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Wednesday, March 22, 2006
MacWorld Posts Article Explaining Middleware
11:40 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Middleware is a growing concern for the Mac community as PC game developers use it more and more. Peter Cohen from MacWorld has written an excellent article describing it in layman's terms and how it impacts our platform.

First let’s understand what middleware is, and why it matters to gaming on the Mac. Within the context of game development, middleware is used to help manage everything from complex physics to online gaming to digital-movie file playback and lots more. It saves game developers from having to “roll their own” solutions to these complex problems, typically at a fraction of the cost it would for those developers to make the technology themselves.

Still, middleware ain’t cheap. Licensing middleware typically costs game makers thousands of dollars, often tens of thousands of dollars. And middleware adds costs and layers of complexity to Mac game making.

For a in-depth read about 'Middleware' follow the link below to Peter's article.

MacWorld: Middleware messing up Mac game development

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