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In addition to word that Garry's Mod is soon being released for Linux, there's some more positive Valve/Steam Linux news to share today.

Valve Software has announced the "Steam For Linux Celebration Sale" that runs until next Thursday, 21 February. Most of the titles being distributed right now on Steam with Linux ports are part of this sale that are as much as 75% off their original price.
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And so TF2 fell into shadow. Or so Linux Torvalduman thought. Luckily a band of hobbits snuck past his ghostly burning eye-building and did something important, and wept and cradled each other and swore oaths of fealty, and there was some lava and, anyway, Team Fortress 2 is now on Linux and we're giving away items to anybody who tries it, bringing to a close this epic trilogy of paragraphs. THE END
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It is such a shame...the games on there that I don't already have that are probably worth the bandwidth to download are Red Orchestra and Killing Floor. Any one have any experience with some of the less known games there?

I highly recommend Kings Crusaders 2 and Amnesia...pick them up if you don't have them already.

Are game purchases cross platform? If I have Kings Crusaders 2 on Windows do I know have it Linux?

Though I don't particularly like Ubuntu...has any one tried the Steam client on other distros? (I have not)
 

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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

It is such a shame...the games on there that I don't already have that are probably worth the bandwidth to download are Red Orchestra and Killing Floor. Any one have any experience with some of the less known games there?

I highly recommend Kings Crusaders 2 and Amnesia...pick them up if you don't have them already.

Are game purchases cross platform? If I have Kings Crusaders 2 on Windows do I know have it Linux?

Though I don't particularly like Ubuntu...has any one tried the Steam client on other distros? (I have not)
all games capable of being crossplatform are crossplatform you dont have to buy em twice
 

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It is such a shame...the games on there that I don't already have that are probably worth the bandwidth to download are Red Orchestra and Killing Floor. Any one have any experience with some of the less known games there?
That just depends on your taste for games. I've tried most of the games on the list and I find most enjoyable ( well, as enjoyable as you expect a $5 or less game to be ).
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Are game purchases cross platform? If I have Kings Crusaders 2 on Windows do I know have it Linux?
Yes. As long as Steam says so ( shows emblems for each platform ). Only a very few aren't. Very few.
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Though I don't particularly like Ubuntu...has any one tried the Steam client on other distros? (I have not)
I've set it up on Arch, Gentoo, Fedora, Cent, and Mint and they've all worked great.
 

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That just depends on your taste for games. I've tried most of the games on the list and I find most enjoyable ( well, as enjoyable as you expect a $5 or less game to be ).
Yes. As long as Steam says so ( shows emblems for each platform ). Only a very few aren't. Very few.
I've set it up on Arch, Gentoo, Fedora, Cent, and Mint and they've all worked great.
Thanks...I will try and get it on Sabayon. If it will work on those other distros then I should have no issues.

kind of caught me by surprise. Here's to hoping this sales goes well and the Linux platforms gets more gaming attention.
 

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all games capable of being crossplatform are crossplatform you dont have to buy em twice
This is 100% true, however people may misunderstand the point when it comes to certain ports. Black Ops, for example... There's a PC version produced by Treyarch, and there's a completely separate version for Mac that is reproduced by Aspyre. Not sure how this plays into Linux yet, but hopefully people double check before making a purchase.
 

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Buy Serious Sam 3: BFE guys, it's great fun!

Oh, I see they ported the original Half-Life to Linux. That is a nice symbolism.
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More on the way probably.
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Porting has been good so far, although maybe a bit slow. TF2, Counter strike source, CS 1.6, Half life, Killing Floor have all been ported. Now Left4Dead (2), CS:GO, HL2 need to get done.

Also there are games that are being ported, but are still in beta. An example of this is X3 Reunion. If you have it on steam, you can play it in Linux, but it isn' t listed as an official Linux game on the store yet. It is still in beta.

Now the only issue is driver support. ATI and Nvidia have mostly good drivers, but Intel is still rolling their open-source only model. As a result, performance is significantly better in Windows, and some games won't even play in Linux because the driver is missing shader support.

However, love how Steam Linux is progressing. It still hasn't even come out of beta yet, and the library is rather large.
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BTW: Bastion and FTL are good indie titles.
 

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Looks like W7(/W8 on my Laptop) may be my last home use of windows...
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really been looking forward to this day.
 

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Porting has been good so far, although maybe a bit slow. TF2, Counter strike source, CS 1.6, Half life, Killing Floor have all been ported. Now Left4Dead (2), CS:GO, HL2 need to get done.

Also there are games that are being ported, but are still in beta. An example of this is X3 Reunion. If you have it on steam, you can play it in Linux, but it isn' t listed as an official Linux game on the store yet. It is still in beta.

Now the only issue is driver support. ATI and Nvidia have mostly good drivers, but Intel is still rolling their open-source only model. As a result, performance is significantly better in Windows, and some games won't even play in Linux because the driver is missing shader support.

However, love how Steam Linux is progressing. It still hasn't even come out of beta yet, and the library is rather large.
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BTW: Bastion and FTL are good indie titles.
bastion has probably the most epic soundtrack in a game, ever.
 

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Porting has been good so far, although maybe a bit slow. TF2, Counter strike source, CS 1.6, Half life, Killing Floor have all been ported. Now Left4Dead (2), CS:GO, HL2 need to get done.
It's interesting how Left 4 Dead 2 still hasn't been officially released, it was after all with that game that they tested porting the Source engine to Linux.

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So, I have openSuse... Let's say I install Steam. Can I point my current steam folders so I don't have to re-download everything? My Linux HDD isn't that big, and I have my games on a 3TB...
You mean your current library on the Windows partition ? I don't think so, the game files are different, just for starters the games render in OpenGL, not DirectX, that alone would mean you'd have to download additional files for the game engine.
 

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It's interesting how Left 4 Dead 2 still hasn't been officially released, it was after all with that game that they tested porting the Source engine to Linux.
You mean your current library on the Windows partition ? I don't think so, the game files are different, just for starters the games render in OpenGL, not DirectX, that alone would mean you'd have to download additional files for the game engine.
It's not like you can play all of them yet in Linux. It is possible moving some of your folders may help you install your games in Linux, but I wouldn' t count on it.
 

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However, love how Steam Linux is progressing. It still hasn't even come out of beta yet, and the library is rather large.
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This so much. Still in beta and the library is ever growing. While slow, it is a extremely faster than the usual Linux gaming scene which was... slow to say the least.
 

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cooooooooooooooooooool

one step closer to forever saying goodbye to Microsoft!

its cool that they will just update games to be cross platform, so I wouldnt need to re-buy for specific platform.

I only have a few games that will be compatible, and really nothing worth playing on it yet lol

Anyone recommend any really cheap games from that list?
 

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I honestly do see Linux thriving a bit out of all this support from Valve. We'll see. Zorin OS looks so nice to me, I might try it out to get the little penguin
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Anyone recommend any really cheap games from that list?
Amnesia, World of Goo and Trine 2 are great if you don't have them already. Also, in case anyone was looking at SS3, just wanted to point out it's currently also in the current Indie Royale bundle and comes with a steam key: http://www.indieroyale.com/ and Darwinia, Uplink and Defcon in the current Indie Gala: http://www.indiegala.com/
 
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