Gabe Newell spoke at Linuxcon and it got me thinking about how to best support linux gaming.

Video here:

Article here:

Newell acknowledged Linux gaming generally accounts for less than one percent of the market by any measure including players, player minutes, and revenue.

But Valve is going to do its best to make sure Linux becomes the future of gaming by extending its Steam distribution platform to hardware designed for living rooms.

This is important.

This is the difference between a company dipping its toes into the water, and a company willing to restructure the entire pool to make it a better experience for all.

So how does one best support this endeavour? Well of course buying the SteamOS console/box that comes out is one thing that’s on my mind. Buying linux games on Steam is another. So I’ve made a list of 12 games I’m going to buy in 12 months. I don’t normally buy games, especially at this frequency, I’m just your typical WoW player and that is about as far as I go into gaming, but it’ll be good to get a feeling of how gaming on linux is going.

Already with Valves help the linux world is improving significantly:

The AMD Radeon Performance Is Incredible On Linux 3.12

Some games improved with just low double-digit gains while other Linux games were nearly 90% faster! Interestingly, the AMD Radeon Linux developers were even surprised by these findings.

Things are looking very bright indeed!

Here’s my list of 12 games I’m going to buy or have bought on Steam for Linux in 2013/2014:

  1. Jul: Brutal Legend <- Done

  2. Aug: Euro Truck Simulator 2 <- Done

  3. Sep: Game Dev Tycoon <- Done

  4. Oct: Strike Suit Zero <- Done

  5. Nov: Democracy 3 <- Done

  6. Dec: Wargame: European Escalation <- Done

  7. Jan: Rust <- Done

  8. Feb: FORCED <- Done

  9. Mar: Cities in Motion 2 <- Done

  10. Apr: DeadCore <- Done

  11. May: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition <- Done

  12. Jun: Civilisation 5 <- Done

  13. Jul: Lyne <- Done

  14. Aug: Super Hexagon <- Done

2014 Nov Edit: Buying linux games all the time now, have added arbitarily above.