Define "Hardcore Gaming" Please

sjrogers

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I hear all these complaints about the HD3000 being unable to handle "hardcore gaming." What exactly does that entail? I'm looking for specific games that the new airs won't handle well, as well as ones it should handle just fine. Assume a 13" Ultimate if that makes a big difference...
 

NutsNGum

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Well, it probably won't like Battlefield 3. So that's one.

What I glean from hardcore gaming is that people seem to suggest console-quality, or superior, games. i.e. probably not Tetris.
 

Lord Appleseed

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Hardcore Gaming is playing the newest PC/Console Videogames on the highest possible settings. Since MBA's can barely handle any new high end Videogame on playable FPS it is not suited.

As stated before: Battlefield wont work, but Arcade like games like PlantsVSZombies will do fine.
 

2IS

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High resolutions + high detail settings + AA/AF at a nice fluid frame rate at all times is my definition.
 

Chillaz

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Nov 2, 2010
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Hmm. Games like League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and Dota2 (when that comes out, but cannot imagine it being different from the first two).

I'm thinking on switching to the MBA 13" 11' when it comes out, and away from my MBP 15" 2010 as I'll be selling it to my dad for almost full price :D
 

Tmuska

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Jul 19, 2011
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I really want to play League of Legends and HoN on the new macbook air (Im getting a 13" with 4 gigs of ram :) ) But is it able to do that?
 

PraisiX-windows

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Hmm. Games like League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and Dota2 (when that comes out, but cannot imagine it being different from the first two).

I'm thinking on switching to the MBA 13" 11' when it comes out, and away from my MBP 15" 2010 as I'll be selling it to my dad for almost full price :D
Thumbs up for taste in games ;)
 

Chillaz

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Nov 2, 2010
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I really want to play League of Legends and HoN on the new macbook air (Im getting a 13" with 4 gigs of ram :) ) But is it able to do that?
Well, I'd assume the 4gb ram should be enough as that's what I have in my current MBP 2010 15" and I ran both LoL & HoN perfectly, if you don't want extreme settings.

Ah well, we'll just have to wait a little longer and then check out the specs ;)
 

fyrefly

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I would define "Hardcore gaming" as anything that relies heavily on "Frames per Second" as a benchmark for playing.

Stuff like Plants vs. Zombies is gonna be fine, but stuff like WoW and Left 4 Dead, or any first-person shooter from the last one or two years... probably not so much.
 

KillerTree

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Being able to play all new game releases at medium/high settings at 60fps consistently is what is good for hardcore gaming. The Air does this only on low settings for most games.
 

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