Gaming on Linux

I’ve always been the guy my friends and family turn to with computer questions. I’ve also always been the guy my computer literate friends turn to with Linux questions.

“Why do you use Linux?”

“What’s wrong with Windows?”

“Should I use Linux?”

Though the answers to these questions can seem mundane and overused, I always find myself answering the “Should I use Linux?” question with one simple answer: “Not if you want to play games. Stick with Windows.”

Sure, there are plenty of Linux games out there, as well as some decent emulators that allow you to run Windows Direct-X style games on the Linux desktop. But the true fact of the matter is that Microsoft dominates the PC desktop gaming market. When the majority of PC game developers decide on making a game, my guess is that Linux is far down the list of worries, if not completely non-existent.

Why?

One obvious answer is money. C.R.E.A.M. Cash Rules Everything Around Me. Dolla dolla bills y’all. However you put it – Money makes the world go round big time commercial developers listen. The simple fact is that there’s just not a big enough market in the Linux industry for commercial game developers to spend time, money, and resources on developing on a OS platform that they don’t see dollar signs in. The majority of Linux users advocate the use and distribution of free software, so what Linux user would pay thirty dollars for a game?

So what do we have to do in order to have our cake Linux and eat it play our best-selling games too?

When will I be able to answer “Yes you should use Linux” without hesitation?

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