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RileyS731 Calculating status...
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Jul 28, 2012 1:46 PM

I have an old video game that runs on mac os 7.1....is there a way I can play this game on my macbook pro?!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Shiunbird Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2012 3:08 PM (in response to RileyS731)

    SheepShaver. =)

     

    There are many ways of getting the old OSs running on new Mac, but you will need the system rom.

     

    I have running on my machine the first OS, OS 7 and OS 9.0, using different emulators.

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,455 points)
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    Jul 29, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to RileyS731)

    Another way to play pre OS X games/applications is to have an older laptop which can be cheap to buy. The Pismo (2000 2001) is probably the best as it has usb, firewire, PCMCIA slot, and a media bay for (floppy, zip, cd/dvd) access. In addition you can partition the hdd and have both native Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X 10.4.11 installed.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,280 points)
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    Jul 30, 2012 6:29 AM (in response to RileyS731)

    No. Classic mode was last supported on Macs with a PowerPC processor running Tiger OS 10.4.x. However, many old games didn't work properly in classic mode.

     

     Cheers, Tom

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,560 points)
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    Jul 30, 2012 3:23 PM (in response to RileyS731)

    More information about running your game in SheepShaver:

     

    SheepShaver requires a Classic ROM and quite a bit of setup, but there is now a fully contained version, Chubby Bunny, available: Google the term "Classic-On-Intel v 4.0.1 chubby bunny"

     

    Here is some information on SheepShaver:

     

    http://www.emaculation.com/doku.php/sheepshaver_mac_os_x_setup

     

    and

     

    http://www.everymac.com/mac-answers/mac-os-9-classic-support-faq/run-macos-9-on- intel-macs.html

     

    Here is the classic game Risk II running in SheepSaver:

     

    Risk II.png

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,510 points)
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    Aug 2, 2012 12:19 PM (in response to RileyS731)

    dalstott's suggestion can be a good one, since pre-OS X Macs are super cheap, and I have some games that can't run in any type of emulation on new Macs because they used code that only works on the old video card hardware.

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,455 points)
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    Aug 2, 2012 6:35 PM (in response to Network 23)

    Right on Network 23.

     

    My most extreme example is the early 90s game Virtual Vallerie by Reactor Inc. It will only play on a 68030 or 68040 machine like the Powerbook 540c I have. It required the CD to be in place but I have no CD drive for the 540 Powerbooks. My solution was to copy the CD (all invisible files included) to a PCMCIA/Compact flash adapter which is used with the PC Card module. It works perfectly and I also use this pc card approach for Duke Nukem on 1400/3400 Powerbooks.

     

    What is new is not necessarily needed, and what is old is not automatically obsolete.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,560 points)
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    Aug 2, 2012 10:57 PM (in response to dalstott)

    I think you are telling us all a bunch of bunk!

     

    If it is real, post some screenshots!!!

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,455 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 12:41 PM (in response to MlchaelLAX)

    No sooner said than done. The good parts were omitted for propriety. By todays standards this was PG mild.

     

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  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,560 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 12:58 PM (in response to dalstott)

    Ooooops!  It was only a joke (knowing full well the subject matter!).  Hence the smiley faces!

     

    Good work!

     

    What was the name of the one that pre-dated Valerie and was more X in nature (as I recall it included a "toolbox")?

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,510 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 5:18 PM (in response to MlchaelLAX)

    I am guessing you are talking about MacPlaymate (let's see how long this post lasts)

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,560 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 5:29 PM (in response to Network 23)

    Yeah: That's IT!

     

    MacPlayMate_002.gif

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,455 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 6:31 PM (in response to MlchaelLAX)

    Great post.

    I wasn't aware of MacPlaymate I guess because it was introduced in 1986 and I didn't get a Mac till 1988. I googled it and found a download so will check it out if it works. Those black and white graphics are so retro cool. On one google hit there was a report quoting articles and comments on this horrible/wonderful game . I have copied some for your entertainment. This is real classy classic stuff.

     

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    At a San Francisco computer trade show, it brought out the vice squad -- and a 10-deep ''feeding frenzy'' of men frantically waving wads of money, ''begging'' to buy it.

    There is no way to describe MacPlaymate delicately -- which is entirely the point, say a group of Los Angeles women who argue that such programs are inappropriate for the workplace and most every place else.

    For the less than computer literate, ''interactive'' means the operator is no passive observer but takes part in directing what happens on the screen.

    In MacPlaymate, the user summons an animated rendering of a woman, ''Maxie,'' who flutters her Theda Bara eyelids, moves her mouth, breasts, legs and hands and entices the user into the program.

    As an added treat, the program has digitized sound: a woman's voice, in tinny gasps, moans ''Oh!'' And a ''panic'' button calls up on the screen ''a real-looking pseudospreadsheet that looks like you're working, like if . . . your boss comes over to your desk,'' marvels Dave, a computer consultant to several Los Angeles high-tech firms.

    For every MacPlaymate sold, scores were copied free. It is ''probably the most pirated program'' on the Macintosh, says Frank Brooks, president of a Connecticut computer company.

    Many men who have seen it variously describe it as a ''novelty and a curiosity . . . gimmicky . . . funny . . . a one-line joke . . . a general recreational piece of software.''

    To most, it is a roguish bit of high-tech whimsy, created to show off just what a computer can do, and as ''a parody on ***********,'' says Brooks, who knows the designer.

    Something of an underground legend since it appeared nearly two years ago, MacPlaymate hit a higher profile only lately. Ad executive Prudence Baird learned of it from a lighthearted item in Vogue magazine about its ''user- friendly'' program.

    Then she and her co-workers, who showed it at the bridal shower to ''find out what we're up against,'' heard to their distress that many men who have seen the program think it is no big deal.

    Computer sexual images of women are not new. Pirated Playboy photos are sent through computer scanners onto ''bulletin boards'' often accessible to kids.

    Sex sells: Photos of women in see-through shirts are used to persuade prospective male buyers of the screen's qualities.

    Some argue, then, that a program like MacPlaymate is simply the inevitable union of society's fascination with technology and obsession with sex.

     

     

    Nothing much changes as Boys will be Boys and Girls will be Girls.

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,455 points)
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    Aug 4, 2012 10:46 AM (in response to dalstott)

    Tha MacPlaymate download works well on the PowerBook 540c and in 256 colors too. The only problem is the sound which sounds like a frog being tread upon.

     

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  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,560 points)
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    Aug 4, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to dalstott)

    Looks good! Think I'll try it in emulation!

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