It is possible to use Linux as a gaming platform, but using the popular open source operating system to play video games often requires a great deal of tinkering. Linux is not the best options for computer users that want an operating system to work without too many problems.
A few video game designers have tried to meet this demand by creating mmorpg clients that work with Linux. A computer user who wishes to use the open source operating system with the penguin logo for everything he does on his PC must either give up his dream of completed Microsoft independence or find mmorpgs that can be run under Linux.
MMORPGs that Have Linux Clients
Some mmorpgs, such as Runescape, do not need client software as they can be run entirely from a browser. The browser-based mmorpgs are not operating system specific and can be run from virtually any computer that can access the Internet, the bad news is that game play and graphics often suffer.
Other games go the route of providing a Linux client. Perhaps the most commercial mmorpg that lets fans of the penguin play in their playground is Eve Online, although it is difficult to get the software working under the new Ubuntu release, Hardy Heron, although workarounds to get the game working properly do exist.
The next release is a game that is not quite as popular as the media coverage of it suggests, Linen Labs’ Second Life. The alpha client for Second Life in Linux is extremely buggy though and often causes the operating system to lock up. Future releases will likely fix the constant crashes the Second Life Linux client causes.
For those who want a more traditional mmorpg that will run on Linux, the developers of Planeshift have clients for many operating systems and because it is open source, a skilled programmer can contribute to this mmorpg game if he so chooses.
Keeping that Windows Partition Might be a Good Idea
Achieving total independence from the Microsoft corporation might not be a possibility for the gamer running Linux just yet. Drivers for the most popular graphic cards are now supported or have open source versions available and installing them has gotten far easier than it used to be, but if something goes wrong, it does take a little know-how to fix.
This is not a problem for someone who knows a Linux guru and is willing to pay such a guru for his or her time, any number of games for the PC can be run under the Penguin, but those looking to just use the computer without a lot of effort will have to wait for mmorpg developers to catch on to the growing number of Linux users.