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Thursday, August 10, 2000
Gaming on a Low-End Mac
6:00 AM | Tom Bridge | Comment on this story

Macinstruct's Teach Different Tutorial Contest has yielded an excellent article on how to make a 'legacy' Macintosh into a usable gaming machine. The author doesn't claim to be able to turn an older Mac into a Diablo II or Unreal Tournament screamer, but Mr. Shelton has presented the reader with some options that are better than just playing Tetris and solitaire. Here's an excerpt from the introduction:

Here is a common new Mac user's scenario. You find a used PowerMac 6100 at a garage sale. You have heard a lot about Macs, and you want to give it a try. You bring it home, boot it up, and see the System 7.5.5 startup screen. You immediately load up the copy of Descent for Macintosh that you have just purchased, and you start it up. You get into the game and say, "Why the heck is this so slow?" You have no idea what to do about it. You think to yourself, "Why did I waste my $100 on this?"
Learn how to take those old legacy Macs you might find at a garage sale or an eBay auction and turn them into gaming consoles without too much difficulty, given of course that you not try anything too demanding. Even humbler Macs make a perfect platform for older commercial and shareware games you'd thought you'd never play again -- but are still as addictive as always.

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