I forgot one more question: if I were to purchase the game in a DVD (instead of downloading it) and a DVD external drive to run it, would this ease the burden on my MBA in any way?
I just downloaded a demo for X-Plane 9 on my MBA (basic 13-inch 2011 model). It seemed to work fine, other than the fan kicking in and working pretty hard.
So, should I go on and buy the full version of the game, or will my Mac not be able to handle it? Here are the recommended system requirements for X-plane 9:
Recommended system specs:
A 2 GHz, dual-core CPU,
2 GB of RAM,
a DVD-ROM, and
a DirectX 9.0c-capable video card with 128 MB of on-board, dedicated video RAM (VRAM).
My primary concern is damaging my computer by having it work too hard for prolonged periods. I would appreciate some advice on this, as well.