Writing for the
, technology columnist Hiawatha Bray says that the Power Mac G5 is “just what you’d want for playing a sophisticated 3-D adventure game.” His comments come in a new article entitled
Thanks to new technology, Macintosh gets in on the action.
Bray talks with several Mac game developers and examines the Mac game marketplace, populated by companies that make their living by converting existing PC and console titles to the Macintosh. He also elicited some frank comments, like MacPlay CTO Lane Roathe’s remark, “If you always want to have the ability to play the latest game right when it comes out, then a Mac isn’t your best bet.”
“These days, Macs run high-end graphics processors from the top producers, ATI Technologies, Inc. and Nvidia Corp., and the Mac operating system features high-end graphics-rendering software called OpenGL,” explained Bray. “All of which means that Macs are at least as good a gaming platform as your typical PC.”
Bray notes that some genres don’t seem to do as well on the Mac as others — flight simulators and sports titles are underrepresented, for example. MacPlay’s Henry Price claims that Mac users are “just not into sports games.”
Still, there’s hope that the Mac market will spawn its own games “as original and daring as the classic game Doom,” said Bray — MonkeyByte CEO Yon Hardisty tells him “the only place” such innovation will come from is from Mac users.