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Hi I'm Tim Jung, the newest volunteer of team Desura, and I've taken up the role as the "Linux Games Lead".

Posted by Protektor on Aug 22nd, 2011

Hi I'm Tim Jung, the newest volunteer of team Desura, and I've taken up the role as the "Linux Games Lead". What this means is that I'll be the main person responsible for getting Linux games listed on Desura, and working with the developer/publishers to keep those games updated. With the Desura Linux client being released soon, it's going to be very interesting to see which community requested features will be implemented, and how it affects the Linux gaming community.

A little background about me:
    
Having used computers since 1978, it was amazing to stumble across Linux around 1994 or so. I fell in love with the idea of a Unix like system that could run on my desktop computer. Linux has come a long way since then, and so has the Linux gaming community. Lately, I have been playing  Steel Storm: Burning Retribution, a great indie game. Games like this are what Desura focuses on and I'm looking forward to helping Desura become a top place for indie developers to showcase their Linux friendly games. It won't just be indie games though, as there are plans to carry all the entertaining and fun Linux games we can get our hands on.
       
I'm going to be putting quite a bit of work into the catalog prior to the beta launch. If there are specific Linux games that you would like to see let me know by PM and I will work on adding them to Desura.

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giselher
giselher Aug 23 2011, 12:25am says:

Revenge Of The Titans would be neat. By the way, the Windows version is outdated.

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rwsbgames
rwsbgames Aug 23 2011, 1:19am says:

Hmm sounds great..

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Joe_Shmoe
Joe_Shmoe Aug 23 2011, 1:46am says:

Any support for windows games that have Linux native support? like Doom3, UT99,2004 etc?

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Kai-Li
Kai-Li Aug 23 2011, 2:44am says:

World of Padman and other id-Tech 3 or ioquake3 driven games run natively under Linux. Shouldn't be too hard to implement. I cannot wait to test Desura with Linux and to offer our fans the possibility to install the game with Desura.

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Magrathean
Magrathean Aug 23 2011, 5:09am says:

Looking forward to getting our games onto the Linux scene, exciting times with the launch of Desura for Linux!

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benderamp
benderamp Aug 23 2011, 6:58am says:

There is good collection of linux games here:

Linuxgamingnews.org

and here:

Penguspy.com

Also some of them are rather outdated and may not run on modern linux distrubutions - would be really good if desura would be a reason to bring them back to life.

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Tech|Rogue
Tech|Rogue Aug 23 2011, 11:03am says:

The humble bundle games, obviously.
Anything by Introversion or Frictional.
Dungeons of Dredmor.

I'd love to see UT2004 on here...not sure how doable that is. Also Id's Linux games.

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liamdawe
liamdawe Aug 23 2011, 5:57pm replied:

Dungeons of Dredmor has my vote as well, addicted to it, Linux version will be out in a month or two...

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EagleDelta1
EagleDelta1 Aug 23 2011, 11:50am says:

Minecraft

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azazeln
azazeln Aug 23 2011, 12:38pm says:

spiral knights, all frictional games, minecraft

Good luck on the project, hope you manage to bring lots of linux games!

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EagleDelta1
EagleDelta1 Aug 23 2011, 3:18pm says:

All the puppygames games

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kolito
kolito Aug 23 2011, 5:19pm says:

Games of the four humble bundle, OilRush, familyfarm, beep..

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Ultimoore
Ultimoore Aug 23 2011, 11:42pm says:

Oilrush - 110% yes , Dilogus - Winds of War , InMomentum , Rage , Achron , Overgrowth , Heroes of Newerth , King Arthur's Gold , Angels Fall First : The Second Antarean War , Xenocell , ZEQ2-Lite , Tethical , Hacking Evolution Duality , Trine 2 thats all I can think of right now.

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Tech|Rogue
Tech|Rogue Aug 25 2011, 1:52pm replied:

InMomentum is a UDK game. I'd love to see it on Linux too, but it's not going to happen.

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rioninja
rioninja Aug 24 2011, 4:49am says:

I'd love to see the Id software catalog on Desura.
And Spiral Knights! I didn't even know it had a Linux version.

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Protektor
Protektor Aug 24 2011, 8:03am says:

We are already working to add the Humble Indie Bundle Linux games to the system. I believe those are going to be among the first added to the system.

I am planning on working with developers who already have games on Desura to help them get the Linux versions of their games added to the system.

Other developers not already on Desura will need to be contacted about joining Desura and getting their games, especially Linux versions, added to the system. I am hopeful that developers will be responsive and want to see their Linux games available to a wider market. You can also contact developers and let them know you would like to see their games available on Desura. It may help make them aware of the Linux client coming out.

Any of the mainstream commerical games that have Linux engines like Doom 3, Unreal Tournament Gold/2003/2004, and similar titles are going to be a little problematic. Dealing with the large companies who control those titles is a very long and slow process. I would love to see Neverwinter Nights for Linux available on Desura, but again that is a long slow process to make it happen. If the community petitions these companies, that might help make the process possibly a little faster. I'm not saying that they won't be investigated, but the process definitely won't be fast..

I have also been looking at some of the open source games for Linux. I have been trying to figure out which are the most popular that the community would like to see added first. If you have specific open source games that you would like to see available on Desura let me know so I can get an idea of what the community is looking for.

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mateo14927
mateo14927 Aug 24 2011, 11:45am replied:

All the LGP, Runesoft, Hyperion Entertainment games.

@Protektor

I sent you list of linux games.

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giselher
giselher Aug 28 2011, 4:23am replied:

Battle for Wesnoth is one of THE BEST Opensources games for Linux!
Wesnoth.org

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alexThunder
alexThunder Aug 24 2011, 11:35am says:

Doom 3, Quake 4, Prey :D

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KameZero
KameZero Aug 24 2011, 5:01pm says:

Copied PM to Protektor:
Pay Games:
Blocks That Matter
Charliesgames.com
Lexaloffle.com (linux versions are currently in beta)
SpaceChem
Frozenbyte games
Puppygames.net
Achrongame.com
Gaslampgames.com (linux version not quite released yet)
Cavestory.org (Not honestly sure who owns this, it is currently freeware but not opensource, I'd buy it if it was on desura though)
Tinyandbig.com

Unlikely pay games:
HoN/Savage 2 from S2games.com
Open Source Games:
Frogatto.com
Openttd.org
Urbanterror.info
Worldofpadman.com
MARS, which is already on desura

I'll probably think of more later.

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Protektor
Protektor Aug 25 2011, 12:10am says:

I think maybe I need to be a bit more clear. I have a list of probably every single indie Linux game out there. I even have a few that most people might not have known were out there. I was looking for the community to help prioritize the list as to which games, that are not already on Desura, should be added first.

The same with the open source games. I have a huge list of those, but I was looking for the community to name off some of their favorites that they would like to see on the system first.

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KameZero
KameZero Aug 25 2011, 8:35pm replied:

See: My list. Those are the best Linux games I know of that aren't already on Desura (ie, part of the hibs)

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benderamp
benderamp Aug 25 2011, 5:01pm says:

For the opensource games - most of the most popular of them I think are already added as standard packages to mainstreeam distrubutions.

As I know, FreeCiv, Battle for Westnoth and AstroMenace are rather popular, also liked the screens of this one: Flightgear.org

But as for me - I would surely prefer to see some new interesting titles probably released at the same time with desura native client rather than the ones available for ages.

Also, as I have already said, there are some old native games with declired linux port and having attractive videos\screenshots which I was not able to run on my modern system or even could not find where to get the binary - many of them are listed at the middle/bottom of this list Penguspy.com (for example, I can't run darwinia due to some gcc version error message) - I would also love to see their fresh recompiled versions running without problems from desura.

Also if you will be able to bring native HOMM3 to linux desura, this would be epic.

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skarr
skarr Aug 25 2011, 6:03pm says:

Amnesia: The Dark Descent!

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devguy
devguy Aug 25 2011, 6:18pm says:

As much as I'd like to see the Unreal games on Desura for Linux, Epic has blatantly fired the middle finger at the Linux community with their handling of the Unreal Tournament III Linux port. I don't see them cooperating at all. However, I'd really like to see Id's catalog, and I buy those up in an instant.

I'm glad to hear the HIB games will be there. +1 more for OilRush.

You mention it is a slow and painful process to bring mainstream commercial games over, but what about free commercial games? My immediate thought is Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory; it's not something you can charge for, but I'd love to see it on Desura (because installing it on a modern Linux distro is a nightmare when it comes to sound).

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GonzoDark
GonzoDark Aug 26 2011, 8:06am says:

As benderamp already said, when we talk about opensource games then most of the most popular games have already been added to mainstream distrubutions.

But I would love to see the following games in Desura Linux:

Heroes of might and magic 3
Unreal Turnament 2004
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Savage 2
Minecraft
PlaneShift
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Angry Birds

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ZarathustraDK
ZarathustraDK Aug 28 2011, 10:09am says:

I don't think every little Open Source game should be available on Desura, there are simply too many, and the quality varies a lot.

That said, there are games out there that definitely should make the cut:

- Batlle for Wesnoth
- FreeCiv
- TeeWorlds
- a lot of others

I wouldn't want Desura to only serve pay-games, as it'd eliminate one of the reason I would like it as a linux-user in the first place: to have all my games in one, easy-to-access-and-install, place.
It's not that I can't install games outside Desura, it just wouldn't be...as nice.

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Protektor
Protektor Aug 31 2011, 9:15am replied:

@ZarathustraDK
You are correct that not every single open source game out there is a great game or even in a state that allows you to play it without hassles. So no, not every open source game will be on the system. You don't need to worry, there will be some open source games available. We are just looking at what is out there and what the community would like to see available on Desura. We definitely want to hear from the community as to what you would like and even things you don't like.

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Ubris
Ubris Aug 30 2011, 6:20am says:

Heroes of Newerth? ^^'

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Melon_Bread
Melon_Bread Sep 1 2011, 12:30am says:

Katawa Shoujo Act 1
Katawa-shoujo.com

Fading Hearts
Sakurariver.ca

And some other Linux Visual Novels

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linux-gamer-91
linux-gamer-91 Sep 1 2011, 1:12pm says:

Hedgewars, Frozenbyte Games, Games from Linux Game Publishing and Runsoft, Gish, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, BEEP, And Yet It Moves, Steel Storm, Braid, Alien Arena

Support for GOG Games would be good.

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alexThunder
alexThunder Sep 8 2011, 4:09pm says:

Super Meat Boy would also be veeeeeeeeery cool once it's released for Linux :)

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GonzoDark
GonzoDark Sep 9 2011, 10:06am says:

I would love to see Desura for Linux out already :) I understand it might not be 100% finished yet, but you have a lot of people waiting for a beta client.

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sgrevan
sgrevan Sep 9 2011, 11:00am says:

- Alpha Centauri :)
- Limbo
- Mount and Blade games (especially Warband)

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GonzoDark
GonzoDark Sep 9 2011, 11:03am says:

This is a post done by Protektor (on his own profile) on Sep 8th, 2011:

"I am plesantly suprised at the number of people who are actively interested in the Desura Linux client. I have approval for about 21 games at the moment and that is growing all the time. I also have 11 Open Source games that for will be added in my first round. I will be getting to more but there is only so much time in the day and I am going as fast as I can. I am hoping that by the time the majority of the people are using the Linux client that there will be a large amount of games to choose from. Well back to testing and prepairing games."

Great news! Can't wait to see the list of games and play them myself.

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Ubris
Ubris Sep 10 2011, 12:53pm says:

Dead Cyborg please :D

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sgrevan
sgrevan Sep 11 2011, 3:23pm says:

A partnership with GOG to bring good old games on Linux :)

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Protektor
Protektor Sep 19 2011, 11:34pm says:

If you are following this thread and have not seen the news yet. The initial release of the Linux client was done today. Please check it out, kick the tires and join the discuss over on that thread to talk about the Linux client.

Desura.com

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rustybroomhandle
rustybroomhandle Sep 29 2011, 6:45am says:

How about games that have no excuse not to be on Linux due to them being written on theoretically cross-platform engines. Like Torchlight (Ogre3D) and Space Pirates And Zombies (Torque).

Should we be campaigning? Can Desura throw sales figures at these companies perhaps once they have some to throw around?

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ikeahloe
ikeahloe Oct 19 2011, 2:51am says:

That would be cool if you could re-release the game Rune and the expansion Rune:Halls of Valhalla

Linux doesn't have any good melee games with the exception of Lugaru, and it's upcoming sequel.

You might get with Human Head Studios. Since Loki is not distributing it anymore, it's might be a good opportunity for them to get some sales for the game.

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