Gaming on Linux: I’ll Stick With Wine, Please

There’s been some discussion lately about promoting Linux as a gaming platform in order to win the struggle against proprietary operating systems. It’s an interesting idea, but I don’t think it meshes well with reality. Here’s why.

First, this concept presupposes that “Gamers are adventurous folks,” and “Linux adopters often need to be adventurous in order to even install a new operating system.” First of all, I know a lot of gamers who are actually not particularly adventurous when it comes to computers. Playing World of Warcraft may mean that you like having adventures in fictional worlds, but it doesn’t mean you like your operating systems adventurous, too.

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