Running a PAL game on my Mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Jomskylark, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Jomskylark macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2008

    I own a Macbook which I bought about a year ago (see signature). I'm a bit confused about the NTSC and PAL DVD formats, but from what I gather a PAL DVD would not play on NTSC hardware and vice versa (correct me if I'm wrong).

    I'm considering purchasing a video game from Europe that runs on PAL. Will it not run on my Mac? Is there a workaround (like a free or inexpensive conversion application)?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    The DVD drives in Macs can read PAL and NTSC DVDs, but you may have to change regions if the DVD is using Region Codes. Know, that you can only change regions five times, unless you hack the ODD.
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    As far as I'm aware, the only games in PAL format are for consoles, not computers. What game is it?
  4. RealaT macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2008
    PAL and NTSC are TV formats and don't apply to PC or Mac games. There is no region protection either. This is just an issue from the console game industry, not the PC one.
  5. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    PC/Mac games aren't PAL or NTSC. They're just games that aren't synced to their refresh rates (in a way).
  6. Jomskylark thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2008
    The game is Battlefield 2142. So -- just to clarify -- purchasing it from Europe shouldn't be a problem (assuming that's the only issue)?

    Thanks a lot! :)
  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Won't be a problem.

    However US version should be cheaper.

    By Europe you meant some Russian pirate site? Don't do it.
  8. Jomskylark thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2008
    No no no, a friend of mine is actually the seller; it's legal and legit and he's giving me a discount. :D

    Thanks again everybody for the help!
  9. SidBala macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010

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