I seem to remember hearing about a special version of Wine that was optimized for games. What is this Wine called and where can I get it?
Here are your options:
- Free Wine built into Ubuntu. If this works for the application in question (which it often does) then there's no reason to go to any extra effort.
- Wine betas from Wine PPA. Add the Wine PPA (note that in 10.10 Administration->Software Sources is now inside Software Center as Edit->Software Sources). Then install the wine1.3 package and you'll be on your way. Doing this will also get you winetricks, which can help many applications work more quickly -- if you see instructions on AppDB, for instance, they often suggest commands like "winetricks vcrun2005"
- Codeweavers Crossover Games. It's paid software, but it has a one month trial. Note that unlike Transgaming's Cedega, Codeweavers actually contributes to the Wine project and bases their product off of the mainstream Wine -- they just include a few specific hacks for their supported applications.
- Dual booting, native games, virtual machines, and various other non-answers.
You are probaly looking for PlayOnLinux, which is a front-end to wine, that allows you to use the wine version and settings that has been confirmed to work with a certain game.
Codeweavers's got a version of their wine-based Crossover that is specifically for games. They've got a trial version: http://www.codeweavers.com/
I have bought their crossover office version and can vouch for it to work really well -- it's easy to install and managing the windows apps is really smooth, and most importantly: office (and other windows apps as well) works!
There is a commercial wine respin called Cedega and it is available from http://www.cedega.com
They focus on patches to make games run flawlessly and provide support for certain games.
I am not going to advertise for them here, so check out the site if you want to know more.
There is another project: http://vineyardproject.org/. You might want to check out that too.