Playing Sims 3 on late 2012 iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by virginblue4, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I just wondered if anyone here plays The Sims 3 on their new late 2012 21.5" iMac?

    Please mention the specs of your system. What frame rates are you getting? Any lag? Do you have any expansion packs installed?

    Thanks :)
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    Also, how the hell do you do it since it demands a DVD?
  3. macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2008
    LOL. Of course Sims 3 will run on any 2012 machine. Its old game!
    Have you heard, there are this thing called "external cd/dvd-drive" ?
    ..or if you dont want to use physical media, you can always use image file.
  4. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Using this magical device known as an external CD/DVD drive....

    I know it will run, but will it run well? I know some people with 2011 iMacs and yet it still lags. And with expansion packs planned well into '13, it's not that old.

    Has anyone got any useful information? Anyone play it on the new 21.5" iMac?
  5. macrumors regular

    May 30, 2006
    It will run well, just depends what settings you pick for it.

    I'm guessing it should be easily able to handle high settings however.
  6. macrumors regular


    May 16, 2010
    I think I should run absolutely fine on your machine, It runs smoothly on my 2009 3.06 Ghz iMac and the gameplay is fluid with no lag at all, so you really shouldn't worry. my model has the nvidia geforce card though
  7. macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    not sure if you have visited mac section, if not i would recommend you pay it a visit.

    i asked the same thing over there and there was one user that has a 21" (i forget her specs), but she said she had no lagging and the graphics were all on high. she was quite surprised at how drastic the gaming experience was from her mbp. from what i've heard simming through bootcamp is 10x better, but i just can't bring myself to not use the native os.

    now to bring balance to the picture there are several very serious errors caused playing the game on mac (many are game ruining ie crashing within a few minutes of play, etc) so i would be careful or at least ready to play via bootcamp if you do play on the imac.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    It should run fine but you would have much better performance if you played it in BootCamp as the Mac version is just a windows application running under Cider.
  9. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    If I begin playing it on OS X and then say 4 months down the line I decide to use Bootcamp, will I being able to transfer all of my saved game data over to Bootcamp or will I have to start fresh?
  10. mslide, Jan 14, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    It should work fine. I've transferred saves from Windows to Mac.

    I agree with playing under bootcamp. The Sims games have always been one of those games that no matter how fast your computer is, it's always somewhat of a pig and cider will just make it that much worse. Don't get me wrong, it will run just fine on your new iMac. Just not as wicked fast as one might expect considering how old the game is and how new your computer is.

    Playing under bootcamp also opens up the possibility of playing it under Origin so you don't have to have the DVD loaded while playing it. I was able to register my physical copies of The Sims 3 and add ons with Origin. I was also able to register add ons I purchased through Steam during their Winter sale.

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