Desura Delivers Client for Linux Gamers
After remaining in development for two years, the team behind Desura has delivered a Linux client that can give Linux users 65 game titles through a simple installation. Softpedia quotes Scott Reismanis, Desura's founder on the milestone: "After an extensive two month beta, we are proud to unlock Desura for all Linux users and shift our attention toward adding to the more than 65 Linux games already offered." You can install the Desura client here, and quickly start playing games. It also sounds like the Desura team is serious about encouraging development of many more game titles.
We've reported on efforts to improve the state of Linux gaming a number of times. The EVO gaming console got quite a bit of attention on this front, but it's still true that Linux users have far fewer choices when it comes to compelling games than users of Windows and the Mac have.
According to the Desura blog:
"Desura is a community driven digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content from developers at gamers fingertips, ready to buy and play....We don't make games ourselves, so we are entirely focused on helping game developers and publishers show off their wares. All tools and functionality provided by Desura to game developers, are provided to empower them to create a better game, and share its features in all their glory with the Desura community. Developers control the flow of news, images, videos and content through their profiles - we don't put up walls and barriers."
The games available now range from sports titles to action and adventure games. Desura also sifts games for which are most popular. Prices for games range from under $2 to over $20, and some of the more expensive games look quite sophisticated.
This effort will be worth watching, especially if Desura can convince enough developers to deliver games for Linux users. So far, it looks like an engaged community is definitely taking shape.