The state of gaming on Linux

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Games via PlayDeb

The Ubuntu Software Center includes many free games in addition to the countless commercial titles. Among the most popular games are "Battle for Wesnoth," then somewhere down the list, the fighting hedgehogs of "Hedgewars."

The website also provides a series of games for Ubuntu, with a few interesting examples you can't find in the default Software Center.

To include this repository, go to a terminal using Ctrl+Alt+T and enter the following command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository 'deb raring-getdebapps games'
$ sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.comA8A515F046D7E7CF
$ sudo apt-get update

Those in the know will immediately see that this is not the original Playdeb repository. At the time of writing, this repository wasn't available, and the mirror site had not yet updated to Ubuntu 13.04.

Gaming community

Big things are happening for gamers on Ubuntu. Besides the advances with Steam and other game engines, major companies such as Electronic Arts and Blizzard are taking an interest. But as long as some vendors maintain a preference for Windows, you might need to rely on PlayOnLinux, Wine, or one of the commercial Wine variants to run your Windows games on Linux.

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