Gaming on Parallels

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Pak^Man, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Pak^Man macrumors regular

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    Hello Macrumorians!

    Wanted to run an idea by eveybody:

    I am thinking of installing a Windows 7 via parallels on my MBP. I want to avoid Bootcamp for a number of reasons.

    How would some casual RTS gaming via this setup? I'm thinking Starcraft I+II, Red Alert 3, C&C: Generals.... As you can see the latest in the list are SC2 and RA3. Would I be sacrificing a whole lot in gaming performance?


    BTW, my MBP is spec'd as follows:

    uMBP 15" i7
    High Res Screen
    8 GB RAM
    120 GB OWC SSD
    500 GB 5400 Hard Drive via MCE Optibay

    (I'm thinking of allocating 4GB RAM to Parallels)

    Anybody have experience with this?
    Any general comments?
    Would I be better off with Fusion? WinXP?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Generally, virtualization is horrible for gaming. Why don't you get Mac versions of SC2 and RA3?
     
  3. Pak^Man thread starter macrumors regular

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    I did consider that.... SC2 was dinitely on my wish list. But I couldn't find RA3 on Amazon, Microcenter, eBay, Apple or anywhere else.

    I was going to put Windows on Parallels for doing "work stuff" anyway, so I thought why not!

    On that note: Is RA3 for Mac available anywhere that you know of??
     
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  5. Pak^Man thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks buddy!

    I had tried EA store earlier, but it spit out an error, and took me to the PC version.... I'm very excited and ready to waste the coming weekend! :D

    Thanks again...
     
  6. doh123 macrumors 65816

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    if you want to play Windows games on OSX... you need to look for a Wine based solution, not a Virtual Machine.
     
  7. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Playing games in Parallels mostly only works for older types of games, those that are quite a few years old. I wouldn't use it for the games you mentioned.
     

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