WINEPREFIX=~/.wine wine /PATH/TO/APPLICATION.exe
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-A wine ~/.wine-B/drive_c/Programs/MYCOOLAPP/start.exe
I'm not sure how you get the impression, after all I've said, that I'm somehow "confused" about the situation. My entire issue is that what using Linux and WINE are hyped as, and what using Linux and WINE is actually like are, indeed, apples and oranges. The two are not the same. The problem is, you're talking to the wrong person. Don't talk to me about how it's "more complicated than that". I know that already - that's the basis of my discussion in this thread.Talk to the people in your community, on YT and elsewhere, who go to great lengths extolling Linux for how easy it is to use, how easily and seamlessly one can make the switch from Windows, how you don't have to do without your favorite Windows apps/games thanks to WINE, and so on. Tell them to stop setting unrealistic expectations in people who don't know any better, while omitting any of the complications and issues users can and will run into.Tell the people who run WINEHQ to be more strict and thorough with what goes into their database, to make sure those ratings are vetted and confirmed before being listed for others to see. If I go to their database, and a game I want to install is listed as "Platinum", and - according to them - should "just work out of the box without further configuration", it's not *my fault* that I expect it to do just that. It's not my fault when it doesn't.For you to spin it as "the problem is me mixing apples and oranges" (you say "we", but I know you meant me - obviously you know the difference), is utterly disingenuous. You're effectively saying "Yeah, I know all those people on YT and elsewhere totally oversell and exaggerate Linux's ease of use and compatibility, but they're not the problem. The problem is that you don't know better, and listen to them". Put the accountability where it belongs - on the people overhyping and misrepresenting Linux in the first place.
It can actually be a bit more complicated than people are recognizing since you're using old install disks for a windows game. Not that you can't get the installer to work, but quite a lot of them used various forms of copy protection that usually will not work through WINE. In the case you have a game like that sometimes you can get a cracked executible (not the safest behavior) that doesn't have the copy protection built into it. Because this can be such a headache I've actually bought a lot of games I already owned at GOG and Steam when I've found them on sale and that saves at least one layer of headaches. Not always an option but it can make things significantly easier.