Originally Posted by iGenius
Wow. It looks like maybe the Mac OS is reaching some sort of critical mass.
Can a good selection of other software categories be far behind? About time!
I would actually expect that other 3rd party software will do better than games if future.
When you consider number of PCs in wild and low gaming market share PC has, what can you really accept from Mac with their (comparably) low PC market share..?
Even if porting from Windows to OSX and from DirectX to OpenGL is reasonably easy, I'd be surprised if Mac gaming really does much further than a couple of titles released to "sense" the market. Even if Mac users response turns to be big enough to keep developers interest in Mac platform, it still has to survive couple of things:
- piracy (which will follow, only question is to what degree)
- compatibility and performance issues
- real life experience - on line cheating etc.
All those things are plaguing PC gaming as well, but considering much bigger user base, developers are willing - sort of - to invest into anti piracy technologies, frequent game fixes and updates, techniques to minimize on line cheating... all things that take extra money and resources from developers and are not directly related to the size of user base (for example I'd expect Punkbuster development expenses are the same no matter if user base is 10 or 90% of the market).
And at the end - what is in there for the gamers? I am long time computer gamer, going back to ZX81, Spectrum and Commodore 64... and recently I'm finding myself playing much more on PS3 than on my PC, and my PC is more than capable. For me, it is primarily the cheating thing - I really hate giving NZ$100 for a game to find myself being killed behind the wall by a pistol from a person on the other side of the map. True enough I'd prefer kbd and mouse, better textures and higher resolutions, but at the end of the day playing game where you know good players are just that - good players, not cheaters - beats all the tech advantages of the PC platform, for me at least.