Intel buys Havok...

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  1. fblack macrumors 6502a

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    Havok is middleware that helps create very realistic physics effects in many popular games such as oblivion. Previously unavailable for use on Macs, until Blizzard in late 2006 licensed the engine for both PC and Macs. Now Intel has bought Havok. I'm speculating but it seems like an opportunity for Apple to enlist Intel's aid in making Havok available for more games on Macs. Of course, that is if Apple remembers that there are mac users out there who like to play games...

    http://blogs.intel.com/technology/2007/09/cry_havok_and_let_slip_the_dog.html

    http://theinquirer.net/?article=42368
     
  2. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    They also made physics in several movies, The Matrix being one of them.
     
  3. fblack thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty cool I didn't know that. :cool:
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Interesting, I hope that this means better gaming performance for Mac... :)
     
  5. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    Nope, it doesn't. However, there's a slight chance that it might mean Havok's insanely high fees might get reduced...apparently they charge the same for the Mac version (6 figures, last I heard) as the PC version, even though Mac games don't sell anywhere near as much. So nobody except Blizzard can afford it.

    --Eric
     
  6. mikebatho macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, can someone just tell me if there's a direct download link anywhere to this havok blizzard thing?

    If it's free, of course. I only want it for playing online puzzles, games etc....

    There's a lot of people talking about it, but nobody posting a clear link, and I can't see where to get it on the HAVOK page....
     
  7. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    Wait, we are talking about the Havok engine right? like whats used in games (like Second Life? cant think of any others that use it)?
     
  8. mikebatho macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, but I don't even want it to play complex stuff, just lunch hour games like Monster Golf on the Miniclip site......

    http://www.miniclip.com/games/monster-golf/en/

    Says I need a plugin. Tries sending me to the shockwave download, but I have that already. Warning talks about the Havok download as missing
     
  9. Huntn macrumors G5

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    My understanding is that for Havok games, Mac porters just used another physics program? Or were Havok games stopped dead in their tracks for Mac ports, don't remember for sure.

    The ideal solution would be that when a company licenses Havok, it is for just the title game name and not a separate license for each platform it will run on or as you said, greatly reduced license fees for additional platforms.
     
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    Almost all console games of late which utilize physics in some way are using the havok engine. It has been massively popular......
     
  12. mikebatho macrumors 6502a

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    Just seems a bit rotten that they're posting free games on an online site that not everybody can use....
     
  13. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    I know Havok is used by a few others, and theres the Crysis/Crytek engine, the source engine, and theres another popular one... my understanding was Havok was popular and used a bit, not not in like every console game.
     
  14. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    Hopefully this will reduce the licensing price for Havok so companies like Aspyr and MacSoft can produces games easier and better.
     

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