It seems that there is a bug that allows everyone to play Steam games. However, not all games are playable. A guy called Directhex tested some Linux games under Steam:
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Game Works? Tester Notes Updated Amnesia: The Dark Descent ✔ /u/directhex missing dependency on libxmu6:i386 2012-11-06 And Yet It Moves ✔ /u/directhex missing dependency on libjpeg62:i386, screwed launcher script (trivially fixed by changing ayim_dir=) 2012-11-16 Aquaria ✔ /u/directhex 2012-11-06 Braid ✘ /u/directhex no files 2012-11-06 Cave Story+ ✘ /u/directhex missing executable 2012-11-06 Cogs ✔ /u/directhex 2012-11-06 Crusader Kings II ✘ /u/sm222 missing executable 2012-11-06 Cubemen ✔ /u/directhex 2012-11-06 Darwinia ✔ /u/directhex 2012-11-06 DEFCON ✘ /u/directhex no files 2012-11-06 Dungeons of Dredmor ✔ /u/directhex 2012-11-06 Dynamite Jack ✔ /u/ronjouch 2012-11-06 Eversion ✘ /u/ronjouch error while loading shared libraries: libportaudio.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory 2012-11-06 Frozen Synapse ✔ /u/directhex 2012-11-06 Galcon Fusion ✔ /u/ronjouch 2012-11-06 Killing Floor ✘ /u/directhex missing executable 2012-11-06 LIMBO ✘ /u/directhex no files 2012-11-06 Multiwinia ✘ /u/directhex no files 2012-11-06 Osmos ✘ /u/directhex no files 2012-11-06 Penumbra: Black Plague ✘ /u/ronjouch no files 2012-11-06 Penumbra: Overture ✘ /u/directhex no files 2012-11-06 Penumbra: Requiem ✘ /u/ronjouch no files 2012-11-06 Psychonauts ✘ /u/directhex no files 2012-11-06 Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 ✘ /u/WienerWuerstel missing executable 2012-11-06 Rochard ✘ /u/directhex no files 2012-11-06 Serious Sam 3: BFE ✘ /u/directhex missing executable 2012-11-06 Space Pirates and Zombies ✔ /u/directhex 2012-11-06 SpaceChem ✘ /u/directhex packaging error, only runs on 32-bit Ubuntu (technically 64-bit if mono in $PATH is 32-bit) 2012-11-06 Steel Storm: Burning Retribution ✔ /u/directhex 64-bit binary, but crashed Compiz for me on quit 2012-11-06 Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP ✔ /u/directhex missing dependency on libcurl3:i386 2012-11-06 Trine 2 ✔ /u/nothingbutcontempt 2012-11-06 Uplink ✔ /u/directhex 2012-11-06 VVVVVV ✘ /u/directhex no files 2012-11-06 World of Goo ✔ /u/directhex 2012-11-06
I’m testing on Ubuntu 12.10 AMD64, with FGLRX.
Copy & Paste doesn’t work.
Tenfoot mode works, but is super blurry. Supposedly this is related to the auto-detected quantity of VRAM, and for me it isn’t detected properly.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t trust entries from people who aren’t me, but you could always gift me titles I don’t own on Steam if you want to see all games tested on the same platform (and kept updated). Plus as an Ubuntu dev, I’ve got a reasonable handle on how to properly fix some of them for you (e.g. working out missing dependencies)
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sudo apt-get install ia32-libs (only for 64bit)
for example: http://imgur.com/c8DOy
and click Download PC Demo button.
Afterwards, there will be a pop-up menu craving for Steam launch.
Finish. Now wait until the download is complete.
And click Play the game.
For those who don’t believe me, here’s a video on Youtube. That’s me using my Macbook and Ubuntu 12.10, playing World of Goo via Steam using Intel HD3000 IGPU.