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Linux Support Unlikely For GOG.com

GOG.com's head of marketing and PR, Trevor Longino confirmed that Linux support for game's bought through the website is very unlikely.

Longino confirmed the unfortunate news to GamingOnLinux.com. The lack of Linux support does not come from technical hurdles per se, but rather due to GOG.com's policies and its insistence on being able to offer worthwhile customer support. GOG.com has a policy where if it cannot get a game running on a customer's computer, it will offer a full refund. Longino said, "The architecture of Linux with many common distros, each of them updating fairly often, makes it incredibly challenging for any digital distribution company to be able to properly test the game in question, and then provide support for the release – all of which our users are accustomed to."

Longino did entertain the idea of basically letting Linux customers deal with unforeseeable issues with games themselves, but GOG.com doesn't consider that a "viable business model." Longino said, "Our model has its drawbacks, as we cannot make everyone happy, but, as of now, we don't plan on introducing Linux support in the foreseeable future."

[Source: GamingOnLinux, via Destructoid]

 

Our Take
GOG.com makes a reasonable case for the lack of Linux support, but unfortunately it doesn't help Linux users interested in playing classic PC games. If you want to play games on a computer, it looks like you're going to have to stick with Windows.

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