March 27th, 2011 by Crusader

Your fellow reader Ulbri submitted a news item letting us know that Beep, being developed by Big Fat Alien, will be released for Linux in April.

There’s also a blog post detailing the effort to port the game to Linux:

Now after going through all this effort, you might be wondering if anyone is even going to care about a Linux build. To be honest, I have my doubts. But if other games are any indication, you can expect to gain between 5-20% sales by providing a Linux version.

How can this be given that most estimates peg Linux adoption at less than 3% of the total PC user-base? My guess is that those 3% of PC users are:

1. starving for content
2. much more likely to fit the gaming demographic
3. much more likely to want to support commercial software on Linux (Linux usesr tend to be a bit ideological)


5 Responses to “BEEP”

  1. Maquis196 Says:

    Reminds me of Little Big Planet to a point which I enjoyed.

    I’m also all 3 of those users as well, hell, I’ve already bought that oil rig game and have yet to even download it! Also paid £50 for that charity gaming pack (the first one)

    Linux ftw

  2. nod51 Says:

    This looks really fun!

    FYI: As for Oil Rush, it runs ~2x better (40-50fps) on a NVIDIA 9400 512mb vs (20-30fps) ATI 3300 with 128mb onboard. I can also play SpringRTS with AA on and don’t get green screens!

  3. clean3d Says:

    Beep looks great! I’d buy that. I think their blog post is spot-on, though, and it concerns me a little. I know I’ve bought games in the past just to increase the number of Linux sales, and now I’m wondering if that was such a good idea. It’s not feasible for a developer to make games for an audience like that, because if Linux *does* get mainstream gaming attention, there will be nothing to prove anymore. Will we fail developers just when they begin to count on us?

    Anyway, just a thought. I plan to buy Beep because it looks fun. :)

  4. everamzah Says:

    I wouldn’t be able to play it if it weren’t available for Linux.

  5. dejvid Says:

    Windows demo works fine with wine =)

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