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StarCraft II is shown here running on a '08 MacBook. The beta for Mac just aired for lucky beta testers.  (Source: Giant Bomb)
Apple owners finally get a bit more gaming love

Apple's Macs have traditionally packed powerful Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs.  One would think that they would prove an ideal home for PC games; but in reality they have only received a limited selection of high-profile ports.  That's mainly because most PC games rely on Direct X, a proprietary Microsoft API.  Macs use OpenGL instead, necessitating a port.  This is just one of multiple API-level differences between Windows gaming and Mac gaming.

Fortunately for Mac gamers, the big powers are finally showing them some love.  Valve is beta testing Mac versions of its Steam content delivery system and Source game engine and will soon be releasing a variety of games to the platform, including 
Half Life 2Left 4 Dead 2, and Team Fortress 2.

Valve just announced this week that it would be releasing the betas to the public on May 12.

Blizzard – makers of 
StarCraftDiablo, and Warcraft – has a long relationship with Apple, but hasn't been tossing as many titles their way of late.  However, Blizzard is stepping up its Mac efforts as well.  Blizzard just released a beta version of the upcoming StarCraft II for Mac.

Mac players can snag the test release for free at Battle.net, but they must already be in the beta test program to get it.  

In non-Mac 
StarCraft II news, the upcoming title has received a new map editor patch, that allows users greater flexibility in crafting custom levels and mods.  A couple of users are already showing off their handiwork, crafting a Diablo clone and a Kart racing game with it.



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One of the most anticipated releases..
By Reclaimer77 on 4/30/2010 8:57:38 AM , Rating: 5
One of the most anticipated releases in recent history, or maybe of ALL time, and we're writing about it coming to the Mac??

Why?




RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Mitch101 on 4/30/2010 9:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
I believe this is news because this shows Blizzard believes that Apple has sold enough machines for them to invest in a new release title being released for Apple. It would be silly to ignore the potential sales. Same reason Steam is coming to MAC. Same reason developers produce games for a specific console. When the numbers are there and you want to maximize the number of copies you can sell.


By inperfectdarkness on 4/30/2010 9:36:39 AM , Rating: 2
and just like with developers catering primarily to consoles, the level of quality and innovation will eventually go down. it's only natural when you don't have to pay creedence to those who pay to have the bleeding edge of performance.

at this rate, in another 10 years...pc gaming will be an unfortunate casualty; and gaming will only exist on semi-capable consoles and mac POS's. mark my words, this market will stagnate more than the ISP market has.


By Spivonious on 4/30/2010 10:26:00 AM , Rating: 2
Meh, people have been calling for the death of PC gaming for 10 years now, and yet they still manage to sell $700 video cards.


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Reclaimer77 on 4/30/2010 5:52:30 PM , Rating: 1
I'm not going to speak on the "death of PC gaming". But I have noticed an alarming trend. In the past, PC games were much more detailed and complicated, some would say too much so. But the options were there if you so choose them.

I recently bought Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for the PC. And while it's a great game, and very fun, it *feels* like I'm playing a console game. Even the options for video and audio quality are NOT what I have come to expect from a PC game. For example, the "Video quality" section is ONE slider where you can select Low, Medium, or High. What ? Are you f'ing kidding me !?? I have a $400 dollar video card and THIS is all I can choose ??? Oh can I play with Vsinc on or off?? Guess not...sigh. How about Anti-ALiasing ?? Nope, no option for it. Particle Density etc etc ? No dice.

I mean seriously, console gaming is great and all, but it belongs in it's place. Don't bring your oversimplified stripped down console port into my fucking gaming rig if you aren't going to so much as give me the most basic and essential tools to make my gaming experience my own.


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Pirks on 4/30/2010 6:55:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I've wasted $300 CAD on Radeon 5850 recently and now I start getting doubts about it since there's absolutely nothing worth running on it, all the console hits like COD and Bad Company and stuff - everything works great with much cheaper last gen DX10 GPUs. Like I said Crysis was the swan song of the classic ubercomplex-rendering-rich PC gaming. Glad you noticed that trend too, although I noticed it a couple of years earlier :P

Looks like consoles will get you too, eventually. You may start kicking and screaming now, and I'll be planning for buying Xbox 360 in a mean while, as my first console ever... gotta check sweet new Halo, AlanWake and GeoW titles there while PC gamerz will get you know what instead ;-)


By Ryanman on 5/2/2010 1:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
So you even own a gaming PC pirks? For all your Apple love I figured you wouldn't even try to build a rig.

As for the 5850 not having anything up to its potential, that's bs. There's a ton of games that benefit from massive resolutions, even if they don't have all the eye candy.

And this may be just me, but Crysis the swan song of PC gaming? Are you retarded? How was Crysis "complex"? It was a shooter with some extra floaty leaves and a couple different ways to move from point to point. That's all. Just because it taxes hardware disproportionately doesn't make it the only game worth running. It's fairly obvious you don't know what you're talking about.


By jimhsu on 4/30/2010 7:24:52 PM , Rating: 2
Another disturbing trend - PC gaming has become far more consumable. Just a couple of years ago, a 30 hour game was considered to be moderately short; many RPGs (Baulder's Gate being a classic example) took the hour length to one or two hundred hours, or even beyond. Now for the vast majority of games, 20 hours is too "long". I've seen people complain that Mass Effect 2 is too long (um... wtf?) when I consider games that are finished in a week as far too short. Genuine replayability is thrown out the window in favor of "New Game+" modes and "Achievements". More linearity, less detail, less ... everything. Thankfully some companies such as Bioware and Bethesda are still trying to save the ship, so to speak. I haven't even found myself touching a game released after 2008, except for Mass Effect 2 so far.


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By DM0407 on 5/1/2010 12:06:56 AM , Rating: 2
[Bad Company 2]...
quote:
Even the options for video and audio quality are NOT what I have come to expect from a PC game. For example, the "Video quality" section is ONE slider where you can select Low, Medium, or High. What ? Are you f'ing kidding me !?? I have a $400 dollar video card and THIS is all I can choose ??? Oh can I play with Vsinc on or off?? Guess not...sigh. How about Anti-ALiasing ?? Nope, no option for it. Particle Density etc etc ? No dice.


Maybe you should just go to consoles. You obviously have not done any research on this before posting, just assume you're right.

Please avoid PC gaming in the future for the benefit of us all.


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By B3an on 5/1/2010 6:06:47 PM , Rating: 2
Lol agreed! The amount of times i've actually done a face palm when reading one of Reclaimer77's posts is getting ridiculous.

Think he's blind aswell as thick, i mean how can anyone even miss the advanced option where all them things mentioned can be set?!? Honestly...


By slunkius on 5/3/2010 1:32:16 AM , Rating: 2
OMG! there's no way to recover from this :) but ok, let's give reclaimer a chance to explain


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By teapartyguy on 4/30/2010 9:55:41 AM , Rating: 1
quote:

One of the most anticipated releases in recent history, or maybe of ALL time, and we're writing about it coming to the Mac??


Yea, c'mon reclaimer, us Mac users deserve some love too. Better that Blizzard embraces OpenGL, an open standard, than Microsoft's closed DirectX APIs. This move will be good for gamers on PC and Mac alike by promoting openess.

-Jordan
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"King George at least READ his tax bills!" --unknown


By Pirks on 4/30/2010 11:24:28 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Mac users deserve some love too
Just give reclaimer enough KY :P


By Alexstarfire on 4/30/2010 1:07:23 PM , Rating: 2
You do know they use both, right? Well, at least they used to, IDK anymore. I've always liked OpenGL more.


By B3an on 5/1/2010 6:10:13 PM , Rating: 2
If you supported open standards you would NOT be using a MAC or anything Apple

Also you've won a prize fo most stupid comment of the week.


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By inighthawki on 4/30/2010 10:07:47 AM , Rating: 3
Blizzard has always made games for mac, so by your logic, Blizzard saw this increase many many years ago...


By StevoLincolnite on 4/30/2010 8:00:09 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Blizzard has always made games for mac, so by your logic, Blizzard saw this increase many many years ago...


Indeed they did, well over 13 years ago in-fact with the original Diablo in 1997, StarCraft in 1998 etc'.

So the Mac gets a few highly anticipated titles, good for them.
But what about the last several decades of games, which simply will never be ported or even function?


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By AssBall on 4/30/2010 9:34:06 AM , Rating: 2
I can't wait to pwn you n00b b1tches with my macbook wheel.

But seriously, I have no idea why, and wondered the same question.


By xler8r on 4/30/2010 9:36:32 AM , Rating: 2
FTW :p


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Kurz on 4/30/2010 10:00:22 AM , Rating: 4
I honestly don't see much of a market for selling Starcraft to Mac users.


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By mcnabney on 4/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Pirks on 4/30/2010 11:15:13 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Mac owners that would buy Starcraft2 are obviously going to have Bootcamp installed
why?


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Anoxanmore on 4/30/2010 11:20:58 AM , Rating: 4
People who bought the mac for the internals(debatable) and wanted to play games would be using Windows... since you know it works with games.


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Pirks on 4/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Anoxanmore on 4/30/2010 11:40:13 AM , Rating: 3
ROFL.

Come on Pirks, you know Macs have rarely been supported for games. I can count on one hand the number of studios that developed for Mac and still have fingers left over. I don't even mean exclusively either.

Don't be so dumb.


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Pirks on 4/30/2010 5:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe you're dumb when you think people who bought Mac version of Starcraft will use Windows. There's no connection whatsoever.


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By StevoLincolnite on 4/30/2010 10:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
He was referring to studio's in general.


By Anoxanmore on 5/1/2010 4:05:48 AM , Rating: 2
Pirks is just sick of me, to use his own words, "PWNING HIM" with actual common sense and facts versus just random "WINDOZE NUB" speak.

Whatever that is.


By AssBall on 4/30/2010 1:03:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah Pirks, sorry, but this comment was a longshot.

OSX and it's roflcopter software support doesn't work on what, maybe 95% (low guess) percent of the hardware that is actually used and programmed for in the the world?

To answer your question, people use Windows over OSX because it runs their software, whatever it may be.

Don't go confusing the argument of which operating system is technically superior with the obvious conclusionary one of which one is economically simpler to use and develop for. Especially when your country mostly uses 10 year old systems and Win98-XP/unix within their infrastructures.

You know who still uses alot of 10 year old Macs in America? Oh! Our education system, that Apple was in bed with financially, that we still pay out of our asses for, maintaining the out-dated inneficiencies of and supplementing the correction of, with our personal income.

The only reason I can ever see someone buying a mac to play new, old, or any games at all on is because they have put their money before their logic.


By plewis00 on 5/1/2010 7:32:17 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure with Blizzard (going on their past trends) that if you buy Starcraft II you will get BOTH Windows and Mac versions in the box - that was definitely the case with Warcraft III and World of Warcraft.

You don't specifically go out and buy a 'Mac version' or a 'Windows version' - in the case of World of Warcraft it was a hybrid-disc.


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Proxes on 4/30/2010 10:27:55 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to be a ditto head here. I've been in SC2 beta for a couple months now. Who gives a shit if it's coming out for Mac soon?! DailyTech didn't care when the beta first opened but all the sudden since it's coming for Mac it's news worthy? Seriously?


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By Kurz on 4/30/2010 2:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
Thats true...
I don't remember any stories of Starcraft 2 beta when it first came out in Feb was it?


RE: One of the most anticipated releases..
By DM0407 on 5/1/2010 12:12:33 AM , Rating: 2
Toms Hardware did an extensive hardware review of SC2.


By Kurz on 5/1/2010 10:54:22 AM , Rating: 2
Not dailytech.


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