went up at the same time so you couldn't have read mine really. I was just explaining myself for the hell of it. I was mainly goofing with/at you as I try not to let things I have no control over bother me.. its just not worth the effort most of the time, and I don't understand why others do. Which is why I find grammar nazis funny. Not saying you are one, you were not a total douche in your post like many who get all bent out of shape over "your" and "you're" for example, but those people are out there. It's the internet, it's filled with the under educated, idiots and trolls. that's not going to change and wasting any time of your life with these types of things is a waste of energy IMO. Put that energy towards getting mad the next time a dev basically screws us penguins again (even if only temporarily).. had enough of those this past month.

The other half, like you already stated are not native English speakers/writers, so it's not really their fault. I can't say that I participate in any non English forums, so I applaud them for trying to bring something to the conversation the best they can.

Have a good one man, we've been OT enough ;)

Quoting: YesThatJakePerfect timing. My Windows 8.1 machine is in the shop and the only things I really find myself missing are the games I normally play. I'll have to dig around Steam this weekend.

Get to digging! I've been a linux user for many years, I was just one who had a windows install for games. I really only started to look at playing games in linux earlier this year and man am I glad I did. I really think I can count the times i've booted my win 8.1 install this year on 1 hand (might be 2). I have more native games installed in linux than I have native win games installed in win. I've moved as many win games from windows and into wine on linux as it allows. For many there really is no need for windows anymore. The only reason I still have it is that I like to play Battlefield and a few other games that are DX11.

I have a pretty beefy gaming rig that I've spent more money than I care to admit on in order to play games in all of their glorious MAX settings. If I can do that on linux I'm on it. The list of games I have that require windows seems to shrink all the time. It really is a great time if linux is your OS of choice and you're a gamer.
gbudny 3 Oct, 2014
Quoting: AsavarTzethI know English is not the easiest language to everyone. But could people please learn how to use paragraphs and also try to follow common good practices when writing comments, such as proof reading and trying to keep it short (as much info in as little text as possible).

I'm a non-native English speaker, but I try to treat these types of remarks seriously. I made some small changes in my previous comment.

I have to admit that sometimes I can't stand opinions that are formulated in a very critical way about games for Linux.
Skully 4 Oct, 2014
I have 301 linux games and 155 installed currently. I would say I have 50ish shitters the rest I am very happy with. Out of that 50 though I would say only 10-15 are buggy, the rest I just don't like. So in genereal the ports we are getting are pretty sweet. Although Aspyr have taken it to a whole new level.
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