|May 20, 2013, 03:14 PM||#1|
I'm hosting a PC/Mac LAN party... What games are compatible?
So I'm planning to have a LAN party. There will be a couple newer macs and some PCs. What games are compatible? The older and more nostalgic the better. I was hoping for Doom or Quake. Command and conquer. Maybe Warcraft 3. Unreal Tournament and original Starcraft. Any of these work? I will not have Bootcamp.
Is there anything I should know? Everything updated and will difference in XP, 7 or 8 matter? I want this to be epic.
|May 20, 2013, 05:20 PM||#4|
Just make sure everyone's patched up across the board otherwise you'll all be sitting there waiting to update on the day.
Borderlands 2 is great fun if there's up to four of you. Worth grabbing on Steam. You can play CS:Source/L4D2 now, too.
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|May 20, 2013, 08:13 PM||#5|
DOOM and Command and Conquer (1995) are DOS games.
Warcraft III and Unreal Tournament are Win32 games.
These aren't even from the same era, so it sounds like you have a lot of planning to do. If you want to play all the golden oldies (DOOM, C&C, Quake, Duke Nukem 3D, etc)- then you can very easily do so through DOSBox and the Mac specific counterpart Boxer. DOSBox supports IPX over TCP emulation, so it's trivial to interlink a bunch of computers and enjoy all those old games together.
Games like Warcraft III and Unreal Tournament are considerably more tricky to coordinate between OS X and Windows (it's no longer a simple matter of installing it under DOSBox and everything "just works"). Warcraft III had a Mac version, but it's antiquated and won't install under 10.8. You could try to run it under WINE, but YMMV.
UT'99 is basically the same thing. You'll probably have to run it under WINE, or a virtual machine managed by VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop (and neither product is free, unfortunately).
Basically, Windows games are a pain in the ass in this regard. DOS games aren't because you've got DOSBox, and once they're installed somewhere you can just copy over the config file and the entire C:\ drive folder to someone else's computer and you're done.
Of course, there's also modern day games like Borderlands 2 that are simply flat out compatible with OS X via Steam, and offer cross-system play... But everyone needs to own their own license (via Steam) for that to work.
So I really think you need to decide what you want to play, then figure out how you're going to make that happen so you're not wasting time when people show up. DOS games are by far the easiest. Windows games are significantly more involved, especially if you have to run them under Mac OS X.
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|May 21, 2013, 06:12 AM||#8|
We had a lot of those..
Most Popular Games on my LANs
Call of Duty 4
Team Fortress 2 (requires Steam Account but it is free)
We played in past:
Quake 3 Arena
SW Jedi Academy
Call of Duty 2
Warcraft 3 (+DotA, requires ONE PowerPC Mac (or Intel Mac with Rosetta -> 10.6 or bellow ) because game installer is not intel compatible. After you apply latest patch, it works without CD and runs on Intel just fine)
StarCraft 2 (req. battle.net account and internet connetcion )
StarCraft 1 (Intel Mac with 10.4,10.5 or 10.6 or PowerPC Mac)
Diablo 2 (same as StarCraft 1)
All those Counter Strikes, L2Ds and more.. (req. Steam account)
FIFA 2012 (4 players = 4 controllers)
Civilization V (req. tons of time)
Worms 3D (4 players)
C&C Generals has Mac only multiplayer
C&C 3 and C&C: Red Alert were cider ports. I did not test their multiplayer but it might work.
hedgewars (something like Worms)
Last edited by MichalM.Mac; May 21, 2013 at 05:31 PM.
|May 21, 2013, 10:44 AM||#10|
Some stuff from my pc/mac lan parties:
Garrison Gang (via crossover)
Babo: Madballs (steam)
Galcon Fusion (steam)
Wc3: DOTA mod
Note on WC3: If you can get it installed on a system with rosetta, you can move the app bundle and it will play fine on lion/mountain lion
Note on steam: you might want to go to the steam store and do an advanced search and filter on pc/mac compatible games. There's lots of good stuff there.
You might also consider something like minecraft (java) or terraria (via crossover, but server must be hosted on a pc) for a open, sandbox-y experience.
There are also some turn based games like Civilization, but they will take a long time to play.
|May 21, 2013, 12:35 PM||#11|
Look through Steam to see what you want to play.
Verify the games support your computers and are playable over a LAN.
Everyone purchase the games for their computer (very cheap on Steam).
|May 22, 2013, 03:26 AM||#13|
The sad thing is that Unreal 3 never materialized for MacOSX. Both the OSX and Linux versions were under development at some point, if I recall. But the project was cancelled. And so UT3 only released for Windows.
|May 22, 2013, 05:37 AM||#14|
Quake,1/2/3 are all good, as is Warcraft 3.
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|May 22, 2013, 11:02 AM||#16|
There is "Universal Binary" patch for UT2004. It works on my iMac with 10.8.3 just fine.
Both UT99 and UT2003 are PowerPC only, though.
|May 23, 2013, 01:59 PM||#17|
EDIT: Sorry if it's been posted before in this thread.
|May 24, 2013, 03:59 PM||#18|
|Jun 30, 2014, 01:41 PM||#19|
Is there LAN support in the Mac App Store version of FlatOut 2?
What about playing vs the Windows version on a LAN with the Mac App Store version? Anyone has the Mac App Store version and knows this?
|Aug 2, 2014, 06:26 PM||#20|
We have a few Mac-only (non-Bootcamp) attendees at the LAN parties my friends' host. The Mac-friendly games that we were running included:
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Team Fortress 2
- League of Legends
- Civilization V
- Starcraft 2
- Diablo 3
I think there were more, but I can't recall.
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Last edited by Suture; Aug 2, 2014 at 06:27 PM. Reason: OOPS just realized you were looking for older games. Disregard!
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