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Posted by , 31 March 2016 at 5:41 pm UTC / 10253 views
I have double checked this, and it seems to be accurate. Linux now has 2,000 games on Steam, and that's a pretty healthy milestone.

Making sure to sort by SteamOS + Linux, Games only and Release Date is now showing exactly 2,000.

While it is just a number, it's a big and healthy number considering not long ago this was a big fat zero.

We do still have some barriers to cross before more people will consider switching. I won't cover all the barriers, but here's one that I feel is very important.

For me, I would very much like to see more same-day releases on Linux. They always come with issues, but a lot of the time they are playable to a certain amount of enjoyment. XCOM 2 for example is a pretty amazing strategy game, but it has plenty of issues right now. I was able to enjoy it on Linux from day-1, and the importance of that I cannot overstate. We are all human and suffer the urges to play games we are immensely excited about, so having more day-1 games will help reduce dual-booting.

I am even guilty of this dual-booting “sin”. As a Fallout fan for as long as I can remember I have a Windows partition which is currently used for that one game. I haven’t actually booted into it for quite some time now, and that’s largely thanks to XCOM 2 being addictive. It’s a doubly important weak spot I hope to see addressed, as we get more games day-1, and less people feeling the need to use Windows due to the availability of other games on Linux/SteamOS.

How do you feel about this milestone?

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Cimeryd commented on 31 March 2016 at 5:51 pm UTC
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So many FPS games, so many rogue-like games, not a single WoW-style MMORPG. I miss that.


fagnerln commented on 31 March 2016 at 6:03 pm UTC

CimerydSo many FPS games, so many rogue-like games, not a single WoW-style MMORPG. I miss that.

Fortunately has at least an great game for each genre, action, racing, RPG, MOBA, RTS and turn based, "simulator", terror, etc. For others like fighting, SFV is coming. But you are right, "rogue-like" is an growing epidemy.


Grimfist commented on 31 March 2016 at 6:07 pm UTC

2.000 games, this is amazing. And yes, we need more day-1 releases, this is true.
And yes, I am also missing WoW (although working mostly good with Wine) and Blizzard games in general on Linux. But this won't change in the future sadly.


liamdawe commented on 31 March 2016 at 6:10 pm UTC

Grimfist2.000 games, this is amazing. And yes, we need more day-1 releases, this is true.
And yes, I am also missing WoW (although working mostly good with Wine) and Blizzard games in general on Linux. But this won't change in the future sadly.
I think Albion Online will help with people who want a WoW-like on Linux, but I don't suggest it until the full release due to character wipes.


SirKatar commented on 31 March 2016 at 6:16 pm UTC
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One advantage of games not being out on day one is that are cheaper when they get round to Linux, and have DLC that others have already played and rated.


Homepcgamer commented on 31 March 2016 at 6:40 pm UTC

Congrats to the lucky ones...


qchto commented on 31 March 2016 at 7:10 pm UTC

fagnerln... For others like fighting, SFV is coming...

Friendly reminder: Skullgirls is already on Linux


Kimyrielle commented on 31 March 2016 at 7:14 pm UTC

fagnerln
CimerydSo many FPS games, so many rogue-like games, not a single WoW-style MMORPG. I miss that.

Fortunately has at least an great game for each genre, action, racing, RPG, MOBA, RTS and turn based, "simulator", terror, etc. For others like fighting, SFV is coming. But you are right, "rogue-like" is an growing epidemy.

It's not quite true that we have at least one great game per genre. MMORPG -is- a genre, and there is not a single great game to represent it on Linux. Not. One. No, Albion doesn't count even if you happen to like that game (it's not my cup of tea anyway), because it's hardly a AAA game, not even close. I wouldn't complain so much if I wouldn't spend a significant amount of my total playtime with MMOs, so this is -the- biggest reason why I still keep a Windows partition around. My biggest Linux game wish for 2016 is ONE AAA MMO. Either new or port of an existing one. I wouldn't care which one. Just one!!! Meh!

I agree on the rogue-like stuff. They must think all Linux gamers are knee-deep into these things. I don't care for them.

Generally, and I think I said that in the 1,900 milestone thread too, the total number of available games for Linux has lost its meaning a while ago. It was fun to see the number grow when Linux gaming became a thing, after us not getting -any- commercially produced games other than the handful of Loki ports since Linus Torvalds released Kernel 1.0.
But let's be honest, like with Windows, the vast majority of all available Linux games isn't terribly good. The number that would really matter now that we're sort of established as a gaming platform is the % of bestseller titles available for Linux. You know...games that matter? 2,000 games means nothing if 1,800 of them are aforementioned rogue-likes with antiquated pixel graphics that someone made during spring break and published because they could.


Comandante Ñoñardo commented on 31 March 2016 at 9:30 pm UTC

Haw many of them are AAA? We need that..


AnxiousInfusion commented on 31 March 2016 at 9:37 pm UTC

Unlike other genres where the name is actually descriptive of the game type, "rougelike" means nothing to me. Sure, I could look it up but I honestly don't care. It's just annoying to see that label constantly slapped onto games which isn't helpful information at all.

Other genres which could please stop flooding Linux are point-and-click, retro 2D, visual novels and puzzle games. There are thousands! Now we need focus from AAA commercial releases.

Anyways, I told myself I would stop counting after 2000 and so be it. Future milestones will be measured by what gets released. For me that is any Tribes game. I miss Tribes: Ascend like a first love and the Loki port of Tribes 2 appears to be unattainable.


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