I’ve begun to once again feel a strong devotion to running things in the OS I support the most, as opposed to where it might be more convenient.

I use GNU/Linux (specifically Slackware) almost exclusively for all of my work. It is fast, easy, and lets me do what I want to do without getting in my way too much. If I need something, it is easy to obtain, and it DOESN’T cost an arm and a leg just to get off the ground.

I could go on and on about why I prefer using Linux and Slack, but that’s not the point of this post, so I’ll leave it as written. What I’ve started doing, especially with the events of the last few years, is gradually move my gaming sphere into GNU/Linux. Steam has helped with this greatly, with its official support and third-party pull. But even before then, a lot of the games (well, the PC-based games, anyway) I played had GNU/Linux support. But, even so, I would often find myself installing it on my Windows partition.

See, a good amount of games I like to play (Like Visual Novels, Imports in General, and the big, AAA titles my friends like to play) require Windows. So, naturally, I have a partition or two that I use exclusively to play them. And, well, if we already have an OS install we’re using for video games, we might as well install the other games there too, right? Simply for expediency’s sake?

Well, while that does work, recently I was excited to notice just how much better support has gotten for GNU/Linux in gaming. Of the nearly 400 titles I own on Steam (394), nearly 200 of them (177) have a SteamOS/Linux version. And in the market sphere of things, most Humble Bundle / Indiegala bundles have at least a representative collection of games which support that platform. It’s become much easier for a gamer who prefers the penguin to play primarily on their platform of choice.

So, what I’ve decided to do is write about my experiences with certain GNU/Linux-friendly games on this blog from time to time. On the docket are free games that’ve had versions for ages like Katawa Shoujo, OpenTTD, and Dwarf Fortress… alongside newer games like Bionic Dues, Dreamfall: Chapters, Shadowrun: Dragonfall, and (Hopefully!!!) Undertale.

What I won’t be talking about in this series (though I might outside of this series): Emulators (because they make it possible to run unsupported programs), WINE (separate from the former because of its namesake), Virtualization (because that’s not actually native), and Browser Games (because they, by nature, work on the browser, not the OS). Those exclusions should help me stay focused on games that actually run on GNU/Linux, and therefore build a larger body of software I can confirm has full support.

Do You play any games on GNU/Linux? What are some of the more notable ones (whether because they are good and work really well, or because they are hard to get working out of the box)? What’s Your distro-of-choice for Gaming? Let’s discuss it below.

Categories:  software  games 
Tags:  linux  philosophy