Linux for Starters

Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – Gaming – Part 17

Steam Store

Steam is a large digital library of PC games. It’s not a Linux specific store but it’s home to thousands of games that run under this operating system.

There are a relatively small percentage of Linux games hosted on Steam that can be downloaded without a charge. Most of the games at this location will need input from your wallet/purse.

First make sure your system is up-to-date by opening a terminal and entering the command:

$ sudo apt update

Then install Steam with the command:

$ sudo apt install steam

You can then run Steam from a Search search or from the terminal with the command $ steam

Steam will update itself:

Steam Update

If you don’t have an existing account, you’ll need to create a new account.

Steam Account

Once you’ve logged in you have access to the Steam store.

Steam Library
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Bear in mind that some of the ‘free games’ hosted on Steam are considered to be ‘Pay to Win’. This has become an infamous term in the gaming world. Users and players willing to spend money to access features that are normally unlocked as the game progresses can give some serious advantage, especially in online games. This presents an unfair balancing issue within the online communities.

Page 3 – Emulators and more


Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Ubuntu Software App
Page 2 – Steam Store
Page 3 – Emulators and more


All articles in this series:

Linux For Starters
Part 1What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?
Part 2Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.
Part 3Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.
Part 4We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.
Part 5Things to do after installing Ubuntu.
Part 6Navigating your way around the Desktop.
Part 7Updating the system, install new software.
Part 8Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.
Part 9Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.
Part 10We cover the basics of files and permissions.
Part 11Getting help from your system.
Part 12Learn all about the file system.
Part 13Manipulating files from the shell.
Part 14Maintain your system with these simple tips.
Part 15Managing users on your system.
Part 16Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.
Part 17Gaming on Linux.
Part 18Protect your privacy with this guide.

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2 comments

    1. Well I am. Linux is vastly underrated as a gaming platform. Of course many big titles aren’t available but there’s still tons of great games out there.

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