Problems with running Fallout & Fallout 2 in Snow Leopard (inside of VMWare Fusion)

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by celebi23, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. celebi23 macrumors regular


    May 31, 2004
    So, in preparing the move to Mac OS X Lion, I created a Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 VM for my important games that relied on Rosetta (StarCraft, Diablo, Tropico, Fallout & Fallout 2). Even though VMWare Fusion didn't support fully sound in an OS X VM, I got it to sorta work.

    Whenever I tried launching Fallout or Fallout 2, that app would quit & something called OmniGroupCrashCatcher would launch. So, I saw a solution online that you need to move the following sound from the app bundle (same location inside the Fallout 2 app bundle): for the game to launch without the Crash Catcher launching. The games now launch but, in a very weird mode. The following pic is of the Fallout main screen:

    And this pic of Fallout 2's main screen:

    Both Fallout & Fallout 2 run fine on my Snow Leopard (10.6.8) partition though. Any ideas?
  2. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    If you want to run games... you are better off porting them yourself with Wineskin, or buying Crossover Games. Both options run games MUCH MUCH better and more reliably than a Virtual machine... and they don't even need Windows.

    If some of that is difficult, you could go to and find wrappers other people have already made for playing the games on OSX and just use them... I think Wineskin is the best solution, but I'm rather biased since I make it.
  3. wywern209 macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    the problem isn't the game or your hardware. it is that vmware emulates all graphics cards to be a weak weak standard card barely able to support anything beyond 1080p video. it is not meant for gaming. for gaming, you need a bootcamp installation. no other way around it but wineskin and crossover is okay but can have bugs and performance degradation.
  4. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    VMWare actually uses parts of Wine to handle its graphics, and can do 3D rendering pretty good for some games, but there are compatibility problems at times like seen here.

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