After reading this thread, I've come across a kind of enlightenment. Maybe I can start a group of people that port older games that have released code to Linux. With volunteer projects like this, I could get my foot in the door at video game studios.
Any ideas on this whole schpeel? Anyone else interested in joining in?
I've also thought about making a halflife or unreal tournament mod, maybe even making it open source.
Any experience/ideas/contributions to my ideas here?
Addendum: I'm starting to lean towards an "Unreal Tournament" mod. Maybe open source, maybe not. UT is available for linux (and has a big backing with open source tools and stuff).