Mint Linux 12 + Cinnamon Desktop

On February 18, 2012, in news, technical stuff, by Necron99

I have recently started using the Cinnamon desktop on top of Mint Linux 12 and can say that I’m impressed and games seem to be running just as well, if not better on Cinnamon.

 

Sid Meier’s Civilization V

On February 16, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

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STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.4
Virtual Desktop: ? Full-screen: yes
 

Submitted by: Jake Smith

Wine Windows Version: Windows XP

WINE Library Overrides/ Winetricks Present: Winetricks: *gameoverlayrender (disabled)

Game configuration notes:
Installed Steam via winetricks, using default settings for app install, then restored/downloaded Civ5 in Steam. Then run Civ 5 via Steam, and enjoy.

Not tested: Multiplayer/Virtual Desktop

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Morrowind Graphics Extender on Linux

On February 11, 2012, in broken games, by Necron99

While the Steam Morrowind version will run on Linux, using the Morrowind Graphics Extender and installed graphics mods is a definite must to get updated graphics…

Unfortunately I found it impossible to install and run.  All research on-line also shows it is not possible to run MGE under Wine…

 

Alice: Madness Returns

On January 14, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

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STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.36
Virtual Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes
 

IMPORTANT: this game uses EA’s on-line activation process which may limit the number of installs of this game.  Wine updates cause this activation to repeat itself and will reduce the number of installs allowed.  EA DRM SUCKS BALLZ! I paid for this game and should be able to install it anywhere I want as many times as I want…

Anyhoo = I installed Steam + Alice: Madness Returns in it’s own clean wineprefix using “winetricks steam” from the terminal

Close Steam then run

winetricks vcrun6
winetricks vcrun2005
winetricks xact

In winecfg in Steam prefix set Windows version to Windows 7 + delete any dll overrides except disabled steam overlay renderer.

If you don’t delete the DLL overrides you will not have sound once in the game.

Launch Steam and install the game. The game should launch as normal after trying to install the usual .Net packages…

While the gameplay is standard console / on rails – this game is worth it for the visuals alone! The story is pretty wicked too…

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Wine Update Fixes Jumpy Steam Windows

On January 14, 2012, in news, by Necron99

As of 1.3.36 it appears moving Steam windows around on the desktop works properly.  Steam Windows on X desktop no longer tend to jump around… as much ;)

 

Skyrim – The Elder Scrolls V

On January 1, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

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STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.32
Virtual Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes
 

I installed Steam + Skyrim in it’s own clean wineprefix using “winetricks steam” from the terminal 

Close Steam then run

winetricks xact
winetricks vcrun2008
winetricks d3dx9_42

These should be run in the new Steam wineprefix – to do this run winetricks – then select the Steam wineprefix – then run the terminal (debugging) then run the above commands.

I then launched Steam and installed the game as per normal.

On first launch the game installs 3 items – and froze up on the last .Net – so I just cancelled it and ran the game again. It again tried to install .Net though the game launcher still came up…

I had to set in Options Anti-aliasing to NONE or video didn’t work for me.

Skyrim runs – though at reduced framerates for me… it may just be my graphics card.

Windows Version: Windows XP (I have PulseAudio + ALSA so had to use XP to get sound)

WINE Library Overrides/ Winetricks Present: 
xact / vcrun2008 / d3dx9_42

Registry Tweaks to improve framerates (not everyone will need this = again probably my graphics card)
videomemorysize=1024
glsl=disabled

Skyrim.ini Tweaks I used (from Reddit):

Disable the smooth mouse:

  1. Go to Steam Directory > steamapps > common > skyrim > Skyrim
  2. Backup SkyrimPrefs.ini
  3. Change bMouseAcceleration=1 to bMouseAcceleration=0

Fix the vsync / laggy mouse problem

  1. Go to Steam Directory > steamapps > common > skyrim > Skyrim
  2. Backup SkyrimPrefs.ini
  3. Under [Display] add iPresentInterval=0
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King Arthur: Collection

On December 31, 2011, in broken games, by Necron99

STATUS: broken Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.35
Virtual Desktop: n/a Full-screen: n/a
 

I installed Steam + King Arthur: Collection in it’s own clean wineprefix using “winetricks steam” from the terminal

I then ran in terminal:

winetricks physx
winetricks vcrun2008
w_call d3dx9
w_call d3dx10

On running the game the error “Cannot load EngineSupplier.dll” comes up and asks to re-install DirectX. Doing so results in failure and the game is still unable to run.

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Space Pirates & Zombies (SPAZ)

On December 25, 2011, in playable games, steam for linux, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: N/A Steam for Linux: yes
Virtual Desktop: N/A
Full-screen: yes
 

SPAZ is now available as Steam for Linux native install

The game installed and played fine using the Steam for Linux Beta

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Alien Breed: Impact

On December 25, 2011, in playable games, by Necron99

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STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.28
Virtual Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes
 

On launch Alien Breed install PhysX and DirectX components. These completed without problems.

Windows Version: Windows XP

WINE Library Overrides/ Winetricks Present: none

Everything appears to play ok, though I experienced some frame-rate stuttering issues during the numerous and constant explosions at the start of the game.

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Avadon: The Black Fortress

On December 25, 2011, in playable games, by Necron99

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STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.28
Virtual Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes
 

Avadon: The Black Fortress installs fine and doesn’t require any overrides to play.

This is a pretty fun old-school RPG game.

Windows Version: Windows XP

WINE Library Overrides/ Winetricks Present:
none
 

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