One wish for my weekend... gaming!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by midnacht, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Guest

    Hey guys!

    I love the design of the 11" MacBook Air combined with a cinema display. There is only one thing -one important question- that keeps me from buying it immediately:

    Can I play WarCraft III with good fps on a MBA? Someone told me that using a cinema display makes the fps drop badly :(( Is that true?

    I'd love to play my old school favorites Diablo 2 (nothing to speak of) and WarCraft III on high resolution.

    ATM I use a Mac mini 2010. I'm very happy with it dispite the fact that StarCraft 2 lags :( WarCraft III fps are about 100-110 on the highest resolution (1680*1050 - old 22" aluminum display).

    Is there any WC3 fanboy out there?!

    Best regards and have a nice weekend!
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

    Warcraft 3 and Diablo 2 will work since they are ancient, but the architecture may be a problem, as Lion drops Rosetta.
    As for the Cinema Display: you have to have reasonable resolutions. The MBA will certainly not be able to handle gaming on 1920x1080 or even 2560x1440.
  3. macrumors 65816


    2010 MBA will be able to play WCIII just fine. I play it sometimes on my 11 inch as well.
  4. Guest

    Do you play it with or without an additional display?

    i've heard that the 2010 MBA graphics are better than the new ones? true?
  5. macrumors 65816


    Yes, but that old of a game will run just fine on both versions of the MBA. Keep in mind that the 2011 MBA cannot run Diablo 2 though.

    Also you will be able to play it through an external screen.
  6. macrumors 65816


    HD3000 is better in OS X, so it should run better than last years if you install it natively. You won't be able to use the disc based installation method though since there's no more Rosetta. You'd have to download it off your Acc Mgmt page on
  7. Guest


    I want to cry :'(((

    Anyway: Is there a big difference in the graphics? Shall I try to get an "old" one?

    Can you speculate on diablo III? Will I be needing a new iMac in the near future or can a MBA handle that?
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    Despite Intel HD 3000 being better under OSX then Windows it still does not beat out the 320m.

    As for Diablo 3 we won't know until beta which is set for a couple of months.
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    I hate to break it to you but W3 doesn't work with Lion because it dropped Rosetta so it won't work.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Yes it does.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Really? I just went to and downloaded the installer, only to get this when I try to run it:

    "You can't open the application Installer because PowerPC applications are no longer supported."

    Have you actually gotten the game to install/run under Lion?
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    Well I'm running Lion and when I click my Warcraft 3 icon it loads fine. Maybe the installer can't be run but the program itself can? Which I think might be the case with Diablo 2.
  13. macrumors newbie

    That's it! :)

    I ran the installer on my iMac (10.6.8) and then copied the directory to the Air. It runs fine, but I'm getting an odd graphics issue:


    It seems as though there's a layer of graphics missing. Do you get this when you run it, Oppressed?
  14. macrumors 65816


    Nope, let it patch to the newest version.
  15. macrumors regular

    Get out of here. I play Quake Live at 2560x1440 and warcraft 3 at 2560x1440 both smooth as smooth balls.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Weird. I updated (on the iMac, as the patch won't run under Lion either) and the problem is still there:


    It only cropped up in the game at the end of a mission, but it's really annoying when it does. Any ideas?
  17. macrumors regular

    Wish Blizzard would stop being so effing lazy.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Lol. :)

    At least WoW runs okay, and at better settings than my iMac could manage. It does make the fan howl a bit, but I expected that.
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    ftfy. ;)
  20. macrumors regular

    This is really the only game I wanted to have on my MBA but when I found out that I couldn't install it I got really bummed. Would it work if I installed it on my old computer, then copied it to myself somehow? How would I do that? And I'd want to do that after patching right?
  21. macrumors newbie

    That's how I got it to run. Downloaded the installer and patch from, ran them on my 10.6.8 iMac, then copied the whole W3 directory over the network. Installed and patched it's only 650mb, so you could easily put it on a USB stick to copy it to your Air as well.
  22. macrumors regular

    Yes but it still doesn't excuse Blizzard's laziness. Blizzard has billions of $$ and tons of employees. They can spend a few hours compiling to Intel.

    Anyways I need a "patched" warcraft as I don't have my snow leopard machine anymore. Any chance someone can zip their fully patched Warcraft 3 folder and upload it and PM me link? Can't even play online without the patch -_-
  23. macrumors newbie

    I can't wait for Diablo 3 :D

    Got my new mba 11inch but now i need to get a new macbook pro to game on haha, hopefully the macbook pro with ivy bridge comes out soon cause ima be getting that one instantly just for d3!

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