Mac XP & Gaming?

Discussion in 'Games' started by mikeyPotg, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. mikeyPotg macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2006
    Just wondering if it would be at all possible to play PC games on an intel mac booting XP. I know that they did some benchmarks of an XP intel mac, however, they couldn't test gaming because of a video card issue.

    Can anyone offer any isight?

    Side question: Is it at all possible to play old dos games on a Mac? I've been anxiously wanting to play this old game, Celtic Tales: Balor of the Evil Eye for the longest time. Never figured out how to set up dos games on any new Windows pc either.
  2. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    For Mac XP, you're waiting for video drivers. Shouldn't be a long wait now.

    For the DOS games, your best bet is Virtual PC, either under Windows or Mac. Set up a VPC running DOS 6.0 or FreeDOS and run those games. I've done this before to run Jutland, and it works like a charm.
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    If its a DOS game the best is dosbox.

    First you need a GUI (it comes with dosbox built in but the built in dosbox doesn't work :( )

    Then Download dosbox from
    then download the OS X version.

    Then download Stuffit Expander from
    so you can open your copy of dosbox for Mac
    run this installer and log out (or relaunch Finder using Command-Alt-Escape)

    Then open the dosbox .sit file
    You then stick this file somewhere sensible on your disk (eg the library folder in Macintosh HD)

    Then put the pdosbox program where you want it (eg in the Applications folder)

    Then load the pdosbox program and uncheck the box marked 'use internal dosbox' and then browse to the library folder (or wherever you stuck the dosbox file)

    Then choose the games tab and click add to add the DosGame.exe files for your old games. THis puts them in the list so you can play them

    It's complicated sorry :(

    You use the dosbox application for Windows too but I don't know which GUI to recommend.
  4. mikeyPotg thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2006
    ahh very good to know. I'm anxious to see some test results with the video drivers. Thats some pretty exciting news - provided that it all works out well.

    And Thanks so much for the info on the Dos gaming. I'll have to bookmark this link for when I get my MBP. btw, have you tried this on an intel mac?

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