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Hi, i am new to linux, and thinking of switching from windows. this may be a stupid question, but does linux support commercial games? for example, empire earth, the star ...
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    Hi, i am new to linux, and thinking of switching from windows. this may be a stupid question, but does linux support commercial games? for example, empire earth, the star wars games, ect. i have windows versions of several games. so will linux run them, do i need to find versions specifically for linux or are there files i can download that will allow me to play them?. any help is greatly appreciated, thank you

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    There are many series of games which the developers have released a Linux version of (such as Unreal Tournament). For the other games which are just for Windows, you use an emulator like Winex (which is the version of Wine that is especially meant for multimedia and gaming.) to simulate the Windows API, thus allowing you to play a windows game. And playing a game with Winex doesn't slow things down, because Wine doesn't just translate the code in real-time, all it does is simulate the Windows Application Programming Interface, so that there is no time wasted on translation/conversion of code.
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    Good luck.

    There are a few games that will run under Linux with some tweaking.

    America's Army (a good free realistic FPS, www.americasarmy.com)
    Quake 3


    Etc, you get the idea. IMHO if you are a gamer, either stick to Windows or dual boot. The game category for Linux isn't too appealing as of right now.

    BTW WineX/Wine isn't an emulator. It is a direct layer on top of X. WineX will run most games, however it does have its fair share of errors.

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    you're being very technical there i do realize that Wine isn't *technically* an emulator (hence the name WINE Wine Is Not an Emulator) but it serves the basic purpose of an emulator.
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    True.

    Wine/WineX is nice, you just need to remember that they are always being worked on. WineHQ releases a new version of Wine every three weeks.

    I personally hate Wine, if you want Windows just dual boot?

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    well getting Wine doesn't necessarily mean that you want Windows. There are just some applications that are excellently written for Windows which will never be ported to Linux.

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    ahhh, i see, thank you all for your help

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