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Can you tell me if it is possible to play 3D games form VmWare or VirtualBox? I have a MAC, and sometimes i miss old windows games. (Like Unreal 1 or KingPin)

Can i expect a acceptable framerate? (I think of older games that came out around 1999 - 2003)

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I don't know the status of wine in osx, but have you considered using wine? winehq.org –  hiena Feb 21 '11 at 13:37
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According to this(link), Wine should be okay. You'll probably have better performances than while using virtualising software, since you won't have to share resources with simulated and non-simulated OS... –  Lysarion Feb 21 '11 at 14:47
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Yes, It's possible to make 3D games work. (I already managed to run Eve Online Tyrannis in a VmWare.)

No, you won't have an acceptable framerate, at least not enough for a game wich require reactivity (FPS, flight simulators, etc).

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Both VirtualBox and VMWare support now 3D virtualization.

Regarding VirtualBox there is a dedicated thread on the official forums where users post their test results on different games. If your game are not in the list, you can only try by yourself.

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Late 2009 I ran CS-Source and Half-life 2 in my Parallels box, almost perfectly. I suspect games before that should run fine too.

You may wish to consider bootcamp, though. I was playing MW2 on bootcamp with 2.2ghz core 2 processor and 2 gb ram (low end late 2009 macbook pro model)

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