Phoronix Thread Leads To New Linux Game Ports
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming on 29 May 2009 at 07:52 PM EDT. 5 Comments
Svartalf, a member of the Phoronix Forums and developer for Linux Game Publishing, recently asked our readers on the forums to provide a wish-list of games they wished to see ported to Linux. There ended up being an outpouring of interested Linux gamers with more than 1,120 replies! Svartalf shared that "[the] effort that actually did much more than I'd hoped for" and "as it stands, we've got one on contract (stalled though...) and one complete game as a result of this thread."

Thanks to the success of this first thread on the Phoronix Forums, another thread has been started. Svartalf continues to look for new games to port to Linux and seek the suggestions of gamers on what to port. There are over 40 games already that have been looked into, but considered "dead ends" for the funds that would be needed to obtain Linux publishing rights, the publishers not being interested in a Linux port, or other technical challenges. On the plus side, there are over two dozen game titles from this thread that may end up being ported to Linux one day. There is also over 30 other game titles currently being looked into!

Caster is a game that has already been ported to Linux and released as a result of this Phoronix Forums thread. A deal has been closed and coming to Linux now are titles using the Europa Universalis Engine.

Svartalf is continuing to look for new titles to port to Linux, so share your suggestions. Also let others know about this and generate attention for other game publishers to see the vibrant and growing Linux gaming community.
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