Originally Posted by macro6
If Gabe belives that, then make half-life 3, left for dead 3 and every single Valve game a linux/steambox exclusives.
This will tell us if linux is the future for gaming.
I keep saying it - the only thing needed to make Linux(and Mac) into viable gaming platforms would be Valve mandating that every new game on Steam from the first of the year(or whenever) has to have a working install for each OS(Lin/Win/Mac) at launch time, or the game doesn't launch until it fulfills the requirement. That's it. That's all that has to happen. Attrition will do the rest.
After a year or so the big devs will relent because they want their Steam revenue back, and that will mean OpenGL/CL takes over the gaming world because it just makes sense to switch when they are already going to need to write two installs for it anyway. The only way Microsoft would have to stop the loss of DirectX market share would be to open up DirectX to other platforms, and then they still lose. Windows desktop dominance actually rests on games, and those rest on DirectX.
Valve would take a major hit, but without shareholders to worry about they can do it. In fact, Valve is the only entity that can.