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Why Do Game Devs Hate Linux?


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Fast forward it to 20:00

So obviously the title alone has your attention, right? Well that’s also the reason behind my curiosity. As I was hoping to see a video with some major discussion regarding Linux game developers and challenges presented by the platform. But instead, we are presented with some partially sufficient points and an opinion.

First major point that caught my attention, “linux is a fractured platform”.
Trying to sight the fact that due to different distributions, there seems to be an issue towards game development.
Okay, I can see some challenges there. Every distro has it’s varied installation packages, let alone version compatibility and means of support, but with a solid community behind it.
One of the major game installers that have been used in the various “Bundles” is Nixstaller. A cross-unix install platform that resolve dependencies through a config.lua file, making the developers life a whole lot easier. Giving a further diversity for different linux distro’s and it’s open source licensed, so it’s free.

Another interesting point, “game developers don’t play their games on linux”?? What!?
Was there a recent poll we missed? Where do they get this information from? Game developers would be more than willing to play their games on a Linux box. I have spoken to quite a few Kickstarter project leads, all of which have an install of Ubuntu some where local to test their game(s). Which is to be expected.
***I know that may not be the BEST example, but Ubuntu is most common.***

The part that had me laughing out loud, “there are very few people running Linux at home”?
Well we do know that Linux downloads per year are well into the millions, many millions actually. So there are ALOT of desktop users out there using it.
As per how many desktop installations actually exist? Nobody knows. The Fedora wiki even admits it.
What I do know personally, because I’ve seen this a great deal. There are many gaming channels (both console and PC) on YouTube that show off their setup. Usually there is a computer running linux in the mix, usually used for both video editing and daily use.

However, maybe if Monty used Linux, he would not have to “rebuild his wifes laptop every six months”. LOL

The final point, with “linux you need certain things, that are just not there”. Not true, again, Unity 4 is now taking the gaming industry by storm. Both in functionality and it’s means to create brilliant cross-platform games. Crytek has also been reported to be working on Linux support. So with all this demand on the gaming industry for support. Hardware vendors and even more progressive software companies will have to come up with their own solutions.

Ten years ago, maybe we could agree with what was being outlined in the show. Now, most game developers are afraid linux users want their games for free. Which is not entirely true. Cost effective and “pay what you want” is taking the industry by storm.

Gary Gannon – @garygannon 

Question for Monty? You can email him at [email protected]

What are you thoughts? Any game developers out there with feedback? 


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