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So I recently got a Macbook Pro OSX 10.7 Lion (2.3 GHz, Intel core processor), and I've been wondering if it's possible for me to install spore on it (including all patches and expansion packs). My main concern is whether or now the game will end up slowing down my laptop profusely or making it crash. If anyone could give me information on this it would much appreciated. Thank you to whoever is willing to help!

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More information than that is neccesary. First off do you know if spore even has a mac verion? Most Mac compatible games have two versions for that purpose, one for mac and one for PC. Secondly what kind of graphics card are you running? How much ram does it have? How much system ram does your macbook have? All this information is pretty much neccesary before your question can be answered. In this state your question has a good chance of being closed as 'unanswerable'. –  Ender Jan 21 '12 at 18:04
    
Possible duplicate of gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/517/…, though it's notably lacking a Mac-specific answer. –  Anna Lear Jan 21 '12 at 18:09
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@Anna: no way, the questions are totally different, that was a general how-to on a PC, and this is a specific CAN-I on a mac. –  Ender Jan 21 '12 at 18:22
    
@Ender If that question had a "this is how to figure out if you Mac specs are okay" answer, it'd work. That's the idea behind a canonical general question - it can answer questions that are too localized but can be answered by teaching the asker how to find out the information they're looking for. :) –  Anna Lear Jan 21 '12 at 21:14
    
@Anna: so your saying the reason this is sort of a duplicate question is because the answer to the question you linked to can be used to eventually answer this question? (even though the questions themselves are rather different) –  Ender Jan 21 '12 at 22:47
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Without knowing more specifics, I can only go off what the Mac system specs that they list for Spore Galactic Edition.

  • Mac OS X 10.5.3 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Core Duo Processor
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100
  • At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for creations.

Your biggest hurdle is probably going to be the video card, which you didn't specify.

For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:

  • Intel Integrated Chipset GMA X3100
  • Dual 2.0GHz CPUs, or 1.7GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent

Supported Video Cards

NVIDIA GeForce series: 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800

ATI Radeon™ series: X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600

Intel® Extreme Graphics: GMA X3100 This game will not run on the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.

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