How to run Unreal Tournament 99 on MacBook M1

macOS M1 Ventura

If you’re a dedicated Unreal Tournament 99 fan like me, you’ll want to run the game on the latest operating systems and hardware. I have successfully run Unreal Tournament 99 on an M1 Macbook Pro running macOS Ventura 13.0.1.

  1. To run the game under macOS for the M1 processor you need:
  2. Download the version from the repository, for macOS.
  3. Drop to /Applications
  4. Create an Unreal Tournament folder in ~/Library/Application Support/
  5. Copy the Windows versions of the Maps, Sounds, Textures, Music folder to ~/Library/Application Support/Unreal Tournament
  6. Delete the files LadderFonts.utx, UWindowFonts.utx from the folder ~/Library/Application Support/Unreal Tournament/Textures
  7. Run from /Applications, enjoy the frags!

The penultimate step is needed to display the correct fonts, the original ones are displayed too small.
After starting, configure the screen resolution, keyboard, font size in the GUI, and other necessary settings.

Unreal Tournament macOS Ventura M1

Windows 11

Also, for dessert, the launch of Unreal Tournament 99 on Windows 11, the game works immediately after installation, without additional shamanism, but there are problems with displaying the GUI, the performance of an outdated D3D renderer. Therefore, it is better to use the patched version.

  1. The launch process is very similar to that for macOS:
  2. Download version from repository for Windows, for example in zip.
  3. Unpack and replace files over the current Unreal Tournament.
  4. Run the game from [Game folder]/System/UnrealTournament.exe

I am glad that fans continue to support such a masterpiece and there is an opportunity to play even on modern hardware.

Turn on USB keyboard backlight on macOS

I recently bought a very inexpensive Getorix GK-45X USB keyboard with RGB backlight. After connecting it to a Macbook Pro on an M1 processor, it became clear that the RGB backlight was not working. Even by pressing the magic combination Fn + Scroll Lock, it was not possible to turn on the backlight, only the backlight level of the MacBook screen changed.
There are several solutions to this problem, namely OpenRGB (does not work), HID LED Test (does not work). Only the kvmswitch utility worked:

You need to download it from the github and allow it to run from the terminal in the Security panel of the System Settings.
As I understood from the description, after launching the utility sends pressing Fn + Scroll Lock, thus turning on/off the backlight on the keyboard.