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The "Killer" Linux Game: We're Still Waiting

After several years of slim pickings for Linux gamers, things have really begun to heat up on the Linux and open source gaming front. Valve has been cooking up prototypes for Linux-based Steam machine living room game consoles, based on Intel Core processors. Many people are excited about these, given Valve’s success with other platforms. The $99 Ouya gaming console is also gaining attention, although some are questioning how committed developers are to it. But many observers are convinced that what is missing is one truly killer game for Linux or another open source platform. It is true, after all, that from the time of the early flight simulator games to Halo running on the Xbox, a single super-attractive title can pave the way for success for a gaming console. Lars Gustavsson is creative director for EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE), the Electronic Arts studio that does the Battlefield series. He recently told Polygon  that DICE would love to delve into Linux games, and had this to say about the ever elusive "killer game:" "We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason. It took Halo for the first Xbox to kick off and go crazy — usually, it

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