Any would-be Linux gamers in the house?
Steam, a digital distribution and social gaming platform, has been instrumental in the revitalization of PC gaming that's occurred over the last several years.
The rise of Linux
"We're looking for Linux gamers to install and test our new Steam for Linux client," read a new page at valvesoftware.com, though the note added that only experienced Linux users need apply.
One has to wonder whether there is any other kind.
Compare that to OS X's 8.7 percent, and Windows' hold on everyone else.
But with Valve trumpeting the death of Windows, Linux may be able to pick up steam by gaining Steam, leaving us to wonder: could Windows actually lose users to Linux?
A slow start
The answer eludes us for now, but either way, Steam for Linux is off to a humble start.
The beta will feature a bare-bones version of the platform, with only a single Valve game available to players. That game will likely be the multiplayer zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2.
Newer Steam features, like Big Picture mode, won't be available yet in this version of Steam for Linux, and during this test phase players will be limited to that single game.
Via The Next Web
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Michael Rougeau is a former freelance news writer for TechRadar. Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Northeastern University, Michael has bylines at Kotaku, 1UP, G4, Complex Magazine, Digital Trends, GamesRadar, GameSpot, IFC, Animal New York, @Gamer, Inside the Magic, Comic Book Resources, Zap2It, TabTimes, GameZone, Cheat Code Central, Gameshark, Gameranx, The Industry, Debonair Mag, Kombo, and others.
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