How to Play The Sims 2 on Linux
The Sims 2 is a classic life simulation game that was released in 2004 by Maxis and Electronic Arts. It features a 3D engine, an expanded build mode, and a variety of expansion packs and stuff packs. However, the game was designed for Windows and Mac OS X, and it is not officially supported on Linux. Fortunately, there are ways to run The Sims 2 on Linux using Wine, a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows applications on Linux.
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In this article, we will show you how to install and play The Sims 2 on Linux using two methods: Lutris and Origin. Lutris is an open source gaming platform that simplifies the installation and management of games on Linux. Origin is the digital distribution platform of Electronic Arts, where you can download and play The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free if you have an account.
Method 1: Lutris
Lutris has several installers for The Sims 2, depending on the version and source of the game. You can find them on the Lutris website. For this method, we will use the Wine Origin version, which is made for the Ultimate Collection version from Origin. Here are the steps to follow:
Install the latest video drivers from your manufacturer (usually they are proprietary). For example, if you use Ubuntu and have an Nvidia card, you can install the latest Nvidia driver from graphics-drivers repository.
Install the latest wine-staging or wine-devel and its dependencies from the official WineHQ repository. To do that, just pick your distro on this page and follow the instructions.
Download this archive with recompiled wine. This is wine 3.7-staging with a modified swswine patch from 8051 bug report compiled under 32-bit Xubuntu 18.04 with all necessary dependencies, so it should work with all Ubuntu and Ubuntu-like distributions based off 18.04 and later.
Extract the archive in your home directory ($HOME or /home/your username/). In this tutorial, all commands will assume that you extracted it there and left the extracted folder named as \"a\". You can place it anywhere you want or rename it, but then don't forget to correct paths in the commands.
Create a fresh 32-bit wine prefix. To do that, open terminal and type in this command: WINEPREFIX=\"$HOME/sims2\" WINEARCH=win32 $HOME/a/wine wineboot
Download the latest Origin installer for PC. Go to the directory your installer was saved at. Right click in that folder and click \"Open in Terminal\", and run WINEPREFIX=\"$HOME/sims2\" $HOME/a/wine OriginThinSetup.exe
Install Origin like you would on Windows and sign in. You may see some crash messages and you should just ignore them, but they will appear every time when you launch the game. To get rid of them, just locate Origin folder in your wine prefix and remove OriginWebhelperService.exe and OriginClientService.exe, it doesn't really do any harm.
Install The Sims 2. After it will finish downloading, the Play button may be darked-out and not clickable. To fix that, open game menu and run repair. Sometimes it won't let you play the game without doing this.
Before you launch The Sims 2, you need to change some settings. Go to Origin>Application Settings. In Application tab, disable \"Automatically Update Origin\". And in More>Origin In-Game, disable \"Enable Origin In-Game\". If you don't do it, Origin will fail to launch if it finds a new update for itself, and Origin In-Game will cause The Sims 2 to crash.
You can now play The Sims 2 on Linux using Lutris! Enjoy!
Method 2: Origin
If you don't want to use Lutris or wine-staging, you can also try to run The Sims 2 on Linux using only Origin and wine-devel. However, this method may not work for everyone, as some users have reported issues with graphics or sound. 06063cd7f5