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Tuesday, December 19, 2000
Mark Adams on 3dfx's End
12:18 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Mark Adams is a name synonymous with Mac gaming; his company, Westlake Interactive, has ported many games to the Mac OS critical for our survival as a gaming platform, including Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Deus Ex, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and many others. We asked Mark for his candid opinion on the recent sale of 3dfx's core assets to rival NVIDIA, and the subsequent firing of the Mac driver team. Here are his thoughts on the issue:

Its disappointing to me, not only personally (because I knew several
great people at 3Dfx who are now out of jobs), but also from a game
developer's standpoint. Whatever you thought of 3Dfx's hardware, they
definitely were a good competition for ATI on the Mac, and were doing
their part to try to push Apple to increase the capabilities of 3D
hardware on the Mac. Until (or "if" I suppose) the rumors of nVidia
coming to the Mac come true, we really will be at a place of having a
sole vendor of 3D cards. ATI's Radeon is a great chip, but without one
(or preferably a couple) other 3D card companies pushing them, ATI will
likely not be as aggressive in bringing new 3D technology to the Mac.

For gamers, its a real blow. A lot of hard core gamers had VooDoo3/5
cards, and from what I can tell they are completely unsupported now. We
are going to have a very hard time justifying even testing with those
cards in future games, since we know no more will be sold and the drivers
will never be updated. I'll feel a bit sad when I have to pull my V5
out of my development machine, I really thought it was a good card. But
I need to have the cards in my Mac that end users have, so I'll probably
replace it with a Rage 128 or Radeon.

As far as we have been able to ascertain, Mark is correct in surmising that all Mac driver development has ceased. We have received word that the latest Mac unified driver release (1.1.3) may indeed be released in the next few days, but we have also been told not to expect future driver updates. This isn't a reason to toss your existing card, of course, especially if it was working well for you; but if moving to Mac OS X is in your future plans, owners of 3dfx cards may be forced to move to another brand of 3D hardware.

Our thanks to Mark for his thoughtful reply. Be sure to share your own thoughts on this issue in our forums.

More on 3dfx's Demise
IMG News: 3dfx Mac Team Disbanded
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