What are you playing on your MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mollermanden, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. mollermanden macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2011
    A week ago I got my MBA 13" ultimate replacing my early 2008 MBP and what a change!

    The MBA is not a gaming device I know but it seems that people actually are playing quite a lot on their MBA's anyways.
    I just started this thread to kind of collect all gameing-on-MBA experinces. So what are you playing on your MBA and how does it perform?

    I haven't played anything but Civ V on medium settings for about 10 minutes so I guess I'm kind disqualified...:rolleyes:
  2. iphoneuser2040 macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    i've got the 11" 128ssd 1.6ghz i5 version and playing:
    left 4 dead from Steam
    gta vice city from mac store
    asphalt 5 from mac store
    time crisis from mac store

    Left 4 dead runs really well on default settings, if playing online I might notice very slight lag at some points, however i think this is more due to my network connection than anything.

    One thing i have noticed is that the base of the MBA gets quite hot and the cpu temperature goes up near 100 but just play with it on a wooden table or whatever to dissipate heat and it works a-OK. I believe that there is an inbuilt safety mechanism to shut down the computer long before the processor overheats to the point of it breaking itself!
  3. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Civ 5 lags for me even on the lowest settings on the 2011 MBA 13" ultimate. It's impossible to ignore the lag so I've stopped playing for now.
  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    On my 2009 2.53Ghz 4GB RAM MBP Asphalt 6 had the frame rates hammer every 30 seconds or so.. Enough for races to be screwed up because it would mainly happen at unoppurtune times. On my Base 13" Air it's night a day difference. Not a single hammer, races load 5X faster. I was shocked.
  5. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    World of Goo has been it so far.

    Play more games on my Xbox 360 now.
  6. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Ive played Portal 2, Duke Nukem Forever, Batman: Arkham Asylam, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, Left 4 Dead 2....they all run great.
  7. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    Minecraft will never go out of style!
  8. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    screen snake
    happy wheels (i have a sick sense of humour)
    I got this computer for work and was pleasantly surprised with the performance. Durring meetings i play snake :p
  9. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    MC for life! *fist bump* :D
  10. gman901 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    The Witcher 2. Next up, Skyrim and Batman Arkham City.
  11. shadowjeff macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2010
    Do post some impressions on both games, especially arkham city!
  12. acastic macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
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    What model is your Air?
  13. snowwhite007 macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Does gta from store run ok?
  14. ajones46 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2009
    Monroe, Michigan
    Portal 2, plants vs zombies and Killing Floor... Kind of addicted to Killing Floor, more than 200 hours logged lol...
  15. Big D 51 macrumors 6502a

    Big D 51

    Jan 15, 2011
    Mobile, AL
  16. Fazzy macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    check the tracking device
  17. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
  18. trondhb macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2011
    Football Manager 2012, working perfectly :) 13" MBA, i5, 128 GB.
  19. HagusofNWN macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2008
    Under Native OSX - 2010 13" MBA Ultimate

    1) WoW - Very Addicted
    2) Diablo II
    3) Starcraft
    4) Warcraft
    5) Dragon Age 1 and II

    Under Bootcamp:

    - Mass Effect 2 - not nearly as good as playing on my iMac
  20. szolr macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    London, UK
    From the sounds of it the Air is reasonable for games-it's not brilliant but you can have fun with a variety of titles.

    The next Air refresh should be great for gaming. I'll probably switch from the Macbook Pro to an Air for my next laptop in a few years. :)
  21. M-5 macrumors 65816


    Jan 4, 2008
    I just bought the game "The Movies: Superstar" from the App Store. I had bought it a long time ago for my PC, but I'm currently doing a little multimedia project for a class, and found it on the App Store, so I'm probably going to end up using it for that.
  22. larmende macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Do you need a disc drive for that one? Or does it play of the hard disc?
  23. littledude8209 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2009
    I have played Portal and Portal 2 (single player and co-op mode), played but still in the middle of Bioshock, played Half Life 2 (but never finished), and am in the middle of Batman: Arkham Asylum.

    Other smaller games are things like Angry Birds, and World of Goo.

    My only complaint is that the fans start roaring very quickly with the more graphic intensive games. I usually just turn up the sound to drown it out though :D
  24. mattwallace24 macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2010
    I play Civ 5 on a 2010 MBA 13" ultimate with little to no lag at even the highest settings.

    While the newer MBA's have much faster processors, they downgraded the graphics capability and the loss is worst seen in gaming.

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