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#1 Haoshiro

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 10:18 AM

I'd like to know what developers, specifically game developers, think of Boot Camp and how it will affect them in the long run.

There seems to be a lot of potential here that could end up either good or bad.

On one side this could draw in more Mac users since the "obstacle" of not being able to play every PC game becomes a non-issue.  But will these people end up using Windows as their primary OS or will they be won over to OS X?

On the other side if gamers have Windows at their disposal for gaming will they actually wait for an OS X native port, or purchase both for that matter?

I could also see this encouraging developers to develop for both platforms...  then again, if that is because Macs can run Windows perhaps the opposite would be true; if Mac owners can run Windows why bother with an OS X version too?

So will this cause Mac game companies to develop less ports and focus more on original content?  Will it encourage Mac developers to start developing for Windows?

If you are a developer please share your thoughts and opinions!

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 11:25 AM

View PostHaoshiro, on April 5th 2006, 09:18 AM, said:

So will this cause Mac game companies to develop less ports and focus more on original content?  Will it encourage Mac developers to start developing for Windows?

If you are a developer please share your thoughts and opinions!

My total hunch is that Aspyr will still release Mac ports in the short term. If sales tank, then we've still got a sound business in console and PC games (some of our low-profile PC games sell as well as our high-profile Mac games), and will gradually exit the Mac market. But again that's my total guess - I have no idea what will really happen.
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Posted 05 April 2006 - 02:46 PM

This is already being discussed in several of the OTHER Boot Camp threads.  Please don't be starting a new Boot Camp thread just right away.  I'm trying to consolidate the duplicate threads enough to keep it concise, but I don't want to choke it into just one or tow threads where it would be so busy that one can't follow another's thoughts.

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 10:20 AM

From what I have seen in the Indy crowd (I'm mostly refering to the Unity developers that I know) this is enforcing our wish to create original, creative mac only or mac and PC simultanious releases. I think boot camp is going to unify (no pun intended) the Mac Indy developers and hopefuly the Mac gamers as well. Keep supporting OMG. Jeff
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 10:37 AM

View Postoutcast, on April 6th 2006, 12:20 PM, said:

From what I have seen in the Indy crowd (I'm mostly refering to the Unity developers that I know) this is enforcing our wish to create original, creative mac only or mac and PC simultanious releases. I think boot camp is going to unify (no pun intended) the Mac Indy developers and hopefuly the Mac gamers as well. Keep supporting OMG. Jeff

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 10:42 AM

Me too! Whee!

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Posted 14 April 2006 - 08:33 AM

I hope my local software store doesn't use this as an excuse to close out their small Mac section...I
still have lots of consignment credit there.  Unfortunately, they've already cut back on carrying
most of the newer titles.

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Posted 14 April 2006 - 10:42 AM

View Postplacy, on April 14th 2006, 09:33 AM, said:

I hope my local software store doesn't use this as an excuse to close out their small Mac section...I
still have lots of consignment credit there.  Unfortunately, they've already cut back on carrying
most of the newer titles.

My guess is those decisions are based on sales, not what the future might bring. If they are all ready cutting back my guess is that Mac titles are not selling all that well at that location.
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Posted 15 April 2006 - 10:18 AM

I will always play Gooball.