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What is the best way to run Microsoft games on a Mac?

asked Jun 07 '10 at 19:02

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edited Jun 07 '10 at 19:04

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Microsoft games? You mean games in general, right? Well you can use Boot Camp for Mac in that way you can use Windows platform and you could run games that aren't meant for Mac.

answered Jun 07 '10 at 19:05

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Although you can use either VMWare or Parallels to run any Windows program on a Mac alongside your Mac programs - for most hard-core games I would actually recommend using Boot Camp instead.

VMWare and Parallels work great for pretty much all general Windows apps. I use Parallels all the time on my Mac to run Microsoft Office and several other Windows programs I decided I couldn't do without. However, I have actually never seen many (hard-core, modern, 3d) games that run all that great on VMWare or Parallels, despite both company's claims to the contrary.

Boot Camp is free, it's already on your Mac. You will, however, need a legitimate copy of Windows in order to set it up.

answered Jun 07 '10 at 19:21

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You can always try to see if the game will work under WINE (Google it).

answered Jun 07 '10 at 19:16

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thanks wine works great as long as you use winebottler http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/

(Jun 11 '10 at 01:57) aperson aperson's gravatar image

So that's two band-aids that have to be in place for it to work at all. Somehow I have difficulty believing you can get the full experience with all that stuff in between you and the game.

(Jun 11 '10 at 02:30) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

i cant get the full experience but it is free. i run torrented games so i don't care

(Jun 11 '10 at 03:55) aperson aperson's gravatar image

Have you heard about steam? They made it cross platform for mac. You can play games like portal now. Not only is portal compatible with mac but it's free. There are other games too, check it out! http://store.steampowered.com/browse/mac

answered Jun 11 '10 at 02:02

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answered Jun 09 '10 at 05:45

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Parallels or Boot Camp. From the limited info I've heard, Boot Camp sounds like the better way.

answered Jun 11 '10 at 02:31

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I tried both Parallels and VMware Fusion, and I think Fusion is better as far as virtual machine software goes. However, Boot Camp is by far the best, since you're running the OS natively.

(Jun 11 '10 at 02:57) refrwfrwgrfd refrwfrwgrfd's gravatar image

I agree entirely with this comment. Boot Camp sounds like the best option.

(Jun 11 '10 at 04:13) 5eb 5eb's gravatar image
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Last updated: Jun 11 '10 at 04:13