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Old 04-23-2006, 10:18 AM   #1
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Question Game Question for Linux!


I've just got that new Starwars Game - Empire at War - and well I love it and I also have some other Starwars games and some other games that are nothing to do with Starwars etc...

Anyway here the question!
On the back of the game boxes it says Microsoft! =|
Can you get the same games that'll work on Linux??? or doe's Microsoft games still install onto Linux???

Am pretty new to Linux so I don't know so I just had to ask!!!

Thanks a lot for reading this!!!
I hope you can help!!! ^_^ hehe...

Old 04-23-2006, 10:56 AM   #2
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Games developped for Windows do not work on Linux by themselves. They need the help of a software called Wine. That software provides functionality needed by Windows programs on Linux. You must know however that Wine is still in development. Often it does not succeed running Windows properly. Cedega is a commercial version of Wine geared towards games. I am not using it personally but I know from their site it supports a large number of games.
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Now, as far as I'm aware, there are a relatively small number of the "big" games published for Linux- Unreal Tournament 2004 is available for UNIX based OS including Linux and Mac.

It is possible to run Windows native software on Linux, using a compatibility layer such as WINE (stands for WINE Is Not an Emulator), or "Cedega" from, which is specifically targetted at games (and I think it's based on WINE). Bear in mind though that Cedega is subscription based. I checked their site, and it's about $5 a month. Alternatively, if you have a very powerful computer, emulation is an option, installing Windows on a virtual machine then running games on that. Of course, that isn't really running the game on Linux, it's still running it on Windows, and on the whole, this is probably too demanding a solution on the hardware compared to a compatibility layer.

On the other hand, since I assume you have already got Windows of some sort in order to play the game you mention, so you don't really need a Linux based way to play your windows games

EDIT: Beaten to it anyway :P

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Old 04-23-2006, 10:57 AM   #4
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most games dont come with linux versions. Your best bet is to try WINE which is a windows emulator. It allows you to run windows programs from within linux. Should work pretty well.

edit: a bit late oh well

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Old 04-23-2006, 12:37 PM   #5
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Thanks a lot Guys / Gals hehe...

I'll check out that WINE thingy and download it!!! hehe... thanks!!! >_<


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