I can say without a doubt that Metro Last Light was native, not wrapped. They also used that version to port it to Linux apparently. If it where wrapped the options menu would have been 1:1 to the Windows version but it's not. Personally speaking I played through the entirety of Metro Last Light without a problem here. But I realize that's anecdotal.
Also, it's possible for a game to not be wrapped and still have problems on some people's computers. Bioshock Infinite for example was pretty crashy at higher than low settings for quite a while and even now randomly crashes every now and then (although it's a lot more rare than it used to be.. not enough to make me want to lower the settings again). I've noticed it's also possible for Mafia II to crash every once in a while too. Other games like the Batman games on the other hand I haven't ever seen crash *knocks on wood*.
It's possible for Steam to hang on "preparing to launch" not because of the game itself being badly ported but yes... because of network traffic or at the very least take longer than it's supposed to. Especially if one has stuff like torrents downloading in the background and or there's too much traffic. I have to admit Steam isn't perfect and can have problems at times. I here tend to close all network hogs like transmission and such before I try to play a game on Steam. Yes, it shouldn't be necessary but there you go.
On the other hand If someone is constantly having issues with that there's something screwy going on in their computer setup and or on their network as that shouldn't be a "more often than not" type problem. I did a quick google search of this problem and the only thing so far I can see that can possibly apply to on Mac is to verify the game cache. The other suggestions I see in the first article that I came up with are Windows specific
(making sure your DirectX, dotnet, Windows Service Packs, etc.) are up to date. Valve
recommends those same things and what I mention earlier... closing any background apps that might interfere with Steam...
- Make sure your software is up to date
- Verify game cache
- Close any apps that might interfere
Are the standard suggestions. Barring those suggestions not helping others might suggest reinstalling Steam.
Also, a suggestion for any games that one might have in their Steam library that they ultimately didn't care for. Yes, you can't delete them from your library completely. However you can put them in a category of their own and collapse that category so you don't have to see them in your list at least. Categories get synced to the cloud so you don't have to redo them on every computer environment you have.
Alex Delarg, A Clockwork Orange said:
It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.
the Battle Cat said:
Slower and faster? I'm sorry to hear such good news?
Late 2012 27 inch iMac, Core i7 Quad 3.4GHz, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB, 3TB HDD - Mavericks
Late 2009 27 inch iMac, Core i5 2.6GHz, 12GB RAM, ATI Radeon 4850HD 512MB, 1TB HDD - Mavericks
Mac Mini, PowerPC G4 1.4Ghz, 1GB RAM, Radeon 9200 32MB, 256GB HDD - Leopard
Dell Inspiron 1200 Notebook: 1.2GHz Celeron, 1.2GB RAM, Intel GMA915, 75GB HDD - Ubuntu
Generic Black Tower PC, Dual Core 64-bit 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, GeForce 9600 GT 512MB - Windows 7