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 2, Left
4 Dead 2,
just announced this week that it would be releasing the betas to the
public on May
12.Blizzard – makers of StarCraft, Diablo,
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
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
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
racing game with it.
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.