Gaming/ emulation on old iMac

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  1. snickrep macrumors newbie

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    I just ordered a iMac g3 400mhz, 1gig of ram, 8mb ati rage card, and osx tiger/ os9. I'm wondering if the following mac games will work on it; Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Quake, Dark Forces Star wars, Duke Nukem, Alice, and No one Lives Forever.

    Also, I'm hoping to do some emulation with Virtual Game station so i can play Resident Evil & Final Fantasy Vii. Will VGS software and PS games run on iMac? And are there any OS9 N64 emulators that will run Zelda: oot on imac with analog controller support? And lastly, anyway ResidualVM will work so i can play grim fandango?

    Thanka, jack
     
  2. MrPilot macrumors 6502

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    you can run the summoner on that machine :)
    As for the rest, sorry I have little experience with your imac
     
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601

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  4. Swampus macrumors 6502

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    And Final Fantasy VII will run fine on CVGS.
     
  5. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I can't be positive (my memory isn't what it used to be), but I think there was a bit of a rendering issue when running FF7 under CVGS. But it was still playable.
     
  6. snickrep thread starter macrumors newbie

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    okay thanks for responses. Now what about Zelda Oot and N64 emulators?
     
  7. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I just did a search and found out that Mupen64 runs on PowerPC and OS X 10.3. I don't have any personal experience with it.
     
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Should have went with a G4! BEAUTIFUL screen for emulation. :D
     
  9. snickrep thread starter macrumors newbie

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    meh too late. got the imac g3 for 2 dollars. As long as it runs older tomb raider games, virtual game station, deus ex, quake, and snes/ genesis emulation than I am good.

    It would be nice to get zelda working on mupen i will have to try that. I would love to get grim fandango working on it as well.
     
  10. InuNacho macrumors 65816

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    DGen is rather finicky with games, it hates Streets of Rage 2 but plays nice with Sonic 2.
     
  11. snickrep thread starter macrumors newbie

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    to many sprite animation on screen at once
     
  12. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a

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    There's a youtuber - The iBook Guy - he makes great videos about using PowerPC macs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fud5ugp3mdc is a video about emulation on classic macs.
     
  13. gooser macrumors 6502

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    i think it was connectix that made an emulater for playstation 1 games that worked very well in os9. anyway, the software can be picked up cheaply on e-bay if you're interested.
     
  14. Swampus macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, that's the CVGS mentioned above (Connectix Virtual Game Station). It really is pretty cool. I wonder if it will make a comeback along with some other old Connectix products. Mavericks includes Connectix Ram Doubler pre-installed, so maybe the next release will include CVGS?
     
  15. Ariii macrumors 6502a

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    Why use DGen though when Genesis Plus is out there :)?
     
  16. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Just my two cents: my eMac struggles terribly when trying to emulate N64 games, and it's quite a bit higher spec'd than your iMac. :( But it works wonderfully with NES/SNES emulation. :p
     
  17. Graveyard macrumors regular

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    Emulation

    I have 2 identical iMacs. They run CVGS great. I actually run CVGS on all of my G3 and G4 machines. The single problem i saw was that emulation quality on different machines depends quite a lot on the optical drive. The iMac G3 and iBook G3 don't have quite the right drive for using with CVGS in terms of performance. The disc tends to speed up and down quite a lot while you're playing. It works fine nevertheless, but i would reccomend a desktop disk drive considering it would last better over time, especially if you intend on playing for hours at a time. Maybe a FW enclosure with a desktop disk drive would be better.
    About the N64 emulator... I haven't seen one to emulate the console without speed penalties on the iMac you have. And they are made for OSX. Even my quicksilver dual G4 struggles a bit with sixtyforce. And joystick emulation is not that great. Emulating older consoles shouldn't be a problem.
     

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