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WHAT THE GOLF? parody game is now available for Linux

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After being exclusive to the Epic Games Store (which doesn't support Linux) for a year, WHAT THE GOLF? is now available on Steam. As of October 22 the Steam release went up, and since October 29 a proper Linux build has been put up too. This means that developer Triband has now completed what was originally promises on their Fig crowdfunding campaign from back in 2018.

What actually is it? Well, it's anything but Golf. Sort of, it's something of a parody game made by "people who know nothing about golf" and it actually looks highly amusing.

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Features:

  • Single-player campaign
  • Local 2-player Party Mode
  • New Level Editor (in Early Access)
  • Extra SPORTY SPORTS! levels.
  • Daily Challenges
  • Made by people who know nothing about golf
  • The first (and hopefully the last) game that let you golf a horse

You can buy WHAT THE GOLF? for Linux on Steam.

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This is one of those reasons why I can't stand EGS exclusives. This game was always destined to have a native Linux build but it was delayed by a full year because of the EGS exclusivity contract, limiting it to a store that doesn't support Linux, hence there was no way to provide a native Linux version even if there was one.

Not only does that delay a Linux native game, it means many gamers will have bought this game on a platform which does not and will likely never have available the native Linux version of the game. So if that gamer wishes to switch to Linux, they will either need to play the Windows version via EGS running through Wine, or they will need to rebuy the game. Which is a subtle discouragement for gamers thinking about switching.

Stuff like this is why I won't even accept a free game from EGS.


Last edited by gradyvuckovic on 30 October 2020 at 1:05 pm UTC
aokami 30 Oct
I bought it last week, couldn't wait, will the purchase count towards a Linux sale ? (What about gifts ? Is there literature on how steam sort sales types ?)

Also will the saves from playing with Proton be compatible, I believe so but I'd rather ask.
Quoting: gradyvuckovicThis is one of those reasons why I can't stand EGS exclusives. This game was always destined to have a native Linux build but it was delayed by a full year because of the EGS exclusivity contract, limiting it to a store that doesn't support Linux, hence there was no way to provide a native Linux version even if there was one.

Not only does that delay a Linux native game, it means many gamers will have bought this game on a platform which does not and will likely never have available the native Linux version of the game.

I'm not disagreeing with you, but in the case of this game specifically, I backed the crowdfund and Triband gave me a Steam code back when it was released on EGS so I have been playing a native Linux version for a year now.
Quoting: aokamiAlso will the saves from playing with Proton be compatible, I believe so but I'd rather ask.
It has cross platform cloud saves from my experience, but I don't know if the Proton saves work with that


Last edited by buckysrevenge on 30 October 2020 at 3:00 pm UTC
Salvatos 30 Oct
That looks like it could be fun on Remote Play Together!

Quoting: aokamiI bought it last week, couldn't wait, will the purchase count towards a Linux sale ? (What about gifts ? Is there literature on how steam sort sales types ?)
I believe it goes according to the platform you’ve played it the most on during the first week, so it’s probably too late to do anything about it.
Quoting: SalvatosThat looks like it could be fun on Remote Play Together!

Quoting: aokamiI bought it last week, couldn't wait, will the purchase count towards a Linux sale ? (What about gifts ? Is there literature on how steam sort sales types ?)
I believe it goes according to the platform you’ve played it the most on during the first week, so it’s probably too late to do anything about it.
True, but Proton counts as Linux.
whizse 30 Oct
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It has a certain Katamari feel to it, I guess it's the music? "Oh! The same thing! This was the first thing we ever rolled up!"
Phlebiac 31 Oct
Quoting: gradyvuckovicStuff like this is why I won't even accept a free game from EGS.

I've been taking their free games, although I'll likely never play any of them, with the hope that I'm costing Epic money. ;-)

Quoting: buckysrevengeI backed the crowdfund and Triband gave me a Steam code back when it was released on EGS so I have been playing a native Linux version for a year now.

That's actually kind of awesome, albeit still unfortunate for others who didn't back it and may have wanted to play over the last year.
lectrode 31 Oct
Quoting: aokamiI bought it last week, couldn't wait, will the purchase count towards a Linux sale ? (What about gifts ? Is there literature on how steam sort sales types ?)


I believe these articles have the latest info on how purchases are recorded:

article 1
article 2

In the first one, it specifically states:
QuoteHey Liam, the normal algorithm is in effect, so if at the end of the two weeks you have more playtime on Linux, it'll be a Linux sale. Proton counts as Linux.

The 2nd article states:
QuoteThe Steam Desktop client takes the initial platform, then two weeks playtime to count. All others (Android, Browser) default to Windows and then two weeks playtime.

Now, if I were developing it, and I had to give some weight to the platform from which it was purchased, I'd count the platform of purchase as "1 hour" of playtime to be taken as part of the equation for determining which platform is the main platform.

If that's the case for this, you'd have to play 2 hours within the first 2 weeks on linux after purchasing it from a browser for it to count as a linux purchase. I don't know if that's actually how it works, but that's what I've been doing anyway. It sounds like you might not have to do that if you use the Steam Client to make the purchase.


@liamd
Maybe this is something you could add a note about in the Steam Play guide? Right now the only thing it states on the topic is
QuoteAlso, when you buy a game on Steam and run it with Steam Play, the developer of that game will know it was purchased on Linux.
Liam Dawe 1 Nov
Quoting: lectrodeMaybe this is something you could add a note about in the Steam Play guide? Right now the only thing it states on the topic is
Thanks for the suggestion, have added it into the guide under its own heading linking to the Steam Tracker.
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