If I am interested in playing games not available on the MacBook Pro that I plan on getting in a few weeks, Will running the games in a Virtual Machine work? And will there be alot of lag?
Answer by SkinnyBill · Feb 14, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Use BOOTCAMP to play windows games on Mac.
Trust me... NEVER EVER EVER run games through a virtual machine. In fact, you will be saving a bit of money because bootcamp is free unlike most VM software, considering you need to purchase windows.
Although Apple say they don't officially support it, Windows 7 runs fine in Bootcamp. Just remember to pop the Mac OS X disk in after installing Windows to get the drivers etc.
The other option would be to use WINE (__W_ine Is Not an E_mulator). For Mac, Winebottler is the best in my opinion, but you can also use Darwine. These use Windows API's ported to Mac OS X to run Windows programs at full speed without any emulation.
Answer by TheTechDude · Feb 13, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Will it work? Yes, but it will not be fun to play. You will get a terrible frame rate.
The best way to run Windows games on a Mac and be able to use the full power of your Mac is to install Boot Camp and then install windows with that.
Answer by kevin · Feb 13, 2011 at 06:36 PM
It can work, but with limitations and maybe some problems. Its not the ping time but the graphics limitation, ram, hard drive activity, etc.....
It is best to run in a second partition (dual boot/bootcamp on a mac) and run your games like that
Answer by AnasKhan · Feb 14, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Yes U can play but quality will decrease and u games lag..u can install a bootcamp and all..but i think its better u go this app/ freeware and daaamn use full hope u like it take care. It is not a emulator ... WINE : http://sourceforge.net/projects/darwine/
Answer by HHBones · Feb 14, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Your best bet in three words:
DON'T DO IT.
Running a game in a virtual machine is just a fancy way of having your system commit suicide. Every time I boot up my Ubuntu VM, I want to punch an orphan. And that isn't even Windows. Gaming in such an environment would be horrendous at best.
What you should do is configure Boot Camp and dual-boot Mac OS and Windows. Then, you don't have to worry about the pain-in-the-ass sluggishness of your video games.