Game on

October 24, 2012

Those who reguarly read this blog know that I’m not a gamer. Well into my sixth decade, my strong suit includes games that involve letters etched on wooden tiles, and my hand-eye coordination is limited to waving arm movements to accompany a full-throated, “Get off my lawn!”

Regardless, I do recognize the contributions that games make to the digital performance of hardware, and the subsequent technological advances to hardware. It’s a lot like the technological advances and developments in auto racing finding themselves worthy by automotive engineers to be included in passenger cars somewhere down the line.

So back in August when Gabe Newell said that Valve was going to bring Left 4 Dead 2 — which to me sounds like a final score: Left 4 Dead 2, Left advances (but never mind) — to Linux and called Windows 8 “a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space,” I would say that he would know.

According to a blog item by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes back in the summer, Kinglsey-Hughes writes that “Newell believes that the roadblock keeping gamers away from adopting Linux as their operating system of choice is a lack of games for the platform, so his company plans to bring a selection of titles — including the popular Left 4 Dead 2 — in an attempt to lure gamers to the free and open source platform.”

OK, I’m with you there, Gabe.

Fast forward to today: PC Gamer has a story about Steam — another gaming software company with a monosyllabic name — bringing Team Fortress 2 to Linux.

Is it me, or are we seeing a trend here?

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(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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  1. October 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I’m guessing their plan is to bring all of their games already available for Mac into the Linux field. I’m also guessing that Steam-for-Linux is Step 1 into a multiple-step “SteamBox” Linux Distro.

  2. Colonel Panik
    October 25, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Just for the record (the Old Guys need a score card) Steam is a part of Valve.
    This is a great outfit that will help Linux more than anything else.

    Many things are going on that show the class of Linux. There are the “HUMBLE
    BUNDLES” of software and books. These bundles are flying off the shelves. When
    you look at who is buying it is the Linux users that shine. We pay more than winders
    or Mac users. We will see more things bundled and sold for a humble price, I am
    waiting for some hardware bundles. Music bundles are on the horizon, you can hear
    them if you listen carefully.

    You can sell Open Source, FOSS or just about anything that allows the owner to
    fully realize the potentials of your product. We need to share this idea, support
    the people doing it.

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