If new MBP line brings more to offer for gaming...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MagicMouse, Mar 3, 2010.


would you play your games on a MBP?

  1. Yes, I would play most of my games on it

    36 vote(s)
  2. Yes, but not very many games

    20 vote(s)
  3. No, I would not take it seriously for gaming

    6 vote(s)
  4. No, I do not ever play games

    10 vote(s)
  1. MagicMouse macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2010
    Thought a poll about this could be interesting.

    I would play games on it.
  2. twilightrose macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2010
    I most definantly would play games on it as well....if the technology in it is capable of playing modern games decently. Decent being mid-high settings depending on the game.
  3. vong macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    im just hoping that the new MBP's 13" that are going to be released, are able to play SC2 on HIGH settings or MED. not low :/
  4. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I play all my games on a 4 year old video card. Does that count? Even GTA4 runs pretty well.
  5. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Hell I do most of my gaming on my MBP 13" already.
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    If it could be done without the machine burning through my lap then yes:D I've noticed when I play games (offline and online) for a while on my 2009 uMBP it burns, to the point where it actually hurts and I have to stick a blanket or something between me and the lappy... lol. Thats the only bad thing about laptops playing games in my opinion (and a smaller screen).:D
  7. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    A Mac laptop can probably never replace a high-end gaming PC.
    For a little game of AgeOfEmpires here and there, that's alright - but not more than that.
    I'm not a gamer, but why buy the latest games with astonishing graphics if your laptop cannot handle those and you have to play on medium settings.
  8. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    True, but its good also for relaxing mindless sorta games like feeding frenzy and world of goo:D I mainly play small games like that on my 13" MBP, and Age of Empires...
  9. MagicMouse thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2010

    I did not intend this thread to suggest MacBook Pro's could replace high end gaming pc's. My question was simply who would use them as a gaming outlet and how often.

    We are in the wake of Steam coming to Mac and that could really open up new venues for mac gaming.

    I would be very interested in this experience. I am not a heavy gamer but do love Age of Empires, Team Fortress 2, and other games. I would love to play TF2 on the go with my 17" MacBook Pro!
  10. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    If the 13" is good enough for games, I'll buy it. If not, I'll buy an Asus or a Sony. Both brands have models which should satisfy my needs.
  11. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I would usually disregard this message but I was actually surprised at the performance on a MacBook Pro. Downloaded the beta and watched a replay on high settings and wasn't completely satisfied with it. From the looks of it, the game ran pretty smoothly except for scrolling. It was definitely not as smooth feeling like the fps was very low. I know it's a bad comparison but I was expecting the scrolling to feel like Warcraft III but it was nothing near smooth like it.
  12. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    I already do all my gaming on a macbook pro, have been for a few years now.

    I have the high end unibody 15" and there hasnt been a game yet that I couldn't play on higher settings: Dragon Age, Oblivion, Fallout 3, Crysis, Lord of the Rings Online etc.

    My only question is will the new 13" be able to handle games better? I am hoping to downsize to a 13" but this will be a big deciding factor. I know the current 13" can hold its own with games, but I like a bit more power.
  13. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    Sorry, I guess I misread your thread then.

    To answer your poll, no, I wouldn't use a MBP for gaming even if it would be capable of doing so.

    Interestingly, AgeOfEmpires is the only game I play lately and that game seems to be still quite popular. :D
  14. Ibari macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2010
    I'm going to play World of Warcraft, PopCap games, and a variety of shooters on it (Bioshock, Unreal Tournament, etc.) when they finally release the stupid update XD, I think these games will go smoothly on the MacBook Pro, don't you think? :)
  15. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    I don't really care for using a laptop for games. For one the performance will never match a good desktop system, but the laptop part is kinda useless because I don't want to game on a small screen so if I connect to an external display I might as well use a desktop.

    Not to mention since gaming is pretty much a Windows thing, I don't want to boot into Win7 just for that. I'd rather just use one operating system per machine.
  16. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
  17. A.W.E.S.O.M.-0 macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2010
    I'm also eagerly awaiting SC2, recently I've been playing SC again over LAN, oldschool. Such a well balanced game, it looks outdated but still plays like a dream.

    Blizzard recently released the system minimum requirements for the Beta:

    • Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1/Windows 7
    • 2.2 Ghz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
    • 1 GB system RAM/1.5 GB for Vista and Windows 7
    • 128 MB NVidia GeForce 6600 GT/ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card
    • 1024x768 minimum display resolution
    • 4 GB free hard space (Beta)
    • Broadband connection

    From a communication a while back:

    Minumum Requirements
    GFX: GeForce 7/8 Series or Radeon 1000/2000 with 256 MB RAM
    CPU: Pentium 4
    RAM: 1 GB
    Internet: ADSL 1 Mbit

    Recommended Requirements
    GFX: GeForce 8000 or Radeon 2000 series with 512 MB RAM
    CPU: Core 2 Duo or Athlon X2.
    RAM: 2 GB
    Internet: ADSL 3 Mbit

    Optimal Requirements
    GFX: Geforce 9000er or Radeon 3000er Series
    CPU: Core 2 Duo 3 GHz or Athlon X2
    RAM: 2GB with DualChannel mode

    Ergo, it must be REALLY weird if you can't play sc2 on med or high on a modern mbp. Hell, I think this would even be possible on a MBP SR
  18. jdmposer macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008

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