April 21, 2011

Windows games on Linux?

I am making the switch from Windows to Linux and I would like to get a solid answer from anyone who knows. Are any of the newer Windows games able to be converted or any way possible to be succesfully run on a Linux system? I really like the Creative Assembly products and I've tried to contact them does anyone know if they have products that run on Linux? Thanks.

(@Aron Wine can be called an emulator, virtual machine, etc. It does not...

(@Aron Wine can be called an emulator, virtual machine, etc. It does not matter that much...)
I would have to agree with mfillpot on the fact that it would just be alot better if you dual boot. Or if all you want to do is play around with Linux, you may want to just consider keeping it a Live CD and put the CD in every time, as long as it's fast enough for you to run it live. Either way, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot a message my way.

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Having used CrossOver i can tell you it's not that effective. You can only...

Having used CrossOver i can tell you it's not that effective. You can only play the very very few games it supports. I have not used the other programs mentioned but can tell you that my experience with CrossOver Gamer has not been very satisfactory. I like EA Sports FIFA games and they look awful on CrossOver.

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When you say "Windows games" you mean "Windows only" game, because there is...

When you say "Windows games" you mean "Windows only" game, because there is Windows games that also run under Linux and Mac. But in the case of running a "Windows only" game in Linux check out the possible Windows compatibility layers. (@mfillpot Wine is not a emulator).

You can check out there sites and they list games and there compatibility, they are rated depending on the amount of issues to expect. There is always advances made so it can be wort to test with the latest version (of Wine for example), sometimes it's also better with an older version so check the compatibility list.

So here is some stuff to check out:
* Wine (free): Windows compatibility layer, http://www.winehq.org/
* PlayOnLinux (free): front-end to Wine can be more easy to use, http://www.playonlinux.com/en/
* CrossOver Games (nonFree) : Closely related to Wine, some differences. http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxgames/
* Cedega Gaming Service and GameTree Linux (free GameTree Dev ID), http://gametreelinux.com/
* Bordeaux for Linux ($10.00) http://www.bordeauxgroup.com/store/bordeaux-for-linux

Best regards

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Based upon what I have looked up some of the games from Creative Commons have...

Based upon what I have looked up some of the games from Creative Commons have difficulties being run through an emulator.

You have two emulator applications which can be used to run windows games on Linux based systems:
* Wine - Free emulator - http://www.winehq.org/
* Crossover Games - Paid Product - http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxgames/

Each site has a compatibility database that you can use to see how well your games are supported.

However, you must remember that those were made for windows and due to the architectural differences between windows and Linux some games may not work at all, The general recommendation for gamers is to run a dual boot system with windows to play the games and Linux for the other tasks.

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