I'm doing this blog becuase I'm bored stiff and I can't sleep. You guys probably already know this, but I'mm just trying to help people who are new to gaming on the mac. If you game on a mac. YOUR A FOOL! I do it, and despite the mac OS X making everything else in the computing world easy, gaming it does not. If you do own a mac, and you don't want to buy a gaming rig or have a second machine, buy a copy of Windows XP and use BootCamp, a feature in OS X, that allows you to dual boot and have two operating systems. Or if you want to run Mac Applications and Windows Programs side by side... there are three great options. 1. Crossover Games. A windows emulator, no copy of windows needed. Current prices are £25.99, but be warned, don't expect everything to work. http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxgames/ 2. Parallels. A virtual machine for mac. You can run windows full screen, in a windows or integrated, all within OS X. And t supports more than just Windows OS's. Linux can be also installed. However it is a little pricey at about £50, you do need your own OS install disc and it'll eat your hard disk space and ram. However, 99% of windows programs and games work on it. http://www.parallels.com/uk/ EDIT: I have also heard of several free Kernal Emulators 'Q' being one http://www.kju-app.org/ and Virtual Box being another http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/VirtualBox. However, the free ones will be understandably not as refined as the professional ones. 3. Port WINE over to mac. This is the free option, the option that requires the most work and the option which is least likely be able to run your games. Wine (WinEmulator) is a free windows emulator for Linux, that can be ported over to mac with this guy's instructions http://davidbaumgold.com/tutorials/wine-mac/. You will have to learn how to use the commands through terminal and it won't be easy getting your game to work. Before you do install wine, just check if your application is supported in the Wine App Database . Now, if your adamant to stick with one OS like i am, without the complicated use of emulators or having half the amount of ram you would have, things have just got 100x harder. But here is how i get by. 1. For a mac xfire, use ifire. It supports quite a few games and I have found out a way of adding them yourself is ifire doesn't find it, which i will post in another blog if i can be arsed. It is a lot better than macfire and it supports all windows games being run through Crossover or Parallels. However it does have a lot of limitations. One click join, xfire in game, voice chats, group chats, file transfers, screenshots, movies and skins are not supported. But it's better than nothing. http://ifire.games4mac.de/us/index.shtml 2. http://www.aspyr.com/Keep an eye on this site. These guys do great ports of windows games for mac, at rip off prices. You can usually find a better deal on amazon.co.uk but it's good for news. ID games also do their games for mac as well which is good news. 3. For a teamspeak replacement, use TeamSpeax. It's unofficial, but it has all the same functionality as the Windows Version and it's a lot simpler to use in my opinion. http://www.teamspeak.com/?page=downloads Ventrillo users are sorted, Vent is available for mac officially. 4. DO NOT BOAST YOU GAME ON A MAC! This does not go down well with windows users, who all have got into the frame of mind that Micro$oft's way, is the only way, and that Mac's aren't proper machines. You will be abused. 5. It may seem obvious but... get a two buttoned USB mouse with a mouse wheel. First person shooters are IMPOSSIBLE to play without a second mouse button. I wouldn't recommend using the mighty mouse either, I had a big of a nightmare with the right click on mine.... Thanks for reading. Hoped it helped someone.