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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, 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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Yeah, what that guy said AND
By xler8r on 4/30/2010 9:06:44 AM , Rating: 2
Why in Gods name are we still waiting for it???? The last thing I want to see about this game is more news about an extended beta....

RE: Yeah, what that guy said AND
By smackababy on 4/30/2010 9:12:51 AM , Rating: 2
I'd rather they extend the beta and fix as many bugs as possible than do a MW2 style "no beta and no hackers! we're perfect coders" release. You can get into the beta now with ease (Pre-order the game at GameStop to get an invite code).

RE: Yeah, what that guy said AND
By xler8r on 4/30/2010 9:19:40 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, there's a few torrentz out for the beta as well. Too bad installing it on my current computer would have the same affect as a Zerg rush on a defenseless base :p

RE: Yeah, what that guy said AND
By Mitch101 on 4/30/2010 9:34:31 AM , Rating: 2
I read of a few serious bugs that still exist in the game that are preventing some people from being able to play the beta properly. Wont take much longer for them to get it sorted out.

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