Is it possible to play games that run off of Steam, on a Linux or Unix-based OS (other than Mac OSX)?
I was wondering if it is possible to install and play Steam games like Skyrim off a Linux or Unix-base Operating System (OS), such as FreeBSD or OpenSUSE?
Apart from installing through Wine, which is an emulator and would hence defeat the purpose, because it would cancel out any performance increase you might get over running through Windows. In short (as far as I am aware), running through Wine would give even less performance than running through Windows.
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Not usually. The byte code which is the game will not normally run on other platforms (which is why a Mac program won’t run on Linux or Windows, and vice versa).
If you have a fast enough computer, you can run some Windows programs via Wine, which emulates Windows (makes it like you’re running the program on a Windows computer).
A lot of games are compatible with Wine, including Final Fantasy, Starcraft, BioShock, Team Fortress, Fallout, Left 4 Dead and lots more. Here is a list of applications that can run under Wine.
You can through PlayOnLinux which is a free downloadable software utilizing scripts in conjunction with Wine to make games as playable as they can be.
Something like Skyrim that uses DirectX9 would have better luck: http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=13667