|Crossing Over: Wineskin Review & Discussion|
August 13, 2013 | Justin Ancheta
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Wineskin: This is the window you'll be greeted with upon first launching your wrapper.
"A tremendous feeling of peace came over him. He knew that at last, for once and for ever, it was now all, finally, over."
In the end, the decision of CrossOver vs. Wineskin depends largely on the technical effort and time one is willing to expend on maintaining a library of compatible Windows games on their Mac. CrossOver represents the WINE experience presented in a way that is as true to the classical Macintosh ethos as possible – installing and playing Windows games is a streamlined, almost zero-configuration affair. Aspects such as installation, compatibility maintenance and application management are seamlessly and neatly all handled for you, in a clean, friendly, and centralized environment. Wineskin, on the other hand, brings the Linux ethos to the WINE experience on the Mac; everything, from configuration, to maintenance, to installation, is entirely your responsibility. You're free to do what you want. You're trusted that you know what you're doing, so you've got the opportunity to do it – and the opportunity to bail yourself out when things go wrong. Both are equally valid, equally effective ways of getting Windows games (and other applications) to work on the Mac, and I'd heartily recommend that people who are keenly interested in using Wineskin for Windows gaming should also pony up the cost for CrossOver, if they can, if only because the profits that Codeweavers receives from CrossOver contribute directly to WINE development. For gamers on a shoestring budget, or for those looking to just dabble, Wineskin can be an excellent introduction to the unexpected and unusual world of non-Windows Windows Mac gaming. There's a wide world of plentiful Windows games out there for people to hack and squeeze into their Macs. With zero investment, and some of your time and effort, it's not hard at all to join those persistent Mac gamers who continue to try to find creative ways to get those same games working on their Macs. Here's to the Crazy Ones, indeed.