It seems to be just around the corner.
Originally Posted by przemoli
I could install CKII as of today but it doesn't start ("...missing executable...") as it is
the case with several other games which are installable in the Steam Linux client.
Maybe Paradox Interactive provide you the beta password to unlock the game on Linux if you ask them kindly.
The buying power of 1%
Last I heard Steam has over 50 million accounts with them now, if only 1% of those are on Linux that is still 500,000 Linux accounts. Lets say a company like Bethesda had actually did a proper sale this past holiday and put Skyrim up for %75 off, and lets say every Linux user who was going to buy the game decided to buy it while it was discounted that drastically, and then say only 1 in 5 actually bought the game. Even in that situation Bethesda would still stand to gain 1.5 million in sales off a Linux port.
How hard can it be to port something like the Creation engine? Could a group of say 5 or so seasoned game developers with Linux experience do something like that in say 3 or even 6 months, or how about even a year? Let's say they are each making about 90 grand a year and for whatever reason it takes them a full year to do the port, that would still leave over a million dollars in profit if my low ball numbers above are even remotely accurate. Also worth noting is that many studios recycle engines from game to game, so once they do the initial Linux port, it will be even easier/cheaper to do further games that start from that same code base. I know all these numbers are just pure speculation, but it is still something worth thinking about (if any devs/publishers are reading this).
Last edited by IanS; 01-06-2013 at 04:33 PM.
He talking about Crusader Kings 2.
Originally Posted by curaga
You missed the part where the only current reason to install Steam is to play Team Fortress 2. Currently every game listed on Steam has been availible on Gameolith and Desura for allot longer and as such if Linux gamers wanted to play them they have long since bought them on one of the other stores.
Originally Posted by Ancurio
Valve is a day late and a dollar short on Linux since they have yet to port the rest of their own games that where mythically already running on Linux.
Compare for yourself
Steam 41 Linux titles listed http://store.steampowered.com/browse...?snr=1_4_4__12
Desura 229 Linux titles listed http://www.desura.com/platforms/set/linux
TL;DR No Portal? Piss off...
Most games I have in the library can be installed but not played.
Originally Posted by TAXI
Although the Steam client is still 'beta' - why are those games installable at all?
That's a bit annoying.
That has nothing to do with having a 64-bit version of the steam client executable. That's asking if you want to launch the 64-bit version of the executable of a game. The game does not operate within the steam client.
Originally Posted by TAXI
Great. Now compare that with the time and effort to port the game in the first place, adequate testing (wait, this is Bethdesia; never mind), and you realize you would lose money on such a venture, and decide to just stick on Windows.
Originally Posted by IanS
In your calculations, you make the silly assumption the porting and testing process is free. Its not.
But the Client dll must be a 64-bit version if the game runs as a 64-bit executable, the browser and the service can continue to run in 32-bit mode. Steam games being unable to run as 64-bit programs because the Steam client is 32-bit only is my biggest concern, apart from dependency issues with 32-bit libraries there's no real need to do a quick and dirty port to x64.
Originally Posted by deanjo
No it doesn't. Many of the games so far can be launched directly without even having the service running right from the folder. The client being 32-bit should also not prevent your from starting a 64-bit application just as you can launch a 64-bit application from a 32-bit version from konqueror. Steam on windows is also 32 bit but it still doesn't prevent the launching of the 64-bit executable games.
Originally Posted by mememe
Last edited by deanjo; 01-07-2013 at 12:21 PM.