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Linux now has 2,000 games on Steam, big milestone

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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?

Thanks for letting me know Radim. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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fagnerln 31 March 2016 at 10:34 pm UTC
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fagnerln... For others like fighting, SFV is coming...

Friendly reminder: Skullgirls is already on Linux

I own Skullgirls, its a good game but not THAT great like the others examples, like Shadow Of Mordor, GRID, CoH, Total War, XCOM, Bioshock... I mean isn't relevant as SFV.

KimyrielleIt'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'm not an "expert" on MMORPG, in fact the only multiplayer genre that I like is the sportive one. I remember my friends playing Priston Tale, I don't get how they enjoy, but I don't judge anyone. The problem is that genre is in decadence, at least I didn't notice any launch of AAA MMORPG in a long time, neither in Windows.
ElectricPrism 31 March 2016 at 11:08 pm UTC
Too much Debbie Downer on this thread for me.

I will maintain my optimistic attitude, what a fantastic accomplishment and milestone, no doubt more good things to come.
Swiftpaw 31 March 2016 at 11:13 pm UTC
Think you could provide the number of games for OS X and Windows in your article as well so I can link to it on Wikipedia? Their sentence there is fucking stupid:

QuoteAs of February 2016, over 7,500 games are available through Steam, including over 2,300 for OS X and 1,500 for Linux.[4]

Notice the use of the term "over" before the number of games for Windows and for OS X, but not for Linux. Weasel words.

The reference is some Ars Technica article that references some Phoronix article. Worse yet, they cite numbers that don't exist in the article, saying Windows has "over 7,500" when according to that article Windows has 6,464.

I edited the page a while back and changed it to reference the Steam page directly where you can see the number of games it has, and someone undid my edit citing "Undid revision 711366642 by Swiftpaw (talk) those numbers aren't explicitly stated so this is original research)". Oooh you had to click a button for platform so we can't use Valve's own website as reference...wow...


Last edited by Swiftpaw at 31 March 2016 at 11:14 pm UTC
Holloszinhaz 1 April 2016 at 12:46 am UTC
Comandante oardoHaw many of them are AAA? We need that..

There is quite a lot of AAA games on Linux now. I made a video about them:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhAIM_-uOaw
N30N 1 April 2016 at 1:29 am UTC
SwiftpawI edited the page a while back and changed it to reference the Steam page directly where you can see the number of games it has, and someone undid my edit citing "Undid revision 711366642 by Swiftpaw (talk) those numbers aren't explicitly stated so this is original research)". Oooh you had to click a button for platform so we can't use Valve's own website as reference...wow...
At the time your edit was incorrect. Not only was it not a direct link you also didn't get the figures for release games. I have just made a edit with direct links and the exact numbers. So hopefully that'll stick. No such luck.


Last edited by N30N at 1 April 2016 at 2:10 am UTC
Kimyrielle 1 April 2016 at 2:46 am UTC
QuoteI'm not an "expert" on MMORPG, in fact the only multiplayer genre that I like is the sportive one. I remember my friends playing Priston Tale, I don't get how they enjoy, but I don't judge anyone. The problem is that genre is in decadence, at least I didn't notice any launch of AAA MMORPG in a long time, neither in Windows.

Not sure what your definition of long time is, but currently popular MMOs that I could see coming to Linux with -some- goodwill of their devs are:

- Guild Wars 2
- Star Wars The Old Republic
- Star Trek Online
- Neverwinter
- Skyforge
- Black Desert
- Rift

Other than the good(?) ol' WoW, these games probably make up the largest part of the current MMORPG market. Any of these would be a great benefit to Linux.


Last edited by Kimyrielle at 1 April 2016 at 2:47 am UTC
Cimeryd 1 April 2016 at 5:14 am UTC
AnxiousInfusionOther 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.

Oh please no, don't stop the flood. Rogue-like isn't a genre for me, doesn't mean I want less of them. And it's not like Binding of Isaac is what keept Age of Conan from being ported. Different developers, different audience, we have room for both.
tuubi 1 April 2016 at 8:53 am UTC
AnxiousInfusionOther 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.
So, you think we don't get AAA releases on Linux because the pipes are blocked by all the other stuff? Like the AAA developers are actively prevented from releasing their games on our platform by the indies? Makes no sense. At all.

I say bring it all, we can take it.

EDIT: I see I'm echoing Cimeryd here...


Last edited by tuubi at 1 April 2016 at 8:56 am UTC
pete910 1 April 2016 at 10:23 am UTC
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I would like to see planetside 2.
Mountain Man 1 April 2016 at 2:17 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 would love to see another major developer like Blizzard start supporting Linux. They already support Mac, so the cost of entry would be quite low for them.
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