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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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tuna89 9 July 2016 at 1:38 pm UTC
Stupendous ManYou guys do know you can block people on Steam, right?

I blocked this fool a long time ago and since then I've lost weight, got a photo model girlfriend and won a sports car!

(The above message might contain hyperbole).

In true Steam fashion the "Block" feature isn't exactly a block feature; sadly regardless of blocking someone or not you'll still see their posts on the forums / discussions etc
tuubi 9 July 2016 at 1:45 pm UTC
lidstahI must admit I quite never understood these kind of almost "religious wars", and I've seen a lot from the Amstrad vs C64 one, Amiga vs Atari ST one, Nintendo vs Sega one, BSD vs the rest of the world one, and even some survivors of the Vi vs Emacs wars (what a bloody mess), and I still don't get the point of posting in threads related to what you don't like to try to push your point of view (valid or not), point of view which will always been, at best, ridiculed by other posters.
I never got the fanatic fanboy mindset either, but corporations and their marketing departments do and they love it. As do politicians.
Modofokus 9 July 2016 at 2:13 pm UTC
leillo1975Meraco again? This is not unusual... I think that is a looser with a lot of free time. Really, his life seems to be very sad and needs a lot of "love"

Deep inside of the Kernel we'll found Linux love, we just need to compile it and run it
Overlord 9 July 2016 at 2:39 pm UTC
Shutup-FoolTroll or not, this is a nice way to start a witch hunt...

I've read some of meraco's posts, and I don't see anything to suggest that he/she is a troll. It seems like nowadays people are classified as trolls just because they have a different opinion. And to those claiming this is some anti-linux, MS evangelist, this is one of his posts from that thread:

Quote"Yes, I can confirm this, I have a PS4, XBONE, a windows gaming machine and a linux system. I use the linux system sometimes for a dedicated server for those multiplayer games such as ARK, RUST and Reign of Kings.

I also use it to play games that do support linux. Such as XCOM 2, Kerbal Space Program, Stellaris.

I don't hate linux as some would suggest, But I also do not agree with the subject of Linux spam threads. I refuse to beg for a port. If the game has only windows, thats fine with me. If the game supports Linux then I use it.

But I will not bounce around from thread to thread posting spam in the form of "+1" in a futile attempt to sway developers to make a port. And I certainly will not make false claims that Linux is the future, when clearly it is not.

Not everyone agrees with me, and thats fine.. I don't agree with them, and thats also fine..
There is nothing wrong with posting our viewpoints on the topic. Pro or Con, But there is certainly no need for name calling, profanity or fits of anger because I do not agree with others."

Hardly a reason to report the guy or get him banned is it? I normally expect better from people on this website.

Hello there.i would not lie to fact that, i do use windows.but never paid a single peeny to microsoft.dont ask how? i use it coz i play mmo(where linux support is weak).But the fact is, lot of people has the reason to hate windows that they will not even touch it.If that shit, whine about the fact that he does not need linux port, than he can play it without linux.what is the reason for him to moan like a cow and say"dont release it to linux" huh?

Last edited by Overlord on 9 July 2016 at 4:34 pm UTC
Xzyl 9 July 2016 at 8:31 pm UTC
I've read some posts and he reminds me of JuanRGA, I only read a handful though. I didn't see anything wrong with the ones I read... Other than he is in pro linux threads saying unflattering things.
rongten 9 July 2016 at 8:53 pm UTC
About Black Mesa, for someone who never played Half Life (that played little actually), and does not understand the fascination about HL2, episode 1 and 2 (I think), I am really happy that is coming to Linux.

I think there is another remake (the new source engine?) but at the time it seemed that Black Mesa would be better.

I am planning to build my first gaming linux pc hopefully soon, and I would be delighted to play Black Mesa as first game.

Only hope I will be able to use hrtf for sound if the sound allows it.

It would be definitely worth it. Maybe with all the craze of Vive and Rift, positional audio via stereo headsets will get a boost too.

MayeulC 9 July 2016 at 9:04 pm UTC
@rontgen about HRTF, sure, but let's hope it will be in open-source fashion (i.e expanding OpenAL's functionality). It would be great to see Valve and Oculus cooperate on this.
slaapliedje 9 July 2016 at 10:04 pm UTC
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I have to admit I'm guilty to replying to that troll, and was also in the Mad Max Linux thread (which if it really is coming to Linux, I need it to so I can finish playing it!)

My favorite comment was the one quoted here about him also playing the Linux supported games in Linux... so.. you play them, but don't want more ports? Clearly an insane individual, or as stated some sort of Bot. I had pointed out several times in the thread that we didn't need the +1, because the whole thread was started by the Devs! Most 'could you port to Linux' threads are started by us as a community, I originally just wanted to thank them for porting to Linux and doing it before the port to macOS, which is the only platform I mostly find silly to port games to (especially the high end demanding ones, since as Palmer Lucky so pointedly remarked "We'll support them when Apple releases some decent hardware")

Speaking of that, it'd be kind of interesting, since most market share 'studies' are done with 'desktop' in mind, makes one wonder if they checked market share on 'gaming' computers. Would we actually have a larger share over Mac users?

I'm happy they've confirmed the port regardless of the troll. Granted would have been nice if they'd released it during the sale But then 20 bucks for it seems worth it anyhow.
Slackdog 11 July 2016 at 10:56 am UTC
I seem to recall than on winblows there were two versions - the original freeware one and the paid for version. That still the case?
GBee 11 July 2016 at 12:13 pm UTC
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The best way to silence a troll is to ignore them? Then why have you dedicated a whole news item on a popular site to him?
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