Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2007 19:36 UTC, submitted by atezun
Games Despite what many (including myself) thought when EA announced they would support the Mac platform, the games EA will release are actually not native ports - instead, they will use Transgaming's Cider engine, a Wine-like wrapper for running Windows games on Intel Macs. This news was found in a Transgaming press release. Apart from the fact that this might negatively affect performance, it also means PowerPC Macs will not be able to play these games.
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RE[2]: gaming on other os
by Zedicus on Wed 13th Jun 2007 13:10 UTC in reply to "RE: gaming on other os"
Zedicus
Member since:
2005-12-05

loki happened a long time ago as far as technology is concerned. with the presure ubuntu is having in getting the linux out its only a matter of time before users start screaming for gaming.

OSX on x86 is step one. and a baby step at that. gaming on that platform will increase. and as linux use increases peeple will want to use it for gaming. the porting houses will take notice.

like i said if the ball rolls the right way this could be the start of a huge movement, in 5-10 yrs.

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RE[3]: gaming on other os
by evangs on Wed 13th Jun 2007 15:51 in reply to "RE[2]: gaming on other os"
evangs Member since:
2005-07-07

Technology is not the issue. All Blizzard games have had a simultaneous release on the Mac. The same CD that installs the PC version also installs the Mac version. This has been a feature of Blizzard games since the original Diablo. I didn't play the original Warcraft so I don't know if that was present.

The big problem is the market. Ported games will always cost more and be less widely distributed. That's the situation on the Mac, and that was the situation with Loki. The question at the end of the day is whether Linux users are willing to pay a premium for Linux native games? It's a hard sell, seeing as most Free software users are in it for the gratis and not the libré aspect of free.

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RE[4]: gaming on other os
by anda_skoa on Wed 13th Jun 2007 17:47 in reply to "RE[3]: gaming on other os"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

The question at the end of the day is whether Linux users are willing to pay a premium for Linux native games? It's a hard sell, seeing as most Free software users are in it for the gratis and not the libré aspect of free.


This is a myth. Linux gamers already pay a premium since they usually paid for Windows, buy the Windows games and often additionally spend money for technologies like Cedega or CrossOver to enable them to use their purchase with their actual operating system.

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RE[4]: gaming on other os
by Soulbender on Thu 14th Jun 2007 03:18 in reply to "RE[3]: gaming on other os"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"It's a hard sell, seeing as most Free software users are in it for the gratis and not the libré aspect of free."

Beats pirating, which is what the majority of Windows (and perhaps Mac) gamers are in it for.

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