Why are free games being made for Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by luffytubby, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. luffytubby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    With such a markedshare, and many of these games not being technical impressive, I don't understand it.

    These free games on the pc seems to be the future. It seems to be the way the marked is heading. PC gaming is not dying. It is changing. Away from buying retail games, and into downloading games, with advertisment and such.

    Games like Battlefield Heroes are a proof of this. Games designed to be free. Another big one is Quake Live, which is a free game that apparently runs in a browser, which means it might be able to play on a mac, natively.

    but just taking a look at the ever increasing about of online games; http://www.onrpg.com/boards/907.html and shooters; http://www.onrpg.com/boards/70.html that are free, it gives you an idea of how big this thing has become, and how much bigger it will get.

    Bootcamp is really nice, but it is also a hassle. Many of these casual friendly games, for people who don't need to play a game for 10 hours a day with crysis quality graphics, these free games are great, as a part of the life culture that Apple seems to want to get. music, movies, photos... and hopefully also games at some point. at least the free ones. at least these casual ones.
  2. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Firstly only a handful of PC games are going free. Off the top of my head all I can think of is Quake Live, that TF2-clone and Farcry. Personally I don't think it's the way the market is going. Not by a long shot. When EA (ultra rich publisher/dev) using an already developed engine and a decade old FPS go free it's not saying much really.

    There's a huge free indie gaming scene for PC which you don't seem to get on the Mac. Many Mac shareware games are of equal or lower quality than many free games I've played for PC. We need to badger them or something.

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