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The Uphill Climb of Linux Gaming

Aug 08, 2012, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nardi)

For years, there has been one constant for users making the switch to Linux: gaming was going to be a thing of the past.

Not that people haven't tried, of course. Software like WINE (with its gaming spin-offs like Cedega and PlayOnLinux) have made it possible to run Windows games on Linux with mixed results. There have also been the occasional forays into official Linux support in a handful of titles, but outside of the Humble Indie Bundle, Linux games sales have never been able to touch even Mac OS, let alone Windows. Linux users who wanted to do any serious gaming were left with the unpleasant prospect of dedicating a partition on their machine to Windows for the express purpose of gaming. But if recent news is any indication, we may finally see that changing.

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