installing a windows game

Asked by bine28 on 2010-03-06

What am I to, do if I want to install a windows game and play it?

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Ian Ace (iaculallad) said : #1

Windows games are not really as good when playing it on any Linux distro, but you can be given a chance to test and play with it using emulators, the free - WinE or the proprietary one - Cedega. It's your choice.

Here, check on WinE's website for more details:

Wine is the program that will allow you to play "many" (meaning, NOT ALL) Windows games.

First have a look at this page and search for the game you wish to install, there are ofter install tips and more importantly - a rating system, to see if it's just a waste of time.

To install wine, from a terminal you can run "sudo apt-get install wine" or search in Synaptic, or "Ubuntu Software Center" for Wine.

There is also a front-end for wine called PlayonLinux which you might be interested in.

Best of luck,

Tom (tom6) said : #3

Hi :)

First try working through the medibuntu worksheet
to sort out most multimedia copyright issues and hopefully get all your multimedia working properly

You might find this link useful as a reference bookmark

Another way to get Windows stuff working in linux is to install a Virtual Machine, such as VirtualBox, and install Windows into that. It does add an extra layer between program and machine so most stuff will be radically faster in Wine (once it's set-up, which can be a pain). Generally when i install Ubuntu it is as a dual-boot so that people can still boot back into Windows for those odd few things they really need
Installing Windows is seriously painful tho so i would recommend trying the Wine route as the best because it almost always gives such an excellent result

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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