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Old 09-30-2008, 01:33 PM   #1
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Are High End Games Available On Linux

Do we get high end games for Linux. I used to play stuff like Far Cry, Soldier of Fortune, Doom 3, etc on my Windows OS. Now, with my move to Linux, I am trying to understand whether I'll have to give up my 'Gaming Tooth'

Any suggestions would be very helpful.

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Old 09-30-2008, 02:55 PM   #2
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That would depend on your definition of high-end game. If you're expecting to walk into Best Buy and pick up the latest FPS game, the answer is "no". However, there are a ton of open source games out there that are as good or better then some of the off-the-shelf games. There are some other options, such as using "WINE" or "Cedega" to run Windows games on a Linux platform. This isn't a guaranteed solution though. Hope that helps answer some questions...
Old 09-30-2008, 10:57 PM   #3
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new website

I saw this nice website with a buncha cool looking games check it out.
Old 10-02-2008, 02:46 AM   #4
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Thanks gentleman ...
(Looking through gave me a few leads)
Old 10-02-2008, 03:44 AM   #5
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can't believe no one mentioned that there is a linux native version of doom 3.


suggested to check out:

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Old 10-02-2008, 06:15 AM   #6
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id is a big supporter of gaming on Linux, and Epic is supposed to be working on a Linux client for UT3.
Old 10-02-2008, 01:03 PM   #7
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Dude Doom 3 is the bomb on linux.
Old 10-03-2008, 01:45 PM   #8
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well most games work on linux, so you should be able to keep your "gaming tooth" :P.

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Old 10-07-2008, 10:21 PM   #9
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Check out the other threads in this forum...
It is however imparative that you install nexuiz now:

After that thou shalt learn how to play keyhunt mode. Seriously, we need more players.
Old 10-08-2008, 07:01 AM   #10
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you will find that most of the games will run using wine under linux os.
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Another vote for Doom3 native.

If you like FPS games, get UT99 GOTY.
This runs better with Wine that it does in windows, and
runs better native than it does with wine.

It might be a bit stale, but still one of the best out
there, especially if you get the STC3 textures installed.

I have UT2k3 and havent played it in 2 years. Still play
UT99 several times a week.
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Originally Posted by pinballwizard66 View Post
you will find that most of the games will run using wine under linux os.

My experience is - Most games crash when you run them atop WINE.
But that was long back (during my college days when I used to try to play Windows games from College's Computer Centre's Linux based PC's).

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Old 10-12-2008, 05:14 AM   #13
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Most will install and run, but not very well. Old games like Max Payne and Warcraft3 should work very well, but also to a varying degree.

If you have windows games, I assume you have windows -> play your windows games in windows!
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As another poster pointed out here somewhere recently, wine (and it's Cedega and CodeWeavers spin-offs) is not a Windows emulator, but an alternative implementation of the Windows APIs. In wine's current (and perpetual, since it's chasing a moving target) state, some of these APIs are incomplete, some haven't been implemented at all, and some are even better than the original Windows versions. As such, how well any given program will run depends entirely on the exact combination of APIs it uses. Some lucky ones can even perform better than on Windows. Support is constantly improving, and recent versions are able to run many programs very well.

*Caveat: I'm not a gamer, so the following is based only on what I've read.*

As for games, AIUI the two areas that seem to affect them the most are the graphics and the copy-protection support. The wine project has made a big push to implement DirectX9 over the last two years, so the performance of many games has improved greatly recently. But to my understanding copy-protection support is still lagging behind. Cedega probably has the best coverage here, but it uses a very old fork of wine and so may not have the best overall support. Keep you're eyes open on the new Crossover Games though, since CodeWeavers works very closely with the wine developers.

You're best bet in determining what games you can use or not is to check the WineHQ AppDB to see what comments others have made for any particular game.

Oh, and BTW, keep in mind the version of wine used also, because sometimes there are reversions or new bugs that can make a previously-working game stop working.
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