./play.it is libre software that automates the build of native packages for multiple distributions, including Gentoo, from DRM-free installers for commercial games. The generated packages are then installed using the standard tools provided by the distribution.
Native Linux games are supported, as well as games developed for other systems thanks to tools like Wine, DOSBox and ScummVM.
An overlay is provided allowing for an easy installation of ./play.it on Gentoo: BetaRayʼs Gentoo overlay
Assuming the game installer is called setup.exe, using ./play.it to install a game is a two-steps process:
- Run ./play.it by giving it the path to the game installer:
- Follow the emerge instructions provided at the end of the process, or use the provided quickunpkg script.
Some ./play.it developers and users can be reached on IRC, channel is #play.it on network irc.oftc.net. The main language on this IRC channel is English, but most of us can speak French too.
A contact e-mail for feedback can usually be found in each ./play.it script, as well as the library. Open one of these files with any text editor to see the contact e-mail.
- Games/engines — provides an overview of game emulators available in the ::gentoo ebuild repository.
- Games/emulation — provides an overview of game emulators available in the ::gentoo ebuild repository.
- Wine — an application compatibility layer that allows Microsoft Windows software to run on Linux and other POSIX-compliant operating systems.