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Tips for getting started gaming on Linux

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Getting started gaming on Linux is tough if you’re new to the platform. To make it easier for new users, we’ll go over various tips to start gaming on Linux.

How to set up the Linux Steam app

If you’re going to play video games on Linux, you’ll need to set up Steam. Steam works on a wide variety of Linux operating systems. To get it set up, follow the instructions below.

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GUI

If you are new to Linux and want to game, you’ll likely want to install Steam via a GUI. There are a few ways to go about this. To start, determine if you are using Gnome Shell or KDE Plasma. If you are using Gnome Shell, you’ll have the Gnome Software (AKA Software) app store. Those on KDE Plasma will have the KDE Discover application.

After determining what desktop environment you are on, follow the instructions to set up Steam via the GUI.

Note: if you use Ubuntu, Gnome Software will be “Ubuntu Software.”

Gnome Software

Open up “Software” via the Gnome Shell application menu. Press the Windows key on the keyboard, and type “Software.” Once the app is open, find the search button and click on it with the mouse.

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Search for “Steam” in the search results. Next, select “Steam” in the results to access the app’s Gnome Software page. Then, click on the “Install” button to set up Steam.

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KDE Discover

Open up “Discover” via the KDE Plasma app launcher. Once the app is open, find the search box and type in “Steam.” Next, press Enter to view the search results. Then, look through the search results and click on “Steam.”

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After clicking on Steam, KDE Discover will load up its app page. Then, click on the “Install” button to install Steam to your Linux computer.

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Terminal

If setting up Steam via the GUI doesn’t work out, or if you prefer to use the terminal, here’s how you can set up Steam.

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Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, launch a terminal and install the app with apt.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

On Debian Linux, download the latest Steam DEB package with wget and install it with dpkg.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux/Manjaro

Install Steam on Arch Linux and ensure the “multilib” software repository is enabled. Then, run the pacman -S command to install Steam.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora

To install Steam on Fedora, use the dnf install command below.

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sudo dnf install https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
sudo dnf install steam

OpenSUSE

Head over to the OpenSUSE software page for Steam, select your distribution. Then, click on the “1 Click Install” button to set up the app.

Flatpak

To set up Steam via Flatpak, follow our guide to set up the Flatpak runtime on Linux. Then, enter the two commands below to set up Steam.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

How to set up Windows gaming launchers on Linux

While gaming on Steam is great on Linux, not all games are on Steam. If you wish to play games with EA Origin, BLizzard BattleNet, Epic Games launcher, Ubisoft Connect, or GOG Galaxy, you’ll have to install it through Wine with the Lutris app.

Lutris is a complex gaming tool that allows Linux users to install Windows games, Windows gaming launchers, and everything else with ease. Here’s how to use it to set up your favorite game launchers.

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Install Lutris

The Lutris application is available in most Linux distribution software repositories. Open up a terminal and follow the installation instructions below to get it working on your Linux PC.

Ubuntu

To get Lutris working on Ubuntu, you’ll need to be on 21.04 or newer.

sudo apt install lutris

Debian

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To get Lutris working on Debian, you must be using Debian 11.

sudo apt-get install lutris

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S lutris

Fedora

sudo dnf install lutris

OpenSUSE

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sudo zypper install lutris

After installing Lutris, follow the instructions below to set up EA Origin,

Getting EA Origin working with Lutris

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Do the following if you’d like to get EA Origin working with Lutris to use it on Linux. First, head over to the EA Origin page on Lutris.net. Once there, locate the “Install” button to install the launcher.

When you click “Install,” Lutris will bring up a GUI and help you set up EA Origin.

Getting Blizzard BattleNet working with Lutris

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Want to play games from Blizzard BattleNet on Linux? You’ll need to install it with Lutris first. Head over to the Blizzard BattleNet page on Lutris.net and locate the “Install” button to get it working.

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Select the “Install” button to set up the BattleNet launcher on your Linux PC through Lutris.

Getting Epic Games launcher working with Lutris

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Epic Games launcher works on Linux with the help of Lutris. To set it up, head over to the Epic Games launcher page on Lutris.net. Once there, locate the “Install” button and click on it with the mouse.

Selecting the “Install” button on the Epic Games page will launch Lutris and begin the installation.

Getting GOG Galaxy working with Lutris

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To play games on GOG Galaxy in Linux, you’ll have to install it in Lutris. To get it working, head over to the GOG Galaxy page on Lutris.net. Then, locate the “Install” button.

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Click on the “Install” button to start the installation of GOG Galaxy via Lutris on Linux.

Getting Ubisoft Connect working with Lutris

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Are you trying to play your Ubisoft Connect games on Linux with Lutris? Here’s how to get it working. To start, head over to the Ubisoft Connect page on Lutris.net. Once there, find the “Install” button and click on it with the mouse.

After selecting the “Install” button, Lutris will install Ubisoft Connect on your Linux system.

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How to force restart your iPhone 13 Pro

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When the iPhone was first released, it changed how phones were designed. Instead of entire keyboards or multiple hard buttons, the design worked with a single Home button. There were, and continue to be, hard buttons on the side but over the years, the Home button too has been retired. 

Force restart iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro is the newest iPhone model (at present) and it as such, it has no Home button. In terms of design and the functionality of the buttons, they’ve changed quite a bit from the first iPhone to the iPhone 8 models. Up until that point, the side button on these iPhones could be used to restart an iPhone. It now activates Siri if it’s held down.

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How to force restart iPhone 13 Pro

There are two ways to force restart an iPhone 13 Pro; you can go through the Settings app, or you can use the hard buttons on the side of your device.

Method 1: Settings app

The Settings app has a built-in option for restarting your iPhone. If the phone’s UI is responsive, this is the easiest method to restart an iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Scroll all the way down and tap Shut Down.
  4. Use the on-screen slider to power the iPhone off.
  5. Once the phone is off, press and hold the side button/Siri button to turn it on.

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Method 2: Hard buttons

If you’re phone UI is not responsive, or it’s slowed down for whatever reason, you can use the hard buttons on the side of the device to restart it.

  1. Press the Volume up button and release it.
  2. Press the Volume down button and release it.
  3. Press and hold the side/Siri button until you see the power off slider.
  4. Use the power off slider to turn the phone off.
  5. Once the phone is off, press and hold the side/Siri button to turn it back on.

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Conclusion

iPhones, or rather iOS  does not have a restart option. You will always turn the iPhone off first, and then turn it on after. If you’ve been using an Android phone, you may be used to having a Restart option in the power menu but iOS does not follow the same approach. There are no other ways to trigger a phone shut down unless you allow the battery to drain completely. If you’re having trouble with your iPhone after taking it in for repairs, you may need to have it checked again. A force restart may be of little help. For now, it’s best to always take the device to Apple if you want to have something fixed. 

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How do I find my friends on Minecraft?

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Minecraft was never big on needing an account to play it. Users needed to create a Mojang account to purchase the game but nothing beyond that. This changed after Microsoft bought Minecraft. You now need a Microsoft Live account to play Minecraft. The good news is, a Microsoft Live account works with Xbox’s services and its network of games and players.

Find friends on Minecraft

Minecraft is an open world game that you can play online with multiple players. You have the option to join any online server and there will be other players there. If you’d rather not play with strangers, you can always play with your friends. The trick is finding them and getting them all on the same server.

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How to find friends on Minecraft

There are different ways to find your friends on Minecraft. If you’d like to go with the simplest route, you can simply share the server that you’re playing on and have them all join it. You won’t be ‘connected’ to your friends but you will all be on the same server where you can play together.

Find gamer tags

Before you can invite your friends to play Minecraft with you, you need to add them. Friends are added via a gamer tag. A gamer tag is obtained from the Xbox app. Anyone that plays Minecraft has a Microsoft Live account and by association, they have a game tag.

Ask your friends for their game tag. Once you have the tag, you can add it directly when you invite friends to play a Minecraft game or you can add them on the Xbox app (you don’t need to own an Xbox). You can get the app on your mobile device or on Windows 10.

Once you have the Xbox app, follow these steps.

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  1. Open the Xbox app.
  2. Sign in with the same Microsoft account that you use to sign in on Minecraft.
  3. Go to the Social tab.
  4. Enter your friend’s gamer tag in the search bar.
  5. Select them from the results and click Follow.
  6. Have your friend follow you back.
  7. Once you’re mutually following each other, the other person will appear as a friend.

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Add friends on Minecraft

  1. Open Minecraft.
  2. Select a world to play in.
  3. Once the world has loaded, go to world’s settings.
  4. On the right, click the Invite to game button.
  5. Select a friend from the list and send the invite.

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If you haven’t added your friends on Xbox, but you have their gamer tag, you can invite them directly in Minecraft.

  1. Open Minecraft.
  2. Select a world to play in.
  3. Once the world has loaded, escape/exit to the game’s settings.
  4. Click the Invite to game button.
  5. Click Add friend.
  6. Enter your friend’s gamer tag.
  7. Send the invite.

Conclusion

Friends on Minecraft are connected via the Xbox network which you automatically join when you create a Microsoft Account. You will need to generate a gamer tag for yourself but that’s all you need. The gamer tag is essential for adding friends on Minecraft. You do not need to purchase Xbox related services. 

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