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Do We Want Ubisoft To Support Linux?
23 June 2014 at 3:58 pm UTC

Well, looky here, my internet just stopped working for about half an hour before it finally came back. But really, how often does this happen?

Do We Want Ubisoft To Support Linux?
23 June 2014 at 1:31 pm UTC

I have had plenty of times where my internet was either unusable or was metered to such an extent I had to watch everything I did with it, and cut back accordingly. Privilege is saying that problems do not exist simply because they have never affected you yourself, which your argument is unfortunately full of Beamboom.

As for myself, if I buy a game I want to be able to install it on what machines I wish, have it be played it when I choose to have it be played, have a reasonable understanding of what the product is doing, and have some reasonable expectation that I can still play the game ten years for now. I expect nothing less when I put down money on a game or almost any other commercial product.

DRM threatens all of these things, all in an ineffective struggle to combat piracy, which, while harmful in its own ways, does actually in effect bolster those things which I considered to be desirable. Those games that require the CD you mentioned is an example of DRM, one which the pirate community helped solve even for legal game owners, such as myself, through No-CD solutions. These removed hassle and made the games more future ready. Which is something that game developers should be doing themselves.

This is not to whitewash piracy in its entirety of course; if you like a game or developer and have the means you should of course support them. But this does go a long way to explain why Ubisoft comes off as the bad guy here while the pirates themselves often come out looking like soldiers of light, and not for entirely undeserved reasons.

Do We Want Ubisoft To Support Linux?
22 June 2014 at 12:20 am UTC

To be fair, they were not referring to Linux piracy in the article.

Do We Want Ubisoft To Support Linux?
21 June 2014 at 7:36 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: MajorLunaCYou must be young, or at least ignorant, and you haven't experienced the Golden Age of Gaming that was the whole of the 90s to early 2000s.

Even people who were there at the time do not seem to remember what it was like back then. Everyone seems to have such short memories.

VVVVVV: Make and Play Edition Released For Linux For Free
19 June 2014 at 8:45 pm UTC Likes: 1

While I am sure the game has value, your description of it just makes it sound like a journey into masochism.

LIMBO Dark Platformer Fully Native Linux Version Released, No More Wine
19 June 2014 at 4:29 pm UTC

Alright, now that I have actually played some of this, I must now conclude that LIMBO may in fact be the most disturbing game I own. :O

LIMBO Dark Platformer Fully Native Linux Version Released, No More Wine
19 June 2014 at 2:38 pm UTC

*tips his hat to them* ^_^

I wonder what changed to make this happen though, as if I recall correctly, they previously claimed that it was some middleware that prevented this from happening previously. Did they replace it or did the middleware become native in the mean time?

Aspyr Media Comments On Linux, More AAA Games In Future
16 June 2014 at 10:56 pm UTC

And that would change what exactly anymore? :S:

Interview With Zero Point Software, Developers Of Interstellar Marines
15 June 2014 at 3:56 pm UTC

Quoting: DeformalBut I am impressed by 10% of Linux gamers. Is it time for rising on number of Linux gamers?

To be fair 10% as a figure has been something of a baseline for years. Of course since we are talking about percentages what exact number of players that represents varies, but roughly around 10% I have seen quoted by many developers for a very long time.

Interview With Zero Point Software, Developers Of Interstellar Marines
14 June 2014 at 9:47 pm UTC Likes: 1

If a DRM free build does appear somewhere done to line I will definitely be purchasing this - it has been a long time since I had the opportunity to jump into a new single-player FPS.

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