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August 18, 2006

Gaming on Linux

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubuntudemon @ 3:55 pm

There are less commercial games available for GNU/Linux then for Windows. (this is slightly better on the mac compared to windows)

If you want to play modern 3d games then you will need a proper videocard to support this. Nvidia supports its videocards in GNU/Linux reasonably well (although they don’t open source their drivers but that’s a different story). If you need a new videocard then don’t buy ATI/AMD videocards.

gaming videos on ubuntuvideo

Ubuntu Gamers Arena a gaming website dedicated to gaming on Ubuntu.

Here’s a list of native games which run (generally) well in Ubuntu. Native games are intended to run well on GNU/Linux. There are a couple of games such as the ones by id (the maker of quake and doom 3) that run native on GNU/Linux, windows and mac.

Here’s a list of non-native games ; some of which run well in Ubuntu if you use Cedega.

From the wikipedia cedega article :

A few games that work very well are:

  • Diablo II
  • Warcraft III
  • Max Payne and Max Payne 2
  • Sacrifice
  • Medal of Honour: Allied Assault
  • Grand Theft Auto III & Vice City
  • Battlefield 1942
  • Guild Wars


  1. Wine App DB has information and tips for getting non-native games going under wine:


    One game that does work extremely well under Wine, for me anyway, is World of Warcraft.

    Comment by John Little — August 18, 2006 @ 9:47 pm

  2. So.
    You say don’t buy ATI because they refuse to open their drivers up.
    using that logic we should also not buy Nvidia for exactly the same reason.
    If we don’t buy either then there is, in all reality no other options left.
    so that means we can’t play 3d accelerated games under linux.

    if that’s the case then no games will be made for Linux.

    so we’re back to being forced into bloody MS slavery again.

    We’re going to have to cut _some_ corners in these things.. or we’ll never get to the end.

    Comment by Marcus — August 21, 2006 @ 4:18 am

  3. I’m saying don’t buy ATI/AMD videocards because :
    – their drivers don’t work properly
    – they don’t open source their drivers so the community can’t improve them

    IMHO everyone should decide for themselves whether to buy intel/nvidia or something else.

    Comment by ubuntu_demon — August 22, 2006 @ 6:07 am

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