I don’t know why I felt like sharing this and I wouldn’t blame you if you decided to scroll right past it, but I do feel like sharing it so here you go:
Am I the only one who has found PC gaming is actually more fun on Linux?
How would having less games to choose from be more fun right?
And why would games be any more or less fun to play on a different OS?
It kinda sounds illogical, but weirdly that’s been my experience.
Last year while I was still on Windows, I was increasingly feeling bored of gaming and had a total lack of interest in the games available. I wasn’t seeing much that looked particularly appealing to me.
I switched to Linux shortly after the “Proton Bombshell” was dropped by Valve, it was what gave me the confidence to make the leap, after investigating my own game library and finding the majority of games in my library ran natively or via Proton.
Since switching to Linux, I’ve become a bit ‘invested’ I guess you could say in Linux gaming’s future, I’ve really ‘joined the team’, and I’ve taken to buying games that have native Linux ports as a way of supporting the game devs that support Linux.
Seeing a game has a native Linux port is a bit of motivation for me to give it more consideration than I would in the past, so I’ve been buying more games, games I wouldn’t have bought before because I didn’t have enough interest in them.
Hence I’ve been playing more games too, games I would have never played before, and enjoying games I would have never expected to enjoy.
The games I’m seeing on Steam are also different to before, now I have my store preferences set to only show me games with native Linux ports, there are games on the front page I would have never seen before.
And is it me, or are games that run natively on Linux, usually better?
Maybe not in terms of budget and graphics, but usually better gameplay. Not because they run on Linux natively, that’d be silly, but I just mean generally the quality of gameplay in a game developed for multiple OSes is usually better than a game only developed for Windows?
I’m starting to think perhaps the reason why is because a game made by a game developer willing to support more platforms and more stores, especially something as still pretty niche as Linux, is a game developer that cares more about customer satisfaction than purely ROI decision making, and hence puts more effort into the quality of their gameplay as well for the same reason, and maybe that’s why those games are better on average?
Even if I switched back to Windows at this point, I think I’d still aim for those Windows/Linux/Mac games because of this discovery.
There’s also a lot of excitement in the Linux gaming crowd whenever a new big game comes out, rather than before on Windows where you just simply expect every new big game to be available, because why wouldn’t it be. It kinda makes you pay attention more to new games and get a bit more excited if they’re available to play. There’s also a lot more ‘community’ in Linux gaming.
Since switching to Linux, weirdly with fewer games on offer, I’ve found myself buying and playing more games, more excited about the games I’m getting, and enjoying better games, .. so I’m weirdly having more fun than before.
Anyone else had that experience?