Originally Posted by Catscratch
Technically, linux was always the future of gaming. It's just MS=DirectX somehow ($$$$$) attracted developers more so video card makers don't really care about Open-anything. They like closed-everything.
Well, i don't think AMD or Nvidia will care for OPEN-gaming in the near future
I wonder if Gabe already knows that most gaming platforms, and where most of the gaming market hold's it's most profits, is already on linux. Phones, game consoles, etc., all run off of modified linux operating systems.
However, Linux, on the desktop, is so far behind, nor is gaining significant market share, that his monopoly is not going to have users waste their time on investing into the headaches associated with nearly every linux distro out there. Nvidia and AMD are not going to switch their focus either. Open platforms is the way to go, in the sense of quality games that is, and this has always been the case since when Valve started with their Half-Life series. The support isn't there and the sheepish 4chan and My Little Pony Valve supporters are not going to make a signficant population to have Window's platform be replaced on the desktop gaming environment.
OpenGL does offer better performance, but it also takes longer to code for. Frankly, open software, given it's slight performance increase when developers take their time in it's architectural design, has typically correlated to more interesting games. I think this is not due to it being open software, nor residing in overall performance benefits, but rather giving developers that time to allow them to have more 'fun' with development, or solve more headaches, or have the freedom of inventing their own game mechanics. That 'time buffer' is where creative games have came from. DirectX just seems to make it too easy in which allows developers to half-ass, or neglect, this creativity/brainstorming space.
Linux is not the future for desktop gaming; what is the future, if we want 'better' games, is the open platforms. If directX was dropped, and Microsoft pooled resources in OpenGL/CL applications, we'd see not only more support for Windows as a gaming platform, but significant improvement in our games. Switching to linux is just going to be a wasted headache that, even if it does excel on a technical aspect, the market is going to be far too small to be a 'future' for desktop gaming.