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Well known (and basically a legend) Linux game porter Ryan 'Icculus' Gordon is looking for new titles to port to Linux.

After recently porting the revamp of Turok to Linux and with him hinting (practically confirmed in his latest post…) that Turok 2 is also coming to Linux, he recently posted a new update on Patreon and this bit caught my eye:

Also: I need more games to port. I have a bunch of maybes floating out there, but pretty soon I'm going to need definite yeses to work on. If you know someone in need, send them my way please.

For those who aren't too clued up, Icculus has ported so many games to Linux and other platforms it's really hard to keep track. He's worked with Valve, Epic Games, Activision, EA and many other big companies over the years. He's also helped port quite a number of indie games, so he has a long and beautiful track record.

He's also one of the people working on SDL2, something used by a lot of games across many different platforms. Honestly, I could go on all day about things he's either made, helped maintain or ported to other platforms.

If you're a developer and want to see your game on Linux, it's probably worth getting in touch, especially as he's funded by his own Patreon so he's not likely to eat into your sales. Find him on Twitter, Patreon and his official site with a proper email link.

Note: To be clear, this is not the time to spam him directly asking him to port specific games. A better option, would be to speak to developers directly and send them to him. Also, try to be realistic with who you speak to, but you never know…

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Ehvis 11 June 2018 at 8:21 am UTC
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How expected and completely useless all these responses with games people wish for are. That doesn't help him at all. He needs devs or at least people with connections to devs. Unfortunately, I can't help him in that regard.
Aryvandaar 11 June 2018 at 8:29 am UTC
musojon74I know someone who could make that happen. Had a nice drink with him in the pub a while back. You know who you are. Most of us Linux peeps are very cool and love your ports

I have no idea who it is. I've been out of the Linux gaming loop for a while.

EhvisHow expected and completely useless all these responses with games people wish for are. That doesn't help him at all. He needs devs or at least people with connections to devs. Unfortunately, I can't help him in that regard.

I thought the point of the comment section for the articles was for people to discuss things related to the article. It's not off topic for people to talk about what games they wish had a good port.
Geppeto35 11 June 2018 at 9:43 am UTC
Aryvandaar
musojon74I know someone who could make that happen. Had a nice drink with him in the pub a while back. You know who you are. Most of us Linux peeps are very cool and love your ports
We need the name

AryvandaarIt's not off topic for people to talk about what games they wish had a good port.
I would move on step beyond: It's important as a community to discuss within GOL our wishes and aggregate a clear message for the developers, one or two games that would make the consensus (vote in Liam award session? something like "Best desired port") to be argued in lobbying sessions. A sort of kickstarter backward: people would like to see this and that, and deposit a promise to purchase if this is done.
Perkeleen_Vittupää 11 June 2018 at 9:50 am UTC
Knights of the Old Republic I
Sam & Max Hit the Road
The Secret of the Monkey Island 1-4
X-Wing Alliance
The Witcher 3
Cuphead
Scoopta 11 June 2018 at 10:13 am UTC
Skyrim? Maybe? No seriously please? Bethesda why you do this?
Ketil 11 June 2018 at 10:13 am UTC
Perkeleen_VittupääKnights of the Old Republic I
Sam & Max Hit the Road
The Secret of the Monkey Island 1-4
X-Wing Alliance
The Witcher 3
Cuphead
Sam & Max hit the road and the three first monkey island games work in scummvm although I believe the remakes don't. You can get sam&max and curse of monkey island on gog, but I don't know if anyone sell the original MI and MI2.
Ehvis 11 June 2018 at 10:34 am UTC
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AryvandaarI thought the point of the comment section for the articles was for people to discuss things related to the article. It's not off topic for people to talk about what games they wish had a good port.

Since nobody asked for wishes, it's not relevant at all. Relevant would be to discuss how to get porters like Ryan Gordon in contact with developers that might show interest in having their game porter. Wishing for skyrim has been done a thousand times and adds nothing to the subject of this article.
armandhaa 11 June 2018 at 10:46 am UTC
Cyberpunk 2077, it's good to have them 'the' Linux porter from the start
Seegras 11 June 2018 at 11:33 am UTC
Sadly, your wishes are of no use. What Icculus needs is permission and source code. Unless you do have access to these of the games you name, don't even bother.
See here: https://twitter.com/icculus/status/1005951766414921728
rea987 11 June 2018 at 12:00 pm UTC
Well, there needs to be some sort realism and rationalism in terms of Linux port expectations. First of all, there are certain companies that reject to support Linux at all due to financial or contractual reasons. Because of that, forget about ZeniMax, Bethesda and id Software related titles like Skyrim, Doom, Fallout, Wolfenstein, etc... Secondly modern AAA games are the products of 100s (if not 1000s) people's work; even though they are complete and might support some general libraries and APIs like OpenGL, OpenAL, SDL, etc, it takes enormous effort to port and test these by one man. That said, expecting The Witcher 3, GTAV, Far Cry 5 isn't reasonable even slightest; not to mention publishers' tendency to ignore Linux most of the time.

So, here is the resume of Mr. Ryan C. Gordon.

https://icculus.org/resume

It should be beneficial to check his recent "client" ports to Linux in order to find companies open for Linux port proposals.

Night Dive Studios seems to open for any proposal for a long time. My suggestions are;

- Native System Shock: Enhanced Edition
- Native System Shock 2

Some old Loki games that Ryan C. Gordon has already worked on few of them would be nice:

Human Head Studios:

- Rune Classic

Square Enix:

- Deus Ex

Firaxis Games:

- Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

2K Games:

- Railroad Tycoon II

Epic Games occasionally becomes Linux advocate, so that porting or re-porting some of old games would be their interest if right offer presented.

- Native Jazz Jackrabbit
- Jazz Jackrabbit 2
- Unreal
- Unreal 2
- Unreal Tournament
- Unreal Tournament 2004
- Fortnite

Following are the some Linux friendly Linux publishers and their products that I wish to be ported to Linux;

Sega:

- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 1 (cross-platform multiplayer)
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

2K:

- Borderlands
- BioShock
- BioShock 2

LucasArts:

- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (Classic, 2005)
- Star Wars: Republic Commando
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Mysteries of the Sith

Square Enix:

- Thief
- Thief II: The Metal Age
- Anachronox
- Deus Ex: Invisible War

CD Projekt RED:

- The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

Interplay:

- MDK
- MDK 2
- Kingpin — Life of Crime
- Earthworm Jim
- Earthworm Jim 2


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