Games for the MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Chephren, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. Chephren macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2008
    Hello all,

    I know the MBA isn't a gaming computer, not by a longshot. However, I was wondering if folks think that there are some games out there that could run decently if not well on the MBA.

    Specifically I'm looking at Civ 4 and Age of Empires 2.

  2. jeremyrader macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2007
    AoE2 System Requirements:
    - G3/350 or faster (500MHz required for on-line play)
    - Mac OS 8.6 or higher (Cabonized for OS X)
    - Rage 128 or better video card
    - 128MB RAM
    - 750MB free hard disk space.​

    Civ4 requirements

    - Mac OS X 10.3.9
    - PowerPC G5 or Intel chipset, 1.8 GHz
    - 512 MB RAM
    - 3.5 GB free disk space
    - Supported Video cards:
    NVIDIA GeForce 5200, 6600, 6800, 7800
    ATI Radeon 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X850, X1600

    MacBook Air specs:

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1.6 Ghz
    - 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    - 80GB 4200-rpm Parallel ATA hard disk drive or Optional 64GB solid-state drive
    - Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory​

    There's a possibility you could have an issue using integrated graphics instead of a dedicated/supported video card, but integrated graphics have come a long way since these games were developed.

    You also need to keep in mind that these games (AoE at least) require you to have the DVD in the drive to play, for which the MBA only has an external option. Sure, you could install a "no cd hack", but...

    You may want to consider whether or not the MBA is for you to begin with. It's really not meant to be your primary computer or portable desktop. It's a lightweight, easy access temporary computer for when you have to step/drive/fly away from your main machine.

    I have AoE2, AoE3 and AoM loaded on my MBP and they run great. I don't mind the extra weight because it is my only computer and a capable portable desktop. If I already had an iMac, I'd definitely consider a MBA. But there wouldn't be any games/music/movies/pictures on it; that's what the 16GB USB stick is for...
  3. Macjames macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    Yorkshire, England
    Just a note

    I have spore running on the lowest settings its a fantastic game and runs great.
  4. Dagless Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    In Bootcamp you should be able to run the GTA's, HL1 series games. Maybe HL2 at a pinch.
  5. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
  6. Chephren thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2008
    Actually, I love my MBA and it does do everything I need it to. The game question was more of a "Huh, stuck in the car/airplane/llama with no WiFi, I could play a game of something to pass the time."

    So, mostly curiosity and less a serious whine/question.
  7. lenselijer macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2008
    c&c3 kane's wrath works fine in bootcamp with low settings.

    too bad i cant get it to work using crossover games for mac.

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