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    EA Games Arrive in the Ubuntu Software Center

    Not sure if anyone has seen but EA have launched 2 games on the Ubuntu Software Center, it's not much but my guess is they're just testing the waters looking to see if there is any potential. Here's the article: OMG Ubuntu
    As the article states "It’s now up to us, as users, to prove to EA that gaming on Ubuntu is worth pursuing" and as a result I have created a thread on EA's forum letting them know how many games I own on Origin and that I am infact an Ubuntu user.

    If you own any EA games or would like to see more EA games on Ubuntu please do swing by the thread and leave comment, here's the link: EA Forum
    I did leave this as a reply in another thread but only realised after I posted it that it wasn't in the Gaming & Leisure section of the Forum.

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    Is anyone able to actually play Tiberium Alliances? Clicking 'play now' takes me into a loop wherein it asks for login information and eventually delivers me right back to the page with the big 'play now' button.

    (Tried on up to date versions of a few different browsers)
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    Re: EA Games Arrive in the Ubuntu Software Center

    Ok I know baby steps here, EA wants to get a feel for the "Linux" Market, but Come on.
    Really?! These games have been on the web for a long time. Talk about a slap in the face to Linux Gamers. And now EA games is trying to sell and "EA Indie Bundle". REALLY?! They are not indie by any standard. I would rather continue playing other wonderful games on USC and Desura and am very excited about Steam coming. If EA wants to make a sale from me, then make a real effort.
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    Re: EA Games Arrive in the Ubuntu Software Center

    It is hard to convince any business to port a game to Linux, let alone one of the biggest in the industry.

    Electronic Arts would have to invest a considerable amount of money to create a game for linux or even port one. Software Engineers are not cheap, and neither are artists. If you factor that in with the other projects that the company has going on (many, many, projects), then it is reasonable to see why EA is taking it slow with porting a complete game to Linux.

    By posting these games, although they are web-based, they are seeing if there is any interest in EA Games at all. If no one will play their web-based games on Linux, or even bother to install them, then they will see no point of porting a game to Linux.

    Electronic Arts is a corporation; corporations are created to generate revenue. It is that simple. I am grateful that they at least took the time to do this. If this turns out favorable, then perhaps EA might think of Linux the next time they make a Sims game or any other game.

    I for one, am grateful. Besides, Lords of Ultima is actually pretty fun; well, it is fun if you are interested in strategy games and MMOs. I'd suggest that everyone give it a try. It's free; what is the worst that could happen?

    Who knows, if enough people play it and actually conduct microtransactions, EA might just decide Linux and Ubuntu are worth the revenue required to port their games.
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    Re: EA Games Arrive in the Ubuntu Software Center

    Quote Originally Posted by Omegus View Post
    Ok I know baby steps here, EA wants to get a feel for the "Linux" Market, but Come on.
    Really?! These games have been on the web for a long time. Talk about a slap in the face to Linux Gamers. And now EA games is trying to sell and "EA Indie Bundle". REALLY?! They are not indie by any standard. I would rather continue playing other wonderful games on USC and Desura and am very excited about Steam coming. If EA wants to make a sale from me, then make a real effort.
    The best way to ensure that the big name publishers come to Linux is to complain loudly if you feel they are not doing enough when they take their first tentative steps. The more negative feedback they can get at the beginning, the more likely they will be to carry forward.

    Keep up the good work.

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    I just hope that they can bring some AAA games very soon because if the linux ports of their games sell well and Windows 8 stinks (which it currently does) then we'd have our eternal september (or whatever the usenet people had back then). Linux, I feel, is ready to go mainstream and I think EA needs to rebuild it image. Come to think of it Activision must also do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatguruguy View Post
    The best way to ensure that the big name publishers come to Linux is to complain loudly if you feel they are not doing enough when they take their first tentative steps. The more negative feedback they can get at the beginning, the more likely they will be to carry forward.

    Keep up the good work.
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    Re: EA Games Arrive in the Ubuntu Software Center

    It's pretty cool to have a big publisher putting stuff out there; EA is one of the few companies I won't buy games from any more, but it's still nice - HTML5 links or otherwise.

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    Re: EA Games Arrive in the Ubuntu Software Center

    Sweet. Good news!
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    Re: EA Games Arrive in the Ubuntu Software Center

    For and against EA Games discussion: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1983548
    Rant about stickies and such: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1983546
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