So, you bought and installed a shiny new graphics card on your Linux machine. Congratulations! Now to make use of it by playing some video games! Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of games out there for Linux. Fortunately, there’s a thing called WINE, which is sort of like a Windows emulator, but not really. It’s basically a layer of code that makes (most) .exe (Windows-only) programs work (kinda) on Linux.

I honestly thought this would be the hardest part of getting Never Alone working on my computer. It wasn’t. Installing the NVIDIA drivers and making the GPU work was.

There are two ways to install the Windows version of Steam on Linux. You can go to the Steam Download page and select the Windows version (there’s also a Linux version, but not many games are available on it). Once you download the file, right click and choose “open with…” and select WINE. This appears to work, but is extremely buggy. Notably none of the fonts display at all.

The other way to do it is through the command line. This gives much better results and allows some custom installation of things like those missing fonts. You’ll have to dig around in your file system, using CTRL+H to view hidden files, to figure out where the path to the fake C:/ drive WINE has set up is. Once you do that, insert that path everywhere this guide says “your prefix”. Follow all the directions in order in the “how to install” section. You don’t need any of the other stuff.

For some reason, I could access the Store in the Windows version of Steam, but it wouldn’t let me buy anything. Any time I clicked “purchase” it would come up with a 404-like error. So I just went to the Steam website and purchased Never Alone there. Once I did that, the option to download and install Never Alone popped up on my Steam account. I downloaded and installed it, and it works! That’s it! Really, it’s that easy!

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