Apple has set up an impressive games arcade at WWDC made up of a few iMacs and well over a dozen networked, top of the line G4s. An Apple spokesperson says that they intend to demonstrate Carbon and Cocoa versions of popular games as well as show off all of Apple’s gaming hardware.
And that they do. Set up at the arcade are the new 17-inch LCD displays, Harmon Kardon speakers, new Logitech mice, and all the Apple branded trimmings. Activity at the arcade has been heavy, especially considering that the US$1,595 price tag for attending the show works out to many, many quarters per minute of play.
Apple is showing off the Cocoa versions of Quake Team Arena, Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2, Oni, Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Holo Match. Apple is also demonstrating the Carbon versions of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Tomb Raider Chronicles and American McGee’s Alice.
The frame rates witnessed at the arcade are high, 60+ frames per second from the Cocoa version of Quake Team Arena. What is more exciting is that this is at a resolution of 1024 x 768 with all of the game’s graphics features turned on. Additionally, this is using stock NVIDIA drivers — those developed for the GeForce2 MX, and not drivers specifically developed for GeForce3.
Curiously missing from the arcade’s ultimate gaming Macs is Creative’s SoundBlaster Live! for Macintosh. When asked about this, an Apple spokesperson said that there aren’t any games that can take advantage of the surround sound capabilities of the card yet.