Anonymous
April 16, 2009

Can I play popular 3D games under Linux?

I heard games on Linux is a bad scene. Truth or not?

Actually, YES! There are some free Linux games which you can play in 3D....

Actually, YES! There are some free Linux games which you can play in 3D. Probably the most popular 3D game (free) for Linux is Team Fortress.

Since 2012, Steam supports Linux platform for this most popular online game publishing service. And a lot of popular games are available for this platform since than.

I am sure there will be more games for Linux in the future.

However, here are some of my faves:

1. Civilization V (next version is also announced);
2. Left 4 Dead
3. The Witcher
4. Rust
5. XCOM Enemy Unknown

These are all quite a popular games and there are more than 600 games currently available on Steam for Linux platform.

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Steam for Linux...

Steam for Linux...

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Well, as you probably know playing games on Linux distributions is a bit...

Well, as you probably know playing games on Linux distributions is a bit tricky because all the games are first released for Windows OS. However, you can always play some good game ports which are developed for Linux or use Wine and emulate Windows games in Linux environment.

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I suggest PlayonLinux, it's awesome. It's not perfect, but in my opinion it's...

I suggest PlayonLinux, it's awesome. It's not perfect, but in my opinion it's the best chance you have getting a Windows game to work in Linux.

http://www.playonlinux.com/en/

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This question could go several ways, but if you want to get at the new...

This question could go several ways, but if you want to get at the new blockbuster releases as soon as they come out then no, Linux isn't your best choice.

However there are many games made for Linux, and many many more capable of running under WINE and it's many derivatives (Cedega, etc. ).

I'm not trying to be a pessimist, but if you're looking for the newest releases every month ( I haven't been for years, so it doesn't bother me). You'll likely still want to keep a Win partition or virtual machine around somewhere.

mm~

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It depends on what you mean by popular, most of large game developing...

It depends on what you mean by popular, most of large game developing companies dismiss many platforms and focuses only on Microsoft Windows.

Some of Windows games can run in Linux by using WINE, just search for it in http://appdb.winehq.org to look for its support details.

Hopefully some games are being to GNU/Linux, the newest one is QuakeLive!

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Gaming industry now has realized the importance of Linux and Free/Open Source...

Gaming industry now has realized the importance of Linux and Free/Open Source Software so you will definately see more and more games coming to linux

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Hi,...

Hi,

an other way is through Virtualbox. The newest Version has better 3D Supprot. http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog

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Take a look at http://appdb.winehq.org/ where you can search for lots of...

Take a look at http://appdb.winehq.org/ where you can search for lots of items, including many popular games. People will have tested them using various distributions and wine versions and given comments, ratings and help. You will be suprised just how many games work really well under wine!

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There's not NEARLY as many games for Linux as there are for Windows, but...

There's not NEARLY as many games for Linux as there are for Windows, but there are still some pretty good ones. My personal favorites are
Urban Terror, a realistic 3d shooter with several game modes. All weapons are based off real life weapons and it has some things I never even see in propriety games, for example you can actually bleed to death if you don't bandage yourself after getting shot.
Tremulous, ok, this one is tough to explain. There are two teams, the humans and aliens. The humans buy weapons from the armory for fighting the aliens and build structures like telenodes (spawns) with the construction kit. The aliens evolve to different classes to fight the humans and build stuff as grangers.
There are many other games, but I find these two the most fun. Sometimes a game company also releases a version for linux. (I know id Software does for a lot of their games).
Have fun!

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