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Ethan Lee's 'Proton Torpedo, the quest to bring every Steam game to Linux' is the title of a presentation Ethan Lee did at MAGFest 2019.

For readers who don't recognize the name, Ethan ported a ton of games to Linux thanks to the FNA software (a reimplementation of the Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0 Refresh libraries).

Back in September last year and shortly after my small interview went live, Ethan teased about having an interesting phone call which has resulted in them now working with CodeWeavers on Proton/Steam Play.

Now that little history lesson is over, grab a coffee and watch the video included below (slides available here):

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It's quite an interesting presentation, although those who've followed it all closely will have known a lot of it. However, spreading the word is important of course.

One part that I especially liked was the focus on the back catalogue of games. Not just the focus of Linux needing to work with users older games (that are still popular), but also because these games get left behind by the publishers and developers as they all move onto their next game.

Seeing Wine/Steam Play as a preservation tool, to keep these games alive is quite a fun one, especially as a lot of games will eventually stop working even on Windows too, as we see when they get re-released.

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Maki 8 Mar, 2019
Quoting: Whitewolfe80You tried lutris its more user friendly than pol and the script runs everything you merely need to say whether you want to use dxvk or not
I knew I forgot one...
I'm still a bit unsure where it concerns Lutris: I've simply not booted it often enough to get a feel for it yet.

Thanks for reminding me.
Quoting: dudeman, this dude really does it for the linux community.
big respect
Ethan is a force of nature. It is hard to fathom the number of games he has ported as a one-man operation.
tuxdelux 11 Mar, 2019
Really excellent video to watch, with good audio. Interesting presentation.. he has some great insights into the larger world of PC-gaming, through a focus of getting games working on free desktops. I am really excited to know that this lone-wolf is out there saving the "back catalog" and making it accessible. Finally have got an appreciation for Proton, too. Will be giving this video another watch, later.
elmapul 26 Mar, 2019
Quoting: tuxdeluxReally excellent video to watch, with good audio.
that is thanks to F-audio. /joke
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