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Canada Computes: Linux Games: An Open Letter to the Gaming Software Industry: Part 1

Aug 28, 2000, 21:18 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)

"There is a man. A very creative man. In fact, he's the man responsible for the success of the PC as a gaming platform. He showed the public what the system can do. He could also be accused of being responsible for the death of the Commodore Amiga with his first really big game. That game was Doom and that man's name is John Carmack."

"Recently, John Carmack has been speaking about the sales of games released for Linux. He has said how poor the sales have been, using as an example the sales of Quake 3: Arena, stating they have barely been a blip on the radar."

"Obviously, he is entitled to his own opinion. The problem arises if, or when, his stated opinion causes other software companies to point at Quake 3 and say "Oh well, Linux games don't sell." Let's put a few facts out on the table here, shall we, so we can truly understand the reasons behind the poor Linux sales of Quake 3."

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