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Arrow New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 22nd 2010, 03:11 AM

Question: I know that the old apple laptops couldn't play games. Can you play any games on them now? Like Sims 2 and three? Warcraft?

I'm thinking of selling my Sony Vaio CS so I can use that towards a new apple. My laptop keeps getting viruses, I can't download music to my Ipod because my tech won't let me us any P2P client.

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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 22nd 2010, 05:42 AM

There aren't too many games available for mac, but sure. If you buy a powerful processor w/ lots of RAM and good display specs you're set! The main limitation to the PowerBooks/iBooks was that they could not effectively run Windows (which is what most games use) but newer Intel models are ideal game units!


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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 22nd 2010, 10:25 AM

Yeah, I'm running Sims 3 at moment on my Macbook. Running perfectly smoothly.
   
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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 22nd 2010, 07:37 PM

Some games. Very few though. The ones you could always play and certain ones such as Sims 3 etc, yes. But nothing else. Unless Mac has suddenly developed new technology and the gaming industry has started making games for them, they still can't play most games, though.


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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 22nd 2010, 08:26 PM

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Some games. Very few though. The ones you could always play and certain ones such as Sims 3 etc, yes. But nothing else. Unless Mac has suddenly developed new technology and the gaming industry has started making games for them, they still can't play most games, though.
Yeahh its more the gaming industry supporting them, Macs have all the technology to run games, but just OS X, the operating system isnt supported by a lot of games, it just wouldnt be profitable...

However game makers like EA do support them in some of their games, just go on amazon, like here; http://www.amazon.com/Mac-Games/b/re...pf_rd_i=468642 and you'll see some of the games available ... Honestly though I used to be a big PC gamer but when I switched to mac (which I don't regret) I did end up buying an xbox because I just wanted more games ...

Also if you saved you could buy a mac and a windows license and then dual boot windows and os x on the mac, so you got the best of both worlds just purely use the windows side of things for gaming and no internet connection...

FINALLY, and its not really a solution there are programs which will convert a windows game into a game that works for os x but it can be very hit and miss... http://www.everymac.com/articles/q&a...ntel-macs.html Sorry I cant remember the full name (:

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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 22nd 2010, 10:50 PM

What if I got the newest macbook? With 4gb and 320 hard drive?


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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 22nd 2010, 11:59 PM

It wouldn't make any difference, you're still running OSX which doesn't support a vast majority of games.

You could have all the memory in the world but while you're running OSX your gaming world looks bleak.
   
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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 23rd 2010, 01:31 AM

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It wouldn't make any difference, you're still running OSX which doesn't support a vast majority of games.

You could have all the memory in the world but while you're running OSX your gaming world looks bleak.
BUT MacBooks have the capability to run Windows, therefore allowing you to run the majority of games.

A PowerBook on the other hand has software for running Windows but it barely works at all, so your best bet is a MacBook.


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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 23rd 2010, 03:12 AM

I have a Sony Vaio CS and It's great for games, It's a great laptop... But I'm sick of windows. Should I sell it to pay for my apple, or should I keep this and buy and apple anyway... Just... Feedback?


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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 23rd 2010, 03:48 AM

Well if you're gonna game you've got to have Windows. I'm sorry, it's just reality! You can use Windows exclusively for gaming and Mac OS X for everything else? Sure, I would say back up your data, THEN sell it!


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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 23rd 2010, 03:54 AM

I know you can get Sims 2 for Mac and it works just fine


   
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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 23rd 2010, 05:09 PM

Basically, Basil (where is he lately? o.o) explained to me that because Macs don't use Direct X they can't run games. So basically, specs wise even if they can it's not possible to run most games from them. Which is the only reason I have a pc. Sorry if this isn't too clear!


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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 23rd 2010, 05:11 PM

If you guys were getting your income tax check and you basically had enough money for a cheap car and a macbook, would you get both or would you wait on the macbook. Keep in mind I'm not living with parents anymore.


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Re: New Mac/PowerBooks Play Games? - February 25th 2010, 02:02 PM

Honestly it depends on how you value your money.

It seems that every year, a new Macbook comes out with better specs at a lower price. They're very durable, so it shouldn't be a concern for how long it lasts. If you really have your heart set on a Macbook, and you don't want to wait, might as well buy it now. I don't see the price of Apple laptops dipping below $1,000, and you can get a good new computer for about $1,100-$1,300.

And about games, don't get a Macbook for games, unless you'll dual boot to have a Windows OS on it. Sims 3 and World Of Warcraft should work fine though.
   
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