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LimeiBook86
Mar 23, 2006, 11:45 AM
Here's a little part of the Aspyr newsletter I recieved in my e-mail today. It has to do with some games being released as a Universal Binary so they can run on a PowerPC or Intel Macintoshes. :D

"Having completed a thorough test of all our
older games on Intel Macs, we'll now move to some of the other titles.
Some of the games most likely to have Universal updates are Rollercoaster
Tycoon 3, SimCity(TM) 4, Call of Duty(TM), and Command & Conquer(TM)
Generals. Exact details will be announced soon.

One of the other interesting projects we've recently undertaken has been
moving the SMP (multi-processor) support for Quake 4(TM) from the beta
patch released for Windows to the OS X version. Our initial work has shown
amazing results, and we hope to have the dual processor aware version of
Quake 4(TM) Mac ready to release in late March. Historically it has been
difficult for many games to get a speed boost from dual processors, but
having access to a very well engineered codebase that is SMP aware on the
PC has really helped in this case. Keep an eye on your favorite Mac games
sites for the Quake 4(TM) SMP patch!

Patches
Universal patches for Shrek 2(TM) and Spiderman 2(TM) were released in
early March. These allow the games to have much better performance on
Intel Macs. The Sims(TM) 2 Universal patch and Civ� 3 Complete Universal
patches should also be available about the time you read this. These
patches and other updates can be found at http://www.aspyr.com/support"

It seems like they are trying to port more games to the Intel Macs. Nothing is set in stone yet but, it looks like they're trying to get as many games as possible out as a Universal Binary. Looks like it's time to update the Mac Guides section of Universal Binary Games. (http://guides.macrumors.com/Universal_Binary_Games);)

Update: I've updated the Mac Guides UB Game list but, if I made any mistakes feel free to edit them ;)



Josh396
Mar 23, 2006, 11:58 AM
That's great news. I'll be glad to see how COD plays on my new Intel iMac. It runs good under Rosetta but I'd like to see how it will run once the binary is out.

MacMyDay
Apr 4, 2006, 03:04 PM
Generals would truly be fantastic. Let's hope it's soon

cartoonfox
Apr 4, 2006, 04:03 PM
hi, i see this "universal binary" thing said a lot round here, but i don't know what it means :/

can anyone help me out? i feel (yet again) stupid! : ]



peace

Jaffa Cake
Apr 4, 2006, 04:09 PM
cartoonfox a Universal Binary (http://www.apple.com/uk/universal/) is an app that's written to work on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. :)

gekko513
Apr 4, 2006, 04:10 PM
hi, i see this "universal binary" thing said a lot round here, but i don't know what it means :/

can anyone help me out? i feel (yet again) stupid! : ]



peace
It means that the application is compiled so that it runs at full speed on both a Mac with an Intel processor and on a Mac with a PowerPC processor.

If an application isn't a universal binary, it is compiled for the PowerPC processor and will only run full speed on a PowerPC based Mac. Mac OS X includes a technology called Rosetta that lets Intel based Macs run most non-universal apps by translating the PowerPC machine language to Intel machine language as needed. This will slow down the application.

yankeefan24
Apr 4, 2006, 04:15 PM
Hopefully they will have RCT3 Universal by the time I get an intel Mac. :D One of the several things that stopped me from getting a MBP. (that is NOT the most important reason though)

Steve1496
Apr 4, 2006, 05:24 PM
. The Sims(TM) 2 Universal patch and Civ� 3 Complete Universal
patches should also be available about the time you read this. These
patches and other updates can be found at http://www.aspyr.com/support[/i]"



This topic was started a long time ago, and it states The Sims 2 Universal patch should be available, but I can't seem to find this anywhere??

LimeiBook86
Apr 4, 2006, 07:25 PM
This topic was started a long time ago, and it states The Sims 2 Universal patch should be available, but I can't seem to find this anywhere??
Aspyr named the Sims 2 as one of the first UB projects they were working on, it was mentioned in an article about UB games here: http://developer.apple.com/business/macmarket/aspyr.html

Steve1496
Apr 4, 2006, 08:12 PM
Aspyr named the Sims 2 as one of the first UB projects they were working on, it was mentioned in an article about UB games here: http://developer.apple.com/business/macmarket/aspyr.html


Yeah, but it says the patches are available---but I see no mention of the UB patches available on their site?


Steve

MacBookJoePro
Apr 4, 2006, 08:16 PM
same here. i also do not see any patches for the sims2. I have the game and and very anxious to play it on my MBP at full speed. Hurry ASPYR!

-JoE

Laser47
Apr 4, 2006, 10:52 PM
Maybe they will finally fix the problem of Sim City 4 not working right on 10.4.

bugfaceuk
Apr 5, 2006, 02:09 PM
Come on aspyr I'm gagging for the universal patch!!!

No sign of it now....

Stecchino
Apr 10, 2006, 01:59 PM
I assume that if they release a UB for Call of Duty, that they'd do the same for it's divine expansion pack, United Offensive. Just got my 1.83 Duo Core today and I can't wait. UO plays fine but have to turn down the settings.

harveypooka
Apr 10, 2006, 04:21 PM
I can't wait to get Quake 4 for the Mac...and then get the PC version and see which is faster.

y23craft
Jun 11, 2006, 08:43 AM
I been using simcity 4 it seems to be work good for me on my intel macbook pro

thegreatluke
Jun 11, 2006, 02:56 PM
The Universal patch has been available since mid-May.*

On the Sims 2 page (http://www.aspyr.com/games.php/mac/10880/), click "The Sims 2 Universal Binary Update." You have to download it from MacGameFiles.

*I only mention this because it's really annoying how Aspyr didn't mention a thing.

Shadowspirit6
Jul 3, 2006, 10:54 PM
i think they dropped the project for the CoD binary...

current
Jul 22, 2006, 09:43 AM
"We do plan to provide a UB patch for this title, but since we have very many patches in the works, and this is only one of them, I really can't give you any release dates. The best way to keep informed about patch updates is to sign up for our newsletter [...]"

This is a response by Aspyr to an enquiry as to when we might see a UB patch for C&C as well as Zero.

Will this patch ever arrive???!!!

MacRumorUser
Jul 22, 2006, 06:14 PM
I bought my imac in Jan, bought Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 same time, i'm still waiting for universal version 6 months later :rolleyes:

tominated
Jul 22, 2006, 07:41 PM
about bloody time.:mad:

drj434343
Jul 23, 2006, 04:19 PM
Maybe they will finally fix the problem of Sim City 4 not working right on 10.4.

I've also been waiting for some kind of Sim City 4 patch. There were several earlier threads talking about people asking Asyr to fix the PowerPC problems, but getting responses like "Not going to happen". I've given up on the game, as well as Asyr, but this new universal patch movement has me thinking.

What are the chances that a universal patch for SC4 would also fix issues with PowerPC? If the problems were 10.4 specific, perhaps they'll have to be addressed cross platform? Does anyone have a more informed opinion about this? Is there a possibility a universal patch would fix the horrible problems for the rest of us lowly PowerPC users?

alec
Jul 24, 2006, 09:33 AM
Well, the Civ 3 complete UB patch isn't out yet... so I guess they weren't right. But it's good to see Aspyr fixing up some good games.

it5five
Jul 28, 2006, 02:51 AM
I too am waiting for the Civ 3 complete UB patch. The game won't even play on my MB with 2GB ram. It crashes less than 5 minutes in. Maybe I have bad RAM?

JackSYi
Jul 28, 2006, 03:01 AM
Where is the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 Patch?

iProd
Jul 28, 2006, 05:29 AM
Where is BATTLEFIELD??? :confused: :mad:

Mackilroy
Jul 28, 2006, 06:26 PM
Huh? Why would Aspyr port that? I mean, sure, it's a cool game, but most people with Intel Macs could just get the PC version.

gekko513
Jul 28, 2006, 06:35 PM
Huh? Why would Aspyr port that? I mean, sure, it's a cool game, but most people with Intel Macs could just get the PC version.
But that means they have to install BootCamp and get Windows as well. Although there are lot of people who switch planning to have a dual boot solution, I think most would prefer to be able to stick with just one OS.

Killyp
Jul 28, 2006, 06:45 PM
Ahhhhh! Release Stubbs the Zombie UB patch already! I want to see those limbs flying smoothly, not how they do in Rosetta...

Mackilroy
Jul 28, 2006, 06:59 PM
But that means they have to install BootCamp and get Windows as well. Although there are lot of people who switch planning to have a dual boot solution, I think most would prefer to be able to stick with just one OS.

True, but based on Aspyr's past ports, it'll probably be slower and not run as well as the PC version.

MacsRgr8
Jul 29, 2006, 12:44 PM
True, but based on Aspyr's past ports, it'll probably be slower and not run as well as the PC version.

Well, we have got used to that by now, I hope. ;)

I still prefer to game on Mac OS X, than have to Boot Camp.

drummerbooker14
Jul 29, 2006, 01:33 PM
Does that mean COD wil be a free update because i ordered a macbook and i have COD. it would be very nice

it5five
Jul 29, 2006, 10:24 PM
I'm dying for the Civ III UB patch.

CANEHDN
Aug 3, 2006, 12:57 PM
I just want a C&C UB. Hopefully soon.

current
Aug 8, 2006, 02:26 AM
When running C&C on my 1.83 intel imac with 2gb ram, I have to run the game on the lowest possible graphics setting for the game to be somewhat fun. And Photoshop/Painter aren't UB either. So nothing's complete! SO anyone planning on buying an intel mac for better gaming performance, hold you horses...

Mackilroy
Aug 8, 2006, 09:22 AM
That's better gaming performance for UB games *no one's buying Intel Macs to get better performance for games that won't become UB.

CANEHDN
Aug 24, 2006, 04:16 PM
I didn't buy the Intel iMac for gaming but I would love some game in UB for it. If I'm going to play a game I want it at full spec with no compromise.

Mackilroy
Aug 24, 2006, 05:07 PM
When running C&C on my 1.83 intel imac with 2gb ram, I have to run the game on the lowest possible graphics setting for the game to be somewhat fun. And Photoshop/Painter aren't UB either. So nothing's complete! SO anyone planning on buying an intel mac for better gaming performance, hold you horses...

Apple's transition is indeed complete. If you're going to blame them for Aspyr/Adobe/whatever companies' not having released UBs of their apps yet, that's just dumb. OF COURSE it's not going to run as fast – didn't you know that beforehand? Or are you a switcher, in which case I'll let you off the hook.

seenew
Aug 24, 2006, 05:14 PM
Is Aspyr Maxis now? Like, what happened to Sim Tower? :( I'd like to play an updated version of that.

And Sim Ant! :D

AnthonyKinyon
Aug 27, 2006, 07:38 PM
Anyone else want to see a Universal Binary / update patch released for Jedi Outcast? (Jedi Knight II) for Mac? Maybe some better compatibilty with OS X 10.4.x

Shadowspirit6
Sep 15, 2006, 06:46 PM
Anyone else want to see a Universal Binary / update patch released for Jedi Outcast? (Jedi Knight II) for Mac? Maybe some better compatibilty with OS X 10.4.x
wow, i hope the project for this patch is still up, i really want to see how it will run under a patch

Old Smuggler
Sep 15, 2006, 06:51 PM
got off the phone earlier with aspyr about sims 2
she said there will be a universal version box in stores in the next couple of months
for now she told me download patches
im PPC so no worry

harveypooka
Sep 16, 2006, 11:09 AM
There's no chance in hell but I still emailed Aspyr asking if they could bring Deus Ex to the Intels!!!

Shadowspirit6
Apr 4, 2007, 09:53 PM
There's no chance in hell but I still emailed Aspyr asking if they could bring Deus Ex to the Intels!!! When are they going to get CoD a UB already...i think they said after the relesed their e-mai lenwsletter that they weill have it in a few months, but how long is a few months? a year is about too past..i hope the UB for CoD didnt die

Whitesnake
Dec 10, 2007, 11:59 AM
When are they going to get CoD a UB already...i think they said after the relesed their e-mai lenwsletter that they weill have it in a few months, but how long is a few months? a year is about too past..i hope the UB for CoD didnt die

Amen to that. Where is the Universal Binary for Call of Duty? I've been waiting a year. :(

MindBrain
Jul 27, 2010, 12:37 AM
I would like Neverwinter Nights to be universal, reinstalled it and learned it uses Rosetta, so uh I don't know but I hope Aspyr can help with this. Would be great, Neverwinter Nights is so cool