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Linux & SteamOS Earn The 400 Games Badge

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An interesting little note is that when you look into how many games Steam has that are now on Linux, the figure has surpassed 400!

Currently it looks to be sitting at 403 when you do the search here. Although SteamDB only lists 374 confirmed as working, the SteamDB figure is a little off as it is based on user-feedback with games like "Nuclear Throne" only showing as "Game Possibly Works", it does work though given that I did a video of it here.

By the time SteamOS Linux is stable and the Steam Machines enter the fold we should have a couple hundred more at the rate they have been releasing recently.

I still think it is crazy how fast games have been coming out recently for Linux. We have a lot to thank Valve & Steam for, even GOG.com are going to support Linux which you can pretty much bet is because of how much Valve are talking up Linux.

With SteamOS still being Linux the good thing is that you can still support DRM free games from places like GOG, Desura, IndieGameStand, Itch, Fireflower Games, Gameolith and more if you use SteamOS. Valve would never stop you being able to download Linux games from elsewhere.

It's going to get more and more interesting as time goes on.

What have been some of your favourites releases in recent months?
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GoCorinthians 19 April 2014 at 11:26 am UTC
Witcher 2?
Half-Shot 19 April 2014 at 11:34 am UTC
GoCorinthiansWitcher 2?
In time, young one.
jdub 19 April 2014 at 11:49 am UTC
They will come...they will all come
geolgar 19 April 2014 at 2:01 pm UTC
I'm playing Teslagrad
Ilya 19 April 2014 at 2:27 pm UTC
We got cookies!
Metallinatus 19 April 2014 at 11:04 pm UTC
Yay! Now if only Stanley Parable could join the pack
commodore256 20 April 2014 at 12:03 am UTC
Well, at least there are 9 more games on Steam for Linux than I own. However, I doubt the majority of the 395 games I have on Steam will ever converge to Linux natively. However I'm sure there will be a max of 8 games that won't work in Wine. I have Ghosts and I know that doesn't work.
Anonymous 20 April 2014 at 12:07 am UTC
Someday they will have as many click-to-install games as say, Ubuntu does

But in seriousness, Valve has probably brought games to Linux that would not have come to us otherwise. For that I am grateful.

Vastly more important, it has brought developers to the knowledge that they can earn a living from Linux games too. Steam has possibly been more effective in this matter than the Humble Bundle (in my experience, I've corresponded with developers doing Linux versions on Steam that have never heard of the HB or didn't realise the HB was cross platform). For that I am even more grateful.

What Valve hasn't done, is attracted _Linux_ businesses. Valve still requires games on Steam to have a Windows version. Thus, they are forced to support the competitor that is most able to annihilate them. Not, Linux, Microsoft cannot annihilate Linux. But some individual companies that use businesses models based around Linux do not want to get involved in Microsoft in that arena. In fairness, they already compete in the business arena so adding gaming would be like adding another front to a war they are _just_ managing to fight currently.

The fact that Gabe Newell is such an influential force in convincing game developers to develop for Linux almost makes me forget that he was such an influential force in convincing game developers to develop for Windows and convincing Microsoft to get more involved in gaming. Dr. Frankenstein is fighting the monster he help raise and yet he continues to ensure it gets feed.
GoCorinthians 20 April 2014 at 8:41 am UTC
Anonymousthe fact that Gabe Newell is such an influential force in convincing game developers to develop for Linux almost makes me forget that he was such an influential force in convincing game developers to develop for Windows and convincing Microsoft to get more involved in gaming. Dr. Frankenstein is fighting the monster he help raise and yet he continues to ensure it gets feed.

imageThats already affecting ur mind...what huge bullshit u wrote down...
TenLeftFingers 20 April 2014 at 1:09 pm UTC
I think we also have Canonical/Ubuntu to thank, without doubt. From there, the whole free software stack also deserves credit.
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