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Old Apr 14, 2012, 04:35 AM   #1
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Need help finding a website/store to buy American McGee's Alice.

Hi all,

Over the last few months I've been looking into the older PPC games. One that I am particularly fond of (based on what I've seen) is American McGee's Alice. Ever since I first read about it and watched YouTube videos on it I have been dying to play.

I've been dying to play, but I have only been able to play the old Demo for Mac OS 8.6 or higher. You cannot find American McGee's Alice for Mac anywhere at a decent price. I'm willing to pay $20-30 for a used copy, but everyone wants to charge around $50 and up!

So far, I've looked through Amazon.com, eBay.com, my local craigslist.com, buy.com, and I've done a hell of a lot of Googling looking for a place to purchase. No one has this game for a logical price!

The cheapest I've seen the game (keep in mind I want the Mac version, NOT PC) is $49.90 in Like New condition. I really want this game, but it's sickening to think that I'd pay $50 for a 10+ year old game.

The only other option I see on Amazon is a game package called 'Leave the Lights On' that includes American McGee's Alice, Clive Barker's Undying, and BloodRayne. The whole package is $54.98. $5 more for two more games.

What should I do? Do you know of another website to purchase the game from?

By the way, the new release 'Alice Madness Returns' is available for $9 for PC (no Mac version). Why the hell is the new one cheap and the old one so expensive?!
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Old Apr 14, 2012, 05:38 AM   #2
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By the way, the new release 'Alice Madness Returns' is available for $9 for PC (no Mac version). Why the hell is the new one cheap and the old one so expensive?!
That's an easy one - the mac version is rare. My original "Like New" N64 Ocarina of Time is worth a fair amount, but my 3DS version is worth half of that.

Can you not get the PC version and run it through Bootcamp or one of those WINE solutions?
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Old Apr 14, 2012, 05:04 PM   #3
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It would be nice if Aspyr put the game on the MAS, but they probably don't have the rights to it anymore. Alas.
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Old Apr 14, 2012, 06:35 PM   #4
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The problem you may also run into is that the Mac version of the game has a PPC installer. This will not not work in lion. There is a intel update, but requires the game to be installed first. You could get the windows version and run it in a wine bottle or crossover (commercial version of wine).
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 12:53 PM   #5
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Also, if you have a PS3, you can purchase a new copy of Alice: Madness Returns (for probably $30 or less by now) and it should come with a card to download the original game. That's what I did.

On that note, if you really want the original Mac version, I have an original copy in very nice condition that I've be willing to let go for 30, shipped (due to buying the PS3 version). But as mentioned above, i don't know if it would work on newer OSes or not. Drop me a line if so.

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Old Apr 17, 2012, 02:05 PM   #6
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I have the original Mac version that was sold as part of "Leave the Lights On" 3-pack from Aspyr from several years ago. I had trouble getting it to run well on Tiger on a PPC Mac (there were all sorts of audio problems, but it "ran"), so I have no clue if it would even work on Leopard and beyond, or on an Intel Mac. Keep in mind that it actually was a Carbon program running on OS X (10.0) and OS 8.6/9.x. It's really, really old.

Funny thing is is that I bought that 3-pack for $10 when it came out. Oh how things have changed.

Honestly, I think running the PC version would be better. It's going to be a lot cheaper and a lot less of a headache if you go that route instead.
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I remember playing that on my old G3 iBook in Mac OS 9! It sure has been a long time!

Sadly and stupidly, I sold some of my old games and my Mac version of Alice was in there. At least I kept Halo which is another tough find for the Mac but easily found for Windows anywhere.

When I bought Halo for the Mac it was via another Mac forum and got it for reasonable price as the owner knew I was going to play it instead of flipping it for profit. I still fire it up every so often and was so happy to have a full UB build as the original was PPC as well.

Lion is so unkind to us old Mac game lovers. I always wanted to try out Undying but never found it. Still got physical retail versions of Doom 3, Prey, Fable, Bioshock and a ton of other OS X games but I missed out on a lot of classics simply cause they couldn't be found.
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I know that the game won't run on Intel. I would be playing it on my iMac G3's and PowerMac G4's. All of them have OS 9 and misc OS X versions loaded.
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Also, if you have a PS3, you can purchase a new copy of Alice: Madness Returns (for probably $30 or less by now) and it should come with a card to download the original game. That's what I did.

On that note, if you really want the original Mac version, I have an original copy in very nice condition that I've be willing to let go for 30, shipped (due to buying the PS3 version). But as mentioned above, i don't know if it would work on newer OSes or not. Drop me a line if so.

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I would love to purchase the original Mac version. If you could let me know whether or not you would still be willing to sell it I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
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I would love to purchase the original Mac version. If you could let me know whether or not you would still be willing to sell it I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
Sure thing. I still am, yes. I think otherwise it would probably just sit here. It's the original release in a jewel case and manual (it cam in a box but that was tossed sometime along the way, unfortunately. It's still in great condition - I can send over some pics is the morning if you want to be sure. My email is seematory[at]cox[dot]net

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Old Apr 28, 2012, 12:13 PM   #11
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Alice is a great game. Even playing it today on some of my older PPC Macs is great. The art style and music are what created such a wonderful experience. Some really trippy sequences added to the atmosphere also.

I play the game on Tiger (10.4.11) and it works fine here. It has crashed a bit every once in a while though.

Good luck with the game.
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