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#1 torrentthief

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 17:06

Half life 1 beta announcement: http://steamcommunit...803738387712627
Counter Strike 1.6 beta accouncement: http://steamcommunit...803738391201366


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 17:09

Impressive of Valve to actually make Linux versions of these games. You'd never see a company like EA do this to any of there games haha.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 17:20

Impressive of Valve to actually make Linux versions of these games. You'd never see a company like EA do this to any of there games haha.


It appears as though they are porting ALL of their games over to linux as they are creating their own steam console specification. They obviously need to port all their own games if they want gamers to switch to linux and for other developers/publishers to release games on steam linux.

Exciting times :)

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 17:48

Impressive of Valve to actually make Linux versions of these games. You'd never see a company like EA do this to any of there games haha.

EA= no support and shut down of server after 1 year. False lock out of games for selfish greedy corporate reasons.
Valve= Maintaining servers, releasing patches, and releasing Linux versions over a decade later.

I buy valve games when they are full price, one of the only game developers I do that for. I will THINK about getting any EA game for a while when they hit around $5 bucks.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 18:22

I wonder if this means that eventually us Mac users will get a port too?

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 18:26

I wonder if this means that eventually us Mac users will get a port too?


Think it may be already there?

"Hot on the heels of Half-Life 1, Counter-Strike 1.6 is now available as a Beta for your testing pleasure on Linux (and OS X)."

Not sure though as I don't have a Mac.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 18:53

Think it may be already there?

"Hot on the heels of Half-Life 1, Counter-Strike 1.6 is now available as a Beta for your testing pleasure on Linux (and OS X)."

Not sure though as I don't have a Mac.


Didn't even see that part. Will have to have a look :)

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 20:33

It appears as though they are porting ALL of their games over to linux as they are creating their own steam console specification. They obviously need to port all their own games if they want gamers to switch to linux and for other developers/publishers to release games on steam linux.

Exciting times :)

This x10000000000000.

It's good to know there are least some in the industry who care for retro gamers, although I'd say those two games are somewhere between retro and current.


Now look at EA and their ridiculous excuse to require an internet connection at all times with their new SimCity, because parts of the game run on their servers...
Yeah... that surely was really needed. :rolleyes:
Sorry, but if your game can't run on my i7 quad-core, gtfo and release it in the next generation or pimp it down a bit.
Single player games MUST be able to run offline and not require a server. (especially when talking about EA, although they did support the Sims 2 server for quite a long time for their standards. Still, I don't want single player games with an expiration date. I've got enough of that with multiplayer games that are also starting to exclude LAN play more and more...)
Slap future retro gamers right into the face, well done EA.

I've long been rather loyal to EA and never got the hate for them, but year by year I see more how absolutely anti-gamer they are becoming with all of their titles and their awful store.

At least Ubisoft backpedaled on their DRM tactics a bit and don't require always-online anymore. Props to them. (Y)

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 20:43

Are these the Source version? If not, they have ran under Wine/WineX for a very long time.

Props to them for the effort though.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 21:20

Are these the Source version? If not, they have ran under Wine/WineX for a very long time.

Props to them for the effort though.


No, these are not the Source versions. SoldSrc. :o

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 22:16

The Mac versions actually seem to be working pretty neatly :)

Downloading Ubuntu 64-bit now to see how it works on a spare laptop I have :)

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 22:28

It's interesting to see them porting something as old as the original half life. I think Goldsrc might be quite easy to port, since it used OpenGL for it's stuff (although DirectX was available as an option IIRC), so there's probably not very much code in there that couldn't be ported straight over to Linux/Mac.

Kudos to them.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 22:48

Yep, Mac OS X versions are also available now. Feel free to pick them up, especially Half Life, it's entirely necessary.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 00:24

Valve is wasting its time and resources bringing a few games to desktop Linux. The market share of these OSes will remain insignificant for the foreseeable future, and that means new games will keep supporting only Windows and latest-gen consoles, and occasionally Mac.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 00:28

Valve is wasting its time and resources bringing a few games to desktop Linux. The market share of these OSes will remain insignificant for the foreseeable future, and that means new games will keep supporting only Windows and latest-gen consoles, and occasionally Mac.


Clearly they see a business justification to push forward for platform independence of their games instead of the traditional Windows dominance. If that business justification is their Steam boxes then so be it.

Other than allegience to a platform I find it a bit puzzling why people (not referring to you, but in general) would stand opposed to efforts to bring games to a wider audience.