PPC Mac Gaming Thread

TheShortTimer

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Using the search function, I couldn't see a thread that was dedicated to the discussion of gaming on PPC Macs: running OS X and OS 9 - or even older, so I've decided to create one. :) It would nice to see what everyone is playing and to share recommendations on titles (and emulators) to check out. I'll keep this going every so often with posts and hopefully others will join in too.

Via MacMAME on my Mini:















 

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Using the search function, I couldn't see a thread that was dedicated to the discussion of gaming on PPC Macs: running OS X and OS 9 - or even older, so I've decided to create one. :) It would nice to see what everyone is playing and to share recommendations on titles (and emulators) to check out. I'll keep this going every so often with posts and hopefully others will join in too.

Via MacMAME on my Mini:















If you’re on Facebook, there’s a group called “PPC Gaming Lounge”. Not as active as it used to be but still a lot of good info. It’s one of the only reasons I’m still on that site.
 
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check this reply, #24 from me on this gaming thread:
 
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I'll say it once more...

The Myst saga are by far my favorite games on PPC OS X, probably even Windows. Something about the immersion, atmosphere, score, and life lessons really touch me. And, the series' storyline is eerily relatable...

Rand Miller, and Jack Wall (in III+), are damn geniuses.

...Seriously, the music is unmatched.




But I ramble...
 

dr.zeissler

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Are you using 10.4 or 10.3 ? I am using 10.3.9 and I am collecting Games for my G4-1.42Ghz MacMini.
Does anyone have these perhaps OS9 and 10.x working files:

The newer ones require 10.4 and I would like to keep the machine to 10.3.9

Btw. MAME 0.66-2 that I am using is working fine with 10.3.9. The newer ones do not have any benefit. Some games are broken, some games do only work in the newer ones. Do you have the opengl-plugin for mame?

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What mame version are you using and what about performance and vsync!
 

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Are you using 10.4 or 10.3 ? I am using 10.3.9 and I am collecting Games for my G4-1.42Ghz MacMini.
I'm using 10.4.11 on my Mini.

What mame version are you using and what about performance and vsync!
The version of MacMAME that I'm using is 0.103u2 which I believe was the final version before development halted.

Do you have the opengl-plugin for mame?
I don't have an OpenGL plug-in for MacMAME: V.0.103u2 features a built in OpenGL renderer and it also includes an option for Sync to VBL.








Btw. MAME 0.66-2 that I am using is working fine with 10.3.9. The newer ones do not have any benefit. Some games are broken, some games do only work in the newer ones.
A downside of MAME as you've seen is that it requires you to either have the correct ROM set for your release or that you use a ROM Manager to convert a set to work with your MAME release. Otherwise you'll run into problems with broken games. I can't be bothered to fiddle around doing the latter.
 

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Tbh I’m playing Warcraft 2 and 3 again, haven’t played games for decades, but as the nights draw in I have found myself engrossed again.

Just bought a quicksilver on eBay for £12.
I only intend to use Mac OS 9, and I’ll be pimping this rig, I’ll keep posting over the winter. 😉
 

dr.zeissler

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You can use OS 9.2.2. native on your mini, but I think you knew that already.
Can you tell me, what "frameworks" are installed and what versions your are using. (SDL etc.).
Does this start on your mini: https://www.gianas-return.de/?page_id=4531 (Version OSX PPC >10.3. above)

These look really awesome on a G4Mini. Gfx and Textures are awesome https://alephone.lhowon.org

BTW Diablo2 can play without any cd in drive if you install it completely and copy one additional file from CD to HDD. (don't know what file exactly)
 
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TheShortTimer

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I'll say it once more...

The Myst saga are by far my favorite games on PPC OS X, probably even Windows. Something about the immersion, atmosphere, score, and life lessons really touch me. And, the series' storyline is eerily relatable...

Rand Miller, and Jack Wall (in III+), are damn geniuses.

...Seriously, the music is unmatched.




But I ramble...
I picked up Myst IV from a local thrift shop ages ago but I haven't gotten round to checking it out yet.



I'll have to rectify that very soon. :)
 
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RTCW has to be one of my favorite games to pay on PPC Macs.

Aside from being a lot of fun-it's playable on most G4 and newer hardware(or even hot G3s), but you can crank up the settings if you want to flex your muscles a bit.

One of my main "gaming computers" is a Cube with an 800mhz G4(1mb L3) and Geforce 3.

I prefer to game in OS 9 where possible. The system overhead is a lot lower.
 
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Played a game called "Sci-fi Pinball" on my Sawtooth under OS 9. I really like pinball games and one of the tables was based on my favorite TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
 

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A fabulous remake of the classic 80s computer game that should be familiar to many Brits. :)

If you're into action and puzzles then you'll be in your element with this.

Played on my iBook G3/500:




 

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Has anyone had any success with getting the SDL based PPC version of XMAME to work?

On my G3/500 running Tiger, I've followed the instructions to download the SDL library (I downloaded SDL-1.2.13) and then copied the SDL.framework folder into /Library/Frameworks. When I attempt to run the xmame_ppc_sdl executable, it fails with this error message:

/Applications/xmame_ppc_sdl; exitdyld: Library not loaded: /opt/local/lib/libSDL-1.2.0.dylib
Referenced from: /Applications/xmame_ppc_sdl
Reason: image not found
Trace/BPT trap
logout
[Process completed]
Is XMAME failing to see the SDL library or does it require the exact 1.2.0 version in order to work? Can anyone offer any pointers at all please? BTW: I'm attempting to set up XMAME because it would have a lower overhead on my G3 (no GUI) than MacMame.
 

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Looks like it was built with macports. I've attached the 4 common needed sdl-1.2.0 libs in an archive. You'll need to put the SDL libs in to /opt/local/lib. (create those directories if you dont have them)

Cheers
 

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Looks like it was built with macports. I've attached the 4 common needed sdl-1.2.0 libs in an archive. You'll need to put the SDL libs in to /opt/local/lib. (create those directories if you dont have them)

Cheers
Thanks for that! :)

Ok, I created the directory in the root folder, as you can see here:



I still receive exactly the same error message though.

Have I put it in the wrong area?
 

wicknix

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It should be 3 separate directories. From the screenshot it just looks like 1 folder called "opt/local/lib". What you want to do is open terminal.app, then type:
cd /
sudo mkdir /opt
sudo mkdir /opt/local
sudo mkdir /opt/local/lib

Now that those directories are made you can copy those files over. You'll see "opt" in finder.
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Cheers
 
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