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I still see a surprising amount of confusion from people on what Steam games work on Linux. Hopefully this will help clear it all up.

The problem is, Valve originally used the Linux "Tux" icon to show Linux compatibility:
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They then replaced that with the SteamOS logo, which is basically the Steam logo in a coloured circle.

Steam Play is not Linux
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If it doesn't have that little SteamOS icon at the end, it usually means it does not support Linux/SteamOS.

You see this all the time, but Steam Play does not mean it supports Linux & SteamOS. Steam Play means you buy it once, and it will only work on the platforms that the game supports directly. If a game is not Steam Play, you would need to re-buy it on each platform.

Here's one that only supports Windows & Mac for example:
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Thoughts on it
I do think Valve need to do something to address this, I'm sure they know it's a little confusing, but it's possible they haven't even looked into it yet. It could also be possible that they simply don't care, but I would certainly hope they do.

Even moving the "STEAMPLAY" text to the start instead of at the end would help somewhat, as it would clearly show the SteamOS icon by itself then.

It frustrates me to see the confusion from users across the internet on what game supports Linux, as it shouldn't be this difficult, but Valve have made it difficult for people by not fully thinking this through.

One thing to remember: Not everyone has been around Linux as long as we have to understand the distinction between the icons. Remember the confusion isn't the fault of the user, this is a poor design choice from Valve. We have to remember this when seeing confused users. Help them, don't put them down.

It certainly doesn't help that Valve removed the SteamOS icon for a number of games as they work on Linux, but not SteamOS directly. Games like Starbound work fine on Ubuntu, but it has no SteamOS icon. There are further issues like Dying Light not having a SteamOS icon, due to some packaging issues, but it works "fine" (In quotes, as that's debatable) on Linux & SteamOS.

What do you think Valve could do to help the situation for people?

Also, an honourable mention to the SteamDB Linux list. Human-confirmed Steam games that work on Linux, and games that have hints about coming to Linux on the other tab. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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minj 12 April 2016 at 1:20 pm UTC
Re RANT:
Some people are indeed not dumb. But then again, some are. And evidently, some don't bother reading the whole thread before replying.
c704710 20 April 2016 at 12:55 pm UTC
Some people are calling this the Circle of Confusion, (or COC for short; numerous penile jokes abound). Well, maybe this will help call Valve's attention to the problem.
jasondaigo 24 June 2016 at 7:10 am UTC
i would really like to see a mini tux in that steamos icon; then its just like steamos and/or linux compatible.
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