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

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By Pirks on 4/30/2010 11:24:28 AM , Rating: 1
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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.


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