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Is there any way to play PPC applications on Lion without running them in a VM?

The application in question is Halo Demo.

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Erm, why did I get a down vote? – Odinulf Sep 24 '11 at 22:35
Not sure. I think it's a great (if overoptimistic) question. – Nathan Greenstein Sep 24 '11 at 22:36
Probably b/c PPC applications can't run in Lion. Just a guess...and no, it wasn't me. – daviesgeek Sep 24 '11 at 22:37
@NathanGreenstein Lol. – Odinulf Sep 24 '11 at 22:48
An additional option would be to install Snow Leopard using VMWare (or another Mac). Then install Halo and update it to the latest version (2.0.4), which is a universal binary. From there, you can zip the game (.app) and transfer it somewhere safe. To install it under Lion, just drag it to the /Applications folder. From that point on, you can run it or update it without need of Rosetta. – user10355 Sep 25 '11 at 1:37
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No, there isn't. And if there was an emulator, it probably wouldn't be fast enough for games (unless it was the equivalent of Rosetta).

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It wouldn't be playable with a Rosetta emulator either. Half speed at best. – Nate Bird Sep 25 '11 at 1:00
Have you tried it, or are you making an assumption? – Chris Page Sep 25 '11 at 6:46
@ChrisPage It sounds like an assumption. The game is from 2005 and requires nothing more than a 800MHz G4/G5, 256MB RAM, and a 32MB AGP Video Card. Modern Macs should have no problem whatsoever playing this game even under virtualization. – user10355 Sep 25 '11 at 10:24
@ChrisPage To provide a comparison, a 2004 Power Mac G5 with a 2.0 GHz core, 512 MB of RAM, and a 64MB NVIDIA GeForce scored a 1700 on GeekBench which could run the game just fine. Most Macs from 2009 up score around 4000: – user10355 Sep 25 '11 at 10:30
@cksum - but PPC code running on Intel is not using virtualization it is using emulation which is much slower – Mark Sep 25 '11 at 11:05

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