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Comment: Re:Only a Matter of Time Now (Score 1) 132

Linux will be the premier gaming platform on the PC and on its own console, and Valve will be the company that made it happen.

Valve will be the ones who made it happen, but the Humble Bundles are what made it possible. The groundwork for this has been laid over a long time, by a lot of people.

Comment: Re:pleasant surprise (Score 1) 281

by Confusador (#46107899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

I agree with you in the short term, but I think Valve is playing a long game here. The current Steamboxes are inferior to consoles, but in a few years when you can get a Steambox with better specs and the consoles haven't changed it may be a different story. And when the next generation of consoles doesn't have backwards compatibility, but Steamboxes do, the game selection problem will be gone. If they're targeting for the long term, they don't need all the secondary services right away; they need the base platform to be stable and then they can start pushing for compatibility (Skype already runs on Debian, but Netflix will be important).

Right now they're just trying to bootstrap themselves out of a chicken-and-egg problem. We probably won't have a good idea of how successful they'll be for 5 years.

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