Why won't developers make games for Mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Retina MacBook, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. Retina MacBook, Jul 20, 2012
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    Retina MacBook macrumors regular

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    Why? Why do we have to use Bootcamp just to play games (such as Need For Speed and billions of others)? That is so wrong. They should make every application for all OSes. And that includes linux.
     
  2. barredfreak macrumors 6502

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    Windows, albeit being completely useless in my opinion, dominates most of the consumer market. Macs dominate a small but growing amount, so developers are more inclined to want to make more money, so they produce for the bigger majority.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    The invisible hand points to Windows as being the most economical platform for games.

    PS: Some developers do make games for OS X.
     
  4. BSben macrumors 6502a

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    The situation seems to get worse, when the new Sim City was announced they mentioned a Mac version, now there doesn't seem to be one.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Your use of the term racist is grossly out of context
    And demanding equality of OSes is misguided
    You are not entitled to anything

    When it comes to business, it is $$$ that drive it
    If games on the Mac were more profitable, there would be more interest in providing them

    And, FWIW, game makers push the limits of hardware
    Macs are not noted for their attention to specs
     
  6. BlueGummiBear macrumors 6502a

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    Valve has plenty of games for the Mac. Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, Counter-Strike: Source just to name a few. These are all popular and quality games. I think Windows is flooded with crap games IMHO.
     
  7. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Because you have to rewrite the code for each OS. That takes time and money. Companies have to decide whether the investment of that time and money is worth the money that they will make back from sales of the software.

    If it takes 60% more men/dollars/hours to port it to Mac, but Mac has only .. 10% of the games market, is it worth it?
     

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