Appendix B: Games
Not all major, mainstream games run natively on GNU/Linux, but there are still plenty of gaming options.
B.1 Native GNU/Linux Games
B.1.1 openSUSE Build Service Games Repository
Some games are included in the official openSUSE repositories, but the Games repository on the openSUSE Build Service includes a lot more games. You can easily add this repository via the list of Community Repositories as described in the chapter about Software Repositories
Or add the games repository using the command line:
zypper addrepo -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/games/openSUSE_12.3/ games
B.1.2 Steam Gaming Platform and Store
The repository mentioned above also includes a package ('steam') for the Steam gaming platform and store.
The Desura distribution service for gamers provides easy access to non-free indie games, see:
B.1.4 Other GNU/Linux Gaming Resources
Linux Game Publishing buy titles and port them to GNU/Linux, see:
Lots and lots more of free and non-free games exist - some small and simple, others quite big, and many very good. Check out some of these sites:
B.2 Running MS Windows Games
Some software available for GNU/Linux allows you to run games developed for MS Windows on GNU/Linux - ease of use and success rate may vary - however, the more popular the game, the more likely it is to be supported.
Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is the first option, it's free software installable via the package manager. See the Wine app database for information on running individual games:
Wine is a command line application, the syntax is:
B.2.2 CrossOver Games
A second option is CrossOver Games which is an effort based on Wine. See:
Another option that lets you run MS Windows games is Cedega. They have some MS Windows games officially certified for being ran this way. See:
Numerous emulators exist, making it possible to run many old classic games of other platforms on GNU/Linux. For example:
- Amiga (UAE)
- Arcade (MAME)
- Atari (Stella, Steem)
- Commodore 64/128 (VICE)
- MS DOS (DOSBox, DOSEMU)
- Nintendo (infones, bsnes, nestopia)
- Play Station (pcsx, pcsx2)
||Usually you can only do this legally, if you own the original hardware/have a licence for it.
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