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LinuxPlanet: Distribution Watch: Out of the Box: Mandrake 8.1 Gaming Edition

Dec 07, 2001, 20:23 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"Ah, the games. I have to say that without the addition of The Sims, this would have been a fairly blasé release of MandrakeLinux. In fact, if you aren't a big gamer, just get the Standard Edition and save yourself $40 in retail costs.

The Sims is more than a simple port of the popular Windows game over to the Linux platform. There is a second application, WineX, that has been developed by TransGaming Technologies to provide a Windows-like environment on which The Sims can run. In fact, The Sims CD really has just three RPMs: one for the game, one for the game's data, and one for the WineX for Sims.

You can first install The Sims during the DrakX installation of the platform, but upon the first start you will need to run through another quick installation routine to get the product finalized. TransGaming will also encourage you to subscribe to its online services, which I'll get to in just a minute.

After this brief step, The Sims will launch in all it's full-screen glory. Sound, animations, and input responses are perfectly fine. In fact, I found the game to be so robust and responsive, I plan on getting a Windows copy of the game just to compare the play of the game on each platform. Until then, take my word for it, this game runs without a hitch on Linux."

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