It’s no lie: legendary first person shooter and puzzle mashup Portal is now available to all Linux users. Developers Valve today pulled the Linux version of the game out of beta, meaning anyone with Steam for Linux installed can now purchase and download Portal for $9.99 US.
Linux gaming rigs? Yup, they’re happening. With Valve’s Steam on Linux and a forthcoming Valve Steambox using Steam to run Linux games, the future is looking up for gaming on Linux. You can even install Ubuntu and Steam on a computer today, plugging it into your TV and using the big picture mode interface. The missing piece of the hardware puzzle is a controller. Luckily, Microsoft’s ubiquitous Xbox 360 controller functions well with Linux.
Linux gaming has recently seen an increase in popular titles, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t have good games before the arrival of Steam. Nexuiz is one of several such titles that remains a popular game to play on Linux for both old and new users.
If you’d like a historic twist on games like Civilization akin to Age of Empires, but want a free, open source, and cross-platform game, then 0 A.D. is exactly what you’re looking for.