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On average, how many hours per week do you play games on your Mac?

1/1: On average, how many hours per week do you play games on your Mac?

None 597 (40.67%)
Less than 1 hour 321 (21.87%)
1 to 3 hours 167 (11.38%)
3 to 5 hours 109 (7.43%)
5 to 10 hours 87 (5.93%)
10 to 15 hours 39 (2.66%)
15 to 20 hours 16 (1.09%)
20 to 25 hours 8 (0.54%)
Over 25 hours -- I'm addicted! 21 (1.43%)
Macs have games?? 103 (7.02%)
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ID Games are the best (release the source)
Authored by: a1291762 on Aug 17, '04 08:33:13PM

I've recently played through Quake 2 and both it's mission packs and I'm now starting on the DOOM games (in anticipation of playing DOOM3 once it comes out).

Of course none of this would be possible if ID hadn't released the source for it's games. The binaries I'm using are from people who grabbed the source code and ported it to Mac OS X. The DOOM port even lets you do things the original game didn't (like mouse look and jumping).

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ID Games are the best (release the source)
Authored by: sejanus on Aug 18, '04 07:28:23PM

hiya,

Could you please provide a link to the OS X executables for Doom1 & 2? I'd love to revisit that game, even though it's ancient :)



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Games? Who needs the distraction?
Authored by: endon on Aug 17, '04 10:43:35PM

The reason I bought my PowerBook was because all my games were PC games. When I'm working on here, I never have to be worried about being distracted by wanting to play games.

I don't play games on my mac now, and I won't ever.



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Games? Who needs the distraction?
Authored by: Han Solo on Aug 18, '04 05:08:27PM

Amen!



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Aspyr
Authored by: GlowingApple on Aug 18, '04 12:08:39PM

Shout out to Aspyr (http://www.aspyr.com/) for porting some excellent games over to the Mac!

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Aspyr, a great Gameing Company... But..
Authored by: MacOSXAddict on Aug 25, '04 12:53:04PM
I wish they could make the conversions faster. I hate waiting so long after the PC versions come out. Though I do realize that it is partly the fault of the Mac Gaming Comunity not being as big as the Windoze Comunities. I just hate it when half the time I get a new game the Windoze players have already moved on to the Newest best game :(

But I do greatly apreciate the good work Aspyr

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I would like to play games. :-)
Authored by: lpangelrob on Aug 18, '04 06:10:15PM

Well, I came close. I have Civ III somewhere, which is a quality game. Then I tried installing Escape from Monkey Island on Panther.

Didn't work so well, unfortunately... it worked, but only in Classic mode (by design), and the movies wouldn't show the video (just the audio). I never got a chance to boot into Classic Mode as I have a 17" PB that is too recent for that. So that was my first experience with an Aspyr game... I traded it back in for an iPod, so I guess that worked out. :-)

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I would like to play games. :-)
Authored by: PCheese on Aug 24, '04 11:21:02AM

They changed something in Classic mode in Panther that made a bunch of games unplayable. For example, Ferazel's Wand worked fine in Classic mode under Jaguar, but it became horribly choppy in Panther. You just have to persuade the developers to port the game to OS X. I think the problem is that Panther buffers the graphics in Classic so it doesn't smear like Jaguar did, but full-screen games update too often so the buffering slows them down too much.



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I play games on my Palm
Authored by: sjonke on Aug 19, '04 02:11:56PM

I play a lot of games on my Palm because I always have it with me. When I'm stuck somewhere waiting, or otherwise bored, I have something to occupy my time right at hand. I don't find that I want to play games much on my Mac any more - I'd rather edit a movie in iMovie/iDVD or some other more interesting and fun task. This is especially true with how it relates to current games as they're all the same (Doom 3? Snooze.) When I do play a game on my Mac it's usually some old arcade game in MacMAME such as Donkey Kong, Galaga, Dig Dug or something weird I've never seen before.

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Games on a Mac?
Authored by: wax66 on Aug 23, '04 12:04:17PM

I play small games on my Mac, mostly as a distraction from work, as a Mac is better for productivity.
However, if you're a true hardcore gamer, you play on a PC, period. Not because of better performance (tho it has that), not because you dare to live with the crashes, headaches, and frustrations (tho it has that), not because hardware is easy to upgrade, and usually cheaper than Mac hardware (tho it has that). No, it all comes down to one thing... games released for the PC so far this year? 5 gajillion +... games released for the Mac so far this year? Not enough.
I've had talks with both developers for Mac games and publishers for Mac games. It really has little to do with how difficult (or easy) it is to develop for the Mac, as most of the developers I've talked to say they'd love to do it. It just has to do with cost/benefit of the publishing of the game. If you spend time repackaging, supporting, and updating a game that only ships 50k units (compared with a PC's 500k or more units on a kinda decent selling game, not like Doom 3), you're barely breaking even (according to sources at MacPlay, this is what generally happens), which is why Mac games are more expensive per box usually.
So I live with my crashy, ugly, M$ infested PC because I have to. But at least I have the choice of 5 gajillion games so that when I get bored with one in 5 minutes I can pop down to my local Frys and buy 20 more.



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Games on a Mac?
Authored by: hartkeks on Aug 23, '04 12:23:18PM

Hrm, Macplay shouldn't whine about the possible cost for supporting/updating a game that sold 50k units only ...
Check out VT reviews of MacPlay games too see



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Games on a Mac?
Authored by: robg on Aug 23, '04 12:39:43PM

Ah, but there you have a nice Catch-22 ... if everyone takes your approach, then the Mac market will never sell more than 50K units, because even as the user base increases, people still keep playing on their PCs. Mac game publishers won't be able to win.

My approach: I use my PC only for games that I can't find on the Mac. For instance, Far Cry, which was an awesomely fun first person shooter. It may some *year* make it to the Mac, but I'm not holding my breath. Other major titles, though, if I know they're coming to the Mac, I'll hold out for the Mac versions -- Doom3 is a good example.

Sometimes, though, my impatience gets the best of me, and I end up buying a version for each platform :)

-rob.



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Games on a Mac?
Authored by: wax66 on Aug 23, '04 02:56:18PM

> Ah, but there you have a nice Catch-22 ... if everyone takes your approach, then the Mac market will never sell more than 50K units, because even as the user base increases, people still keep playing on their PCs. Mac game publishers won't be able to win.

True, but games aren't usually what sells the computers. If the user base increases to the point where selling games to that platform is more profitable, then it should work out. Whenever I can I buy Mac versions of my games. However, the games I usually like to play either don't come out for the Mac (most MMOGs), or when they do are not compatible with the PC versions (Damn you Sony for the EQ:Mac debacle!), or they don't have a distinct Mac version box (Diablo 2). Now I'm not saying all games that people can get on both platforms support the 'Mac ideal', but it's VERY difficult.

> My approach: I use my PC only for games that I can't find on the Mac. For instance, Far Cry, which was an awesomely fun first person shooter. It may some *year* make it to the Mac, but I'm not holding my breath. Other major titles, though, if I know they're coming to the Mac, I'll hold out for the Mac versions -- Doom3 is a good example.

How could you possibly hold out for Doom3? You sicko! ;-)
I've gotten it, and I think am pretty close to the end. Mac version should be out sometime after I beat it. However, I think they're not going to release a Mac-only boxed version (I think Hollenshead said that in one of his .plans), which means you're waiting for no reason... :-(



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Games on a Mac?
Authored by: wax66 on Aug 23, '04 03:02:52PM

Oops, he was talking about no Linux boxed version... Mac will hopefully be boxed, and I'll definitely purchase it, even if I never play it on my Mac.

"Mac and Linux: Unfortunately I don't have dates for either of these. However, Linux binaries will be available very soon after the PC game hits store shelves. There are no plans for boxed Linux games."



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Classic games
Authored by: terceiro on Aug 24, '04 01:16:15AM

I just got a new 1 gig iBook and spent about ten minutes playing Tony Hawk that came on it, and another ten playing Wingnuts I downloaded from dotmac. And then it occurred to me that I like simple, little games better (when I do play games, which is rarely). And so I've downloaded Cliff Johnson's incredible puzzle game, Fool's Errand (http://www.fools-errand.com) as well as some old Classic gems from the Macintosh Garden (http://mac.the-underdogs.org/). Escape from Monkey Island I: woohoo!

Suddenly, I feel so old.



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gaming on a mac??
Authored by: eromitlab on Aug 25, '04 10:59:00AM

other than the simple games... the only other games I even play on my mac anymore are CivIII and SimCity 4 (and rarely do I even play them).

My feeling is that my macs are machines with a purpose higher than gaming and that there are plenty of game consoles out there that perform, play and just plain look better than using my macs, not to mention that there are many more choices out there for them.

PC's are for doorstops, consoles for gaming, macs for working. :D



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Games on Mac, Hell Yes!!
Authored by: MacOSXAddict on Aug 25, '04 12:44:33PM
I love gaming on my Mac. I Play the Following:

Battlefield 1942 (with Desert Combat, Red Orchestra, and pirates mods (more Coming)),

Call of Duty (Revolt Mod, and waiting on a half dozen others)

Unreal 2K3/2K4 (Jailbreak, Alien Swarm, FragOps, Air Buccaneers, Death Ball, Zombie Hunter, Un-Wheel, Troopers: Dawn of Destiny, and awaiting a couple others to be finished)

On a big Note Almost All of the Above Mods are total conversions and make the game a totally new experience like getting a new game for FREE!!!

I love even more when I show up to the local area LAN parties with my Dual 2gig G5 and 23" LCD and get the reactions from the win-kiddies (WK) like:

"Wow is that some new AlienWare hardware?"

"Wait, that's an Apple, you can't use that..."

"How come your screen looks so good, my 19"CRT set at 1024x768 looks nothing like yours... (Me) That's because your 1024x768 is not 1920x1200 try upping the res... (WK)!!!HOLY $#!+ !!! 1920x1200!!!",

"Hey that's unfair, you have a wider screen that lets you see more of the field of view..."

And the last was the best... "WOW, I never thought a Mac could do something like that, maybe I'll have to look into Apple again, I was always told by my friends that they were junk. (Me) do you jump off a bridge when your friends say it cool also? (WK) Well no, but most of them work in IT departments.. (Me) Truthfully, most of the people in IT love windows because with it they will always have Job Security fixing it, with Mac there are almost NEVER any issues, and on top of that I'm a Senior Network Engineer for the US Department of Transportation and I love my Mac, I can do nearly anything you can do on PC short of playing every game there is. BUT, admitting the truth, only the best games for the PC ever come out on the Mac and you usually have to wait a at least a little while for it. Example UT2K4 took less than a Month, but Neverwinter Nights took over a year. (WK) That Sucks!! But with all the other stuff you showed me about Mac OSX having the Heart of UNIX and an X11 windows manager, I wouldn't have to have my machines dual boot WIN/Linux anymore. The best of both worlds, a very stable UNIX environment and the ability to run Mainstream programs in the same interface!!!"

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Lots of games- not for me
Authored by: jecwobble on Aug 25, '04 01:32:54PM

I have hundreds of games installed (thousands if you consider carts for the various console emulators). I play only a couple of them once in a blue moon. They are all for my kids, who rarely touch a fraction of them.

Thanks for the pole- made me realize I can dump a good number of these and free up some space.



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Addicted..
Authored by: yellow on Aug 26, '04 12:32:08PM

I chose addicted, because I am, but I also beta test for the largest Mac porting house, so I have an excuse. I'm not addicted! Yeah.. that's the ticket.



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