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Voting is now open for our Linux GOTY Awards

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After a little bit of a clean up, voting is now officially open for our 2017 Linux GOTY Awards so get a move on!

It was quite a bit of working cleaning this one up, as much as we tried to make the category names and descriptions as clear as possible, we had a lot of submissions for games that released years ago.

Still, it's a bit of fun to do this each year. Fun to see what people pick and fun to let developers known Linux gamers enjoy their games, which is the point.

If you do somehow pick the wrong item to vote on, don't worry as you can reset it.

Voting will close Friday 19th of January.

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liamdawe 13 January 2018 at 8:28 pm UTC
Beamboom
liamdawe3) This is all based on releases people actually know/really think will come. Many more games actually arrive than people expect.

That is of course true, but also the known titles do give an indication of the state of affairs. Her's hoping a few major bombs will drop this year too!
Naturally, a lot of the bigger titles aren't announced until they're confident about a release date, I wouldn't say titles we actually know is an indicator of anything right now

Just wait and see, there will be a number of juicy releases this year, you can bet on it (I could probably say that line for the next 2-3 years and still be right ).
MintedGamer 13 January 2018 at 9:31 pm UTC
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Beamboom
liamdawe3) This is all based on releases people actually know/really think will come. Many more games actually arrive than people expect.

That is of course true, but also the known titles do give an indication of the state of affairs. Her's hoping a few major bombs will drop this year too!
Naturally, a lot of the bigger titles aren't announced until they're confident about a release date, I wouldn't say titles we actually know is an indicator of anything right now

Just wait and see, there will be a number of juicy releases this year, you can bet on it (I could probably say that line for the next 2-3 years and still be right ).

That's good news, it seems many of the big AAA Linux titles come out of nowhere, whereas the console type AAA's get hyped up for years in advance.

I think last year wasn't a particularly great year for AAA games in general. Nintendo hit it out of the park with top quality games, there were a handful of excellent platform exclusives like Horizon Dawn, but very few multi-platform must-have games. Other than PUBG, which is still in Beta quality, Assassins Creed Origins and Divinity 2, I'm struggling to think what we missed out on?

" Street Fighter V is still coming according to a recent BoilingSteam interview with TTimo."

That's great news! I thought it had been cancelled.
jens 13 January 2018 at 10:30 pm UTC
burningserenityWhat is HITMAN considered now that I/O is sans publisher? If they release chapter 2 for Linux this year, I'll be happy with whatever else does or doesn't happen.

Yes, sure, this would make my year too (together with Rise of the Tomb Raider, if it really comes to Linux). I didn't wanted to paint a black and white picture with my statements. Certainly there are very cool titles from independent developers and a lot of titles with a big budget are rather crap (Loot boxes indeed). I'm also not worried that I will get out of games either (also due to limited time).

It is just the feeling that the trend with regular big names from Aspyr and Feral from the past years is slightly turning and nothing has come up to compensate for that. Next to that I guess also the realization on my side that the Linux community is a rather difficult diva to deal with for companies like these both.

Anyway, lets see what happens this year
tuubi 13 January 2018 at 11:10 pm UTC
BeamboomI don't consider myself to have a negative stance in this, but rather objective/analytical, with a negative conclusion. I see no signs of a buildup - quite the contrary.

There was a time where there was a lot of promise flying around in the air, from multiple directions. Typically we had at least rumours about some of the larger titles coming to Linux. Sure, lots of cancellations too - but at least there was movement.
So you compare your hopes and dreams against reality, and analytically come to a negative conclusion?

In case you and your hype-weary co-worriers haven't noticed, very few things happen quickly in the Linux world. The growth of gaming was never going to be an exception, especially as the infrastructure simply wasn't there and is still taking shape. I for one see no reason to throw in the towel just because big releases don't drop in a steadily tightening pace. It's those AAA games we would all like to see that have the biggest hurdles to clear, both technically and from the business (or at least business culture) perspective as well.

We'll get there eventually - wherever that is - and it will be glorious! Or at least a lot better than it used to be. I'm fine either way.
Shmerl 14 January 2018 at 1:08 am UTC
burningserenityIn the past, prominent music was ubiquitous in games, and it was much harder to do atmospheric sound design. I feel that the old approach, which is present in Owlboy, lends to the atmosphere and world building with the same purpose as the ambience of The Long Dark, even if the former is a more abstract method.

I make this argument because it is still rare or impossible (someone go ahead and prove me wrong) to find a game with both excellent, prominent music and rich, atmospheric sound design. Most games these days go for sparse music in favor of more realistic, less abstract immersion, but the old way still works for me.

I agree, it's not common. Old approach works well indeed, one of the good examples is The Neverhood. It has superb music and it sets the mood of each level, but it just plays in a loop like many classic games do.

Still, there are some games that use music only at certain points of the game and make it fit the mood perfectly in time specific manner. I remember for example in The Blade of Darkness there was a moment where your character (when you play a dwarf) enters an ancient city, and the game gives a wide view switching to a different music at the same time. It was very well presented. (Unfortunately this game is now gone from GOG catalog, it used to be sold there).
Smellymangames 14 January 2018 at 4:27 am UTC
Almost too many choices per category and some really good games.

I did have to giggle with Ark under 'Best Graphics'. That game is one giant disappoint in regards to graphics. It lets me down every time I give it a chance and fire it up every so often.
burningserenity 14 January 2018 at 7:02 am UTC
jens
burningserenityWhat is HITMAN considered now that I/O is sans publisher? If they release chapter 2 for Linux this year, I'll be happy with whatever else does or doesn't happen.

Yes, sure, this would make my year too (together with Rise of the Tomb Raider, if it really comes to Linux). I didn't wanted to paint a black and white picture with my statements. Certainly there are very cool titles from independent developers and a lot of titles with a big budget are rather crap (Loot boxes indeed). I'm also not worried that I will get out of games either (also due to limited time).

It is just the feeling that the trend with regular big names from Aspyr and Feral from the past years is slightly turning and nothing has come up to compensate for that. Next to that I guess also the realization on my side that the Linux community is a rather difficult diva to deal with for companies like these both.

Anyway, lets see what happens this year

Some good points there for sure. I guess I'm mostly taking an optimistic view of the indie market continuing to expand now that development tools are more accessible. I totally see your point about Aspyr, et. al; it seems like even last year had a better selection of AAA ports.

I hope that Vulkan continues to grow and makes it easier to develop cross platform from the get go.

You mention the Linux community as a diva, and from a certain point of view it almost seems absurd to expect outside companies to port games for us. I wish more companies would take the old Id Software approach and release the source code while keeping assets proprietary, so we could just do it ourselves.
Beamboom 14 January 2018 at 7:21 am UTC
tuubiSo you compare your hopes and dreams against reality, and analytically come to a negative conclusion?

In case you and your hype-weary co-worriers haven't noticed, very few things happen quickly in the Linux world. The growth of gaming was never going to be an exception

We see the opposite of growth. That's the entire concern. Any growth would be taken as a victory. Just like miniscule increases in the Steam user stats.

And your ending of that post, THAT'S "hopes and dreams". There's zero guarantee we'll "get there eventually". There's plenty stories of failed attempts in the Linux world too, it's not all a success story on all fronts.
And AAA gaming on Linux is really nothing to take for granted.


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Samsai 14 January 2018 at 8:20 am UTC
Beamboom
tuubiSo you compare your hopes and dreams against reality, and analytically come to a negative conclusion?

In case you and your hype-weary co-worriers haven't noticed, very few things happen quickly in the Linux world. The growth of gaming was never going to be an exception

We see the opposite of growth. That's the entire concern. Any growth would be taken as a victory. Just like miniscule increases in the Steam user stats.

And your ending of that post, THAT'S "hopes and dreams". There's zero guarantee we'll "get there eventually". There's plenty stories of failed attempts in the Linux world too, it's not all a success story on all fronts.
And gaming on Linux is really nothing to take for granted.
What we see is proportional growth of Windows due to the PUBG effect and Asian market increase. If you want to freak out about it then go ahead, meanwhile I will look at the more significant statistics offered by developers and the gradual numerical growth. I personally think that playing video games is more fun than endlessly worrying about them.
Feist 14 January 2018 at 9:03 am UTC
Voted. Except for "Best Update", where my favorite was "Beamdogs 2.5 beta update" for their Enhanced Editions of Baldur´s Gate, Planescape and Icewind. Adding achievments, new classes, auto-looting and much more.


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