Gaming on a Macintosh (YouTube + Rant)

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My friend Clancy over at Kairosnews just posted a link to this spoof about gaming on the Mac. It's a spoof of all those "hip" Apple commercials I haven't ever seen because I never watch television, but it's still pretty funny (if a bit unfair). The theme is, "Photoshop isn't a game." I might add, "Boot Camp is not a game, either."

As everyone knows, I have recently been granted access to a powerful iMac and have been using it pretty extensively lately for web browsing and such. I've always had fun dabbling with creative apps, and the Mac has really great ones. In fact, one of the reasons I loved my Amiga so much wasn't so much the games, but fun and easy-to-use apps like Deluxe Paint, Sonix, OctaMED, and even Scala MultiMedia, which came with my A3000. Sure, these weren't "games," but they were definitely fun to play with, and for someone with a creative impulse, these can be just as engaging as anything released by Bungee. The Mac seems to provide a very similar suite of fun tools and cater to the same "desktop amateur" as the Amiga did back in the day. Except now it's even easier to do, and the results look more professional.

In all seriousness, though, I've yet to really get a game going on this Mac. I have some adventure games that will run on Mac, but not enough time has passed since I beat them on the PC for me to try them again. I would very much like to buy Civilization IV for the Mac, though. I bet it probably runs smoother and would crash less often than the PC version. I've also never been one of those "ZERO DAY" freaks who has to have the latest game. There are Brazillions of great games that have been released in the past five years that I've yet to sample. If I'm six months to a year behind the bleeding edge, so what? Heck, maybe the developers can take that extra time to improve their games and work out some of the bugs.

I know most of my Mac friends would be trying to interrupt me at this point by mentioning Boot Camp. Why wait for a Mac port (which may never come) when you can partition your Mac and run Windows XP over it?

Well, I don't like the idea of running Boot Camp and don't plan to ever install it. Why not? Well, first off, I already have a fully capable Windows PC sitting in my bedroom. Installing Boot Camp would be redundant at this point. Secondly, I feel that it's a cop out to run Windows on top of a perfectly good Mac OS. I'd much rather use software specifically designed for the Mac! I never bothered to run WINE or whatever on Linux for the same reason. If I'm on a Linux platform, I want to use Linux software. The same goes for Mac and PC. Sure, we can partition all we want, but, again, I think what you end up with is less "the best of both worlds" as really just a bunch of incompatible crap on your hard drive and a whole heaping helping of redundant programs. No thanks!

It's really flabbergasting to think that Apple really expects people to quit complaining about the game wait by shoving Boot Camp in their face. If Boot Camp ever catches on, my bet is that it'll be a Pyrrhic victory for Apple.

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Seb
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Quality control?

It still doesn't make me comfortable spending serious money on these machines. If you spend a little bit of time reading up on Apple official forums, you'll realize that quite a lot of people are experiencing the same issues. I'm not ready to dismiss them all so easily.

More horror stories:

http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?t=300808

Incidentally I hear nothing but good things about the Mac minis. They seem to be relatively trouble-free.

Mark Vergeer
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numbers

If a lot of different individuals genuinly claim to have similar problems themselves then it is possible to estimate how big the problem is. Of course hindered by the fact that we don't have all information - it could be a single faulty batch that slipped through Apple's quality control.

I say just wait a little while for the dust to settle and see what remains of those complaints - and it should be backed up with actual numbers. But here is some more stuff I found on the discussion forums to feed the rumor mill:

YouTube videos demonstrating the random shutdowns:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8A1SzUKCko
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vThy5yF-30w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aztSQb0XhKg

Forum threads:
http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8300945231/m/80200598...
http://forums.appleinsider.com/showthread.php?threadid=64715
http://theubergeeks.net/2006/07/07/macbook-shuts-down-after-1047-update/
http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/macbookpro/topic4139.html
http://www.appledefects.com/wiki/index.php?title=MacBook_Pro#Random_Shut...
http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37401
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=188272
http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?t=300808
http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20060717080227612
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=575048&tstart=30

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Matt Barton
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MacBooks Hacked Remotely

Geez, here's more bad news for Apple: Wi-Fi Driver Hack Demonstarted for Apple MacBook PC. Looks like a pretty serious vulnerability to me. Then again, it's not as if Windows is a bastion of security.

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Bill Loguidice
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The Apple Hack

Supposedly that's a universal hack. They just demonstrated it on the Mac because those commercials are so darn annoying... (and frankly, ANYTHING sufficiently popular will get hacked, hence the great increase in Firefox attacks/exploits)

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Mark Vergeer
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Indeed, a lot of wifi drivers are hackable

Indeed, a lot of wifi drivers are hackable not only Macintosh ones.
Wow, this Mac gaming thread is turning into something different altogether ;)

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