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Stevez0r
Apr 24, 2007, 10:30 AM
I enjoy gaming on my Mac mini although its not the greatest thing to game on. I'm going to wait until the new/revision iMac is released and upgrade it to a true gaming machine. In the mean time I have a question are there any advantages of playing games in XP/Vista via Bootcamp instead of a OSX? Currently I'm playing WoW:Burning Crusade, but I want to play LOTR: Shadows of Angmar. Will there be a Mac version?



Erendiox
Apr 24, 2007, 10:37 AM
Well the obvious advantage to running XP/Vista to play games is the massive selection that opens up. Most games are for windows. If you want to play that LOTR game, and there's no mac version, boot camp is your ticket. I don't know what the situation is with that particular game, but I wouldn't wait around for a mac version if there isn't one out already. Ports over to OSX tend to take a while and also tend sometimes to not run quite as well as the windows version. It depends on the company that ports it. If you're talking Blizzard, they're I think the only gaming company that releases for both windows and mac simultaneously, and the mac versions of their games are great.

Sorry for blabing, but in a nutshell, bootcamp is your ticket for games. Go for it.

Cheers :)

xparaparafreakx
Apr 24, 2007, 10:46 PM
Run XP for gaming. I run Vista just for fun but you must have 2GB of ram.

dmw007
Apr 25, 2007, 08:13 AM
Sorry for blabing, but in a nutshell, bootcamp is your ticket for games. Go for it.

Cheers :)


Boot camp is the way to go for gaming, but it looks like the OP has a PowerPC based Mac Mini. :o

M@lew
Apr 25, 2007, 08:51 AM
With a Mac-Mini, it's pretty hard to run demanding games, but I would go with XP since Vista has all the "aero" effects that'll probably slow your performance.

Willis
Apr 25, 2007, 09:08 AM
I have XP on a 120gb HD i installed on the Mac Pro, purely for 1 piece of software, and of course, the The Sims 2. Only reason we dont play the mac version is because the Mac versions took ages to come out... which isnt true now, but would cost around £100 to change the discs to Mac.

bah... anyway, use XP for gaming as its pretty solid in comparison to Vista.

Fender2112
Apr 25, 2007, 10:32 AM
I believe WoW:BC is available in Universal so Windows should be avoided at all cost :D All of the addons I've used are based on Blizzard's use of LUA api's so they should be platform independent.

Bill Gates
Apr 26, 2007, 01:09 AM
With a Mac-Mini, it's pretty hard to run demanding games, but I would go with XP since Vista has all the "aero" effects that'll probably slow your performance.
Aero doesn't slow gaming performance. Vista is designed to turn off Aero when running a fullscreen 3D application, such as a game. Additionally, enhancements made to low-level Vista functions and memory handling do provide speed increases in certain games. I think the main reason why some games run slower is due to driver immaturity. So to conclude, I'll have to disagree, and suggest for the OP to install Vista Home Premium.

killr_b
Apr 26, 2007, 01:24 AM
The way I see it, the only reason to get Vista for gaming is the DirectX 10 drivers. Which you won't need w/o an nVidia 8800 or better…

So XP is the way to go. :)

outlandos
Jun 10, 2007, 04:13 PM
I would say XP!

aLoC
Jun 10, 2007, 04:46 PM
The iMac is not really a gaming machine. You can play the latest games, but you have to put the detail settings on medium usually. Still, good enough that I can't justify buying a separate gaming box.

Chone
Jun 10, 2007, 04:53 PM
Run XP for gaming. I run Vista just for run but you must have 2GB of ram.

What?

As far as I can tell, Vista is the way to go for gaming, simply because many games are vista only right now for marketing reasons but eventually they'll be Vista only for technical reasons.

Performance is actually the same and if you are running games on a Mac then you probably aren't too picky about having 100FPS with max settings.

I say go Vista, its actually quite a nifty OS.

nylock10
Jun 11, 2007, 08:55 AM
I'm running Vista right now instead of XP. I like it, looks better and has the Games explorer.

I went to www.speedyvista.com and used their service guide to tone down on the services, now I don't have very many services running (about the same as XP - maybe less!). I also disabled all my processes from starting up, so when I'm playing games only have 23 other processes running.

You should get Vista, as more games in the future are probably going to be Vista only.

katorga
Jun 19, 2007, 02:53 PM
Vista is the way to go for gaming, simply because many games are vista only right now for marketing reasons but eventually they'll be Vista only for technical reasons.

Huh? I can only think of 2-3 games that are DX10 (Vista) right now, and they all offer DX9 (XP) operation. No game developer in his right mind is going to code the DX10/Vista while there are still 300 million XP systems in use. Even the XBOX360 is not DX10.

It will be 2-3 years before you have to worry about DX10 being mandatory. That is 2 entire GPU generations away.

gkarris
Jun 20, 2007, 10:24 AM
Boot camp is the way to go for gaming, but it looks like the OP has a PowerPC based Mac Mini. :o

The OP talked about getting a new iMac...

Spartan-117
Jun 20, 2007, 11:50 AM
Xp is the way at the moment, becasue in vista games allways performe abit worse as vista is more of a resource hogger, benchmarks in vista vs xp games on pc's show it, osX not good either if you are a gamer get a bootcamp partition with xp :) all them fps count when your on a macbook XD XD