Best way to play (older) Windows games on OSX?
For those of you with experience with this kind of stuff - what's the best, fastest and most compatible way to enjoy older Windows titles on OSX? With Boxer/DOSBox I'm really enjoying playing DOS games and wish there was a similarly carefree and easy way to play some old Windows titles. But I guess there isn't, and so I ask - which of these would give me a better performance/ease of use?
1) Installing Win 95/98 on DOSBox
2) Installing Win 95/98 on Parallels/VMWare
3) Using some stuff like CrossOver
I have some experiences with the latter, both in terms of the official software (the trial I downloaded would just completely lock up OSX after trying to add games/create bottles/however they call it) and the, I guess, less official port executables that are distributed for certain games. I've been able to get Deus Ex up and running decently, but other games had severe compatibility issues; the GOG version of Divine Divinity just give me graphical errors and Age of Wonders would not even run. Has anyone had more positive experiences?
So, any suggestions? Bootcamp is out of the question for me since I would never be bothered to boot out of whatever I'm doing on OSX for some simple 15-20 minute sessions of Age of Wonders or whatever.
I haven't messed with Windows emulation in a long time, but my impression was that it was not game friendly.
I vaguely remember being able to run Rayman 2 on an older version of Parallels years ago more or less flawlessly, but there were lots of games that had a lot of issues. I was just wondering whether any improvements have been made. I thought the whole deal with Steam on Mac might change up a few things, but I guess..
I know you said Bootcamp is out of the question, and I'm not at all trying to be snarky... but in my experience, Bootcamp is really the best solution for this kind of thing. I've tried wine (using WineBottler), and I've tried VMWare Fusion, and in both cases the games just run too slow to be enjoyable. Now, that might be because of my machine (it's a 2006 mac pro), but when I reboot to Bootcamp, games run just fine, even fairly modern ones.
The way I got over the "it sucks to reboot for just 30 minutes" thing was to remember back to my earliest PC gaming experience, when I had to boot each game from a floppy disk, and realize that this is still a better situation than that was.
The new version of Parallels supposedly does really well with games, to the point where it's feasible to play some Unreal 3 engine games at ~ 30 fps. I haven't tried it myself, but that's the word over at Ars Technica.
Parallels supposedly works far better with games than VMWare Fusion. I bought VMWare about a year ago because it was supposed to be more stable at the time, but I think that Parallels improved and released a new version in the meantime and gained in the stability department.
You may try searching around on the Mac Achaia over there. I've seen several threads about this issue in the past 6 months.
I went down to my local CRT recycling place, handed the guy 10 bucks, and walked out with what was probably a $7,000 falcon northwest in it's day.
It's at the point where people literally have to pay to get rid of old computers. An add in craigslist, or a trip to your recycling center can net you and old timey machine for free or very very cheap.
Why emulate when you can have the real thing!
Well, because emulation can be a lot more flexible. I've got an old DOS machine, and I still use DOSBox, because DOSBox lets me use games from the internet (that machine has a modem, but no way to see broadband) and because DOSBox can be any of thousands of different hardware configurations with a bit of tweaking.
Originally Posted by Ultrazen