I’m a gamer. I admit it. I love gaming, I love playing games on the computer, I love getting into a good game for hours on end. Great escapism.
My most recent interest is playing Evil Genius, which I first played at Ubercon about a year ago. This isn’t a new game, and it’s not a darling of all the first person shooter Halo nuts. And there, alas, is it’s downfall in the eyes of the Transgaming folks.
By the way, dont’ get me wrong here. I value highly the work they have done bringing WineX to a commercial product. My problem is that I don’t think it’ll really work. The obstacles are too high to overcome, the number of games too many, and the number of ways Windows is an unstable moving target in application development terms makes their job (the concept of running Windows games on a Linux platform) unwinnable.
The games that get the attention are the darlings of the hard core gamers. We’re talking World of Warcraft, Doom3, Age of Empires, etc etc etc. These are what folks are playing NOW. Transgaming just does’nt have the manpower or resources to go back to games that are ‘yesterdays news’ or uninteresting.
I bought a Cedega license and will continue to support them, but I feel their mission is not going to be winnable. I’d even settle for useable, but even that failed me while trying to get Evil Genius and other games running.
So far, I’ve tried 5 different games. The only one that had a hint of maybe working was Warcraft 3, arguably one of the most successful games in the last 2 years. The others simple failed silently, or locked up entirely. Cedega’s ‘games database’ on their site is worthless, and their website is full of unreferenced information and incomplete details.
My advice is, if you want to run one particular game, and it’s in Cedega’s ‘supported games’ listing, you might get it running, go for it. If you want to use Cedega as a tool to let you run some of those games you’ve been missing from your Windows days, you’re SOL. Get a video switch, spend $150 on a older pentium box, and just run Windows on it. You’ll be a lot happier.