Running windows games on mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by hoosierfan24, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. hoosierfan24 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    Hello I was wondering if I used the program crossover that i could play all of my windows games on my mac or would I be better off running parallels and playing games on that
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  3. Gentile macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2007
    Crossover runs only certain games. Check their website for a list of compatible games. These games could run well or have issues - the website should give you an idea how well each game works.

    They run the "Steam" downloaded games very well. However, once you attach a game to your Steam account you can not sell it when you are finished playing. That was a big downside for me.

    Bootcamp works great - except you need to own a full version of Windows XP or Vista. Also, you have to boot into another operating system which could be a hassle.
  4. Buzz Bumble Guest

    Oct 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    I wouldn't bother with Crossover for anything (not the "games" version nor the normal applications version). It's only of any use if you have REALLY REALLY simple requirements and the game / application is (supposedly) well supported ... even then it's buggy and slow.

    To really play Windows games on a Mac you can use VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop, but even then these aren't particularly designed for gaming, especially those that need 3D graphics cards (which is almost all games these days). For real gaming you have to use Apple's Boot Camp, which gives you an almost 100% real Windows computer, although you do have to reboot it to swap between Windows and Mac OS. For any of these three option you'll need to buy and install a proper license for the version of Windows you want (XP, Vista, etc.).
  5. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    Using anything other than Boot Camp for gaming is a joke, as it runs everything natively. Plus, Boot Camp is free.

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