Why is gaming on linux so damn impossible? And by games I mean real big titles not tetris.

Waifuracer

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So as a diehard Win7 fan I am forced to move on from my comfortable, reliable, clean windows 7 I have been using for 10 years to something else as end of support is here. Im not gonna use windows 10 even if they hold a gun to my head, the obvious alternative was linux. I like zorin a lot so installed it and its been 3 days and other than minecraft I couldnt get a single game to work on linux and now Im getting withdrawal symptoms that I cant play with anything. Wine is useless, Rainbow 6 and WOT are the two main games I play with, wot client runs fine in wine but the launcher does not so unless I have a windows dual-booted that I use to update my wot client I cant use it. Rainbow cant be played through wine as you need steam and uplay to run with it, protondb doesnt work with it so Im trying to get around all of this with VMware. Or at least I wanted to but its god awful slow. Virtualbox with the same machine settings runs smooth but that has very limited graphics capability that is not suitable to run games like this even at the lowest settings. But even if they ran fine, I would rather not play because whats the point of a GTX 970 if I play like Im on intel hd?

Dual-boot isnt an option, because it defeats the purpose of having linux. Might as well go back to win7 and get a paid anti-virus... I dont want to jump around between OS's.

Is there any way to play normally on linux? Or was I bamboozled.

System:
Intel Xeon E3-1230 3.20Ghz
16GB DDR3 HyperX genesis
Galax GTX 970 4GB
 


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These are valid questions young fella, and I can only guess at your frustration.



(Wizard appears in a puff of smoke)

G'day @Waifuracer and welcome to linux.org :)

I will move this Thread to our Linux Gaming Section, where we have a number of enthusiasts who are trying different solutions and coming up with help all the time.

Maybe put together a short list of your Fave Games and see what they can say?

Good luck and I will watch with interest.

Cheers

Chris Turner
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Hello Waifuracer,

Welcome to Linux.org .

Plain and simple games are designed for Windows OSs and not Linux.

When it comes to serious pc gaming Windows rules and ain't no better.

 

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My solution is this.
Use Windows 7 for gaming, install VMware or Virtualbox to run a Linux OS for internet "things".
Yes Windows 7 is no longer supported, but provided you keep for system clean, everything should be fine.
I've used this solution for almost a year, works for myself.
 

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Keeping the system clean could be easier said than done. A lack of support from msoft servers/security teams will leave win 7 highly vulnerable...similar to win xp now.
Opening win 7 etc to the open internet (eg gaming platforms) is asking for trouble, and I have no doubt you will get said trouble.
Eventually a paid AV will lose its effectiveness...and interest on the part of the supplier (they will only think in terms of $ coming in...as the number of win 7 users willing to pay the fee drops off so will their interest)....as they have with xp

Personally, if i were addicted to gaming, I would dual boot Linux and win 10. Putting roadblocks/mindset blocks in the way of all possible alternatives etc will lead exactly where do you do not wish to be.....nowhere.
 
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SeanK

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So as a diehard Win7 fan I am forced to move on from my comfortable, reliable, clean windows 7 I have been using for 10 years to something else as end of support is here. Im not gonna use windows 10 even if they hold a gun to my head, the obvious alternative was linux. I like zorin a lot so installed it and its been 3 days and other than minecraft I couldnt get a single game to work on linux and now Im getting withdrawal symptoms that I cant play with anything. Wine is useless, Rainbow 6 and WOT are the two main games I play with, wot client runs fine in wine but the launcher does not so unless I have a windows dual-booted that I use to update my wot client I cant use it. Rainbow cant be played through wine as you need steam and uplay to run with it, protondb doesnt work with it so Im trying to get around all of this with VMware. Or at least I wanted to but its god awful slow. Virtualbox with the same machine settings runs smooth but that has very limited graphics capability that is not suitable to run games like this even at the lowest settings. But even if they ran fine, I would rather not play because whats the point of a GTX 970 if I play like Im on intel hd?

Dual-boot isnt an option, because it defeats the purpose of having linux. Might as well go back to win7 and get a paid anti-virus... I dont want to jump around between OS's.

Is there any way to play normally on linux? Or was I bamboozled.

System:
Intel Xeon E3-1230 3.20Ghz
16GB DDR3 HyperX genesis
Galax GTX 970 4GB
Try POPOS.....

 

f33dm3bits

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Steam has plenty of games they have ported to Linux and also a lot games that work via protondb Games such as Rainbow Six won't work under Linux because of the anti-cheat software. Have a look at Lutris, I have been gaming for about 10 years on Linux although it has gotten alot better in the couple years with Steam developing proton. Also check out this youtube video may help you out and give you some new insights.
 

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As a couple of the above posters stated, get Steam. Steam has a new tool in their arsenal called Proton. It's based off of WINE and allows you to play most Windows games thru it. The have a database you can check out that lets you know how well the game runs on Linux and what tweaks you need to make to get it working if it doesn't work out of the box. The DB site is https://www.protondb.com/. I just did a search on Rainbow Six and most are Gold, except for one that was Silver and one that was Borked.
 

SeanK

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So as a diehard Win7 fan I am forced to move on from my comfortable, reliable, clean windows 7 I have been using for 10 years to something else as end of support is here. Im not gonna use windows 10 even if they hold a gun to my head, the obvious alternative was linux. I like zorin a lot so installed it and its been 3 days and other than minecraft I couldnt get a single game to work on linux and now Im getting withdrawal symptoms that I cant play with anything. Wine is useless, Rainbow 6 and WOT are the two main games I play with, wot client runs fine in wine but the launcher does not so unless I have a windows dual-booted that I use to update my wot client I cant use it. Rainbow cant be played through wine as you need steam and uplay to run with it, protondb doesnt work with it so Im trying to get around all of this with VMware. Or at least I wanted to but its god awful slow. Virtualbox with the same machine settings runs smooth but that has very limited graphics capability that is not suitable to run games like this even at the lowest settings. But even if they ran fine, I would rather not play because whats the point of a GTX 970 if I play like Im on intel hd?

Dual-boot isnt an option, because it defeats the purpose of having linux. Might as well go back to win7 and get a paid anti-virus... I dont want to jump around between OS's.

Is there any way to play normally on linux? Or was I bamboozled.

System:
Intel Xeon E3-1230 3.20Ghz
16GB DDR3 HyperX genesis
Galax GTX 970 4GB
I'm guessing your concern is privacy? (mine too) My advice is install a dual boot with Windows 10 only for gaming and use Linux for everything else. I do not play many games these days but its handy to have the option.

Proton on Steam works well in Linux too but its not comprehensive and some of the other options like Wine I have found hit and miss.

BTW I think you should check but if memory serves Zorin collects a certain amount of end user data. I would suggest Manjaro which has a gaming edition or Linux Mint Debbie.
 

f33dm3bits

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Proton on Steam works well in Linux too but its not comprehensive and some of the other options like Wine I have found hit and miss.
Before the Linux steam client and proton I used to run my games via crossover which I had a decent amount of games running with. Since Steam started developing proton really haven't had the need to run anything using crossover anymore.
 



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