GOG.com Might Start Selling Linux Games
Valve is not the only one interested in the Linux gaming market
CD Projekt RED has a digital distribution service called GOG.com which focuses on old games, but so far, they're released only Windows games. This is about to change.The Witcher franchise is CD Projekt RED's most notorious product, but they are also responsible for the GOG.com website.
On this website they promote old games that have been made to run on newer operating systems, but only on the Windows platform.
When we say old, we refer to games released prior to 1995 and which have practically zero chance of running on a modern operating system, without small modifications.
Moreover, CD Projekt RED further promotes games that have no DRM (digital rights management) and no protection whatsoever.
The company has released a communique for a “CD Projekt RED and GOG.com Special Event” that will take place on October 18th.
“Not only console and PC users should tune in for the conference. Mac Computer users should be prepared for a bunch of thrilling announcements including more information about the upcoming release of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for OS X.
“Speaking of new operating systems, GOG.com will also be announcing that it is bringing the best PC games from throughout history to a new operating system.”
In the second paragraph, they say “a new operating system,” although they've already mentioned Mac OS X by name. This gives us great hopes that Linux is that new operating system.
A lot of the games present on GOG.com have already been ported to Linux, like Freespace and Freespace 2.
Valve, on the other hand, has made it clear that they want to be the first major digital distribution service that provides Linux games and it’s making a lot of progress in that direction.
All we have to do now is count the days until October 18 and watch the event live. Maybe we won't get our hopes up for nothing.
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