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Old 11-21-2004, 08:53 AM   #1
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Ok, i have made alot of progress with Linux since switching from Windows XP. But, im having problems with gaming. I like to play Unreal Tournament and other FPS's but how do i get them installed on my Linux Slackware 9 rig? Can i play all the games on Linux or just a few? If only a few...how do you gamers get to play when all you run is Linux?

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Old 11-21-2004, 09:21 AM   #2
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Actually, not even on Windows XP you can play "all" games. I've a couple over here pretty much useless which run either with an unofficial patch or under emulation. Examples are Blair Witch, Heavy Metal FAKK2, Turok 2 and a few others.

Running games in Linux can be tricky, not even worthy sometimes. If you are a real gamer who wants to play all new releases all the time, then just forget it. Keep a dual boot with XP and Linux. Most of us do that only to play games.

But giving an straight answer: Yes, it's possible to play games in Linux. The most common way is to use an emulator as Cedega, AKA as WineX:

http://www.transgaming.com/

it ain't free, but costs like 15 bucks only, which is a symbolic price, really. I've to say that I'm quite happy with Cedega and, thanks to it, I've to boot much less into Windows eXPensive to play games. Check out their compatibility list before purchasing and see if your game is supported . There's also a free version available through CVS, but then you've to compile it yourself and it not always work.

Some peoples use wine:

www.winehq.com

to run games as well. Here:

http://frankscorner.org/

you'll find some tutorials teaching you how to run a few games/applications through wine. I'd still use Cedega/WineX if I was you.

If you are into DOS games, check out DosBox:

http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/

it has a great compatibility list, but it's quite slow in older systems. It has even been ported over to the Xbox. It's a pretty sweet program .

A few games come/has a Linux installer also. I remember UT2k3 having a Linux installer on the third disk. You can also find some installers here:

http://icculus.org/~ravage/

Some are pretty interesting. Unreal installer, for example, lets your run Unreal under Unreal Tournament(classic) as a mod. Pretty neat.

Also, before going into the hassle of everything I said, make sure you have your graphics card well setup with official 3D drivers. Hopefully you have a Nvidia card. I've heard ATI drivers aren't good or at least not as easy to install as Nvidia's. I can't confirm this, but my next card will surely be an ATI...

At the end, I'd say keep a dual boot. It makes your PC more versatile and if your ruin one OS, you can still use the other one for fixing. And consider a console too... since I got my Xbox, I could not be happier: No more hassle, no more tweaks, no more CS-cheaters

Good luck!
 
Old 11-21-2004, 09:28 AM   #3
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Thanks for the great tips and advice in a really quick way! Ill try the cedaga.
 
Old 11-21-2004, 09:47 AM   #4
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You are welcome . Oh yeah, here is also a tutorial about compiling Cedega:

http://frankscorner.org/index.php?p=cedegacvs

in the case you want to compile the CVS version. It was also possible to download an unofficial rpm before for WineX, but apparently, the server is down:

http://frankscorner.org/index.php?p=downloads

check it out later.

Good luck!
 
Old 11-21-2004, 10:51 AM   #5
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Some games run natively. For example for neverwinter nights you can download the linux client and then use your windows CD key to play.
 
Old 11-21-2004, 01:17 PM   #6
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.... but my next card will surely be an ATI...
I wouldn't recommend that, i tryied getting OGL working on RedHat with ATI Radeon 7200 and im not going
to buy an ATI card again...

For my latest computer i bought the wrong CPU (AMD Thourogbhred, should have bought a Barton),
i bought a MSI KT6 Delta, should have bought a nForce, bad chassi et.c.
The only purchase i DON'T regret is the purchase of a nVidia card (okay im starting to sound like a nVidia
evangelist but hey, they kick ATIs ass AND don't cheat on benchmarks).

The only bad thing about nVidias Linux installer is that you have to manually shutdown the x-server,
install the driver, edit the X-server conf file and then restart the x-server.

Btw UT2004 for Linux runs great on my FC2 system (thank you Epic ).


http://icculus.org/lgfaq/
http://www.linuxgames.com/

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