Sad Macbook Owners?

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#1 Posted by razzdrazz (94 posts) -

So, my desktop is super old (nearly 7 years) and I only have a 2010 Macbook Pro, which I used for college. To get my gaming fix, I can play some new/indie games (CS:GO, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Dota, Walking Dead) on the Macbook, though I normally boot into Windows to reduce lag.

I'm curious, are there any other sad Macbook owners around? If so, do you dual-boot? What do you play, if anything at all?

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#2 Edited by EXTomar (5047 posts) -

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro but I'm not sad. I usually use Steam and watch Dota 2 games on it more than play. That said, I have never been a fan of using laptops for gaming because it requires more hardware (for starters an actual mouse or trackball) and the performance and flexibility isn't there. I have a full desktop machine for that instead of trying to use a laptop.

That said, the latest MacBook Pro models with their absurdly high resolution and graphics might be something to check out.

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#3 Posted by mlarrabee (3849 posts) -

I dual-booted to play Torchlight 2, for a while. I'm debating buying a replacement for my thirteen-year-old PC. For some reason, this thing can't smoothly play games that it clearly should based on the requirements.

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#4 Edited by Mike (17288 posts) -

I have a Macbook Air that I use for almost everything but I never play games on it, it's just not a great experience. Plus, the trackpad is less than ideal for most games and I can't be bothered to hook up an external mouse. I do have a dedicated gaming PC that doesn't see much use these days, but when I do play PC games I switch to that beast.

Also, I moved this out of General and into the Mac platform forum. Take a look at some of the existing topics here as there are many relevant ones to your issue.

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#5 Edited by MonetaryDread (2766 posts) -

I have an older MacBook Air (2010 model) that was given to me when I went back to University. I almost never use it though. I find that it is useless for gaming, the keyboard is terrible in comparison to my old Lenovo thinkpad, and I find that the OSX UI is not to my liking.

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#6 Edited by Nasar7 (3210 posts) -

I am an extremely happy macbook user. I used to have a 2008 MBP (which I bootcamped to play CoD4 and Bioshock on) and I just got a new Macbook Air. I get ~9 hours of battery life, the OS boots up in like 10 seconds on the SSD, and the iCloud integration makes it a joy to use with my iPhone. It's the best laptop I've ever used but it's definitely not for gaming (though the Intel HD 5000 and SSD makes it pretty snappy).

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#7 Edited by DonPixel (2833 posts) -

I have a 2012 Air, pretty much the best laptop I've ever own, I played Shadow run returns and occasionally prison architect when I'm out of town, said so: Laptops win/mac are kinda bad to play videogames. Even if you have a powerful lap, is kinda shitty: it will get hot, it will get noise, they screen size most likely sucks.

I hardly think is about Macbooks, laptpos and video games they just not a good couple.

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#8 Posted by Jezzasaurus (56 posts) -

I have a 2012 Macbook Air as well, which is basically three times faster than my old desktop. As a computer, it has been pretty great. As a gaming platform however, the fan spins so fast it sounds like the thing is about to take off. The best I have come across so far which avoid this problem almost entirely are FTL and Hotline Miami. If you have any other ideas I would love to hear them! I find the noise and heat really distracting, so if it seems like a problem I basically just uninstall the game and move on with life.

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