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  1. It runs extremely well. Parallels gives access to the 3D Hardware and it runs smoothly. I allow Parallels to have access to 2 of the 4 processor cores and bearing in mind its a game from last decade it is just perfect. The other 2 processor cores easily maintain all the background activity for the rest of the macOS. 32GB RAM gives it all plenty of room to work. I have been running Catalina beta's on my laptop separately from my iMac and the latest releases are quashing the bugs quite well. Lazy developers are whining a bit but they were given plenty of warning. It's a big change Apple has made to give themselves the 'cleanest' and subsequently most efficient commercial operating system for the next 5-10 years. This new efficiency greatly helps many programs but even more so apps like Parallels because there is less overhead in macOS which means more CPU cycles are available to the virtual machines. In the next month or so I bite the bullet and migrate. A big change but as I mentioned, my COD 4 is working well in the Windows 10 virtual machine. (Actually I am wondering if it might even run better in my clean Windows 7 virtual machine. Interesting thought... Anyway I digress!) I just have to put in my shortcut keys for various VIP commands I use in to my Windows COD, then give it a little more testing and then make the switch! I like the idea that I can have my game playing in front of me in Windows whilst my Mac apps are sitting there on the second screen doing their thing and I can monitor them! Now if I can just add another 24hrs to each day then I can get all of this and the rest of my To Do list completed!
  2. Hi. I assume you read all this...? https://ninja-gaming.ninja/index.php?/topic/2713-do-not-upgrade-to-catalina-os/&tab=comments#comment-20535 Unfortunately short of creating an external bootable Mojave system just with COD on it, there is no way of running the COD program on your Mac as it is. The reboot method works fine but is a pain in the ass. The plugin emulators referenced above are just a shell which wraps around those plugins only. It's all within the domain of that program. You would need an entire system wide emulator. If you can backpedal to Mojave for now then I would stay there if you can for a little while. However, as per my last entry in that post above, utilising Parallels and a Windows 10 environment works great and is not too difficult to set up. I'll be adding to that post above in the coming days as I fine tune my Mojave to get 64 bit clean before an upgrade to Catalina. (COD will be the last to go 😉). However that upgrade for me is likely to be a reasonable time away because Catalina is too flakey at the moment and I aint jumping that fence yet! I'll try and provide a simple tutorial at the bottom of that other post for those that are keen.
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    Something to think about my friends....

    Not since I lived in NZ* have I seen the sun set over the ocean instead of rising, so we should probably head to your side of the country next time and return the favour. Although in reality, because I am self employed, I will likely never have enough money to leave town, let alone the state! 😂 (and yes I do have good boy 🙏) 😊 * Actuallly with Auckland being a narrow isthmus we were able to go to any one of the dozens of extinct volcanic mountains or hills in Auckland and watch the sun rise and set over the sea! Gorgeous! @i-G.Lucky That’s right. Younger kids don’t have our maturity to be able to step back and avoid misinterpretation of something that has been typed. Modern communication is fast and can come in many forms and from many directions and be shared instantly to millions which is what ends up causing so many suicides in young ones especially. Unfortunately what my daughter does is use texting and social media as a feral weapon to demean, hurt and manipulate using guilt and foul language etc. Horrible to say about one’s own daughter but it’s true. All we do now is to try and protect our beautiful granddaughter from the side effects as much as possible. ☹️ The story from Norway at least gives us a positive view on what all this technology can help to create or achieve rather than hurt or destroy.👍
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    Something to think about my friends....

    Everything in this world is relative isn’t it? A bittersweet story. My son, who is in his fourth year of uni, can easily spend day after day on his machine especially during the school holidays. He comes out to graze from time to time of course. He isn’t just gaming though. It is definitely a socialising tool because there are multi-way chats going on all the time and I get dragged in to discussions too! That is voice chatting, not typing BTW. He also chats with his girlfriend online whilst they both watch the same video on their own machines. The best part is that at least once a fortnight he does get out in to the real world and goes rock climbing and he goes out with mates to watch ‘real’ movies and party. His girlfriend often comes and stays for a night or two (she’s 60km from here). When she is here they go out and see and do things but can also happily chill in the house with him maybe gaming whilst she reads a book, browses the web or maybe watches a tv show with her ‘in-laws’. It seems to work very well for them so my wife and I count our blessings. Now as for our daughter... That’s a totally different post topic about how much emotional damage can be caused by text messaging 🙄☹️ Thanks for the story @i-G.Lucky
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    Force Single Weapon-only Battle

    Cue Barbara Streisand... “Memories, Like the corners of my mind Misty water-colored memories Of the way we were...” <insert collective sigh>
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    Force Single Weapon-only Battle

    @i-G.Lucky Thank god for that! I was beginning to think that I was the only one with dentures! 😜 Well, maybe not that bad! Visit the dentist regularly. I’m a spritely 51! <hush goes around the room>. Still feel like I’m 35 but... Long live the golden oldies 😉 Cheers!
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    Force Single Weapon-only Battle

    Thank you all for your feedback! I'll keep the donations coming! This is server is good therapy for a 'relatively' old man.
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    Force Single Weapon-only Battle

    Thank you. However its important for me to state that at no time was I vote-kicked, or did anyone attempt although I do believe from memory that someone in fact did it to another player but even the 'knifers' voted against that. I just ended up getting very frustrated, on 2 different days, with 4-5 other players who did not stop with the 'Spod! KNIFE ONLY!' type comments. Whether I was correct in my presumption or not it doesn't make for an enjoyable playing experience when you can 'feel' the disdain from various parts of the globe when you shoot them or toss a 'nade. Other players on the server, who also were admonished, made their own references to 'The ping is too high for me to do knife only' and you could feel their resignation when they realised they couldn't play with out being told 'Knife-only' consistently. One at least obviously left the game soon after because of it. On both occasions I left quite quickly too. I won't name names simply because I wanted to be clear on the rule before I could type, with confidence, that 'This is an all weapons server.' Cheers
  9. Hi Guys/Gals Can't seem to find this in the rules section and I can't see a search button in this forum to find my answer, but I want to check a specific server rule... I was under the impression that no-one can force or guilt other players in to playing a knife-only, sniper-only etc. match. i.e. this is an all weapons server, is it not? Cheers Spod
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    COD 4 on latest Mac OS

    We won't make this a Mac vs PC discussion will we? However I will say that after working with, servicing and programming Macs and PC's over the years I can tell you that having one company have the control of the hardware AND the operating system makes for a much smoother ride in the long run! Its also a reason why iOS is more efficient than Android. The operating system only needs to focus on the hardware it knows about. Android, like Windows, is buried under the burden of supporting too many varieties and flavours. In the past and present I have serviced and supported both to make a living but I choose to use Macs cos they usually do 'just work' and I can enjoy my computing more when I am not fighting the operating system and hardware!
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    COD 4 on latest Mac OS

    Thanks all for your comments. I can certainly say COD 4 has been running beautifully on High Sierra (27" iMac non-Retina). Its a just a case that Apple finally is letting us know that the old stuff from 10+ years ago, in the old 32-bit world, needs updating and you better get prepared. It really comes down to the software publishers as to whether its worth their effort to re-engineer their old engine. The Mac games market is smaller so it'll be 50/50 at best. Of course all iOS, and soon Android, developers will have no choice because 64 bit is the only option moving on from here. There is certainly no harm in driving technology forward and a fully 64-bit only OS makes a lot of sense. In the last 10 years we have begun to deal with huge, ever increasing amounts of data which all needs crunching quickly and efficiently and we have to do that in 64-bit chunks to keep on top of it. So I guess that if I have to simulate an older OS to run older software that I really want to continue using then I just have to I guess. I won't ever touch WInblows - that's for sure! Poor old Microsoft are going to be forever crippled with having to support their old clacker of an engine from the 90's. BTW, in all fairness, I must admit I live eat and breathe Apple and have done so for decades. That's how I earn my living - consulting, selling, supporting, and programming all things Apple. I already have many captive versions of older macOS and Windows versions running in Parallels for when I need them. I am prepared for the OS holocaust!! Now if I could only get my old Apple IIe going then grab a tape player and load Little Brick Out from an audio cassette then life would have come full circle and I would feel complete... Speaking of emulating old operating systems, those that like that sort of stuff might like to know that I got Parallels running on my Mac in High Sierra 10.13, to emulate Mac OS Snow Leopard (10.6) which was the last Mac OS to enable support for the older 'Classic' Mac OS programs, one of which was an older Mac simulator running in Mac OS 9 that was simulating mac System 3.2 from 1987 which itself was running an Apple II emulator on which I wrote some good old BASIC programs and ran some of the orginal Apple II programs. Why? Because I could and it was soooo much fun to finally get it going. Actually I might do a YouTube on that because there is always another Nerd or Geek out there that loves that stuff. LOL Thank you for your undivided attention whilst I rambled.
  12. Hi All. Starting to panic a bit. Just installed the latest beta of macOS 10.13.4 and it is actively warning you when 32-bit apps are running. COD 4 is one of those programs! "This program will affect the performance..." is the message. You may or may not know that Apple is killing 32 bit application support in the next major macOS release or maybe the one after 10.14/10.15. I am wondering whether the Aspyr team will be upgrading the COD engines that far back to run in 64-bit. What is scary is that the much newer COD Modern Warfare 3 that is also on my Mac is still only 32-bit as well. Might have to end up running an older version of MacOS In a Parallels or VMWare virtual machine just to play Ninja TDM! If I lose my High Jump the world will come to an end. I only ever play on one server and this is it! It is interesting to note though that COD 4 is still on the Mac App Store so if someone were to buy it in a month or two after 10.13.4 comes out (officially) then they will immediately be told by their Mac that their purchase will affect the performance of their computer! <gulp> I wonder if Apple has done enough homework on things like that... Many other Mac folks here?