Gaming: BootCamp, Parallels or CrossOver?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by raevynn, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. raevynn macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2008
    My bf is sick of Windows and is planning to buy a Mac. However, he's a gamer and would want to install Windows too, so he can keep enjoying his (mostly strategy) game collection.

    In your experience, which solution works best for gaming on a mac - BootCamp, Parallels or CrossOver? What are CrossOver's capabilities or limitations on gaming and would Parallels be more of an investment?
  2. lapino macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Bootcamp by a huge margin. Crossover perhaps occasionally.
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Virtualization is worthless for games and Boot Camp is free.
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Accept no substitute for a native installation.
  6. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Do what they said, but I'd like to add something.

    Make sure your copy of Windows is 64-bit.
  7. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Like everyone else has already said, Boot Camp and preferably a 64-bit version of Windows.

    This thread reminds me of a another thread where a guy asked a similar question. It always makes me laugh.
  8. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004

    and just to add some explanation

    parallels works well enough (v3 faster than 4 right now...) if you are playing an older game so like if your boy likes old X-Com strat games or something it could be fine and even convenient compared to bootcamp rebooting all the time

    BUT with parallels you can sometimes get small but irritating problems and end up messing with lots of things until finally you end up doing it in bootcamp anyway ie there is some tweaking you have to live with sometimes screen resolutions controllers etc etc

    crossover works very well for some things and around 80% for most things i havent used it very much but if i had to choose id go parallels because its easier to see what is happening and mess with settings a lot of stuff is sort of hidden from a normal user like me in crossover

    in theory i use parallels and bootcamp for gaming but id be honest to say its 95% in bootcamp

    PS fantastic link stridder hehehhee
  9. edgcrshr macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2009
    Boot camp question

    I just switched to Mac this weekend and I have a boot camp question, I too have some programs that I will need windows for but I don't have a Vista install disk, just the recovery disk. I do have a XP install disk, does anyone know if I can install XP on a thumb drive and launch boot camp from there rather then have to actually waste space on my hard drive?

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