help exporting game files to another mac

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Hello all:



I'm soon to acquire a used 17" iMac G5 for our daughter who's been using my 20" Intel (running OS 10.5.8) for the past couple years. She has several game applications with lots of play time invested, all saved for her next session. What is the procedure to entirely copy and/or export all these game files (notably SPORE) from my computer onto hers with no loss of data or saved places? My intent is to copy any and all game files I can find onto DVD's or CD's and copy THEM onto the G5 desktop or HD, and when they're safely installed, trash all that's on my computer, bogging it down. Will this work? We're out in the sticks, no way to experiment with this, hence my question not wanting a very irate daughter on my hands if it fails.



Thanks much!

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    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,208moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by akaalan225 View Post


    Hello all:



    I'm soon to acquire a used 17" iMac G5 for our daughter who's been using my 20" Intel (running OS 10.5.8) for the past couple years. She has several game applications with lots of play time invested, all saved for her next session. What is the procedure to entirely copy and/or export all these game files (notably SPORE) from my computer onto hers with no loss of data or saved places? My intent is to copy any and all game files I can find onto DVD's or CD's and copy THEM onto the G5 desktop or HD, and when they're safely installed, trash all that's on my computer, bogging it down. Will this work? We're out in the sticks, no way to experiment with this, hence my question not wanting a very irate daughter on my hands if it fails.



    Thanks much!



    Don't buy a G5 iMac. Spore uses the Cider translation engine, which is Intel only. Most modern games are Intel only. Plus you can dual boot Windows or use Parallels 5 and you get a much larger games catalogue to choose from (by about 100:1).



    If you want a budget machine, get an Intel Mac Mini (the 9400M version is recommended) and then add a cheap display (I would recommend the Dell 2209WA as it's IPS).



    The cost of this should be:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-Mac-Mini-C...ht_1810wt_1139

    $493



    +

    http://accessories.dell.com/sna/prod...p&sku=320-7825

    $350

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Referbished-Ultr...ht_3278wt_1152

    $250 refurb



    Or just a cheap TN screen for $60-70:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/19-DELL-1907FPc-...ht_1085wt_1140



    This would be a pretty decent setup and could cost about $560 if you go for the lower screen and this will play a lot of PC games, even Call of Duty Modern Warfare 1&2 (if your daughter is into that).



    You can actually pick up a Macbook with 9400M around this price:



    http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-Macbook-Al...ht_4007wt_1139



    Or if graphics performance isn't a priority, the older GMA models are $525:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-White-Macb...ht_2566wt_1139



    To transfer the games, the save games are sometimes stored in your home folder in /Users/<name>/Library/preferences but it will vary based on the game. Some will use /Library/Application Support.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    Agreed .... Spore does not even support the GMA950 graphics found on older Intel Macs... (It doesn't install on my Intel Mini because of that.)
  • Reply 3 of 3
    What they said!
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