Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Not being a gamer, I have never been concerned by the “lack of native Linux games” and have been happily using Ubuntu for 2 years now. I also converted the whole house so everyone is using Ubuntu - including my kids. My kids (ages 7 and 11) do like to play games a bit and I encourage it on Ubuntu as a way for them to become familiar with the operating system and familiar with computing in general. So what is a father, teacher, Ubuntu user and not overly pro-game person to do?
Enter Grubby Games. I discovered them after reading an article in the December, 2007 issue of Linux Journal. I downloaded the demo versios of FizzBall and Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery. Both demos offered enough game play to get the kids hooked and show me that they were worth the modest $20 price tag. They also offer a $5 discount on additional game purchases. I have to admit it does feel rather odd to buy something for use on Linux, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. I know some people would also be happy to buy a Linux version of PhotoShop or other professional product.
The games are not fast paced, alien blasting, 3D wonders but they are fun, somewhat educational, and perfect family games.