Windows Games on Linux

Slowly there are more and more Windows games playable on the Linux Platform. With latest WineX there is taken an important step forwards.

Windows Gaming under Linux, game with WineX

The growing popularity of the Linux game depends for an important part on the gaming possibilities. Of course lots of people only use their computers for serous productive work, but the majority wants to have some fun as well.

Gaming under Linux was always a weakness. There were limited Linux games available and Windows games did not play on Linux.

The last half year has seen some change in this. With the outcome of the latest version of Wine 2x and WineX 3.x, Windows gaming under Linux is taken a step further. In this issue we concentrate on the commercial version of Wine especially for playing Windows games under Linux, WineX. Next month we will discus Wine itself in a separate article.

What is WineX

Simply said, WineX creates an environment for Windows games to run under Linux and is developed by transgaming.com. More technically said, WineX is an alternative implementation of Microsoft’s Win32 Application Programming Interfaces (API) which form the basis to run all Windows software. The Win32 APIs themselves are extremely broad, covering thousands of functions like file and disk management, etc.

Is it free?

It’s not a free software package distributed under GNU license, but you have to pay for it via a subscription service with a minimum subscription of three months of $15 or a year subscription of $60.
However you can download a trial version from
http://www.downseek.com/download/25339.asp

How many Windows Games work properly under WineX?

According to our research well over 300 Windows games work well under WineX. These include high rated games and entry level games as well. Some examples of popular Windows games are Max Payne, The Sims, Sim City, Spiderman, Half Life, Medal of Honor, Civilization, Emperor, GTA3, Counterstrike and much more Shooter, Strategy, Adventure, Action and other popular Platform and 3D games.

For a complete list of playable Windows games go to http://www.transgaming.com/dogamesearch.php?order=working&showall=1

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