aGNUdomain/aNewDomain.net — This year has been an exciting one for Linux gamers. In February Steam for Linux was officially released by Valve. While the latest game releases have yet to make their way to the platform, there has been a steady increase in the amount of games made available. Most notably has been this past week’s release of Left 4 Dead 2 and Portal onto Steam for Linux. Having been released in 2009 and 2007, respectively, these games join Halflife and Team Fortress 2 as fan favorites which have made their way to the Linux operating system via Steam.
Users who already own Left 4 Dead 2 or Portal can now log into their Linux Steam client and download the Linux versions of those games. Both games are currently labeled Beta, and the Left 4 Dead 2 team also announced on a blog post that they will be using the Linux version as a testing ground for their new extended mutation system or EMS. The team is touting EMS as a way for the modding community to simplify existing scripts as well as create new, deeply-integrated scripts.
If you do not currently own Left 4 Dead 2 or Portal you can still gain access to the Linux versions now by purchasing them on Steam for a different platform. You can pick up Left 4 Dead 2 for $19.99 and Portal for $9.99. These are great bargains for two very good games.
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