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Oct 10, 2009, 06:18 PM
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Dont Hurt Me
Oct 10, 2009, 06:58 PM
Yes Apple why is it so hard to get great games on the Mac? Why? If Apple spent a 1/4 of the time they do on pods and put it towards Mac gaming we wouldnt even be talking about this. HalfLife2 comes to mind along with many many others.

Makes you think there are a bunch of white hair old farts over at Apple calling the shots.

tempusfugit
Oct 10, 2009, 07:20 PM
Makes you think there are a bunch of white hair old farts over at Apple calling the shots.

yes. mainly this one:

Eidorian
Oct 10, 2009, 07:22 PM
The vanilla hardware and lack of upgradability are a big downer.

Anyone else remember this (http://www.insidemacgames.com/features/tuncersblog.php?ID=111)?

Dont Hurt Me
Oct 10, 2009, 07:29 PM
yes. mainly this one:I knew it! thanks for the proof.

Shunnabunich
Oct 12, 2009, 02:00 PM
The vanilla hardware and lack of upgradability are a big downer.

Anyone else remember this (http://www.insidemacgames.com/features/tuncersblog.php?ID=111)?

I noticed in the comments:

I wrote to Valve about this. I got this response from Doug Lombardi:-

Hi,

Gabe passed your mail to me -- the $1 million dollar thing is false. Not
sure who's started that one, but it has no factual basis.

It is, of course, possible that Mr. Lombardi was trying to do a cover-up, but equally possible that Apple really doesn't give two ****** about gaming — at least not outside of casual games on their handhelds.


I think if there were one additional component that Apple could make user-upgradeable in Macs which would drive customers wild, it'd be the video card. Really, besides beefing up your RAM and storage capacity, what else would a gamer want to change in their machine as time went on, as long as the included power supply was sufficient? I put a $75 GeForce 9500 GT in my $400 Hackintosh with 2 GB of RAM, and it runs almost everything like a dream, regardless of the OS. It'd be nice to get something of that calibre at my own discretion for a bona fide Mac that didn't cost $3K+ to start out with. Apple could certainly afford to either develop a wider range of graphics drivers themselves or "incentivize" Nvidia and ATI to do so. Hell, if they really wanted, they could expand Front Row into a kind of "gaming console mode" for OS X to make it closer to the attractive simplicity of actual consoles, with the added benefit of no disc swapping.