OS X Games not working on new mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by DraconisV, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I bought a new Macbook air in March 2012 (Had 2010 model Pro beforehand). I used to play SimCity4 and Tropico3 on my macbook pro, but when upgrading to the Macbook Air the games wouldn't work.

    I think it was due to a newer OSX version that wouldn't play powerpc games. Not entirely sure.

    Recently I have been looking on the MacAppStore and have found Tropico 3:Gold Edition. Will this work on my machine. I'm worried about wasting the money.

    Thanks for any help.


    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  2. macrumors G5

    Macman45

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    Scroll down in the App store for the full description and required specs for the game.
     
  3. macrumors 65816

    antonis

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    Yes, PowerPC support (known as Rosetta) was dropped from OS X 10.7 and beyond, assuming that your previous laptop was running 10.6.

    However, I think you can still install & boot 10.6 from an external USB stick, in case there is a favorite game that you cannot find for Intel platform.
     
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    El Awesome

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    I guess your new MBA is running a HD3000.
    The games you play are some years old, maybe they simply don't work with integrated graphics?

    And yes, since 10.7, there is no Rosetta anymore...

    But the App Store was introduced in Lion, so if the App Store sells Tropico3, and your MBA can handle it hardware-wise, it will definately work.

    I chekced the system requirements: Do you have at least 4GB RAM? If yes, you'll be fine.
     
  5. macrumors 603

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    There's an intel patch available for simcity 4 you can try, but it doesn't really work. You are probably better off getting Simcity 5 when it comes out in a few months. Tropico 3 Gold should be fine on low settings.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Hey Chris, head over to GameAgent.com and setup an account so you can use the MacMatch feature. MacMatch will pull your system profile and compare it to the minimum system requirements on over 200 games, letting you know which should run on your machine. GameAgent also price shops for you and lets you know where to get the best deal :)
     
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    Huntn

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    As I have some docs written in Appleworks, and I don't want to convert, I'd be interested in this and found this macs.about.com article written for Snow Leopard. Maybe I'll try that and then upgrade to Mountain Lion.
     
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    antonis

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    I think it'll work for you, OS X is very flexible for such matters, it can boot from anything. Mind also that, if I'm not mistaken, Snow Leopard's latest upgrade enables Mac App Store too.
     
  9. macrumors 603

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    Pages will open AppleWorks 6.2.9 word processing documents.

    New macs can't run Snow Leopard, so relying on it isn't a long-term solution.
     
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    Huntn

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    Ah yes, but I have a lot of unique outline formatting that does not cross over to Pages exactly right. In the near future that will be academic as I no longer will need the docs in question so it may not really be an issue for me. Right now pondering if I should upgrade to M.L. Yes it would be nice to have all my devices synched up and have access to apps on my laptop. :)
     
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    edddeduck

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