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What we expect to come from Valve to help Linux gaming in 2021
19 January 2021 at 7:01 pm UTC

Linux support is required because I use Linux and only Linux. No gamer should ever pay money to devs when they're not getting any support in return. That's not something anyone should wish on any gamer, a complete lack of customer service.

Only support developers who support Linux, otherwise developers won't care about your platform. That's how crapitalism works.

What we expect to come from Valve to help Linux gaming in 2021
19 January 2021 at 6:57 pm UTC

Yes, I can require that a game be for Linux before I send them money. lol

What we expect to come from Valve to help Linux gaming in 2021
19 January 2021 at 6:49 pm UTC

The point is: always require Linux support. No gamer should ever pay money to a dev who doesn't provide support, otherwise you're a complete sucker and 2nd-class gamer, and that's not something anyone should want to inflict on us or any other fellow Linux gamer.

What we expect to come from Valve to help Linux gaming in 2021
19 January 2021 at 5:20 pm UTC

Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: SwiftpawLinux gamers being okay with paying Windows developers for Windows games is "shrinking the market" for Linux games.

Not really, because same people pay for native Linux games. It's not a zero sum game. If anything, Linux gaming market is steadily growing, but slowly.

Then there is zero reason for developers to do the extra work of releasing for Linux when they can just release for Windows.

The only time they will care about releasing for Linux is if we don't send them money until they do.

What we expect to come from Valve to help Linux gaming in 2021
19 January 2021 at 3:43 pm UTC

Linux gamers being okay with paying Windows developers for Windows games is "shrinking the market" for Linux games. Right now, fewer developers seem to care about releasing Linux games, so this is probably what has happened to some degree. Thanks, Valve! What used to be a big push for Linux gaming thanks to Steam Machines and native Linux development has shifted to Windows game development. Valve played a part in both that former win and later loss.

What we expect to come from Valve to help Linux gaming in 2021
19 January 2021 at 12:31 am UTC

Has Valve actually been helping Linux gaming though, or has it helped mainly themselves and Microsoft?

Remember when we got big titles such as Metro Last Light, Bioshock Infinite, and Mad Max? Where are those titles now days? Even Serious Sam 4 from the developer who brought us the first Steam game for Linux, Serious Sam 3, has been canned for Linux with them saying there are no plans for Linux at this time.

Helping to get Windows games running on Linux has only made more developers choose Windows. While I'd never pay a developer for a Windows game, especially one that comes with zero support for and testing on Linux, what else could be the cause of games coming to Linux declining? The continuing monopolization of developers (like Valve) by Microsoft? A decline in gaming overall? You would think a pandemic is the perfect time to play more games if ever there was a time.

I'm glad Valve has helped out Linux directly in some ways such as graphics drivers, but most of their work has only benefited Valve. Their Steam controller system for example has allowed most all of our gamepads to work in Steam games when Steam is running. But outside of Steam, all of our newer controllers don't work at all in all the SDL 2 games that I've tried. Valve, how about helping out the Linux community by fixing controller support for ALL games on Linux and not just for your own Steam platform?

Mad Max and Shadow of Mordor delisted for Linux and macOS on Steam
4 January 2021 at 10:50 pm UTC

Quoting: Mohandevir
Quoting: sbolokanovLinux is an OS made for people who want power. If one doesn't want power, one shouldn't be playing with it.

This piece got me thinking... Why is Valve still supporting Linux, at this point, if it all comes to this?

Because their bribery deal with Microsoft must be continually renewed, and the threat of Linux must remain to keep the monopoly stronghold money flowing.

Mad Max and Shadow of Mordor delisted for Linux and macOS on Steam
4 January 2021 at 10:47 pm UTC Likes: 1

Has GOL recently been covering the obvious decline in major games coming to Linux, and sequels for Linux being cancelled?

I just noticed the dev/publisher removed Linux from the Tunic Youtube video: https://store.steampowered.com/app/553420/TUNIC/
If you use the Internet Archive, you'll see that they removed Linux from the description a while ago.

Mad Max and Shadow of Mordor delisted for Linux and macOS on Steam
4 January 2021 at 9:33 pm UTC

Aside from governmental/economic changes, we can't do much aside from supporting the devs who actually support Linux.

A real shame Back4Blood is also Warner Brothers. If you don't know, it's the developer successor to Left4Dead2. No Linux support on that currently.

Linux gamers have fewer places to spend their money these days. A real shame.

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