The MacBook Air's graphics capabilities make it too wimpy to play any proper games on out of the box — but there is a way to beef things up.
Larry Gadea from the Tech Inferno forums has dreamt up a way to turn the Air from the workaday lifestyle computer to gaming powerhouse — by adding an ad hoc external GPU. In fact, he's teamed up a PCI Express video card with the Air's Thunderbolt port, using two adapters, a Boot Camp install of Windows 7, and some extra third-party software.
The result? Frame rates seven times faster than the on-board graphics of the Air, and some insanely smooth gameplay. It. Is. Amazing. The only snag? Don't expect a commercial version any time soon: The GPU needs desktop power supply to run it, and besides, Intel doesn't want to let people sell Thunderbolt GPUs, so it won't issue licenses to that end.