08.02.2013 @ 18:14
Not this again. Why is it some people enjoy hating Linux so much when they obviously don't have a clue of ANYTHING related to it?
In case any of you remembers, some major games were released on Linux a few years ago. This includes Doom 3. And the differences between the Windows and the Linux versions of these games were minimal: an installer and executable. This amounted back then to less than 100 MB. This is easy to do when a game is designed and developed using STANDARD technologies, like OpenGL. A reason why many of us would like CDPR to switch to OpenGL and other standard technologies is because this facilitates releasing versions for other platforms. And these versions would NOT BE PORTS. They would be the exact same game, with a different launcher and installer.
FYI, PC stands for Personal Computer. Personal computers nowadays run many operating systems, the three most popular being Windows, Mac OS X, and a variety of GNU/Linux. Releasing a game for PC *could* include all three. I agree the team is very busy creating the core elements of the game. But if a game is properly designed and implemented, using standard technologies (e.g. not DirectX), versions for other OS's involve minimal work. And this can be done post-release, I am fine with that.
I agree to an extent about "Linux" not being a gaming platform in the mainstream sense, simply because it is not used as such. But it would be foolish to believe that it cannot be, simply because it has been relegated to technical and scientific work. In fact, given its core design, with GNU/Linux any person can achieve an extremely light and optimized system, perfect for playing games. It is widely known that Linux-based systems implement excellent memory management routines, and process management is also easy and powerful. Linux-based systems can run not only on the highest-end gaming hardware, but they run in fact on the world's top supercomputers. The reason is simple: Linux can be optimized for high performance computing. Windows is a heavy wheelbarrow with an obsolete and inefficient internal design.
Linux is not a popular gaming platform right now, but it could be. I don't understand why some people bear such an unjustified hatred towards it and an irrational love towards Windows.
Facio, Voco, Ferre.
*Do not add extra DRM to your game. Support Linux Gaming!*
PC does not equal Windows. PC games should be available for all major platforms. Utilize standard, cross-platform technologies!