Bioshock and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. on Macbook

Rmpl

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I see that there's a thread dedicated to gaming on a MacBook but I also see that it's 15 pages long. So my question is: has anyone with a 2.0 Ghz Macbook (1 gig RAM) tried to run Bioshock or S.T.A.L.K.E.R.? The newest game I've run on my MacBook is WoW, which runs very well with medium-high settings. But I don't want to spend money on a FPS if it's going to run crappy or if I need to cripple all the neato visuals.

Thanks in advance.
 

sanford

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I see that there's a thread dedicated to gaming on a MacBook but I also see that it's 15 pages long. So my question is: has anyone with a 2.0 Ghz Macbook (1 gig RAM) tried to run Bioshock or S.T.A.L.K.E.R.? The newest game I've run on my MacBook is WoW, which runs very well with medium-high settings. But I don't want to spend money on a FPS if it's going to run crappy or if I need to cripple all the neato visuals.

Thanks in advance.
Don't know about STALKER but Bioshock, according to the *minimum* systems requirements, no way, no how. The onboard video doesn't even allocate enough main RAM to meet the minimum requirements. Not even sure it would launch, let alone run at playable rates.

STALKER is probably coming to PS3 and 360 eventually. Bioshock is already out for 360 and may according to rumor come to PS3 next summer, as it's a 2K Games property, not a Microsoft property. They just won't talk about it.
 

Much Ado

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I may get a 360 just so i can play Bioshock.

My MacBook would die trying to run it :(
 

Eidorian

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Both of those games are in the cream of the crop of current first person shooters. You're not going to be able to run it on a GMA950.
 

Rmpl

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Thanks guys! Not the news I wanted but it's kind of what I figured. It's too bad though. I'm too casual a gamer to justify buying a 360 and a decent HDTV just to play a couple games. But, thanks again for the info.
 

choffpauir

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Macbook Air

I see that there's a thread dedicated to gaming on a MacBook but I also see that it's 15 pages long. So my question is: has anyone with a 2.0 Ghz Macbook (1 gig RAM) tried to run Bioshock or S.T.A.L.K.E.R.? The newest game I've run on my MacBook is WoW, which runs very well with medium-high settings. But I don't want to spend money on a FPS if it's going to run crappy or if I need to cripple all the neato visuals.

Thanks in advance.
While it isn't the same as the gaming experience that you get on a well outfitted desktop rig or even a gaming laptop, the MacBook Air will play Bioshock on the highest settings. Pretty impressive actually. Frame rate occasionally drops precipitously but usually quite playable. As a PC guy I am quite amazed by the lengths to which a mac can be pushed with such modest hardware specs!
 

Consultant

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Those are pretty demanding games. Aren't there demos available? Try them on the lowest setting.
 

archurban

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all macbooks (or pro) whatever....

they are not good for playing game anyway. this is simple. in order to play game well, you need highly dedicated graphic card on board, faster RAM, processor (not need to explain HDD).

what worst thing about macbook is that it is depended on integrated graphic chip which never helps at all. so you just run yours for normal job like surfing internet, some graphic software, listening music (no need much power for graphic stuff). as you know, gaming is very intense, powerful stuff to exhaust your computer.
 

RRutter

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I doubt either of those are going to work on a Macbook lol..

You say WoW worked, but WoW doesn't require a good graphics card at ALL, while Bioshock and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. definitely need a graphics card at least 50x better then the one needed for WoW.

Why am I even commenting on this thread? It's 3 years old :confused:
 

El Cabong

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Yeah, way to go, guys, for resurrecting a 2.5-year old thread. I'm sure the OP has long figured out how to play Bioshock as is waiting with bated breath for the sequel like the rest of us.

all macbooks (or pro) whatever....

they are not good for playing game anyway. this is simple. in order to play game well, you need highly dedicated graphic card on board, faster RAM, processor (not need to explain HDD).

what worst thing about macbook is that it is depended on integrated graphic chip which never helps at all. so you just run yours for normal job like surfing internet, some graphic software, listening music (no need much power for graphic stuff). as you know, gaming is very intense, powerful stuff to exhaust your computer.
Gaming is great on current Macbook Pros, which have dedicated graphics cards, and most games work fine (with lower settings) even on Macbooks with integrated graphics. So, what are you talking about?
 

edddeduck

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I see that there's a thread dedicated to gaming on a MacBook but I also see that it's 15 pages long. So my question is: has anyone with a 2.0 Ghz Macbook (1 gig RAM) tried to run Bioshock?
The BioShock game can run on Medium settings if you have a MacBook, Mac mini or MacBookAir with the newer Nvidia 9400 integrated graphics cards (this is all of the newer models).

So the chances are if your Mac is under 18 months old you will be able to play BioShock fine. A machine similar to yours (and a Mac mini) where used during testing and in fact the 9400 card gives better performance in some parts of the game that some dedicated cards.

As someone said the game can be found on our demos website, I highly recommend you try it out, if you have a newer MacBook the Bioshock Demo should scream along just fine.

Edwin
 

edddeduck

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BioShock demo is available here. I would've guessed it won't like the Air much though... But if choffpauir is right, then I'm wrong :)

/Doug
Runs fine on a (new) MacBookAir, but if you buy the full game you will need to have an external DVD drive to install and play!

Edwin
 

Ol3s

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I have all 3 STALKERs installed, SoC and CS run smooth as butter, CoP has some minor hiccups but runs well. Played the bioshock demo, also runs well.

oh **** just noticed your specs, ya your definetly not gonna have them running. sorry :(
 

txa1265

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I have all 3 STALKERs installed, SoC and CS run smooth as butter, CoP has some minor hiccups but runs well. Played the bioshock demo, also runs well.

oh **** just noticed your specs, ya your definetly not gonna have them running. sorry :(
CoP just released in North America today! Hurrah!
 

matrixfede

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Hi everybody, I have the newest macbook air with 9400m and hdd 4200 rpm and 1,86ghz processor. I read on this forum that macbook air can run bioshock at medium setting but on my macbook air i can play only at 800x500 and lower setting and not so well. Do you have some explanation?
 

edddeduck

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Hi everybody, I have the newest macbook air with 9400m and hdd 4200 rpm and 1,86ghz processor. I read on this forum that macbook air can run bioshock at medium setting but on my macbook air i can play only at 800x500 and lower setting and not so well. Do you have some explanation?
Not really but if you make a support report and send it in I am sure we can have a look into it.

Edwin