kony Mar 7, 2014 @ 12:45am
[Linux] Gabe won't let me download my games
I buy games both for Windows and Linux, but on my main PC I use solely Linux. Unfortunately I cannot play Windows games on Linux, because:
a) Steam has an error when trying to run under Wine
b) I can't DOWNLOAD Windows games in Linux via Steam

I want to play ie. Fleet Command, a game that has "platinum" rating in WineHQ, meaning there should be no problems at all. Unfortunately I cannot even try to run it, due to Steam forbidding me to download a game I purchased! Why would I not be able to download it when I paid for it? Why does Steam prevent me from trying to run games via Wine, although they should run perfectly?
Last edited by kony; Mar 7, 2014 @ 12:46am
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Kargor Mar 7, 2014 @ 12:53am 
Steam isn't a pirating server -- you can't just randomly download games. You have to use the Steam-Client to download them.

Considering that Steam isn't all that uncommon, the Wine webpage or "community" probably has an idea what's required for a Wine setup to be able to run Steam. You'lll probably just need a more current version that what your distribution gives you, or set some configuration options.

Linux isn't a system that just works. You have to sink time into it.
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kony Mar 7, 2014 @ 12:56am 
"Steam isn't a pirating server -- you can't just randomly download games. You have to use the Steam-Client to download them."

That's what I'm trying to do!


"Considering that Steam isn't all that uncommon, the Wine webpage or "community" probably has an idea what's required for a Wine setup to be able to run Steam."

Setting it up is a pain in the bottom and it has some GUI issues anyway, native Linux port works flawlessly, why should I be forced to use Windows version?


"Linux isn't a system that just works."

Mine works just fine.


" You have to sink time into it."

What do you mean? I use linux since 2005.
Last edited by kony; Mar 7, 2014 @ 1:00am
_wilco Mar 7, 2014 @ 1:40am 
Originally posted by kony:
"Considering that Steam isn't all that uncommon, the Wine webpage or "community" probably has an idea what's required for a Wine setup to be able to run Steam."

Setting it up is a pain in the bottom and it has some GUI issues anyway, native Linux port works flawlessly, why should I be forced to use Windows version?

Let me get this straight. You want to use the native Linux Steam client to download a game that's only available on Windows? I don't think that'll work.

I think, because the Steam Client doesn't only download the game but also executes the installation process, is the reason the native client cannot handle Windows binaries. Therefore, you'll have to use the Windows Client through WINE to get it working. Meaning, Windows Steam Client used in WINE environment, leads to Windows only game being installed in said WINE environment.
kony Mar 7, 2014 @ 1:41am 
Eh, alright, I'll use Wine then... but they should allow at least downloading games via linux...
aiusepsi Mar 7, 2014 @ 4:33am 
If you want to download Windows games on Linux, use SteamCMD.

Gabe actually answered why they don't support WINE on Linux in his Reddit AMA, they want to encourage developers to actually make Linux-native games, rather than just assuming that running through WINE is good enough to count as Linux support.
Black Blade Mar 7, 2014 @ 4:42am 
Hi man for linux things you better off posting on the Linux Hub:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/

You can also find guides there and i am sure you will find how to download games as you want and all from there... (i think i did hear there is a way to make Windows games show so you can download to Linux)
howlin' wolf Mar 7, 2014 @ 8:38am 
Did you try to install Steam using PlayOnLinux? Wine has "1000" updates, one is fixing something and another one is breaking what it was already working. PlayOnLinux usually has a version which will work.
spacelike Mar 7, 2014 @ 9:49am 
It seemed like some people misunderstood what the OP was asking, but I think he raises a valid point.
(even if he already got a solution: to use steamCMD?)

I think the OP's point was that there are some games on Steam that can be run without Steam. You can download them and then just go to that directory and launch the executable. Also, that even if Valve/Steam doesn't support the use of WINE, some games on steam do.

So, if he bought a game which does support WINE and can be launched without steam, why can't he use steam to download the game (which he paid for) so that he can still launch it independently using WINE (without steam)?


Note: I don't care one way or the other, I just wanted to clarify what I think he was asking. Unless I'm wrong about that, in which case sorry, just ignore this post.
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JoeyJoeJoe25 Mar 7, 2014 @ 9:51am 
Originally posted by Kargor:
Linux isn't a system that just works. You have to sink time into it.

Not really, Manjaro for me just works, which is really saying something considering it's a beta distro.
Fibbles Mar 7, 2014 @ 10:11am 
Steam for Windows works flawlessly in WINE. If you are encountering problems it is down to your own WINE configuration.
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