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New iMacs Include Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 7:51 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale
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GeForce 5200
ΔAndreas Weik September 02 - 3:42 AM

Ok, guys.

The specs are nice, the enclosure is a matter of taste (I think it suX0rs), but the gfx chip is a JOKE!

It's pathetic that this low level card made it into a fairly decent mid level computer. I wouldn't mind if it would be upgradeable, but that's obviously not the case.

And no, although DOOM 3 will run, it will run at pathetic low, lowest settings. Don't you ever think that next years game, that will use its engine, will run acceptable on the iMac G5. Why, oh, why couldn't put Apple at least an Radeon 9600 XT in that computer?


Kevin September 01 - 3:55 PM

For all you guys defending the iMac VRAM, most "Casual Users" also play games!

ΔAndrew Welch September 01 - 1:36 PM

"P.S. Could this newsbyte be any more biased?"

Could Bubba be any more irate?

Doom 3 running on new iMac?!?!!?
Mac Game Insider News Guy September 01 - 12:49 PM

Is Apple nuts?!? Do you really think this new iMac can run Doom 3? No way.
I don't care how much you optimize Doom 3 code, that game runs sluggish with a 128MB video card on a 2.8GHz PC. Apple needs to boost those video cards and RAM to 128MB and 512MBs respectively to increase sales beyond low end consumers. It would be a good gaming alternative with a small bump up. Then instead of spending $2500 for a Power Mac, some would do their fragging on an iMac instead. That's my only beef. Other than that, I like the design.

Wight! September 01 - 12:25 PM

the computer boom is over, the casual user is once again pc joe looking to play games and type up some reports.the whole pc drive over the mac is games and price. entry level cost and entertainment distraction which apple has never had. on the bright side if consoles keep eroding into pc games market share then the pc will look less apealing for games putting apple near par with decent choices.

is the imac a good game machine? 1.6 g5 isnt a slouch and will play games for years to come. but the entry price is 6-700 more than a pc. i wonder what the masses will buy. same ol story. same ol apple.

mark September 01 - 12:24 PM

and Nanosaur 2 and Marble Blast really need a high-end GPU 8)

they even run fine on a Radeon 7000 Pci.

Toc September 01 - 11:39 AM

Hey guys, it's an iMac, not the gaming machine of the century. The target is the casual user, not the hardcore gamer.

Wai-Tung September 01 - 11:32 AM

I guess the bundle is aimed at attracting families with little children.

Nagromme September 01 - 10:54 AM

Bias? Everyone has different tastes. Marble Blast IS a great game, BTW, and judging by other Pangaea titles, Nanosaur too is good news.

FC September 01 - 10:24 AM

I guess we'll always see at least one of Brian Greenstone/Pangea's games bundled with the iMacs. It should come with anaglyph 3D glasses too. :)

PS.: attention, everyone; it's separately, not seperately.

Bubba September 01 - 10:08 AM

Wow! Nanosaur 2 and Marble Blast! Still my beating heart!

I can't wait to get one of these new iMac so I can see all those marbles go clickety-clack on the screen. I just hope the 5200 Ultra can handle the load!


P.S. Could this newsbyte be any more biased? Thanks, Jean-Luc!

Nagromme September 01 - 9:44 AM

UT2k4 isn't half bad on my previous-gen G4 PowerBook at full native widescreen res. So no, the iMac won't have ANY trouble with it.

And no, the iMac's not a dedicated gamer system, it's a general consumer system. Some consumers are hard-core gamers, and have other choices besides the iMac.

colin September 01 - 9:29 AM

as a trend among users I find a 'healthy' Mac game frame rate to be between 20-40 fps

on PC's its between 60 and 100 fps

Narles September 01 - 9:11 AM

I don't think UT2k4 is gonna be stuttering along on the new iMac. I have a 1GHZ G4 MDD with a measly Radeon 9000 and I can run UT2k4 with all the settings maxed with frame rate staying at a healthy level.

colin September 01 - 9:02 AM

you mean apple continues the tradition of bundling games that don't actually test the performance of the GPU?

UT2k4 stuttering along wouldn't sell many computers would it?

ΔMacProject September 01 - 8:58 AM

Apple continues the tradition of bundling games with all iMac models. These appear to be good choices as far as titles are concerned.

Δ - Denotes Inside Mac Games Pro User

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