If you use Linux or OSX or maybe your just considering switching to one of these operating systems and you like to game, then you should consider your options for playing PC titles. Unfortunately, finding workarounds to play games is a part of life for those who decide to wander away from Windows, the main problem is that these two operating systems still lack major support by many developers.
Why so little support?
The gaming industry follows the numbers and Windows dominates the market with about 70% of users running some version of Microsoft Windows. Linux based operating systems are also difficult to support due to the large amount of distributions available, developers would need to ensure that installation and patching work well over every distribution and that alone is a huge task to take on.
Why use Wine?
Yes, it is entirely possible to use boot camp to run Windows applications on Mac hardware but it can be quite annoying having to reboot to play a game and some people would rather not have to manage another entire OS which also takes up valuable drive space. So if you feel this way then Wine is a good solution for you.
A Few Wine Solutions
Wine is not only a beverage, it’s also a really handy tool that Linux and Mac users can use to play their favorite PC games without having to run Windows. The name Wine comes from an acronym, “Wine is Not an Emulator”. Wine does not try to to simulate a Windows environment, rather it actually translates API calls on-the-fly and this leads to significant performance gains over pure emulation. Wine is open source and has solid support, I have been using for years on my Open SUSE desktop and it works very well. For Details on how to download,install and use Wine on Linux head to the official Wine Wiki.
Wine can be downloaded and ran on many different distributions of Linux.
- Solaris 10/SXCE
- Open Solaris
You can find support for older versions of Mac OS but if you’re still using a Power PC Mac unfortunately Wine won’t work. The OS I am referring to in this article is OSX Mountain Lion. Wine can be ran on OSX (intel Macs) with a little bit of work using Xcode and MacPort. If you would like a rundown on how to run Wine on OSX you can head over to another great site ran by a fellow geek/nerd David Baumgold, he has step-by-step instructions on how to run Wine on OSX here.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to do all of these steps to run Wine you can try CrossOver. CrossOver is a simple and easy to use application that uses Wine to run your PC games. CrossOver was created by CodeWeavers and has great support, you can try it for free to see how everything works. The program sells $39.95, $49.95 and $59.95 depending on which package you buy. The more expensive packages offer longer terms for support and considering the headaches that can be involved trying to run PC software on different platforms, it’s well worth the one-time cost. Don’t forget to look for coupon codes! You can save money upon check out by looking up coupon codes, so don’t forget to do this.