Friday, May 14, 2010

Playing Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne in Linux

I've never thought this is possible in Linux: play Windows only games. If you haven't much heard of Wine, it is a Windows compatibility layer for Linux but is not an emulator. Before, installing Wine and installing applications in Wine is rather difficult. But now, it has never been easier on Ubuntu's newest version 10.04. Just click on Applications->Ubuntu Software Center and install PlayOnLinux. It will install both Wine and PlayOnLinux.

To install Warcraft 3, Just run PlayOnLinux and select Install, insert the CD and it will install required patches for it. After installation, Go to Applications->Wine->Programs->Warcraft III.

That's it! (you have to apply the patch) and single player works well. The only thing I've noticed is that there are no movie trailers unlike playing on Windows. But, you can watch the movies in this directory:

/home//.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/WarcraftIII/drive_c/Program Files/Warcraft III/Movies.

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