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Are there too many options for Linux gamers now?

Do Linux gamers have too many options now?

Linux #gaming used to be a wasteland. The only options were simple #opensource games and the handful of commercial ports that could still be obtained. By comparison, the present day seems like a jungle some times, with more and more options emerging, and it can feel like a full time job keeping up on developments.

Today, we’ll take a brief look at the various options available to you, and what benefits and drawbacks you can run into. This isn’t meant to be completely exhaustive, but rather a good introduction, if you are new to Linux or to the concept of Linux gaming in general. As such, we’ll be covering four primary sources.

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My feeling is that the answer is clearly no, and frankly it’s very refreshing for Linux gamers to have these different options at all. Remember the days when it was very hard to find games for Linux? Who wants to go back to that, ever? It was a miserable time if you used Linux and wanted to play games.

However, understand how a new Linux user might get a little bit confused about where to find games. Oh sure, there are usually a few desktop games included with most distros and plenty more in most repositories. But beyond that, a new user might not know how to find other games that are a bit more advanced, commercial or in-depth.

Steam obviously is the big kahuna when it comes to Linux gaming these days, hopefully new Linux users would be able to discover Steam and all of the games it offers. You never know though, if someone does not know anything about Steam, they might miss out on a ton of great games.

Humble Bundles and Desura are a different kettle of fish altogether. Very few Linux newbies have ever heard of them, let alone anyone you would speak with in a big box store or game shop. So it’s quite possible to miss them entirely, unless they ran into an article like this one. Hopefully at least a few people will gain enough awareness to take advantage the Humble Bundles and maybe Desura.

We are finally living in a time where it is great to be a Linux gamer, after wandering around in the wilderness for years. And it’s only going to get better as SteamOS revs up and is finally released by Valve. We should count our blessings that we have as many gaming options in Linux as we do these days.

We are slowly beginning to enter a golden age for Linux gamers that few of us could have imagined ten years ago.

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