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Old 08-19-2018, 04:05 AM   #1
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Distribution choices for gaming


Hey there!

I got tired of Win10 two months before and migrated to linux. My choice fell on OpenSUSE Leap 15.0, as it was recommended to me and seemed to have solid documentation and good OSS specific software repositories.

Being a gamer I obviously installed the linux version of steam, and came to recognize that although some games I played inherited linux support, they did not run, even after putting some effort in it, seemingly because of library incompatibilities.

Now my question: Did I maybe pick a distro not optimal for gaming? Most gaming software seems tailored for Ubuntu, so should I switch to an Ubuntu related distro to avoid distribution related software errors?
 
Old 08-19-2018, 06:31 AM   #2
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You might consider something like SPARKY LINUX - GAME OVER EDITION that is specifically made to support multiple types of gaming engines. Look around DISTROWATCH for other examples.
https://distrowatch.com/

If the games you want to play are ALL based upon STEAM, there is always STEAM-OS. I do not use it myself, so I cannot recommend for or against.

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Old 08-19-2018, 08:02 AM   #3
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Most games are still optimized for Windows. If you are a gamer and still migrate to Linux, you must be a masochist. Migrate back.
 
Old 08-19-2018, 12:26 PM   #4
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Distribution choices for gaming

If you absolutely have to run Linux on your main system you should own a gaming console too. PC games in Linux lack a lot of support. If you are a serious gamer you should stick to windows as your main operating system.

Over the last year I have drawn the conclusion that computers are tools and if you really want to be a gamer you should buy a dedicated device for gaming. Like a playstation, xbox, switch etc. All games have problems regardless of operating system and console seems to have less problems. This is just my opinion and I personally would rather run Linux as my daily driver.
 
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Old 08-20-2018, 05:53 AM   #5
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I am not sure why some people are still floating that old claim that Linux is not for gamers. Some of the game companies still develop only for Windows and console machines. Console machines are better, as the hardware and OS are developed together and DEDICATED to ONLY games. That said, some of the companies now develop entirely on Linux and port to the other platforms because it is faster and cheaper.

Windows games CAN be run on Linux in many cases, but it is not optimal. Games WRITTEN for Linux run far better then Windows versions under WINE. There are now THOUSANDS of games that run on Linux either native or using console emulators or game engines (including STEAM). For some insane reason, a huge number are either free or cheap compared to Windows games!

There are also clients for online games such as World Of Warcraft that allow Collaborative exploration and team competition that are OS agnostic and powerfully immersive.

You may not find yourself playing the SAME games, but there is no reason to select one OS or another based on claims that there are no games for either of these giants. There are TONS! Get loaded and get your game on.
 
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:05 AM   #6
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If you're a happy player of non-Linux games, you can't just "play something else".
 
Old 08-20-2018, 09:35 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Thoughtful_Sloth View Post
Hey there!

I got tired of Win10 two months before and migrated to linux. My choice fell on OpenSUSE Leap 15.0, as it was recommended to me and seemed to have solid documentation and good OSS specific software repositories.

Being a gamer I obviously installed the linux version of steam, and came to recognize that although some games I played inherited linux support, they did not run, even after putting some effort in it, seemingly because of library incompatibilities.

Now my question: Did I maybe pick a distro not optimal for gaming? Most gaming software seems tailored for Ubuntu, so should I switch to an Ubuntu related distro to avoid distribution related software errors?
Any distro can be used to game really, but if you are mostly interested in steam gaming it helps to note that Steam only develops against a few specific distros like ubuntu and games may not work correctly without the right environment. Additionally Steam has nearly non-existent quality control so even then some games are just going to be broken...
 
  


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