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  • Well in the meantime there is always the Ubuntu Software Centre.
    Vendetta is possibly second commercial game to be featured in Ubuntu SC
    http://www.gamingonlinux.info/news.php?view=99
    Here's hoping it takes off.

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    • I honestly don't care about that.
      I want source games in linux.

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      • I think the point is, once there is a successful online store, it can be used as a gauge to determine minimum market size.

        Once we actually have a metric, we can track growth, and that data can be used to justify Valve targeting Steam for Linux.

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        • Stardock has a steam alternative. STEAM has been established and it doesnt give much more than stardocks or even MS's version.

          All MS can do is provide deep integration with say... xbox stuff and other ms stuff but then they run the risk of antitrust.

          This will encourage valve to step up their game and with mac client already existing, with achievement as well along with microtransactions and some old classics I don't think this is an immediate threat.
          A linux client will help diverge their income mind to cover all 3 major OS's while stardock and MS only do windows

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          • It's Official!

            Sorry

            If Valve ever do release a single Linux Half-life game, this cheap-skate will buy a phoronix subscription.
            And do a merry jig on microsoft's saggy arse.

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            • Originally posted by stevenaaus View Post
              Dude, you are supposed to use condoms. What will her husband think?

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              • Originally posted by Desti View Post
                Microsoft starts to kill steam.

                http://www.microsoft.com/games/en-us/press.aspx

                When Valve do not react now, they will be dead within the next 2 years.
                I don't know a single person that has used a game that uses GFW and doesn't in the very least dislike it. It's a horrible platform TBH and unless MS takes HUGE steps forward they will never be able to touch Valve. The only online store that i find offers more than Steam is imo GoG. Impulse is much better in certain areas but they do occasionally have trouble with new game rollouts(like steam used to back in the day). It's a pity Stardock is unlikely to port Impulse to any other platform any time soon cause they got burned in the past by porting stuff to OS/2 and seem to think that OSX and Linux might eventually suffer the same fate.

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                • Originally posted by Desti View Post
                  Microsoft starts to kill steam.

                  http://www.microsoft.com/games/en-us/press.aspx

                  When Valve do not react now, they will be dead within the next 2 years.
                  Here we go;
                  to windows user: check your windows updates to be not surprised when you will find the windows live shop mysteriously installed in your PC (and maybe Steam uninstalled as well )



                  You had your time to find new path, now evertything belong to MS: R.I.P. Steam.

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                  • Originally posted by alexan View Post
                    You had your time to find new path, now evertything belong to MS: R.I.P. Steam.
                    Ahem... have you seen GFWL?
                    Steam is established, their APIs are relatively clean, and their libraries and services actually work from a developer's perspective. Trust me: unless a miracle happens, Valve has very little to worry about.

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                    • Originally posted by Dodger View Post
                      Ahem... have you seen GFWL?
                      Steam is established, their APIs are relatively clean, and their libraries and services actually work from a developer's perspective. Trust me: unless a miracle happens, Valve has very little to worry about.
                      Steam business is (for their own choice) 98% Windows.
                      Windows is 100% Microsoft propriety.



                      98% of Steam business rely on Microsoft fair and free market choices. Too bad for them that Microsoft isn't neither fair or free market.

                      To play some Steam games you need a Windows Live account.
                      To play anything on Windows Live you don't even need to know there are other companies but Microsoft.



                      Its all about see if Microsoft want it slow or fast: the next windows security update can be released even this evening.

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                      • Originally posted by Dodger View Post
                        Ahem... have you seen GFWL?
                        Steam is established, their APIs are relatively clean, and their libraries and services actually work from a developer's perspective. Trust me: unless a miracle happens, Valve has very little to worry about.

                        That's what Netscape said before Microsoft integrated Internet Explorer.

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                        • Originally posted by Desti View Post
                          That's what Netscape said before Microsoft integrated Internet Explorer.
                          There are several significant differences between your example, the most important of which is that steam is free to the end user( or rather the cost is not visible) which makes it a whole different game. Not to mention Steam has earned the trust of a lot of people over time. For MS to eat away at that they have first to gain some trust which takes a lot of time (and requires you to have a decent platform which GFWL is decidedly NOT. If you haven't used it you really have no idea how bad it is)

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                          • Originally posted by Raven3x7 View Post
                            There are several significant differences between your example, the most important of which is that steam is free to the end user( or rather the cost is not visible) which makes it a whole different game. Not to mention Steam has earned the trust of a lot of people over time. For MS to eat away at that they have first to gain some trust which takes a lot of time (and requires you to have a decent platform which GFWL is decidedly NOT. If you haven't used it you really have no idea how bad it is)
                            Then take a look back in the '94~98 who earned the trust and what did happen next


                            The "blue" Windows Update bomb

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                            • I get your point, but you're not getting mine. Netscape was NOT FREE

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                              • Originally posted by Raven3x7 View Post
                                I get your point, but you're not getting mine. Netscape was NOT FREE
                                But it wasn't in the '98.. it wasn't too late to start free business for Internet. In that year, born Google too... but there wasn't Windows Update able to kick Google out (Windows default homepage was always Microsoft) MSN: Search did loose the battle with Google because there was nothing to install.

                                Why do you think Google did pack with Firefox so hatefully (who remember the Google's campaign: 1$ for every Firefox installation with Google toolbar). Wouldn't had be more cheap make just another Internet Explorer toolbar?

                                Google survive to the 99% Internet Explorer market share because people in Google Inc did realize presently what a "MSN/Live Search/Bing" would mean.

                                Contrary to Valve's Steam which are faithfully keeping all their business in Microsoft hand. Valve should try what Google did at their time: take the business out of Microsoft hand.. before its too late.


                                One last point: the global market share of Seven is increasing.

                                We all know that the Seven's market share increase with new PC (latest PC, with latest shiny-powerful-graphic).
                                Every new PC connected to Internet will auto install (or repeatedly "propose to the user") Live services... what will propose Steam installation on the new shiny pc?

                                Equation:
                                for Valve: Old user + stop.
                                for Microsoft: Old user+New User+Steam's User (some steam games require you an live access)

                                Guess who win?





                                Google is already on the next step to survive (Linux --> Chrome OS), but what is doing Valve? Love Mac

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