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Play Windows Games on Linux

Filed under: Linux Software — at 9:00 pm on Friday, October 26, 2012

Tonight we have a guest post from Jason Phillips about games on Linux.

Linux is a popular OS especially for servers. It is great of open interfacing, and can be extremely efficient on processing and time. It does not have a lot of the add-ons that Windows has that can bog down the system and cause a longer boot-up. The issue that a lot of people run into when they are running the Linux OS is the misconception that it is not a good platform for a lot of the popular games. Fortunately, some clever people have created a few different ways that you will allow you to download and play Windows games on your Linux OS.

Play Windows Games on Linux

Most gamers have tried to avoid the Linux OS for that feel that playing their beloved Windows games could be near impossible on the Linux system. The early reviews of Windows 8 have not been kind, and many people are reluctant to upgrade to the Windows 8 system so that has left some of the timid gamers to research how you can play Windows games on the Linux system. It is actually a rather easy process.

This is not the kind that you drink, although several of the logos hint to that. This is a system that will allow you to bypass the Linux OS in order to download Windows games to your system. It is an extremely easy process, and there are a lot of options for the type of WINE that you can acquire. Not every Windows game is supported by the WINE, but there are hundreds that are available. You can find out which games are available by visiting WINE HQ to get a complete list with descriptions and images.
Once you download the WINE system then you will need to select which game that you would like to download through WINE. This could be WOW, Left 4 Dead, or one of the many other Windows games that are available. This will then allow you to bypass the Linux OS and install the game you selected directly to your computer.

PlayOnLinux (POL) or CrossOver Games
POL is a great way to download games to your computer when you are on the Linux OS without having to acquire a WINE. It is actually the best of both worlds. You get the WINE capabilities without all the added stress of having to figure out all of the confusing aspects of WINE for downloading a game. You simply download the POL and then you will be able to access Windows games through the portal that it creates. The best part about the POL is that it is not limited to a specific Linux distribution it is universal.
CrossOver Games is extremely similar to the POL system with a simple point and click download ability. It is a great way to get a lot of your favorite Windows games rather quickly, and it only costs around $50 for the software.

Cedega is a “new label” for a WINE type of system. It is distributed by a larger company, so you will need to register with the company in order to be able to receive a full version of the program. It basically will run a mock Windows program for gaming purposes.
The Linux OS is a great system, and those that have it can tell you of all the issues that they avoid that plaque the Windows user. It does take a little bit of time and some research in order to be able to find a loop hole for playing Windows games on your Linux OS, but it is important to keep in mind that game developers have made some great games that are optimized in the Linux OS.

Author Bio: Jason Phillips authorized this post. He is father of two sons who loves playing video games. Tom and Jerry are their favorite cartoon characters as well as they enjoy playing their games at tomandjerrygames co.