Chapter 7. Gaming in Fedora and RHEL

In This Chapter

  • Gaming in Linux

  • Playing open source games in Fedora

  • Finding commercial Linux games

  • Running Windows games in Linux

Every type of PC gaming is available now with Linux. Whether you are looking for a solitaire game to fill time or a full-blown online 3D gaming experience, you will have dozens (or hundreds) of choices on the Linux desktop. A strong gaming special interest group within the Fedora project has insured that many open source games not only run, but run well, in Fedora.

Although some companies, such as ID Software (Quake) and Epic Games (Unreal Tournament) have done work to port their games to Linux, others have used third-party developers (such as RuneSoft) to port commercial games to Linux. Independent games developers, such as Frictional Games (http://frictionalgames.com) and Introversion Software (http://www.introversion.co.uk) are now producing high-quality gaming experiences in Linux. Linux clients for commercial online gaming, such as EVE Online (http://www.eve-online.com), are also available.

Some experts predict that gaming will be the software category that brings Linux into homes. The unfortunate truth is that many of the current "hot" titles still need to be coaxed onto Linux with some kind of Win32 emulation (such as Cedega, at www.cedega.com). But even this is getting easier and more dependable. While the number of popular game applications is fairly limited at the moment, like everything else in Linux, more games ...

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