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I was on the hot news section of apple.com and on the schedule it says e3, why would mac be at one of the biggest, if not the biggest gaming conference?
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I think Apple occasionally shows off their flagship Power Macs with all the bells and whistles in a LAN-party type of set-up at game conferences.
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announcing merger with nintendo
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Originally posted by MacsRbetterthanPC
I was on the hot news section of apple.com and on the schedule it says e3, why would mac be at one of the biggest, if not the biggest gaming conference?

Two words -

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post #5 of 80
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announcing merger with nintendo

Why would Apple merge with a company who don't take themselves seriously? Maybe before the Wii renaming incident but not now. Nintendo are just taking the Wii.

I wonder if Apple will be showing off bootcamp and showing how well Windows gaming works with it. After all, they are out to sell hardware.
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Originally posted by Marvin
Why would Apple merge with a company who don't take themselves seriously? Maybe before the Wii renaming incident but not now. Nintendo are just taking the Wii.

I wonder if Apple will be showing off bootcamp and showing how well Windows gaming works with it. After all, they are out to sell hardware.

- Nintendo game library running on OSX, buy the games from an online store like iTunes, including older games.

- combo iPod / gameboy DS

- seamless iPod/Wii integration

- The Wii would become a mac at a lower price point than the mini - it would be the "mac nano", and run Mac OS X on its powerPC processor. People who want "the best nintendo that money can buy" would upgrade to higher level macs - all the nintendo games would be in universal binary format.
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Yeah.
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Maybe it has something to do with the Media Center that is apperently coming around? I could be completely off, just a guess. The Nintendo thing sounds like something that could happen at E3.
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post #9 of 80
Maybe they are trying to increase visibility amongst a profitable market segment.

Nah, that'd be too crazy, LOL
post #10 of 80
when is E3?
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post #12 of 80
Please, Bungie. Please show Halo 3.
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post #13 of 80
boot camp!

I have been running Half Life 2 for 2 straight days now. When I am over with the game I restart and here I am safely in OS X!

Now If I could do that with a keyboard shortcut that would really rock!!

Windows still sucks ass.
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Please, Bungie. Please show Halo 3.

Please, Epic. Please show Unreal Tournament 2007 because it's superior to anything Bungie could ever make.
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It makes sense for them to be visible at E3 since the Intel transition is taking place, the beta release of BootCamp has been out, etc. They can get some good visibility and hands-on play with gamers and get them to comment and think about Apple offerings. They might even want to show support for some of the newer titles and ports from software vendors that are there.
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Originally posted by CosmoNut
Please, Bungie. Please show Halo 3.

Halo 3...shown on Mac first. Exclusive Xbox 360 release. Yeeeehaw!
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WWSJD (what would Steve Jobs Do)

cause it is Halo 3
post #18 of 80
To show off Blu-ray support alongside more details for the PS3. Hey maybe a Blu-ray drive supporting future games on Blu-ray discs.
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I say they should have a shitload of 20" iMacs set up with the most popular PC/Win games in the dock

Clicking on the icon would initiate an Automator script to reboot into WinXP & open the selected game

(maybe even some type of automator on the Windows side which automatically reboots to OS X whenever the particular game is exited?!?)

Have a good number of Mac minis w/a brace of 250GB FW HDDs (One Gig FW RAID 0 for content, anyone?) feeding 23" ACDs set up to demo FrontRow

Don't forget the Logitech Z6600 5.1 surround sound speakers (optical out, duh) with the minis!

Sweet!

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Originally posted by MacRonin
I say they should have a shitload of 20" iMacs set up with the most popular PC/Win games in the dock

Clicking on the icon would initiate an Automator script to reboot into WinXP & open the selected game

(maybe even some type of automator on the Windows side which automatically reboots to OS X whenever the particular game is exited?!?)

Have a good number of Mac minis w/a brace of 250GB FW HDDs (One Gig FW RAID 0 for content, anyone?) feeding 23" ACDs set up to demo FrontRow

Don't forget the Logitech Z6600 5.1 surround sound speakers (optical out, duh) with the minis!

Sweet!

;^p


Just remember Windows still sucks!!!

yes, really really bad!

it sucks!

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Originally posted by furious_
WWSJD (what would Steve Jobs Do)



make macs boot windows games natively.

by using the win XP api's that he got from the infernal microsoft bailout of apple.



Then proceed on in a happy safe and superior OS X environment.


otherwise I will become a luddite and only use an abacus !



post #22 of 80
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Originally posted by TednDi
make macks [sic] boot windows games natively.

by using the win XP api's that he got from the infernal microsoft bailout of apple.

Mmmmm... DirectX on Mac OS X.

...

...

Or maybe not. I have no idea how these things work--I only know the names of OpenGL and DirectX, and I know DirectX doesn't work on Macs...
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post #23 of 80
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Please, Epic. Please show Unreal Tournament 2007 because it's superior to anything Bungie could ever make.

You got that right Placebo.


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Or maybe not. I have no idea how these things work--I only know the names of OpenGL and DirectX, and I know DirectX doesn't work on Macs...


Sure it does. It just doesn't run under OS X. You use Boot Camp.
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post #24 of 80
Tablet with Motion Controls Sensors
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Originally posted by e1618978
- Nintendo game library running on OSX, buy the games from an online store like iTunes, including older games.

- combo iPod / gameboy DS

- seamless iPod/Wii integration

Interesting suggestions. I hadn't thought of that. However, I don't think the DS is as popular as the ipod and Apple are more into stylish practicality. Nintendo seem to care nothing about style nor practicality juding from the DS and Wii controller.

The only thing keeping Nintendo afloat is their legacy which fades more and more as time goes on. Beyond the SNES, they have made nothing remotely appealling to the vast majority of gamers.

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Originally posted by e1618978
- The Wii would become a mac at a lower price point than the mini - it would be the "mac nano", and run Mac OS X on its powerPC processor. People who want "the best nintendo that money can buy" would upgrade to higher level macs - all the nintendo games would be in universal binary format.

Nah, games consoles typically have too low spec to run a major OS. Rumours suggest the Wii will have a spec similar to the first XBox. To quote:

"on paper Revolution's CPU falls performance-wise somewhere well beyond GameCube and just shy of the original Xbox."

Obviously the GPU should be faster but for running an OS, it's nowhere near powerful enough.

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Originally posted by e1618978
Halo 3...shown on Mac first. Exclusive Xbox 360 release. Yeeeehaw!

I doubt it. Remember, M$ own Bungie and they have already stated Halo 3 will be Vista-only. If they won't release it for XP or lower, there's no way in hell they will let a Mac port get out.
post #26 of 80
I took a look at the floorplan, all Apple has booked is a conference room, no boothspace. However, the conference room is right next door to Intel's, which could possibly mean something. What? I don't know.
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Originally posted by Marvin



I doubt it. Remember, M$ own Bungie and they have already stated Halo 3 will be Vista-only. If they won't release it for XP or lower, there's no way in hell they will let a Mac port get out.

Actually they said they are considering a Mac port. I'm a Halo guy...lol (Still think Halo 1 is much better than Halo 2 though...)
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Originally posted by rongold
Tablet with Motion Controls Sensors

Looks like they are next to Intel AND THQ based on the newly updated floor plan. THQ is the game publisher that is putting out "Cars", that driving game that will have a release coinciding with Pixar's movie of the same name.

Here's one screen shot:




Limited invitation-only (absolutely no reporters or media of any kind) session.

Probably demoing a new tablet with motion control sensors used to drive the cars.
post #29 of 80
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Originally posted by Shadow Slayer 26
Actually they said they are considering a Mac port. I'm a Halo guy...lol (Still think Halo 1 is much better than Halo 2 though...)

Once an ambitious project, what we ended up with was a me-too FPS. The real Halo was last seen in a Macworld demo years ago...

Bungie is dead.
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Originally posted by Eugene
Once an ambitious project, what we ended up with was a me-too FPS. The real Halo was last seen in a Macworld demo years ago...

Bungie is dead.

Yeah, I would've loved it to have been a knockoff RTS or unpolished third-person shooter. Microsoft saved it.
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Originally posted by Marvin
Interesting suggestions. I hadn't thought of that. However, I don't think the DS is as popular as the ipod and Apple are more into stylish practicality. Nintendo seem to care nothing about style nor practicality juding from the DS and Wii controller.

The only thing keeping Nintendo afloat is their legacy which fades more and more as time goes on. Beyond the SNES, they have made nothing remotely appealling to the vast majority of gamers.

Nah, games consoles typically have too low spec to run a major OS. Rumours suggest the Wii will have a spec similar to the first XBox. To quote:

"on paper Revolution's CPU falls performance-wise somewhere well beyond GameCube and just shy of the original Xbox."

Obviously the GPU should be faster but for running an OS, it's nowhere near powerful enough.

I doubt it. Remember, M$ own Bungie and they have already stated Halo 3 will be Vista-only. If they won't release it for XP or lower, there's no way in hell they will let a Mac port get out.

The Revolution will be more powerful than the original xbox ("like a souped up xbox"), which will be good enough for the majority of computer users browsing the internet or editing documents.

http://revolution.ign.com/articles/673/673578p1.html

Have you seen the DS-lite? Very stylish. And Nintendo has tons of good games (Zelda, Metroid, Nintendogs,
resident evil, animal crossing, etc).
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post #32 of 80
Apple is always at E3. They have a small booth in one of the conference rooms- I checked it out last year and was VERY unimpressed with their display...
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Originally posted by Placebo
Yeah, I would've loved it to have been a knockoff RTS or unpolished third-person shooter. Microsoft saved it.

Is that a knock at Myth and Oni?..

I guess people prefer the art of resource accumulation to the realism of the Myth series. I guess a game that emphasized both shooting and hand-to-hand combat meant it was unpolished. I guess the ideal of simultaneous releases wasn't worth saving.

Maybe Bungie couldn't bankroll the original Halo, but we'll never know because Seropian and Jason Jones took cash in exchange for their baby. Ever wonder why Seropian isn't even there anymore? MS enabled Bungie to move an amazing number of copies of Halo, but did they save actually save the game? Maybe, but they couldn't save Bungie.
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post #34 of 80
They could be there to show off the Macbook if it is released on the 9th. Maybe it will be able to play games?
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Originally posted by Placebo
Yeah, I would've loved it to have been a knockoff RTS or unpolished third-person shooter. Microsoft saved it.

Yeah...thank god for that repetitive library level or that game would have been an utter failure.

Oh wait...

Reason why Halo was somewhat a success:

There just isn't a damn game worth playing on the xbox. :P Except maybe Halo...for the multiplayer aspect (which we have in Marathon.)
post #36 of 80
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Originally posted by e1618978
Have you seen the DS-lite? Very stylish. And Nintendo has tons of good games (Zelda, Metroid, Nintendogs,
resident evil, animal crossing, etc).

Did you write "Nintendogs", "animal crossing" and "good games" in the same sentence without laughing? Nintendo have some good games but the good ones they have are not originals, they are sequels to games they made years ago. Either that or they are games that are on either the Playstation or XBox anyway.

I don't like the design of the DS-lite but I like the design of the Game-boy micro. However, I like the design of the PSP much much more and since I can get a PSP for £160 where a DS lite would be £115 or so, guess which one I'd get. That's right, the one that isn't hideous looking and could actually play Burnout fast enough to be enjoyable.
post #37 of 80
I'll probably be buying a PSP2 when they come out before Christmas. 4GB of built-in flash memory is tasty.
post #38 of 80
Bungie isn't dead. They are merely appealing to the masses. Halo 1 was amazing, Halo 2 was a game coming from a corrupt bungie...lets hope thats not the case w/ Halo 3.
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Originally posted by Marvin
Did you write "Nintendogs", "animal crossing" and "good games" in the same sentence without laughing?

Good games are games that sell well, by definition. And both those games are supposed to be a lot of fun to play, unless you are an angst filled teenage boy - in which case stay with your DOA4 or Halo or whatever.
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I can't stand Nintendogs but Animal Crossing is alright for a few hours. I would much rather play a faster paced game though.
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