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#1 MichalM.Mac

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 12:26 PM

Two years ago I wrote article about past decade of Mac OS X gaming for Czech SuperApple magazine. Because of that I had gathered a lot of data about Mac games. Article was build around these data but you can't put tons of tables and graphs on 4 pages.

For some time I was thinking of sharing this work online. So here we go.

Basically it is big Numbers.app table with list of games from Feral, Aspyr, MacSoft, MacPlay, Blizzard, Valve, Transgaming, Virtual Programming, Pangea and ohters (indie/inhouse development). Time scope is 2000 - 2015.

Only big games (AAAish) are concidered. Lately it is very difficult to draw the line between big titles and small/indie titles. DLCs are ignored.

I was interested in following:
  • First Mac release date (Re-releases and different store version (Steam) are not concidered)
  • Original PC release data
  • Mac version delay in months
  • Platform (PowerPC, Universal Binary, Intel)
  • Current state of game digital distribution
  • Original developer
  • Original publisher

I am not able to share all at once since updating and verification is needed. Please note there can be mistakes and English text is defintely not perfect.

Link to Numbers spreadsheet in iCloud.

First up our current port champion - Feral Interactive.

#2 MichalM.Mac

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 12:40 PM

Games published by Feral Interactive 2000 - 2015

Sources for game data. Graph 1
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Note serious drop in number of relased games in 2005-2007. Spoiler: this happened to other publisher as well.  

Graph 2
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It seems Feral used to be more into publishing than developing. In past 5 years they develop most of their games with exception of LEGO titles.

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Most Feral games are originally published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Most of them are LEGO titles (10 out of 15).

Graph 4
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Graph 5
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Next up - Aspyr Media. Hopefully within one week :teehee:

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 04:28 PM

Great work there!
I have a similar database, but just for the games I own.
I found one small mistake regarding Tomb Raider Anniversary, according to Feral it was released in February 2008, not in January.

It was easy and fun to get that data for Feral's releases, since you can find a lot of information on their support sites.
Aspyr and MacSoft ports were a bit more challenging for me.
I also found quite some information on mobygames.com, they have some Mac relevant information, if you dig through their game articles.

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 05:37 PM

View PostMr Pink, on 22 November 2015 - 04:28 PM, said:

I found one small mistake regarding Tomb Raider Anniversary, according to Feral it was released in February 2008, not in January.

Thank you I fixed that.
Release dates were originally taken from IMG games profiles. http://www.insidemac...nfo.php?ID=1263
Yesterday I updated most of them with help of Feral support site but since Anniversary had new re-release date I let it be.
Feral is kind of notorious in launching games few weeks after orignal release date :teehee:

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 05:57 PM

That is very cool. I look forward to seeing the future installments as they come along.
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Posted 24 November 2015 - 11:22 AM

The moment you realize you own every single game listed in a Numbers spreadsheet. :ph34r: :rotfl:
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Posted 24 November 2015 - 03:30 PM

Nice work. :thumbsup:

A minor quibble, though: Oni wasn't originally a Feral game, nor was it released more than a year after the Windows version. The history of the game is unfortunately somewhat convoluted, since it fell victim to Microsoft buying up Bungie. As part of the deal, Bungie had to give up the rights to Oni and the Myth series to Take Two, who then went on to release the game for Mac and Windows under the "Gathering of Developers" label (concurrently, though not as hybrid disk, in contrast to earlier Bungie games). If I recall correctly, the Mac version then originally was maintained by the OmniGroup for a time, before Feral finally took over distribution and support.

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 03:56 PM

View PostJanichsan, on 24 November 2015 - 03:30 PM, said:

Nice work. :thumbsup:

A minor quibble, though: Oni wasn't originally a Feral game, nor was it released more than a year after the Windows version. The history of the game is unfortunately somewhat convoluted, since it fell victim to Microsoft buying up Bungie. As part of the deal, Bungie had to give up the rights to Oni and the Myth series to Take Two, who then went on to release the game for Mac and Windows under the "Gathering of Developers" label (concurrently, though not as hybrid disk, in contrast to earlier Bungie games). If I recall correctly, the Mac version then originally was maintained by the OmniGroup for a time, before Feral finally took over distribution and support.

I believe there is some overlap with other Mac publishers for Tropico 1 and Max Payne as well,
What is correct action in you opinion? Should I throw it out of Feral list or just update Mac version release date?


I added Rome Total War: Alexander and XCOM: Enemy Within since they are more expansion packs than modern DLCs.

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 05:52 PM

Aspyr sheet is up. For now only list of games. More tables and graphs coming later this week.

Release date should be okish. Digital distribution info is also solid. There might be frew missing Universal Binary references.
The most problematic collum is port developer. I used IMG Product info to pinpoint some of Westlake and Beenox ports but i suspect there are a lot of mistakes (presuming Aspyr to be port developer).

I wish they've had support database with all legacy games and info about them.

Link to Numbers spreadsheet in iCloud.

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 02:00 AM

Neverwinter Nights 2 was definitely released in February 2008, not March 2007.

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 06:12 AM

Fixed. Zhanks. IMG Product Info strikes again.

Aspyr sheet updated with graphs.

Next up Feral vs. Aspyr data comparison.

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 06:44 AM

View PostMichalM.Mac, on 24 November 2015 - 03:56 PM, said:

I believe there is some overlap with other Mac publishers for Tropico 1 and Max Payne as well,
What is correct action in you opinion? Should I throw it out of Feral list or just update Mac version release date?
I think changing the release date would be sufficient.

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 07:12 AM

View PostJanichsan, on 25 November 2015 - 06:44 AM, said:

I think changing the release date would be sufficient.
Btw was first version of Oni compatible with OS X or OS9 only?

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 08:32 AM

View PostMichalM.Mac, on 25 November 2015 - 07:12 AM, said:

Btw was first version of Oni compatible with OS X or OS9 only?
Initially only OS 9 – OS X 10.0 was released a few months later. The game got pretty quickly a Carbon patch that ran natively under OS X, though.

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 05:50 PM

Games published by Aspyr Media 2000 - 2015

Sources for game data.
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Posted 27 November 2015 - 06:10 PM

I added section Port Houses Versus.

Link to Numbers spreadsheet in iCloud.

Huge number of expansions packs for games The Sims 1 and The Sims 2 are omitted. They would add 10+ titles to Aspyr's list.
I consider them more DLCish in nature so they are ignored.

Graph 1

Feral is releasing more games in recent years but Aspyr has tougher support duty.
They constantly update titles like Borderlands and Civilization with updates and new content.
Feral is more like "Relase game with all DLCs and move to the next one".

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Graph 2

Aspyr has more timely releases while Feral ported more older games than Aspyr.

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Sum of all games on Steam is quite close. Feral stared to put games on Steam much later than Aspyr.

Up next MacSoft and MacPlay.

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 02:15 PM

This is a lot of fun!  

However, you are missing a key data point...DLC's.  For example, we shipped 14 DLC's just for Borderlands 2 in 2012-13, each with their own dev cycle, approvals, testings cycles, etc...  More importantly, all were shipped along side the Windows versions :)

Same with CivV, BioShock infinite, Sims expansions...you get the point.  2012-14 were actually REALLY busy years for us.

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 04:03 PM

View PostAspyr-Blair, on 30 November 2015 - 02:15 PM, said:

This is a lot of fun!  

However, you are missing a key data point...DLC's.

I understand but as I mentioned before I don't gather data about DLCs since I consider them part of supporting the game. It is kind of my oldschool point of view.

Feel free to make a fork of my table and add all of those DLCs. With your unique insight you can further upgrade it with all sorts of interesting data. Exact development time, sale figures, store comparisons, embarrassing stories from Aspyr HQ, you name it... :teehee:

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 06:49 PM

MacSoft & MacPlay added.

Link to Numbers spreadsheet in iCloud.

Note their decline around 2004-2005. Where did we see that before?
OS X gaming was going downhill. This was just before Intel switch.

Next up Enfant terrible of ports our beloved Virtual Programming.

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 12:19 AM

Age of Mythology was also ported by Westlake Interactive: http://www.insidemac...?ArticleID=8206

But once again, great work, looking forward to VP and Pangea...