running Steam on my Mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by cfgs, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. cfgs macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2009
    so, I would really like to be able to play Half-Life and The Orange Box on my mac.

    I do not really want to install Windows on my Mac via Bootcamp or Parallel Desktop or something... I've heard that you can play in Steam buying an application that's calledCrossOver Mac.

    I would like to know if it runs very well, if you can play Half-Life or Portal perfectly on high detail with no inconveniences... Also I want to know how well it runs in online games, say CS Source or Team Fortress.

  2. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    The holy grail, a Mac that can play all games.
  3. cfgs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2009
    so it runs perfectly?
  4. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Emulation = crap from what i have seen over the years but i dont have any 1st hand experience with crossover.
  5. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I try it every so often and I'm never impressed with emulation. Some old games will be okay, Half Life for example. But newer games on Steam have texture issues, video overlay issues and of course the slowdown associated with emulation.
  6. cfgs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2009
    but aside of emulation no one has tried Crossover?
  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Google: crossover demo
  8. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    You can get a trial version of Crossover and try it out yourself. The Valve games are supposed to work pretty well. Beyond that it is hit or miss for other games.
  9. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Crossover is not "emulation". It is an API translator. Basically, it takes the API (Application Programming Interface) for Windows, and maps its code calls to the equivalents for OS X. This has the benefit that programs are directly translated, with very little speed degredation.

    And their "Games" version is specifically optimized for games, among them Valve's "Source" based games. So Steam should run with no problem at all on Crossover.
  10. coldpower27 macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Hmm so buying Crossover will allow me to play my Steam based games?
  11. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    I used to play Counter strike source through crossover games on 10.5.x, it worked great on my macbook.
  12. Zortrium macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    I've used CrossOver Games to play Half Life, Half Life 2 (+ episodes), Portal, Civilization 4 (+ expansions), and a couple of other Steam games on my C2D iMac. All ran fine.
  13. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Crossover games is exactly what you want. They're focused on Steam - HL2, CSS, TF2 all worked wonderfully on my MB. I still prefer bootcamp but this is great alternative for those not wanting windows or deal w/ dual booting.
  14. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    I tried Counter Strike: Source on Crossover. On Windows I max everything except AA/AF, and the resolution is maxed (although not as high as my monitor can go), and the FPS test says around 60 fps I think. I had a lower resolution, and I think the graphics were on medium, maybe low, and got around 27 fps in Crossover in the fps test.
  15. petermcphee macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    I used to use crossover games to run TF2, but an update to TF2 and Steam created a conflict with Crossover Games. It was well-documented on their web forum, with most users being unable to play.

    The folks at Crossover Games were working to fix it last time I checked, but I have since switched to Bootcamp and am much happier. FYI.
  16. Winni macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008
    Well, get over it: If you don't want to buy an Xbox 360, then installing Windows via Boot Camp is the only option for you. Virtualization is NOT for games - period.

    The Orange Box runs great on 64-Bit Vista on my Mac Pro. And it also runs great on my Xbox 360.
  17. siorai macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    It should be fine for the Valve games that are on Steam. Don't get confused though. When people say that Steam games will run fine, that does not mean any game you buy on Steam will run. Don't expect that Crysis Warhead, or Aion, or some other graphically intense game is going to play perfectly find just because it's available through Steam.

    If all you care about is Portal, TF2, CS, etc you should be fine. Otherwise, just suck it up and use Bootcamp. The inconvenience of rebooting is nothing compared to the frustration of trying to make games work through Crossover just because you've decided to be anti-Microsoft.

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