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GOG.com Will Support Linux, SteamOS
Good Old Games will be adding Linux support to their long line of consumer-friendly options, as they explore expansion. The addition of Linux distro support for Ubuntu and Mint means that GOG.com will become a prime place to purchase games for SteamOS users.
The news comes courtesy of GOG's official website, where they roll out a post indicating that Linux support is on the cards and that they expect a full launch of Linux titles due out the fall of this year.
As noted on the website...
“We're initially going to be launching our Linux support on GOG.com with the full GOG.com treatment for Ubuntu and Mint. That means that right now, we're hammering away at testing games on a variety of configurations, training up our teams on Linux-speak, and generally getting geared up for a big kick-off in the fall with at least 100 Linux games ready for you to play. This is, of course, going to include games that we sell which already have Linux clients, but we'll also be bringing Linux gamers a variety of classics that are, for the first time, officially supported and maintained by a storefront like ours.”
This is amazing news for both Linux users and average gamers alike. For Linux users, it means that support is branching out, and the platform that used to have so very little support is now getting a lot more of it. For the average gamer, it means that if you don't like Windows anymore and you want to have a variety of storefronts and ways to access and purchase games for the platform of your choice (including if you wanted to buy or did buy a Steam Machine with the SteamOS pre-installed) you have an additional outlet in which to do so.
Overall, this is great news for gamers in the long run of things, because it means that there is far less dependency on the Windows platform from both developers and distributors.
Of course, this news is only as good as Valve's commitment to the Linux platform.
While Good Old Games may be a competitor with Steam, they still leverage a lot of their sales from Steam users. By proxy, it's not hard to see that SteamOS adopters would probably like to explore as many options as possible for expanding their software library, and GOG.com being front and center offers an excellent alternative for anyone out there who may want to use SteamOS but may not be keen on using Steam (oxymoronic as that may seem, it's not really all that improbable or ridiculous).
Nevertheless, the post ended with words of encouragement, even though they're somewhat basked in the mystery of what's going to be made available via GOG for Linux...
“This is, as we mentioned, something that we're in the early stages of, so we can't talk about what games will be a part of our GOG.com on Linux gaming launch--in part because we, ourselves, don't know what those games are--but we hope that you're excited about the fact that we're able to set "GOG.com Support for Linux" in our community wishlist as a task that is "In Progress." We know we are!”
On the upside, even if GOG.com (owned and operated by the same folks who put out The Witcher games) doesn't know what's going to be on the platform that supports Linux, they want your help in deciding what comes first.
Bringing the community into the fold, GOG.com wants you to express yourself and your desires to their team by joining the conversation over on their Linux Community Wishlist. Unlike some other distribution portals out there, Good Old Games actually wants you to get involved with what appears on their storefront. Anyone who complains about the offering of games or what is or isn't available on various platforms, might want to head on over to the site to participate and get their voice heard.
(Main image courtesy of Engadget)
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