I work weekends and I travel by public transport, so the UK’s mega-snow weekend ate into my free time in a big way. As a result I only played four football matches—two on PES2011 on PC, and the other two on PES5 on… the Macbook Pro.
Yes, I finally did something I always swore I’d never do. Installed Windows, on a Bootcamp partition, on my beloved Mac.
Mac owners will know how pristine and lovely an installation of OSX is—like a pavement of fresh snow that it’s almost a shame to tread upon. For the five years that I’ve been a Mac user I always swore I’d never succumb by installing Windows on a partition, not even for the sake of a technical exercise.
But I finally did it. My current climate of PC experimentation made me curious to see how well the uber-expensive Apple hardware could handle PES.
Bootcamp went fine. Took a few hours to make the Windows partition, as my hard disk was so fragmented after all these years of use, but otherwise it was all straightforward.
Windows on a Mac (predictably) runs better than I’ve ever seen Windows run anywhere. And PES5 runs fine. Better than fine—better than it has any right to. I only have the cheapest 2010 MBP (integrated mobile graphics, slowest processor). I suppose a 2005 game would run superbly on 2010 hardware of any rank.
Apart from some occasional v-sync tearing on some pitches at some times, the game runs like butter. I love PES5, and will always sing of its greatness.
I copied my ML save over from the other PC. I’ll go on doing what I’ve been doing for a few years now: playing PES5 ‘off the books’, and never—or rarely—mentioning it on the blog.
Of course the real test of the MBP’s chops would be how it handled PES2011 or any other more modern PES game.
And I just haven’t had time to test that out yet. I have a feeling it will work, but not on highest settings, which I’ve now got used to on the PC.
It’s instructive to play PES5 back-to-back with the likes of PES2011. You can spot the germination of many seeds that would only flower years later. PES2011’s physicality and enforced clumsiness of the players being the main one.
PES5 can handle incredibly clumsily, with players performing the same kind of ‘three-point turns’ as seen in PES2010, for example. And there’s also a version of PES2011’s stumble mechanic too.
I could have played lots and lots of matches on both.
But the snow weekend impacted me severely, and you know what? I didn’t care really.
Again and again in recent years I’ve looked deeply into myself and seen a shrinkage of the will-to-play.
Even at the peak of the footy game year every October/November, I play far less than I did in previous years. This is largely a factor of the passage of time and changing responsibilities and priorities, of course.
There’s no going back to the days of PES5, which I always hark back to as a Golden Age. Back then I could, if I wanted to, play PES for 10 hours a day, easily. And I often did. Those days are long, long gone. Only something crazy like a Lottery win is ever going to bring them back.