Feature on Gaming and Mac OS
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IMG has posted a feature entitled Mac OS X: A Gamer's Perspective for those of you curious about whether to make the leap to Apple's next-generation OS. While the article is not a review of Mac OS X by any means, it offers perspective on what to expect from games on this radically different OS, and what might be expected in the future. As the number of games that run "natively" on this new OS increase and the features related to gaming evolve, we will undoubtedly revisit the topic. In the meantime, anyone curious about what the future might hold will find this article worth reading. Here is an excerpt:
The radical difference in the core structure of Mac OS X as compared to previous versions of the Mac OS X comes at a heavy price. All of the base technologies that underlie the aging, creaking mess that Mac OS has become were simply thrown away. Thus, applications programmed for any previous version of Mac OS literally will not run on OS X, and are fatally broken in that respect.For more details, follow the link below. For real-world experiences of fellow gamers with Mac OS X, visit our related forum.
Mac OS X Forum
Just as with the transition from the 68000 series of processors to the PPC chip, Apple had to devise a bridge between the old and the new that would not leave veteran users feeling the sudden urge to storm Cupertino and burn down Apple HQ. Their remarkably useful and elegant solution was an OS-level emulator that ran the old code on the new chips with remarkable results, making for a painless transition that nevertheless encouraged users to upgrade their hardware.
Can Apple pull this off twice? This time the bridge between the present and the past is known as Classic. The Classic environment is NOT an emulator, period – just get that idea out of your mind. Instead, Classic is simply a version of Mac OS 9.1 that runs as an OS X-native application. Classic applications run as processes inside this application, and for the most part do so remarkably well considering the circumstances.
Feature: Mac OS X: A Gamer's Perspective
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