Can I game on a Mac? Be honest please...

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by morgothaod, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. morgothaod macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    Edit: I found the list of games on a mac on but I would still like to hear comments regarding if I can have an enjoyable gaming experience on a Mac.

    I'm torn between buying the Asus G51VX-RX05 and the Macbook Pro (the 13-inch: 2.26GHz and I'll upgrade the memory to 4gig). I'm a fan of the portability of the Mac and its long battery life. I'm also annoyed with blue screens, error messages, and other frustrations of using Windows. However, I want to be able to play games on my laptop and I don't know if the Macbook Pro will be good enough for me.

    The games I like are not current. They include Quake 3 Arena, Diablo 2, and Soldiers of Fortune 2. I'm a big fan of first person shooters and I want to be able to play those games without it being slow. Having said that, I would like to know all of the games that are available for Mac. Is there such a list out there?
    If I can search the games through type: First person shooter, RPG, etc. that would be wonderful and helpful in determining my decision of which laptop to buy.

    Will I also be able to open excel files (.xls) and .pdf files on a Mac?
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
  3. Miharu macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2007
    The thing about the games you mentioned is that they were made for Macs with PPC processors, there aren't universal patches for them (except Quake 3?) to make them work that well on Intel Macs. Diablo 2 should work quite nicely though.

    But Quake Live runs great so you could play that instead of 3 :) Of course, Excel and PDF files will open on Mac, .xls files require an office program like Microsoft Excel or PDF's run straight out of the box, no need to download any acrobat reader.

    But seriously if you are a real gamer, and you know yourself if you are one, Mac isn't really for you. You can install Windows on it and play through that, but then it's almost the same as if you bought a PC laptop instead. There really are not many Mac versions of popular PC games, for example in the RPG department the latest I can think of is Neverwinter Nights 2 and no expansions for it are available. I am playing Fallout 3 and such through Windows.
  4. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    I'll go talk to the Mac guy at Best Buy. But before I do, can anyone else comment on my thread?
  5. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    What will you use the computer for ? If it's primarily for gaming, save some money and get a PC (or better yet a console).

    Go to an Apple Store if you can. I would only go to Best Buy if you know what you are getting and don't have questions.
  6. savvos macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2007
    Best Buy people may not be the best to ask about Macs unless they have an Apple specialist at the "store within a store" (there are threads about this on the forum.)

    The Mac you are looking at will play pretty much any modern FPS if you also install Windows and dual boot. You will need to reduce the settings for some games, especially crisis to get acceptable frame rates. Also, what performance are you looking for? If you absolutely need 60 fps on all your games, you will need a much larger computer with a beefier graphics card (and a shorter battery life.)
  7. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    Don't laugh but the primary purpose of the laptop is for viewing porn. I'll also want to be able to play a game or two and watch tv shows from I'm not up to date with the latest games, so I'll just be playing Quake Live, Soldiers of Fortune 2, Diablo 2, and maybe even Unreal Tournament 2004. I may even play Tribes (if people still play that) or Tribes 2. I'll probably play some free MMORPG's as well (I don't know any titles off the top of my head though). As for specific performance or frames per second, I don't know. I just want to be able to enjoy the games without it being choppy or slow (ie unplayable!). Basically, I don't have to be the top fragger in the room but I would like a shot at being in the top 5.

    My Best Buy does have an Apple rep in the store.
  8. rkdiddy macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2008
    OC Baby!
    Wow, you get an "A+" for honesty! :eek:

    Well, my experience is it all depends what games you're looking at. As many have mentioned the hardward is more than capable, but a lot of times the games simply won't run on Mac.

    I know I would love to get Battlefield running on my MBP or Mini but Direct X drivers aren't supported, so it is a no go (unless I use bootcamp).
  9. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    The Asus has a GTX 260M. The MacBook has a 9400M.

    The difference is so vast... well, let's say that if you want to play games on your computer you absolutely want the GTX 260M.
  10. Jordz macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2008
    England, U.K
    Well, the new GPU upgrades in the macbooks and macbook pros are certainly capable of running some of the most demanding games nicely. There are some nice games for mac, World of Warcraft being one of them ;)! The thing is, if you bootcamp you can run windows games easily on your mac. When windows dies (which it will) you just get rid of the partition! :D

    And for porn, safaris private browsing is good for keeping the history clear and you wont get the crappy little viruses downloads that screw windows up :)
  11. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    I screwed up my other computer because of a porn site. So thats honestly the main reason why I'm thinking about buying a Mac. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy other stuff about the Macbook Pro such as long battery life, portability, and its stunning beauty. I heard many times that Macs don't get viruses (or they rarely do) and that I don't need virus protection on it. That makes me feel much better because I do have the fear that I may ruin another windows based machine again (so far I haven't screwed this one up too bad).

    As for "the gaming simply won't run on Mac" comment, I'll just buy a Mac game. Or are you saying that even if the game says its for Mac, it may not run? Cause I saw Diablo 2, Quake Live, and Unreal Tournament 2004 for Mac (on the list of mac games in wikipedia) and I'm considering playing those.
  12. andrew upstairs macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2009
    Downtown Los Angeles
    You could install a Windows partition with Boot Camp.
  13. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    I don't know how all of that works or what it means. I would think though that having Windows on a Mac defeats the purpose of owning a Mac.
  14. IBradMac macrumors 68000


    Jun 27, 2008
    There is still some risk, even with a Mac...

    ask me how I know.. :eek::(
  15. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    Well if thats the case then I can go the PC route and limit my porn viewing to safe sites. Out of these options, what is the best gaming machine for $1500? You all can recommend another one too.

    Gateway - FX Edition Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology

    Model: P-7805u

    Asus - Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology - White/Black

    Model: G51VX-RX05

    Or one of gaming machines from
  16. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
  17. Jordz macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2008
    England, U.K

    No it doesn't, mac can be a 2 in one, and boot camp is VERY simple, its just a matter of clicking next a few times and inserting a disk! You don't have to know how it works, it's easy simple and I've done it for a few PC games, crysis being one of them!
  18. Gatteau macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2009
    Of course you can. Plus you could always install Windows via Bootcamp.
  19. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    The Gateway FX notebooks have been a popular choice for the midrange gamer notebook.

    They're bloody heavy though but you don't complain for the price. Anand has done a few reviews of them and faced off the dual vs. quad variants.
  20. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    A lot of games won't run on OS X. Many games that do run on OS X, don't run as well as they do on Windows, using the same hardware. Also, even if you install Windows on your Macbook (pro?) Apple has a habit of underclocking the video card to reduce heat.

    This may sound very stupid, but why not just keep using your PC, and when you wanna watch porn, use a Linux Live CD and watch using Linux. Linux is free, and also immune from Viruses. It also won't touch your hard drive.
  21. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    Please tell me how to get Linux and how to switch to it before viewing porn. My computer knowledge is quite low.
  22. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    Why do you need a new OS to watch porn? Surely a lot of sites out there are trustworthy?
  23. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    Better safe than sorry my friend
  24. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I play games on mine all the time. If its not a mac specific game I boot into windows and play.
  25. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    That's what bootcamp is for. The only game I play in OS X is Diablo 2 lol. For everything else it's bootcamp/Windows.

    MacOSX handles PDFs natively so you can view them with no problem. In fact you can "print" anything to a PDF file. If you want to create them. For excel files I sure you'll need to get MS Office for Mac.

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