Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

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bl33ding_silence Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:19pm
Why aren't id Software games available for linux through Steam?
id Software has been known to support linux gaming. But I don't see their games in Steam's list for Linux games. I think they should.
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ten miles 🐧 Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:21pm 
id software is putting out linux binaries. However they never sad they would officially support it.
I think this is the reason.
Still I would love to see these games aswell.
<Compenda> Wietse Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:22pm 
There are a lot games with Linux support not in the list. Since this is the limited Steam beta only a few games are supported to test. When Steam for Linux reaches a stable release there will probably be a lot more games on the list.
Evil Penguin Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:26pm 
It's still pretty early, like Wietse said.
Wouldn't mind seeing Doom 3 added to Linux.
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{FKB} Kame Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:26pm 
The same reason id games are not available for mac. id has never, and probably will never, provide official support for their games on Linux.
bl33ding_silence Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:35pm 
Ah, so this is about Official support. I think now is a good time for id Software to begin doing that, given that companies like Valve and Croteam have joined the fray.
boot Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:42pm 
Judging by last iD talk with John Carmack, they have no interest in Linux whatsoever.
bl33ding_silence Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:58pm 
Hmm, that does seem to say a lot about their plans for linux. Currently I have to agree with him when he says that Linux isn't a commercially viable platform, but I'm pretty sure things will change, and that id should join the fray early on, given that they already have code that runs on linux.
ThOR27 Nov 21, 2012 @ 1:01pm 
As I said in another topic, TTimo who was the only linux-friendly guy at ID Software has resigned from there. Since than neither Rage or DOOM3 BFG Edition was ported. So don't hold your breath waiting anything linux-friendly from ID Software. At least you can add their games on steam as a non steam-game, and wait for the DOOM3 BFG Source code release, that it may show a linux port soon after.
kwahoo Nov 21, 2012 @ 1:03pm 
Id Software does not like Steam Play. Ask guys using Macs, there is only Windows version on Steam. Mac version is distributed separately[] (if you have Windows PC and Mac you need 2 copies!) and the Linux version can be created from the Windows one + downloaded Linux binaries.
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Rain Shinobi Nov 21, 2012 @ 2:19pm 
^ Sounds like they are greedy and want to get paid for each platform version.

Anyway it's their loss. If they don't support Linux, they get nothing from me (this will go for most game companies from now on though).
bl33ding_silence Nov 21, 2012 @ 2:23pm 
^ They do support linux!
id Software has been known to release Linux ports of their games before their time, and you don't have to pay extra for them.
c4maniac Nov 21, 2012 @ 3:30pm 
What I got from his remarks is that linux is missing that critical mass of people to inject his games into that platform when steam reaches 100's of thousands of clients ~90% is on a windows system. I gather he doesn't want to be the guy to test the waters into linux which makes sense.

I hope game makers take after this platform and not publishers. I wish to see publishers that don't make games to die. The EA's and activision's of the world need to die.
Last edited by c4maniac; Nov 21, 2012 @ 3:32pm
Rain Shinobi Nov 21, 2012 @ 4:03pm 
Originally posted by bl33ding_silence:
^ They do support linux!
id Software has been known to release Linux ports of their games before their time, and you don't have to pay extra for them.

Sorry, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

What I was meaning to say is their lack of Linux support right now and the fact they are too afraid to test the waters more even though they have a decent little list of games already on Linux.

I think what really annoyed me was Carmack basing his argument on a crappy browser game and what not which probably turned me off a bit.

Anyway, whatever they decide to do, I'm very glad for Valve's support and it is exciting times.
AIXI Nov 21, 2012 @ 4:09pm 
ID make his last engines open source and provide Linux binaries but they remark always that this is an unsupported plataform, If you have any problem with the linux version of their games they will not provide any assistance to solve the issue.

Anyway they do a lot more that almost all big companies so I like them :p
TheScorpion Apr 21, 2013 @ 1:42pm 
I wonder the same. I've hear Carmac complain about linux and the sales and that. Well... Doom 3 and Quake 4 has long been available for linux but the installation process was kinda pain in the butt to say the least. How hard can it be to make the games available on steam and see what happen now?? What does ID has to lose?? Is it Valve's fault?? I really don't get it. I think Doom 3 and Quake 4 will easily make it into the top 10 of linux best sellers, despite the fact those are really old games... THEY ARE CLASSICS! I've tried the old 1.3 binary of doom 3 on Ubuntu 12.04 and still works pretty well, and with a GT 650 mobile (bumblebee in the middle) I got 60 fps at 1920 x 1080 with no problem... please Valve PLEEEEASE GET DOOM 3 AND QUAKE 4 FOR LINUX AVAILABLE!!!
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