Crispy Gamer

How to Play PC Games On Your Mac

How To...

I'm not really a PC-gaming guy. I've written almost exclusively about games on home consoles. I bear no ill will to those who do, but I've never wanted to swap out graphics cards, video cards, sound cards or other components to get the optimal experience out of a game. Crysis remains a mystery to me.

And, well, the other reason is because I use Macs. I've messed around with Windows, but I've never let it into my home. But, in the name of science, dear Crispy Readers, I'm sacrificing the virginity of my month-old 13" MacBook Pro to the Crispy How-To Lab. Here's what I did...

<!-- clear -->
How To: Play PC Games On Your Mac

1. Go to Boot Camp. One of the big reasons videogames never took off on Macintosh platforms was because they used a different combination of hardware and software than Windows-based machines. When Apple decided to start using Intel chips for its desktops and laptops in 2006, the hardware portion of that barrier went away. Then it launched the beta of the Boot Camp application, which was designed to let the Windows operating systems run on Mac hardware. Boot Camp's out of beta now and comes standard on most Apple computers.

2. Back that thing up. This one's obvious, but you'll want to back up any important files and applications you have in OS X. Nothing is guaranteed here, and it's a smart step if you need to recover things.

How To: Play PC Games On Your Mac

3. Open up those windows. Boot Camp partitions your hard drive, creating a section where you'll install Microsoft's operating system. But despite the fact that most Macs have Boot Camp, they don't come with a Windows disc. (Some people actually expect this to be the case. Don't make fun of them.) So, get a Windows install disc and open up the Boot Camp Assistant. As it runs, you'll be prompted to choose a size for the partition where you'll be installing Windows. Be warned, though, that this is not a decision that you can't easily go back on -- think about it as plastic surgery for your hard drive -- so you might want to go big if you're planning on robust Windows usage. Installing Windows XP took me about 45 minutes, from running the assistant to landing on the verdant, rolling meadow of the default XP desktop background. Be sure to keep your Mac OS X disc close by, as you'll need it to update drivers.

How To: Play PC Games On Your Mac

4. Turn on the power. Once the Windows install is complete, you'll be good to go. I loaded up Ubisoft's Dawn of Discovery and was surprised at the amount of disc space -- 6 GB -- the game needed. Remember that whole part above about choosing your partition size wisely? Yeah.

There are some caveats to PC gaming on your Apple computer. There's no easy switch between the partitions. You'll have to shut down your computer every time you want to go back and forth. And, even if you installed drivers for mice, controllers or other game-related devices on the OS X side of your machine, you'll need to do it all over again for Windows.

How To: Play PC Games On Your Mac

Macs are not infinitely configurable computers, either: For the most part, the machine you buy is the machine you're stuck with. The newer 15" and 17" MacBook Pros offer a mode that utilizes the more powerful, built-in NVIDIA graphics processor, but rest assured it will eventually become obsolete. Still, if you're like me and have been dying to check out the crazy Left 4 Dead mods that only PC gamers get to play, putting your Mac through these steps will open up a crazy, mixed-up world for you.

Check out more How To... columns.


No doubt this is an excellent post I got a lot of knowledge after reading good luck. Theme of blog is excellent there is almost everything to read, Brilliant post.
watch running man

the gaming capabilities of the Mac have been expanding exponentially. In this aide we'll take a gander at five ways you can play a wide assortment of amusements on your Mac.

Kerala About Tour and travels

Tour Kerala Culture


This is one of the reasons why I hate Mac. Whatever you do, you cannot play games in a Mac as you play the same in windows. In my opinion, Linux support games much better than Mac do. If gaming is your passion, then never go for a Mac! Windows XP help now

I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success in your business. Bowflex Uppercut

Thanks for taking the time to discuss that, I feel strongly about this and so really like getting to know more on this kind of field. Do you mind updating your blog post with additional insight? It should be really useful for all of us.

The website is looking bit flashy and it catches the visitors eyes. Design is pretty simple and a good user friendly interface. Visit AM-tek Center

Your music is amazing. You have some very talented artists. I wish you the best of success.

you're posting an incredible post talk about reliable information its step-up my own information creating amount is to high quality quickly realize over-all great work. you can visit Media buying in Dubai get cheap Advertising agency in Dubai and buying many other Digital media Dubai services.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.