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5 IanMcDonald 1 ''I just noticed the GamingOnLinux page, this needs to be merged with that but it's late and I'm too tired.'' -- OliverJones
7 CraigBox 3 When people think computer games, rarely does [Linux] come into the picture. This doesn't necessarily have to be the case. [Linux] as a wealth of "casual" games. Both [KDE] and [GNOME] have collections of games like ~FreeCell, Minesweeper, Bejeweled, etc.
5 IanMcDonald 4
5 There are also a number of quite good OpenSource and Commercial games in a variety of genres. Good sites to go to are:
7 * [The Linux Game Tome|]
8 * [Linux Games|]
9 * [|]
10 * [Tux Games|]
11 * [Icculus|]
7 CraigBox 12 * [ID Software|] - [Doom3], Quake 3 Arena, Return To Castle Wolfenstein
13 * [Epic Games|] - Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004
13 LawrenceDoliveiro 14 * [Ubuntu Native Games|]
15 * [List of Open Source Games|] on Wikipedia
5 IanMcDonald 16 * more...
18 There are also a swag of games in a number of the [Yum]/[APT] repositories for RedHat and [Debian] based distros. Seek and you shall find.
20 On the otherhand you may already have a collection of [Windows] Games. Certainly this is the most likely type of computer game you will find in stores.
7 CraigBox 22 My basic advice to a [Linux] user who wants to play mainstream Windows games is to maintain a secure, well groomed "Wintendo" partition in which to play these games. This is certainly the easiest and most reliable way to get your mainstream gaming fix. It is what I do.
5 IanMcDonald 23
7 CraigBox 24 However, if you don't have a legitimate license of Windows or don't want to use Windows you can still play games. On a console. Go buy a PS2, XBOX or Gamecube. Seriously.
5 IanMcDonald 25
7 CraigBox 26 Ok so you want to play games on your PC and not use Windows. Well then, you're in for some grief. It can be done. But it isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Don't believe the hype as they say.
5 IanMcDonald 27
9 CraigBox 28 The only really viable way to play Windows games on [Linux] is with [Transgaming's|] [Cedega] product (what was once known as WineX). You can also use the stock [WINE|Wine] Windows non-emulator. But you will probably have less joy than with [Cedega]. Be aware that [Cedega] is a commercial app. It was forked off of WINE when WINE was [BSD] licensed. WINE is now [LGPL] so people can no longer do this.
5 IanMcDonald 29
30 Personally it has been a while since I used [Cedega]. I no longer subscribe to the $60USD/year 'service' so I can't test new versions. The games that I did get to run when I had a subscription were:
32 * Diablo 2 (with sound glitches)
10 CraigBox 33 * ~StarCraft (slow graphics with sound glitches)
5 IanMcDonald 34 * Battlefield 1942 (with limited success, crashes etc)
35 * Warcraft 3 (ran well in the undocumented OpenGL mode but with a reduced frame rate)
37 As you can see I didn't exactly test it with a very broad range of games. Quite a few of the games I wanted to play just plain didn't install, let alone run.
11 IanMcDonald 39 Now the marketing on the Transgaming website would have you believe that many games will run flawlessly. And they are not entirely wrong. Each version of [Wine]/[Cedega] did get better and better and "support" more titles. But the games I ran were never "perfect" or flawless. There was always some 'tweaking' to be done. Some were very good, like Diablo 2 and Warcraft 3, but they still had non-fatal but annoying glitches or reduced performance. Some [Cedega] users report complete "Windows like" success when running games like Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike. The product has received many good reviews. But be aware that your mileage may vary.
5 IanMcDonald 40
12 JeremyApthorp 41 Other caveats are that [Cedega] only really supports nVidia graphics cards for 3D games. Forget about using DRI/Mesa 3D drivers. ATI binary driver support is also patchy.
5 IanMcDonald 42
7 CraigBox 43 So like I said, if your time is money, then you're better off maintaining a "Wintendo" partition or, if you want to save yourself the frustration expense of maintaing an NVIDIA GPU habit, get a console. When you tire of your games you can always modchip the console, install [Linux] on it and use it as a media centre.