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6 Video Games That Run Fine on MacBooks

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MacBooks might be a bit lacking in the hardware department, which makes these computers a rare choice for playing video games. It also does not help that some video game developers do not bother optimizing their IPs for macOS. Add the fact that Mac owners encounter technical issues, such as dealing with a battery that won’t charge or a flickering screen, and it makes sense why gamers prefer custom-built PCs or consoles.

Now, having said all that, technical issues are not exclusive to MacBooks. Apple has also been putting more effort into improving the hardware in their computers. 

In other words, gaming on a MacBook is not that bad so long as you know what games to pick. Expecting to run AAA titles on ultra settings is obviously out of the question, but there are still plenty of great games available right now, with more in the future.

Guild Wars 2

Let’s start with Guild Wars 2. MMORPGs are not as popular and populous as they once were, but there are still enough players to keep the genre going. 

GW2 just had their third expansion and put a lot of effort into promotional campaigns, and that led to many new players coming in. The game is expected to become available on Steam later this year, which should boost the player numbers even more.

If you have been looking for an MMO to play, Guild Wars 2 should be the option because, despite the fact that the game has been around for almost ten years now, it still has a lot to offer to both new and veteran players.

Civilization VI

Playing a turn-based strategy game can be quite relaxing, particularly if you are looking to chill after a long day at work. 

Civilization VI was released in 2016, so it is natural to see fans of the franchise asking the developers when they can expect to see a new installment in the series. 

That is not to say that Civ VI is a waste of time. If anything, the game is still great, thanks to the fact that there have been plenty of expansions and various updates to keep the gameplay fresh. 

Age of Empires II

Microsoft Studios have been working hard on Age of Empires IV, and the game has been out for a while now. However, it seems that the classic AoE II is still the king of the franchise and even the genre.

Despite being so old, Age of Empires II continues to surprise its players with regular updates and DLCs that introduce new civilizations.

If you are a real-time strategy fan, then AoE II should be your go-to game. It is available on Steam, and if you like it, you will want to compliment the game with the expansions as well.


Indie games have been gaining more traction lately, and why would that not be the case when you have titles like Hades winning multiple games of the year awards.

On the surface, Hades might seem like your usual dungeon-crawler or another simple RPG with 20 or so hours of gameplay.

The reality is quite different. There is so much content in the game, and you really get to experience Greek mythology in a new light. And even if you are not a fan of that, you will still appreciate character interactions, writing, soundtrack, and combat. 


PUBG is a battle royale game that can be quite addictive and cause gaming burnout. Be cautious because you do not want to end up in a situation where you have to give up your hobby, right?

One of the best things about battle royale games is that you do not have to commit to long gaming sessions. You can join a few matches and be done with it. 

Of course, if your goal is to win, you will try your best to survive as long as you can, and that can take a while, but overall, the skirmishes are not too long and are perfect for those who like battle royale and do not want to commit to too much time.

Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium is not your traditional RPG. No, this particular game is all about dialogue choices. If you prefer the story and narrative rather than the gameplay, you will enjoy Disco Elysium.

The game’s unique art style and music also add a lot to the atmosphere. Also, if you feel like this game is the opposite of what you usually play, consider it as a gateway into a new genre and something out of your comfort zone to try.


So there you have it. This relatively short list of great video games ought to give you an idea of what you can play on your MacBook. In case you were one of those people who were thinking that gaming on a Mac is not a thing, discard that idea and enjoy available video games.

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