Gaming, and games, are a great opportunity for Linux proliferation. I keep saying that since last year success at FDC09 in Florence (Italy). They are also a good magnet for people just walking through stands in any Expo.
I feel it on my skin and that’s what people running Windows tell me. They just keep it on their HD because of games, mostly. They want to play Age of Empires, GTA, PES and whatever. They just don’t care about the rest. For these people, Wine is not an option, they don’t want to spend their free time struggling trying to make their game working. They want things working, period.
The only thing we can do, as Linux distributors and “moderate” Free Software activists, is to keep making things working out-of-the-box, providing a solid and reliable platform, STOP breaking APIs every other day, lobbying the Gaming industry, and hope.
I am one of many people out there ready to pay the double to play native games under Linux. We’re a lot, and want to have fun, too.
I tell you, things are starting to change, slowly but steadily, Phoronix.com keeps pushing on the “Gaming” button every day, keeping the hype and expectations high. That’s the right direction, and I really hope that 2011 will be remembered as the “Gaming on Linux” year.