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Two game developers that recently recommitted to Apple's Mac platform have begun to offer more details on some of their first Mac-bound titles, with EA promising to "revolutionize" Command and Conquer 3 this week and id Software hosting a preview of "Rage."

EA's Command and Conquer 3

It's unclear whether the timing has anything to do with Apple's Mac-focused media event scheduled for the same day, but Electronic Arts is encouraging fans of Command and Conquer to check back at the game's official website on Tuesday for new details.

"Command & Conquer 3 will be revolutionized right here on August 7th, be sure to check back!," the company wrote in a web posting.

Speaking at Apple's annual developers conference in June, EA co-founder and COO Bing Gordon told a gathering of several thousand Apple developers that his firm is recommitted to bringing its portfolio of hit games to the Mac OS X operating system.

In addition to "Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars," other Mac titles slated to ship this summer include the wizarding adventure "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," racing sensation "Need for Speed Carbon," and military action thriller "Battlefield 2142."

Later this year, EA also plans to release "Madden NFL 08" and "Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08" for the Mac in sync with their worldwide launches.

id's Rage

Meanwhile, id Software's John Carmack on Friday unveiled his company's upcoming title, dubbed "Rage," as part of his annual QuakeCon keynote. The game draws upon id's Tech 5 technology, which was also first previewed during Apple's developers conference in June.

"We're obviously moving a little out of the id standard direction for titles here," Carmack told GameSpy. "Gameplay wise, it is going to be about 50 percent run-and-gun, as people would sort of expect from us, but we've also got a significant amount of driving action in there. There's also the adventure component to this, where you build up your car and add things to it, so it's a very different type of game."



Carmack on iPhone

During QuakeCon, Carmack also called upon Apple to open its iPhone platform to third-party developers. According to Gamasutra, he described an argument he recently had with Apple chief executive Steve Jobs about the matter.

Jobs reportedly told Carmack the iPhone's closed environment was necessary to maintain the "security" for the platform. Carmack, however, told those in attendance at the gaming conference that "he didn't believe Jobs."
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Well this is good news, will help switchers perhaps...

Could this be a pointer that the new iMacs will have a decent enough GPU to run these games at full quality at a good FPS?

If the end of tomorrow the answer is yes, you CAN have a sexy looking desktop PC that can run the latest games VERY well, have the best OS in the world (Leopard) AND be able to flip to Windows if and when required, this would be a successfull Keynote indeed!
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If the end of tomorrow the answer is yes, you CAN have a sexy looking desktop PC that can run the latest games VERY well, have the best OS in the world (Leopard) AND be able to flip to Windows if and when required, this would be a successfull Keynote indeed!

I'll still want a minitower or something along those lines... I guess I can keep dreaming...
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Jobs reportedly told Carmack the iPhone's closed environment was necessary to maintain the "security" for the platform. Carmack, however, told those in attendance at the gaming conference that "he didn't believe Jobs."

I don't believe it either, I think it's just an official talking point until something changes.
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I would hope that the next gen Mac systems wil be able to play this game well. Apple has been lagging on the GPU market forever as the card makers are never getting the drivers made for the mac in regards to the newest and best cards.
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I'll still want a minitower or something along those lines... I guess I can keep dreaming...

Me too because an iMac with a good gpu is useless to me because 6 months after it comes out apple would just be massively behind again. Gamers need to keep their gpus up to date and a new computer every 4 years isn't enough to do that.
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