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Stray is the most wishlisted Steam game and it's Steam Deck Verified

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Ahead of the release of Stray on July 19th, Stray has become the most wishlisted game on Steam and it has been fully Steam Deck Verified. Good news for Steam Deck fans and Linux desktop gamers, since it should work great on both.

Stray has been doing headlines for quite some time since the initial trailer that was shown by Sony, as it will be coming to the PlayStation 5 too. The Steam release is what we're interested in though of course and the publisher Annapurna Interactive noted on Twitter the Steam Deck compatibility. This is great to see for multiple reasons though, not only being Steam Deck Verified but the publisher and developer ensuring it's done before release. Hopefully more will do the same.

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"Stray is a third-person cat adventure game set amidst the detailed, neon-lit alleys of a decaying cybercity and the murky environments of its seedy underbelly. Roam surroundings high and low, defend against unforeseen threats and solve the mysteries of this unwelcoming place inhabited by curious droids and dangerous creatures.

See the world through the eyes of a cat and interact with the environment in playful ways. Be stealthy, nimble, silly, and sometimes as annoying as possible with the strange inhabitants of this mysterious world."

You can pre-order on Steam. I'll be taking a look at how it runs at release.

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Mountain Man 11 Jul, 2022
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: dvdWindows only, shame... When i saw the trailer it looked like a nice game.

Why is it a shame?
Are you asking that because you don't know the person's answer or because you do know and you're waiting for their reply so you can give them a hard time?
Proton is great, but I don't think there's any point to razzing people for preferring Linux native.

The reality is, Proton is a perfectly viable option for Linux gamers that, in many cases, gives native-like performance and grants access to hundreds of games we would otherwise never get to play on our operating system of choice. It's also a reality that even if every single Linux gamer boycotted every game that didn't offer native Linux support, it would not compel a single developer to suddenly produce a Linux version to take advantage of what is, by all accounts, a negligible sliver of the market. I wish it weren't it so, but those are the facts.

So, in the end, refusing to buy a promising game because it can only be played in Proton reminds me of the adage about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Purple Library Guy 11 Jul, 2022
Quoting: Mountain Man
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: dvdWindows only, shame... When i saw the trailer it looked like a nice game.

Why is it a shame?
Are you asking that because you don't know the person's answer or because you do know and you're waiting for their reply so you can give them a hard time?
Proton is great, but I don't think there's any point to razzing people for preferring Linux native.

The reality is, Proton is a perfectly viable option for Linux gamers that, in many cases, gives native-like performance and grants access to hundreds of games we would otherwise never get to play on our operating system of choice. It's also a reality that even if every single Linux gamer boycotted every game that didn't offer native Linux support, it would not compel a single developer to suddenly produce a Linux version to take advantage of what is, by all accounts, a negligible sliver of the market. I wish it weren't it so, but those are the facts.

So, in the end, refusing to buy a promising game because it can only be played in Proton reminds me of the adage about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
So?
Some people preferring native Linux purchases is still incrementally more motivation to go native Linux than no people holding that preference. And it certainly doesn't do you any harm if someone else has that courage of their convictions. It will either have no effect or a positive effect, but there is no way it can have a negative effect. And if the whole Linux gaming community grows, and the "native strongly preferred" current stays significant, when the whole reaches a certain size it will have an impact.
So why always this rush to convince people not to do it? They're not cutting off your nose.

Disclaimer: I run, and buy, almost all native games, but not mainly out of political conviction. It's just that I buy games mostly when they're mentioned on GoL and look good, and up until recently most games mentioned here were Linux native games, and I have more games than I can play anyhow, and I'm not really into the genres AAA games are usually in, and the genres I am into are well represented natively on Linux. So I've made one or two exceptions, but mostly I haven't found much point to go for non-native. But I can't claim to have been doing it largely out of political virtue.
undeadbydawn 11 Jul, 2022
It's been top of my wishlist for a couple of weeks.
It may well be an ultra-rare game I buy on pre-order, depending on how reviews land.
slaapliedje 11 Jul, 2022
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Quoting: Mountain Man
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: dvdWindows only, shame... When i saw the trailer it looked like a nice game.

Why is it a shame?
Are you asking that because you don't know the person's answer or because you do know and you're waiting for their reply so you can give them a hard time?
Proton is great, but I don't think there's any point to razzing people for preferring Linux native.

The reality is, Proton is a perfectly viable option for Linux gamers that, in many cases, gives native-like performance and grants access to hundreds of games we would otherwise never get to play on our operating system of choice. It's also a reality that even if every single Linux gamer boycotted every game that didn't offer native Linux support, it would not compel a single developer to suddenly produce a Linux version to take advantage of what is, by all accounts, a negligible sliver of the market. I wish it weren't it so, but those are the facts.

So, in the end, refusing to buy a promising game because it can only be played in Proton reminds me of the adage about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
I have no problems with using Proton. But I can totally see why people would refuse to use it.

It is the similar thing to emulation vs real hardware. Personally for me, it isn't even about the games, but the joy of tinkering with real hardware that makes me happy. Which is why, even with FPGA, it seems less fun than buying an old computer and trying to do things to it, that were never meant to be done.

The portion of getting a game to run in wine, proton, or native is just as enjoyable to me, if not more so than actually playing them sometimes. Then again, maybe it is akin to 'you can't do that!' And me saying 'watch me!'. Proton is good enough now that I think the point os almost entirely moot to say Game X works great in Linux!
furaxhornyx 12 Jul, 2022
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Quoting: Guest
Quoting: Mountain Man
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: dvdWindows only, shame... When i saw the trailer it looked like a nice game.

Why is it a shame?
Are you asking that because you don't know the person's answer or because you do know and you're waiting for their reply so you can give them a hard time?
Proton is great, but I don't think there's any point to razzing people for preferring Linux native.

The reality is, Proton is a perfectly viable option for Linux gamers that, in many cases, gives native-like performance and grants access to hundreds of games we would otherwise never get to play on our operating system of choice. It's also a reality that even if every single Linux gamer boycotted every game that didn't offer native Linux support, it would not compel a single developer to suddenly produce a Linux version to take advantage of what is, by all accounts, a negligible sliver of the market. I wish it weren't it so, but those are the facts.

So, in the end, refusing to buy a promising game because it can only be played in Proton reminds me of the adage about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Refusing to buy a game that doesn't run natively on your OS of choice is perfectly legitimate, and maybe we GNU+Linux users shouldn't be so damn quick to buy Windows games.

Maybe if Valve only gave the "verified" tag to GNU+Linux native games (that run flawlessly), developers would have more incentive to actually port games to our OS and ultimately support them.

You can be sure that if only native games can get the "Verified" status, and windows-only game could be "Playable" at best, we would see a drastic increase in Native versions

Or maybe that's Valve's long-term plan ? Once a lot of games reach the "Verified" status, change the rules so that they will "lose" that precious badge if they don't go Native... Evil, but perfect
kuhpunkt 12 Jul, 2022
Quoting: furaxhornyx
Quoting: Guest
Quoting: Mountain Man
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: dvdWindows only, shame... When i saw the trailer it looked like a nice game.

Why is it a shame?
Are you asking that because you don't know the person's answer or because you do know and you're waiting for their reply so you can give them a hard time?
Proton is great, but I don't think there's any point to razzing people for preferring Linux native.

The reality is, Proton is a perfectly viable option for Linux gamers that, in many cases, gives native-like performance and grants access to hundreds of games we would otherwise never get to play on our operating system of choice. It's also a reality that even if every single Linux gamer boycotted every game that didn't offer native Linux support, it would not compel a single developer to suddenly produce a Linux version to take advantage of what is, by all accounts, a negligible sliver of the market. I wish it weren't it so, but those are the facts.

So, in the end, refusing to buy a promising game because it can only be played in Proton reminds me of the adage about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Refusing to buy a game that doesn't run natively on your OS of choice is perfectly legitimate, and maybe we GNU+Linux users shouldn't be so damn quick to buy Windows games.

Maybe if Valve only gave the "verified" tag to GNU+Linux native games (that run flawlessly), developers would have more incentive to actually port games to our OS and ultimately support them.

You can be sure that if only native games can get the "Verified" status, and windows-only game could be "Playable" at best, we would see a drastic increase in Native versions

Or maybe that's Valve's long-term plan ? Once a lot of games reach the "Verified" status, change the rules so that they will "lose" that precious badge if they don't go Native... Evil, but perfect

I seriously doubt that.
Purple Library Guy 12 Jul, 2022
Quoting: furaxhornyx
Quoting: Guest
Quoting: Mountain Man
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: dvdWindows only, shame... When i saw the trailer it looked like a nice game.

Why is it a shame?
Are you asking that because you don't know the person's answer or because you do know and you're waiting for their reply so you can give them a hard time?
Proton is great, but I don't think there's any point to razzing people for preferring Linux native.

The reality is, Proton is a perfectly viable option for Linux gamers that, in many cases, gives native-like performance and grants access to hundreds of games we would otherwise never get to play on our operating system of choice. It's also a reality that even if every single Linux gamer boycotted every game that didn't offer native Linux support, it would not compel a single developer to suddenly produce a Linux version to take advantage of what is, by all accounts, a negligible sliver of the market. I wish it weren't it so, but those are the facts.

So, in the end, refusing to buy a promising game because it can only be played in Proton reminds me of the adage about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Refusing to buy a game that doesn't run natively on your OS of choice is perfectly legitimate, and maybe we GNU+Linux users shouldn't be so damn quick to buy Windows games.

Maybe if Valve only gave the "verified" tag to GNU+Linux native games (that run flawlessly), developers would have more incentive to actually port games to our OS and ultimately support them.

You can be sure that if only native games can get the "Verified" status, and windows-only game could be "Playable" at best, we would see a drastic increase in Native versions

Or maybe that's Valve's long-term plan ? Once a lot of games reach the "Verified" status, change the rules so that they will "lose" that precious badge if they don't go Native... Evil, but perfect
Probably not, but what I can imagine is, once the Deck has some really solid sales numbers under its belt, them adding a new status above Verified for solid native Linux.
furaxhornyx 12 Jul, 2022
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Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: furaxhornyx
Quoting: Guest
Quoting: Mountain Man
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: dvdWindows only, shame... When i saw the trailer it looked like a nice game.

Why is it a shame?
Are you asking that because you don't know the person's answer or because you do know and you're waiting for their reply so you can give them a hard time?
Proton is great, but I don't think there's any point to razzing people for preferring Linux native.

The reality is, Proton is a perfectly viable option for Linux gamers that, in many cases, gives native-like performance and grants access to hundreds of games we would otherwise never get to play on our operating system of choice. It's also a reality that even if every single Linux gamer boycotted every game that didn't offer native Linux support, it would not compel a single developer to suddenly produce a Linux version to take advantage of what is, by all accounts, a negligible sliver of the market. I wish it weren't it so, but those are the facts.

So, in the end, refusing to buy a promising game because it can only be played in Proton reminds me of the adage about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Refusing to buy a game that doesn't run natively on your OS of choice is perfectly legitimate, and maybe we GNU+Linux users shouldn't be so damn quick to buy Windows games.

Maybe if Valve only gave the "verified" tag to GNU+Linux native games (that run flawlessly), developers would have more incentive to actually port games to our OS and ultimately support them.

You can be sure that if only native games can get the "Verified" status, and windows-only game could be "Playable" at best, we would see a drastic increase in Native versions

Or maybe that's Valve's long-term plan ? Once a lot of games reach the "Verified" status, change the rules so that they will "lose" that precious badge if they don't go Native... Evil, but perfect

I seriously doubt that.

Come one, you're no fun !
Frawo 12 Jul, 2022
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Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: dvdWindows only, shame... When i saw the trailer it looked like a nice game.

Why is it a shame?
Are you asking that because you don't know the person's answer or because you do know and you're waiting for their reply so you can give them a hard time?
Proton is great, but I don't think there's any point to razzing people for preferring Linux native.
While I would also prefer a native Linux version, I think it is a bit unfair to blame developers for not releasing one. We need to get over this native/non-native thingy. They even showed their commitment by ensuring their game is Deck verified.

Asking for a native version is one thing, blaming developers for not having one is another.
tuubi 12 Jul, 2022
Quoting: Frawo
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: dvdWindows only, shame... When i saw the trailer it looked like a nice game.

Why is it a shame?
Are you asking that because you don't know the person's answer or because you do know and you're waiting for their reply so you can give them a hard time?
Proton is great, but I don't think there's any point to razzing people for preferring Linux native.
While I would also prefer a native Linux version, I think it is a bit unfair to blame developers for not releasing one. We need to get over this native/non-native thingy. They even showed their commitment by ensuring their game is Deck verified.

Asking for a native version is one thing, blaming developers for not having one is another.

I didn't take it as blaming. Maybe something closer to my own reaction to articles like this: "Seems like an interesting game, but there's a couple hundred native Linux games on my wishlist and those will always take priority."

In fact, looking at said wishlist and how it hasn't fallen under 150 entries in years, I'm in no danger of ever running out of native games to buy and play, so I really don't mind rewarding devs for being Tux-friendly. Still, sometimes I can't help feeling a bit disappointed when a new entry in my GOL RSS feed piques my interest, but the article turns out to be about a title that doesn't support Linux. Hence the "shame".

And to be clear, I have nothing against the tech. If a dev commits to support Wine/Proton as a first class target platform (as in, my support requests and bug reports won't be outright refused or punted down to a lower priority when I tell them I'm playing on Linux), I'm fine with that.
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