Define "Hardcore Gaming" Please

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sjrogers, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. sjrogers macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2011
    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...
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    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.
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    It could mean any number of things to any number of people. It is not a well defined term.
  4. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

    Nov 7, 2010
    Apple Manor
    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.
  5. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    High resolutions + high detail settings + AA/AF at a nice fluid frame rate at all times is my definition.
  6. Chillaz macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2010
    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
  7. Tmuska macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    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?
  8. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    this Battletoads level with 2 players... well at least back in the days

  9. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    Super Smash TV also comes to mind

    "Big money! Big prizes!... I love it!"

  10. PraisiX-windows macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
    Thumbs up for taste in games ;)
  11. Chillaz macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2010
    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 ;)
  12. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Define 'hardcore gaming"?

    I dunno, maybe the 'Leisure Suit Larry' franchise?
  13. fyrefly macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2004
    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.
  14. KillerTree macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2008
    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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