Alien Swarm

On September 20, 2010, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.12
Windowed: yes Full-screen: yes

Alien Swarm is a free Steam game download.

WINE SETTINGS:
Can configure with Virtual Desktop or set to run full-screen.  No library overrides were required

RUNNING THE GAME:
Everything appears to run well – though have not tested the networked multi-player 100% yet.

PROBLEMS NOTED:

  • game freezes when loses app focus – had to kill process with ps x


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Avencast: Rise of the Mage

On September 19, 2010, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.12
Windowed: no Full-screen: yes

Another game that started working after switching to an NVIDIA graphics card.

WINE CONFIGURATION:
No wine library overrides were required.

RUNNING THE GAME:
The game launches in fullscreen – see below for video issues – otherwise everything else appears to run fine.

PROBLEMS NOTED:

  • FAILED TO PLAY WMV title video + no codec etc… will have to look into getting WMV support. I went to the Avencast forums and found out there is a config utility not shown in Steam.  c:/Program files/Steam/steamapps/common/avencast/Options.exe. You can disable videos from there to avoid the errors.
  • ATI Cards cause character model artifacting and “frozen” models.
  • The game freezes if it loses focus
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Jade Empire: Special Edition

On September 19, 2010, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.3
Windowed: no Full-screen: yes


RUNNING THE GAME:
On first run I accepted the EULA. Then I ran the config utility. After that I tried to run the game and received the “Failed to launch Steam” error… I tried running the config utility again with same error…. the config utility was running in the background still – used PS AUX – so I killed the process and tried to run the game again…

The pre-loading window came up with music playing… a promising start… launching the game went to full screen… though the intro movies were running in black and white…

Once the main menu loaded everything appeared fine… I started a new game, created a character and began playing…

The first thing I noticed was artifacting on the screen… it appeared that graphics from the character creation screen were “ghosting” over the game… a little annoying though did not affect core gameplay…  It may be my ATI video card (Radeon 4870×2) causing this as a lot of times I get residual memory graphics showing up between initial launches / loading sequences…

Will have to do some more testing – but overall this game appears playable.

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Deus Ex: Invisible War

On September 19, 2010, in playable games, by Necron99
STATUS: reported working
Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.6, 1.3.18  
Wine Virtual Desktop: yes Full-screen: no

 


OLD TEST

WINE CONFIGURATION:
In order to get Deus Ex: Invisible war to run I had to set Wine to use a virtual desktop before launching Steam.

IN-GAME SETTINGS:
I had to run the game using Direct3D for video drivers at 1024 x 768 resolution, otherwise the game was unplayable on my system

RUNNING THE GAME:
The game first launches with a configuration app – I ended up selecting Direct3D as others seemed to cause problems with rendering. The game launched into a 640×480 window and I could only increase it to 1024 x 768. Once started the Deus Ex plays fine within the desktop window.

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Obulis

On September 19, 2010, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.6, 1.3.17 Winetricks .verb: click to download
Windowed: no Full-screen: yes

WINE CONFIGURATION:
No overrides or workarounds were required to play Obulis.

RUNNING THE GAME:
Obulis launched into full-screen mode from within Steam with no problems.  No problems were experienced after playing a few levels.

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RIP

On September 19, 2010, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.2 | 1.3.6
Windowed: no Full-screen: yes

REGEDIT REQUIRED: click here

Once done playing be sure to set the regedit back to MouseWarpOverride = enable

RUNNING THE GAME:
The game launched in 800×600 fullscreen and left the Gnome sidebars still visible. Changing the video resolution to 1027 x 768 corrected the screen. Game runs fine with MouseWarpOverride = force regedit.

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Osmos

On September 19, 2010, in playable games, steam for linux, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.8 Steam for Linux: yes
Windowed: yes Full-screen:yes

RUNNING THE GAME: 
Osmos launches fine from within Steam and is playable in fullscreen or in windowed mode on a virtual desktop.

This game is also available as a native Steam for Linux game.

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HowTo: Copy Steam Games From Windows to Linux

On September 14, 2010, in technical stuff, by Necron99

UPDATED: May 11, 2011

A few people have asked me how to copy Steam Games already downloaded in Windows to their Linux Steam installation. This also works for copying Steam game files from one location to another – just substitute folder locations as needed.

There are a few ways of doing this – but this way works for me everytime:

NOTE: this may not work if you did not install Steam in the same default folder for both of your installations – it doesn’t have to be c:/ on the Windows install… just at least /Steam for the main installation folder as far as I can tell. If you have any problems please post a comment on where your installed directories are on both Windows / Linux so I can update this How To. Thanks!

SOME PEOPLE ARE SKIPPING STEPS 1-5   –  this works too in most cases – NOTE: do not just copy the whole STEAMAPPS FOLDER OVER! Copy each of the games one at a time to avoid problems…

1) Open Steam in Linux

2) Select the game you want to install on Linux

3) Start installing / downloading it

4) Wait until the game gets to about 1%

5) Stop the download

6) Open the location of your Steam install

WINE ONLY: /home/username/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps  folder in your .wine installation folder
WINETRICKS INSTALLED STEAM: /home/username/.local/share/wineprefixes/steam/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/

You should should see your game GCF and/or NCF files there. This is why we started the download: to preload the folders and config / download files.  If you skipped steps 1-5 you will not see any game files…

7) Open the /Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common folder on your Windows partition or wherever you have your game files backed up.

8) Now on your Linux installation open the /steamapps/common Folder  – you should see your game folder there…. IF NOT it will be in /Steam/steamapps/YOURUSERNAME   – OR if you skipped steps 1-5 you will not see any game files…

9) Find the /GAMENAME folder and copy the whole /GAMENAME folder from Windows to Linux – OVERWRITING EVERYTHING that may have already been downloaded to your Linux folder…

10) Once you have finished the copying, go ahead and unpause the game download in the Steam Client. Steam will then start parsing the “downloaded” content – give it some time as it can take a few minutes for large games. You may also have to click unpause / resume a couple to times to fully scan the folder.

11) Right click the game title – select Properties > Local Files > Verify Game Cache

You should now have a copy of the game ready to run on your Linux Box. :D

 

Left 4 Dead 2

On September 13, 2010, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.12  
Windowed: not advised Fullscreen:yes

CONFIGURE WINE:
Set Wine to run in full screen = no virtual desktop. No library overrides are required.

GRAPHICS CONFIGURATION:
If you are experiencing a black screen turn off anti-aliasing on your graphics card.

RUNNING THE GAME:
Left 4 Dead 2 appears to run fine in full-screen mode. Have tested single and multiplayer games without any serious problems.  A little lag – though that’s probably the servers = doesn’t happen with single player local servers.


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Half-Life 2: Deathmatch

On September 13, 2010, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.9
Windowed: not advised Fullscreen: yes

This game works fine with NVIDIA cards – ATI card was causing random crashes…

WINE SETUP:
No library overrides were required. Do not use a virtual desktop for best results.

RUNNING THE GAME:
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch launches and plays perfectly – no problems at all so far.


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