When we talk about Ubuntu and Linux in general, gaming is almost always out of the basket. Most games were and are being developed using Microsoft®’s DirectX®. Because it is proprietary and the company is holding “All Rights” to it, the Linux world can not implement nor include and install it in the OS (to begin with, DirectX won’t work on Linux because Microsoft doesn’t want to).
True that there are more and more games that are being developed in OpenGL but most of the games gamers want are still DirectX based. Yes there is WINE (which means WINE is Not an Emulator) to make DirectX games run on Linux, but it requires some tweaking, reading, researching, and time to make games work flawlessly – something most gamers are not willing to invest in.
But the real question is: what are other ways of attracting and raising the gaming bar in Linux, specifically Ubuntu? One is by adding a “Game Store”. With the introduction of the Ubuntu Store in “Lucid Lynx”, adding a “Game Store” will be easier.
Liso22 has this to say:
Source: Idea #24241: Few sources of revenue / No games in Ubuntu.
Indie developers right now are creating awesome and games, shooters, platformers and so on, they aren’t the ones who could only create a pac-man clone or solitaire anymore, they are creating real games but just have no way of distributing them. But they face a tough challenge when it comes to distribution. Adding an easy way for them to sell their games in Ubuntu would solve both our two problems and theirs, getting us a new source of revenue and at the same time therefore securing support from game developers for the OS.
There are a couple of suggestions or “solutions” and these are what I voted for:
- Solution #1: Expanding the Ubuntu One Store to add videogames
- Solution #3: Get VALVe to release Steam for Linux (my note: it’s going to happen soon)
- Solution #6: Sell Com[m]ercial games on Ubuntu Software Center
- Solution #7: offer automatic .deb creation for www.pygame.org (my note: for other games as well, not just pygame)
What do you think? You can vote here: Idea #24241: Few sources of revenue / No games in Ubuntu.