[Gaming on old Mac] I ask for some advice.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Retromac2008, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. Retromac2008 macrumors regular

    Retromac2008

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    Macbook Air late 2008

    Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz
    9400m
    2gb Ram
    120gb ssd

    OSX 10.11 El Capitan

    This mac seems old but it s brand new and faster than the first day i bought it.


    I don t use it for gaming and of course it s terrible in this field (9400m).




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    I found i can t play Diablo 3 - Heroes of the storm under macosx. These games are too heavy and new.




    Can you give me some advice on good games for my 9400m ?

    half life 2 should be good and doom 3 too!
     
  2. BrettApple macrumors 65816

    BrettApple

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    Coming from a Late 2008 MacBook with the 9400m I've found a few games that worked pretty well. I primarily do console gaming (PS2 primarily, also PS3/4, 360, N64, etc.) but I liked having something to do on the go.

    This list is what I used under Boot Camp with Windows 7 X64, keep in mind my MacBook has more power than the Air with a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo and 8GB of RAM along with an SSD. But it has the same base GPU.

    Half Life 2 along with episode 1 & 2 run well
    Portal 1 and 2 ran just like HL2
    Team Fortress 2
    Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare (ran this in OS X, even better in Windows). Beat the whole game on my MacBook.
    Burnout Paradise
    Guitar Hero 3 (yes they had a PC/Mac version)
    Emulators (N64/PS1/NES/SNES/Genesis etc. generally work well and don't need much power)
    F.E.A.R 1
    Need for Speed Most Wanted and Carbon did pretty well, 1024x768 is default res but there are patches for widescreen.
    Flat Out 2 (Mac app store version). May not work well with newer OS X versions from what I've seen.

    That's about all I played, most will run with medium settings. Burnout Paradise would run at 1280x800 at 30fps or so and it's a fun racer, that and the Valve games are what I played the most.
     
  3. Retromac2008 thread starter macrumors regular

    Retromac2008

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    wow! so fast!
    You played a lot of beautiful games with your mac :)
    tnx, im gonna try instant:

    - Half Life 2
    - Emulators
    - need for speed Carbon
    - Flatout 2
     
  4. Retromac2008 thread starter macrumors regular

    Retromac2008

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    hi!
    in the next days i m going to install bootcamp for the first time.

    i m going to try under windows 10 Diablo3 and Hots too

    if someone with the same old gpu (9400m) is interested i ll write here if they re playable!
     
  5. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    Good luck, especially considering your system only has 2 GB of RAM and the 9400M is an integrated GPU.
     
  6. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

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    Unreal Tournament 2004. Native Mac Game. Doesn't need much in terms of specs.

    THE original first person shooter. Many games today use the unreal engine.
     
  7. Retromac2008 thread starter macrumors regular

    Retromac2008

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    tnx :)

    yes, i think q3 arena and ut 2003 are still the only real fast competitive fps multiplayer games.
     
  8. Retromac2008 thread starter macrumors regular

    Retromac2008

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    I tried Diablo 3 and HoTS under Windows 10 and ... not playable the same :)

    older games are perfect :)
     

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