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    Games on Mac
    Hi, I'm new to the mac world and i just had a few questions about mac games. I have a new macbook 2.0 with 2 GB RAM, and i was just wondering if the system requirements for a game say PowerMac 1 GHz or greater, and AGP 3D Graphics Acceleration required (minimum of 32MB ATI Radeon or NVidia GeForce 2 series card.) Would these kinds of games work on the new macbook? Said game is Command and Conquer Generals.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Sep 09, 2006
    not sure for that specific game, but macbooks aren't great for some gaming.
    An example I've previously given:
    mac Halo demo ran fairly smoothly on my old 1ghz iBook (256 ram) - smooth enough for me to finish the demo.
    same demo ran VERY poorly on my macbook with 1gig ram - even on lowest texture and graphical settings. Near constant slowdown.

    Something about a shared graphics card I think. Others will be able to explain better. I'm limiting my macbook to simple gaming.

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    Aptmunich's Avatar
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    Mar 09, 2004
    Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2
    Actually the reason the same demo ran worse on the newer macbook is because the demo is designed for PowerPC systems.

    Your macbook is intel based, so the demo had to be translated with rosetta to run -> bad performance.

    Try an Universal binary game demo, it should run fairly decently!

    Original question:
    C&C generals hasn't been converted for intel macs yet I think, so performance will probably not be great.

    But if you use Bootcamp to install windows xp, the windows version should run pretty well.

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