Figured I'd punt this to my friends-list, since I've more than once enjoyed the 'buy once, download anywhere' nature of Steam. I hated their stupid 'out of the gate' errors as much as anyone else (can't play single-player off-line without a network connection?!? What were they thinking?!?) but their service is quite stable and nifty at this point.
Edit: I've had a chance to download all the Doom-engine, Quake-1-engine, Wolf3D-engine games, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein. All work, and all get installed in the 'steamapps/common' directory as properly unpacked game installs. Meaning the data files work perfectly well with alternate source ports, and native Linux engine binaries. So as long as you can get Steam working under Linux or whatever is your flavor-of-choice, these are perfectly cross-platform-friendly installs of the games themselves.1 commentLeave a comment
I do have tro re install Steam as my current isntall is hosed (as is chunks of the OS). But I lvoe I'd sstuff and am sad that it's all RL rockets and nto cool shooters for the foreseeable future (Quake Wars notwithstanding).