Boing Boing pointed out that the American retailer Target, at the behest of independent developer 2D Boy, is now offering indie game-themed t-shirts that include the games themselves on a packaged CD. One of the games in question is Gish, an award-winning platforming game from Chronic Logic that stars a ball of tar, and it’s been reported that the shirt package mentions Linux bins are included:
I picked up the Gish shirt today, and the CD sleeve says Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Linux or OSX 10.1+
2D Boy’s current game, Tower of Goo, is also slated to come to Linux in the near future.
I think this is a really innovate venture to build general awareness of games that don’t tend to get much in the way of mainstream attention; hopefully it’s successful and independent game creators can continue to expand their audience.
Edit: Doh, looks like the CD sleeve is a lie :( – reader rotund was able to track the shirts down and posted this in the comments:
All of the games are Windows only (even Gish which had Linux and OS X on the sleeve). I did get them to run under Wine, but it was kind of a pain. They are all compressed. When you run the .exe, it will create a folder in Wine’s temp folder (windows/temp) by default. This will have the full program in it. Just copy it elsewhere and run that version. (Gish just used an installer.)