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Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac Discussion of Classic or running Windows, Linux and other OSes on the Mac.

VM fusion or parallels for games.


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I dont usually play PC games but thats because ive always had a really bad laptop, now i have a 2.66 ghz Macbook pro and i can do that now but a lot of games i want are PC only but apparently these programs get rd of that barrier , but ive read loads of online articles, my finding are inconclusive, which is really better for games ?
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How well either of those programs will work depends entirely on the game. If you try to run something like Crysis through ANY VM, you'll have an absolutely miserable experience, but then something like Sims might play completely fine..

These software have added 3D graphics support and that might be passable..but depending on your expectation and comparing it to what you get running these games natively on Windows, you might be disappointed..

Since you have get a copy of Windows to use with VMware Fusion or Parallels anyway, you might as well go the Boot Camp route to get Windows natively installed on your MBP and that way you can boot into either OS X or Windows depending on what you want to do..

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Agreed, if your'e using Windows mainly for gaming, go with Bootcamp and then use VM Fusion (my choice) to run Windows on your Mac off the Bootcamp partition when you just need something like Access or IE.

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Running an OS emulation is already very taxing on the system itself, and I don't believe that trying to game with it is going to be a positive experience. Plus I don't think the higher end games would even launch since they disable 3D acceleration and stuff like that.

If you really want to game then you would need to Install Windows via bootcamp, or get an actual gaming rig.

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Plus I don't think the higher end games would even launch since they disable 3D acceleration and stuff like that.
I don't think that's true anymore. I think both Fusion and Parallels support 3d graphics now.

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They both support 3D graphics but performance is nowhere near what it is when the computer is running Windows natively and has access to the graphics adapter directly rather than through the VM's "virtual" adapter. For gaming, you are best off running Windows under Boot Camp rather than a VM.

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That's correct. Both Parallels and Fusion (recent updates) support 3D acceleration. How well a game performs though depends on the game and your machine specs. Running Windows natively from a Boot Camp partition is still probably the best way to run graphic intensive games.

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