Mac Games – What Macs Can Offer Gamers

Apple likes to keep ahead of game technology. Games do not develop independently of computers, but the best manufacturers push the limits of achievable goals. Gamers can rest assured that with a Mac, they’ll get what they need to enjoy the latest games.

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Availability of Games

Many years ago, there was a justified concern that manufacturers failed to offer games compatible with Apple computers. This situation has completely changed. New games now come in a Mac as well as PC format. As a result, there’s no need to convert a PC game for Mac use. Game-playing Mac owners can, therefore, be confident they won’t lose out. Once they load a new game into a Mac, they know they have a computer that will do it justice.


The Macs

The Mac mini provides a perfect, reasonably priced introduction to game playing. Connect the Mac mini to an Apple Cinema Display, an Apple Keyboard, and a multi-button USB mouse – or use peripherals such as gamepads and joysticks – and you’re ready to experience the world of computer games. The aluminum 13-inch MacBook is the initial choice for those who like to take their games wherever they go.

The 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor give you impressive clarity, speed, and consistency. However, if you’re happy to play your games at home, you must see and use the 24-inch iMac to appreciate its potential. The 1900 x 1200 pixel widescreen is ideal for the remarkable 3D graphics reproduced by the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics option.

The most committed gamer, however, will want the Mac Pro. The great advantage of this top-of-the-range computer is its flexibility: you can expand its power and capabilities as you see fit. In addition, the two Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors give the Mac Pro some of the fastest computer speeds available. Add an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of GDDR3 RAM, and you have a games machine that’s as good as possible. Even so, you may still want a superb gaming experience and mobility.

For this, you need the 15-inch MacBook Pro. This beautifully designed notebook has two graphics processors: an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB GDDR3 SDRAM and an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with the main memory. Consequently, gamers have high performance and startling power in one package.


A keyboard and mouse may be all that you require to play your games. On the other hand, part of the fun can be using peripherals. For instance, although Macs come with built-in speakers (apart from the Mac Pro), you may want the extra excitement generated by an external sound system with a pounding subwoofer. There’s a wide choice of these systems for Macs, including portable mini speakers for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. Other Mac peripherals include gaming mats, joysticks, trackballs, gamepads, and steering wheels – a huge range for you to choose from. Most are Plug and Play; if not, running the relevant software on your Mac is easy and ensures compatibility.

Gaming Online

The Internet offers another arena for game players. There are now many online games on various websites, and there’s the chance to play a favorite game with players across the globe. It would help to have a first-class web browser to find and download these online games quickly and successfully. Every Mac comes with Safari, acknowledged as the world computer’s fastest and best way of searching the Internet. Safari helps you locate online games, and the other technology in your Mac ensures you enjoy them fully.

If you have a game that’s not browser-based but want to play it online with other people, Apple can help you with GameRanger. This free program for Macs provides you with a multiplayer online gaming service. With GameRanger, you can meet other Mac game players (more than 260,000 who use the program) and play over 170 games. Downloading the GameRanger program is easy.

Once you have it, you can see who is playing what game. If you have your copy of a game, you can then ask to join in. Alternatively, you can set up your competition and invite others to become part of it. GameRanger also has six chat rooms for discussing games. If you opt for GameRanger’s premium membership, you can run your chat rooms, create friends lists, and add rankings to your contests.


If you own an older-style Mac, you may find that the latest games require a spec that your computer doesn’t meet. If you try to run the game’s software, the result may be poor visual quality, slow speeds, and clumsy movements. You can often improve these by upgrading, where possible, your computer’s processor, graphics card, and RAM. An Apple retailer can give you further advice if necessary.


Mods are free downloads that can replace the content of certain games. For example, a game with a World War II subject matter can become a game with a science fiction theme. Macs fully support Mods and allow you to give a well-worn game a new lease of life.

From Beginners to Experts

Macs offer everything a computer game player can wish for. From the start of a gaming career through the intermediate level and on to expert status, Macs help you every step of the way.

Roberto Brock
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