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Oh my word I do love itch.io and their store app. It's open source (MIT license), it's beautiful and it actually works really well now.

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Linux specific fixes:
QuoteThe ArchLinux package (in AUR) for the application was unusable for certain users depending on their ruby setup. All scripts have been rewritten to get rid of ruby, solving the problem once and for all.


It has a professional Japanese translation, the ability to pick a download if a game offers multiple options, a better preferences screen, and bug fixes.

Seriously guys, you should all keep a keener eye on itch.io, they are doing amazing stuff. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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GustyGhost 13 July 2016 at 6:38 pm UTC
I want to like Itch in everything they do. Certainly a model for Steam and others to follow. But a quick glance at their catalog reveals it dominated by dating sims and romantic visual novels. Or am I just crazy?
Liam Dawe 13 July 2016 at 6:41 pm UTC
AnxiousInfusionI want to like Itch in everything they do. Certainly a model for Steam and others to follow. But a quick glance at their catalog reveals it dominated by dating sims and romantic visual novels. Or am I just crazy?
There is a lot of cruft on it due to the low barrier of entry, their sorting options generally help you find the good stuff though.
Inspector_Gidget 13 July 2016 at 6:56 pm UTC
AnxiousInfusionI want to like Itch in everything they do. Certainly a model for Steam and others to follow. But a quick glance at their catalog reveals it dominated by dating sims and romantic visual novels. Or am I just crazy?

I've been checking it out for the past 10 minutes and some of it looks pretty sweet
Guest 13 July 2016 at 6:58 pm UTC
AnxiousInfusionI want to like Itch in everything they do. Certainly a model for Steam and others to follow. But a quick glance at their catalog reveals it dominated by dating sims and romantic visual novels. Or am I just crazy?

If your looking at it from the perspective of ' have wallet, will buy games ' perspective then yes that's true. The platform does sell content but its more focused around new ideas from total newcomers, the indie scene and collaborative working for game jams ( the web client reflects this much more ). So Steam, GOG might be better suited for your needs until it attracts more main stay developers.


liamdaweThere is a lot of cruft on it due to the low barrier of entry, their sorting options generally help you find the good stuff though.

One persons cruft is another persons crystal gem. As above a lot of stuff is WIP or just experimental, that is the idea of the platform its not designed to be a Steam replacement ( yet ). That said, there is some actual cruft too

it works nice as an alternative to steam, GOG and having proper desktop support vs valves garbage client is welcome.


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ElectricPrism 13 July 2016 at 8:32 pm UTC
liamdawe
AnxiousInfusionI want to like Itch in everything they do. Certainly a model for Steam and others to follow. But a quick glance at their catalog reveals it dominated by dating sims and romantic visual novels. Or am I just crazy?
There is a lot of cruft on it due to the low barrier of entry, their sorting options generally help you find the good stuff though.

Isn't it ironic that this seems to be both a pro and con to Linux? I spend so much time browsing github, AUR and other package repositories just to figure out what exists that I can use on Arch Linux.

I dunno if I have any more hours in my day to now sift through Itch.io catalog, unless anyone has a pro tip on how to quickly sift through to their good games?
flesk 13 July 2016 at 8:48 pm UTC
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There are lots of great games on itch, if you know where to look.

A few examples:

* https://blackpants.itch.io/tiny-and-big
* https://ycjy.itch.io/aquaticadventure
* https://omnisystems.itch.io/eufloria-hd-deluxe-edition
* https://gonehome.itch.io/gonehome
* https://darkgod.itch.io/tales-of-majeyal
* https://ratking.itch.io/tri
* https://devolverdigital.itch.io/dropsy
* https://noumenongames.itch.io/snakebird
* https://piratehearts.itch.io/super-win-the-game
* https://allen.itch.io/spirits-of-xanadu
* https://michaeltoddgames.itch.io/electronic-super-joy
* https://zachtronics.itch.io/spacechem
* https://fiolasoft.itch.io/blackhole
* https://terrycavanagh.itch.io/vvvvvv
* https://swingswingsubmarine.itch.io/blocks-that-matter

ElectricPrismI dunno if I have any more hours in my day to now sift through Itch.io catalog, unless anyone has a pro tip on how to quickly sift through to their good games?

I have a collection of Linux games on itch that I've been plugging every now and then: https://itch.io/c/34969/linux-gems It's not all tested though.


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ephemeralcuriosities 13 July 2016 at 9:18 pm UTC
A couple more good games on Itch:

https://midboss.itch.io/rom
https://kiririn51.itch.io/valhalla-bar
https://woofycakes.itch.io/blue-revolver-v05
https://w84death.itch.io/tanks-of-freedom
https://nihilocrat.itch.io/sky-rogue

These all work, but for Blue Revolver you'll want to download the experimental one since the Itch client doesn't deal with .love files correctly.
stan 13 July 2016 at 9:52 pm UTC
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You can filter by games that have demos. It should leave only games made by serious devs and throw away game jam games.
DrMcCoy 14 July 2016 at 7:52 am UTC
Also, I see nothing bad with romantic visual novels.
Grimfist 14 July 2016 at 12:36 pm UTC
Now I know what is still missing on my machine, the Itch.io client, thanks for the reminder ;)
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