6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 21, 2010 11:36 PM by Michaelw352
Frostycane Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I want to know if it is possible to run Windows games on a Mac. I do not want to install Windows on a Mac, because (in my opinion) that is stupid and defeats the purpose of having a Mac in the first place. Is there an emulator that will allow me to run Windows games on a Mac? I heard that Macs now come with a built-in emulator. This this true?

In summary, I just want to be able to play the following games on a Mac:
- Team Fortress 2
- Diablo 3
- The Sims 3
- Guild Wars
- Guild Wars 2
- Starcraft 2
- Left 4 Dead 2

Is this possible? And if so, how do I do it?

Windows 7
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (60,310 points)
    I do not want to install Windows on a Mac


    Then your only option is to try CrossOver Games from Codeweavers.

    heard that Macs now come with a built-in emulator. This this true?


    No
  • Michaelw352 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Yes,There Are Ways You Can Play Windows Games On A Mac,It`s Called The W.I.N.E. Project And The WINE Project Allows You To Operate Windows Programs On A Mac And Linux System.Remember That The WINE Project Can Be Unstable At Times,And May Cause Your Mac To Freeze Up.The Best Way To Play Windows Games On A Mac Is By Using Something Called VMware Unity.It`s An Emulator That Can Emulate 3D Windows Games.Below Is Some Instructions On How To Get It And Set It Up.

    -------VMWare Unity
    1.Go To The Official Vmware Website And Go To The Vmware (Mac) Section.
    2.Find The VMware Workstation For Mac And Download It.
    4.After Downloading VMware,Install It.
    5.Open Vmware Workstation
    6.Before You Create A New Virtual Machine,You Need To Have A Clean Copy Of Windows XP Or Higher.
    7.After That,Create A New Virtual Machine That Has Enough RAM And CPU To Emulate The Game You Want To Play.
    8.Start The Virtual Machine And Install Windows.
    9.After Installing Windows On The Virtual Machine And Your On The Windows Desktop,Install The VMware Additions.
    10.After That,ALWAYS RESTART THE VIRTUAL MACHINE.
    11.Install The Game You Want,Have A CD or ISO Image.
    12.After Installing The Game,Start The Game In The Emulator And Look For A Button That Says "Unity Mode" And Click It.
    13.After That,All The Applications You Were Running In The Virtual Machine Will Go Right To Your Mac Dock And You Can Play The Game Right On Your Mac Desktop.
    14.When Your Finished With Your Game,Close It And Open The Main VMware Application And Click "Stop Unity" And It Will Restore All Programs To Virtual Machine Desktop And There You Can Power Off Your Virtual Machine.
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    Vmware Is Way More Stable Than The WINE Project And I Suggest Trying That.If You Need Some Help With This On Your Mac Then Add Michaelw352@live.com To Your Contacts And I Can Help You Set It Up On TeamViewer.I Hope This Helps And Tell Me If It Does!

    -Michael Phillips
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (11,630 points)
    {quote:title=Michaelw352 wrote:}

    If You Need Some Help With This On Your Mac Then Add Michaelw352@live.com To Your Contacts And I Can Help You Set It Up On TeamViewer.I Hope This Helps And Tell Me If It Does!
    {quote}


    Your offer is nice but it defeats the purpose of these forums. Why don't you help the poster here instead of privately so that all the others looking for similar help can benefit from your advice and expertise?

    Message was edited by: BobTheFisherman

    Message was edited by: BobTheFisherman
  • Michaelw352 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Well,I Think I Pretty Much Did All That On The Top Of My Post.
  • benc1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well unless I am mistaken all of the games you list except guild wars have native mac versions available.
  • Michaelw352 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    I Would Not Doubt That It Is Hard To Native Mac Games,But I Would Try What I Suggested First.