linux games

Marcus Brubaker marcus.brubaker-H217xnMUJC0sA/PxXw9srA at
Fri Nov 18 20:28:49 UTC 2005

Franco Saliola wrote:

>It's that time of year again. Gift-buying season.
>So I have this friend that is slowly coming round to installing linux
>on his 64bit laptop. We will be setting up his machine for dual boot
>in January, once some big December deadlines are out of the way.
>However, one of his complaints about linux is its lack of games. Now,
>rumour has it that there are some great games available for linux. But
>my favourite video game is Ms Pacman (with the speedup hack, so she is
>moving much faster than all the ghosts), so my knowledge of video
>games doesn't extend much further than MAME.
>Anyone have some suggestions for some linux games that would really
>impress a PC (Windows) gamer? And as it's a gift, I don't mind paying
>for the game.

On the for pay side TuxGames ( is your friend.  
Cedega is good for what its worth.  As others have pointed out people 
can argue forever about whether it's the right thing to do but the fact 
is for the games that it works for, it works fairly well and is often 
the only option.  Also, as a bonus, Transgaming (makers of Cedega) is a 
Canadian company based in Ottawa.

On the free side one of the best OSS games I've ever seen is Battle for 
Wesnoth which is a turn based strategy game.  Warning: it is HIGHLY 
addictive.  I think I lost a few weeks of productivity when I first 
discovered it.

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