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Black Mesa is officially coming to Linux, and the developer confirmed so in a rather delightful way of shooting down an anti-Linux troll in the Steam forums.

You may or may not heard of a user who goes by the username "meraco" on Steam. He seems to be popping up all over Linux support posts on the Steam forum to spread anti-Linux sentiments, this time it was different.

After his usual derailing of a Linux support topic, the Black Mesa developer commented:
QuoteWhat are we arguing about? We're making a Linux port. We think it's totally worth it.

We built Linux and got errors (as we expected). They're not especially complex errors, but there are a lot of them. As soon as we get a stable build we'll push it to Steam for people to test.


It's good to get confirmation (and fantastic to see a troll get slapped down), as previously they were only evaluating a port, but now it is happening.

Note: The best way to shut a troll down is to post like they aren't even there. Don't quote them or reply to them, just keep posting your support of Linux versions.

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Black Mesa is the award winning fan-made re-imagining of Gordon Freeman's landmark journey through the Black Mesa Research Facility. Relive Half-Life, Valve Software's revolutionary debut, and experience the game that raised the bar for the entire game industry all over again! Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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STiAT 8 July 2016 at 11:50 am UTC
Al3sHow to not have heard of "meraco"? What a sad individual, I would love to have him doxxed.

He's steam level 0, so this is nothing more than a troll account with no games on it. He'd just create another and keep on doing what he's doing.

I personally just ignore trolls like this. I do not care, and as well as we won't influence a Developer much in his decision weather to port or not (because of our market share it's still rather an ideological question weather they want the game to be played by as many people or not - it's certainly in most cases no business decision), he will not have any impact with his comments anyway. I consider developers smart enough to make up their own mind, not caring for trolls like him.


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Eike 8 July 2016 at 11:56 am UTC
STiAThe will not have any impact with his comments anyway.

There's been a thread - which he proudly linked to prove whatever - which got shut down, express not for the "+1"s (which technically could be considered spam according to Steam's rules), but due to the derailed discussion - due to the trolling, that is.
STiAT 8 July 2016 at 11:59 am UTC
Eike
STiAThe will not have any impact with his comments anyway.

There's been a thread - which he proudly linked to prove whatever - which got shut down, express not for the "+1"s (which technically could be considered spam according to Steam's rules), but due to the derailed discussion - due to the trolling, that is.

Showing support for something is not spamming by the rules of Steam. Though, developers may shut down such topics if they don't consider porting the game (would sometimes be nicer if they commented on this though).
Eike 8 July 2016 at 12:03 pm UTC
STiATShowing support for something is not spamming by the rules of Steam. Though, developers may shut down such topics if they don't consider porting the game (would sometimes be nicer if they commented on this though).

I agree with you about the spamming, though the rules explicitly name the "+1". And it's fine if the developers don't want to make a port and thus such a thread would be useless for everybody. But both was not the case here...
Jarno 8 July 2016 at 12:26 pm UTC
Am I only one who finds Meraco as entertainment?
I laugh every time I see him posting in linux threads, but whats makes me laugh harder is that those new ppl in internet keeps replying to him.

Would sit and drink beer with him/her, I bet my balls he/she is pretty fun guy in real life.
kingofrodeo 8 July 2016 at 12:34 pm UTC
That meraco guy is a worthless scumbag. Either he is being paid or he actually has some kind of hate towards Linux, the fact is that he is a loser. I actually wish he is being paid. 1- It means someone actually sees Linux as a competitor; 2- and that little fella's life isn't as much pathetic as I would believe it is.

About the game, glad we're getting it!
Homepcgamer 8 July 2016 at 12:36 pm UTC
Well, I think meraco is a M$ evangelist... so I ignore him/her. No comment
rustybroomhandle 8 July 2016 at 12:44 pm UTC
Al3sHow to not have heard of "meraco"? What a sad individual, I would love to have him doxxed.

No matter how terrible someone is, doxxing is not a thing that should ever be done to anyone. Don't think like this - be better.
MrTennessee17 8 July 2016 at 12:55 pm UTC
They gotta be on the M$ payroll. Only group of people I don't think are are the EA fanboys that protect EA at all costs.
ChloeWolfieGirl 8 July 2016 at 1:18 pm UTC
STiAT
Al3sHow to not have heard of "meraco"? What a sad individual, I would love to have him doxxed.

He's steam level 0, so this is nothing more than a troll account with no games on it. He'd just create another and keep on doing what he's doing.

I personally just ignore trolls like this. I do not care, and as well as we won't influence a Developer much in his decision weather to port or not (because of our market share it's still rather an ideological question weather they want the game to be played by as many people or not - it's certainly in most cases no business decision), he will not have any impact with his comments anyway. I consider developers smart enough to make up their own mind, not caring for trolls like him.

Nah, I think he is a higher level but his account is just private which makes him look like a lvl0 with no games.
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