Hi, I also get confused by Michael's choices of games that he covers, but after thinking about it for a bit, I think I've got it, and it would explain what we see quite nicely.
Games aren't one of Phoronix's primary focuses like graphics, so there's little chance of him knowing about a new release or news unless one of the following is true:
It's a benchmark game for PTS (or a game made by the same group/company)
Someone tips him to the game's existence/news
It's a big topic in the forum
He's on the email list (as opposed to reading the -dev or -user mailing lists; think the Humble Bundle announcement list).
So if you'd like to see more gaming news on here, it either has to come in thru one of those ways, or it would need to become profitable enough for him to spend time on it in place of something he covers.
If you are looking for other linux gaming coverage, here's 3 sites I've visited in the past:
Gaming On Linux Probably the best site right now for Linux gaming news.
Linux Gaming News Fine site, quiet for the moment- lots of good items, and many links to other Linux gaming sites, old and new.
Linux Gaming reddit Not a whole lot of activity, but occasionally games get announced here, or the developers pop in to ask a question.
Well heres the deal, Larabel often complains that he gets ignored by hardware manufacturers due to low readership and the lack of focus on gaming to the point he has to go out and buy the hardware long after the release unlike the overclocking and gaming centric Windows sites that get their hardware long in advance of the release.
If he took gaming and possibly even overclocking more seriously the hardware companies would take Phoronix more seriously then they currently do, you get more readers because of it.
In other words, by not taking gaming seriously he's costing himself money, which from all I've seen from him is all he's really after. Then at least he might even be able to get someone else to help him with the site, because hell, even such a tiny site as OSNews has allot more then just Holwerda posting.
If Michael pushes the (very welcomed) benchmarking suite, he should focus not only on drivers(backends per se), but on games(frontends).
just for the record michael can not do ALL...
Or other ways to get your game on Phoronix:
- I get exclusive information (Dear Esther will be mentioned probably later today now that I've been passed on interesting/exclusive details about the Linux port.)
- Accuse me of bullshit and then attempt to pay me off, as a Linux game developer/company tried to do recently, I'll write about that later today or tomorrow as well since I got new information from them.
*the lifting of the veil