I am getting a laptop wthout an OS because I wanna put linux on there to save all that space Windows would take up but am a gamer so would Linux be able to play games such as the ones in the title plus Crysis, Splinter Cell, Bioshock e.t.c. ?
As has been said before, many new "Windows" games won't run under Wine and will not be available to Linux users. An alternative might be Steam, see http://
which runs on Linux too.
Another way is to run Windows as a guest (virtual machine) on Linux using Xen and VGA passthrough. This requires specific hardware features such as VT-d (yes, VT-d not
VT-x) or AMD-V as well as two graphics cards (or the CPU internal IGP plus another GPU). In addition to suitable hardware (good luck finding a notebook that meets these criteria) you'll still need a copy of Windows and a Windows license, but it can give you a full Windows gaming experience while putting Windows into the second rank. There are of course many more advantages to running Windows on Xen/Linux, for example easy backup and restore of your Windows VM, portability, and the added security you get with running Linux as your main OS.
That said, dual-booting is a lot easier to accomplish (but who likes it?).