Last month the Escapist mentioned that GOG.com would be coming to new, mystery operating system. Most of us assumed it would be MAC but Linux was not ruled out. Well, GOG.com employee TheEnigmaticT curb-stomped that dream.
From the GOG.com wishlist:
“We’ve seen a lot more of you guys voting on this wish recently and I thought it was only fair for me to update you. Linux is a great platform, and we love how much passion you guys are showing for it here on our wishlist. We definitely know that it’s one of the top things our community wants from us, but it’s also really difficult to bring the GOG.com level of support and ease-of-use to the wide variety of distros that are commonly used by Linux users. If we’re able to bring GOG.com games to Linux–and we’re constantly evaluating ways that we can do this–we want to make sure that we’re doing it the GOG.com way: simple, easy, and it “just works.” I’m not telling you guys to give up hope–we know how much you want this–but what I am saying is that this is harder to support than it might seem initially, and we’re not ready to move to support Linux officially just yet.”
via GOG.com wishlist
Indeed. Wish they would take the Valve approach and support one distro.
The original request is even more narrow – it’s “if there’s already a Linux build can you please make it so we can download it.”
GOG won’t even offer a file for download where all the heavy lifting has been done for them.
Well that all sounds well and good. But GOG.com will have to look at Linux support factors.
Obviously, this is a solid invite to developers and people who are keen to making things happen for GOG.com. At least that’s the way I see it.
The same thing goes for community suggestions. Unity seems to be a game engine of choice, possibly what is need to make the endeavour a reality here.
Either way, this looks to be a great opportunity for a few developers to jump in. :)
Linux Game News
You can use playonlinux or wine to play and almost 3/4 of games are supported. http://www.playonlinux.com
thats cracked up, do any of them realize they could of just built a .deb, thats like… point and click download, you dont get simpiler even on windows
i think gogs just chickening out, i expect them to support mac because companies support companies and all that crap
Meh, no worries. I have WINE. It works for the games I want anyways. It’s not like I want to put WINE out of work either so thanks anyways for looking into it. If it happens down the road great, if not I’ll live.
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