Mac Gaming - Tips?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by TheDarkCalling, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. TheDarkCalling macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,
    So basically, got my new macbook pro, 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 duo, with 4gb memory 1067 MHz, just curious, can I play Pc Games on this laptop? if so, how do I intsall them, as the installer doesnt launch, even when I open it, and try to install it.

    Thanks Guys ^_^
     
  2. Huntn macrumors P6

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    Yes indeedy, but you must first install Windows on your computer using Bootcamp located in the Utilities folder that is in the Applications folder and you must have a copy of Windows, either XP, Vista, or 7. Launch Bootcamp Assistant, let it do it's thing which is partition your hard drive with a Windows partition and have your Windows install disk ready to use when it tells you to.

    PC Games won't install or run on MacOSX without doing the above.
     
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  4. Dagless macrumors Core

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    That doesn't mean all PC games are coming to OSX, so far they've only announced Source engine games.
    OP; you're either going to install Bootcamp or rely on what ported games turn up for OSX. I'd go for Bootcamp since it offers max performance for your system.
     
  5. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a

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    Like others said, need a Mac version of the game. Unless it's a Blizzard title, those are cross platform compatible out of the box.

    Though I am going to be able to delete my Windows partition as soon as Steam comes to OS X in April. I only play Source engine games (CS:S, TF2, DOD:S, HL2, Portal, etc.) and Blizzard titles so it will be enough for me.
     
  6. Huntn macrumors P6

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    Like my KOTOR example in another thread- Could this game come to the Mac via Steam? We'll have to wait and see. My impression is there are lots of games out there don't use the Source engine but are hosted on Steam.
     
  7. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly - I would even go more recent: Dragon Age.

    Available on Steam (I have it), and also as a (Cider-ized) Mac version ... but while the PC version has in-game DLC capability, has seen 2 patches, the Return to Ostagar DLC and an expansion coming this week ...

    ... the Mac version has gotten NOTHING, and cannot install DLC manually (i.e. if you didn't but Warden's Keep as part of Deluxe Digital you cannot get it ... ever ... period).

    So this <3 month old high profile game is very unlikely to come across because it is already pretty much unsupported abandonware ... so why should we expect anything else?
     
  8. Dagless macrumors Core

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    There are thousands (I think) of games on Steam and only about 10 or so use Source. I imagine we will see an influx of Ciderised games but personally I will just bother with native ports (performance FTW!).
     
  9. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    And hopefully when native ports sell better than Cider ports, the devs finally realise what we want.
     
  10. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    While I agree that I would love to see all NEW games be native rather than Cider ... getting a massive amount of classic games - especially those that were released for Power PC and won't work any more - I'll take 'em however I can ;)
     
  11. Huntn macrumors P6

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    When you can buy a game on Steam for $10, a game that won't run on your Mac or even your *PC (in it's native form) it's hard to argue with that.

    * My example was getting the original Half Life to run on my MBP via Bootcamp/Vista. This program came out when Windows 95 (or was it 98?). The only viable option was Steam.
     
  12. definitive macrumors 68000

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    to get the best performance possible, you'll have to install windows through bootcamp, and run the games through there. otherwise there's stuff like wine and crossover, but those probably won't perform as well as the real thing.
     

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