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We might be (finally) seeing the shift in the industry. If developers start supporting Linux, with a really viable distribution platform (Steam) out there... it's looking good.
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Originally Posted by Edge Of Pain View Post

I love THQ so much.
helpinghand.gif
It looks like financial troubles turn people into Good Guy Greg. So I bet EA or Valve would do the same if they were in the same financial position. Right?

Uh.. Valve is and has been working towards Linux, and they're very well off, where have you been?
    
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Originally Posted by brucethemoose View Post

This is step 1: THQ will set the precedent, and if they do port games to linux, it will grab other company's attention.
All we need is a huge blockbuster on linux... once, say, Fallout 4 runs well in linux, this snowball's gonna be unstoppable.

Will Source games not be a hit in Linux? And Cryengine already supports it apparently.

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Uh.. Valve is and has been working towards Linux, and they're very well off, where have you been?

I meant with the humble bundle and free stuff.
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I am not too familiar with Linux but isn't the Unity desktop crippling performance on the gaming side? I have been using Ubuntu 12.04 for only a month now in anticipation for what is to come, but ever since AMD dropped some of their legacy cards in their new updates I am a sad panda frown.gif
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I am not too familiar with Linux but isn't the Unity desktop crippling performance on the gaming side? I have been using Ubuntu 12.04 for only a month now in anticipation for what is to come, but ever since AMD dropped some of their legacy cards in their new updates I am a sad panda frown.gif

Unity shouldn't be slow, for the average OCN user. If it is just switch it to Classic Gnome on the login screen. Click the Ubuntu logo next to your user name on the login screen to do that.
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I'm telling ya...Linux is the future. First Steam, Now THQ, what's next??? Has anyone else heard of that Kickstarter project where a guy wants to port all major Mac OS (Unix based) programs to Linux since it's easier to port than Windows applications? No need for wine or anything. Completely developed for Linux.


Now hurry up AMD and release AMD Dual Graphics for Linux!
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Can't wait; Linux has so much in the near future, its exciting.
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Do AMD and Nvidia both make drivers for linux for their flagship gaming GPUs?
Yes, ATi's drivers fall behind quickly due to the way they made them, they don't keep them as up to date as they should and so they stop working when new kernels and X11 packages come out. Not an issue unless you are on a rolling release distro, and even then you can easily blacklist automatic updates to X11, and set up a script to recompile the drivers with every kernel update, which takes no time at all. Also ATi decides arbitrarily to stop supporting "legacy GPUs" which in the most recent case is the HD 4xxx series of GPUs. Basically you have to buy a new gpu every ~4 years to keep driver support. Not that big of a deal for most OCNers since we generally update about that often.

From there, nvidia has the most robust commercial drivers on Linux, though they are starting to slack off a little here and there, the most recent antics being the forced enabling of PowerMizer and disabling overclocking support in Linux for 4xx or higher cards. I assume now that there is a decent Linux gaming push and the hand-in-hand efforts between nvidia and Valve to port L4D2 to Linux, that newer updates will start being more feature-oriented again. The last update did almost double my performance in certain games, and a small OpenGL *.so override provides a HUGE (~50-80%) gain in many games using OpenGL in Wine (WoW, TF2, others with OpenGL backends)
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Originally Posted by Edge Of Pain View Post

I love THQ so much.
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It looks like financial troubles turn people into Good Guy Greg. So I bet EA or Valve would do the same if they were in the same financial position. Right?

Valve already is doing this. They have been porting their games for a while, now. rolleyes.gif
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This is starting to sound to me like they had a brainstorming session on how to change the brand image and make quick cash, and this is just another item on the list.
Step 1. Cheap Amazon bundle!
Step 2. Humble Bundle!
Step 3. FREE GAME ON FACEBOOK
Step 4. Say we like Linux!
Step 5. ???
Step 6. Profit???????

Lol, you forgot the step where they offer that cheap amazon bundle again, for even cheaper biggrin.gif

http://www.amazon.com/THQ-Tantalizing-Medley-Download/dp/B00A3F5S0O
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This is step 1: THQ will set the precedent, and if they do port games to linux, it will grab other company's attention.
All we need is a huge blockbuster on linux... once, say, Fallout 4 runs well in linux, this snowball's gonna be unstoppable.

Umm.. ever heard of Doom 3? LOL.. At release it was way bigger than anything THQ will ever make, and they followed it up by releasing Quake 4 on Linux. The only difference now is that steam is driving the Linux gaming bus for momentum as opposed to iD basically standing alone back then.

That being said... Linux usability has also improved a lot since then. You gotta strike when the iron is hot and right now it's perfecting timing for Linux support.
    
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