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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 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


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