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

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

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.

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