Re: Mostly just games
sometimes applications do not run for years because wine's DLL is missing functionality, which sometimes depends on other functionality of another component and so on.
Ta da! So when you say "that's not true at all," what you mean is that it's true in every respect that matters.
If wine needs a file from Windows to run an application, then that means wine doesn't provide a feature that's built in to Windows. I don't see how it would be incorrect to state otherwise.
Saying that wine will run a program if you replace all of its innards with licensed Windows components is ridiculous.