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Scuba629
Jun 23, 2012, 10:31 AM
So far I think I'm going to play the below, but I do want to find others do buy on steam or the app store.

World of Warcraft
Starcraft 2
Diablo 3



NutsNGum
Jun 23, 2012, 11:19 AM
Asphalt 6.
Braid.
Limbo.

RocketRed
Jun 23, 2012, 11:23 AM
Left 4 Dead 2

TheWelshBoyo
Jun 23, 2012, 12:00 PM
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Counter-Strike: Source
Team Fortress 2
Portal 2
Killing Floor
Amnesia
Darwinia

Would also play Super Monday Night Combat but I can't seem to download the Boot Camp drivers...

mattpreston11
Jun 23, 2012, 12:39 PM
Portal 2
Football Manager 2012
When it arrives on Monday: Fifa 12.

kooskoos1814
Jun 23, 2012, 01:46 PM
Starcraft 2
Diablo 3
League of Legends

iNole
Jun 23, 2012, 05:07 PM
Minecraft :)

ZBoater
Jun 23, 2012, 05:32 PM
Zork
Space Quest
Doom

FlakinJamaican
Jun 23, 2012, 11:32 PM
Minecraft :)

How many FPS do you get in minecraft on everything maxed out?

Crooks
Jun 23, 2012, 11:39 PM
For those of you who play minecraft, how do you play without the fans kicking to max gear -___-

Macman45
Jun 23, 2012, 11:50 PM
Very few games on my MBA....Just solitaire, pool and a couple of other non-demanding things.

I'm surprised to see folks using the Air for graphically intense gaming...I wonder how my 2011 13" would fare in these games....It's below spec for Bioshock. Quake etc so I have never attempted to run them...Just use my MBP or iMac for intense games.

Jobsian
Jun 24, 2012, 01:59 AM
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Counter-Strike: Source
Team Fortress 2
Portal 2
Killing Floor
Amnesia
Darwinia

Would also play Super Monday Night Combat but I can't seem to download the Boot Camp drivers...

Interesting list! Likewise I'm surprised. I know they run better on bootcamp windows but is anyone running these kind of games on mac steam with any success on decent settings?

leman
Jun 24, 2012, 02:17 AM
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I'm surprised to see folks using the Air for graphically intense gaming...I wonder how my 2011 13" would fare in these games....It's below spec for Bioshock. Quake etc so I have never attempted to run them...Just use my MBP or iMac for intense games.

Why not? GPU-wise 2012 Air is on par with 2010 MBP. Bioshock (the first one) and all the Quakes are already so old, it would run them without any problems whatsoever.

lannisters4life
Jun 24, 2012, 02:22 AM
Does anyone use a Macbook Air to run Portal 2 on a 27"/30" screen? Can the HD4000 do it? It's really the only game I care about.

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How many FPS do you get in minecraft on everything maxed out?
Probably 700?

TheWelshBoyo
Jun 24, 2012, 05:03 AM
Interesting list! Likewise I'm surprised. I know they run better on bootcamp windows but is anyone running these kind of games on mac steam with any success on decent settings?

I'm running them all with High settings, vsync on, and getting all 60 fps.

EDIT: I should mention, I'm running them with the full 1440x900 resolution too!

awex
Jun 24, 2012, 05:13 AM
Minecraft
Diablo 2
Grim Fandango (with ScummVM, works great!)

I don't really game on my air though, I have a desktop PC for that

kylera
Jun 24, 2012, 05:28 AM
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Avadon
Swords and Sorcery

Jobsian
Jun 24, 2012, 05:45 AM
I'm running them all with High settings, vsync on, and getting all 60 fps.

EDIT: I should mention, I'm running them with the full 1440x900 resolution too!

Interesting, all bootcamp I take it?

TheWelshBoyo
Jun 24, 2012, 10:22 AM
Interesting, all bootcamp I take it?

Nope! All through Mac OS X Lion :)
The only game on my Boot Camp partition at the moment is Super MNC.
Now I have the drivers, I can see how well it actually works.
Also going to test out Skyrim...

Jobsian
Jun 24, 2012, 10:30 AM
Nope! All through Mac OS X Lion :)
The only game on my Boot Camp partition at the moment is Super MNC.
Now I have the drivers, I can see how well it actually works.
Also going to test out Skyrim...

Well, you've just seriously made me consider retuning to non-console hard gaming :D

RodPinto
Jun 24, 2012, 10:33 AM
Battlefield 3, medium settings, air 2012, 11, 8gb, i7, native resolution 40 fps, doing great!

Blackened Apple
Jun 24, 2012, 10:39 AM
How would the 13' i5 handle old-school games like GTA San Andreas and Vice City, Splinter Cell and the Unreal series, etc. ? Would it still go up to 100+ degrees Celsius and make the fan scream, or would it stay rather cool and silent?

Crooks
Jun 24, 2012, 10:41 AM
The fan runs a little higher than usual but it doesn't run at like 6500 rpm or anywhere near that.

You're definitely fine running old school GTA, that's what I've been doing

mszpara
Jun 24, 2012, 11:56 AM
Limbo
Super Meat Boy
Civilization V
Amnesia
Braid

Scuba629
Jun 24, 2012, 12:03 PM
If u can play the game on windows(bootcamp) or mac which do u choose?

Maybe I load it on both?

phobic99
Jun 24, 2012, 12:29 PM
Battlefield 3, medium settings, air 2012, 11, 8gb, i7, native resolution 40 fps, doing great!

Really wish I didn't see this. I've been back and forth on getting an 11" MBA (that I really do not need) and seeing this doesn't make it any easier to not buy one.

Do you play with any additional accessories?

TheWelshBoyo
Jun 24, 2012, 12:30 PM
If u can play the game on windows(bootcamp) or mac which do u choose?

Maybe I load it on both?

Mac, so I don't have to reboot!

Kyllle
Jun 24, 2012, 06:28 PM
How many FPS do you get in minecraft on everything maxed out?

On the 2012 I get 30-35, so that's plenty for me. The fans do kick up to 6500rpm in a few minutes though, but I think that would be the case no matter what settings it's on.

ZBoater
Jun 24, 2012, 06:38 PM
Mine stays around 66C and 2400RPM playing this...

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6683949/sq1.png

dmn001
Jun 24, 2012, 07:40 PM
Not planning on gaming on my MBA, maybe just installing steam and a few indie ones. Chess also.

Acronyc
Jun 24, 2012, 08:08 PM
I've played through and tested a few games on my 2010 11" 1.4C2D/4GB/128GB. This little machine has never ceased to impress me, and it has served me so well I made it my sole computer a few months ago. I haven't completed all of the following (I'm a bit of a collector and buy games I wish I had the time to play), but have spent at least a few hours with each on my MBA. I finished Mass Effect 2 on my MBA and had no troubles at all.

OS X:
Amnesia
Bastion
Braid
Civilization IV
Darkness II
Deathspank
Diablo III
Frozen Synapse
Left 4 Dead 2
Limbo
Mini Ninjas
Portal 2
Prey
Rochard
Starcraft 2
Trine
Trine 2
Tales of Monkey Island
Torchlight
The Walking Dead

Boot Camp:
Arx Fatalis
Batman Arkham Asylum
Batman Arkham City
Bioshock
Dead Island
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Fallout: New Vegas
Fear 3
Half Life 2
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Max Payne 2
Oblivion
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Thief Gold
Thief 2
Thief: Deadly Shadows
Titan Quest
Splinter Cell: Conviction
Ys Origin

phobic99
Jun 24, 2012, 09:26 PM
I've played through and tested a few games on my 2010 11" 1.4C2D/4GB/128GB. This little machine has never ceased to impress me, and it has served me so well I made it my sole computer a few months ago. I haven't completed all of the following (I'm a bit of a collector and buy games I wish I had the time to play), but have spent at least a few hours with each on my MBA. I finished Mass Effect 2 on my MBA and had no troubles at all.
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Thanks for this. I may finally pull the trigger after all. :)

Belgrano
Jun 24, 2012, 11:28 PM
Tribes Ascend
Skyrim
Left 4 Dead 2
Civ V

And my new 2012 13"/8/128 handles them all well. :D

arctic
Jun 24, 2012, 11:35 PM
I'm a big Dead Space fan and I'm really hoping somebody's getting good frame rates in Dead Space 2 with the HD4000. Anyone?

RodPinto
Jun 25, 2012, 08:49 AM
Really wish I didn't see this. I've been back and forth on getting an 11" MBA (that I really do not need) and seeing this doesn't make it any easier to not buy one.

Do you play with any additional accessories?

Only a usb mouse... But i'm thinking about getting an external display for using at home...i'm really in love with the air... Coming from a 2010 15 macbook pro with no regrets!

Stingray454
Jun 25, 2012, 09:28 AM
I play Diablo 3 and WoW occasionally on my 2010 Air (1.6Ghz 11", 4Gb RAM). Both run very well on low settings. I have set a FPS limit in WoW at 30 fps, and it usually keeps around there. The limit also keeps my CPU quite cool, the fans are barely noticeable and I'm at about 75 degrees Celsius while gaming. About the same in Diablo.

This is best for casual gaming though, as lots of enemies on-screen can cause lag. The most stressful fight yet (WoW, 25 man raid with tons and tons of spell effects and such) I had 8-10 fps when things were at its worst.

I have ordered a 2012 Air (11" with everything maxed but SSD) so I'll be very interested to see how/if the performance of these games differ.

Heresiarch
Jun 25, 2012, 09:34 AM
I am pretty old school, so I installed Dwarf Fortress, Dosbox along games like Master of Orion 2 (while having Starbase Orion on the iPad at the same time...) and Master of Magic, and several roguelikes...but never had time nor bothered to play them. :/

Diablo 3 runs OK, but the heat made me feel nervous. It's so warm that made my left hand sweat. Haven't bothered with Skyrim yet.

paulopadopa
Jun 25, 2012, 10:16 AM
Currently Minecraft and Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 :D

mds
Jun 25, 2012, 11:10 AM
I'm running them all with High settings, vsync on, and getting all 60 fps.

EDIT: I should mention, I'm running them with the full 1440x900 resolution too!

Which MBA do you have?

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Only serious game I played on my 2010 was Starcraft 2. Is gaming really worse on a 2011? Is the 2012 really only 'on par' with the 2010 in terms of graphic performance?

comatose81
Jun 25, 2012, 11:36 AM
Anyone try DA:O yet? It's a few years old so I'm wondering how it will play in OS X and Windows.

sriggles
Jun 25, 2012, 12:02 PM
Currently Minecraft and Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 :D

Rollercoaster Tycoon and Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 are my favorite games! Wish I still had my copy.

MacTyper
Nov 27, 2012, 03:35 AM
I tried to play minecraft with my mid i5 2012 13" 4GB of memory... 5 minutes in to the game, and my fans sound like a jet engines.. wtf??? is that normal??

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shakeman0
Nov 27, 2012, 07:41 AM
I tried to play minecraft with my mid i5 2012 13" 4GB of memory... 5 minutes in to the game, and my fans sound like a jet engines.. wtf??? is that normal??

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Mine did that too. I wouldn't really worry about it too much. I guess they're just doing their job.

msjones
Nov 27, 2012, 08:10 AM
Capture the flag. OK not a game, but setting up a virtual network and playing in red team / blue team events on a Friday night with beer and pizza is a hell of a good time.

However I do try and get some frags in on Doom 3 and UT2004 on my Mid 2012 MBA. Not modern games by a long stretch, bus still awesome.

Steevie
Nov 27, 2012, 01:43 PM
I dont do anything too hardcore but Trine 2 and Portal 2 run great!