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Old 07-28-2005, 04:42 PM   #1
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What is the best way to play windows games on linux?

After watching much chatter of how users' linux machines are being used im curious as to how they are playing games such as Battlefield2, UT2k4 and other Dx9 based games on a linux based system.

Also, how is the performance and are there any +/-'s for the games/system (computer) overall in using this method. I.E. extended graphics hardware support.
Old 07-28-2005, 04:49 PM   #2
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Old 07-28-2005, 04:55 PM   #3
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some games have native linux ports using OpenGL for 3d graphics.

UT2k4 being one them
Old 07-28-2005, 05:24 PM   #4
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at, you can learn how to get some games working under wine by forcing them to use OpenGL, some don't look all that great, but they still work.
Old 07-28-2005, 07:06 PM   #5
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UT2K4 -works great.

Quake 1 2 and 3 also work very well.

Doom 3 worked great on slack 10 but I can't get sound for d3 on slack 10.1 or any other distro I've tried besides slack 10.There are more recent linux binaries for D3 that I have not tried-maybe the sound issue was fixed.

The original unreal tournament also works very well.

You can use XQF as a server browser.It's like "The All Seeing Eye" for windows.

There is a soldier of fortune for linux that works well.

If there were a soldier of fortune 2 for linux I would never use windows.

People play RTCW on linux but I did not have much luck with it.
Old 07-28-2005, 09:49 PM   #6
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I play UT (original not 2k4) and I installed it with the Loki installer. Plays ok but less fps than OpenGL in windows using latest renderer.
Old 07-29-2005, 01:19 AM   #7
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For some of the native Linux games (like UT2k4, which I also have), is a good resource. Though the installers are a pain since on my system they can't find where UT2k4 is installed so I have to copy/paste the files, but in the end it works.
Old 07-29-2005, 03:34 PM   #8
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That is a good site. Their installers are somewhat problematic at times but it's nothing that can't be fixed with a little patience. Farcry, Morrowind, Baldurs Gate 2, Diablo 2, Homeworld, RTCW, Enemy Territory, Call of Duty.. The list goes on and on of Games that I've gotten to run quite well under Linux. Either with a native port, cedega, a loki installer or a combination of one or more, you can get alot of games running on Linux.


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