I just installed Ubuntu for the first time and am trying to figure a way to play Windows games on Linux. I've read you need to use Wine, and I'm just wondering how exactly I go about doing this correctly. I've read a lot of conflicting information.
I would recommend
PlayOnLinux as a front end for Wine.
PlayOnLinux run the following commands from a terminal window:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install playonlinux
Note, PlayOnLinux installs Wine if it is not installed.
After it is installed and you run it for the first time, you will see an application that looks like this:
Click on the Install button. In the search box, type in Steam. Select Steam. Then click Install in the lower right. PlayOnLinux should download the needed files to install Steam. Note: Unfortunately, not every application is downloaded like this. Some applications will have to be downloaded manually, or you need the installation media.
PlayOnLinux should configure Wine for the application if it is found in the install menu like Steam is. Sometimes you might need to search https://www.winehq.com for tweaks to games to make them work correctly.
When it is completed, all you should have to do is to click on Steam in the box, then click Run above, or you can double-click on Steam to launch it.
Hope this helps!
Once you have installed wine, you can download the Windows version of steam and install it. Then you run this version of steam through wine and download your windows games. I have had mixed success with this approach, but in many cases it's better than dual booting.