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50 games for the free OS available right NOW!

A while ago, [url=http://www.gog.com/news/gogcom_soon_on_more_platforms]we've announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We've put much time and effort into this project and now we've found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We're still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we've decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It's not about them, after all, it's about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on our community wishlist is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!

The first 50+ titles we've have in store for you come from all the corners of our DRM-Free catalog. Note that we've got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. That's over twenty fan-favorite GOG.com classics, like &[url=http://www.gog.com/game/flatout_2]Flatout 2, , <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/darklands">Darklands, or Realms of the Haunting we've personally ushered one by one into the welcoming embrace of Linux gamers. That's already quite a nice chunk of our back-catalog, and you can expect more from our dedicated Linux team soon!

Now, for the recent titles. We've got some indie games with native Linux versions that finally find their well-deserved spot in our store. Among them, debuting on Linux, - a well received original comedic Sci-Fi puzzler. On top of that, be on the lookout for two new additions to the GOG.com catalog: [url=http://www.gog.com/game/gods_will_be_watching]Gods Will Be Watching (coming in a couple of hours) and Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build coming right up!), both of them very fresh and intriguing. This is the very first time we can provide you with all the PC versions of a premiere game, and we will continue to do so in the future. If there's a Linux version of a title we're releasing, our aim is to deliver it to you Day-1. But enough about us, let's talk about the games. Here's what you can be playing on Linux today:

Anomaly Warzone Earth
Ascendant
Bionic Dues
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold - first time on Linux!
Blake Stone: Planet Strike - first time on Linux!
Bloodnet - first time on Linux!
Braveland
CLARC - first time on Linux!
Darklands - first time on Linux!
Darwinia
Defcon
Don't Starve + DLC
Dragonsphere - first time on Linux!
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
FlatOut - first time on Linux!
Flatout 2 - first time on Linux!
Fragile Allegiance - first time on Linux!
Gemini Rue
Gods Will Be Watching
Hammerwatch
Hocus Pocus - first time on Linux!
Kentucky Route Zero
The Last Federation
Legend of Grimrock
Litil Divil - first time on Linux!
Long Live the Queen
MouseCraft
Multiwinia
Normality - first time on Linux!
Pinball Gold Pack - first time on Linux!
Pinball World - first time on Linux!
Pirates! Gold Plus - first time on Linux!
Realms of the Haunting - first time on Linux!
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender - first time on Linux!
Rise of the Triad: Dark War - first time on Linux!
Shattered Haven
The Shivah HD
Sid Meier's Colonization - first time on Linux!
Sid Meier's Covert Action - first time on Linux!
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Slipstream 5000 - first time on Linux!
Space Pirates and Zombies
Spacechem
Stargunner - first time on Linux!
SteamWorld Dig
Super Hexagon
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Sword of the Samurai - first time on Linux!
Teslagrad
Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build on the way!)
Uplink
VVVVVV

As if this wasn't exciting enough, we've put more than half of these titles on a special promo! Head out to the promo page and find out which of them you can get up to 75% off until Tuesday, 9:59AM GMT. Of course, all of the games from the list above that you already own will be updated with Linux versions with no additional cost for you, just as you might have expected from GOG.com.

"OK, but how will Linux support actually work on GOG.com" - you might ask. For both native Linux versions, as well as special builds prepared by our team, GOG.com will provide distro-independent tar.gz archives and support convenient DEB installers for the two most popular Linux distributions: Ubuntu and Mint, in their current and future LTS editions. Helpful and responsive customer support has always been an important part of the GOG.com gaming experience. We wouldn't have it any other way when it comes to Linux, and starting today our helpdesk offers support for our official Linux releases on Ubuntu and Mint systems.

Diversity and freedom of choice have always been an important part of the GOG.com way. We're very glad that we could improve our service with the addition of the free (and DRM-Free) alternative to the commercial operating systems. Talking with gamers is just as important, so we're counting on your feedback! If you've got any questions, suggestions, or run into any trouble, just tell us in the forum thread below this post. Just please be gentle, this is [url=http://youtu.be/qBxbPts5tOk" target="_blank]our very first time[/url] with Linux. Happy launch day, everyone!
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Thank you Kristian for Don't Starve and its DLC .
Post edited July 27, 2014 by ne_zavarj
This is awesome! How does one run the graphics mode setup? That function is incredibly useful in windows for avoiding the usual blurry lcd look, and I'd love it if the linux versions of the games could have this feature.
Post edited July 27, 2014 by shmerl
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stevenstarar: This is awesome! How does one run the graphics mode setup? That function is incredibly useful in windows for avoiding the usual blurry lcd look, and I'd love it if the linux versions of the games could have this feature.
Go to where you have your game of choice installed and type

./start.sh --settings

and that should get you a settings menu in terminal :)
Post edited July 27, 2014 by JudasIscariot
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stevenstarar: This is awesome! How does one run the graphics mode setup? That function is incredibly useful in windows for avoiding the usual blurry lcd look, and I'd love it if the linux versions of the games could have this feature.
First, which game? Different games put their resolution settings in different places.

Second, if you mean a DOSBox game that only runs in VGA Mode 13h (320x200 at 256 colors), you can edit the dosbox-gamename.conf file in the game's install directory and change the scaler=normal2x line to something with a "3" or "4" in the name like scaler=hq3x so DOSBox's specialized scalers do more of the work before handing off to your LCD's blurry scaler.
Its great to finally have those Tarballs. Playing Duke Nukem with the Open-Source engine Eduke32 has become a few commands easier :D

Serious request here: Why not get Unreal out for Linux? There is a Linux Engine for Unreal I AND II, which runs really great, an easy Install from GOG would be awesome. Bonus: You can also release Rune for Linux, since it also has a Linux client and uses the Unreal engine (less work seting it up).

Unreal for Linux!

(One of the best shooters ever made and you're not selling the Linux version...come on GOG!)
Post edited July 27, 2014 by Verdan
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Verdan: Its great to finally have those Tarballs. Playing Duke Nukem with the Open-Source engine Eduke32 has become a few commands easier :D

Serious request here: Why not get Unreal out for Linux? There is a Linux Engine for Unreal I AND II, which runs really great, an easy Install from GOG would be awesome. Bonus: You can also release Rune for Linux, since it also has a Linux client and uses the Unreal engine (less work seting it up).

Unreal for Linux!

(One of the best shooters ever made and you're not selling the Linux version...come on GOG!)
It's not that simple. GOG will need to consult Epic and renegotiate their contract in order to obtain the rights to release the Linux version.

As for Rune, that's a separate matter, as they'll have to speak to Human Head or "Nine Realms", whoever they are.
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JudasIscariot: We are offering Linux versions of games
FYI, your TOS should be updated to include Linux: https://secure.gog.com/support/policies/terms_of_use

Now it says:

Use of the Service requires a Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac OS X version 10.6.8+ system, natively installed on a computer that meets or exceeds the minimum hardware and software specifications, shown on the Product Pages of the Service. GOG Games are not tested on virtual machine software and therefore we do not support playing through them. It is the Users' responsibility to check that their computer meets or exceeds the minimum hardware requirements, and matches the software specifications required to run the game(s).
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MrPointless: As for Rune, that's a separate matter, as they'll have to speak to Human Head or "Nine Realms", whoever they are.
Native Linux version of Rune is quite old. There is a demo available on-line. It's pretty hard or close to impossible to run it normally on current Linux. So unless someone will make a new native port, using that old release from Loki would be pretty hard for GOG as is.
Post edited July 27, 2014 by shmerl
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MrPointless: As for Rune, that's a separate matter, as they'll have to speak to Human Head or "Nine Realms", whoever they are.
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shmerl: Native Linux version of Rune is quite old. There is a demo available on-line. It's pretty hard or close to impossible to run it normally on current Linux. So unless someone will make a new native port, using that old release from Loki would be pretty hard for GOG as is.
At least for Archlinux there is a Package for the CD version of rune that runs fine.
Just want to express approval for GOG on Linux. Bought FlatOut already. Cheers
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ne_zavarj: edit :

Thank you Kristian for Don't Starve and its DLC .
No problem :)
YEAH! Celebrating time! Now I´ve got a one more reason (and a strong one) to full conversion from Windows to Linux (yeah, GNU and blah blah, Mint favorite one)!
related video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njos57IJf-0
Epic update! GOG has entered a new era!
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GOG.com: 50 games for the free OS available right NOW!

Diversity and freedom of choice have always been an important part of the GOG.com way. We're very glad that we could improve our service with the addition of the free (and DRM-Free) alternative to the commercial operating systems. Talking with gamers is just as important, so we're counting on your feedback! If you've got any questions, suggestions, or run into any trouble, just tell us in the forum thread below this post. Just please be gentle, this is [url=http://youtu.be/qBxbPts5tOk" target="_blank]our very first time[/url] with Linux. Happy launch day, everyone!
Great news, thank you!
I wonder, however, why games with native Linux binaries like Trine are not listed as Linux supported.