View Full Version : MacBook Pro Newbie - Just wants to play Sims2 NL
4th Dec 2008, 5:13 AM
I got a MacBook Pro as an early Christmas gift from my dh. I have the Sims2 NL that I normally play on my pc and I love downloading cc from a few favorite sites. For the pc - I only had to download CEP, WinRar, and custom content was for my picking.
Now, I have the macbook pro and I have tried to read, read and re-read to learn how to play it on my laptop. I have read where I can run bootcamp and load windows and play the game - but I have NO IDEA how to do this.
Any assistance / guidance anyone can give me would be GREATLY appreciated.
4th Dec 2008, 6:38 PM
If you have Leopard then you have Boot Camp. You need to purchase a copy of Windows and load it onto your Mac. This may help to get you started:
4th Dec 2008, 7:03 PM
Is running boot camp with Windows the only way to play the Sims2 Deluxe NL on my Macbook Pro?
4th Dec 2008, 8:33 PM
I have no idea how much Windows costs, but if you only want to play one EP anyway, rebuying the OSX versions of the game + that EP may be the cheaper option?
4th Dec 2008, 11:25 PM
It would be cheaper- it depends on whether the OP would get any use out of Windows for other things. Plus, you have to consider that many users are reporting that the graphics look much better playing the PC version through Boot Camp than the Aspyr versions. I think Vista starts at about £100 UK+ for Home Basic, but the upgrades are much cheaper.
5th Dec 2008, 12:51 AM
Really, is there a difference in graphics? I had no idea.
Yes, Windows may be good to have anyway -- might be a better investment than rebuying games you already own. More so when you're already familiar with it.
Downside to using Bootcamp would be that you'd have to reboot every time you want to play .. and if you're mainly using OSX otherwise, you don't have the option to play in windowed mode while running your email client etc in the background (which is what I usually do). Downside to *that*, in turn, is that the game is inevitably crashy and buggy – if you leave anything important open, you lose your work when you run into a kernel panic.
One other aspect that may or may not be interesting: installing/uninstalling things is very quick and simple under OSX -- I faintly remember spending whole afternoons with that under Windows; now it takes me 3 minutes to install an EP and has been completely hassle free so far.
So yeah .. depends on what your priorities are =)
5th Dec 2008, 2:16 PM
I use my macbook pro for everything else. I have the Sims Life Stories (for the mac) that I just got but have not loaded it yet. Using Windows - would ONLY be to run Sims2 - nothing else.
However, if I can still download cc - even on Sims Life Stories - I would be tempted to try that.
Do either of you know anything about that? I am apt either way.
Thank you again.
5th Dec 2008, 5:59 PM
Yes, you can use cc in Lifestories (at least, the Windows version you can), but you are limited by capacity (I think it was something like max 200mb) and obviously hacks need to be compatible with that game engine. You'd have to try it and see- add things gradually. If you do plan on playing The Sims 2 it does sound like your best bet would be to buy the Aspyr versions and run under Mac.
Plasticbox, I've seen several people comment that the graphics looked better on the PC version than the Mac version on the same Machine. Not tried it myself to be able to comment, though.
7th Dec 2008, 8:38 PM
simsample - is it your recommendation -in order to have more capability to cc - to boot camp my system and play it that way in my macbook pro?
8th Dec 2008, 3:46 PM
As I mentioned before, I do not have The Sims 2 on Mac so I cannot really comment on the best gameplay experience. However several players have had problems with certain textures- walls and floors especially- not working in the Mac version if they are made at a higher resolution. These textures show up as grey instead. I have heard a few players mention that they have found an issue with certain hairstyles too, but again I have no experience of this myself. The pros and cons are as follows:
Uses less hard drive space
Very easy yo install and uninstall games
Not so much support (most players have PC; Aspyr support reputedly not good)
Not such good graphical experience (Not confirmed if this would apply to your Mac)
Many custom content textures- especially walls and floors- may not work
Not all EPs and SPs are released on Mac platform
Lack of tools for modding The Sims 2 on Mac
Good support (many players have PCs; EA support available too)
All EPs and SPs available for purchase
Many tools (SimPE, DDO, CleanInstaller etc) available for PC.
No Custom Content incompatibility
Better graphical experience, depending on your hardware.
More expensive- you must by Windows as well as games
Uses more hard drive space to install Windows
Player must learn how to install & use Windows partition
Games not so easy to install- install procedure is lengthy
SecuRom protection could be incompatible with other software
Of course, if you install Windows then you can play other PC games too. You'd have to make a choice based on what your budget is, what your expertise is and also on whether you wish to mod the game or not. :)
9th Dec 2008, 2:46 AM
Very handy pro+contra list – thank you, simsample! (I was too lazy =)
One thing that's not on the list: HomeCrafter isn't available for OSX. (Not sure whether this would count as a modding tool – since it's published by EA)
Also, the rebooting issue: with BootCamp you'd have to reboot every time you play – this may be safer in case of a crash, but it's also time consuming and tedious.
Re. incompatible textures: I haven't yet come across a wall/floor that was incompatible (I don't have all that many, though – and mainly recent ones – the issue definitely does exist, but I think mostly with older downloads?), but I have two invisible recolours that don't work under OSX (I believe both of them have no texture, rather than an invisible texture). All my other d/ls I've migrated from XP to OSX with no problems.
9th Dec 2008, 7:27 PM
It was walls and floors where this first came to light- but I remember someone (HugeLunatic, maybe?) mentioning that a hair retexture didn't show. I can't remember who it was who mentioned that they had better graphics when they played under Windows, nor what Mac they had. I should write these things down!
17th Dec 2008, 1:30 AM
Thank you to all that replied. I keep my pc for gaming: Sims and Rollercoaster Tycoon. I am waiting on the windows info from my dh - he has it in Germany to send to me. until then - I have been playing the Sims Life Stories. It works for the moment.
Thank you again.
18th Dec 2008, 5:32 PM
Yes, I have one hair I have found that the texture comes out grey. But as plasticbox said, the wall/floor issue doesn't really seem to be all that common anymore.
On topic of the losing HD space when partitioning. I would not recommend using Vista on the windows side if your going to go that way.
Vista takes +/- 14 GB vs. Xp takes +/- 3 GB. I am running Vista 32 bit, and its got issues. I had to increase virtual memory to add to the 1GB of RAM, and it still hangs and crashes. The 64 bit on my other windows machine is fine, but my Macbook Pro had to have 32 bit installed.
I am finishing up my windows projects and then reinstalling XP. I only have a 100GB HD, so space is a huge issue.
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