Paying for games on Linux rant

Thats it, my hackles are up! Ive got the hump!

Now this is only a small part of the community that i am angry with, World of Goo is a good example of how willing the Linux community are when it comes to shelling out for games ported to Linux.

I have seen the odd petition’s from company’s that are thinking of porting a game to Linux. A lot of people sign them for the sake of signing them to get a game on Linux. Other people make a lot of names up and sign the petition multiple times.

This is wrong! Utterly damned wrong! If it takes a lot of work, effort, time and money into make or port a game to Linux. If a company starts porting games to Linux based on fudged petitions they will quickly find it non profitable and stop doing it. Worse, in this current economic climate, they could put to much money into it and go bust. Imagine that, a company losing time, money, and effort in a project based on a fudged petition where not even half the names on the petition buy the game or are made up.

Its like a mate asking you to make something for them, perhaps build a scratch built model and he will buy it off you. You spend 6 months making it, pay for all the materials, and do the best damn job you can on it. Then when your finished you mate backs down and doesn’t pay up. He says ‘nahh i do not want it now’. You would be furious wouldn’t you?

So imagine how a games publishing company would feel making a game for Linux based on a whole community saying they will pay for it. Then after doing all the work and putting all the money into it, nobody buys it.

Blah! If your not going to pay for a game, do not sign a petition for it to be ported to Linux. Its wrong!

/Rant over

Sorry for that ^^ Carry on with your day now ^^



  1. swagatmishra said,

    March 11, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    hey buddy,
    interesting post!! you have a point too.i am an avid linux user too(Ubuntu) and i see your point.but you have to realise that linux has not yet caught on with the great majority of people out there who still use windoze.
    so games ported to linux find less buyers…this will change as more people (read::prospective buyers) get hooked on to linux

  2. March 11, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Hopefully it will acquire more users, but in the short term do we want the few company’s that are willing to give it a go having a bad experience with developing for Linux? What if so much money is wasted investing in developing a Linux game they decide not to port to us again? That would be detrimental to say the least. ^^

    I guess i am just an old believer of putting your money where your mouth is. If you say you will pay for something, when the day comes you should hehe. ^^

  3. swagatmishra said,

    March 11, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    well let’s hope companies never lose their faith in linux and the community.

  4. moin said,

    March 12, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Forget the online petitions. Vote with your wallet.

    Game companies do not care about or whatever. What they care about is how many dollars their competitors are making with linux clients.

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