Playing windows games on a mac?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Chilaha, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Chilaha macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2011
    Hi everyone,
    I have a few questions about running some windows games on my mac.
    I know I could either use bootcamp or parallels and was just wondering which one would have better performance for gaming?
    Secondly, using either bootcamp or parallels could I run any of these games:
    Axys Adventures Truthseeker, Timothy and Titus, Left Behind 4: World At War, and Adam's Venture 3: Revelations.

    I would think my computer would be able to handle every game except maybe Adam's Venture 3 because it uses Unreal Engine 3 and I don't think an integrated graphics card could handle that.

    I appreciate any helpful information you can give me.

    PS. My Macbooks Specs
    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Intel GMA X3100:

    Chipset Model: GMA X3100
  2. Briax macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
    You'll get the best performance experience using Bootcamp - no doubt about that.
  3. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    Bootcamp pretty much turns your Mac into a PC. So you should be able to just look at the Spec minimums for those games and see if your Mac is sufficient. That is a pretty old Mac, so I would think you would want to go Bootcamp on it so you don't add the performance hit of a virtual machine on top of old hardware. I have Bootcamp on my desktop, not my laptop, which I think is about the same as yours. So sorry I can't tell you for sure what it would be like on your laptop.

    I'm writing this while in Bootcamp as I was gaming for a bit on Sunday and just left my computer in Windows. I don't mind Windows 7 and it is pretty neat after being a Mac user for, basically, my entire life to now theoretically have access to any new release PC game.
  4. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    You have to use bootcamp to use full hardware acceleartion, paralles will serioulsly injure your performance

    for light gaming, having bootcamp on your mac is great

    But having said that, the gaming videocards on even current macs cannot beat a full gaming videocard. Just look it like that, my videocard in my PC is twice as big as my MacMini. So I totally recomend a building a gaming PC if you can afford having two computers.

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