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Author Topic: SC4 on an Intel Mac: Is Fusion the way to go?  (Read 2991 times)

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Offline Ramona Brie

SC4 on an Intel Mac: Is Fusion the way to go?
« on: March 02, 2008, 06:12:48 PM »
I got a Mac for Christmas, and have a whole SC4 installation on another Windows PC. I know SC4 for Mac exists, but there's a little wrench called Rosetta. In 2003, Apple was two years away from its switch to Intel (they still used the PowerPC processor line). Aspyr wrote a PowerPC-exclusive version of SC4 then. Problem: I'm running on an Intel Mac, and don't want an emulator (Rosetta) and nightlighting problems in my way.

Do you think VMware Fusion would do the trick with a Windows virtual machine? It's got the better DirectX support, and I could even run other Windows applications on my Mac! I'd port my existing SimCity installation, of course. Parallels Desktop for Mac is another similar product, but it has DirectX 8 support, and that's it. Fusion can run DirectX 9 (not its a, b, or c flavors), which is a big plus. Plus, I can use BOTH cores of the Core 2 Duo processor in this MacBook. Parallels can't do that.

Do you think I should keep SC4 on the Windows PC, get the PowerPC-native SC4, or bring it to the Mac with Fusion? And if I do, what should I do to make it its best on Leopard?

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Re: SC4 on an Intel Mac: Is Fusion the way to go?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2008, 06:22:00 PM »
Aspyr did an Intel patch for the game...but they failed to fix a lot of the things they got wrong.  My recommendation is to use Bootcamp (integrated into Leopard) to create a Windows XP partition and run the game under Windows natively.  Any emulator, be it Parallels or Fusion, will only give you a fraction of the processing power and very little in the way of high end graphics.  The only catch is you need a bootable XP SP2 CD-ROM.  This way you will have 2 computers, a Mac and a PC with the benefits of both.
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Offline Ramona Brie

Re: SC4 on an Intel Mac: Is Fusion the way to go?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2008, 06:34:03 PM »
I don't want to have to reboot just to play! And that's what Boot Camp will make me do!

And our XP discs are not SP2.

Offline bwatterud

Re: SC4 on an Intel Mac: Is Fusion the way to go?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2008, 07:54:03 PM »
Aspyr did an Intel patch for the game...but they failed to fix a lot of the things they got wrong.

It also, ironically, slows down gameplay and causes the game to crash when you have the audacity to *gasp* plop a lot!

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Re: SC4 on an Intel Mac: Is Fusion the way to go?
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2009, 08:34:51 PM »
The best way is to buy Crossover Games and the Windows version. Crossover allows you to run Windows games on OSX without needing a virtual machine. This solution is much faster than the Aspyr port, cheaper (EA Most Wanted collection) and all the Maxis updates incl. Nightlights work.

http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxgames/
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