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G-Creations
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I downloaded the demo for "BugDom 2",.. and this plays VERY well!
The reason why I downloaded this game is because I played the first one on Macos 9 in my college-period,...and so I wanted to play it again,..however on Leopard it does not work,...and then I noticed there was a second version with better graphics and better gameplay.

Not really a High-end game,... Smile


Can a Mac MIni Core2Duo 2 Ghz with 2 GB play HalfLife 2 when Windows is installed with bootcamp?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my god! I remember Bugdom! Loved that game..Nanosaur, too. We used to have a REALLY old Mac back in the day..I was really young. GREAT GAME.
I still have the 1st disc on me somewhere...good times Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All on XP home/boot camp:

Half Life runs fine, whether from disk or from steam. HL Deathmatch Source did not run, returned an error. CS:S, HL2, etc will not run. Tried them all as I own those games from my pc days.

Icewind Dale II runs fine. It's an old game as well but you never really know with the GMA graphics until you install it and try.

Return to Wolfenstein works great. It defaults to modest video settings but you can actually crank these up pretty high. Just don't try to set the resolution to anything as high as 1600x1200; I did this and now the game won't start. I may have to reinstall which, fortunately, does not take long.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of my OpenSource favorites run well on the mini, like GL Tron:

http://gltron.sourceforge.net/

and all kinds of emulators run well too:

Daphne Laserdisc Emulator (for your Dragon's Lair people)
http://www.daphne-emu.com

SNES 9x (for Super Nintendo)
http://www.snes9x.com/

Mame (for Arcade Machines)
http://mameosx.sourceforge.net/

I'll have to try Scorched 3D (http://www.scorched3d.co.uk/)...


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I have been gaming on my Mini for at least 1 1/2 years now and I am constantly amazed at how well it does.

My Mini is an upgraded 1.5ghz with Combo drive, 60gb hard drive, and 2 gb ram. I just updated it last month to a 1.66ghz with Superdrive, and 80gb hard drive. The new processor was a huge boost for my games. I can now have better frame rates and resolutions.

My current game list is:

GTA - San Andreas*
GTA - Vice City*
GTA - Vice City 'Back to the Future Mod'*
NFS - Underground*
Call Of Duty 2
Doom 3
Halo
Unreal
Stunt Mania Junior
Pangea Arcadeā„¢
Star Wars - Battlefront
Star Wars - Empire At War
Star Wars - Jedi Academy
Star Wars - Jedi Knight 2
Quinn (Tetris clone)
Tetris Elements
Duke Nukem 3D
Doom 3D
Quake
GLTron
Racer
Armagetron Advanced
Aliens vs. Predatorā„¢ (PPC but plays)
American McGee's Alice (PPC but plays)
Solitaire XL

*NOTE: none of these games are run in Windows. They use the 'Cider' gaming engine and play natively in Mac OS

Emulators:
Nintendo (715 roms)
Super Nintendo (826 roms)
Nintendo 64 (39 roms)
Sega (311 roms)
Gameboy (66 roms)
Atari 2600 (3078 roms)
Mame (2351 roms)
Playstation (5 discs)

I also bought the Logitech RumblePad 2 and with USB-Overdrive it works perfectly. Even the Cider games pick it up. The subtle latency issues don't bother me at all. I just wish COD2 had an option for the Pad.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey therealduckie, are you seriouly runing all these game on Mac OS and using the Rumble pad?

Why could I not get the rumble pad to work!

Can you confirm for me at least that unreal (which version?) is working on the mini and working with the rumble pad.

I am soooo keen to make this work!

oops I just re-read your post and noticed the astrix-are you running all the ones with out an astrix in windows?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

None of the games I listed above are run in Windows.

However, for the curious, I do run a couple of games in Windows that I did not list:

Half Life
NFS - Porsche Unleashed

As for the issues you are having with your gamepad--

Do you have USBOverdrive installed?
If so, are you positive you don't have it set to 'per game' settings?
I have not used my gamepad with unreal. Same issue but I know it isnt a setting problem. Unreal is just...old.

I have mine Global so as not to conflict with most games.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

therealduckie, How much do all of those roms take up for hard drive space?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2.78gb total for 7655 items (that includes the emulator applications and other files)

I should also clarify something: The games I listed above with Asterisks are Windows games which play within Mac OS natively thanks to a new technology called Cider. Cider is a set of tools which run Windows games in Mac OS without the need for Windows.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow thats it?!I thought that youd be putting down atleast 10gb! im gonna be on a rom downloading frenzy when my comp comes in.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might have if applications like MAME didn't play the roms as *.zip files. Imagine having to unzip 3000 files....eek.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installed Neverwinter Nights, Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark and so far not a single problem. Graphics are set on high and most everything is turned on. These are the old Mac versions of the game designed for PPC but so far seem to run fine on my C2D. The patching process requires a little patience and some care because there is no auto-updater for the mac versions, but if you follow bioware's instructions carefully it seems to work just fine. Haven't tried online play yet but will post when I do.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This appears to be the premier deathmatch game for the mini:

http://www.warsow.net/?page=home

I installed this tonight on my external and it runs quite well. Turn the filtering off, textures to low, etc, then turn the resolution up to something like
1024 X 768; it looks good and runs fast. Had no problems finding a server with action. And it runs on OSX just fine so no need to boot up windows.

I find myself preferring this to Nexuiz, which is also not a bad shooter.

Did I mention it was free?

Also installed the "Infinite Dungeons" premium module for NWN and it runs great on OSX, just be sure to purchase the Linux .zip and not the .exe.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:07 am    Post subject: Gaming on PPC G4 Mac Mini 1.25Ghz, 1GB ram, 160GB 5400rpm HD Reply with quote

WORKS:
Quake 3:
As posted on another thread, I am able to play Quake3 Arena smoothly on my G4 1.25Ghz Mac Mini (1GB ram, 160GB 5400rpm HDD).
Install from: http://ioquake3.org/get-it/

Civilization 3:
Runs ok and works. I dont know if Ill experience slowdown later as the map gets larger and more complex tasks happen when you get more units rumbling along, but so far the initial stages seem to work fine.


NOT WORTH TRYING (IMHO):
Command And Conquer: Generals.
Installed fine, but runs really slowly. Even cutting down the graphics options to minimum, it still runs very slowly. Not quite glacial, but close. Not that much fun.

Tiger Woods 2005
It runs, but the jitty response isnt smooth enough for me to really enjoy the game.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm confused about this Cider thing. Does it come on the game disc or is it a download? Do you just bung the disc in your drive and run setup.exe. Their site is heavy on the marketing speak and light on specifics.
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