How to Convert PC Games to Mac Games

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How to Convert PC Games to Mac Games
Programs are no available to let you run Windows software on a Mac. (keyboard image by Christopher Hall from

With the rising popularity of Mac computers, more and more users are attempting to become less reliant on Windows-based environments for niche purposes. One of the most heavily Windows-dominated niches is gaming. Because of Microsoft's refusal to open the source for Direct 3D, many developers are reluctant to produce games compatible on non-Windows systems. Although OpenGL, D3D's largest competitor, is rising in popularity, a large proportion of closed-source graphical programs are still depending on D3D, which is only usable on Windows.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Install the required software. If you are using Wine, make sure that you have installed XQuartz. If you have a PowerPC processor, install X11 and Darwine. If you are using Crossover, install either the standard version or Crossover Games, as suits your needs.

  2. 2

    Install your games, using the compatibility software. This is a simple matter of inserting the disc or locating the installer, and running it. If asked how you would like to execute the installer, choose your compatibility program from the list.

  3. 3

    Run your game. As with the installer, you may need to specify what program should be used to run the executable file (.exe). Simply choose Wine, Darwine or Crossover from the list.

Tips and warnings

  • Restart your computer after installing X11 or XQuartz, and again after installing Wine, Darwine or Crossover.
  • Darwine is not a part of the Wine project, and so any problems should be directed to Darwine support, instead of Wine support of the Wine IRC.
  • While many games work well in Wine and Crossover, not all will. Some obscure or very new games may not have full support. You can check the supported games list on the respective websites, but be prepared for some sacrifice in quality or functionality for some games.

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