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Tons of new games coming to Linux via Steam

August 31, 2013
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Many New Games Coming to Linux on Steam
The folks at Steam have greenlit a huge batch of games, and many will be supporting Linux! This is great news for Linux gamers, we’re living in an amazing time. Remember when there were very, very few games available for Linux? Steam is changing that, we’re seeing an avalanche of new games coming to the Linux platform.

Here’s a list of games that will be supporting a Linux version:

8BitMMO
Against The Wall
Amikrog
Black Annex
Chroma Squad
Constant C
Cook Serve Delicious
C-Wars
Dead Cyborg
Delver
Delver’s Drop
Dominions 3: The Awakening
Doorways
Draw a Stickman: EPIC
Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos
Escape Goat
Forced
Forge Quest
Gravi
Guise of the Wolf
Iesabel
Kainy
Knock-Knock
Knytt Underground
Legend of the Knightwasher
Legends of Aethereus
Megabyte Punch
NEO Scavenger
Oniken
Paranautical Activity
POOL NATION featuring Box of Tricks
Project Black Sun
Rawbots
Ray’s The Dead
Rebirth
Reprisal
Road Redemption
RUNNING WITH RIFLES
Salvation Prophecy
Signal Ops
Son of Nor
Soul Saga
Survivor
Talisman Digital Edition
Teslagrad
The Plan
Toribash

And here’s a few more that might support Linux:

Dungeon Dashers
InFlux
Warmachine: Tactics

There are some great titles in that list, I think we’ll see many happy Linux gamers in the days ahead. I can’t get over the difference between the old days when nobody wanted to bring games to Linux and now, we’re we are seeing so much interest by gaming companies.

Linux Games on Steam

Microsoft’s Mistakes and the Effect of Mobile
I suspect that many companies are realizing that putting most of their desktop game development into Windows only (or mostly as a few companies made games for Apple’s OS X too) was a big mistake. Microsoft blew it royally with Windows 8, and I think that finally woke up gaming companies to the obvious danger of linking their fates to the decisions made by Microsoft.

Many people were shocked by the Windows 8 interface, and that has resulted in some of them taking another look at alternative desktop platforms like Linux or OS X. I can’t blame them either, I know I couldn’t stand to use Windows 8 on a desktop computer for very long either. Linux offers a viable, open and powerful alternative to Windows 8.

Let’s also not forget that the rise of mobile platforms such as iOS and Android have also helped game developers realize that there really are other markets out there, and they can be quite profitable if products are available for them. iOS and Android gaming apps bring in a lot of cash for companies that serve those platforms, and Linux is yet another opportunity for companies who want more than the Windows market.

All in all, I think Linux gamers are in great shape right now. Tons of games are headed our way, and we’ll see more after that.

Hat Tip: Gaming On Linux

Are you excited about all the new games coming to Linux? Tell me in the comments below.

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7 Responses to Tons of new games coming to Linux via Steam

  1. liamdawe on September 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    We track games everyday at http://www.gamingonlinux.com keep an eye on it folks ;)

    • Jim Lynch on September 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Hat tipped! Thank you for reminding me, my bad for not putting the link in earlier.

    • Jim Lynch on September 2, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Also added you to the Linux Links at the bottom of the page here and on Desktop Linux Reviews. Hope that gets you some clicks. :)

  2. ElectricPrism on September 1, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    With Windows 9 on its way and the cloud trash that is planned to be Windows 10 – Linux will find itself a lot of new users in the next few years.

    This kind of gaming news makes me so happy :)

    Thanks Microsoft for the Year of the Linux Desktop! =)

    • Jim Lynch on September 2, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      I haven’t been following the development of Windows 9 and 10, but it doesn’t sound like either of them is going to be particularly attractive. As you said, hopefully they’ll bring even more people over to Linux.

  3. Mike Frett on September 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    It’s 2013, using proprietory Microsoft APIs like DirectX is a mistake for any developer who wants to open his application or game to a broader market. And while I didn’t really feel Linux was ready for the Desktop just a few years ago, after using Xubuntu 12.04, I can honestly say that with the Software Center allowing me to both get free AND paid apps and games; is a game changer at least for me. Steam has been a blessing also, but please, don’t forget about Desura; Desura actually offers Free games as well as paid. Even quite a few that Steam doesn’t offer, such as several AAA games like Freespace and Fallout for Linux.

    This beating around the bush and pushing Linux users to use only Open Source and Free applications is what was holding Linux back. I switched to Linux in October 2012 permanently and ditched anything I had that was Microsoft related. I’m glad I did so with recent relelations of the NSA back door.

    I’ve since switched Friends and Family over to Xubuntu and they are very happy with the freedom given to them. It’s a whole new world when you are no longer chained to Microsoft Windows and forced into endless upgrades and use the Apps and GUI that they want you to use. I found that I didn’t actually ‘need’ Windows, I was only using it as a crutch. I think people should ditch that crutch so they can have their freedom back.

    • Jim Lynch on September 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Yep, you get freedom and control over your computing experience with Linux. It’s shockingly refreshing to those coming over from Windows.



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