Saturday, September 14, 2013

Virtual Worlds : Why Am I Focusing On Linux as opposed to Win or Mac ? : And What Does PC Gaming or Virtual Worlds have to do with it ??

By Avatar JayR Cela

    Basically it boils down to this, Money $$$ and I like the Command Line.

    My first real computer was an Atari 800, before that a Commodore Vic20, and I went to a Jr. College where we used an IBM 360, LOL / WOW ! that's Going Way Back in the time machine, from there it was PC Clones and DOS. Then Windows 3.0 came along and I sort of lost track of my root's.

    Windows, Apple's OSX, and Linux are not going away, at least anytime soon. But when ya really think about it, most or at least a large portion of the Global Computer Network or World Wide Web is based on Linux Server technology.

    I live on a fixed income, so money is really tight, and I need to spend what extra $ I do have as efficiently as possible. Purchasing a new computer every 4 or so years is out of the question for me, so I repair them when they break. I have several, and believe me things do wear out

    So where does the future of gaming come into play, as far as Gaming and Virtual World Content Creation fit in, at least in my mind. It will be Linux !!!

JayR Cela :_)


Lord said...

I just don't know JayR...seeing how big a hit gaming is on Ios and Android (Candy Mush Anyone ?), and seeing how ChromeOS and Android are getting some loving, I think Linux may not have overcome the 'it's not simple enough' notion most gaming consumers have of it. Just a thought ?

JayR Cela said...

Hi there Lord,

Good question, I'm glad you asked. First off let's just dismiss Mac right off the bat, for gaming. Not that Mac's are not capable of doing really spectacular games, for one reason or another, the Mac gaming world is not exactly setting the world on fire, except IOS and that uses OpenGL, OpenSL and SDL, so does Android and so does Linux.

DirectX is MS Win(X-Box)specific, and therefore limited to Window's only.products. The recent announcement's circulating of Valve's SteamBox being based on the Linux Kernel and other current events, cost of development is another biggie.

Sony PS-series and Nintendo games are all OpenGl..... etc.. and by the way, Chrome OS and Android and FireFox OS or what ever they are calling it are all based on Linux so is OSX in one way shape form or another.

Linden Lab uses Debian for their server architecture, so does the newly acquired Desura Indie game distribution platform, again cost comes into the picture, OpenGL-SL-SDL are all GPL open source (free) alternatives to the propitiatory DX platform, and I believe if Valve put's there muscle behind the Steam Box initiative we will see some big changes within the next year, perhaps two years.

I do agree with you that the current state of affairs and perception by the general public is that Linux is for nerds and propeller heads only. Lets face the facts, if you are unfamiliar with, or afraid of the Command Line. then Linux, is still not quite ready Yet!!

Thanks for posting your comment Lord / Byee for now

JayR Cela :_)