About you gaming problem, there is a nice software called "PlayOnLinux", install it(wine will also reinstalled automatically as a dependency). PlayOnLinux is a nice graphical software which makes installing games to wine painless for new users.
Originally Posted by MayaKM
hoping to use wine and play the game...but I think I am in much too over my head
This is not and effective way of learning linux my friend, jump in and fool around. Reinstalling ubuntu is painless and believe me as far as you keep away from sudo you cannot do any serious damage, even if you damage your user settings, all you need to do is creating a new user and deleting the old one.
As a nice guy at centos forums said; "even if you break it you get to keep all the pieces".