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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Steam for Linux


From: Michał 'rysiek' Woźniak
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Steam for Linux
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2012 13:51:34 +0100
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Dnia czwartek, 8 listopada 2012 o 13:39:50 Alexey Eromenko napisał(a):
> On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 7:02 AM, Yogesh Girikumar 
<address@hidden> wrote:
> > On 8 November 2012 16:07, Alexey Eromenko <address@hidden> 
wrote:
> >> There is no equivalent of Warcraft III or Skyrim in the
> >> Open-Source world. The commercial-proprietary world is the only
> >> one that makes quality games.
> > 
> > Those games or their equivalents would require dedicated
> > programmers working full time. They need pay. I think there must
> > be a foundation that funds such initiatives.
> 
> Foundation ? huh ?
> 
> I have heard that Skyrim development costs top over $100 million.
> Skyrim created a huge virtual world, like a country in area and
> fully 3D.
> I doubt that any foundation can finance that kind of thing.

First of all, how do you know these funds have been effectively spent? 
Maybe it could be possible to do it for less?

Secondly, Windows kernel development probably took a baijillion of 
dollars. That did not stop Linux from being developed without such 
funding.

And finally, never underestimate NGOs and the sheer power of large 
numbers of interested people. Just look at what's happening on 
Kickstarter and other crowdfunding places. Iron Sky was partly 
financed by crowdfunding.

Instead of looking for reasons to say "it's impossible", why don't we 
look at possibilities and *how* we can make that possible?

Also, I personally believe Steam on Linux is a *good* thing for now, 
as it means more people, more software, more visibility for this 
platform. But we must start working on libre alternatives (like 
Desura) ASAP, so that when the devs will get to Linux and start 
breathing the air of freedom - and some of them will want to open-
source their games - they have a way.

-- 
Pozdrawiam
Michał "rysiek" Woźniak

Fundacja Wolnego i Otwartego Oprogramowania

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