Commercial Linux Games

Nintendo emulator and Steam, on a gaming laptop running Linux.

This is the real clincher for some people, when choosing to try Linux. Well, if gaming's your thing then Linux has more than enough to keep you busy. Between indie games, emulators, Chrome apps (Threat: Google trackers.), Steam (Threat: Google trackers.) and GOG (Threat: Google trackers.) there's plenty on offer.

Think of Linux as a different gaming platform and see what it brings to the party. Nobody says you *can't* have an Xbox, or a PlayStation, or a gaming PC running Windows but they're not about freedom. They actively prevent it and sometimes we have to make sacrifices, to bring about change. Ultimately there's a trade off between enjoying the latest shiny toys and maintaining personal privacy and security. It's generally safer to stick with open source community software.

Steam and GOG are potential security risks, like any commercial app stores. They require personal information, the games cost money and the code isn't open, so that's a choice you have to make. If you're comfortable with that, dive in! It has taken a long time to get high-profile games onto Linux (officially) and it's worth supporting them. It's also fertile ground for beta testers and indie developers at the moment. Get involved if you want some fun but be careful about your data and who you trust it with -- especially in chat windows! (Threats: Facebook, Google Analytics.)

Some of the many Linux games:
Alien: Isolation, Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands, Braid, Civilization, Costume Quest, Counterstrike, DiRT Showdown, Dying Light, Football Manager, Half Life, Left 4 Dead, Metro Redux, Overlord, Pixel Junk, Portal, Saints Row, Shadowrun, Star Wars, The Witcher, Tomb Raider, Xcom...  and the list keeps on growing!

How about some games consoles powered by Linux?
Steam Machines (Threat: Google Analytics.)

Or develop your own games with Linux, easily, for Android, iOS, Linux, Mac and Windows.
AppGameKit (Threat: Google Fonts/API.)

Up-to-date game news and info. (Threat: Google Fonts/API.)