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  • #16
    To me, it's a decision between supporting a company who is taking the time to release a popular Linux game, or penalizing a company who failed to deliver that product in a reasonable amount of time. UT3 has been out on other platforms for a long time now and anyone who was crazy about this game would have already picked it up there. I imagine that many of us who are mainly interested in Linux gaming (but not necessarily this particular title) have already lost interest and moved on to more recent titles that have come out on our platform.

    I do hope the developers and more importantly their managers don't put to much weight on the Linux sales numbers for UT3 when deciding whether or not to release future titles on this platform, because they will be off by a wide margin if there are others who look at this situation like I do: too little too late.

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    • #17
      Well, I got the game for Windows recently with a dual boot I set up because I was tired of using wine for TF2.

      There is hardly anyone playing the game anymore online. For each mode, there was just a handful of servers that had any players on them. It seems pretty decent now in play terms, but I guess it was buggy when first released, and that turned a lot of people away. There seems to be as many people playing ut2004 now as there are playing unreal 3. I don't really feel it was worth the $30 I paid given the lack of online community.

      So I'd say forget about the client. Maybe the next release will go smoother and keep the players for longer.

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      • #18
        Unfortunately, your attitude is precisely why there are not many people playing. "Oh, there are not a lot of people online, I'll play something else." Get 200 people saying that and of course the game looks dead

        I'm looking forward to the Linux client and still believe they will deliver it. This isn't as simple as saying "UT200X had it, so why can't UT3?" UT3 contains a lot more middleware than UT2004 did, so it's quite obvious that legal problems will arise.

        And, yes, this is a reason why using too much middleware is bad.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Sir_Brizz View Post
          And, yes, this is a reason why using too much middleware is bad.
          It's all just outsourcing in my book...

          If UT3 truly is dying in the Windows market, there won't be much of a Linux community left to sell to. It looked good to me in February (which is why I double-checked to confirm there was a Linux client), but now, because of the crap they've given us, and my eventual boredom with a product, I'm probably not getting it anymore (let alone any more Epic or Epic-licensed products). Better (read, Blizzard) games like Starcraft II and Diablo III are peaking my interest now.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Svartalf View Post
            First rule of thumb: If there is NOT a Linux client already available for you, either ON the disk or available for download, you are buying a WINDOWS title, not a Linux title. If you don't run Windows, why did you buy it, knowing there wasn't a client? On a promise? I hope they do release something- if not, I hope you learned your lesson on this. Sorry it had to be learned the hard way.
            By buying Windows version when Linux client is in work he supports Epic and in same time - work on Linux client.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Przeciwko View Post
              By buying Windows version when Linux client is in work he supports Epic and in same time - work on Linux client.
              No, by buying the windows version youre saying with your money that you dont need the linux client. The only way to vote is with your wallet. All linux players should not buy ut3 until they can play it on linux as soon as they purchase it. Now that they have your money, they (epic) just dont care.

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              • #22
                Well, it depends how the announcement of a Linux client was worded. If it was that "a Linux client would be released soon", you might have a case for false advertising, at least in the UK/IE. Realistically though, I can't see them caring. Not enough people will go after them for it to matter.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by me262 View Post
                  Better (read, Blizzard) games like Starcraft II and Diablo III are peaking my interest now.
                  You mean companies that don't and never will support Linux. Isn't that the same thing as supporting Windows?

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by xav1r View Post
                    No, by buying the windows version youre saying with your money that you dont need the linux client. The only way to vote is with your wallet. All linux players should not buy ut3 until they can play it on linux as soon as they purchase it. Now that they have your money, they (epic) just dont care.
                    Yeah you are so riiiight. WarTourist messages on Phoronix shows how they don't care, this news to...
                    Man, think again before you post such bull****. It's like FUD by Microsoft.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Przeciwko View Post
                      Yeah you are so riiiight. WarTourist messages on Phoronix shows how they don't care, this news to...
                      Man, think again before you post such bull****. It's like FUD by Microsoft.
                      well, wartourists words havent provided anything new, just fuel to the flames of skeptibility. Until the linux client is available for download everywhere the reality of my statements hasnt changed yet.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Sir_Brizz View Post
                        You mean companies that don't and never will support Linux. Isn't that the same thing as supporting Windows?
                        Not when I run them under Wine / Cedega...
                        Unfortunately it seems right now to be essential until people start developing for linux. There are a few rare games that I do this with. Any game made by Blizzard (because my friends are Blizzard fanatics), and Guild Wars (because most of my friends had it too). Other than that, I have native clients for everything else. Too bad about NWN2, never picked that up.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by RobbieAB View Post
                          Well, it depends how the announcement of a Linux client was worded. If it was that "a Linux client would be released soon", you might have a case for false advertising, at least in the UK/IE. Realistically though, I can't see them caring. Not enough people will go after them for it to matter.
                          How about "a linux client will be released on the game disc"?

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by me262 View Post
                            How about "a linux client will be released on the game disc"?
                            If you can produce advertising material that states that, than it is an open and closed case under Irish law, which states in summary "Goods must be as advertised".

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by me262 View Post
                              How about "a linux client will be released on the game disc"?
                              As it used to be the case for UT2004, I was thrilled to see that little penguin on the box when I first got it!

                              link to full back box picture.

                              Tux detail + highlight



                              Oh, and I got the Special DVD Edition with the metal box and all [1][2], I wanted to get the Special Edition of Unreal Tournament III, alas, no Linux client in the disks meant me not buying it.
                              Last edited by Thetargos; 07-13-2008, 08:56 PM.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Sir_Brizz View Post
                                You mean companies that don't and never will support Linux. Isn't that the same thing as supporting Windows?
                                Liking Linux and being a gamer are sometimes mutually exclusive. You could argue that we at least know what to expect from Blizzard on the Linux gaming front. It would be great to have a established and well-liked game developer like Blizzard jump in to Linux gaming, but there are some of who aren't going to wait around for that to happen to play quality games (we'll just gripe about not being able to do so on our chosen OS).

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