Fri, May 31, 2:25pm by William Brown
Last Updated Tue, Feb 4, 4:54am
Using an emulator to access online pokies is the only option some people have. The most common reason online casino customers turn to emulators is simple. Individuals running Macs or any operating system (OS) besides Windows probably won’t find a set of casino software that is compatible with their computer setup.
In the case of Mac OS, the number of casino sites offering downloads for Mac users is so small, it is extremely unlike that a site that offers a game to Mac users will also have software and other features that a customer likes. Why force yourself to play at a given Internet betting site just because they’re the only one out there that hosts a software package that you can download and run?
While some Mac-owning gamblers are starting to find casino platforms built with them in mind, people who use less-common alternative operating systems like Linux don’t currently have any access to online casino downloads, and they are unlikely to find a set of casino software geared towards their system any time in the future.
Casinos on the Internet (and mobile gadget gambling sites, too) aim their services at the largest group of customers. Since the percentage of people who run Windows that regularly access the Internet is so much larger than customers using the Mac Web browser Safari, it doesn’t profit a betting site to spend the time and money required to develop a software suite for such a small portion of their potential audience.
The same is true for betting sites for smartphones and tablets; though part of the reason few mobile gambling sites are offering their games in an iOS-friendly format is the decision by Apple to restrict betting apps in most world markets, it is unlikely that lots of mobile gambling apps for iPhones and iPads would appear if Apple were to suddenly overturn that decision. Game developers are familiar with designing for Windows or Windows-compatible platforms like Flash and Java. The audience for Apple gambling programs is small, and the number of software engineers comfortable working in design for alternative operating systems is even smaller.
The vast majority of pokies hunters are looking for Windows OS emulators that run on Mac computers and other gadgets. The good news is that it’s common for Mac device owners to want to run this kind of program. The reason that’s good news is it means many programs exist to help you access the online poker machine games you want in a format compatible with your device.
The main features of a program that makes your Mac look and act like a Windows device (not the whole computer, but just one tiny piece of it) are the software’s price, how well it performs, and how easy it is to use. If you aren’t looking for a freeware emulator (meaning a piece of software that is provided free of charge) you can get access to software with more features and one that performs better. In fact, pay-to-use emulation programs even come with customer support (tech support) to assist you with any hiccups in design or performance.
Let’s take a quick look at the most popular and best-featured program for Windows emulation on a Mac–a way for pokies players looking to turn their Mac into a poker machine-friendly online gambling platform to set their sights on an emulation system that works for them.
Parallels is the most popular Windows emulation software for Mac owners, and for good reason. Parallels is now in its 8th incarnation (hence the name Parallels 8) and though the software is a bit expensive (retailing for around $80) it has the most features, the best customer support network, and is a nearly-perfect way to operate Windows software on your Mac.
The reason Parallels doesn’t earn a perfect “A+” rating is that its backup system for saving files in a format that protects them in case of system failure is in no way compatible with Mac’s own “Time Machine” backup system. The result is a backup procedure that doesn’t actually back anything up. This is a big oversight for people using the emulator for work, spreadsheets, financial information, important documents, designs, or just about anything else that may need long-term preservation.
Luckily pokies players don’t have much of a need for backup. That’s why Parallels (with a high sticker price but more features than any poker machine gambler could ever need) is an ideal system for Mac owners that need to run software designed for the Windows OS.
Not all emulation software has a tech support hotline, and many poker machine gamblers looking to make their computer compatible with Windows-friendly Internet casinos get by with freeware software that offers little in the way of functionality. Of course, if all you need is the ability to play Internet casino games, you don’t need many functions.
Emulators remain the best way for online pokies players running a machine with an alternative operating system to have a greater variety of casino websites to pick from. Of course, an alternative to a fancy emulation software program is choosing a site that allows instant play, provided your alternative OS computer or other gadget is compatible with Flash and Java, or even HTML5, though pokies that run on HTML5 are fairly rare, too.
If you are happy with instant games, and the quality of graphics, variety of titles, and other features they offer, you can save yourself a little time and money by hunting down the best instant game options instead of looking for emulation software that is in your budget and offers the features you need.