My PC games are out for Mac, do I have to buy them again ?

Discussion in 'Games' started by davrouk, May 15, 2003.

  1. davrouk Guest

    I have the following "play all the time" games for my PC

    Quake III : Arena
    Civ III
    The Sims (with all expansion packs)
    Sim City 4
    Championship Manager 4

    Now obviously these set me back a bit, and I dont want to have to buy them all again when I switch to an iMac.

    I assume Quake III will be the easiest to re-use, as if I download the OS X demo surely I can just copy my PC ver. pak3 file across and use the same CD-Key ? Can anyone confirm/deny this?

    Also, any way of me getting the others across without having to buy them again? The iMac is gonna clear me out, and I'll need some games to keep me going!

  2. Jaykay macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2002
    Re: My PC games are out for Mac, do I have to buy them again ?

    No, i dont think its possible even if you have the pak3 file and the os x face. Most games for the mac have a lot of different code. The only thing i have ever got to work like this (and i have tried) are saved games. The engine is written quite differently on the mac so that may make it quite difficult (if it is at all possible).
  3. Xero macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Re: Re: My PC games are out for Mac, do I have to buy them again ?

    Wrong, quake 3 is one of the games that will actually convert to Mac REALLY easily. just copy all your pack files over [i copied my whole quake 3 directory just to be safe] and download the latest _retail_ update/patch. just throw the patch files into the quake 3 directory and your good to go. even Q3F worked fine for me. :)

    as for other games, you probably wont be so lucky. but anything using the quake3 engine [in theory] _should_ convert over fine with a recent mac patch thrown in the directory.
  4. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    I'm really curious about this too. I have a ton of PC games that also have Mac versions - Quake 3, Unreal Tournament, UT2k3, Deus Ex, Neverwinter Nights, and I do not want to have to repurchase the games over again.

    Most of these games are identical except the Mac versions have different executable files and use different library files and API's. All the sounds, textures, maps, etc are exactly the same for both platforms. Technically for a game like UT, i should just be able to get a copy of the Mac /unrealtournament/system folder and then just copy the maps and the rest from my UT CD, and it should work. At least I hope so. Has anyone tried this to see if it works?
  5. MOFS macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2003
    Durham, UK

    You'll almost certainly need to get a new version of CM4. I have CM4 and none of the updates (which are almost identical to the PC ones) work on my copy. Try for the official site for CM4 on the Mac, and for Mac related CM4 news.

    Quake 3 will definitely work on the Mac - it works beautifully on my 600 Mhz iBook. The OS X patch is available from the Apple website - just search for Quake 3 on it. For the others, try for general enquiries - they generally point you in the general direction, and always have special offers - even on new games!

    Hope this was useful.

  6. Brad Oliver macrumors regular

    May 14, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Re: My PC games are out for Mac, do I have to buy them again ?

    Typically, you can do this with games with the same developer and publisher on both sides of the fence. Of the list you mentioned, Quake 3 is the only one.

    To do so with the others would be illegal - you're basically causing the development of the Mac port to lose money for the Mac publisher. When that happens, it affects the possibility of future ports from said publisher.
  7. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    Here is a direct link to the Apple site regarding Q3A.

    Hope its a help.

    Q3A Apple Site
  8. sethwerkheiser macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Re: My PC games are out for Mac, do I have to buy them again ?

    You have to buy the whole new Sims packs. Sorry. My wife ran into this problem - we had every expansion pack and a TON of downloads from the internet. We had to buy everything all over again, and carefully pick through the downloaded items (some had filenames that didn't work on the Mac).

    While it may be a pain, consider this. One day I took our iBook to work so my wife played the Sims at home on our Compaq (700mhz AMD, 320meg, XP Pro) and it crashed THREE times in like 4 hours (she plays the Sims while she cleans the house and stuff - at least that what she tells me ;) ). Since then she's played The Sims on the Mac and its been "up" for almost 7 days now. No crashes at all.
  9. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    i don't want to be like "well... duh" but this is sort of like asking if i can use the games i bought for ps2 on xbox...

    be glad some of them can be ported to mac.

    good luck.
  10. ZildjianKX macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    Well, the only difference is there are some games that work for the mac and PC... and dual formatted discs too :)
  11. deadpoet macrumors member

    May 29, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Re: Re: Re: My PC games are out for Mac, do I have to buy them again ?

    I can confirm this. Quake 3 Arena for PC can be played on Mac OS X... you just need to download the latest patch for Mac OS X... you then copy the installed game directory on your PC over to your Mac. Then apply the game's patch. Bingo! Working copy :)
  12. Schiffi macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2003

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