gaming on MBP using a VM using parallels

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by will.pester, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. will.pester macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
    I recently bought a Macbook Pro and i am currently looking for ways to play games without dual booting. I am currently using Parallels 3.0 build 5626 with a XP machine and am trying to use games like Company of heroes and Battle for Middle Earth 2. BFME2 works relatively well but i have yet to get COH to work at all.
    Any advice on how i may
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Virtualization and Direct X 10 are still not best of friends.
  3. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008
    Don't waste your time on this, it will never give you the performance and support that you need. Use a native installation of Windows - the so-called Boot Camp - instead.
  4. sanddunes21 macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2009
    For gaming definitely use Bootcamp. It will run completely native, whereas Parallels is "virtualizing" the OS. Parallels is great for basic applications, but anything graphically intensive will "kill" it.
  5. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    I use a combination of Crossover Games, Parallels and native Mac games (some bought as PC games and converted to Mac by using hacks based on downloadable demos).

    Since my MBP is getting pretty old now as it is a 1st gen I'm pretty much limited to games no newer than a couple of years back. I have Doom 3 installed which plays well as a native Mac version (this was one of my PC to Mac conversions) as well as Return to Castle Wolfenstein using Crossover Games.

    Older Quake 3 based games will play well in XP under Parallels but I've also tried Far Cry and that really doesn't play well with lots of textures missing and so on. It plays much better via Boot Camp but I can't be arsed to reboot into Windows.

    I'm sure a modern MBP will be able to cope with everything out there but you're going to have to face facts and use Boot Camp for many of them. Good news about Boot Camp and Parallels is that you can boot the Boot Camp install in Parallels so for games that do play well in Parallels you can just install them on the same copy as you use for Boot Camp.
  6. iAlexG macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    Boot Camp. Because Parallels will never give you the experience of the game actually on Windows

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