What's the state of PC Gaming on Linux in 2021?


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Jun 5, 2021
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I'm one of those crotchety old men still waving my stick at Windows 10 while I run my no-longer-receiving-security-updates Windows 7. I actually would have updated a while ago but I'm planning a new PC build so I figured I may as well wait till then.
As I get closer to the day that I'll be moving forward with a new operating system, I find myself thinking about Linux. My day job is programming, and I love tinkering with home automation and other such topics -- in fact, part of my upcoming PC build will be custom LED screens to display hard drive health, driven by a Python script I wrote https://trackeasy.fun/usps/ https://showbox.tools/. Linux kind of seems like an obvious fit (I mean, Ubuntu or one of the lower-maintenance distros, I'm not quite willing to dive into the deep-end of crazy that some other distros throw at you). The only exception is gaming, duh.
The last time I tried running Windows games on Linux through Wine was about 4 or 5 years ago, and to be honest I had a lot of trouble getting it working. I'm wondering if we have any PC Linux gamers on this subreddit that are able to give me an unbiased perspective on the state of PC gaming on Linux, again, probably Ubuntu? How is it? Is it the nightmare I remember, does it work absolutely flawlessly, or something in between?
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It depends.

There are literally hundreds of native Linux games.

Then there are web based games. Lutris, Steam, etc... these tend to run very well on Linux.

Some major games such as Minecraft have been ported to Linux.

Wine runs simpler, low resource games pretty well. Think StarCraft II or World of WarCraft.

It you're playing outland, or TitanFall, you will likely want to stick with a PC.

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