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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Oh, I know. There's around 39 games and DLC packs for linux at the moment. With more appearing constantly - as there were only about a dozen a couple of weeks ago. There are also some issues with mulit-display systems, namely that while Steam has improved its support, some games will really mess up on a dual screen system - as graphics is handled by the individual game rather than an underlying graphics system. There is some work going on though to move the handling into Window Managers instead, so the games just use a common API instead of whatever individual methods they've come up with.
    Either way, with a Linux powered Steam 'console' of sorts in the pipeline, I'm sure Valve will be pumping a vast amount of resources into active development into the Linux environment which can only be a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawns View Post
    Either way, with a Linux powered Steam 'console' of sorts in the pipeline, I'm sure Valve will be pumping a vast amount of resources into active development into the Linux environment which can only be a good thing.
    I saw an article recently that a significant number of existing Linux ports of Windows games were ported by one guy! He worked with the Humble Bundle guys to do a lot of the Linux ports for them for example. He was the guy who was in charge of Quake 3 for Linux, and Unreal Tournament 2003 for Linux.

    He also mentioned how at Blizzard, the team to keep the OS X port of WoW is tiny, like 3 people sort of size.

    His point in the article was that the effort required to port games is actually pretty minimal, as the grunt work has been done already, writing the game. It can even be made simpler if everyone works from the initial position of writing portable code in the first place.

    So, I'm looking forward to a boom in Linux games. My life will be complete when there's an Anno game in Linux.

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    Bought Mirrors Edge last year. Had it on Xbox, it was brilliant, saw it on PC and couldn't pass it up. Glad it's on sale again as I've recommended it to friends who said they might pick it up.

    Not that impressed with Day1 myself. Raised an eyebrow at the Prince of Persia set, but I only really liked the first one. 2 and 3 were.. 'eh. Not bad, not great. Haven't played the fourth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garacesh View Post
    Bought Mirrors Edge last year. Had it on Xbox, it was brilliant, saw it on PC and couldn't pass it up. Glad it's on sale again as I've recommended it to friends who said they might pick it up.

    Not that impressed with Day1 myself. Raised an eyebrow at the Prince of Persia set, but I only really liked the first one. 2 and 3 were.. 'eh. Not bad, not great. Haven't played the fourth.
    By 1 and 2 do you mean?

    Prince_of_Persia_1989.jpg and prince2.jpg?

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    Of course not. What do you take me for? Old? :P
    Although, Sands of Time did amusingly have a re-make of a the (actual) first Prince of Persia's first level in it.

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    Arma 2 would be the only one I would consider, but I have to be frugal for the moment.

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    I found Kubuntu 12.04 with all compositing effects disabled to be quite reliable for the Linux Beta. Just got to put up with Jockey crashing until you run post-install updates.

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    I presume Valve have their standard "flagship" games available on Linux? Half-Life 2, TF2, L4D etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawns View Post
    I presume Valve have their standard "flagship" games available on Linux? Half-Life 2, TF2, L4D etc?
    Not all of them yet. TF2 is, Killing Floor is, don't think they all are though yet. They're working on them!

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    Ahhhh, Killing Floor. Many an hour wasted on it while screaming "Die zombie mutant scum!"

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    Christ they were quick off the mark with that.

    How did they know it was my payday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBlax View Post
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    Steam sales are normally put on when I don't have anything to buy games with, luckily it's payday, and I received 100 of Steam Gift cards as an early Christmas present.

    I grabbed Dishonored while it was at 50% off, and I was not disappointed at all! 3 hours in so far and I'm still only on the first mission after finishing the intro. There's a lot of ways to approach this game!
    Also got The Witcher 2 while it's a nice price, ready for when I finally finish the first game, (Which, by the way, is up for 1.79 extended edition and is well worth the purchase if your spec can handle it!) and a friend picked me up Forge, which is a nice little take on arena based combat games.

    I've got Ultimate Mortal Kombat Collection, Arkham Asylum GOTY, Splinter Cell: Conviction and Broken Sword Trilogy in my cart as I type, and it's only 12.46 for 8 games that I really loved the first time I played them.


    Now to find some Christmas presents for the lads!

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