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A humble test of Humble DRM-free Linux games

Merk: Denne teksten er mer enn ett år gammel. Jeg kan ikke garantere at alt som står her fremdeles er riktig eller det jeg mener. Les likevel og skriv en kommentar om du lurer på noe! English: Old post, might be outdated.

I love Humble! Especially how it started out, with the Indie bundles. They combine most of my favorite things: Small, independent companies, Linux, DRM-free media and amazing charities! (also: you can choose which charities to donate to! I recommend these) I tried to buy all of the first Indie bundles. Unfortunately I missed some of them, but I still spent $290 buying seven of the first ten Indie bundles. It was a matter of pride to help the Linux average stay as far above the Windows and Mac averages as possible.

Later there came other bundles, and I admit I was disappointed when not all of them were indie, supported Linux or were DRM free. But still, Humble has done an amazing job in getting a ton of games ported to Linux while contributing millions of dollars to charities, and I wanted to support that. So whenever I saw a bundle where all (or sometimes most) the games were supported DRM-free on Linux I would buy it.

But I soon started noticing a big problem. Quite a few of the games I bought didn’t seem to actually work! Or I had to jump trough some crazy hoops that no self respecting developers would ever think to ask any Windows or Mac OS users to jump trough.

Screenshot of Humble DRM-Freedom sale

I understand that there is a smaller market of Linux users and I understand that it’s not that simple for someone who has been developing for one platform to turn around and develop for another. But I have bought these games because they were advertised as working on Linux, without DRM. And you just can not sell a product you don’t have!

So I started testing my games systematically, and the temporary result is what you see in this spreadsheet. I wanted to publish my results while the Humble Store still has their DRM-Freedom sale, which lasts for the next two days, and so I plan on updating the spreadsheet with more games as I get around to them. (Want to help out? Look at the bottom of this post)