Sunday, July 12, 2009

Linux games - Lots of great choices

All right, it's time to talk about Linux games, once again.

In this article, I'm going to present a whole variety of Linux games, across a range of genres. I'm going to review several titles in detail, complete with screenshots and grades. Next, I will talk about non-native Linux games, which can still be enjoyed using certain tools and methods. We will talk about the tools and methods, too. We'll also talk about mini-games that come bundled with distributions, Flash games, online game repositories, and more.

It should be interesting. If you're a gamer, spend 5-6 minutes of your time reading. I promise you, you'll like it.

So, if you are new to Linux and wondering if you can enjoy games on Linux, the answer is: very much so yes. Follow me.

First, a philosophical intro ...

Linux gaming is kind of a black sheep of the open-source world, a thoroughly under-appreciated and under-advertised part of the Linux sphere. Which is a shame, because most computer users, especially younger people, are quite interested in computer games and would do a lot for these games, including mastering a whole new operating system, if it promised them free, high-quality games.

Today, Linux gaming lags far behind Windows and keeps many people from trying out Linux for just this reason. A few years ago, the main obstacle was the choice of software, the hardware compatibility and the difficulty of installation. Now that these issues are slowly and successfully being solved, a new major issue arises - the gaming.

Personally, I have no problem with playing games on both Windows and Linux, as I believe that users should be able to enjoy the best of both worlds, but the gaming is currently highly unbalanced, in favor of Windows. A part of this inequality can also be blamed on public relations.

Many Linux users do not put up enough effort advertising Linux gaming. It exists. And it's quite good. It is not yet its counterpart in the Windows world, but it's getting better and better daily. There are more games, better games, being created for Linux all the time.

So let's see what a Linux gamer should expect from his/her box!


Linux games - Lots of great choices

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