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I doubt Blizzard will go in until Valve sinks or swims on it's Linux venture, however I wish they checked for a Wine key. It would reveal sooo many more Linux users than they think playing their games.
The Warden checks for a few Wine keys to ensure that it doesn't ban players since the old incident where they banned lots of Linux gamers. However, it only sends back any info if it detects a cheat, so it really doesn't give them any idea of the demographic.
Recently they "submitted non-personal system info" in preparation for Mists of Pandaria. They haven't published the results, but they significantly bumped the graphics in the new expansion (it looks gorgeous now!)
This system info collector collects info about your OS, and I snatched the packet it sent out and found it contained "Linux86_64" They know, don't you worry.
They have made A LOT of really amazing games. StarCraft turned into the national sport of Korea, and the 2nd game took its place. World of Warcraft has now been online with currently 10M subscribers for 9 years.
I still play StarCraft 2, WarCraft 3 and World of Warcraft. I love them all. I don't like Diablo 3 that much though. Got it for free through my WoW sub, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it, but you know what? Blizzard knows. Mike Morhaime came out and promised Diablo players more content and better endgame, so it's going to be okay.
Also, a bird tweeted to me a few moons ago that their Linux WoW client has some driver issues (SURPRISE LOLOLOLOL!). You know what that implies? It implies they actually have one.
I still play StarCraft 2, WarCraft 3 and World of Warcraft. I love them all.
Good for you. But that doesn't make them awesome.
I don't like Diablo 3 that much though. Got it for free through my WoW sub, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it, but you know what? Blizzard knows. Mike Morhaime came out and promised Diablo players more content and better endgame, so it's going to be okay.
It's a dungeon crawling loot fest without decent loot. If that's your thing, have fun, but Torchlight does it better.
What are some of the specific reasons and what should M$ be doing to improve PC Gaming instead of seemingly actively trying to destroy it. Are we going to see Planetside 2 Linux at some point if M$ doesn't get their act together?
[–]j_smedley[S] 22 points 3 hours ago
I absolutely strongly share that view. No you aren't going to see PS2 on Linux. You will see it on Mac though.
[–]Zweihanders 4 points 3 hours ago
at Launch or later on for Mac?
[–]j_smedley[S] 9 points 2 hours ago
later to my great sadness. hopefully not too much later. I love my iMac and my Retina MBP
This confirms my idea that for a game to happen on Linux, the managerial types need to be interested in it...
Who the hell actually LIKES Windows 8 for real anyways? I can understand Windows 7, although not perfect, is far more useful as a general O.S. This Windows 8 kludge is meant for tablets. M$ has been shown by thousands of its users and hundreds of their most vocal supporters on their development blog, that:
tablet != desktop.
Unfortunately they've failed to realize this fatal error and continued with this Metro crap, and this grave mistake will cost them dearly, mark my words. I've used Windows since 3.1, and Windows 8 is BY FAR WORSE than any other version ever released (including Vista and Millennium Edition)! And yes, I've tried them all, including the early alpha pre-releases all the way down to the latest release candidate (consumer preview or whatever they call it nowadays). For the first time in years I managed to BSOD my PC so bad that I had to reformat the entire SSD (while doing nothing unusual!). Failure is a word M$ will to have get used to unless they're willing to change for the better, like actually listening to what their biggest customers want.
I actually like Windows 8 more than Windows 7. You can easily use Windows 8 as a desktop OS, resorting to the Metro interface (or whatever it's called now) as an application launcher. It's nice to have apps organized by common task into columns. Sometimes you get slapped by Metro style apps (barf), but it's noticeably faster than Windows 7. The most annoying thing, though, is that it only searches through apps and to get to files you need to tab.