Chapter 23. Gaming with Linux


  • Gaming in Linux

  • Playing open source games

  • Running commercial Linux games

  • Playing Windows games in Linux

There are literally hundreds of games that run in Linux. Freely distributed games include popular card games, board games, strategy games, and and first-person shooter (FPS) games. The list of commercial games that will run in Linux has also grown steadily in recent years.

These days, many native Linux games are also network-enabled. You can battle tanks (BZFlag), create civilizations (freeciv), or play standard board games (gnuchess) against others on the Internet. In most cases, both the clients (playing the games) and the game servers (managing dozens or hundreds of players) will all run natively in Linux.

This chapter provides an overview of the state of Linux gaming today. It describes games that were created specifically to run in Linux, and explains how to find commercial games that run in Linux (either with a Linux version or running a Windows version along with Windows compatibility software, such as Cedega).

Overview of Linux Gaming

Linux is a wonderful platform for both running and, perhaps more especially, developing computer games. Casual gamers have no shortage of fun games to try. Hardcore gamers face a few more challenges with Linux. Here are some of the opportunities and challenges as you approach Linux gaming:

  • Plenty to play—If you just like to be diverted by playing some solitaire or shooting some asteroids, start with the ...

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