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Mac as a gaming platform
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Permalink

Recently Valve announced that they will not just deliver Steam on Mac, but also a bunch of actual games for the Mac platform. Even though I'm a PC guy I find this to be excellent news. We need competition in the OS market, and one of the main reasons many people stay on the Windows platform is because it's the only viable platform for gaming. With a heavy-weighter like Valve giving Mac full attention, it could really change that. I don't think every developer will follow, but I think it will mean a substantial increase in games available on the Mac. Another side effect of this is that OpenGL will again become an important API. No bold new initiative from Khronos could ever make the same kind of impact as having Steam and popular games on the Mac platform. I think this is also good news for PC gamers, because it expands that gaming audience on computers. I wish Valve all the success on the Mac platform.

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Jay
Monday, March 15, 2010

Blizzard will follow? All Blizz games since D2 shipped simultaneously on PC and Mac. It's the same CD/DVD.

Hopefully Blizzard and Valve can encourage Apple to fully embrace desktop/laptop gaming. Little things like a two button mouse, and bigger OGL team would help.

Humus
Monday, March 15, 2010

I think if Apple is smart they will put more resources into making the Mac a good gaming platform. This is their best opportunity in a long while to pull people over from the Windows platform.

Gregory
Monday, March 15, 2010

Well, they didn't release OpenGL 3.2 yet

However, something really appealing with Macs is that they really control the hardware which should dramatically reduce driver bugs and the different code paths in the applications

Humus
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

http://i.imgur.com/Mk6iy.jpg

mark
Sunday, March 28, 2010

the problem with OpenGL3 was that some of the hardware features they were using with aqua was conflicting with OGL3.0 and OpenCL.

this has been fixed in OGL3.3 and that's what version will be in OS 10.6 in near the future (+/-1.5month from now)

DrBalthar
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sorry but I totaly have to disagree this is a bad move from Valve, Job's MOB and his policy towards censorship and blablabla isn't very good (see the iPhone platform). More power in his hand is just BAD news. I woudln't even be suprised if Steve's MOB might even shut down Valve's Steam on MAC as they might be seeing it as being a potential threat for his own Apple software stores

mark
Monday, April 12, 2010

@DrBalthar
OS X is completely free-market, i don't know what your talking about (apple isn't controlling anything on OS X).

i guess you never used OS X in your life.

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