Winetricks’ default prefix location in ubuntu!

(If you already know all about wine/​prefixes, just skip to the end, that last code­box is what you’re look­ing for.)

I (not so) recently switched to almost exclu­sively using Ubuntu, even for gam­ing.  There are a few games that I play that still require win­dows, but not many.  On the off chance that I feel like play­ing one, I don’t always want to load up the slug­gish, pester-​​prone win­dows.  The solu­tion is of course, WINE (which stands for WINE Is Not an Emu­la­tor).  WINE is a com­pat­i­bil­ity layer that will allow Win­dows exe­cuta­bles to run on the Linux ker­nel.  It also has imple­men­ta­tions of many key Win­dows fea­tures, includ­ing the abil­ity to trans­late Direct3D into OpenGL.  A pre­fix is sort of a lit­tle bot­tle, because WINE isn’t per­fect, it often requires workarounds to get some soft­ware to run, and the workarounds just aren’t com­pat­i­ble with each other some­times, so you need the abil­ity to sep­a­rate them.  Winet­ricks is a piece of soft­ware that per­forms com­mon workarounds with a sim­ple inter­face.  You can cre­ate a pre­fix any­where with the fol­low­ing command

WINEPREFIX='/path/to/folder/' wine 'wineboot'

The folder should not exist yet when you run that com­mand, as it needs to cre­ate the folder itself. I found that when I did this though, winet­ricks didn’t know about the new pre­fix! So I had a prob­lem… Being a par­tic­u­larly advanced user I knew plenty of ways to make that work from the com­mand line, but that’s no fun.    So I decided to poke around a bit, and I found the direc­tory where winet­ricks cre­ates pre­fixes when you use it to install one of its default apps.  If you cre­ate a winepre­fix in this direc­tory, you will find it in your winet­ricks gui!  And that direc­tory is:

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Video game violence

With the recent spate of extremely vio­lent acts in the news video games have once again come under fire from mis­in­formed author­i­ta­tive par­ties.  They often cite many of the more con­clu­sive stud­ies (a syn­op­sis of which can be found at http://​kotaku​.com/​5​9​7​6​7​8​1​/​2​5​-​v​i​d​e​o​-​g​a​m​e​-​v​i​o​l​e​n​c​e​-​s​t​u​d​i​e​s​-​s​u​m​m​a​r​i​zed ).  Today’s rant focuses on these stud­ies in par­tic­u­lar as they are, in my opin­ion, flawed […]

March 23, 2013 0
Taken from flickr, under creative commons license - an atomic bomb blast
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The apocalypse, is it already over?

Many are say­ing that the apoc­a­lypse is com­ing, the end times are upon us, and that the world will end on Decem­ber 21, 2012. But what does apoc­a­lypse mean? Accord­ing to Wikipedia, “An apoc­a­lypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apoc­á­lyp­sis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω mean­ing ‘un-​​​​covering’), trans­lated lit­er­ally from Greek refers to a rev­e­la­tion of some­thing hidden, […]

November 23, 2012 0
A juggernaut defending a capture point
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Tribes: Ascend strategy — Capture and Hold

On it’s offi­cial release, Tribes: Ascend intro­duced a new game mode called “Cap­ture and Hold”, in this game mode play­ers of two teams vie to hold as many cap­ture points for as long as pos­si­ble.   In addi­tion to receiv­ing a point every few sec­onds each point held gives your team spe­cific ben­e­fits.  The points […]

May 29, 2012 0
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Flash games

Flash games can be fun lit­tle diver­sions through­out the day, espe­cially if you have some time to kill between tasks at work. The prob­lem is that most flash game por­tals are not very picky when it comes to choos­ing the games they post up on their sites, and for every 10 flash games, 9 of […]

May 22, 2012 0
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Shields in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Images cour­tesy of Zelda Dun­geon Sky­ward Sword offers a large vari­ety of shields, but which is best?  The obvi­ous answer is the “insanely durable” shield from the boss trial offered by the earth dragon, since it will pro­tect you from both fire/​​electricity, AND it will never break, but what if you’re early on in your […]

March 3, 2012 0
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God game — a scrapped idea

This is a new col­umn about scrapped games.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in game soft­ware devel­op­ment, and I write down ideas for games all day, some of them, like this one, I start look­ing at more seri­ously, and I deter­mine that for what­ever rea­son I should not make this game some­where along the line. […]

February 29, 2012 0
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Tribes: Ascend strategy — Generators

  The gen­er­a­tor is often viewed as the most impor­tant base asset in Tribes, since it pow­ers all other base assets, tur­rets, sen­sors, and inven­tory sta­tions.  In Tribes: Ascend it also pow­ers all player deploy­ables, but since play­ers spawn in the armor of their choice the inven­tory sta­tions are of much less impor­tance, mak­ing the […]

February 25, 2012 1
Sonic, ten characters that shouldn't exist, robotnic, tails, knuckles, and an enemy.
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Sonic the Hedgehog’s mistakes

Oh dear lord, WHY! Why is Sonic the Hedge­hog cursed to live in so many awful games!  The fans have made it quite clear what they want, and it’s so sim­ple to deliver, they want Sonic, run­ning fast through roller-​​​​coaster like lev­els, THAT’S IT.  Sega has decided that this isn’t enough, there has to be […]

February 22, 2012 0
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Tribes: Ascend strategy — flag chasing

Flag chas­ing in Tribes Ascend is more com­pli­cated than in other games, there are a lot of con­sid­er­a­tions to make before even attempt­ing it! In most games flag chas­ing is easy, you just run after the guy with the flag, maybe try to flank him if you can, it’s a bit dif­fer­ent when the per­son who just grabbed your flag is trav­el­ing 200 kph, and almost out of sight already by the time you’re ready to start chas­ing. This guide is to help you catch up to him, and hope­fully put a spin­fu­sor disc in his back­side. Chas­ing is a full-​​time job, so you’re going to want to stay near your team’s flag stand, maybe take pot­shots at any­one close enough, but they’re not really the ones you should worry about, the one to look out for is the one you don’t see yet, pick­ing up speed off in the dis­tance, set­ting up his run, get­ting ready to whiz by you so fast you barely even see him, hope­fully the flag defend­ers can stop him, but if they can’t, that’s where you come in.

February 18, 2012 3
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