PC games on a mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by OCSpersonel, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. OCSpersonel macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    I am trying to convert to a mac fully and totally ditch my PC but i dont want to get new versions of my old pc games and i dont want to portion my hard drive and install windows via bootcamp just to play some games. is there any way i can convert my old pc games to run on my mac? im not talking pirating but maybe a software to use or a crack
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Depending on the graphic intensity you could try running windows games via a virtual machine like vmware or parallels.

    And I don't know of a simple translator software, as it is Mac OS differs from Windows in a lot of ways under the hood.
  3. palebluedot macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2008
  4. OCSpersonel thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
  5. jmaquarry macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2009
  6. uaecasher macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2009
    Stillwater, OK
  7. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    If you have the two or three games it actually plays reasonably well ;)

    You could also try CIDER'ing your own, again with generally mixed results (but mostly poor).

    Unless your only interested in playing older pc titles and still don't mind the odd bit of unstability / graphics corruption / sound issues, then unfortunetly the reality is...... if playing the pc game is important to you, then you may as well just keep a small portion of your computer open to bootcamp, the many 'solutions' to pc gaming (crossover/cider/parallels etc..) on a mac are really nothing to write home about.
  8. Rodus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    CrossOver plays some games great and others badly or not at all, the CodeWeavers site isnt the best place to check as sometimes they are out of date or wrong. Often best to do a google search to check compatibility.
  9. bob81 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2008
    what about old dos games?

    i've still got a copy of mad gog mcree2 for the pc, dos version. i downloaded a dos emulator and couldnt get it to work. are there multiple versions of dos, as in a pc dos and a mac dos and thats why i couldnt get it to work, or am i just doing something wrong? when i put the disc in, it recognizes it and an icon that says mad dog mcree2 pops up. any advice?
  10. 7031 macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2007
    So have you tried DOSBox?
  11. OCSpersonel thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    I looked into the crossover games, they only support one game i was looken for, EE2.

    mabe i should add more specifics:
    i have PC versions of:
    COD5 WAW (nazi zombies mostly of coarse :)
    The sims 2
    sim city 4
    Battlefield 2 & 2142

    These are some basic games, probably not either sim game since ill just buy the next one that comes out and get the mac version, but definatly the shooters.

    If Boot strapping is my only option please let me know, willing to try anything!
  12. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Bootcamp is really the best way to play Windows games.
  13. bob81 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2008
    yeah, dosbox is what i was using. most likely i was just doing something wrong. i am having a hell of a time finding some good step by step instructions on how to get it going if anyone has any suggestions or links?
  14. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    I haven't done much research into this, as I posted about an old game I'd like to play when I get a new Mac this summer, and someone suggested that DOSbox would do wonders. I might see if I can dig something up about it, work is kinda slow right now :eek:
  15. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    He all ready has the games and mostly like has Windows too. Sounds like a plan to me.
  16. OCSpersonel thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    yes i could find myself a copy of windows and the games although its going to be alot of work just to play games on my mac since i have no idea where my copy of windows xp is and i have no idea where my game codes are :(

    is it really possible that no one has developed a program/method of getting pc games converted to mac OSX?
  17. Yotabyte macrumors member


    Nov 15, 2004
    Perth, Australia.
    Not quite as easy as it sounds. The PC games are designed for Windows. Boot camp is your only real option as a gamer.
  18. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    it really is. With games you want it to be pretty native. Better preference etc.

    OP, sounds like he has windows disks and games you dont have to make a big partition. Just big enough. How big is your harddrive?
  19. OCSpersonel thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    well im either getting a new 24" mac with 500 gb. hard drive or a macbook with a 320gb. hard drive. but im also a graphic designer so im gona be running the adobe suite on it and using alot of space for that stuff
  20. Macguy1138 macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2009
    I'd also love to play windows games on my mac. :D Crossover looks great it's just I don't wanna have to pay for it, cause there really is only one game that I'd wanna use it for. ;) And the trial only goes for 7 days. :(
  21. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Bootcamp is the best method, try Crossover if you want to play with much lower settings. Or if you play Source games you need to drop a DirectX generation or 2 to get a comparable FPS rate compared to XP or Vista.

    I used to partition off 32gb to XP when I had a small 160gb drive. I kept all my Windows games on an external drive (all Steam games) so they were portable and I could play them on any other PC. Now I have 500gb so I split the 2. Install the NTFS drivers for OSX and MacDrive for Windows and you can read/write to each drive from either OS.
  22. motoxpress macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2006
    I have almost every Video/Design application you can think of installed on my MBP (320gig) and I have a bootcamp partition for testing websites on IE and running games. It's not a problem at all. If it were, I would simply pop in a $100 500gig drive and be perfectly fine.

    BTW I have tried Crossover and found it to be problematic. I couldn't even get it to play Age of Empires2, which is a 5-7 year old game. In Bootcamp, I can run any game I like very well.


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