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Ryan Gordon Interview

November 29th, 2012 by Alkini

Cheerful Ghost posted an interview with Ryan Gordon. Included are Ryan’s perspectives on the direction of Linux gaming, Steam on Linux, and Humble Bundles.

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14 Responses to “Ryan Gordon Interview”

  1. Maquis196 Says:

    Good interview, Ryan “icculus” Gordon is a Linux gaming God as far as im concerned. Two things I learnt today was the release of Killing Floor and Red Orchestra for Linux!!!

    http://store.steampowered.com/search/?term=linux#sort_by=&sort_order=ASC&os=linux&page=1

    28 games and counting :D

  2. 2nd_floor Says:

    Look at how incredibly powerful Steam is for gaming and for various platforms (Mac, Linux for example). I would imagine now that the number of games for Linux will increase because of Steam for Linux.

    That Valve has waited this long to get into Linux, Ubuntu is at least 7 years old and has done incredible things for Linux in 7 years, is a bit questioning of their true vision for it. Valve has not touched Linux in 15 years, and now only when they feel threatened by another company, do they support Linux not even because they like it, but because they see financial/market share success with it.

    They didn’t care for Linux when it struggled and slowly but surely became popular (except to run their servers on, and generate their billions of dollars with).

    Now they are bringing their DRM and closed control of gaming to an open platform, which stands for the opposite of what Steam does in many ways: freedom to do what you want to with it. Steam takes away this freedom, and you play/manage your games the way somebody else wants you to. Linux stands for exactly the opposite of this!!

  3. 2nd_floor Says:

    Add to the above comment, that I bet Steam/valve could have done incredibly things for Linux back as far as early 2000s, yet they (and most others) ignored it. Frustrating for those who have used it for many years!

  4. Maquis196 Says:

    Well Steam is a choice, I’m extremely pro Linux and open source but I don’t see Steam coming to Linux as anything other then a great thing.

    Linux gives you freedom, the kernel/distro is what matters, if you find Steam violates your principles, don’t use it. That’s what freedom is. Personally, as long as the platform is free I’m happy.

    The first step to an open source nirvana is getting everyone using your platform, Steam won’t stop you being able to play open source games, but will enable people to play Counterstrike natively, some of us having been waiting for this moment for ever :)

  5. phobos_anomaly Says:

    After Gordan’s UT3 debicle, who really cares what he says and thinks?

  6. hamish Says:

    Because he has been involved in more Linux ports of games than probably any other man alive? Because he is still one of the leading figures of the industry? We are supposed to ignore him because of some stupid decision Epic’s part?

  7. buggerall Says:

    Ryan Gordon is a hero to the Linux community, and so is Gabe/Valve. As a long-time Linux user, Valve has earned my business and loyalty for years to come.

    Who cares if they are only interested in profit? They are a business and businesses need to make money to continue to exist.

    For those that are worried about Steam and DRM, most of the non-Valve games will be available outside of Steam. So if you would rather buy games off the company’s website, or from other sources (e.g. Desura), in most cases you should be able to.

  8. hamish Says:

    I hope you are true on your last point there buggerall.

  9. phobos_anomaly Says:

    @hamish

    “We are supposed to ignore him because of some stupid decision Epic’s part?”

    The story on that has never come out mostly because Gordon refuses to discuss it which makes me tend to believe that it was something that he did or didn’t do.

    “Because he has been involved in more Linux ports of games than probably any other man alive?”

    There are others that have been involved with way more ports than him. Hes just the most famous of the group.

    But anyway, now that steam is coming, maybe we’ll see ports of stuff like Final Fantasy appear on Linux.

  10. hamish Says:

    “The story on that has never come out mostly because Gordon refuses to discuss it which makes me tend to believe that it was something that he did or didn’t do.”

    Ever heard of NDAs?

    “There are others that have been involved with way more ports than him. Hes just the most famous of the group.”

    Horseshit. Edward Rudd may come somewhat close.

    “But anyway, now that steam is coming, maybe we’ll see ports of stuff like Final Fantasy appear on Linux.”

    I’ll believe it when I see it… not that I care.

  11. phobos_anomaly Says:

    “hamish Says Horseshit”

    Ever heard of loki, john carmack, or timothy besset?

  12. hamish Says:

    Carmark has not ported a single thing, Gordon worked for Loki, and TTimo has not ported nearly as many titles as Gordon. Do not try and act like you know more about this than me, please.

  13. hamish Says:

    And now Gordon has successfully released a game for Linux using UE#: http://twitter.com/icculus

  14. hamish Says:

    *UE3

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