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50 games for the free OS available right NOW!

A while ago, [url=]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!

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 classics, like &[url=]Flatout 2, , <a href="">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 catalog: [url=]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
Bionic Dues
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold - first time on Linux!
Blake Stone: Planet Strike - first time on Linux!
Bloodnet - first time on Linux!
CLARC - first time on Linux!
Darklands - first time on Linux!
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
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
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
Stargunner - first time on Linux!
SteamWorld Dig
Super Hexagon
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Sword of the Samurai - first time on Linux!
Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build on the way!)

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

"OK, but how will Linux support actually work on" - you might ask. For both native Linux versions, as well as special builds prepared by our team, 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 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 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=" target="_blank]our very first time[/url] with Linux. Happy launch day, everyone!
That's great news GOG! Thank you for listening to us, and providing official Linux support. I will be sure to buy games from you guys whenever I get the chance.
Well, I just sprang for Last Federation, only thing in the promo that I'm interested in and don't already own through Humble... (although I only bought Long Live the Queen a little ago because you'd said Linux was that right!)

Thanks guys.
It`s a very good news! Thank`s you very very much, GOG-team!
Switching to Linux makes zero sense to me personally just now as i use OSX for content creation & Windows for gaming. Gaming is the only aspect i use Windows for.

But it'll be interesting to see where gaming on Linux will be in the next 5/10 years from now due to more developers supporting the niche platform and the arrival of SteamOS and Steam Machines in 2015.

Whether we'll see games like Batman: Arkham Knight, etc running natively on Linux/SteamOS remains to be seen and only time will tell...I would love to see it though.

I would only switch from gaming on Windows to Linux/SteamOS if the latter market share was 50/50 or above and my Windows only titles were ported to the platform.

Until then, there is no point in switching to Linux/SteamOS. Linux maybe the future of gaming as some are claiming, but at present it's nowhere near it.

Anyway, well done to GOG for supporting the platform.
Post edited July 24, 2014 by JumpinJackFlash
Thank you!!! I can now stop straying to Steam and the Humble Store :-)
Amazing stuff GOG! I'm glad you stepped up :) Linux needs more love, always!
Fantastic news and happy to hear it.

With SteamOS based on Debian as opposed to Ubuntu, I'm surprised you chose Ubuntu instead of Debian. I've been tending to Mint lately, so selfishly I'm appreciate it, but I just figured you might attract more games being more compatible with SteamOS.

In case I phrased that in an unintended way, please do not consider it negative in any way. Just a curiosity.
JudasIscariot: Then to run your game just type something like this:


Games with longer titles should be ran like so:


(You can TAB complete the game names so this saves you time :) )

Is this meant to execute the game regardless of which directory the terminal is currently sitting in? I seem to have to manually navigate to /usr/games beforehand or include the full file path when running the script.

Something I've also noticed (and may be related to the above question): My current distro, Antergos (based on Arch), did not have /usr/games from the off, causing the install script to throw up an error trying to write to a folder that did not exist. I had to manually create that folder first, after which the installer ran without a hitch.

Beyond that and having to install libpng12 to get DOSBox working (this doesn't seem to be mentioned on the gamecards for DOSBox games, though I don't know if that's usually auto-installed with Ubuntu/Mint), I'm a happy bunny right now. :)
Did not expect early Linux support. Nice work GOG. Looks like I need to pick up a couple of games today.
shmerl: xdg-user-dirs wasn't installed for me, so didn't work. Installing it fixes that.

I think you should host all those scripts somewhere on github, so users could propose enhancements and etc. One I can think of right way for example allowing using distro native Dosbox as an option.
JudasIscariot: If this happened on a supported distro could you send us a ticket, please? I tested a few final release candidate builds and we never needed to install xdg-user-dirs.
I'm using Debian testing, however it doesn't mean that on supported distros that package can't be missing in some cases too. Anyway, the errors produced when it failed are quite sufficient to deduce what the problem is and find a needed package.
Post edited July 24, 2014 by shmerl
mkell_226: I'm just happy because maybe (*MAYBE*) now people will shut up about it.
shmerl: May be if your platform wasn't supported, you'd also ask to add such support. What is there to be upset about? Giving more choice is better.
I'm not upset in the slightest, but the constant haranguing got very old, and I hope we've seen the last of it.

...on this subject, anyway...
That is great!

Now if the gog downloader could work on Linux as well, it would even be at least 20% cooler ... :D

(My use case: I spend most of my time on Linux, and only boot under Win for games; furthermore I have a smallish SSD for WIn, but a huge HDD for Linux, thus it's far easier to download and store things under Linux. So the downloader is, in my case and at the present time, more needed than the actual games under Linux. Of course, as more games become Linux friendly, the need for having Windows at all shall vanish.)
Barefoot_Monkey: An Ubuntu logo makes sense, since that's the operating system that GOG's claiming to support, ...
They claim to support Linux and not just Ubuntu, and the logo for that is Tux the penguin. Nothing else.


So it would make more sense to have the penguin as logo, and not the logo of ONE distribution only.
Thank you! \( ^^)/