Linux News Today: Valve Gives a New Lesson in How to Support Decade-Old Games
Valve has a large catalog of games and many of them have been released more than a decade ago, but the studio continues to update them, even if they are very old.
You won’t find too many gaming studios today that are willing and able to update a game launched all the way back in 2004. 11 years have passed since then and Valve launched a lot of other titles, but they don’t seem to forget about old ones. From time to time they push a new update for some of the older games, even with just a few lines of changelog.
This is possible because Valve used the same engine in a large number of titles and many of the improvements made over time have been backported. It’s true that they haven’t updated the graphics or any things like that, but just the fact that they have revisited those titles and saw that there was something they could change for the better is testament to their dedication.
All updated games also have Linux support
The titles that have been updated by Valve are Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch. All of these share the same version of the Source engine, which made the update process a lot easier.
This is what the changelog reads: “Latest fixes and updates from the Orangebox engine and shared game code, and Fixed several security issues.” It doesn’t go into much detail and it’s a guarantee that if you install any of the games mentioned above, you won’t see any difference, but that’s not the point.
As it stands right now, all the game in Valve’s catalog have been ported to the Linux platform and it’s very likely that any new game to be released from now on will also have Linux support straight from launch.