By porting other people's garbage games to Linux they simply couldn't compete.
hate to break it to you, but most of those ~30 games in your K menu are utter crap. how many more ugly X-windows implementations of Tetris/Sokoban/Jewelbox/Minesweeper/whatever does the world need?
i'm also amused by your trumpeting of Freeciv as a "high quality linux game". i'm not disputing the quality, but i'd suggest you look at a little game called Sid Meier's Civilisation (or its sequel, Civilisation II, and see if you don't see some subtle similarities between those two commercial games and Freeciv.
clearly, Loki's mistake was bothering to negotiate porting agreements with game publishing houses; they should simply have ripped off the concept, design, and artwork of existing commercial games like Heavy Gear 2 and Railroad Tycoon, then released "Freegear" and "Freerail" to the linux world.
what's more, the problem with the appeal to John Carmack's authority as proof that linux game development by commercial firms is thriving is that there is only one John Carmack, and he only runs one game company. what is more, it is a game company that historically releases only one game at a time; hell, you could argue that they only EVER released one game, then kept updating the engine. i know Carmack's word carries a lot of weight in the game design community. i know he writes very good game engines, which he is willing to make available to modders. but here's a little list of the genres of games i consider under-represented among iD's offerings:
- flight simulators
- turn-based strategy
- real-time strategy
- mecha combat
- driving simulators
- sports simulators
- Sierra-style adventure
- Myst-style adventure
- modern or historical military sims
- isometric hack-n-slash/blow-shit-up
- side-scrolling platform games
- those moronic fishing/hunting games
so, uh, yeah. i'm sure glad John Carmack thinks linux is a good gaming platform (rather than just a good game development platform), because he sure has all the bases covered. yeah. Carmack is the Henry Ford of gaming; you can play any game you want, as long as it's Quake 3 (or a derivative).
i mean, i'm just as annoyed by the endless gusts of hot air about the great glorious endangered Linux Gaming Community, i'm just amazed by your post. you've committed the same error for which you castigate the gaming pundits; simply because you have a ton of crappy open source games (with, admittedly, a very few gems) in your K menu, that doesn't mean that i want to play ANY of them. i don't want to play "Games". right now, for example, i happen to want to play Max Payne. and as long as MY K menu doesn't have Max Payne in it, i couldn't care less what else is there.
wait a second. was this a troll? ah shit...
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