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  • hrkristian
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    Here's hoping it's not WoW, I have a serious weakness for Linux games/ports and will end up supporting -and subsequently playing- it.

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  • Ishayu
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    At BlizzCon, Blizzard expressed intense interest in SteamOS, and were very pleased with Valve. Previously, they've said they're dissatisfied with the direction of Microsoft, and actively decided to not support the XBox One with Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. They also announced Hearthstone for Android, and started talking about "getting their games to as many platforms as possible where it makes sense", and by that they mean the control scheme. In the meantime, every single Blizzard game has an internal check for whether it is a Windows, Mac, or Linux client, as many have already pointed out. In addition, they have been expanding their team and hiring Linux engineers for a while now.

    Take it however you will.

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  • Thaodan
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    Originally posted by stiiixy View Post
    I personally reckon it's high-time Micheal saved himself the hassle and just flagged articles as 'articles' for the meat'n'bones stuff, 'rumours' for the sensationalist stuff, 'benchmark' for obvious, et al. Might help alleviate all the anger he generates from posting the frivolous (and we can all reply in kind to 'Angry Poster' if someone forgets to read that part!).

    And hey, he's human. He probably got excited Blizzard FINALLY admitted to going linux despite it being an industry secret. He's still riding the Steam thing, too =P.
    They know Linux very good thanks of the help from LGP who helped them to port their client.

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  • Goodolandy
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    Originally posted by peppercats View Post
    It's safe to assume that it's WoW.
    A. WoW had a linux client at one point.
    B. At Blizzcon when asked what the release date for the new expac is, either next Spring or Summer they replied "We want it much sooner than that.", which means possibly this year.
    It would be cool if it is a WoW Linux client Micheal was referring to. Even better if it came before the next expansion was released but if Linux client debute with the next expansion then I will continue to wait to rejoin WoW.

    I just wish Micheal wouldn't make these announcements unless he actually provides updates every once in a while. To make an announcement then not say anything more for months and months on end is quite irritating. If I didn't question him just before summer ended, everyone who was waiting for this Blizzard Linux surprise would be looking at Micheal as a complete liar.

    Now during my weekly "Blizzard Linux" web search, I came across http://news.softpedia.com/news/Blizz...s-398782.shtml claiming that Warcraft I, II, III are coming back. No mention if they will make them available on Linux but I for one hope so since I never got to play I and III.

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  • stiiixy
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    I personally reckon it's high-time Micheal saved himself the hassle and just flagged articles as 'articles' for the meat'n'bones stuff, 'rumours' for the sensationalist stuff, 'benchmark' for obvious, et al. Might help alleviate all the anger he generates from posting the frivolous (and we can all reply in kind to 'Angry Poster' if someone forgets to read that part!).

    And hey, he's human. He probably got excited Blizzard FINALLY admitted to going linux despite it being an industry secret. He's still riding the Steam thing, too =P.

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  • peppercats
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    Originally posted by Goodolandy View Post
    So summer came and went with nothing from Blizzard for Linux and no news from Michael until I raised the question if he had lied about Blizzard releasing something during the summer. His reply was that they hit a snag. Fine, anything can happen but then we had the report of Amazon USA adding Linux to the supported OS list for the latest WoW battlechest raising speculations that we might get some news at Blizzcon. There did not appear to be any mentions of Linux support at Blizzcon so Michael, since it has been several weeks from when you mentioned they hit a snag, is Blizzard still having issues or will we finally see this thing this year?
    It's safe to assume that it's WoW.
    A. WoW had a linux client at one point.
    B. At Blizzcon when asked what the release date for the new expac is, either next Spring or Summer they replied "We want it much sooner than that.", which means possibly this year.

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  • Goodolandy
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    So summer came and went with nothing from Blizzard for Linux and no news from Michael until I raised the question if he had lied about Blizzard releasing something during the summer. His reply was that they hit a snag. Fine, anything can happen but then we had the report of Amazon USA adding Linux to the supported OS list for the latest WoW battlechest raising speculations that we might get some news at Blizzcon. There did not appear to be any mentions of Linux support at Blizzcon so Michael, since it has been several weeks from when you mentioned they hit a snag, is Blizzard still having issues or will we finally see this thing this year?

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  • ElderSnake
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    Originally posted by DanLamb View Post
    Valve conquered the Linux gaming market? What is wrong with you?

    I can't stand Valve and Steam. I would love better options from EA or Blizzard or other companies.
    You are probably the only person I've ever seen say that :-O

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  • Hamish Wilson
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    Originally posted by DanLamb View Post
    Valve conquered the Linux gaming market? What is wrong with you?

    I can't stand Valve and Steam. I would love better options from EA or Blizzard or other companies.
    While I have my own reasons for not liking Steam or Valve, I am baffled as to why anything from EA or Blizzard would seem better in comparison?

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  • DanLamb
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    Originally posted by araxth View Post
    I would love native binaries but well, it's hard to persuade stock holders to pull money into projects designed to lead trough unproven business environment.
    Why don't devs just use platform agnostic tools stacks so their binaries run on multiple platforms and they don't need these giant porting projects?

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