How to play American Truck Simulator - Washington on Mac

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American Truck Simulator - Washington is a popular automobile sim game developed by SCS Software. It was originally released for Windows, Mac, and Linux on 11 Jun, 2019.

How to play American Truck Simulator - Washington using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy American Truck Simulator - Washington game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play American Truck Simulator - Washington using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play American Truck Simulator - Washington not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!

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flytothemoon

Jan 20, 2021

I am a trucker operating out of the port of Tacoma and I am absolutely blown away by the amount of detail and accuracy. My only gripe is Olympia isnt really in the right spot, but most everything else is as spot on as you can be, given the games scale. I was especially impressed pulling into the loves on exit 80 on I-5. The intersection is the same as real life, as well as the stops layout, scale position and tire/repair shop. I spend my 8 hour 30 minute break there several times a week, and also at the loves on exit 109 off I-90 in ellenburg, where again, the streets are right, the layout is right etc. Only thing I would change or add, is we need Mt Rainier, add hwy 16 with the narrows bridge, easily the states most iconic, and maybe add hwy 167 and 512 with Auburn and Kent, both cities being heavily industrial and major aerospace manufacturing centers supporting boeing. Long story short, this is a great recreation of my home state, and I have faith it will get even better as SCS adds to it.

sweetc

Aug 4, 2020

To give you an idea of how small this map is, you can see parts of Tacoma from the exit for Yelm. Saw everywhere I was expecting to spend hours exploring in about 10 minutes. Google Earth is more fun than this.

_Mitch_

July 13, 2020

Well, as a resident of Tri Cities, WA, and professional driver who's very familiar with the area, I was a bit disappointed that only Kennewick is shown, and they couldn't even get some of the major landmarks right. The suspension bridge (white one) is almost totally dark at night in the game, whereas IRL, it's lit up spectacularly, and almost looks angelic.Crossing said bridge going North is of course Pasco, a massive trucking area with the Pasco airport, and at least one Peterbilt dealership (or maybe it's a service center). There is also a massive Ford car dealership North side of the Blue Bridge (not sure what it's actually called; we all just call it that). None of this is in the game, and it feels like the airport is a missed opportunity.Then, to the West of Pasco and Northwest of Kennewick is Richland. Keep in mind, these 3 cities might as well be one, they are so close (hence why everyone here refers to the area as Tri Cities). So in Richland, there is another, smaller airport along Bypass Highway, and the Bypass has a major trucking area, too, as there is a natural gas power plant (well, I'm told that's what it is), as well as gigantic refrigerated buildings which is one of the major produce shipping hubs for the agriculture in the area. Again, missed opportunities for jobs in-game, as none of this is in the game.Also there's highway 240 leading out of town which connects with 243, then I-90 which cuts across the country (goes right past Chicago over 1,000 miles away). I'll bet these roads will be added to the map, as they're pretty significant roads.Finally, North of Richland, quite a ways out from the area, is the Hanford Site, a massive facility that originally produced refined nuclear material for the Manhattan Project in WWII, but is now a major economic cornerstone of the region as it's operated by Bechtel, and is the site of a nuclear power plant. Also a major trucking location, and again, missed opportunity in the game as it's not in the game.Now, I know, some people will get defensive and condescending telling me this isn't a sight-seeing game and "you won't see your house." Yeah, no duh. However, this IS a trucking game, and there are SIGNIFICANT trucking locations in Tri Cities that were just completely missed that really should be there. They did get it right with some of the farming in Northern Pasco. Oh, and the region near Benton City is a MASSIVE vineyard and orchard region, and wineries almost seem countless in Tri Cities (there are 3 within a mile of me, and dozens more in the area).So aside from my critiques about the Kennewick area of the game, I do have something positive to say: They really nailed the feel of the area around Wenatchee, with the stunningly beautiful rivers running alongside the road, and large coniferous trees. The mountain passes through the Cascades also (while not particularly accurate) really capture the feel of the region. Also, while The Dalles is technically in Oregon, it'd be silly if you don't already have the Oregon DLC, so I'll mention that The Dalles has a spot where it's VERY close to reality, even the decorations on the overpass. I mention it because if you do the drive from Kennewick (Tri Cities) to Portland, a drive I've made many times, the game really captures the look and feel remarkably well, especially the shift from desert to lush, almost rain forest-like greenery of the Columbia Gorge.I've only been to Seattle once (one time too many, IMHO), so I can't really comment too much on accuracy, but I think they did a decent job getting the feel. I have yet to explore Seattle more in-game, and I'm hoping the RIDICULOUSLY steep streets are present, as that'd be a heckuva challenge to drive up. I'm not even sure if trucks are allowed on those streets IRL, they're so steep. Would be interesting. I've also driven from the pass to Tacoma, and it feels like the game missed out on some highway opportunities by jamming Tacoma right up against Seattle (I know, the game has a weird distance scale).I also have yet to explore Spokane both IRL and in-game, so no comment there. I've only driven in Yakima at night and in a foul blizzard back in February 2019, so no comment about Yakima, either. I'd say overall, the developers succeeded in capturing the feel of Washington, so I will absolutely recommend this DLC. Fingers crossed that the developers give Tri Cities some love in a future update. It's one of those towns that doesn't look like much at first, but grows on you very quickly IRL. It's quite the change from where I used to live, the Chicago area, but it's a great location with the Columbia running through, as well as the Yakima coming in through West Richland and Richland, and the Snake River coming in out East of Kennewick in Finley (we like to call that town "Fintucky," lol). Definitely a lot more going on in TC than this game would have you believe, and it'd be cool to see more job locations. They did put Clover Island in, so that was cool, but there's a lighthouse there they failed to put in (if it's there, I didn't see it).