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Other than the default install of WINE from the Ubuntu repo, is there anything else I should do in order to run a game? Should I use something like winetricks or is that unnecessary? I really just want to run some 3D and 2D games with the minimum amount of fuss.

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    Could you give an example of which games you are trying to play?
    – Gerret
    Aug 21, 2016 at 18:52
  • winetricks is a realy helpfull tool you should consider installing since i dont think you want to search and recompile all windows files your self. And for wine there is a good tutorial on the ubuntu forum wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Wine
    – GEnGEr
    Aug 22, 2016 at 11:46
  • @Gerret nothing too fancy or new, some old stuff like Black and White, Civ3, Alpha Centauri, (new) Shadowrun, some emulators that didn't get Linux ports or open source.
    – warsong
    Aug 23, 2016 at 11:15
  • @warsong Btw there are some Linux-Distributionens where wine is already installed and good to go (Manjaro also has steam by default) gl and hf
    – GEnGEr
    Aug 23, 2016 at 12:46
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    I highly recommend using PlayOnLinux, which is a frontend for WINE/WINEtricks. It will install games for you with the proper settings and versions of WINE automagically.
    – Fambida
    Sep 3, 2016 at 11:27

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It can be helpful to use a tool like Lutris or Play on Linux or Play on MAC to facilitate running applications under Wine. Both offer online resources that people have put together to simplify or automate fulfilling requirements for getting games to work.

For example, one might take a look at Install Lutris On Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

Lutris' list of games with install scripts is huge and the others similarly support many different install scenarios.

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