SteamOS – Bringing Gaming and a ‘Lot of Others’ to Linux

Video Games – The Reason why I haven’t completely switched to Linux yet. I mean it seriously, as an exclusive PC gamer and a full-time user. I know what Linux systems are capable of and what they are not for this matter.

With SteamOS, Valve might just revolutionize the PC gaming industry all over again and this time it just might not be in favor of the dominating Windows system after all.

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SteamOS as some might know it, is a Linux Based Operating system for the hardcore gamers out there, and   . . . . . . . . . . . . .   that is pretty much what it is. I know it does not sound all too impressive at the moment and quite frankly the initial results are not compelling enough to make someone switch to the new ‘beta‘ system.

But what really matters here, is the potential this thing holds for the PC gaming crowd, I really hope that all other PC gamers like me have had a chance to try out Linux and once you do I sure most would have been overwhelmed at the staggering amount of features and control thrown at you, yet disappointed once you realise that Linux Systems can’t play your games properly (Don’t mention WINE in the comments, I’ve tried it doesn’t work)

SteamOS brings promise, I do not know how this is going to work out, if there’s going to be a ‘package’  or some completely different version of a specific distribution, but a revolution is coming and you will soon be able to play “games for windows” on your preferred Linux distribution. The reason how this is going to make a big difference is by finally giving open-source software some respect for the great work that can be done using it and appreciating the people make them.

For some of you who are thinking how the gamers are going to create a market shift from Windows to Linux, know this – “We are not short in number” If you play games then you are a gamer, and I know that the reason why some of you haven’t yet switched to Linux is because of those few games you would like to play once in a while.

Let’s just hope this works out and we can finally get rid of that pesky and annoying dual-boot screen.

Games and Films as Art

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI think its better I don’t randomly rant in the comments about why I included this specific post in this specific category again and again. So let me start by presenting and explaining a few important and solid points in the simplest possible way (mathematically of course) :

>>  games and films are a medium of storytelling  >>

>>  storytelling is literature  >>   literature is art . ||

This implies,

          >> games and films are art.

Hence Proved.

What is Storytelling?

neural connections" When you learn something new, your brain rewires and a new neural connection is made, which if brought into practice strengthens. "

Storytelling is the art of delivering experiences, experiences that leave a new neural connection.

It is quite simple actually, (that is again, if you understand my mathematical explanation) literature has long been used to tell wonderful stories, stories that engage, stories that inspire, stories that have left a mark on society, stories which can thus be considered art.

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Literature does this by using the readers imagination – you imagine these worlds, people and stories similar to the ones imagined by the author and they are very well successful in delivering the underlying experience intended for the reader. I admit that they do their own thing in their own way, yet it is simply one way of delivering a storytelling experience.

How do Games and Movies do it?

Let’s start with movies, movies are again in many ways similar to books or literature but at the same time whereas literature relies on the readers imagination, Movies do not do so, they deliver the exact visuals, audio, sequence and direction predetermined by the creators, yet again this is their way of doing it.

Video Games come in between both of these mediums in terms of how they engage the mind of the person pursuing one of above activities. Unlike Books, they are more restricted in what they provide. Yet, unlike Movies either, they add the element of interactivity, the ability to tell your own stories. Games like LIMBO or Far Cry 3 showcase this, yet all games possess this.

Games Remain to be Accepted.

Not all, but some Movies have been accepted as being a form of art but games remain to be included in this category of mature and meaningful content (which by the way, some games are full of).

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“Why?” is all that I ask, many people still think of games as stuff for kids – immature and stupid. At the very most some people accept it as a medium for ‘relaxation‘, we all know that it is a very specific genre these people are referring to here in the immense world of gaming.

A very few, selected amount of people consider some of these games to be ‘Art’. But the truth is most of them are closer to art than these people think, closer than movies, closer to literature, right there with the people I haven’t discussed yet ‘Painters’, you know,  like Leonardo Da Vinci for example!