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5. Play Games > 5.1. The State of Gaming on Linux

The State of Gaming on Linux

The computer gaming market is a difficult, brutal business, with similarities to the moviemaking business but with none of the glamour. Hundreds of games compete to be the blockbuster title of the season or the year, but this status is achieved by only a few. The remaining games quickly wind up in the discount bins and are written up as a loss on the corporate balance sheet. In this winner-take-all market, it is difficult for a game company to justify the expense, in time and resources, to write a game exclusively for Linux, or to port a Windows game to Linux. Game publishers typically prefer to have their programmers and artists work on the next big hit for Windows, which represents over 95 percent of the computer gaming market, than to p....


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