Gaming on a Mac, viable?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by MiniD3, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. MiniD3 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi Guys
    my grandson is a gamer and is considering the option of using Parallels on a Mac for gaming
    is this a viable or would a windows machine be the better option
    .......Gary
     
  2. pat500000 macrumors 604

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    Most games are better under windows; however, there are many games that could run well under os x. Emulators are usually one of them.
     
  3. JonnyBlaze macrumors regular

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    There are a bunch of options for games on a Mac, nicely explained in articles on www.macgamerhq.com
     
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    If he only wants the machine for gaming, he really should go for a Windows machine. Cheaper, faster and better in all aspects.
     
  5. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502

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    In all honesty, yes you're much better off going with a Windows machine if your intention is to play games.

    I really, really wish I didn't have to say this. Really. I love OS X but gaming support is just sub par and it just pains me to play games on OS X just knowing how much better they'll run on Windows.

    Parallels is doable but in all honesty you're so much better off just using a Windows machine with a graphics card that you can upgrade.
     
  6. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    If he is a gamer, forget about a Mac and especially Parallels. He'd be a lot better off with a console or a Windows PC. Parallels is not a solution that is dependable and can be relied up to run any game he wants at all. It also incurs substantial overhead resulting in decreased performance in any newer game run under it.
     
  7. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Much appreciated Guys
    That has been excellent feedback
    The general consensus is Windows for gaming so thats the way he should go
    .........Gary
     
  8. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    Do you know what games he wants to play?
     
  9. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    We are catching up tomorrow actually, I'll find out and let you know tomorrow
    .........Gary
     
  10. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    The other option is Bootcamp, which is the official Apple method of dual-booting your Mac to Windows. You will need a decent size hard disk and bring your own copy of WIndows. Overall I think buying a mid-range PC is a much better option for most people. Personally I have both, and play games on both.
     
  11. Huntn macrumors G5

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    The only argument I've made for a Mac and gaming is if you travel a lot and want your cake and eat it to... The MacOS and Windows gaming. For this situation, and money not being an obstacle, the top end MBP and Bootcamp. Otherwise, a console or a $1100 PC is the most economical answer. For the latter, a $1100 PC desktop gives you more for your money than a $1100 PC laptop.
     
  12. Paulk macrumors 6502

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    I've tried really hard to find games that can be played on my Mac, and made some progress. UO Renaissance is one, and Drakensang Online is another.
     
  13. winston1236 macrumors 68000

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    It's no problem at all, I use bootcamp and Windows 10 on my maxed Late 2013 iMac and haven't had any gaming issues.
     
  14. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    Wow. Ultima Online is still going? That makes me want to check it out.
     
  15. SystemHasFailed macrumors member

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    In order to play Fallout 4 on my Mac Pro - I had to set up Windows 10 under bootcamp. If he already has a mac.. that's certainly a way to go.. Parallels doesn't support DirectX 11 so no new games can be played that way. If he doesn't have a mac yet or can afford a few more bucks for just another machine, just get a dedicated Windows box for Gaming. I personally didn't want to buy a second computer and I had room on a harddrive for Bootcamp so I just went for it.
     
  16. imacken macrumors 65816

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    Is that some kind of joke!?!
     
  17. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi Guys
    Grandson has had a read of the posts and is now thinking windows machine
    I think he is getting a Macbook Air for School
    Suggested he could perhaps build a windows PC for less, would be a good project for him, (and me I guess :))
    .....Gary
     
  18. Paulk macrumors 6502

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    There are several pre-Trammel UO games around, which especially appeals to UO-players who left when Trammel was introduced, but UO Renaissance is probably the best. Well-run and no aggro. This is the link to the home page: http://www.uorenaissance.com. All new character start with "Young" status, which they keep as long as they remain on the island of Occlo, where all new characters start. I still have one there and he has many hours of Young status left before he loses this status. Felluca is fine, I've never been attacked in the many months I've been playing here.

    There is also a guild called Project Sanctuary of those who want friends and advice further down the line.
     
  19. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    That's good to know. Thanks. I bookmarked the site to check out.
     
  20. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    You must have a very old Mac.

    My list is MUCH longer.
     
  21. Paulk macrumors 6502

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    Would you like to share them with us? My mac is from 2012. Its specifications are part of every post I make.
     
  22. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Macgamestore.com
    steamcommunity.com
    gog.com

    Just for the first thousands and thousands of Mac games..

    Makes you wonder how "hard" you've searched, apart from standing on your local corner and screaming about them.
     
  23. Paulk macrumors 6502

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    I'm very aware there are many mac games. This site, for example: http://www.macgamerhq.com/opinion/2015-best-mac-games-planned/.

    We can only talk about the games we like, Ultima Online is one of those, for me, and for at least one other on this thread: Dirtyharry50. I've only mentioned Drakensang online in passing, but since no-one on this thread responded I left it at that. I might actually try one of the steam games in your best-mac-games-planned. The graphics look to be good quality.
     
  24. Daisy81 Suspended

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    There are some fun games on Steam like Civ 5, Beyond Earth, Endless Space, Torchlight 1 & 2, Star Wars KOTOR 1 & 2, XCOM 1 & soon 2.

    Plus on other services games like Diablo 3 (Batle.net), Sim City (origin), Dragon Age 2 (Origin)
     
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    I forgot to mention that Elder Scrolls Online plays very well on the Late 2015 27" iMac with the Core i7 and M395X GPU. I'm loving it.
     

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