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    Phoronix: Valve's LD42 "Zombie Penguins" Coming This Year

    The Left 4 Dead 2 web-site has been updated to further reflect last weeks' Valve Linux news: Left 4 Dead 2 will be natively released for Linux this calendar year...

  • #2

    Cool idea, but Tux with Valve in the head would be better


    • #3
      Michael, some weeks ago (and I'm sure you remember) I said it was coming this year around September but you said "I was totally wrong" .


      • #4
        For those not into Valve games, "Cold Stream" is the latest free DLC just released for the game.


        • #5
          Originally posted by crazycheese View Post

          Cool idea, but Tux with Valve in the head would be better
          Why not Tuxified and, little a tapped? Tux the progenitor of tuxification upon the world!

          Or not. Still, a tapped tux would definately be a sweet, and winky (not really winky, just damn cool) moment when you start a Valve-release in Linux and there's the back of Tux' head, releasing steam from his valve. Maybe give him a Gordon-stache and shooting Devils when Half-Life turns up.


          • #6
            from a marketing point of view this is like releasing diablo for Bible-OS...


            • #7
              Originally posted by jakubo View Post
              from a marketing point of view this is like releasing diablo for Bible-OS...
              Because penguins... don't like... zombies... ?


              • #8

                I like that it is announced.
                Not just some hidden small text link on some obscure page, its actually there with a big fat zombie Tux!


                • #9
                  How exactly does this constitute an article?


                  • #10
                    Lolz. Yeah, Tux as a mascot has always been a benefit. So versatile.

                    I hope my Windows License of L4D2 will work with that, but even then... I might consider spending money on it (again). Well, I still dislike Steam for DRM and this kind of stuff (community part is ok though) but if that really comes true... wow.


                    • #11
                      The suspense, it's killing me. I got L4D2 when it was on sale on steam. It seems they have very large sales as that game in particular was 70% off. Meaning it was only like 2.5$.


                      • #12
                        1/2 OT: Valve’s Gabe Newell at 'Casual Connect'

                        Someone posted this over at the Steam forums. ImHO it's a very interesting read:


                        On closed versus open platforms
                        “In order for innovation to happen, a bunch of things that aren’t happening on closed platforms need to occur.
                        Valve wouldn’t exist today without the PC, or Epic, or Zynga, or Google. They all wouldn’t have existed without the
                        openness of the platform. There’s a strong tempation to close the platform, because they look at what they can
                        accomplish when they limit the competitors’ access to the platform, and they say ‘That’s really exciting.’”
                        “We are looking at the platform and saying, ‘We’ve been a free rider, and we’ve been able to benefit from everything
                        that went into PCs and the Internet, and we have to continue to figure out how there will be open platforms.’”
                        On Valve’s interest in Linux
                        “The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving
                        consumer purchasing behavior. “We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run
                        on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space.
                        I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for
                        a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.
                        On the evolution of touch
                        “We think touch is short-term. The mouse and keyboard were stable for 25 years, but I think touch will be
                        stable for 10 years. Post-touch will be stable for a really long time, longer than 25 years.
                        “Post touch, depending on how sci-fi you want to get, is a couple of different technologies combined together.
                        The two problems are input and output. I haven’t had to do any presentations on this because I’m not a
                        public company, so I don’t have any pretty slides. “There’s some crazy speculative stuff. This is super nerdy,
                        and you can tease us years from now, but as it turns out, your tongue is one of the best mechanical systems
                        to your brain, but it’s disconcerting to have the person sitting next you go blah, blah, blah, blah.
                        “I don’t think tongue input will happen, but I do think we will have bands on our wrists, and you’ll be doing
                        something with your hands, which are really expressive.”