Do you use Wine (and others) or straight up boot camp?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by q64ceo, Apr 17, 2012.


Do you use emulation for Windows games?

  1. I use Wine

  2. I use CrossOver

  3. I use a combination of both (or more)

  4. I use a Virtual Machine of Windows

  5. Bootcamp is my only option

  6. Other

  1. q64ceo, Apr 17, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 17, 2012

    q64ceo macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    Simple poll. Go crazy. List why you do it for further discussion.

    Edit: ah crap, can a mod add an option for "Other"? Danke [Done -N]
  2. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    Crossover is Wine... I use Wineskin... I don't think I can vote, because it uses WIne, but its a 3rd party product like Crossover... Answering Wine could mean Crossover as well.
  3. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    If you want maximum performance and compatibility on Macs which are best described as mid level gaming machines, you will choose Bootcamp/Window no if, ands, or buts... :)
  4. q64ceo thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    CrossOver uses Wine, yes, but it does have proprietary contents, and it is geared more towards gaming than Wine. Plus, unlike Wine, it isnt beneath the CrossOver devs to use app specific hacks to get a program running, whereas Wine never does that.
  5. wgnoyes macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    VMWare Fusion, running a Windows 7 Prof guest machine. I have windows for the purpose of running one specific program that doesn't run anywhere else. I don't have to take down OS X and reboot, and I can just pause Win7 whenever I want and pick it back up again where I left off days later. Bootcamp was never a consideration.
  6. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I only play games that have native Mac Clients. Than again, I don't play many games at all.
  7. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    then since I use (and make) Wineskin, I guess I can't really answer Wine or Crossover... anyone can build custom engines, and the stocks ones I have both Wine and Crossover versions.
  8. antonis macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2011
    Using Wineskin all the way and really enjoying the results. Crossover too, but only when I'm lazy to experiment with Wineskin since it requires a bit of trials and errors finding the proper wrapper version for each game (although a visit to portingteam and doh123's posts there, makes it even easier).

    It's a great project and adds a big time on the Mac desktop experience. I mean, when you play (and eventually finish) Skyrim by the day it is released on a platform that officially is not available for, means a lot.
  9. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    I use a crossover bottle mostly. And they work just fine.
    I tried to make wineskins so I could directly open up the game apps in OS X but my attempts at that just failed. And the included documentation for that was not the best. So I'l stick to crossover.
  10. Wardenski macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2012
    I use bootcamp because of the games and:
    (a) Maximum performance
    (b) Can use any GPU
    (c) Can use Soundcard for 5.1 gaming

    I do use VirtualBox for Windows Xp for MS Office.

    Hence my Mac is a one-box solution.
  11. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  12. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I bought a £1600 iMac, I damn well want every drop of performance out of it - I use Bootcamp.
  13. Maverick513 macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2011
    Bootcamp. Since I tried it, I do not want to go back to virtual machines any more.
  14. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    I use a VM, wineskin or boxer (been playing a bunch of old dos games lately)

    Then again i don't play a lot of new games, and have a PC and PS3 for the stuff i can't run in one of those environments.

    I had an install of bootcamp, but for the amount i used it couldn't justify keeping a hundred gig or more partitioned off for it...

    Most of my windows use is for Active Directory admin type stuff for work.
  15. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Bootcamp for the few PC games I play (Simcity 4 and Cities XL mainly).
  16. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    I use Wineskin on some Windows games but it's pretty hit or miss so most of the time I use Boot Camp. I've noticed that even newish 3D games work decently in Parallels though, so maybe in another version or two I'll be able to just use a virtual machine.
  17. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    As Wine gets better... yes. You'll notice that Parallels (and other VMs) have the same limitations as Wine... thats because they are actually using Wine code to handle Direct3D stuff with OpenGL for games.
  18. antonis macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2011
    I don't think virtualization will ever come close to be suitable for 3D games (at least for the demanding ones). Yes, vm s/w is improving but so do the games themselves. The h/w distance between the virtual machine and the host, and the layer that allows for these 2 sides to "speak" to each other, will always be the problem (in the speed-wise point of view).

    On the other hand, bootcamp is not a real option as none gets a Mac to run windows and suffer from the same issues the pc world does. Besides that, having to reboot is not convenient as it is blocking to any other work you might be doing with the Mac at the same time.

    I really hope people that haven't done so yet, to start using the wine options as it seems to be the real "bridge" between these 2 worlds.

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