Fixing stutters in Papers Please on Linux

Tue Dec 28, 2021

Since I switched to Linux some time ago, I had my fair share of problems with running games on Linux. To be fair, most of these were not designed to run on linux, but the awesome Proton and its main project wine make it easy to run most games I am interested in seamlessly. Most of the time when problems arise, games refuse to start, but some workaround exists to make them run.

When I wanted to play some Papers Please I was delighted to see that a native port exists, which should make it easy to run it. Installing and starting the game from GOG was easy enough, but starting in the main menu, something was off. After starting a game it was clear that the animations were pausing every few seconds for around a second, which made it almost unplayable.