Windows games on Wine

I wanted to give big KUDOs to the developers of the Wine project. Lately I’ve been trying a couple of my favorite Windows games (from back when I had a Windows machine and time to play). Namely, Baldurs Gate I & II, Heroes of Might and Magic III and Starcraft. All of them run out of the box and absolutely flawlessly! With sound, graphics, everything! This is really amazing. Ok, these games are quite old now (I still consider them classics), but from what I hear, newer games like WoW run almost perfect too.

Somehow, I can relate to the developers of the Wine project, after all, they are doing much the same thing as we did in the GNU Classpath project, only that the specs are much much worse.

It even integrates nicely into the desktop: When you click an .exe (e.g. on the setup CD) it launches correctly with Wine. After you installed a program, it shows up in the Gnome menu. Perfect!

If you have some old favorite Windows games lying around, and last time you checked they haven’t been doing anything useful (ahem) on Linux, I think there’s a good chance that they now work out of the box, or with only little effort. Again, big KUDOs to the Wine devs! Soon they are releasing 1.0, yay!


About Roman Kennke
JVM Hacker, Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat's OpenJDK team, Shenandoah GC project lead, Java Champion

3 Responses to Windows games on Wine

  1. Lars Westergren says:

    You have good taste in games, Roman.

  2. akshay says:

    Nice to visit this blog

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