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I always wanted to use GNU/Linux (probably Debian), but I play video games and so I use Windows. But as it seems like with proton many games are now playable on GNU/Linux, I wanted to ask you, what your experience with games on GNU/Linux was.

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    To sum it all up: Initially... nothing worked, then something worked but poorly. Then something worked, something didn't and when an up date came out nothing worked again.

    Lot of distro hopping, tweaking and lot of reinstalling games was involved.

    Right now I've settled on Fedora Linux but for quite a while I ran with Manjaro. Initially i mostly installed using Lutris or the install scripts but lately I've been using Steam with this Steam Proton build: https://github.com/GloriousEggroll/...
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    Who cares? Use windows for your games and make it dual boot if you need linux native or in a VM if you want it comfortable without rebooting.

    Or get yourself a Raspi 4 and use that as your linux machine until you're convinced to switch completely
  • 4
    Usually I play games in Linux just fine. 90% of my steam library works flawlessly. Some games do require more attention though, and for that I have a VM with Windows on it and GPU passthrough. Works perfectly tbh.
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    @ddephor I already have 3 Raspberry Pis (that's why I would probably use Debian) and I already thought about dual boot, but I want to only use own os
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    @Tayo That sounds great, what distro are you using?
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    @Sh4d0w oh here we go! I use Arch btw.
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    i'm on debian and i can play:
    steam/rogalia
    steam/unturned
    ur-quan masters/star control II
    wine/diablo II
    diablo directly in browser
    open transport tycoon deluxe 1.8 including games on community servers
    openxcom
    openarena
    xcom: alien invasion
    xonotic
    minecraft
    salem the game and steam:town of salem
    haven&hearth
    minetest
    shisen-sho
    hope that is enough for you :)
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    In short, it's actually surprisingly good. Older games work more or less flawlessly through either Steam+Proton or a PlayOnLinux script. Some games have Linux ports, which are usually worse than windows but at least they run natively (also Proton sometimes outperforms them, which is hilarious). Expect at 20% performance hit on average, which can dip to 50% or higher for a poorly supported game (usually gets better over time though). Running newest AAA games can be tricky sometimes because of either some proprietary tech or anticheat or just bad support, stuff usually gets sorted out in a few months.

    Some studios like Valve have great Linux builds though.

    If you have a good GPU with Vulkan support you should be okay, basically.
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    @bvs23bkv33 I see XCOM and diablo 2, I approve
  • 4
    Use the best tool available. In case of gaming, that means having Windows installed.

    Steam is pushing to increase the Linux support for games, but if you want an hassle-free experience: use Windows.

    I used to dual boot, but since my home desktop has become my dedicated gaming machine, I don't bother anymore and it only runs Windows for now.

    I have Linux installed on my work Laptops that I use for developing. (And it suffices for a round of CS:GO with my colleagues from time to time.)

    It's not either or. You can use both. Unless it's MacOS. Nobody wants MacOS.
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    @k0pernikus I want MacOS to support iOS. As for actually using the system, no fuck outta here
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    Except for one game (which I don't play a lot) that crashes sometimes, its like native for me from the start and I mostly play windows-only games.

    Kubuntu, for the record.

    Also, I wouldn't use windows for gaming myself so if this wouldn't work, I wouldn't game :)
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    I don't know if you have encountered this or not but WSL is a great option if you want the Linux command prompt while staying inside the Windows ecosystem. I personally used this for a very long time before committing myself to a dedicated Linux distro as I didn't have use for Windows anymore. Just be careful in WSL as it's not a sandbox. Whatever you do can impact the system.
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    There are some shots fired at linux, especially one of very popular anti cheats - EAC dropped linux support as part of war against steam. Steam on other hand pushes linux support harder than proffesional streamer pushes report button.

    So steam games are progressively getting better and better, but dont expect anything, honestly. Some games will work like shit, some games will work great, and some wont even start. It's very specific to what exacly you play.

    There are websites where its ranked what game plays like. For example, let's say you want to play overwatch - https://lutris.net/games/overwatch/
    it seems it's OK.

    Maybe some APEX legends? https://lutris.net/games/...
    Well, you are f**ked.
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    Cant edit now, but apparently Epic backpedaled from dropping linux support for EAC after backlash. I didnt know that.
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    I’d think that Steam makes this easier
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    If you are scared to make mistakes partitioning your disk, you could buy a dedicated 128gb ssd and install it on that.
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    War Thunder, CS:GO and most Proton games work flawlessly on Ubuntu for me. Often they're even faster than they were on Windows. Nvidia can be a PITA though.
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    @Lor-inc

    Especially when you have bright idea of updating it manually. Oh boi I bricked way too many distros doing that (yeah Im not that good with linuxes)
  • 0
    @Lor-inc I've had little to no issues with nvidia up until I hit Fedora 31 - couldn't get it to play nice with hybrid graphics on my laptop. Works flawlessly on my desktop.

    Also, WoW, TF2, Warframe, GTA V and Squad runs fine for me.
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    @DubbaThony I find protondb a better source for Steam related games on linux.
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    @Tayo Narrator: “it did not work perfectly”
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    @aviophile but it did after 5 days of messing about with KVM and WINE, or did it? 🤔
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