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Matt Diamond

Member Since 30 Jul 2001
Offline Last Active Aug 12 2018 02:10 PM

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In Topic: What games are people playing these days!?

30 July 2018 - 07:53 AM

I'm about 2.5 hours into Psychonauts, which was on my to-do list for too long. It took me a while to get used to the character's rather bizarre appearances, and there is a lot of walking around the camp at first, but the dialogue is really funny and the action is slowly picking up. After the first hour I was hooked.

Something about the game's handling of full screen screws up the icon arrangement of my desktop (a bug which used to be VERY common among Mac games, and now is almost unheard of.) Switching screen resolutions seems to be enough to fix them though. I sometimes also need to quit my Steam client as well, no big deal.

Still playing Overload on the side. On the whole, extremely pleased with the single-player game, and they've just released the level editor as well. Unfortunately the multiplayer component (which was not promised during the kickstarter campaign) is frustrating: there aren't enough players and the few who do play are really hardcore. Many players give up on mulltiplayer after a couple matches, so it's an unfortunate feedback loop. On the plus side Overload recently got picked as one of the "PAX 10" so hopefully that publicity will give it a shot in the arm.

In Topic: Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

24 July 2018 - 11:14 AM

View Postmacdude22, on 23 July 2018 - 10:06 AM, said:

I'd like to meet this community, can you direct me to their location.

"If you are listening to this, YOU are the resistance."

In Topic: Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

23 July 2018 - 07:45 AM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 20 July 2018 - 02:59 PM, said:

Our shared past, and shared appreciation for what used to be a unique, innovative, and under-appreciated platform for computer games.

I read this back today and it sounds much harsher than I intended. At the risk of digging my hole even deeper, I will attempt to clarify.

The Mac gaming market used to be very distinct-- the OS was different, the hardware was very different. We had great games that were Mac-only, and of course many games that never made it to our platform. Some multi-platform games were frankly much better on the Mac than elsewhere.

Nowadays the Mac is still a great platform but for games it is almost entirely a subset of the PC market. And the Mac versions are not better than the PC versions. This isn't all bad: the Mac platform itself is so strong that our fear isn't that Microsoft or Dell will kill it, but that Apple will (e.g. by migrating it to iOS.) And we have more Mac games than ever before. But the distinctiveness is gone.

So: the Mac gaming community I know best is made up of fellow old-timers who recognized that there was something special about Mac gaming, spent their precious time and money on it, and shared the ups and downs with me.

If you are reading this in the IMG forums then you are probably in that community. :-)

In Topic: Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

20 July 2018 - 02:59 PM

>What is the best thing about belonging to the Mac gaming community?

Our shared past, and shared appreciation for what used to be a unique, innovative, and under-appreciated platform for computer games.

In Topic: Games compatible with Thrustmaster stick

15 July 2018 - 10:15 PM

Very disappointed with USB Overdrive.They are happy to take your $20 but they do not respond to any emails, and there is no support forum.

I spent an evening reproducing the problems and sent them all the necessary files, including a DOS joystick utility I'd packaged up in Boxer for them. No reply.

Then I found that USB Overdrive also doesn't recognize either of my Apple keyboards (Apple presumably has a kext that prevents it.) So my backup plan of using the keypad in place of the joystick buttons was a no go.

Given the lack of response to my first email, and my inability to use it with my keyboards, I politely asked for my money back. No reply to that either. There's noone there, apparently.

I could have just reused the license I purchased for work, but that belongs to my employer so I thought it was fairer to buy my own license. Now I regret it. I am considering contacting my credit card company and reversing the payment.