Mac And Linux Users Also Buy Games

By Jim Rossignol on February 28th, 2011 at 8:31 pm.


That was the message from philanthropic pay-what-you-want Humble Indie Bundle post-mortemers Jeffrey Rosen and John Graham, who were speaking at the IGF earlier today. The pair revealed that Mac and Linux accounted for fifty percent of revenue from the bundles, with Linux users being the most generous overall. Was this just because the game-starved Linuxers were so grateful to be included? Maybe, but it’s still an interesting lesson for the indie circuit that these kinds of deals work so well with non-Windows platforms: “We recommend developers support Mac and Linux,” said Rosen, after revealing that the two bundles had, in total, raised $3m, with $1m of that going to charities Child’s Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (We previously analysed some of the breakdown of this cash-haul here.)

So, Mac and Linux users, do you also read RPS?

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  1. Linus Sjögren says:

    Why yes I do, thanks for asking.

    • nofing says:

      Same here! Glad it’s finally made public, that Mac-users (and I guess Linux-users as well) like to play games, too. I just hope there will be more developers making games for us, so I can finally get rid of my Bootcamp partition.

    • bob_d says:

      @ nofing: Since most of my gaming is done through (and 90% of my games reside in) my Bootcamp partition, I don’t expect I’ll be getting rid of it any time soon.

    • ShawnClapper says:

      Sorry, I have to say though, I’ve never understood the reason for buying an Mac and using bootcamp.
      Is it just that you prefer the aesthetics of the Mac computer?

    • sincarne says:

      In my case, I’m a developer, and there are better tools available on the Mac. But the gaming is better on the PC. I was playing WoW and Minecraft for a bit on under both OS X and Windows, and I was getting much better frame rates and draw distances under Win7.

    • CilindroX says:

      Same here, developer (Ubuntu Linux) / Win 7 for all things Steam

    • Pathock says:

      I’m a musician and I can only afford one computer right now. I primarily use it for mac music software, but bootcamp is great for windows gaming. Best of both worlds for the price of one.

    • Thants says:

      I use OS X for everything but games, because it’s better than Windows.

    • Tom Camfield says:

      @ShawnClapper

      Mac + Bootcamp for me because the Mac is simple, I am happy to pay money to make all the chores (no need for anti-virus, no need to defragment) go away. Perhaps Win7 has this all now, but I haven’t needed a new PC for years…

    • Duke Nasty VI says:

      Using a Macbook Pro here. I’m a developer/informatics student. Can’t stand developing on Windows because of the lack of a CLI. There are some quite nice development tools exclusive to Max OS X as well. Mainly used Linux for development until I got my Mac, so I’m used to dual booting for games.

    • bluebomberman says:

      It’s a tradeoff. Using a Mac means a stabler OS, almost no malware, less annoying interface, ease of use, superior hardware design, better creative software. The only minus is a limited game library, but I can’t justify the added expense and physical space requirements of a gaming Windows rig.

      I know many of us take PC gaming seriously here, but in the end, there are more important things to be done with our compys. Gaming is an added bonus, not a dealbreaker for me. (When I switched from Windows to Mac years ago, I had to abandon my sizable collection of games. But in the long run it was worth it.)

    • THEiNTERNETS says:

      Add me to this list.

      I used to be a much more hardcore PC gamer but now I’m kind of turned off by that kind of time/money investment and more interested in design/creation/artistry so I really only play indie games these days.

      I was so happy to see Braid on the App Store. Snatched it up immediately and finally got to see what all the hubbub was about.

    • The Crane says:

      Windows at work, Mac at home…

    • alantwelve says:

      I know this is going to sound like a troll, but here goes anyway…

      I find it interesting that in 2011, so many Mac users still explain their Mac using by comparing OS X to Windows XP circa 2003 (the ‘creative software’ argument, for example). The world has moved on and OS X has been rather left behind by Windows 7. It would be nice if Apple were to shake things up with a brand spanking new OS 11, but I think it’s far more likely that we’ll be seeing iOS on the Mac within a couple of years, which will be a great pity.

      Anyway, I’m primarily a Linux user. I wish there were many more decent games available for the platform, and the Humble Indie Bundles have been a godsend.

    • Afro says:

      Yup. Macbook Air at work(student) and 6-core beast PC at home. I was delighted to see that my Civ4 purchase on steam worked for my mac as well as my pc! Apparantly all steam games you got for your pc that supports it you get for you mac as well!

    • ibloat says:

      same here, programming on linux is just so effortless and it just stays out of your face for browsing/whatever.. (gnome do/kupfer/quicksilver ftw, also terminals)
      for gaming or architectural work it’s still windows sadly.

    • ADinVA says:

      Because you asked:

      Add another Mac user/Bootcamp player (when necessary) to the list.

      Reading the RPS lists of important games of the last decade or two, I was happy to see a bunch that had made it to the Mac, most of which I played in their day. Fallout, Close Combat, Combat Mission all saw a lot of use.

    • Rikard Peterson says:

      Yes! Another Mac user here. (I do have a Windows box too, but I use my MacBook a lot more.)

  2. tanith says:

    Linux user here! Reading RPS and loving it!

    • TechRogue says:

      Linux user here…I do occasionally boot into Windows for gaming, but I haven’t bought* a Windows game** in almost a year. I do however buy pretty much any game I hear of that has Linux support, and RPS has made me aware of several of my recent acquisitions; SpaceChem and Atom Zombie Smasher are the two that pop to mind.

      A word to any devs out there: as soon as RPS mentions a game I hadn’t heard about, I go immediately to its website. If there’s a Linux version I buy it EXACTLY THEN.

      *or pirated. I know that’s what you thought. ;)
      **except for games like UT2K4 and Doom 3, both of which have Linux installers that use the same data.

    • TechRogue says:

      My last post seems to have been eaten, so I’ll just say it again:
      I use Linux pretty much exclusively, and I don’t buy* Windows games** anymore. However, when I hear about a new game that supports Linux I go and buy it immediately. SpaceChem and Atom Zombie Smasher are two of my recent acquisitions that I only discovered because of RPS. I spent $60 for my HB2.

      Back when I heard Steam was coming to Linux I tallied up the cost of all my Steam games that either had Linux versions or were made by Valve and came up with something like $250 (factoring in non-sale prices). If Steam came to Linux tomorrow*** I would create a new account and re-buy every single one.

      tl;dr : I’m a Linux user and I frequently spend money on native Linux games.

      *I also don’t pirate them, just so ya know. ;)
      **I bought Doom 3 the other day, but I used the Linux installer, so that doesn’t count.
      ***Yeah, I know that was never for real. My heart broke that day. :(

  3. Kaira- says:

    I used to dual-boot, but nowdays I just use Windows and run Linux on VirtualBox. But yes, I’d love to see more games for Linux. And I bought both humble bundles twice just because they had Linux support.

  4. pepper says:

    Linux user here. Servers and desktops. Although windows is on dual boot for certain software anyway.

  5. Archonsod says:

    Unix user, with Windows installed for fun times.

    • SkUrRiEr says:

      Ditto.

      Linux for doing everyday stuff like browsing the internet and work, and Windows installed for those few^H^H^Hmany times when I need to go shoot zombies …. or whatever.

    • Devan says:

      Me too. I’ve got Ubuntu and Win 7 dual-booted on my laptop. Linux for schoolwork and whatever else, Windows for gaming (which I do quite a lot of).

  6. limbclock says:

    Mac User here.

    Yeah, i bought both of the bundles when they were released. I was also really happy to note that both HIBs became redeemable on steam, with majority of the games getting a SteamPlay release, so that mac users were able to enjoy them too.

  7. lokdlok says:

    I use Linux for everything but gaming, except in the case of Amnesia and the few things I can get running in wine, like fallout + deus ex.

  8. Mike McQuaid says:

    I’ve got a Windows 7 desktop for gaming but also do quite a lot on my Macbook Pro and used to on Linux.
    Yes, these things help your sales and (speaking as someone who does cross-platform software development and porting for a living) it’s really not that hard to write cross-platform games if you decide to do so from the outset. What is harder (and produces a sucky result) is to port them when they are already shipped Windows products.
    This is why until recently Plants vs Zombies (was PvZ, hence confused reply) didn’t work with Windows and Mac sharing Steam Cloud and why Civilisation 5 and Torchlight have (for no good reason) incompatible savegames between Windows and Mac.

  9. darthmajor says:

    Ubuntu user here on 2 PCs but i just CBA with wine and trying to make games run properly on linux, they are buggy enough already on windows. And native linux support is slim to none…so i use Win 7 for gaming.
    Supporting linux is definitely a good advice for indies, cause the ‘average’ linux user is already an indie developer’s friend in mentality.

  10. colinmarc says:

    I’m a long-time linux user (software developer) and I cherish games like Spacechem that work perfectly on linux, but I keep windows installed for everything else.

  11. Vinraith says:

    I usually play games on Windows and work in Linux. I’m always grateful when a game supports Linux, as it means I can play it without rebooting if I need a quick break. Things that work seemlessly under Wine are almost as valuable, and the fact that Wine runs AI War as well if not better than actual Windows has kept me entertained on many a long, cold night of observing.

  12. Persus-9 says:

    I use Linux and Windows but one of those Mac Bundles was me, I bought it to try and educate a friend of mine who is a Mac and console gamer.

  13. Lewie Procter says:

    I toyed around with Ubuntu for a bit in my Uni days, but I’m back on windows now.

    Edit: Remember buying a few linux games too. id games and World of Goo.

  14. c-Row says:

    Long-time Mac user and (not-so-long-time in comparison) RPS reader. I still fire up the old grey box every now and then, though, but with Steam and Civ V being available on the Mac, it’s my platform of choice these days.

  15. adamhepton says:

    I’m in Linux all day at work: if I’m at home doing anything other than gaming or a bit of surfing while I’m getting ready to game, it’s Linux, too. Windows 7 is for the games, only.

    • kikito says:

      Exactly my case. I prefer linux versions if they are available.

    • jamesgecko says:

      Sounds about right. Ubuntu Linux for development work/websurfing, Windows7 for gaming/websurfing.

      Ah, websurfing. The medium that wipes OS differences and brings us all together.

  16. DavidK says:

    Linux user here. And I die a little bit every time I hear people say ‘PC game’ when they really mean ‘Game that only runs on Windows’.

    • darthmajor says:

      I guess that means you die a little bit a damn lot since pretty much everyone does that, all the time :P

    • adonf says:

      Remember the “PC-CDROM” logo (and its later incarnation “PC-DVD”) ? The first time I heard game publishers say “Our game is coming out on the Playstation and on PC-CDROM” I had to react. But… but no, guys, “PC-CDROM” doesn’t mean anything, it doesn’t say what OS the game runs on and yes it’s important to say what disk type it comes on but it’s part of the hardware requirement, why single out the medium… Then I realized that marketing types where all clueless and that they were working in video games because they couldn’t get hired by detergent companies so I stopped caring.

      (Sorry this had to come out, it still hurts 10 years later)

    • Phasma Felis says:

      This is one of those “eh, language changes” things, I guess.

      The phrase “personal computer” drew a useful distinction back when computers small and cheap enough to put on your desk were a new and exciting thing. Now that the large majority of computers produced are “personal”, the term is almost redundant. But along the way, “PC” has instead come to mean “descended from the IBM PC.” Everyone knows what it means, so it’s not confusing. I don’t really have a problem with it.

  17. Mo says:

    I do all my dev work, graphics and internet surfing on a MacBook Air, but I have a Windows box for PC games.

  18. Emperor_Jimmu says:

    I got them for my Mac. I mostly work on my Mac and play games on my Windows laptop. It is nice to have a few low investment games that I can play when I can’t be bothered booting up a second machine.

  19. DrGruu says:

    Certainly do. Half (that’s a none scientific half) of your stuff is about web games anyway!

  20. rashan says:

    registered just to get counted

    linux/winxp dual boot – the windows is around for the games that don’t run on linux

    also picked up the humble indy bundle. Some really fun games, and I appreciate the linux support!

  21. Jesper says:

    Hecks yes! Although, while I’m mostly a Mac user, I do my gaming on a Boot Camp’d Windows 7 partition. I find that games that run on both Mac OS and Windows, tend to run a lot better on the latter (looking at you, Starcraft 2). Also, it helps to have a reboot barrier between work and play. ;)

  22. porc says:

    Ubuntu user, I play games on Linux if there’s a native version (e.g. Humble bundle) but have to do most of my gaming in vista as wine in my experience is awful and most of the games I play are windows only.

  23. the blood of a thousand orphans says:

    Mac since I was born. I’ve tampered with some PC stuff, but always found Mac games more attractive. Except not really cause lots of them were/are shovelware.

  24. Glen Moyes says:

    Part-time Ubuntu user. Nowadays I’m doing mostly graphic design work so I’m tied to Windows thanks to Adobe. (Seriously, if Adobe would port it’s stuff to Linux our studio would be extremely happy.) But even now when I do 3D rendering I’ll switch over to Ubuntu because it’s faster than rendering in Windows 7.

    Back in college when I wasn’t working as much I would game half of the time in Linux since Warcraft 3 worked really well using Cedega, and use Linux for every day use. I’d much rather use Linux as my OS but again Adobe is locking me into Windows.

  25. RCGT says:

    Mac user checking in. I’m certainly not going to buy a new computer just to play games.

  26. JNewt says:

    Linux user, though I do dual boot Windows 7 for Steam. Also, I read RPS every single day.

  27. Chief Grizzly says:

    Mac user standing by, newly registered for this article! I think the Steamplay function is what really made me start to consider the Mac as a gaming platform, but seeing as I’m using a lowly macbook I only really use it for old SCUMM games anyway.

  28. winterwolves says:

    I’ve always made my games for mac, and since I switched to Renpy I’m happy because now they run also on Linux. I have quite some customers on Mac and Linux, so for small indies they matter a lot :)

  29. Evil Otto says:

    I’m a happy Mac user.

  30. chrism says:

    Another long-time lurker newly registered just for this!
    I use Linux almost exclusively – especially with all the native indie games RPS points out. Even non-natives work pretty well these days with wine – except if they’re drm’ed (yet another reason to hate the stuff!)

  31. quintesse says:

    Yup, Fedora user here, dual booting mainly for the games. In fact if they would ever port Counter Strike to Linux I would probably hardly ever see Windows :)

  32. juandemarco says:

    I’ve been missing PC gaming since I made the switch to the Mac 4 years ago with a Macbook (64MB of shared VRAM isn’t exactly made for gaming). Now I’ve bought an i7 iMac and even if I have something on OSX, the big stuff runs on the Windows 7 system in dual boot. Just got back on OSX after two hours of Bulletstorm and yes, they should definitely consider working more on the other platforms, and they are actually doing so, even if in small steps: Steam for Mac first and the Mac App Store now have both given me hope that one day I won’t have to waste 200gb for a gaming-only Windows partition.

  33. Slothees says:

    Another mac user here. Would be great by the way to have PRS Bargain Bucket for platforms other than windows.

  34. Westmark says:

    IGF = GDC? :P

  35. Gotem says:

    count me on the linux users,
    except for playing some games that don’t work nicely with wine (quite a lot of them actually)

  36. Clean3d says:

    Yes. I read RPS and use Linux. That’s really all I wanted to say…

  37. Scandalon says:

    Mac-when-I-can here. I’m curious, what do your web-logs say?

  38. Derpentine says:

    BSD brosef here, sometimes I play IF games remotely in bed; But mostly I just swap keyboards and play on my windows box. Gimme some good scifi IF that’s tty based and I’ll have no qualms with parting my vast irl gold for it.

  39. enderwiggum says:

    Linux User and RPS reader. I play games native to Linux when I can, and fall back to ‘wine’ when possible. Everything else I play from my Windows partition. Some games (like Borderlands) are worth it.

    Not so long ago, I played top-tier games on Linux. Doom III, yes the one from id Software, came out on Linux.

    Today, nobody even tries. In our modern world of “managed” multiplayer (Infinity Ward’s IWNet), corporate “dedicated” servers (EA’s Bad Company 2), and “Games for Windows LIVE”, I don’t see a bright future. I wouldn’t mind drinking the kool-aid, if the above technologies didn’t SUCK.

    Let the game companies be complacent. They should know better without us yelling at them. Let them learn the hard way, by destroying their own market. Linux, Mac, and PC gamers were just the beginning. Just wait, and you’ll see EA and Activision continue to produce buggy, bloated games riddled with DRM. Sooner or later they’ll croak, and then we’ll get to play a decent game again.

    Until then, I’ll be playing Quake II, on my personal dedicated server, running on Linux, with a fucking mouse!

  40. noom says:

    I am also aboard the dual-booting-XP-and-Ubuntu train (well, Kubuntu in my case, but whatev). If I didn’t game on the PC, I definitely wouldn’t have Windows installed.

  41. Jambe says:

    I use Linux for my NAS and Windows on my home PC’s. Work a bit with Linux but not much at home. I’ve read RPS from all three operating systems (and a few more besides).

  42. Bassism says:

    I use all three platforms. Mac for work and general use, Windows for gaming where necessary, and Linux to keep up with what’s going on in the open source world in the hopes that I can go back some day. (Not to say that there isn’t a lot of incredible stuff going on there, but for me and my workflow, Apple’s professional apps are second to none).

    I also game on all three platforms. I’ve been known to buy games specifically for being multiplatform, particularly when they support all three. One thing I really, really like about HIB 2 is that it inspired the development of brand new ports for a few of the games.

    Even I was surprised by the sales numbers. It’s been so ingrained into our minds that no gamer actually uses anything other than windows that it came as quite a shock. Granted, there are probably a lot of people who bought it out of principle, but that doesn’t explain how the perceived 10% became 50%, and ultimately doesn’t matter, because we still bought those games, thus the market exists.

    Hopefully devs will start looking more seriously at cross-platform development. Granted, it takes more work to write for multiple platforms, but compare DX with Windows/xbox to OGL which runs on Win/Mac/Linux/Smartphones/PS3/everything with a display. To my mind, it’s an obvious choice to spend x% more dev time if it means you can expand your target market by up to 50%, even before you get to consoles and handhelds.

    In short, as Vinraith alludes to, it’s just that much sweeter when you don’t have to reboot into another operating system in order to take a 20 minute game break. The indies seem to have learned some time ago that we’re a market worth catering too, and I hope that bigger studios start thinking this way too, especially since we live in a world where most big games are already ported to three very different platforms as a matter of course.

  43. JP says:

    So, Mac and Linux users, do you also read RPS?

    Deep breaths.

    Of course we do. A good chunk of the games you cover exist on these OS in one form or another.

    I really, really don’t see what we gain by defining the “PC gaming” in the site’s banner as “Windows Gaming”, guys. As many have pointed out, the glorious thing about the PC platform is that it is not narrow, and that nobody controls it. So it baffles me that for some the dividing line is usage of a specific OS – the OS made by a company that, without getting political, has had a rocky history of stewardship no less. In these days of dual-booting and emulators and virtual machines, the OS boundary is only a bit less arbitrary than whether you use ATI or Nvidia cards.

    In fact I’m only reminded of it when you specifically say things that other-ize Mac and Linux people. So please, just don’t do it anymore. Let PC gaming be PC gaming, not Windows gaming.

    • JP says:

      Put another way:

      What if a really fresh, interesting game came out that was Mac or Linux-exclusive? Would RPS honestly not cover it? That seems crazy.

      (In practice of course most devs would never be willing to limit their audience like that, but it’s gonna happen at some point.)

    • Thants says:

      It would be great if there wasn’t that dividing line of games being locked into Windows but there is. It seems reasonable for a PC gaming blog to focus on Windows because that’s what the vast majority of games are made for.

    • Urael says:

      But considering this isn’t the first time Linux of Mac have been mentioned by RPS – far from it, actually – I think the Hivemind agree with you that limiting the definition to Windows Only is perhaps too restrictive, although a natural consequence of gaming development being very heavily slanted towards that OS. Hell, they’ve even been known to argue that by strict definition Consoles are ‘Personal Computers’ as well…although I reckon it’ll be a frosty day in Pandemonium before the readership accepts that one. :)

    • DrGonzo says:

      I think it’s interesting that games are somehow OS biased. That there are specifically less games on mac and linux. When actually there is just a lot less software in general on mac and linux, so there are naturally less games.

  44. AimHere says:

    LInux user. I don’t have a windows partition or a windows box. If it isn’t native, or if it doesn’t run via wine or some other emulator, I don’t run it.

  45. Teddy Leach says:

    I’ve always wondered, what actually attracts people to using Linux? I’m asking partly because I’m planning on writing a piece on my blog about the Linux system and gaming on a Linux system. Could any kind souls oblige me?

    • thowland says:

      It’s solid- doesn’t crash out for no reason.

      I’m a developer, and the tools are far superior to those on other platforms.

      I can tune it up and down and have it do exactly what I want- I don’t get stuck with a million “servicehost” processes running and no clue what they do.

      The profound lack of malware is pretty great too.

      It’s harder to get started with Linux, but it’s way better for expert users.

    • Vinraith says:

      In addition to what thowland just said, for me the primary advantage is that Linux has a number of tools which, to my knowledge, simply have no equivalent in Windows. Xfig and xmgrace are key to my work, and I’ve never found a suitable replacement that runs under Windows. LaTeX writing is also easier in Linux thanks to easier command line support and handy free editors like nedit. In fact, anything that requires command line control is best run in Linux, since fighting with Windows gimped “DOS” windows is a real pain.

    • JNewt says:

      Depending on the distro, the UI can easily beat both Windows and Mac. I’m a developer who routinely tests code on all three platforms and I can honestly say that in terms of eye candy and easy to manipulate workspaces, Mac and Windows 7 are pretty clunky next to a good Ubuntu distro. Plus, package management!

    • Frye2k11 says:

      I am on Linux almost permanently. Gentoo, a DIY distibution, all optimized to run just on my hardware. I have Windows 7 running in a window all the time using VMware Workstation 7 in case I need some tool (modelling software and Visual C++ mostly). In fact one of my 4 desktops is a Windows desktop so I am running Linux and Windows 7 at the same time. Virtual machines are very close to gaming capability, surely that will happen this or next year. Some of you might want to install VMware or Virtualbox for windows and install Linux on that, so you don’t have to repartition and not only have a go at Linux but also find out what that virtualisation hype is all about. There is a free version that can do nearly everything the full version can. It really is good fun if you’re into that sort of thing.
      Quite a few games run flawless in Linux using Wine (playing Dead Space 2 and Fallout Vegas at the moment). Since I don’t play all that much anymore I barely touch my Windows 7 partition these days.

    • kikito says:

      To me the selling point was apt-get. I saw it for the first time years ago, and was mind-blown. That, and the fact that you don’t *have to* know the ins and outs I’d the system to use it comfortably. Now, hacking is encouraged, but not mandatory.

    • DrazharLn says:

      I use linux because the command line tools are massively powerful and well developed, because it encourages users to be smart (partly through the use of shells, partly through all that customizability and partly due to the superb software development platform it represents), because I can get or build pretty much any tool I need for free.

      Two biggest points:
      1) Linux is completely free and works better than Windows or Mac.
      2) Software development on linux is much better (a lot of this is due to bash (ubiquitious unix command line) being so damned good)

    • DrGonzo says:

      Linux does go wrong quite a lot. Or I have found it does, the idea that its far more stable than Windows amuses me. Yes, it has loads of advantages, but it does still crash and fuck up.

    • Faxmachinen says:

      It’s free. Since I enjoy building my own PCs, I’d rather put those 500$ towards better parts. Also, turning any old box into a webserver.

    • Urael says:

      I spent three and a half years trying to get into Linux, across various distros (Ubuntu -> Kunbuntu -> Sabayon -> Mandriva). In the end Windows 7 cured me of it, meaning I’m probably not the expert-level user who benefits most from Linux. I just found Windows far easier to get to grips with and maintain, if nowhere near as flashy as Linux can be (God I miss Compiz and KDE 4).

  46. P3RF3CT D3ATH says:

    Ubuntu user here. I dual boot Windows Vista and am anxiously awaiting Ubuntu 11.04.

    • Kaira- says:

      I actually got rid of Ubuntu some time ago because I just hated the Unity system. Sure it looks pretty, but I felt that it made using that OS for anything more than just music and web like a work, because everything was hidden so deep.

      A question of taste it is, of course. I liked Mint a lot more, but due to limited use I chose to use it in VirtualBox only. A shame, because I really like the virtual desktops, but for some reason when I install them on Windows it just doesn’t feel the same. If game’s were made as often for Linux as they are made for Windows (or hell, let’s be reasonable, if they were made even half as often!) I’d switch to Linux and wouldn’t look back.

  47. tempest says:

    Yet another Linux user here! I have Ubuntu on my laptop and work desktop, two Android phones (one with the operating system built from customized code by yours truly) and an Openmoko NeoFreerunner running SHR with a custom kernel.

    I still keep a Windows XP partition on my laptop for the games that either don’t come in Linux flavor or don’t work properly in Wine. Unfortunately, lately I haven’t been using it much for lack of time… Last things I played were Mass Effect 2 and Alpha Protocol, the former being a year ago…

    And, of course, I bought both humble bundles as a Linux user… that goes without saying.

  48. Emil.BB says:

    The same as above. Dualboot with W7 though, and the *only* thing I use it for is gaming. It’s kinda inconvient, I guess there is a kind of mental barrier, when you have to reboot your PC to play, it keeps you from playing “just 5 minutes” – it’s either a full session or not :/

  49. thowland says:

    Linux User

    RPS Reader

    playing lots of minecraft, since it works fine on my machine.

    Also happy purchaser of the humble bundle.

  50. Deston says:

    I used to be into Linux in a huge way. It was an excellent learning experience and I loved it when I had the time and motivation to tinker around. Especially with distros like Gentoo.

    These days I have an infrequently used Debian server in colo, and an Ubuntu VM image on my main box, but otherwise I spend all my time in Win 7. It really just boils down to convenience, which is something I’ve personally valued more as I’ve gotten older and found other things in life.

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