Nobody is a bigger critic of Microsoft than me, but if you're a Linux gamer, it's time to go buy a copy of Windows.Idiot! That's a great plan. Here's what the author was really thinking: "The key to enjoying and supporting gaming on GNU/Linux is...ah, screw it, look at those SHINY NEW WINDOWS VISTA BOXES!"
I'm all for honest assessments of the state of GNU/Linux gaming, but any article that doesn't mention native versions of Unreal Tournament, Doom 3, Quake 4, Darwinia, and many other games (see TuxGames for an exhaustive list) isn't worth a pitcher of warm spit. And the misguided focus on WINE-based gaming...ARGH!
ARGH is right. I find it terribly annoying that people think that Cedega/Wine IS gaming on Linux-based systems, or that providing a server is good enough to "support the cause".
If I have to choose between Half-Life 2 and Doom 3, I am going to have to go with Doom 3. It's just less of a hassle for me.
I doubt I will see Supreme Commander on Gnu/Linux as anything more than a server, but why should I buy a copy of it and hope that Wine works when I can play any of the natively available games?
And there are quite a few indie games available as well. Garage Games sells a few, and I've had fun beta testing the newly released Dirk Dashing.
No, I'm not playing FEAR or any number of new games, but I am having fun.
A pitcher of warm spit? Ew.