PenguSpy helps pick up a game for Linux

    For a long time, in the view of a simple Windows user, Linux is a terrible OS without a graphical interface for the red-eyed "computer people", where the only game is a monochrome snake. The roots of this view are in ancient IT antiquity, but similar myths are slowly dissipating. Thanks to the popularization of systems such as Ubuntu and Fedora, the myth about the unstable interface of systems with the Linux kernel crumbled, because distributions appeared with a friendly interface and a set of programs needed for a spherical housewife in a vacuum. But the second myth holds tight. And there are good reasons for this.

    The popularity of GNU / Linux systems in the entire mass of personal computers is negligible (0.5-1%), while game publishers are interested in making a profit, and the Linux niche niche is very small to knock out any profit. And, looking at Mac OS X (or rather, the publishers’ indifference to this platform), you realize that even 10% of the market will not greatly help the number of games. Yes, one can argue that why games on a computer when there is a huge selection of consoles, both stationary and portable. And the publishers, in order to escape from the computer pirates, tried to pay attention to the consoles, but the pirates got to the publishers there too. Therefore, games on the computer will not lose their popularity, since even laptops can technically pull modern 3D games at maximum graphics settings. Therefore, we return to the original: what to play on Linux. You can play a lot by screwing up all kinds of crutches in the form of PlayOnLinux, Cedega, and other gaming vine adapters. But I want to focus on native games, the publishers of which provided for work under the penguins.
    A good PenguSpy web resource can help . Resource editors collect games into the database that can be run on Linux. The catalog, although not very voluminous, is structured by genre (arcade, role-playing, strategy, etc.), as well as commercial and free. The editors of the site like the games marked with the “Pengu Choice” icon, which means that you need to play these games on such Linuxless bezryba. But what is offered for the Linux platform can be called expensive elite tuna, and not fishless. What to say about Amnesia, Doom 3, Quake 4, Penumbra? And about the legendary Neverwinter Nights, describing one of the most popular and elaborate fantasy setting? And you can find a lot of similar games in the database.
    As for the site itself, it was written by a gamer programmer in HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery. The project in the form that is now launched on October 4 this year. Therefore, if you gerontophile with IE 6, then do not forget to install the Google Chrome Frame plugin and force it to start. Games, you can evaluate what the author is tearfully asking for, as well as leave reviews and interact with your accounts on Digg, Facebook and Twitter. Also, if you know some native Linux game, then you can add it to the database. The disadvantages of the project include the English-language interface, as well as the fact that there are no installation instructions for Linux, as they are placed in a link on the official website. In general, not everything is so simple.

    But the trend cannot but rejoice. Games are, are released and supported. I hope that with the implementation of Gallium3D, which will bring native DirectX 10/11 support in Linux, developers will spend a little time to make an intelligent port for new games in Linux.

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