I’m running Kubuntu Feisty as my “stable” system, and Kubuntu Gutsy as my “test” system. On my stable system, I’m running Guild Wars under Cedega, and since I’ve heard a lot of people say good things about Guild Wars under WINE (and since Cedega is not free-of-charge), I decided to run that on the test system.
Where Cedega is better:
Cedega makes configuration a breeze. There’s a GUI that pops up and lets you select a variety of options, like which version of Windows to emulate, which version of PixelShaders to use, etc.
Cedega has a database with suggested settings for all games (including Guild Wars) that they support, which truly makes config a no-brainer.
Cedega, once you get past the buggy install, plays GW near-flawlessly. There’s just an “invisible cursor” problem when you enter a new area, and that goes away quickly with a few right-clicks on the mouse. The same problem exists under WINE.
Where WINE is better:
WINE is free, in both senses of the word.
The installation under WINE works much better than the installation under Cedega. It’s completely hassle-free (under Cedega, I always have a “graphics problem” upon first install).
The graphics under WINE actually look crisper, but the downside is that there are some graphical glitches as well.
Where things get ugly:
Support from either of these is poor. Cedega will help you, eventually, but they are much slower about it than they ought to be, for a paid-for service. WINE is, if anything, even worse. I encountered a repeatable bug in GW in the AMD64 version of WINE, and I tried to file a bug report. I got a prompt reply… just about an hour later… but that reply was that they were closing the ticket because I hadn’t filed it “properly”, and they gave me a link to a very long-winded web page about how to properly file a bug. Excuse me? You don’t close a bug just because the person filing it didn’t cross his t’s and dot his i’s. Not if you give a shit about your users or your product. What WINE seems to require is that you be a developer in order to file a bug, because no simple user is going to jump through all those hoops just to say, “Yo, something’s broke here!” That’s just a lousy attitude on WINE’s part.
I’m still undecided. WINE works “good enough” in the x86 version, and I could use that $5.99/month that I’m paying Cedega towards something else, but the attitude of the WINE people has really turned me off. I’m wishing there was a third alternative (don’t you dare say “Windows”!). Of course, I could always give up my gaming addiction….