The Impact Of Virtualization On Mac Gaming
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In a new column Macworld's Peter Cohen examines the impact of virtualization software on Mac gaming. These programs allow Intel Mac owners to run Windows applications without rebooting. Cohen discusses the current hopefuls in the virtualization market, including Parallels and TransGaming.
Cider is perhaps the most intriguing of the bunch. An outgrowth of TransGaming’s Cedega software for Linux, Cider is a distant descendant of WINE as well. What makes Cider different from Parallels and CrossOver is that it doesn’t attempt to reproduce a complete environment from which to run Windows. Instead, it “wraps” Windows-compatible games and is optimized to help those games to run Mac OS X. So TransGaming will tweak Cider each time for each different game, and your experience as a gamer is the same as if the “Ciderized” game had been ported to the Mac directly — you drag it from the installer disc to your Mac and double-click on an icon, then the game runs. The rest of the article can be found at the link below.
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There’s a lot of healthy skepticism floating around the Mac game community about Cider. TransGaming’s record is spotty—its previous Macintosh game conversions (actual Mac binaries, as opposed to “Cider-wrapped” versions of PC games) weren’t terribly well-received, were late to market, and had some technical problems. And Cedega, which TransGaming sells to Linux users on a subscription basis, hasn’t exactly set the gaming world on fire. Questions have also surfaced about Cider’s ability to translate the complex graphics subroutines used by games that make use of Microsoft DirectX 9 technology.
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