How to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Linux

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action RPG game, developed by the game company CD Projekt RED. It’s the third entry in a trilogy of video games based on the fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowsi. It follows the protagonist Geralt of Rivia as he hunts down a monster known as a witcher. The game came out in 2015 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 to massive success, earning dozens of awards. Wild Hunt never received official Linux support, unfortunately. So, if you want to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Linux, you’ll need to rely on workarounds like Wine or SteamPlay. In this guide, we’ll go over both of those methods.

Method 1: SteamPlay/Proton

If you prefer to get your video games through Steam, it is possible to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Linux through Valve’s “SteamPlay” technology. To start the installation process, install the latest version of Steam for Linux on your distribution.

Note: unsure about how to install Steam on Linux? Head over to this page on Pkgs.org. Then, look through the list for the operating system you currently use to learn how to install it.

After setting up Steam for Linux, log into your account (or create a new one here). Then, locate the “Store” button and click on it to access the Steam Storefront.

On the Steam Storefront, find the search box, and click on it. Then, type “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” into it, and press the Enter key to run a search.

Look through the search results on the Steam storefront, and click on “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” to go to its page on Steam. Select “Add to cart” to purchase the game.

With the game purchased, you must enable “SteamPlay” in the Linux Steam app. To enable “SteamPlay,” follow our guide here. Be sure to enable it for all titles!

When you’ve enabled “SteamPlay” in Steam on Linux, find the “Library” button at the top and click it to go to your games. From there, search for “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” and click the “Install” button to set it up on your Linux PC.

When the installation of the game is complete, find the blue “Play” button, and click on it to enjoy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Linux!

Troubleshooting – SteamPlay/Proton

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a “Platinum” rating on ProtonDB. Many users have reported the game and their experiences, and most have been positive, though, keep in mind that some haven’t been. The game isn’t perfect on Linux 100% of the time. If you run into problems playing this game with SteamPlay, be sure to check ProtonDB for troubleshooting purposes.

Method 2: Wine

CD Projekt RED is known for taking a stance against digital rights management in video games. As a result, they’ve worked very closely with GOG.com to offer The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt without DRM (this means Steam). As a result, Wild Hunt runs very good with Wine on Linux.

Getting Witcher 3 working with Wine starts by installing the latest version of the runtime. So, head over to our guide and learn how to set up Wine on your Linux PC. For best results, be sure to get at least version 4.0.

After installing the latest Wine to your Linux PC, the next step in the setup process is to download the game from the internet. Head over to GOG.com, and create a new account on the website.

Once you’ve created an account on the website, find the search icon at the top right and search for “Witcher 3”. Then, click on “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” in the results to go to its page on GOG.com. On the Wild Hunt GOG page, find the “Add to cart” button, and click it to purchase the game.

When the game has been purchased, find your profile icon, and click on it. Then, select “Games.” From there, find “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” and click on it to access the game in your library.

Inside the “Wild Hunt” page on your library, select “Download offline backup game installers” to download the game to your Linux PC.

With The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt finished downloading to your Linux PC, open up the file manager, and click on “Downloads.” Then, locate the Wild Hunt installer EXE, and right-click on it. Select “Open in Wine Windows Program Loader” to launch the installer.

Go through the GOG.com installer to set up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on your Linux PC. When the installer is done, close it. You should then be able to launch the game via the shortcut on your desktop. Have fun!

Troubleshooting – Wine

Wild Hunt works pretty good in Wine, but not flawlessly. You may run into some problems playing this game on Linux, especially if you run an older version of Wine. Be sure to head over to the game’s WineHQ page for help troubleshooting your issues.

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How to play MS-DOS games online

The Internet Archive is a website where you can find snapshots of old and abandoned websites, discontinued software, and outdated/old apps that no longer have a platform to run on. It’s basically Sakaar for the internet but there’s no Grand Master, or fighting. If you want to run Windows Movie Maker, or any other app from Windows Live Essentials, you can get them all from the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive has recently added about 2500 MS-DOS game titles to its database and, it’s also included an emulator that can run in your browser. You can use it to play MS-DOS games online. Here’s how.

All these games are available for free. You don’t have to worry about licenses or whether or not you’re breaking the law by playing the games online.

Play MS-DOS games online

Visit the Internet Archive’s library of MS-DOS games. There are a few search filters that you can use to narrow down the titles you see, and there’s a search bar at the top of the column on the left that you can use to search for a particular title.

Select a game title to play and you’ll be taken to its page. There isn’t much here except for a history of the game and what looks like an over-sized header image but, that’s the emulator. Resize your browser window so that it fits just right around it. You will see a ‘power’ button on the image. Click it, and the game will start.

When the game starts, you will see a welcome screen and the options on the welcome screen will differ based on the game you’ve selected to play. There isn’t going to be anything too complicated since these are MS-DOS games that ran on a very simple interface with basic hardware. At no point will you be forced to configure any controls.

There are loads of titles to choose from but you cannot take the games offline. You can switch over to full screen mode for a better playing experience. The games should run in any modern web browser though you might want to give Opera’s gaming browser a try if you don’t want to play in Chrome or Firefox.

It goes without saying that scores won’t be saved. You will see your current score but it’s highly unlikely that if you close the tab or window that you have the game open in, and come back to it later, your score will still be there. This is a simple emulation of the game and no list of worldwide top scores is maintained for the people who play it.

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How to play Fallout 4 on Linux

Fallout 4 is the 4th installment in Bethesda Game’s popular post-apocalyptic role-playing game. In the game, you are the “sole survivor” and must travel the Boston nuclear wasteland to track down your lost son Sean. Like all Bethesda games, the developer does not port games to the Linux platform. However, thanks to the magic of modern Linux tools, it is possible to play Fallout 4 on Linux!

Method 1: SteamPlay/Proton

As Fallout 4 never made it to Good Old Games like the previous Fallout games, the SteamPlay method is by far the most fool-proof way to get the game working on Linux.  To start the process of setting up Fallout 4 on Linux, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Note: this method requires the installation of the Linux version of the Steam client. To install this app, search your package manager for “Steam” and install the software the way you typically do. Alternatively, check this page on Pkgs.org for instructions detailed to your Linux OS.

Step 1: Fallout 4, like all Windows games running through Valve’s Proton tools need SteamPlay. Sadly, SteamPlay isn’t configured to work with Fallout 4 by default. Instead, you must set your Steam client to run all games.

To set up SteamPlay on Linux for all titles, open up the Steam settings, find “SteamPlay” and enable the setting. Or, if you’re having some issues setting it up, head over to our guide and learn how to set up SteamPlay on Linux.

Step 2: After enabling SteamPlay on Linux for all titles, find “Store” and click on it to go to the Steam Storefront. Then, click on the search box to access the search function.

Step 3: In the search box, type “Fallout 4”. Then, wait for the search results to appear. When the results load up, find “Fallout 4,” and click on it to go to the game’s store page.

Step 4: On the Fallout 4 game page, find “Add to cart” and click it to purchase the game. Upon purchasing the game, it will be instantly added to your Steam library.

Step 5: Once you’ve purchased Fallout 4, find the “Library” button and click it to go to your Steam Library in the Steam for Linux app.

Step 6: Sort through your library for “Fallout 4” and select it. Then, click the blue “Install” button to download the game to your PC.

Step 7: When the Linux Steam application is finished downloading Fallout 4, the setup is complete. From here, click the “Play” button to enjoy your game!

Troubleshooting – SteamPlay/Proton

The SteamPlay/Proton installation method for playing Fallout 4 on Linux is the ideal way to go for this game as it takes a lot of the hard work out of setting it up. However, it doesn’t have a perfect rating on ProtonDB. If you run into some issues playing Fallout 4 with SteamPlay, do check out the ProtonDB page for help.

Method 2: Wine/Steam

Steam is indeed the only way to get Fallout 4 working on Linux. However, the SteamPlay/Proton way isn’t the one way to get the game to run. If you’re not a massive fan of SteamPlay or want an alternative method, it is possible to get Fallout 4 working on Linux via Wine.

It should be noted that the Wine method isn’t as fool-proof as the SteamPlay method. Test results on WineHQ indicate that users have very mixed results getting the game to work. Only follow this method if the SteamPlay/Proton method gives you issues.

Step 1: Wine is critical to installing Fallout 4 on Linux in this method. So, you must install the latest version of Wine on your Linux PC. To do this, follow our guide on how to install Wine.

Step 2: After installing Wine on your Linux PC, you must install the “Winetricks” application. This tool will make downloading and installing the Windows version of Steam much, much simpler.

To install Winetricks, open up a terminal window and follow the instructions below.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install winetricks

Debian

sudo apt-get install winetricks

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S winetricks

Fedora

sudo dnf install winetricks

OpenSUSE

zypper addrepo http://widehat.opensuse.org/opensuse/repositories/Emulators:/Wine/openSUSE_Leap_15.0/ wine
sudo zypper install winetricks

After installing the Winetricks application, use it to download and install Windows Steam with the command below.

winetricks steam

Winetricks will download Steam for Windows onto your Linux PC. From there, use the Steam installer to set it up, log into your account and launch it.

Step 3: Inside Steam, find the “Store” button and click it to make your way to the Steam storefront.

Step 4: On the Steam storefront, find the search box and click it. Type “Fallout 4” in the box and press Enter to start a search for the game.

Step 5: Click on “Fallout 4” to go to the game’s Steam store page. Purchase the game, and it’ll be added to your library.

Step 6: Find the “Library” button and click on it, and look for “Fallout 4”.

Step 7: Select the “Install” button and allow the game to install on your Linux PC via Windows Steam. When the installation is complete, click the “Play” button.

Troubleshooting

The Wine/Steam version of Fallout 4 is iffy. For the most part, it should work fine. However, keep in mind that many users who have tried this method have run into problems. If you experience any, do read the WineHQ page on Fallout 4. The page has detailed workarounds and instructions to solve issues that may occur.

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How to play The Sims 3 on Linux

The Sims 3 is the third entry into Electronic Art’s life simulation video game for PC. In the game, the player is tasked with managing a virtual house, filled with various house-members they’ve created. The game came out in November 2006 and is one of the best games in the series. Here’s how to play The Sims 3 on Linux!

Method 1: Non-Steam retail

The Sims 3 was released when PC games were still sold in boxes at brick-and-mortar stores. So, if you own a physical copy of this game, you’ll be happy to know that it is possible to install it and run it on Linux.

Note: the retail copy of Sims 3 runs pretty well with Wine. However, you may run into issues getting the DVD to launch the game. If this happens, you must install a No-DVD patch to run the game correctly. Check the official WineHQ post on Sims 3 for more help on running the DVD.

Installing Sims 3 on Linux via the physical retail version of the game starts by getting the latest version of Wine working on your system. To get the most recent Wine, open up a terminal window, search for “wine” and install it the way you typically install software on your PC. Alternatively, follow our guide here to learn how to set it up.

Once Wine is up and running on your Linux PC, it’s time to start the installation of the retail version of Sims 3. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to get everything going correctly.

Step 1: Open up the DVD drive on your Linux PC and place a copy of Sims 3 inside the drive. Then, press the “close” button to tell the DVD drive to read the disk.

Step 2: Let your Linux PC process the Sims 3 DVD and load it up. When the loading is done, open up the Linux file manager, and look on the left-hand side for the DVD drive. Click on it to access the content of the Sims 3 DVD.

Step 3: In the file manager, locate the “Sims3Setup.exe” file, and right-click on it. Find “open with” select it and click on “Wine Windows Program Loader” to run the EXE file.

Note: can’t find Sims3Setup.exe? You may need to enable hidden files in your file manager.

Step 4: Follow the Windows installer and install Sims 3 on your Linux PC the way you would on a Windows PC. When the installation is done, close the installer.

After the installation process is complete, open up your application menu, find “Sims 3,” and start it up to enjoy the game!

Method 2: Steam/Proton

Valve’s work with SteamPlay and Proton is a wonder, as it is making most Windows video games work flawlessly on the Linux platform. The Sims 3 is no different, as the game has a high rating on ProtonDB, and is very easy to get running.

Steam has had the Sims 3 available for purchase for a while, and if you’re unable to track down a retail copy of the game, or don’t own a DVD drive to install the retail copy, this is the only way to enjoy Sims 3 on your Linux operating system.

To start the installation process, ensure that the most recent version of Steam for Linux is installed on your computer. If you’re unsure on how to install Steam, head over to Pkgs.org, and click on “Steam” for the Linux OS, you use to get the app installed.

Once you’ve installed the latest version of Steam for Linux, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get The Sims 3 working.

Step 1: Sims 3 is a Windows video game, so you must enable the SteamPlay feature. To do this, follow our guide on how to set up SteamPlay. Be sure to enable it for all titles!

Step 2: Launch Steam on your Linux PC, and log into your account. After logging in, find “Store” in the main UI, and click on it to go to the Steam Storefront.

Step 3: On the Steam Storefront, find the search box, and click on it. Then, type in “The Sims 3” into it, and press Enter to run a search for the game in Steam.

Step 4: Click on “The Sims 3” in the search results to go to its store page. After that, find the “Add to cart” button and purchase it to add it to your library. Currently, the game is 19.99 USD.

Step 5: After purchasing The Sims 3 on Steam, click on “Library” to go back to your game library. Look for “The Sims 3” in your list of games, and select it with the mouse.

Choose the blue “Install” button to download and install The Sims 3 on Linux. When the installation is complete, click “Play” to enjoy the game!

Trouble-shooting

The Sims 3 should work fine through Proton and SteamPlay on Linux. That said, if you run into any issues, be sure to refer to the game’s ProtonDB page.

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How to play No Man’s Sky on Linux

No Man’s Sky is an expansive survival game set in a massive universe, filled with different planets and star systems to explore. The object of the game is to explore the vast universe in your spaceship, colonize various planets you discover, and build things.

The game never had a Linux release, and the developers haven’t ever talked about Linux support. However, because of evolving technology in Steam and Wine, it is now possible to play No Man’s Sky on Linux. Here’s how to get it running.

Method 1 – SteamPlay and Proton

If you have a Steam account, the easiest way to play No Man’s Sky on Linux, is with SteamPlay and Proton. According to the ProtonDB page on the game, there isn’t any serious bugs or issues preventing it from running on Linux with Valve’s incredible Windows runtime technology.

To start the process, you must get a copy of No Man’s Sky from the Steam store if you do not already own the game. It is USD 59.99.

To purchase No Man’s Sky on Steam, launch the client on the Linux desktop. After launching Steam, log into your account, and click the “Store” button. Then, find the search box, type in “No Man’s Sky,” and press the Enter key to show search results. Click on the game, add it to your cart and buy it. Or, if you prefer to purchase through a web browser, click this link here, log into your account on the website.

After you’ve purchased a copy of No Man’s Sky from Steam, open up Steam settings, click on “Steam Play,” and enable it for all titles, to allow No Man’s sky to be installed on Linux.

Note: need help enabling the SteamPlay feature in your Steam client on Linux? Follow our in-depth guide on how to set it up here.

Once SteamPlay is enabled on your Linux PC, click “Library” to go to your Steam games. Then, look through for “No Man’s Sky” and click the “Install” button to install it on Linux.

Let No Man’s Sky download to your Linux PC. When the downloading process is complete, click on the “Play” button to enjoy the game on Linux!

Troubleshooting

As stated before, the SteamPlay version of No Man’s Sky runs quite well. However, it does not have a perfect rating on ProtonDB. So, if you run into some problems while playing the game, be sure to refer to the No Man’s Sky page on the ProtonDB website for any fixes to problems you may encounter while enjoying the game.

Method 2 – Wine

If you’re not a fan of Steam on Linux, it is still possible to play No Man’s Sky on Linux with the help of the Wine runtime, and GoG.com. To start, head over to the GoG website, and create a new account.

After creating a new account on the website, find the “Store” button at the top and click it to go to the store area of GOG. Click on the “Search for..” box, and type in “No Man’s Sky.” Click on “No Man’s Sky” in the search results to go to the game’s store page.

On the store page, click on the “Add to cart” button. Then, click on the cart icon and purchase the game. Currently, the GOG release of No Man’s Sky is 50% off, at USD 29, instead of USD 59.99.

When you’ve purchased the game, go to your games library on GOG and download No Man’s Sky. Be sure to select the “Download Offline Backup Game Installers” option and not GOG Galaxy!

Setup Wine

Now that you’ve purchased No Man’s Sky from GOG, you must install the Wine runtime on your Linux PC so that the game will install. To install Wine, follow this guide here.

Install No Man’s Sky via Wine

Open up your Linux file manager, and click on the “Downloads” folder. Inside of “Downloads” locate the No Man’s Sky EXE installer, and right-click on it with the mouse.

In the right-click menu, select the option “Wine Windows Program Loader” to launch the installer on your Linux desktop.

Once the installer launches, you’ll see a small box that says “Select Setup Language.” Choose your preferred language and click the “OK” button to continue.

Following the language selection box, a welcome screen appears. Read the welcome screen. Then, check the “EULA” box, and click the “Install” button to set up No Man’s Sky on your Linux PC with Wine.

When the installation is complete, you can launch the game by clicking “Launch” in the installer. Or, double-click on the No Man’s Sky shortcut on the Linux desktop.

Troubleshooting

Running No Man’s Sky on Linux via Wine should be a pretty flawless experience. However, issues can happen. If you run into any problems while playing, be sure to ask for help at WineHQ.org.

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