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Is it true, gaming on Linux is terrible?

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So after my recent HDD failure I am stuck in a two predicaments, 1st is figuring out what to replace the failed HDD with, the second is what OS to use. I am not sure I feel like going through the steps necessary to install the copy of win 7 I have.

I have always been interested in learning Linux, dont think I would have an issue with it, but my computer is used mainly for gaming, internet and media (hooked to two monitors and my TV/surround sound for my living room). I was thinking of abandoning my copy of windows 7 I obtained in the harbor of illegitimate privateers and decking out the new HDD or SSD with linux, but only if I can still game without headaches or loss of performance as well as run media just as well.

Any info would be appreciated

*please if you are a fanboy of a particular OS or just a Linux detractor and would like to shout about perceived deficiencies or regurgitated idioms please dont post, just looking for facts, not opinions or prejudices
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WINE is pretty much where it's at as far as gaming.
You can check the compatibility of titles you want to play from their database.
http://www.winehq.org

Keep in mind (might have changed in the past few months, not sure) that nVidia are generally more widely supported and reliable under Linux.
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Linux is a good environment if you do alot of desktop suite/internet use.

outside of like Quake Wars, Doom 3, there are not any good native Linux games.
    
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I've had pretty good luck with Linux gaming. I run Mint, it's an offshoot of Ubuntu, and with wine, crossover and winetricks I can play most games just fine on my system.
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Linux gaming pales in comparison to Windows. (AFAIK because DirectX is proprietary and some anti-cheating programs aren't compatible with Linux.)
WINE can get some games to work.
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So, what I am hearing is, while it may work fairly well in most cases, its not a be all end all yet and if I were to use it as my only OS I could very possibly run into a situation where a game I want to play I may not be able to, especially online because of some anti-cheat software not working. About right?
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post #7 of 43
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Originally Posted by sLowEnd View Post
Linux gaming pales in comparison to Windows. (AFAIK because DirectX is proprietary and some anti-cheating programs aren't compatible with Linux.)
WINE can get some games to work.
I wouldn't say it pales, it's more like you don't get the games as early.

http://www.overclock.net/linux-unix/...added-cod.html

OP: It can work, I haven't had any Radeon experience but I know Nvidia cards work like a champ. I usually just play Urt though, and even when I get a new card it'll probably still be just Urt. The only really popular game I haven't gotten to work is BAC2, for some reason I get the black screen issue that seems to be plaguing people. All the COD games work, Crysis/Warhead... Ummm, what else is majorly popular atm? Idk, don't really care much. lol
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post #8 of 43
Greetz
You know, I don't hear too many people complaining that gaming sux on phones, pads, or any other handhelds or even consoles for that matter even though graphics and framerates are superior on Desktop PCs.

Also I don't hear anybody who has played it for more than an hour complain that Minecraft sux because it looks kind of like 8bit graphics. Everybody loves eye candy but who hasn't wasted money on a game that looked awesome and played awful?

So with those points in mind I will point out that I do 80-85% of my gaming in Linux and with a high performance, low latency kernel orders of magnitude more responsive than any version of windoze can even dream of, I am happy with the native games I play. They're really fun and that's primarily what I game for. That Linux version can often be tweaked for competitive edge moreso than the windoze version is just frosting on the cake.

That said, I also became totally addicted to Orange Box for almost a year. BioShock was pretty cool too. So what has happened for me is that I can pick and choose only the best of the best that won't play on Linux with my hardware in Wine at a reasonable rate and the lousy 30 seconds it takes to reboot to windoze for those is a small price to pay IMHO for all I get from Linux.
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post #9 of 43
From my experience, if you want to game on Linux, you're going to want to use an Nvidia card. Something about the Radeons not existing in the unix world or something...
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I played portal by installing steam and running it through wine. It was playable at 1440x900.

Worth a shot.
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