Valve’s Left4Dead: DirectX Curse

Valve Software has released their latest game, Left4Dead.  This is a zombie thriller game and I’d like to give it a try.  I love Valve games and I love zombies, so this should be my favorite game of the year, right?

Well I won’t find out, possibly for years to come.  I play Valve’s games under  Linux (unsupported) via WINE.  WINE’s DirectX support is pretty solid through DirectX 8 and I can play Team Fortress 2, Portal, Counter-Strike: Source, HL2 + Episodes, etc.  They run just fine on my system and I have fun.

As of Left4Dead, Valve has dropped DirectX 8 support.  I look at the game on the WINE AppDB and the word is it runs fine, but slow as a dog.  So I don’t buy it.

This is an example of sales prevention.  Valve already chooses not to support Linux as a gaming platform; their choice.  But now they are cutting off the ability to play their new games via WINE.  Also their choice, but a choice which means that I won’t be giving them my money until I read on the WINE AppDB that things have improved.

And for the record I’ve bought pretty much every Valve game since Half-Life.  I would love to continue to do so.

  • I bought this game for lee. Apparently it’s awesome… maybe you should reconsider your open-source, equal rights principles. Capitalism!
    =0

    • It’s not that the game isn’t awesome. I’ll just wait (as I’m apt to do) for the content to be accessible to me. This is no different than with movies: I don’t go see them in theaters, and then after a year or so they are shown on TV.

      I have a vested interest in seeing freedom win.

      In the meantime I can still play other games or read books or something 🙂

  • p.s. Thank you for fixing your website so you can comment on the main page. =)

  • I bought this game for lee. Apparently it’s awesome… maybe you should reconsider your open-source, equal rights principles. Capitalism!
    =0

    • It’s not that the game isn’t awesome. I’ll just wait (as I’m apt to do) for the content to be accessible to me. This is no different than with movies: I don’t go see them in theaters, and then after a year or so they are shown on TV.

      I have a vested interest in seeing freedom win.

      In the meantime I can still play other games or read books or something 🙂

  • p.s. Thank you for fixing your website so you can comment on the main page. =)

  • Jan

    Just stop whining a play the game on Windows, thats whats its made for… Always the same with linux users, uuuhh my games dont work.

    • I don’t have Windows installed on any computer anymore.

      The WINE AppDB suggests performance is improving anyway, so I’ll probably just wait a little longer.

  • Jan

    Just stop whining a play the game on Windows, thats whats its made for… Always the same with linux users, uuuhh my games dont work.

    • I don’t have Windows installed on any computer anymore.

      The WINE AppDB suggests performance is improving anyway, so I’ll probably just wait a little longer.