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Will Ubuntu allow me to play games like I do in Windows?
Installing and running games

I install game after game through Wine but not one game will play after installation. Do I need to install more apps or do games just not work on Ubuntu 12.04?

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marked as duplicate by Jacob Johan Edwards, Eliah Kagan, jokerdino, Tachyons, fossfreedom Jul 29 '12 at 21:31

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You need to specify which games you are talking about to get any help. –  reverendj1 Jul 26 '12 at 21:05

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It requires some configuration through Wine to make it function. To be honest Wine doesn't emulate them that well and is likely a waste of your time. Wine is mainly for utilities on linux.

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While it's true that Wine doesn't tend to work as well as Windows for gaming and some games don't work on it at all, quite a few games and other non-"utility" programs run quite well with Wine, as documented here. Here's one example among many. –  Eliah Kagan Jul 24 '12 at 20:12
    
What configurations do I need to do and is there an alternative to use to get my games to run? –  Clint Jul 24 '12 at 20:12
    
@Clint You'd have to ask specifically about a particular game, to get an answer to that. As Marcel's answer says, the Wine Application Database often contains specific information about how to get particular games and other programs working. –  Eliah Kagan Jul 24 '12 at 20:55
    
Why do you people down vote an accepted answer? –  Matthew Kaulfers Jul 27 '12 at 6:50
    
"Why do you people accept a down voted answer?" can be asked as well. –  JMCF125 Aug 30 '13 at 10:53

http://appdb.winehq.org/ has an extensive list of games and apps that work with wine. Any games that are listed as platinum or gold for your version are worth trying out.

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Some examples of games that work on wine with minimal configuration (according to the appdb, the site Marcel's answer mentions):

  • StarCraft I
  • Guild Wars
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Counter-Strike
  • The Sims 3
  • Warcraft III The Frozen Throne
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
  • Bioshock 1.0
  • Portal
  • Portal 2
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