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eWeek: Linux Takes on Windows Gaming

Aug 02, 2004, 01:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Loyd Case, Jim Lynch, Dave Salvator)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"As an operating system, Linux has many things to recommend it over Windows. Gaming, alas, is not one of them. Compared to Windows, Linux just doesn't have anywhere near the same level of good games. Yes, there are a few here and there, but overall, Windows continues to dominate as the PC gaming platform of choice, with the widest array of content and the most up-to-date graphics and audio drivers.

"Conventional wisdom dictates that it's always better to run games and applications natively. In the past, several game publishers would try to port their titles to Linux, but the return on investment was just too small. At one point, Loki tried to make a business out of porting titles from Windows to Linux, in much the way that MacPlay ported Windows games to the Apple platform. But Loki imploded in 2002, and no one else has tried such an ambitious approach..."

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