Porting Games to OS X

Discussion in 'Games' started by jamesrw, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. jamesrw macrumors newbie

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    I was thinking about porting games to mac and came up with this.

    Many of you will have heard of Wine [http://www.winehq.com] for linux, which basically emulates the Windows API, to allow you to run *some* Windows applications.

    It is possible to compile Wine for OS X no problem. The only problem then in terms of running Windows apps is the different processor architectures.

    Then I found this nifty app called QEMU [http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu/] which is basically an x86 processor emulator, and one of its goals is to support Wine.

    I haven't yet had a chance to mess around with this but the potential is there for running many Windows games without them needing to be recompiled specifically for OS X, and Half-Life is proven to work very well in Wine (which I have done myself).

    I will have a more in-depth look tomorrow as its 1:30am now ;) Does anyone else see this as a possibility or have I completely missed it :p
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    There is also an emulator called Bochs and there is a Mac version. I've tried it but didn't get too far.

    The trouble is that the performance is going to be pitiful, at best, in contrast to a good source code port.

    It's always better to emulate what's being used at the source level when changing processors.
     
  3. Legacy user macrumors newbie

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    Emulator

    If someone could perfect this, This would be a acceptable alternative for some of us lower end gamers. I don't want magic or monsters. Just realistic battle Napoleonic war scenarios. There are a few good ones on the PC side, Like the Cossack Series. The graphics and processor requirements are pretty low, so it might be ok as an emulator. I would also like to see some Napolonic Man o War naval strategy games on the Mac to recreate battles Like that of the recently released 'Master and Commander' film.
    It's a pity that these games aren't made for the Mac.
    You perfect it, and I'll buy it.
     

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