Feature Request: Support Wine For Discontinued Windows-Only Titles
Every time Wine gets suggested here there's a flurry of negative comments which assume that the decision is binary - either every game ever is made Linux-native, or every game ever runs in Wine or not at all, with no middle ground.
There's a lot of games on Steam's roster which are no longer supported by the developers - either because like EA they won't have anything to do with Steam anymore, or because the game is old. My game list is very small by Steam standards, and 80% of the Windows-only titles I own have a minimal chance of a Linux-native release. Isn't it better to allow people to run these games in the native client using Wine rather than requiring the cumbersome switcheroo of Steam for Linux and Steam for Windows?
I entirely agree future releases should have pressure put on them to be cross-platform, so the Wine option shouldn't even be on the table for new releases, but old games aren't going to get ported whether we make it possible to play them via Wine or not.