5 Steps to Optimize Gaming on your Mac

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Here’s some good news if you’re a gamer: you are no longer limited to playing games on your Windows PC, because gaming companies have been continuously working over the past few years to make their games compatible with the Mac OS.

And to make your Mac gaming experience better, here are a few things that you can do to tweak your Mac:

#1:  Clear system and disk of clutter
Games require a considerable amount of disk space. Rid your system of unused apps and disable resource-hogging startup apps and programs that you hardly or never use at all. You can use tools like Onyx or iBoostUp to spruce up your Mac.

#2:  Shut down unused OS X features
Every bit of added power can work wonders. Background OS X programs like Dashboard or Notification Center use some of that valuable power. If you don’t normally use them or just want your game to run smoothly, you can always disable these features in your Mac’s system settings.

#3:  Know your graphics settings
Modern games often have enhanced graphics, and, to get your money’s worth, you obviously want to see those advanced graphics and be able to appreciate them when you play. While OS X takes care of all the graphics and audio needs of your Mac, finding out how each and every graphic and audio option works will help you optimize your graphics settings for your games. This can make your gaming experience more enjoyable.

#4:  Window vs. full-screen mode
Sometimes, your game can look better in window mode rather than full-screen mode and vice versa. It’s best to try it in both modes to determine the best way to play your game on your Mac.

#5:  Close other apps and uninstall system-sucking plugins.
Applications running in the background can be a nightmare especially when you’re trying to play a game in full–screen mode. Close the Internet browsers on your Mac before you start gaming, and just start a new session if you’re the type to surf the net while you play. For other apps like Flash and Java, which use up a lot of processing power, you can either uninstall them completely or install an app like ClickToFlash for Safari or Flashblock for Firefox or Chrome to stop apps from booting up until you need to use them.

If you’ve followed all these tips and your Mac continues to lag as you play games, visit our retail stores and let MacMall’s Apple-certified experts have a look at your Mac. We have service counters at our retail stores at Torrance, Chicago, Huntington Beach, and Santa Monica.

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Louise Mosqueda

Louise is an anti-social being who enjoys the company of animals. A writer by degree and profession, she likes writing about anything her mind comes up with, and learning about the latest gadgets. A video game buff, she prefers the complexity of older video games to new ones. You can usually find her riding public transport, lost in thought about her next blog entry. Know more about her and her anti-social antics by following her blogs and twitter.

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