Final Thoughts

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2004-07-28 Print this article Print

/What to Buy"> Were of two minds about Cedega. As a product designed to bring the wide world of Windows gaming to Linux, it still has quite a ways to go. That said, for the Linux-only crowd, its an inexpensive, always-improving technology that brings at least some Windows gaming goodness to Penguinville. Note that our experiences were limited. Several of the games that installed, but wouldnt run, could probably be made to run with some effort and trips to the Cedega forum. We continually felt like we were "almost there" with a number of games. But the process is clearly not as easy as popping a CD into your drive, running the autoplay installer, and playing the game.
TransGamings service is geared toward a special niche – dedicated Linux users that want to run certain games on their preferred operating system. Anybody expecting the TransGaming service to be a panacea for Linux gamers is going to be disappointed. The bottom line is that not all Windows games will work with it. Or they might work, but not particularly well. Even so, we still like the service. It fulfills a need for Linux games and offers at least the possibility of a broader range of games on Linux than whats available natively for that operating system. Just dont expect the latest & greatest to be at your fingertips. For that, youll still need a copy of Windows.
Product Cedega 4.0
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Pros: Lets Linux users run some Windows games on their Linux systems; Point2Play is easy to install and use
Cons: Not all games will run and some run with glitches; the whole affair needs better documentation to get lesser Linux jockeys up and running
Summary: The service is helpful to dedicated Linux users who dont run Windows and want to run the occasional Windows-based game. Die-hard gamers who need the latest and greatest gaming fix should stick with Windows.
Price: $5/month (with a minimum three-month subscription).

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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