Gaming On Linux ?

Linux may be the best OS right now (according to me) but still Windows is the most used OS worldwide greatly due to its user base.

A greater user community ensure that all the issues are resolved and promises more applications than the others. The reason of decline in Linux Market Shares is majorly due to this reason ?.


Gaming is aggressively growing worldwide. New careers in Gaming are coming up so smaller (comparatively) user base of Linux is not promising for Gamer as Popular Title don’t come to Linux.
I’ve been on Linux and Gaming as well, So lets check out how.

Games On Linux :
Though less audience, Linux Geeks have always been making games for its users. Some of the popular titles are AssaultCube, 0 A.D , Battle for Wesnoth, Drascula, etc. but they are still not the best games to look out for. I had a good time playing AssaultCube but other games like Drascula, Battle for Wesnoth ‘Suck’.

Compatibility Layer :
Compatibility Layers like WINE (Wine Is Not Emulator ? ) aim at running Windows compatible applications to run in Linux but it is just crashy and too buggy. I would surely recommend using WINE HQ for applications but not for Games. Since, you’ll just get frustrated at just crash reports.

My Favourite ? : Steam
Valve Corporation’s Steam is a digital gaming platform for (purchasing ? and ) playing video games on all major platforms including Linux. Steam is the best choice for gamer of today as it just not a gaming library, but a bunch of tools for streamers and twitchers. I’ve been playing PUBG on steam for quite a while now, and its just the best experience I could explain.

Popular title include :


Resident Evil 2 (Remake)


Dota II


Counter Strike : Global Offensive {CS:GO}


Assassin’s Creed : Odyssey


-> For installing Steam , run the following command in your Terminal :

~$ sudo apt install steam

-> Register or Log In to Steam library.
-> Purchase and download the game of choice and Voila! its done.

Steam has come up with SteamOS which is a gaming centric Linux Distribution with additional GNOME Shell for applications. SteamOS is for hard-core gamers ?. So, If you’re looking for a GAMING LINUX DISTRIBUTION, you’re at right spot.

SteamOS has listed down minimum system requirements as:
Processor: Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
Memory: 4GB or more RAM
Hard Drive: 200GB or larger disk
Video Card: NVIDIA graphics card
AMD graphics card (RADEON 8500 and later)
Intel graphics
Additional: USB port for installation
UEFI Firmware (recommended)

To install SteamOS,
-> Download the SteamOS installation file from here
-> Unzip the file to a blank, FAT32-formatted USB stick. Make sure to use an MBR partition.
-> Put the USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11, or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
-> Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like “UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP”. If there is no UEFI entry, you may need to enable UEFI support in your BIOS setup.
-> Selected “Automated install (WILL ERASE DISK!)” from the menu
-> After installation is complete, the system will reboot and automatically log on and install Steam. At this point an internet connection is required. If you have an internet connection, Steam will automatically install itself. If you do not have an internet connection (for instance, if you need to connect to a WiFi or Wired Ethernet) you will get a popup telling you this. Close the popup and you will get the network configuration window where you can set up your network. Once you are connected to the internet, close the Window and Steam will install itself.
-> After Steam finishes installing, your system will automatically reboot and create a backup of the system partition.
-> When the backup completes, select “reboot” to boot into your freshly installed SteamOS

And that’s it you’ve your own gaming setup ?. So, dive onto battlefield and get CHICKEN DINNER for yourself and your squad ?.


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Neeraj Kumar

Hi ! I am Neeraj Kumar and I'm a Student, Freelance Blogger and Linux Enthusiast. I'm interested in Open Source technologies that aim at bringing Tech closer to the people.

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