Phantasy Star Universe Works Fine on a MacBookJanuary 22, 2007
My coworker James was getting a bit burnt out on WoW and was looking for a new online game to play. I plugged RF Online, Phantasy Star Universe, and some other games to him, and then started researching them myself. I’d heard my friends on IRC talking about PSU and how much fun they were having, but for some reason it hadn’t occurred to me that I could boot into Windows and play with them. Once I got the idea in my head there was no stopping me: I would get and play PSU.
Even though I was to leave the country in 2 days, we went out and picked up two copies of the game. I came home with my copy, booted Windows, updated my anti-virus software, waited through the installation sequence, and excitedly started the game. But nothing happened. No matter what I tried, the game just failed to launch. It took all evening to figure it out. I even popped open the MacBook at the airport while waiting for Jules to emerge at the baggage claim. After reading Sega’s warnings on their site that the game wasn’t guaranteed to work with embedded graphics hardware, especially on notebook computers, I almost resigned myself to having wasted $60 on the game and a month’s subscription.
But I found postings around the web that gave me some tantalizing clues that it might work. During my last burst of trying, by some combination of installing the newest Intel GMA950 drivers and installing the DirectX 9 from the game disc, it started working! Now I’m happily running my purple robot-chick Yv around and getting the hang of things.